Thursday, October 30, 2014

Honey Brined Smoked Chicken Thighs - Easy Chicken Thigh Recipe on the Mini WSM

Super easy smoked chicken thigh recipe. A quick brine and then about an hour and a half cook and you will have some delicious chicken. I hope you give this recipe a try!

Brine 4-5 hrs
2 C Water
1/3 - 1/2 C Honey
1/2 C Italian Salad Dressing
2 T Salt

2 T Light Brown Sugar
1 T Turbinado Sugar
1 t Garlic Powder
1 t Onion Powder
1 t Ground Ginger
1 t Cumin
1 t Kosher Salt
1 t Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 t Ancho Chili Powder
2 t Paprika

Roasted Garlic Scape Dip - Easy Garlic Scape and Shallot dip recipe on the Smokey Joe

This is a great way to use up some garlic scapes. This dip packs a bit of spice with I have been told. Omit the cayenne for a milder dip. Pretty much any type of garlic and onion combination will do really well with this recipe.

A bunch of Garlic Scapes
3 Shallots
1/2 t Salt
1/2 Celery Salt
1/2 t Fresh Cracked Pepper
1/4 t White Pepper
1/4 t Cayenne

Roast garlic scapes and shallots over indirect heat for about 20 minutes.  Chop up and add sour cream and spices.  Mix well and refrigerate over night - 2 days is best.

Beef on Weck on a Weber Grill - How to make the best French Dips - Beef on Weck with the Smokenator

This is a super easy smoked beef on weck recipe. I did this cook on a Weber 22.5'' grill with the smokenator. It was so good I am planning on doing it again very soon. Beef on Weck is a variation of a french dip...but better! I hope you give this one a try!

Kimmelweck Rolls (like kaiser buns with caraway seeds and salt crystals on top)
Eye of Round Roast
Salt and Pepper or Beef Rub (I was experimenting with my own rub on this cook)
2 Cups of beef stock - preferably homemade

Season eye of round roast with salt and pepper or your favorite beef rub.  Add drip pan with water and beef stock to a preheated 225ish degree grill.  Grill indirect at 225 for about 2 hours or until the internal temp is 130 degrees.  Wrap and let rest heat grill to a searing temperature.  Remove drip pain and boil liquids until reduced by 75%.  Sear all sides of the roast while jus is reducing.  Season jus if necessary.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seasoning the Mini WSM - First look at my Mini Weber Smokey Mountain Build

Here is the first time I fired up my newly finished Mini WSM.  Went for about 5 hours strong at 225.  I removed the lid once at 3 hours and it took about 10 minutes to come back to temp.  At the 5 hour mark I had to knock the ash off the coals.  The temp came back up really quickly and leveled at 230 until I shut it down at 7 hours.
When it was running at 230 the top of the dome was about 260.

Jalapeno Poppers - Easy to Make bacon wrapped cheese jalapenos

Makes a nice creamy jalapeno poppers with 3 jalapeno flavors. I hope you give this one a try!
This ones for you Keith!

Makes about 16-18 Poppers if using larger jalapenos

Mix together
8ozs Shredded

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Legs - Easy Jerk Chicken Recipe on the Weber Grill

Throw this marinade on some bone in chicken for about 5 hours for some really good chicken! This recipe does about 10lbs of legs/thighs. I hope you give this one a try!

Chicken Legs
1/2 Onion
4 Cloves Garlic
4 Green Onions
3 Habaneros
1 T Thyme
1/4 t Cinnamon
1 t Allspice
1/4 C vinegar
2 T Olive Oil

Blend all ingredients and pour over chicken.  Marinate about 5 hours and grill over indirect heat for about an hour.  Add some smoke wood to the lump charcoal.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Texas Brisket - Easiest Brisket Recipe Ever!

Total Cook for this brisket was about 9 hours. Salt, pepper, beef and low and slow smoke....what else could you want. I hope you give this easy brisket recipe a try.

1 Brisket
Black Pepper
Wood for smoking - I used Hickory and Apple (would have preferred oak on this one)
Mix salt and pepper.  60% Salt and 40% Pepper.  Sprinkle all over the brisket.
Stabilize grill temperature at 250.  Cook for about an hour a pound.  Wrap if the skin is getting dark.  Cook until a toothpick slides right in.

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Apple Turnover - apple deliciousness on the grill with the Kettle-Q (bbq recipe)

First cook filmed completely its a little rough. Enjoy this awesome apple dessert on the grill!

3 Apples
1 Prepared Pie Dough (or make your own)
1/4 C White Sugar
3 T Brown Sugar
2 T Butter
2 t Cinnamon
1/4 t Salt

Jalapeno Double Cheese Burger - First Cook on the Kettle-Q

The first burger on the Kettle Q. A double Cheeseburger with 2 jalapenos on top.

For each double cheeseburger

2/3 lb 80/20 Ground Chuck
2 Jalapenos
3 slices colby jack
1 bun

Special sauce
2 tb diced pickled peppers
1/3 C mayo
2 t ketchup
2 t brown mustard
1 t brining Liquid from the pickled peppers
Salt and Fresh Cracked Black pepper

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pulled Pork Sandwich - Easy apple wood smoked pulled pork recipe with the Smokenator

Not a quick recipe but it is so worth it. Try this very simple pulled pork sandwich. Depending on the size of the pork shoulder....expect an 9-14 hour cook.

1 Pork Shoulder Roast
Memphis Dust
50/50 Cider Vinegar / Apple Juice Mix

Kaiser Buns
Dill Pickles
Barbeque Sauce

The Smokenator
2 Apple wood chunks

Cover Pork Shoulder with Memphis Dust, wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight.
Add some more rub right before you put it on the pit.
Cook at 225-275 on a Weber Kettle grill for about 1.5-2hr a lb. or until the internal temp reaches 195-203 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wrap with foil and let rest for 1-2 hours - it is now ready to pull.

Beer Brats - Beer Braised Sausage Sandwich topped with smoked peppers and onions

This is a super easy recipe for beer braised sausages with peppers and onions.

Green Bell Pepper
Sweet Yellow Onion
Salt + Pepper
12 oz. beer

Maple Bacon - Easy Hickory Smoked Candied Bacon Recipe

This is a really easy recipe for some maple bacon. 2 ingredients....need I say more.

Maple Syrup

Friday, October 24, 2014

Smoked Honey Chicken - Easy Smoked Chicken with a Honey glaze on the Smokenator

Very easy and simple smoked chicken recipe. Hope you give this one a try.

1 Roasting Chicken
Salt & Pepper to taste

Smoked Pastrami on the Smokenator - Easy Pastrami Recipe on the Weber Kettle with Smokenator

This is the easiest way to make some pastrami that is way better then what you can buy at a deli counter. Slice it thin and throw it on some rye bread with spicy mustard and you have a classic sandwich. I went a little light on the pepper...this could be easily doubled. Takes about five days....but there is really nothing to it.

1 Prepared Corned Beef Brisket (uncooked)

Dry Rub
2 T Coarse Cracked Pepper
2 T Crushed Coriander Seeds
2 T Brown Sugar
1 T Paprika
1 t Garlic Powder
1 t Onion Powder
1 t Mustard Powder

2 Apple Wood Chunks
Hickory Chips
Spicy Mustard
Rye Bread

Smoked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - How to Smoke Mac and Cheese with Serrano Peppers on a Weber Grill

This is one of the best mac and cheeses ever! I hope you give this Smoked Mac and Cheese a try.

6 oz sharp cheddar cheese
6 oz Montery Jack Cheese
2 T Butter
2 T Flour
1.5 C Milk
1/2 t Mustard Powder
1 t Wocestershire Sauce
1/4 t Dried Thyme
2 Serrano Chilies
1/2 t Black Pepper
1/2 t Kosher Salt
6 Club Crackers

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Salsa Verde - Fire Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Recipe - Best Green Sauce Recipe

Quick and easy roasted green salsa. I hope you give it a try!
 Nothing like making salsa in the snow!

A quick and easy homemade salsa verde.  This was great on some chicken tacos! 

Roast the chilis, garlic and tomatillos.  Remove the skin and seeds from the poblanos - remove just the skins of the serrano and the jalapeno to keep it spicey.  I you want the salsa verde less spicey you can remove those seeds as well.

Dump everything into a blender, including and accumulated juices and pulse for about 20-30 seconds.

1 Poblano Chili
1 Serrano Chili
2 Jalapenos
2 Cloves Garlic
6-7 Tomatillos
Juice of one lime
1 t Adobo Seasoning
1/2 t Pepper

Blackberry Barbacue Sauce

This is a quick and easy bbq sauce. The blackberries and pepper jelly give it a flavor unlike store bought. I hope you give this one a try.

2 C Ketchup
1 C Water
1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
2 T Honey
Juice of Half a Lemon
3/4 C Light Brown Sugar
3 T Pepper Jelly - could have added a lot more of this
2 t Onion Powder
1 t Garlic Powder

Blackberry Reserves
1 C Blackberries
1/2 C Water

Darwins 'One Hot Mama' - with Sriracha Frizzles

This is my new favorite pulled pork sandwich. I recommend you give this one a try. This is a perfect sandwich for leftover pulled pork.

French Bread
Pulled Pork
Smoked Ham
Pepper Jack Cheese

Lettuce 'slaw'
Shredded Romaine Hearts
Sliced Carrots
Italian Dressing

Hot Pepper Mayo
1 Jalapeno
1 Fresno Chili
1/3 C Mayo
Juice of half a lime
1 t Hot Sauce
1 t Jalapeno Hot Sauce
1 T Sour Cream
Fresh Cracked Pepper

Sriracha Frizzles
2 Shallots
1/4 C Sriracha
3/4 C Milk
1/2 C Flour

Armadillo Eggs

Here is one of my all time favorite game day snacks!
1 Jalapeno
1 Fresno Chili
1/2lb Breakfast Sausage
2 oz. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Your favorite BBQ rub
1/4 C Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Chunk Smoke Wood - such as Apple

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chicken Spiedies

These chicken chunks are like candy.  Serve on some nice Italian bread and nothing else is needed.  How many other sandwiches are this simple?  This is a dish from around Binghamton / Endicott New York.  This is a must try! Marinade also works well on pork.  

4 Chicken Breasts
1/3 C Corn Oil
1/4 C Cider Vinegar
Juice of One Large Lemon
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 T Dried Italian Parsley
1 T Dried Basil
1/2 t Dried Oregano
Pinch Dried Spearmint
Pinch Dried Peppermint
3/4 t Garlic Salt
3/4 t Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Nice Italian Bread

Mix all ingredients and marinade for 24 hours.  24 hour marinade is key in this recipe.

Habenero Chicken Kabobs

Here is a great recipe to use up some of those fresh peppers.  I hope you give this one a try!

Habanero Chicken Kabobs
4 Habaneros
2 Chicken Breasts
1 Clementine

1/4 C Apple Juice
1/4 C Orange Juice
1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar
2 T Honey
2 T Brown Sugar
Salt & Pepper to taste

For the quesadillas:
1 flour tortilla
Pulled apart Chicken Kabobs
Chopped Roasted Habaneros
Shredded Jack Cheese
Pinch Cumin
Pinch Chili Pepper
Pinch Oregano
Pinch Parsley
Pinch Garlic Powder

Crock Pot French Dip Sandwich

This is an awesome shredded beef sandwich.  Give this one a try.

Cast Iron Stromboli

Make sure the stromboli fits in the pan first!

Quick Pickled Jalapenos

Homemade pickled jalapenos made with just salt/sugar/water and white vinegar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fermented Hot Sauce

A simple way to make hot sauce with homegrown peppers.  The fermentation of this sauce really gives it an amazing flavor.

I made a similar batch to this this year and it really has such a beautiful color.  It is superb on on some grill/smoked chicken wings!

Here is a great wing recipe!


Mix salt in water and pour over peppers.  Cover and let ferment for about a week.

Blend mixture.  Bring to boil and reduce by 50%.  Blend again.

Cuban Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork with my homemade Cuban Rub!

Mojo Sauce

 Here is a quick and easy mojo sauce recipe for when you cannot find sour orange juice.