All American 4th of July BBQ Recipe Round-Up

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Still looking for that sizzling summer menu to set your 4th of July bbq apart from everyone else’s charred weenies and boxed burgers? Check out this simple flavor packed menu. Now that tastes like ‘Merica.  Cocktail: Tropical Breeze Appetizer: Grilled Artichokes Sides: Barbecue Baked Beans Creamy Skillet Corn  Main: BBQ Chicken Burgers Smoked Ribs Dessert: Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint and Lime Frozen Peanut Butter Pie   

Peugeot Pepper Mill Giveaway and BBQ Pork Frittata for Two

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The other day I overheard Anne Burrell on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef say that she loves black pepper and pretty much adds it to everything.  Besides the many other reasons I’m convinced she and I would be BFF’s in the kitchen, that one adds a major bonus point. I’m a freak for black pepper. I don’t think any recipe (baking aside) gets plated without black pepper. But here’s the secret. I’m super cheap. I have always just kept the dollar store pepper grinder near by. I can see the shock on your face from here. Don’t judge. But today I get to finally spice up my breakfast […]

Farm Country Grilled Pizza

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Brace yourselves. It’s the last week of grill themed action packed calorie loaded fat kid Mondays here at Pass the Sushi. I know, I cried a little myself. But don’t worry, there’s a weekly online counseling program and an all new theme for Monday taking over that is just as good. Let’s be realistic, nothing is as good as a flame kissed perfectly seasoned burger, but it’s just about as good. Summer Grilling Round Up: Personal Grilled Taco Pizzas  Grilled Miso-Ginger Salmon Tex-Mex Bacon Burgers Braggin’ Rights Smoked Brisket Barbecue Chicken Salad Whiskey Burgers Texas Shredded Beef Ultimate Steakhouse Burgers […]

Tilapia with Black Bean and Avocado Relish

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It’s all about moderation. At least I think so. At which point I should take the time to mention that I am not a nutritionist. A friend of mine is taking great steps in to  getting himself back into shape and is trying to work on his diet. He got caught in the routine of working long hours and the convince of pre-made, pre-packaged foods fit into his schedule just fine. But that lifestyle can catch up with you and he has decided to stand up and make a change. I really admire his choice to change, but I acknowledge that it’s a hard fight. […]

Turkey Sliders with Avocado-Ranch Dressing

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Can you believe the entire month of August went by without a single burger post on PtS? How the heck did that happen. I will never be making that mistake again. Actually, I’m considering incorporating even more burger loving on the blog. In the front of every issue of Rachael Ray magazine there’s a featured burger. It’s one of my favorite things about the magazine. Well, I’m thinking a burger of the month club is something that is long over due here as well. Meanwhile, enjoy your Labor Day celebrations if you are lucky enough to have the day off […]

Best Ever Barbecued Ribs & Charred Corn Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

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How do you feel about tipping? What if it was suddenly forced on you? The two of us went to one of my favorite restaurants the other night, had a decent meal, average service, and enjoyed ourselves. When the bill was brought out, the numbers looked right and we were just about to throw the card into the folder when we noticed that the tip had already been included. An 18% tip. For two people. Now, normally, I am known to leave a killer tip if the service is good. Even if the food isn’t at it’s best, if I believe everyone […]

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

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Baked beans are one of those things that seem pretty darned perfect right from the can with that long honored secret recipe locked away from us forever. So, when I set out to make my own batch of baked beans, Handsome asked why bother? One, I wanted too, two I wanted to see if a few hours of slow cooking and the geniuses over at Cook’s Illustrated could convince me that going back to a can was never going to happen again. It didn’t. But that’s not to say these beans weren’t kicking, but when a good can of beans is at most […]

Pulled Pork Cornbread Waffles

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Last week at Big Summer Pot Luck the topic of jealousy was brought up. How sometimes we cdan see another blog, a more successful person, a cuter house,  or a perfect kitchen and that sometimes we can become jealous of these things. For me, I am jealous of those cute couples that work together in the kitchen. You know the ones that always have the amazing how to photos while one person cooks and the other snaps away. I will never have cute how to pictures featuring me in an apron for two reasons. One, my boyfriend still thinks it’s […]

Braggin’ Rights Smoked Brisket

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There’s an art to smoking meat. The perfect spices for rubbing the meat, a good cut of meat, and most important – smoke. Which wood to choose? How long to smoke? How big does my smoker need to be? Yeah, there’s a lot to learn when you want to take on the challenge of smoking, but I’m here to tell you, don’t let any of that bother you. It’s easy. Smoking meat is an art, but an easy one. Choose a nice cut of meat, lather it with some rub (store bought it necessary) and pop it in the smoker. Don’t […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Barbecue Stuffed Chicken Salad

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I know Im not alone, I have a frisky little cell phone. I can’t spell. I love spell check and run it at least three times per post and guartentee there is still at least one misspelling in every one of my posts that I find later. So when I got my smart phone I was rather excited for this predictive text technology.Boy was I wrong. Predictive text is more of a program designed to make you appear retarded to friends and colleuges. My phone for example is a sick one. I didn’t program it that way, it came that […]

Smoked Brisket for my female grill masters

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I just watched a promo video for a local BBQ cook off and the one thing I noticed (other then the meat) is that the only people tending to the smokers and grills were big, sleeveless, baseball cap wearing men. Um… Did the ladies miss the memo on this one? I know I sure did. I didn’t even know there was a BBQ cook off going on until the day of, but I am not a competitive grill master. I do like to get my eat on though. But, I can’t be the only woman who is the master of […]

Triple Play: Barbecue Sauces

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I’m in BBQ withdraw. It’s summer! Every weekend is a rush to see how many barbecues we can fit in between school and work not to mention a little personal and much needed r&r. And yet, (knowing full well that I had not one but two family events the next day) 3 hours into an all barbecue marathon of Diners Drive Ins and Dives I found myself in full blown barbecue withdraw! I’m talking salivating, ready to trash the swordfish thawing in the fridge and slathering whatever protein I could find in any barbecue sauce and getting down and dirty. […]

Felize Cinco de Mayo! Conchinita Pibil, barbecued pork

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Remember to enter to win 6 pints of Graeter’s Ice Cream through May 8th! I love Mexican food. Let’s be honest, I love all food, but I love Mexican. I dream of the day Mr. Ortega will ask for my hand in marriage so I could have tacos day and night. Seriously though, tacos; every single day. That may be the most awesome idea ever. Mexican food just screams layers of succulent flavor in every bite. And lucky me – Cinco de Mayo is manana! Can you imagine the excitement when I saw a magazine dedicated to Mexican recipes while […]

Gettin’ messy Smoked BBQ Ribs

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I first learned about eating ribs when I was young. I am not sure how little I was but we were out at a nice restaurant and my daddy let me order whatever I wanted. I chose ribs. He gave me a questioning look and asked if that’s really what I wanted and it was. Before I knew it I was up to my elbows in stick to your ribs sauce and giving the environment a run for the money as I made my way through a mountain of paper towels. Now I know that ribs are the kind of […]

Damn, she makes a mean pulled pork.

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Dear Marble, I adore you. You are always smiling. Your tail is always wagging. I can’t help but pet you. Seriously though, I am shaving your ever-shedding self the first chance I get. The hairballs I sweep up on a daily basis are just crazy. xoxo Me     BBQ Pulled Pork 1 Onion 1 3lb pork loin (this could be done with pork shoulder or another cut, but I’m telling you, the loin is delicious) 1 teas cumin 1 teas steak seasoning (I use 20% less sodium Montreal Steak Seasoning) 1 teas salt 1 teas ground black pepper 1 […]