Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Smoked Brats

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True Blood, how I hate you. Let me count the ways…. Yes, I went there. And I know you’re going to hate me for it. But don’t un-friend me just yet. Sookie. I am pretty sure I am not supposed to hate the main character of any show, but I can’t find a single redeeming thing about Sookie. First, this girl is dumber then a bag of bricks. For someone who can hear every ones thoughts around her, why is she always walking into trouble. For that matter, for someone who’s been attacked multiple times, why does she keep going […]

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 […]

Smoked Pulled Pork

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Barbecue brings out the best of us. The family gathers around outside while the smell of smoldering wood or charcoal lingers in the air. Finally the feast is ready and the hungry group becomes primal for a moment and descends upon the food in a silence only broken by satisfied grunts. It also brings out the worst in people. You know the guy, the guy who wants to stand next to you and tell you exactly how he would be cooking the food. Lucky for you, he isn’t Sadly though, I have noticed this same trend on the internet when it comes to barbecue […]

4th of July Grilling Round Up

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Celebrate this 4th of July with flavor! This collection of barbecue friendly food ideas is a great way to start any out door holiday celebration before the fireworks kick off.         Asian Chicken Burgers  Stuffed Turkey Burgers Rosemary Fries Onion Ring Burgers  Triple Play Barbecue Sauce  BBQ Chicken Burgers Grilled Artichokes  Tropical Kabobs  Smoked Brisket Burgers         Caramel Brandy Mushroom Steaks  Chimichurri Steaks  Broccoli Salad Smoked Chicken  Grilled Rosemary Steaks with Bread Salad  Tex-Mex Burger Ranch Burger Sausage Artichoke Kabobs Onion-Cheddar Pork Burgers  Now! Go get your flame on!

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 […]

Smoked Brisket Burgers

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Things are starting to heat up around here, and as much as I would like to hold out until the first official day of summer, I think we will be kicking off my weekly grilling series a full month early. I never realized how solar powered I was until this year. It seems the moment the sunrise peeks across the sky and the birds start to sing, I can’t bring myself to sleep any longer. I am waking up earlier, working later, and have more energy then the cold dark winter months. Is it possibly to be dreading autumn already? […]

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 […]

Summer Grilling: Smoky Cola Jerky

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Enchiladas, bacon in brownies and now ‘jerky’ – yeah, my inner carnivore was at its finest when planning the posts this week. I promise I’ll make it up to all of those sweet tooth people tomorrow with something just as ridiculous. Now! On to the meat. This weeks Summer Grilling item was actually supposed to be saved for next week, which I am calling #manfoodweek as we prepare for Father’s day, but that would have been a lie because I was making this one for a woman. My step mom loves Wild Bills beef jerky and the moment I saw […]

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 […]

Getting Out to Grill: Simple Mesquite Smoked Chicken

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What better to follow a post about eggs, but a chicken? A few weeks back Mother Nature teased us with a run of amazing weather. Beautifully sunny days topping in the mid 70’s, which for my neck of the woods is a gift that I don’t take without thanks. However, it has a down side – now I want to be outside all of the time and the feeling just hasn’t been mutual between the good old misses and I. I’m ready for grills, charcoal, propane, wood chips, fire pits, hanging outside with good company and a cold drink. Is […]

Almost Meatless Monday with Salmon Chowder

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As part of being more health and environment conscious in 2011, I am going to incorporate fish into our diet once a week. I am aware that there is much more I need to research – baby steps – but maybe, with gradual changes here and there, this household of carnivorous will even try a meatless Monday. Smoked-Salmon Chowder Recipe from Time for Dinner by “Pilar Guzmán, Jenny Rosenstrach, and Alanna Stang ” Seen on Project Foodie active time: 15 minutes| total time: 30 minutes | serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 medium leeks (white and light green […]

Beginners Smoked Chicken

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My father likes new and shiny things. When things no longer shine (or one comes along with shinier buttons), he wants new ‘shinies’. This is a good thing and a bad thing for me. It makes the man a royal pain to shop for. He wants it – he owns it. However, it means that next summer I get a ‘new’ grill and that just recently we got a ‘new’ smoker. A year old and a little used, yeah, that’s still new to me.   Today I smoked my first chicken (my first ever anything smoked) and already my head […]