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Barbecue Recipes

Welcome to the recipes from our beloved contributors. What you will find below are just a few of the truly amazing dishes that have been shared with our readers over the past 27 years of publishing the National Barbecue News

BBQ Sauces

(makes about 2 1/2 cups)

2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon of your favorite barbecue rub
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a nonreactive saucepan and bring slowly to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and gently simmer the sauce until dark, thick, and richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the sauce to clean, or even sterile, jars and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months.

(makes about 2 cups)

2 cups distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced

Place the vinegar, salt, black pepper, and hot pepper flakes in a nonreactive bowl and whisk until the salt dissolves. Stir in the onion and jalapeño. Taste for seasoning, adding black pepper or hot pepper flakes as necessary. Brush on grilled chicken or pork once the outside is cooked. The mop sauce can be made several hours in advance but use it the same day.

  • 3/4 c. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. molasses
  • 1/4 c. white cane sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 c. white pepper
  • 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. ginger ale
  • 3 and 3/4 qts. distilled bottled water

Combine all of the ingredients in a stockpot and bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer until all of the ingredients have dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

  • 1/4 c. non-iodized sea salt
  • 1/4 c. white cane sugar
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 c. soy sauce
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 1-1/2 oz. Jack Daniels
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground clovesFill a large container with above ingredients. Mix thoroughly until well dissolved.  Marinate as desired.
1/2 cup dry white wine
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. snipped parsley
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and blend well.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
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1/2 c. scallions, sliced
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. chili oil
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. kimchi, chopped
1 lime, juice of
Salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Reserve, refrigerated, up to 1 day.
Yield: 1 cup

Another good use of pulled pork is making loaded baked potatoes.


Let’s start with one of my favorites, Paul Kirk’s recipe for Mild Memphis Barbecue Sauce. According to Kirk, “Don’t mistake mild for boring.” This sauce doesn’t have much heat, but it’s got a nice tang from the vinegar and mustard, and plenty of flavor besides. Makes about 3 cups.

12-ounce can tomato paste
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup minced onion
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Combine all of the ingredients in a large nonactive saucepan, and blend well. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.This sauce will keep for several weeks in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

How to use it:
Besides using this sauce with pork, try it as a finishing sauce for chicken or turkey. Begin applying the sauce about 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time.Variations: You can mellow the sauce a bit by switching from white vinegar to cider vinegar. Or if you want a little more punch, add a tablespoon of chili powder or Kirk’s Master Barbecue Spice.


1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced green pepper
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
Pinch each of Kosher salt & black pepper
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
2 cups ketchup (preferably Heinz)
1 cup water
3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Pour the oil into a large saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Toss in the onions, green peppers, and jalapeños and give them a stir. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook til soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Dump in everything else except the Liquid Smoke. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the sauce simmers. Simmer for 10 minutes. Swirl in the Liquid Smoke and let the sauce cool. Pour it into a container, cover, and store in the fridge til ready to use. Makes 6 to 7 cups.Variation: Hot BBQ Sauce

Add 2 or 3 seeded and minced habañera peppers (about 1-1/2 teaspoons to 1 teaspoon) along with the onions, peppers, and jalapeños. Also add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper along with the other ingredients for extra punch. (A company sauce very similar can also be ordered from their web site.)


By Kent “The Deck Chef” Whitaker
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Are you ready for some robust flavor from some homemade mustard? What if it was made with BEER? What if you now flavored it with a bit of honey? Now we’re talking!

Imagine a Boston butt rubbed down with your homemade blend. Or, just a nicely grilled bratwurst or hotdog with you concoction spread across.

All you need is some mustard seeds and a liquid… or liquids. You can make mustard from seeds or from ground/powdered mustard. For this article I’m working with seeds!

Mustard Trivia!
First let me give a shout out to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin as well as the USDA. The National Mustard Museum is one of the largest tourist draws in the state of Wisconsin!
• The National Mustard Museum features over 5,676 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries
• According to the USDA there are three types of mustard seeds – yellow, brown and oriental.
• Yellow is considered the mildest.
• According to the USDA mustard in the United States is grown in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington.
• Mustard sales are $300 million annually.
• French’s is the top brand with a third of the market. Private labels are second with around 20%. Kraft’s Grey Poupon has 15% for third place.
You can learn more at the National Mustard Museum!

Mustard & Beer!
In order to make your own mustard from mustard seeds you need some… mustard seeds and liquid. Most people use a combination of vinegar and water. Here’s where you can begin to play with things. Beer can replace the water!

I started this process with the idea of just making a flavor packed mustard with a touch of beer flavor. The question quickly came up about different types of beer.

There are slight variations between several beers but the only noticeable two are between an amber beer and a dark beer. What I’m saying is your $8 stout craft beer will probably yield the same results as a $2 stout from the corner market – flavor wise. The same can be said between a high dollar craft beer and some ice cold Bud or Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Here’s the four basic steps: They are the same if you are using water, beer, wine, etc. as your liquids.

Step 1 – SOAK
Combine equal portions of Apple Cider Vinegar and your choice of beer. Mix enough to cover the seeds in a non-reactive bowl. Soak the seeds, covered in a glass bowl in the fridge, for two – three days. Check every day or so, remix, stir, and add a touch more liquid if needed.

Step 2 – BLEND
Puree in a blender or food processor. You can use a food processor or a blender to turn your soaked seeds into a spreadable mustard. A light touch of the start button produces a chunky style mustard. Keep things going and the results are a creamier style mixture.

You can hold a spoonful or two (or even more) of the soaked whole seeds to the side when you mix. Add then add them in after you blend, stir, and you’ll have a very tasty and textured mix!

Step 3 – FLAVOR
Now’s the time to add additional flavors! After the soak, and the blend, you can now start playing around with additional ingredients. How about Tennessee Whiskey, Kentucky bourbon, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, hot sauce, and more. Simply add some desired ingredients a little bit at a time.

Step 4 – REST
The first taste of your homemade mustard might bring tears to your eyes! Allow the mustard to chill, covered, for a while in the fridge, and mellow a bit! Allow for some down time – you’re mustard needs a break!

One closing note. A mustard made with vinegar and water has a pretty long stored in the refrigerator shelf life. I’ve been told that once you start adding things such as beer and honey the shelf life decreases. Have fun making your own mustard! I think it’s something that once you’ve tried it you’ll keep coming back to it.

Kent Whitaker, also known as “The Deck Chef,” is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He’s also penned young reader and history titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.


1 bottle Worcestershire sauce
1 beer
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. minced onion
1/4 c. minced jalapeno pepper
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 stick melted butter

Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer.


1/3 c. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

BBQ Rubs

  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated garlic
  • 6 tablespoons granulated onion

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and rub them together with your hands. Store in a plastic or glass container until ready to use. Makes 2 and 3/4 cups.  Rubbing spices into meat is the essential first step to great barbecue. This is a great starter rub, but feel free to personalize it. Add some of your favorite herbs or pulverized dried smoked chiles. Just make sure you keep the sweet, savory, and spicy flavors in balance.

1 Tbsp. granulated onion
1 Tbsp. cane sugar
1 Tbsp. non-iodized salt
1 tsp. mild chili powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne

Mix the seasonings well.  Store in an air tight container until use.


2-1/2 tbsp. sweet paprika
1 tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground white pepper
1 tbsp. onion powder

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. This seasoning will keep, stored in a covered jar, for three months. (Editor’s note: Frugé Cajun is in Branch, Louisiana. Until 1996, their sales were almost exclusively wholesale to restaurants. Then came the internet and their website was born – In addition to Turduchen, CajunCraw specializes in farm-raised crawfish, Cajun meats, shrimp, fresh fish, and Louisiana rice. Tennessee Gourmet™ Snappy Pepper Jelly is available at Bellycheer Gourmet Jalapeño Sauce is available at

by Mike Stines
Author, “Mastering Barbecue”
(Ten Speed Press, 2005)
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BBQ Appetizers and Snacks


1/2 lb. dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
1 tsp. cumin seeds
4 large cloves garlic, smashed
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. hot pimentón or other hot paprika
1/8 tsp. cayenne
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil with lemon*
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. cilantro, minced
Grilled pita bread or bread

In a medium saucepan, cover the chickpeas with 3 inches of cold water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until just tender, about 1  1/4 hours.  Drain and pat dry with a clean tea towel.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, cook the cumin seeds shaking the pan until they are lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.  Transfer to a spice or coffee grinder and let cool then grind to a fine powder.

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, pimenton and cayenne pulse until finely chopped.  With the machine on, add the 2 tablespoons oil and the lemon oil in a slow steady stream and puree until the chickpea dip is very smooth.  Season the dip with salt and pepper, scrape into a shallow bowl.  Drizzle with oil and garnish with cilantro and serve with bread.

*Bottles of lemon-flavored extra virgin olive oil – made by crushing olives with lemons.  Are available at specialty markets and some large supermarkets.

This is a very good hors d’oeuvre when served with bread that has been brushed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper and pimentón before grilling.  You can use canned chickpeas in place of the dried ones, but the texture and flavor won’t be quite as interesting.

Barbecue Is Now!
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

Nonstick cooking spray
8 oz. ground raw chicken or turkey (cooked smoked chicken) *
3 oz. creamed cheese, softened*
1/4 c. pineapple juice
3 Tbsp. finely chopped green onions
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 c. finely chopped, peeled fresh or frozen peaches thawed (use peach jam) *
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
36 wonton wrappers
Cooking oil for deep fat frying

For Filling: coat a large skillet with nonstick spray; heat over med high heat. Cook and stir chicken or turkey until no longer pink; drain. add pineapple juice, green onion, soy sauce and ginger. Bring just to boiling reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 4 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Stir in peaches and pepper. Cool mixture slightly.

To fill: Spoon 1 rounded tsp of chicken mixture into center of each wonton wrapper. Brush edges lightly with water. Fold the four sides together toward center; pinch corners and seams closed.

Meanwhile heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy saucepan or deep fryer to 365° degrees F. Fry wontons, 4 at a time for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Remove wontons from oil; drain on paper towels.  Place fried wontons in a single layer on baking sheet. Keep warm in a 300*F oven whiling frying remaining wontons. serve warm. Makes 36 wontons.

Barbecue Is Now!
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

This chicken salad has a creamy dressing and is another way to use your leftover barbecued competition chicken and serve it over crisp lettuce leaves.

5 slices bacon 
3 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. minced green onion
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
12 leaves romaine lettuce
1 large avocado, sliced

Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; crumble.

Stir chicken, bacon, tomato, and celery together in a bowl.

Whisk mayonnaise, parsley, green onions, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth. Pour dressing over chicken mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
Stir chicken mixture and serve over romaine lettuce leaves; garnish with avocado slices. Serves 6.


1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. sausage
1 large onion, chopped

Brown these three ingredients together and drain.
Then, melt 2 lbs. Velvetta cheese on low heat. Add 1 can mushroom soup and 1 can chopped tomatoes. Add meat mixture and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder to melted cheese. Serve warm with nachos. This makes a lot but can be frozen and used several times or the recipe can be cut in half.


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 qt. pecan halves

Cook first four ingredients to soft ball stage. Stir in one quart of pecan halves. Coat well. Cool on waxed paper.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

18 chicken wings
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 1/2 tsp. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Place chicken wings in shallow glass dish.

Mix remaining ingredients in 1 quart saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth; cool; pour over chicken. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Remove chicken from marinade. Cover and grill chicken 5 to 6 inches from medium coals 20 to 35 minutes, turning and brushing 2 or 3 times with marinade, until done. Makes 18 wings.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

1 Tbsp. oil
1/2 c. minced onion
2 cans (4 oz. each) chopped mild green chile peppers
1 can (14.5 oz.) Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 lb. Velveeta cheese (American cheese), shredded or cubed

Heat oil in a skillet; sauté onion until tender.   Add chile peppers & tomatoes; bring to a boil.  Add cheese.  Pour mixture into slow cooker and cook on LOW heat for 2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

4 (6 oz.) filet mignon steaks or tenderloin tips
16 oz. bottle Italian dressing
1-8 oz. package cream cheese
1/4 c. minced pickled jalapeno pepper or to taste
20 slices thinly sliced bacon

Slice the steaks into 1/2-inch wide strips. Pound the strips to about half their original thickness. Place the steak in a bowl; pour the Italian dressing over the meat; allow to marinate at least 2 hours.

Mix together the cream cheese and jalapeno pepper in a bowl; set aside. Remove the strips from the marinade and lay out on a flat surface. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on each strip.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.

Remove the strips from the marinade and lay on a flat surface. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on each strip. Fold the meat around the cream cheese mixture to form a ball. Wrap each ball with a slice of bacon. Secure bacon with water-soaked toothpicks or metal skewers.

Cook on preheated grill until steak is no longer pink, about 4 minutes per side. Servings: 10.

BBQ Sides

  • 1 pound cut up chicken pieces
  • 1/2 pound lean ham, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small red chile pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups lima beans

Put chicken in a large stockpot with onion and ham.  Add three quarts of water and bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for two hours. Add tomatoes, lima beans, potatoes, corn, salt, black pepper, and chile pepper. Cover pot and simmer gently for another hour, stirring frequently. Add butter and serve.

1-1/2 lbs. navy or pea beans
2 c. apple juice
1 tsp. salt
2 ham hocks
1/2 c. brown sugar packed
1/2 c. molasses
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 c. celery, diced
3 c. firm, crisp, apples, peeled, cored and sliced

Rinse the beans in cold water. Place in a large bowl and cover with cold water and soak overnight. Drain the beans. Add them to a stockpot. Add the apple juice, salt, ham hocks, onion, and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Remove the ham hocks. Cut meat away from the bone and dice; return meat to beans and discard bones. Stir in all remaining ingredients and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.

Place in a 300° degree F pre-heated oven. Cover and bake 3 1/2 hours. Remove cover and bake until beans are glazed on top, 35 to 45 minutes.

This recipe seems to be a lot of work but it’s worth it. If you don’t want to work from scratch here is another comfort bean recipe that’s not as much work.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

1 #10 can pork and beans
1 medium onion, dices
1 medium green pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 c. bacon grease
2 c. brown sugar, packed
1-2 c. barbecue sauce
1-2 Tbsp. barbecue rub or seasoned salt
1-2 c. barbecued brisket or pork butt, cubed
1 Tbsp. liquid smoke (optional)

Rinse the beans and discard the piece of pork fat. Saute the onions and green pepper in the bacon grease, until soft, about 5 to 6 minutes. Combine the beans, onion pepper mixture, sugar and 1 cup barbecue sauce in a casserole dish. Add the cubed meat and blend well. Season to taste. Add more barbecue sauce if you want soupier beans. Add the liquid smoke if you want (you don’t have to admit it if you do add some) I like it in my beans because I don’t usually cook them in my pit.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes uncovered.


1 pound dried navy beans
2 small onions
8 cups water
4 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham (1-1/2 pounds)
2 smoked ham hocks
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place beans in an ovenproof Dutch oven; add enough water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Chop one onion; slice second onion and separate into rings. Set onions aside. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to the pan. Add reserved onions; stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover pan and place on the grill rack over indirect medium heat. Cover grill; cook for 1 hour or until beans are almost tender. Uncover Dutch oven; cover grill and cook 30 minutes longer or until beans are tender. Discard ham hocks. Serves 12.


1 onion, cut into rings
1/3 cup flour
1/8 cup paprika
1/8 cup pure chile powder
1/8 cup toasted cumin seeds, ground
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Milk for soaking onion
Salt to taste

Combine the dry ingredients, except for the salt, in a bowl. In another bowl, soak the sliced onion in milk, then shake off the excess milk when ready to cook. Toss the slices in the flour mixture until well coated. Heat canola oil to 360ºF and fry onions a few at a time until golden, about 45 seconds. Remove from the oil and drain. Season with salt. Arrange on top of chicken with a spiced apple ring for color.


6 ears of corn, with husks
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
6 slices bacon
Serves 6

Pull back the corn husks enough to remove the silks. Place the corn in a large bowl and cover it with cold water. Soak the corn for at least 30 minutes, and up to 2 hours. Drain the corn. Prepare the smoker for barbecuing, bringing the temperature to 200-220ºF. (Note same temperature as needed for meat loaf.)Salt and pepper the corn and wrap a piece of bacon around each ear. Rearrange the husks in their original position. Tear 1 or 2 husks into strips and use them to tie around the top of the ears to hold the husks in place.Place the corn in the smoker and cook until tender, 1 to 1-1/4 hours. Remove the corn from the smoker and discard the husks and bacon. Serve hot.
Variation: Instead of wrapping the corn in bacon, try slathering the corn with extra-virgin olive oil, unrefined corn oil, or garlic-flavored oil. All add great taste, too.(Another 2 cents from Joe says you can put on a shallow pan and cook in the oven, but only if necessary.)


6 to 8 medium yellow squash
1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped fine
1 stick butter
3 large eggs, beaten
1 (10-3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup Town House cracker crumbs
1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
Extra grated cheese, for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and scrape squash, cut up, and boil until done and then mash. Add other ingredients except cheese for topping. Pour into a casserole dish and sprinkle with the extra grated cheese for the topping. Bake for 30 minutes.


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups diced Andouille sausage
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs seasoned with 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter and cook onion until softened, about four minutes. Add remaining butter. When melted, add flour forming a roux. Add salt, mustard, and pepper; stir until well blended. Gradually stir in milk until blended. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about two minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Combine mixture with Andouille, Cajun seasoning, and macaroni in a large buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs over casserole and cook at 350° F. for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

by Mike Stines
Author, “Mastering Barbecue”
(Ten Speed Press, 2005)
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2 bunches broccoli, chopped
1 cup peanuts or pecans
1 cup raisins, dark or light (combination is good)
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup white grapes, sliced in halves

Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl with 4-5 slices of bacon
cooked to the crumbling stage.

Mix the items below and add to above mixture:

1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise (or less)


Serves 4
2 large firm tomatoes
3 Tbsp. fresh white bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1 oz. grated cheese, e.g. cheddar, mozzarella, etc.
2 Tbsp. soft butter

A pinch of dried basilPrepare the barbecue for grilling. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds using a teaspoon. Combine the remaining ingredients and lightly pack the mixture into the tomato cavities. Place the tomato halves, cut side up, on the grill and cook, over medium heat, for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are heated through and the cheese has melted.


1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup sour cream
1 (16 ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (16 ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained
2 eggs
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix

Melt butter or margarine in a 9×13 inch pan. Let butter cool a little, then stir in sour cream, mixing well. Stir in other ingredients, mixing in the corn muffin mix last. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until golden brown.


Serves 4

Green beans will not dry out on the grill if you rinse them and leave the excess water on the beans. They cook quickly and retain a good crunch. Add a minced clove of garlic to the oil for more flavor, or serve with crumbled goat cheese.

1-1/2 lbs. green beans, rinsed (do not pat dry)
1-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper

Toss the moist beans with oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.Grill the beans over a medium-hot fire, with the green beans placed perpendicular to the grill grate rods. Grill until the beans are lightly browned and crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 pound ground chuck
2 (16-ounce) cans Bush’s Barbecue baked beans
1/2 cup Tennessee Gourmet™
Apple & Spice Sneaky Hot Sauce
Hickory chips, soaked in water for two hours

Preheat smoker or grill to 350° F. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, cook onion in butter until softened. Add hamburger and cook completely. Remove hamburger and onion with a slotted spoon and drain well. In a large cast iron Dutch oven, combine hamburger, onion, baked beans, and Tennessee Gour-met™ sauce, stir to combine. Smoke over hickory wood, stirring often, 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

by Mike Stines
Author, “Mastering Barbecue”
(Ten Speed Press, 2005)
[email protected]


Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

1/2 c. barbecue sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 lb. brisket burnt ends, chopped
1/2 lb. thick sliced bacon, cooked on your grill or smoker and chopped
1/2 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch slices, cooked and drained
16 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15-3/4 oz. can pork and beans
15-1/4 oz. can lima beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can chili beans in chili sauce, undrained

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; mix well. Add cooked beef, bacon and smoked sausage. Stir in all of the beans.

Pour into a 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, in your smoker at 250° for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally or until heated through.   If the beans start to dry out add some water. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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2 lbs. red potatoes, scrubbed
1 lb. package thick sliced bacon
2 c. sour cream
2 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. prepared yellow mustard
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3/4 c. chopped green olives
5 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 pinch Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp. ranch salad dressing
1 pinch smoked paprika, as garnish

Place the potatoes into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover.  Bring to a boil and cook until tender enough to pierce with a fork. Drain, cool enough to handle, and cut into cubes.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Reserve bacon grease.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, green onions, olives, eggs, Italian seasoning and ranch dressing.

Crumble the bacon into the bowl and pour half of the reserved bacon grease over all.

Stir gently until everything is evenly distributed.   Garnish with a dash of paprika before serving. Serves 8 to 10.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
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1 medium cucumber — halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 c. fresh pea pods — halved
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1 tablespoon salad oil
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red chili paste — (optional)
4 c. shredded Napa cabbage
1/2 c. coarsely chopped honey-roasted peanuts

In a large mixing bowl combine cucumber and pea pods.

For dressing, in a small mixing bowl stir together vinegar, salad oil, sesame oil, sugar, salt, and, if desired, red chili paste. Pour over cucumber and pea pods, stirring to coat.

Cover and chill for 4, or overnight. Just before serving, stir in cabbage and peanuts. Makes 8 side-dish servings.

Grilled Onions
1 large Vidalia onion (sweet or yellow onion will also work)
1/2 tsp. butter for each onion

This is really simple but really good, too! Start by washing the the excess skin. Next simply hollow out a hole in the top of the onion large enough to hold the 1/2 teaspoon of butter. Wrap the onions in aluminum foil and cook on medium heat for no more than two hours.

If you want a little more flavor, just sprinkle a little of your “secret” rub recipe in the middle with the butter before wrapping in foil.


1 (3-pound) fryer
1 pound lean pork
1 pound lean beef
Black pepper
3 medium onions, chopped
4 (16-ounce) cans tomatoes
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 (16-ounce) cans butter beans
2 (15-ounce) cans whole kernel corn
1 (15-ounce) can sweet peas
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen sliced okra

Combine chicken, pork and beef in a large, heavy pot (a large cast iron pot works best). Season with salt and pepper. Add onions and cover with water. Cook slowly for several hours until meat falls from the bone. Remove from heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from pot reserving stock. Allow meat to cool and tear meat into shreds and return to stock. Add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, bay leaves, chili sauce, dry mustard, and butter. Cook one hour, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, butter beans, corn, peas, potatoes, and okra. Simmer until thick, about one hour. And yet another variation is offered at Spanky’s Seafood Grill & Bar on St. Simon Island , Georgia. Their “world famous” Brunswick Stew is a bit more complicated but extremely tasty. (The recipe is reprinted with permission.)

by Mike Stines
Author, “Mastering Barbecue”
(Ten Speed Press, 2005)
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Smoked Corn Chowder with Leeks

6 ears fresh corn
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups minced leeks, white part only
1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
2 stalks celery, minced
1/2 pound Andouille sausage, diced
5 cups chicken stock
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh parsley
Kosher salt
Cracked black pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Carefully peel back the corn husks and remove silk. Soak corn ears in cold water for at least one hour. Drain and fold husks back over ears, securing with kitchen twine. Smoke corn at 225° F. over hickory or mesquite for one to 1 1/2 hours. Remove corn from smoker and remove kernels from ears, reserving kernels and any liquid. Using a camp stove or the top of a smoker box, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks, potatoes, celery, and Andouille; cover and cook until leeks and celery soften, about 10 minutes. Add stock and herbs; season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are barely tender. Add corn and cook five minutes. Add cream and return to a simmer. Remove herb sprigs and bay leaves before serving.

Much like the controversy surrounding barbecue sauces, Brunswick Stew has a combination of ingredients depending on where it’s prepared. There is also considerable debate as to its origin with Brunswick , Georgia , Brunswick , North Carolina , and Brunswick County , Virginia , all claiming ownership. Food historians, and the Virginia General Assembly, tend to agree Brunswick Stew got its name for Brunswick County , Virginia , in 1828 when a member of the state legislature, Dr. Creed Haskins, asked his camp cook to prepare a squirrel stew for a number of friends on a hunting expedition. Today, most of the Virginia-based recipes use chicken or rabbit instead of squirrel meat. Georgia recipes have pork and beef along with the chicken and sometimes include vinegar and other spicy ingredients.

by Mike Stines
Author, “Mastering Barbecue”
(Ten Speed Press, 2005)
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2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup water
1 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup diced celery
3 Tablespoons chopped pimento
3 Tablespoons chopped green pepper

Soften unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Add 1 cup water. Heat to boiling, cool slightly and add apple juice and lemon juice. Continue cooling until mixture starts to thicken. Fold in onions, cabbage, celery, pimento and green pepper. Pour into a 1 quart mold and chill until set. When six can eat with less than 50 calories – it’s a winner!

Meats and Seafood

Grilled Lamb Chops with Minty Yogurt Sauce
Grilled Lamb Chops with Minty Yogurt Sauce
By Steve Collins

The Home Chef

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I love grilled lamb chops, and they make a wonderfully romantic dinner for two

6 Loin lamb chops

Salt & freshly ground pepper

1 tsp. cumin seed

1 tsp. coriander seed

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 c. rice wine vinegar

1/4 c. fresh mint, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Season the lamb chops to taste with salt and pepper. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry saute pan over medium heat until they begin to release their fragrance (about three minutes). Grind the cumin and coriander seeds to a coarse powder using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Mix the olive oil, vinegar, mint, garlic, coriander and cumin together to form the marinade. Put the chops in a reclosable plastic bag and cover with the marinade. Refrigerate for two hours to overnight. When ready to grill remove the lamb chops from the marinade.

Prepare a hot fire. When the grill is ready, put the chops on the grate and cook for three minutes; then turn over and cook for three more minutes for rare (135°). If you want the lamb cooked more, keep it on the grill for two more minutes. These are great on their own, but if you want a sauce, try this minty yogurt sauce.

Minty Yogurt Sauce

This sauce can be made up to four days in advance. Keep it covered and refrigerated.

1 cup Yogurt

1/4 cup Cucumber, peeled and seeds removed

2 tablespoons Fresh mint, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Fresh parsley, finely chopped

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


By Steve Collins
The Home Chef
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Nut Sauce
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed & finely diced
1 tsp. Ground cumin
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. ancho chile dried and ground
1 tsp. chipotle chile, ground
1/2 c. almond butter
1/4 c. almond milk, unflavored

1 lb. of the largest shrimp you can afford, peeled and deveined
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2″x4″ planks
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp. jalapeno pepper, seeds removed & finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. butter

For sauce: Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and let it heat for a minute. Add the garlic, onion and jalapeno and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables begin to be translucent. Add the cumin, oregano, and chiles and cook for another two minutes. Add the almond butter and the almond milk and whisk to create a thin paste. Add more almond milk, if needed, to get a sauce consistency. Refrigerate until needed or serve immediately. (This sauce is great thick.)

Prepare a hot grill. Thread the shrimp, three or four to a skewer. Refrigerate them until ready to grill. Put the limejuice, jalapeno, garlic and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the butter melts. When the fire is ready brush the shrimp skewers and the zucchini slabs with the lime jalapeno butter basting mixture. Put the shrimp on the grill, directly over the fire and cook for three minutes. Flip and cook for three more minutes. Serve with heated sauce (or you can serve the sauce cold and use it as a dipping sauce. Serve with a salad and/or your favorite rice and beans.

Notes: If you can’t find ancho chile, use a good dried red chile. You should be able to find it in the International Foods aisle of most supermarkets.

If you would prefer to substitute other nut butters or nut milks, feel free.

Fire Up The Grill
By Steve Collins
The Home Chef
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Happy New Year all! I wanted to share this recipe that I created over the holidays for pork loin roast stuffed with apple and chorizo sausage. If you can’t find chorizo, use a spicy sausage like andouille. Brining is the key to this roast; it keeps the meat moist and juicy. Begin preparation the day before so that you have time to soak the pork in brine overnight. May 2017 bring lots of opportunities to grill and smoke your favorite foods!

1 boneless pork loin roast, 3-4 lbs.
6 to 8 pieces of butcher’s twine 8-10″ long
1 wood plank, preferably your favorite hardwood, soaked for an hour

2 qts. water
4 Tbps. kosher salt
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. of your favorite spice mixture (I like salt, cumin, crushed black pepper, oregano, allspice, cloves, dried chile. Mix whatever combination calls to you.)

Put the brine ingredients in a pot and bring to a light boil. Stir well, then remove from heat and let cool. Put the pork roast into a container that just holds it. When the brine has cooled, pour it over the pork, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Prepare the roast
Remove the pork from the brine, rinse well, and pat dry with a paper towel. Spread the lengths of twine evenly on the work surface. Lay the roast across the string on the work surface fat side down. With a very sharp knife, slit the roast being careful not to cut all the way through. Open out the roast for stuffing. Rub both sides of the roast with olive oil and season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Prepare the stuffing (recipe below) and spread it evenly over the inside (non-fat side) of the roast. Roll the roast into a cylinder and tie tightly at each point.

Cooking the roast
Prepare a hot fire in the grill. Put the prepared roast on the soaked plank, fat side up. Brush the roast generously with mustard glaze (recipe below). Put the plank on the grill grate directly over the fire. Cover the grill and cook for an hour and a half. Check with an instant read thermometer. It should read 150 degrees internal temperature. Remove the roast from the grill. Let it stand for 10 minutes to rest. Slice and serve. Serves 6 to 8 people.

1/2 lb. pork chorizo sausage, removed from casing
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 c. shallots, finely chopped
1/4 c. fennel, finely chopped
1 medium apple, peeled, core removed, and diced to 1/4-inch
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/4 c. dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. brandy or fruit liqueur


New Year’s Resolution Turkey Burger

By Kent “The Deck Chef” Whitaker

Once again, I’ve flown off the true “barbecue” topic but this is worth sharing! 2017 is here and a bunch of us have decided, once again, to lose some weight. Several relatives and a few buddies were sitting around on the couch after Thanksgiving watching football and talking about losing weight. Yes &ndansh; we ate way too much. Then, the same thing happened at Christmas!
It was decided that everyone would share a recipe for something healthier than some of the stuff we grill up on a normal basis. I knew instantly what I wanted to share with my fellow carb-loaded, belt’s too tight group! My version of a Turkey Burger with man food roots that Ally and I came up with my Great American Grilling cookbook. Here’s a few keys to turkey burgers that don’t suck… or turn PURPLE! Yes, that happened!

Tube or no Tube?
Every one that reads the National Barbecue News probably knows this – but there are different kinds of ground turkey like there are different types of ground beef. Avoid the stuff in the tube that’s packaged like it’s breakfast sausage. Move on over to the packs that you can see through. The difference is often a turkey that’s one step away from being putty or a nice ground product that has some real meat texture.

Adding Stuff!
Ground turkey burgers are perfect for adding extra flavor boosters such as low fat cheese, minced onion, green pepper, jalapenos, black beans and more. For this dish &ndansh; we’re going with ALL THE ABOVE! But you can fly by your own grilling rules &ndansh; go with what your taste buds enjoy. But &ndansh; be aware about colors in items such as black beans &ndansh; more on that in a minute.

Avoiding the PURPLE!
OK, here’s what happened. The first time I combined ground turkey with a can of black beans I decided to mash up the beans. It was amazing &ndansh; I had the prettiest color of purple you could imagine! The problem is that turkey burgers that are purple tend to be very unappetizing!
If you’re adding things in for texture and flavor, then go ahead and mince the items up. I’m talking about onions, peppers, and such. The smaller the better. HOWEVER -If you choose things like black beans then you should only lightly break those items up. The more you mash black beans up the more of a weird purple color your burgers will have.
You’ll notice that ground turkey sticks like crazy. Here’s what you do. Make the burger, place the strange – sticky patty on squares of non-stick prepped foil. Next, shape it a bit using a wet spoon. Boom, done! Leave the burger on the foil and move on to the next patty.

Hit the Grill!
Here’s the great thing about the foil. You can use that foil as a mini grilling tray! You can move the burgers around to ensure even cooking. Just grab a corner of the foil with some tongs. When the patties are firmed up simply flip them and gently peel the foil away. You may need the edge of the tongs and a spoon or something to help separate. Be careful &ndansh; there will be some hot grease dripping so watch for flare ups.
Top Them and Eat Them!
Regular toppings and condiments are fine but you can also go with jalapeno infused ketchup, homemade dark beer mustard, heirloom tomatoes, and more. Now, just in case you missed something or need some extra detail, here’s my recipe straight from my Great American Grilling Cookbook. Avoid the “purple” turkey and black bean burger and if you’re doing some 2017 dieting… GOOD LUCK!

Kent’s Ground Turkey and Black Bean Burgers
1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp. steak sauce
2 Tbsp. dried bread crumbs
1-2 Tbsp. chopped jalapeno peppers
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic, or garlic powder
Dashes of pepper
Dashes of chili powder
Dashes of onion powder

Mix evenly in a bowl. Chill for a few minutes. Spray squares of foil with non-stick spray. Spoon equal portions onto the foil squares. Smooth and form using a wet spoon. Grill on an upper rack with the lid closed. Turn when bottom edges brown and gently peel away the foil. Watch for flare ups.

Kent Whitaker, also known as “The Deck Chef,” is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He’s also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motor-sports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
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1/2 lb. pulled pork, chopped
4 russet potatoes
1 tablespoon canola oil, or bacon grease
1/2 c. Cheddar cheese, or Monterey Jack, or mozzarella, shredded
1/4 c. sour cream, or more to taste

Preheat an oven to 400° degrees F.
Rub the potatoes with the oil. Arrange them on a baking sheet and pierce each a few times with a knife or fork. Bake until cooked through, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
Cut a lengthwise split in each potato and fluff the insides with a fork. Arrange the warmed pork, cheese, and sour cream on top. Sprinkle with chives, if using, and serve. Makes 4 servings.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!

By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
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4 Tbsp. sugar
4 Tbsp. sweet soy sauce
4 Tbsp. Hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. Chinese Five-spice powder
1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1inch piece ginger, smashed
1 star anise
1 1/2-lb. pulled pork
1/2 c. Chinese cabbage, cut into paper-thin slices
1/2 Asian pear, cut into paper-thin slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed
6 corn or flour tortillas
Sriracha chili sauce as needed
12 sprigs cilantro
Sesame-chili salsa as needed
Lime wedges 6 each

To make pork taco filling, bring sugar, sweet soy, hoisin, soy sauce, five-spice powder, sesame oil, ginger and star anise to a boil and reduce over medium heat until thickened to a honey consistency, about 5 minutes. Cool, then pour over pork to marinate overnight. Next day, grill pork to medium well. Cool pork, chop and reserve.
Toss Chinese cabbage and Asian pear together and season with salt and pepper.
To serve, wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil and place in a 350° degree F oven for 5 minutes to warm. Place cabbage and pear on bottom of tortilla, then add 3 ounces’ meat per taco. Drizzle with sriracha, add 2 sprigs cilantro per taco and finish with sesame-chili salsa. Garnish each taco with a wedge of lime and serve 3 tacos per order. Yield: 2 servings.

These baked potatoes can be served as either a side dish or a light entrée. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, and to garnish with scallions, cilantro, or chopped green chilies instead of chives. If you like, add a sprinkle of chili powder, garlic powder, or onion powder.

Fire Up The Grill
By Steve Collins
The Home Chef
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Sharing this festive dinner with close friends is a great way to enjoy the holidays. This roast is cooked indirectly, meaning the fires are on either side of the roast which smokes directly over a pan of water. (Complete instructions for indirect grilling are included in the recipe below.) For best results, prep and marinate the roast the day before. If you aren’t able to do that, allow at least four hours to marinate it. Ask your butcher to “French” the bones, or do it yourself if you have a sharp knife.

“Frenching” means to remove the meat and fat from the outer two inches of the bone; it’s a very elegant presentation. Have a wonderful holiday season; enjoy this special time!

6 lb. beef rib roast, bone-in
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 c. rice wine vinegar
1/2 c. bourbon
1/4 c. honey

Dried Cherry Sauce
2 c. dried cherries
1 cup bourbon or brandy
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 Tbsp. shallots, finely chopped
Zest of 1 orange
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
Optional: 1/2 habañero pepper, seeds removed, and finely chopped

1 c. hickory or pecan wood chips, soaked in water for an hour

Marinate the rib roast. Rub the roast with olive oil and then season to taste with salt and pepper and place it in a baking dish. Mix the marinade ingredients and pour them over the roast. Cover the pan with cling wrap or foil and refrigerate for four hours to overnight. Turn the roast a couple of times so that all surfaces are covered.

Prepare a hot fire on either side of the cooking area of the grill. Fill an aluminum baking pan with water and place it between the two fires. When the fires are ready put the soaked wood chips on top of each one. Remove the roast from the marinade and place, bone side down, on the grill grate directly over the pan of water. If you’re using charcoal add more coals about every hour to hour-and-a-half. As you cook the roast keep an eye on the bones of the roast. If they begin to burn cover the tips of the bones with aluminum foil.

After three hours, check the temperature with an instant read thermometer to determine how much longer the roast needs to cook. A smaller rib roast may be ready at that point. For a rare middle you want an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Add more charcoal as needed, continuing to cook until the desired internal temperature is reached.

Remove the roast from the grill and allow to rest for 15 to 20 minutes, loosely tented with foil. Slice the roast and serve with the dried cherry sauce.

To make the sauce:
You can make the dried cherry sauce anytime while cooking the roast and warm it up at serving time.

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cherries begin to plump and the liquid thickens (about 20 minutes). Remove the sauce from the heat and serve it over the sliced beef tenderloin. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
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1 large onion, diced
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 lb. smoked or Italian sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 c. chopped barbecued pork
1 c. chopped barbecued brisket
1 c. chopped smoked chicken
3 c. uncooked long-grain rice
2-10 1/2-oz. cans French onion soup, undiluted
1-14 1/2-oz. can chicken broth
1-14 1/2-oz. can beef broth
2 to 3 tsp. Creole seasoning
2 to 3 tsp. Louisiana hot sauce
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a Dutch oven 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage is browned. Stir in the barbecued meat and next 6 ingredients.
Bake, covered, at 350°F for 40 minutes, stirring after 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired. Yield: 8 servings

Who doesn’t like tacos? Here’s one to try.

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By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

4 Tbsp. sugar
4 Tbsp sweet soy sauce
4 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1-1/2 tsp. Chinese Five-spice powder
1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1″ piece ginger, smashed
1 star anise
1 1/2-pound pork loin, cut into 2 or 3 pieces
1/2 c. Chinese cabbage, cut into paper-thin slices
1/2 Asian pear, cut into paper-thin slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed
6 corn tortillas
Sriracha chili sauce as needed
12 sprigs cilantro
Sesame-chili salsa as needed
Lime wedges 6 each

To make pork taco filling, bring sugar, sweet soy, hoisin, soy sauce, five-spice powder, sesame oil, ginger and star anise to a boil and reduce over medium heat until thickened to a honey consistency, about 5 minutes. Cool, then pour over pork to marinate overnight. Next day, grill pork to medium well. Cool pork, chop and reserve.

Toss Chinese cabbage and Asian pear together and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil and place in a 350-degree F oven for 5 minutes to warm. Place cabbage and pear on bottom of tortilla, then add 3 ounces’ meat per taco. Drizzle with sriracha, add 2 sprigs cilantro per taco and finish with sesame-chili salsa.

Garnish each taco with a wedge of lime and serve 3 tacos per order. Yield: 2 servings

Sesame-Chile Salsa
1/2 c. scallions, sliced
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. chili oil
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. kimchi, chopped
1 lime, juice of
Salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Reserve, refrigerated, up to 1 day.
Yield: 1 cup


Fire Up The Grill
By Steve Collins
The Home Chef
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What says holiday more than apples and cranberries! This boneless pork loin, stuffed and rolled, is a great holiday season dish. Serve it with garlic-mashed sweet potatoes and enjoy.

1 boneless pork loin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 apple, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano, finely chopped
1/4 c. walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. apple cider
1 c. breadcrumbs
Waxed paper

An apple wood grilling plank soaked at least 30 minutes

Cut the roast the entire length to just past the center of the meat. Then open the roast and cut a little more than halfway through each side (you want the roast to lie flat. Place the slit roast on a piece of waxed paper and cover it with second piece of waxed paper. Pound the roast until it a uniform thickness. Remove the top piece of waxed paper and season the roast with salt and pepper. Cut four or five lengths of butcher string, each about a foot long. Lay them out so that they will go the entire length of the roast Place the roast over the string and refrigerate until you are ready to stuff and roll, just prior to grilling.

For stuffing
Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for a minute. Add the apple and cook for an additional minute. Add the walnuts and cranberries and cook for another minute. Then add the apple cider. Cook for five minutes more. Add enough breadcrumbs to hold the mixture together and to absorb the moisture. Spread the filling evenly over the roast. Roll from the thin side to form a cylinder. Tie each string securely.

Prepare a hot fire in the grill. Soak an apple wood plank for at least 30 minutes. Put the roast on the soaked plank. Put the plank on the grill. Cover the grill and cook for an hour and a half (or until an instant read thermometer reads 165°). Remove the roast from the grill. Let it stand for 10 minutes to rest. Slice and serve.


By Kent “The Deck Chef” Whitaker
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Time to jump off the cookbook promotion, barbecue, and grilling business train for one article! A married college student couple recently asked me if I had a suggestion for grilling beef tips. The young couple, in married student housing, is one a budget and wanted to start grilling up a few cost saving meals. Ally and I are masters of budget shopping so I knew we could help.

We swapped emails about grocery shopping tips, affordable cuts, where certain cuts came from, chicken, beef, fish, and more. The outcome was me having a better respect for the time married students with a young family have to prepare a decent meal. Especially while juggling school, jobs, toddlers, all while trying to live healthy.

We swapped several recipe ideas but the one below seemed to be a favorite. They let me know that they picked up a pack of chuck eye steak that was on sale at their local grocery store. It was cut into beef stew size chunks. I suggested trying a quick and easy recipe that I did for a Chef Demo in St. Louis years ago.

It’s a simple recipe for marinated beef with a white cream sauce that takes a few minutes of prep, some marinating time, and about fifteen minutes to cook. The great thing is that almost everyone has the ingredients already in their kitchen. The trick is to marinate the meat overnight if possible or at least for a few hours.

Two things I took into consideration was that Aaron, the husband, had mentioned his love of a certain brand of store bought steak marinade. Secondly; his wife, Lori, preferred more natural items with less sodium. Here’s what we came up with.

Marinated Chuck Eye Steak
1 lb. chuck eye steak, cubed
1/3 c. favorite steak marinade or sauce
1/3 c. your favorite juice – apple, orange, pineapple!
Dash of minced garlic if desired

Place all in a zip close bag and chill for a couple of hours.

Grill the steak as you normally would to your desired doneness!

I’m waiting to hear how the steaks turned out for them. I do know that they also planned of using one of my ideas for quick and easy flavored steak butter, but that’s a different article.

My suggestion to everyone in the barbecue and grilling business. Sometimes forget about promotion and such — just help a couple of youngsters starting out as a family with a couple of good recipes. After all – as I always say – food always tastes better when enjoyed with family and friends.

Kent Whitaker aka “The Deck Chef,” is a culinary writer and cookbook author – his newest title is Great American Grilling. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent lives in East Tennessee with his wife and son.


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This recipe combines some of my favorite flavors for delicious fall eating. Served with a salad it makes a great lite dinner. The flavor of the duck with the subtle smoky heat of the chipotle apples is a real autumn treat. Grill the chipotle apple slices after the grilled duck breast is removed from the heat and is resting. When serving, alternate slices of grilled duck breast with slices of chipotle apple on the plate.
Grilled Duck Breast
4 duck breasts, with the fat scored in a crosshatch pattern
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

Prepare the grill. Brush the toasted sesame oil on the both sides of the duck. Grill the duck breasts for 4 minutes on each side. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Once apple slices are grilled, slice the duck breasts in 1/4″ pieces and serve with grilled chipotle apples.

Chipotle Apples
2 medium apples, peeled and cored, in quarter-inch slices
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. chipotle chili from canned in adobo, finely chopped
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. melted butter

Make a mixture of brown sugar, chipotle, cinnamon and melted butter and toss the apple slices in it. Grill for them for three minutes, turn and grill for three more minutes. Serves 4.


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I love the combination of flavors here: orange and rosemary with a hint of a bite from jalapeño. This finished rack of lamb has a subtle smokiness. Remember to soak your plank in water for at least an hour before cooking. To make a sauce for the lamb, add beef or chicken stock and brandy to the remaining glaze and reduce. It will be delicious!

Orange Rosemary Glazed Rack of Lamb
1 rack of lamb rib chops, trimmed of excess fat
Olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 orange, in 1/4-inch slices
3 generous sprigs of fresh rosemary

Glaze and Sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 c. shallots, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1/2 c. orange marmalade
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, removed from stem and finely chopped
1/4 c. brandy
1/2 c. chicken or beef stock

One grilling plank soaked for at least an hour

Make the glaze: Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add the shallots and jalapeño and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently. Add the rosemary and orange marmalade and blend well.

Cook the lamb: Prepare a hot grill. Rub both sides of the rack of lamb with olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Distribute the oranges evenly on the plank. Lay the rosemary sprigs over the orange slices and place the rack of lamb, fat side up, over that. Brush the glaze mixture over the lamb. Return the remaining glaze to the saucepan to use for the sauce. Close the lid and cook for 40 minutes. An instant read thermometer inserted into the center should read140°. The center meat will be pink. If you prefer more done meat, continue cooking for a few more minutes. The temperature should be 160° for well done.

Make the sauce: Add the brandy and stock to the pan and stir well. Bring it to a boil and then lower to simmer. Simmer for at least 10 minutes. Serve with the lamb. If there are meat juices from cooking the lamb add these to the sauce.
Let rest for 10 minutes and slice. Serve with the sauce. Serves 2.

1 Tbsp. oil, preferably canola or corn
1/2 c. minced onion
1/2 green or red bell pepper, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1-1/4 lbs. ground beef
3/4 lb. ground pork
1-1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
3 Tbsp. sour cream
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/4 c. stock, preferably beef
1 tsp. Tabasco or other hot pepper
sauce to taste

BASIC BEER MOP (optional)
12 oz. beer
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. oil, preferable canola or corn
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. savory season blend
(your favorite rub)

Spicy tomato-based barbecue sauce.

Serves 6

Prepare the smoker for barbecuing, bringing the temperature to 200 to 220ºF. In a heavy skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, pepper, salt and cumin, and sauté until the vegetables are softened. Spoon the vegetable mixture into a large bowl. Add the remaining meat loaf ingredients and mix well with your hands. Mound the meat into a smoke-proof loaf pan. If you plan to baste the meat, stir the mop ingredients together in a small sauce pan and warm the mixture over low heat. Transfer the loaf to the smoker. Cook for 45 minutes, or until the meat has shrunk away from the sides of the pan.Gently ease the meat loaf out of the pan and place directly onto the grate of the smoker. Continue cooking the meat for an additional 1-1/2 hours, dabbing it every 30 minutes in a wood-burning pit, or as appropriate for your style of smoker. When 30 minutes of cooking time remain, apply the barbecue sauce to the top of the meat loaf.After removing the loaf from the smoker, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before slicing and serve warm or refrigerate for later use in sandwiches.(Joe’s 2 cents worth.) Bad weather? Use the same recipe, kick it up a notch with a little liquid smoke (not too much) and cook in the oven for about 1 hour. Not bad, and it gives you that outside taste inside!


Serves 4

Hickory is the traditional wood choice with ribs, but some of our tasters liked mesquite as well. If you like, serve the ribs with barbecue sauce, but they are delicious as is.2 full slabs pork spareribs (about 6 lbs. total)

3/4 cup Dry Rub for Barbecue
2 (3-inch) wood chunks or 2 cups wood chips
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Brown paper grocery bag
2 cups barbecue sauce, optional

Rub both sides of the ribs with the dry rub and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. (For stronger flavor, wrap the rubbed ribs in a double layer of plastic and refrigerate for up to 1 day.)Soak the wood chunks in cold water to cover for 1 hour and drain, or place the wood chips on an 18-inch square of aluminum foil, seal to make a packet, and use a fork to create about six holes to allow smoke to escape.Meanwhile, light a large chimney filled a bit less than halfway with charcoal briquettes (about 2-1/2 lbs. or 40 coals) and allow to burn until covered with a thin layer of gray ash. Empty the coals into one side of the grill, piling them up in a mound two or three briquettes high. Keep the bottom vents completely open. Place the wood chunks or the packet with the chips on top of the charcoal. Put the cooking grate in place, open the grill lid vents completely, and cover, turning the lid so that the vents are opposite the wood chunks or chips to draw smoke through the grill. Let the grate heat for 5 minutes and clean it with a wire brush.Position the ribs over the cool part of the grill. Barbecue, turning the ribs every 30 minutes until the meat starts to pull away from the bones and has a rosy glow on the exterior, 2 to 3 hours. (The initial temperature inside the grill will be about 350 degrees; it will drop to 250 degrees after 2 hours.)Remove the ribs from the grill and completely wrap each slab in foil. Put the foil-wrapped slabs in a brown paper bag and crimp the top of the bag to seal tightly. Allow to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.Unwrap the ribs and brush with barbecue sauce if desired, or serve with sauce on the side.


4 large chicken breasts, cooked and torn into pieces
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream

Mix soup and sour cream together, then add the chicken and blend together. Place in a casserole dish. (This can be refrigerated up to two days before adding the topping and baking.)

1 tube Saltine crackers, crumbled
1 stick margarine, melted

Mix crackers and butter together and pour over top of chicken mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


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1 pkg. 2 Alarm Chili Mix
2 doz. dried red Chile peppers (or hotter if you can handle it.)
1/2 of 12 oz. can Budweiser
1 tsp. sugar
Finely chopped garlic
Olive oil

Covered grill or kitchen oven Beer can holder recommended

Remove the Masa/Flour from the packets of spices. Mix sugar and all other spice packets together. Wash chicken thoroughly and pat dry. Coat the chicken lightly with oil. Rub on the spice all over, and put some inside the chicken also. Add a tablespoon of spice and a tablespoon of garlic to the can. Pre-heat grill to 350°. Put can in holder. Put cavity of chicken down over beer can and press down firmly. Using a small knife, make small slits in breast, thigh, legs, and wings. Insert peppers into slits with stems (fuses) pointed out. It should look like firecrackers. Put chicken on grill, balancing well. Cook at 350° for 2 hours or until chicken is done. (Use meat thermometer. DON ‘T GUESS!) Temperature must be at least 180° in breast and thigh. IMPORTANT! When done, remove from grill, cover with foil, and let sit for 15 minutes.


For some reason, bratwurst has become hard for people to cook. People are overthinking cooking a piece of sausage. Go figure! Here is a great way to cook a bratwurst that has that certain racing flair born straight from race tracks in the Carolinas .

1 pkg. Bratwurst
1 onion sliced
1 bell pepper sliced
1 can your favorite beer
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/ 2 c. barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and cover. Chill for as long as possible. Cook on a hot grill with the sliced onions and bell peppers and remaining sauce in a sauce pan. Cook until bratwursts plump up. Serve on a bun or French style roll and top with your cooked onions and bell peppers. Add hot sauce if desired.


1 lb. stew cut steak
Steak sauce
Hot sauce
1 can sliced pineapple
1 lg. onion
1 bell pepper
Steak cute French fries

Marinate the steak cubes in the steak sauce, hot sauce, and juice from the pineapples as long as possible. Place the steak and remaining ingredients on the skewers. Make sure the French fries are still pretty solid. They cook faster than regular potatoes. However, if they are to thawed, they will crumble and fall off the skewer. Brush with extra marinade while cooking over high heat.


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Here’s a great way to start the New Year. I hope you are raring to go with another year of cooking adventures. Either use boneless breast or thigh work for this dish.. I prefer boneless chicken thighs as they have more flavor. Substitute ground pecans or almonds for great tasting variations. Note the chicken can be marinated in the refrigerator overnight. Allow at least two hours in the marinade.

4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 boneless thighs
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. walnuts, ground

Serves 4

Juice of 4 oranges
1/3 c. Whisky
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 c. apple wood chips (unsoaked) or an apple wood plank, soaked for an hour

Day before (or at least two hours prior to cooking):
Mix the orange juice, whisky, ginger, garlic and sesame oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and place it in a recloseable plastic bag. Cover with the marinade, seal the bag and refrigerate overnight. Just before you’re ready to cook, dip the chicken into the egg then coat it with the ground nuts. Save the marinade.

Prepare the grill. If using Sam’s Smoker Pro, put two cups of apple wood chips in the bottom and put the Smoker Pro lid on. When the fire is hot put the Smoker Pro directly over the heat. Put the cooking grate on the grill. Put the chicken, on the grill grate directly over the Smoker Pro. Close the lid and cook for 30 minutes. If you are using a plank, put the chicken on the soaked plank. Put the plank on the cooking grate directly over the heat, close the lid and cook for 30 minutes. An instant read thermometer should read 160°. While the chicken is cooking put the marinade into a saucepan, bring it to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove from heat. Serve the reduced marinade on the side. This dish goes well with rice.


Here is a recipe from Dan. I met Dan at a USAR Hooters Procup race. Dan says when he tailgates, “The simpler, the better!” However, he stresses, “Don’t skimp on the flavor.” 4 pork chops
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 c. orange juice
Dash of ginger
Salt and pepper

Place your chops in a shallow baking pan and top with the pineapple and orange juice. Bake in a 325° oven, or covered grill for about 1 hour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.


6-8 chicken leg quarters
2 liter bottle root beer
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
Dash salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Place the chicken quarters in a pan or bowl large enough to hold them. Pour root beer over chicken. (I usually use about 3/4 of the bottle.) Add garlic and onion; cover with cling wrap. Place in the fridge overnight, and place on the smoker the next day (reserve the marinade). (You can also use a grill with high, direct heat.) As you are smoking the chicken, pour the root beer marinade in a saucepan. Add a dash of salt and pepper and add 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Boil it down for about 30 minutes and use as a baste on the chicken.


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Carne adovada (originally “adobada”) literally means marinated meats. In New Mexico that is usually cubed pork that has first been marinated in red chile sauce overnight, then slow cooked in the oven, on the stovetop or in a crock pot for several hours until soft and tender. This recipe was inspired by the carne adovada I ordered at the Ranchos Plaza Grill in Ranchos de Taos, NM. The chef uses his grandmother’s recipe for the red chile, but, I couldn’t convince him to share it. I don’t blame him. What made his version really unusual is his use of pork chops. The bright red of this dish makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day. Prepare the sauce and marinate the pork chops the day before you plan to cook them. They can marinate for up to four days. After you cover the meat, you’ll have extra sauce. You can freeze it in single serving portions. Serve this with kidney beans and rice and you’ll have a Valentine’s Day fiesta for two.

2 center cut pork chops, at least 1/2” thick
(If you can find them or get your butcher to cut them for you, try to get a T-bone with generous tenderloin.)
Freshly ground pepper

Season the chops on both sides with the salt and pepper. Put the pork chops in a one-gallon reclosable plastic bag and cover with red chile sauce.  (See recipe below.) Refrigerate or freeze the remaining sauce in a covered container or individual-sized portions.

Refrigerate the marinating pork chops overnight. Next day, prepare a hot fire. When the grill is ready, put the chops on and grill saving the marinade. Cook for four minutes. Turn and grill for four more minutes on the other side. Internal temperature should be 160°. While the chops are cooking on the grill, put the marinade into a sauce pan bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Serves 2.

Red Chile Sauce
2 lbs. dried red New Mexico chiles, cleaned of seeds and stems (these should be available at your market or you can order them onlune)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. salt
4 cups water or chicken stock
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. flour

In a dry sauté pan heat the chiles for one minute over medium heat, being careful not to scorch the chiles or they will be bitter. Remove them from heat. In a saucepan heat the oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the onions and garlic and cook for two minutes. Add the cumin, oregano and salt and cook for another minute. Add the water or stock and the red chiles. Stir well, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Drain the chiles, saving the liquid. Separate the seeds and stems and put the chiles in the blender with enough of the reserved liquid to blend until smooth. Set aside.

In a saucepan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk into the oil to make a roux. Continue to cook until the rawness is cooked out of the flour (about two minutes). Add two cups of the reserved liquid and bring to a boil, whisking vigorously to incorporate the roux into the liquid. When the mixture comes to a boil remove from the heat and stir in the red chile. Put in a container with a lid and refrigerate. It will keep for four days in the refrigerator. It will also keep in the freezer for up to three months.


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Here’s an elegant dish with some full flavors that complement each other. Lemon and rosemary are a great flavor combination and the butter smoothes the sharpness of the lemon. The result: a wonderful, tangy flavor. The only tricky part is not to over heat the sauce while whisking in the butter or it will separate Serve this with your favorite rice and a fresh green salad. Here’s to a great grilling season!

1-1/2 lbs. largest shrimp you can find (no more than 16 to 20 per pound)

1 teaspoon miso paste
Juice of 2 lemons
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 to 3 serrano peppers (depending on your heat preference), seeded and finely chopped

Remaining marinade
Juice of 2 lemons
4 to 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled and diced in 1/2” cubes
3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Prepare a hot fire on your grill. Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails on, and rinse well. Mix the marinade ingredients and put them in a one-gallon recloseable plastic bag. Add the shrimp. Force the air out and seal the bag. Refrigerate for a half hour. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and divide evenly onto four skewers. Save the marinade for the sauce. Refrigerate the skewers until ready to grill.

Put the remaining marinade into a saucepan along with the juice of two lemons. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the sauce is about one third its original volume. Turn the heat off and begin whisking in the butter in small batches until all of the butter is incorporated then stir in the rosemary. Remove the sauce from the heat and cover the pan. Put the skewered shrimp on the grill directly over the heat. Cook for three minutes. Turn and cook for three more minutes. Remove the skewers from the grill and serve with the lemon rosemary sauce. Serves 4.


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Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Crown Roast of Lamb
One of the things I really like about the holidays is the chance to use special cuts of meat that might be too expensive at other times of the year. One of my favorites is rack of lamb. An eight-chop rack serves two people. A crown roast is two racks with the bones “frenched” (bones trimmed down to the main meat of the rack), and formed into a circle, tied at the points where the two racks meet. The two half-circles form the crown. Many butchers are happy to French the bones and tie the racks together for you. If not, it’s easy to do.
The crown roast can either be planked or cooked on Sam’s Smoker Pro. You can use a maple plank or the Smoker Pro, using pecan or hickory wood chips. I use my Smoker Pro.

1/4 c. Chambord raspberry liqueur or brandy
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp. chipotle from chipotle in adobo sauce, chopped

1/4 lb. ground lamb
1 Tbsp. fresh sage, minced
1 package fresh, chard, stems removed
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. shallot, finely diced
1 tsp. ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. red wine
1/4 c. pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 c. bread crumbs

1 crown of lamb roast (2 racks of rib chops, frenched and tied into a circle)
Olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Maple soaked for at least an hour or 3 cups of wood chips for the Smoker Pro

Prepare the grill. Make the glaze by bringing the raspberries and liqueur to a boil in a small saucepan. Watch carefully to make sure that the liquor does not come in contact with the flame or it will ignite. Reduce the heat and simmer until the raspberries liquefy, about five minutes. Stir frequently. Add the chipotle, mix thoroughly and set aside.

Brown the ground lamb in a sauté pan over medium heat. Put the browned lamb in a bowl, add the sage and set aside. Add the chard to the pan and cook for two minutes to wilt the leaves. Remove the chard and chop coarsely. Set the chard aside. Put the olive oil in the pan, add the shallots and cook for three minutes over medium heat; season with cumin, salt and pepper. Add the wine to the shallots and simmer for five minutes. Return the lamb and chard to the pan and add pecans and enough breadcrumbs to hold the mixture together. Set aside.

For Smoker Pro: set the prepared crown roast on a cookie sheet. Rub both the inside and outside with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Fill the center of the crown roast with the stuffing. Cover the outside of the roast with the glaze. Fill the Smoker Pro with wood chips, put the lid on it and put it on the hottest part of the fire. Put the cooking grate over the Smoker Pro, set the cookie sheet with the roast on the grate directly over the Smoker Pro. Close the lid on the grill.

For planking: put the roast on the plank. Rub both the inside and outside with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Fill the center of the crown roast with the stuffing. Cover the outside of the roast with the glaze Put the plank on the grill, directly over the heat and close the grill lid.

With both methods, check the meat with instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat after 35 minutes of cooking. For rare the thermometer should read 135º, medium rare 140° and well-done 160°. Cook longer as needed.

Serve with garlic mashed sweet potatoes and your favorite holiday vegetable. Serves 4.


4 lbs. ground Beef (not too lean)
2 pks. onion soup mix
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce

Mix all the ingredients in mixing bowl and pat into burgers. This can be done the night before and placed into freezer bags and kept cool until ready to cook. (HINT: To make sure the burgers don’t get really small, put a hole in the middle of the patties about the size of your little finger.) Makes about 10-12 burgers.


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I love grilled lamb served with a green salad. It’s a healthy and delicious way to eat. This is my take on a Chinese dish, Mongolian-style grilled lamb. Stripped to its basic elements, it doesn’t even require a trip to the Asian market. The result is rich and flavorful. I like to eat this with a green salad. I feel virtuous without feeling deprived and it is a quick and easy dinner.  You can also serve it with rice.

1 lb. boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 3/4” cubes
1 bunch scallions

2 Tbsp. rice wine or sherry
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. 5-spice powder
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled & grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 bamboo skewers, soaked for at least an hour

Mix the marinade ingredients. Put the lamb into a reclosable plastic bag, cover it with the marinade, and refrigerate for an hour to overnight.

When you’re ready to cook the lamb prepare a hot fire. Thread the lamb cubes onto the skewers (use two together to keep the meat from slipping off). Reserve the marinade. Just before putting the skewers onto grill bring the remaining marinade to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Put the skewers on the grill directly over the fire. Cook for five minutes, turn and cook for another five minutes on the other side. While lamb is cooking, grill the scallions for a minute on each side. Serve with a salad or rice. Serves 2.

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Smoked corned beef or pastrami would be a good barbecued Irish dinner. If you are interested in turning corned beef into pastrami, this is the rub for you. Make sure it is worked in good and thick before you head for the smoker.

Pastrami Rub
5 Tbsp. kosher salt
4 Tbsp. paprika
3 Tbsp. coriander seeds
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. black peppercorns
2 Tbsp. yellow mustard seeds
1 Tbsp. white peppercorns
8 cloves garlic, minced

Soak a 12 to 14 pound corned beef brisket in water overnight to purge some of the salt out of the meat. Remove the brisket from the water and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine coriander seeds, peppercorns, and mustard seeds in a spice grinder. Grind coarsely. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well. Rub is now ready to use. It may be stored refrigerated in an airtight container.

Rub the brisket with the rub and cook as desired.


1 lip-on Rib-Eye (9 to 12 pounds)
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 to 2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried chopped garlic
1 tablespoon coarse or cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed

Rub the roast all over with the balsamic vinegar and season with each of the seasonings to taste. Smoke at 230ºF to 250ºF for about 4 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140ºF for medium rare or longer if desired. Slice to order and enjoy. Here is another very popular recipe for the holidays, but this one has a few different twists with the nuts and the topping.


1 5- 8 lb. leg of lamb, trimmed of fat
1/2 c. Dijon mustard
1/4 c. olive oil
6 cloves garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, minced
1 to 2 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 to 2 Tbsp. kosher salt

Combine the mustard, oil, garlic and rosemary in a blender, with a steel blade and blend for 1 to 2 minutes.  Rub the mixture all over the trimmed leg of lamb. Season with pepper and salt.  Place in a smoker using indirect heat at 230 to 250 F.  Degrees covered for approximately 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees or medium rare.  Cook longer if desired.  Serve with Nectarine Chutney.

Nectarine Chutney
3/4 c. cider vinegar
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/4 c. golden raisins
1/4 c. brown raisins
4 shallots, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled & grated
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tsp. crushed red peppers
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
2-1/2 lbs. ripe nectarines, stoned and cut into 1/2” cubes
1/2-c. fresh mint leaves
1-1/2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, shallots, garlic, red peppers, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve the spices.  Bring to a boil.  Add the nectarines, reducing the heat and simmering for about 20 minutes, reducing the liquid about half.  Mix in the mint and parsley.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Another meat that is not well known or cooked on the barbecue trails is Cabrito (baby goat), but it’s a treat that I enjoy when I go to Texas.  It’s also great, with some salsa de verde and tortilla’s.

South Texas Cabrito
20 lbs. young kid goat

1/2 c. dried oregano leaves
1/2 c. kosher salt
1/2 c. coarse ground black pepper
1/4 c. achiote powder
1/4 c. paprika
1/2 c. EVOO

Mopping Sauce
1 small onion chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. butter
1 small bottle catsup
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 large clove garlic, pressed

Combine all of the rub ingredients and set aside.  Mix, stir, bring to boil- use as basting sauce and also table sauce. Prepare grill or smoker. Rub the Cabrito all over with the olive oil and season. Cook slowly on grill 2 hours or less depending on the size goat you get.   Be sure meat is well above fire (at least 20 to 24 inches). Meat may be brushed with mop sauce or cooking oil occasionally to prevent dryness. Continue cooking and turn the meat often, brushing on sauce at every turn.

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Ed note: pull out that bread machine you received two or three Christmases ago and start a loaf of hot homemade bread to go with this tasty stew.

1 lb. beef round or rump with fat trimmed
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
16 small new potatoes
4 medium carrots, quartered
2 small onions, quartered
1 medium cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup mushrooms, whole
2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour

Place meat in a Dutch oven and sprinkle dry onion soup mix over meat. Cover with water and add garlic and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours. Meat should always be covered with liquid. When meat is tender, remove it from the pot and add potatoes, carrots and onions to the pot and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Add cabbage wedges and mushrooms. Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes more. Cut meat into 1 inch cubes, add to pot and reheat. Drain liquid from meat and vegetables and reserve. Remove bay leaves.Make a gravy by adding thickening to liquid. While it can be served separate as a meat and vegetables, just put it all together for a delicious hot beef stew.If you timed your bread just right and started early enough, this should be a perfect time match. However, if the bread isn¹t quite ready, turn the stew down on low, pour yourself a glass of wine, curl up in your favorite chair with a little short devotional book and wait for the buzzer to sound on your bread machine! This is just one of the many ways we can stop and smell the roses in 2001. Happy New Year!

Desserts and Drinks

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup white Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 dash salt

Cook above ingredients until hard ball stage when dropped in cold water. Add 2 cups peanuts and cook until peanuts are done. Take from stove and add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon baking soda (stir until well mixed). Pour on buttered cookie sheet until cooled.

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Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
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3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
12 oz. evaporated milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1 c. whipping cream
1/4 c. port wine
1/4 c. brandy
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Whipped cream, chocolate shavings and peppermint sticks for garnish, if desired

In heavy saucepan, stir together sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in eggs, egg yolks, evaporated milk and stick cinnamon. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture thickens slightly. Thermometer should register 165°F. DO NOT LET BOIL. Remove from heat.

Place pan in sink or bowl of ice water and stir for two minutes. Remove stick cinnamon. Whisk in whipping cream, port wine, brandy and vanilla. Cover and chill for 4 hours. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and stir with peppermint sticks, if desired, for additional flavor.


6 cups Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 cup sugar
6 Bartlett pears, peeled and cored with stems intact
16-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Combine cranberry juice cocktail and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Place pears in pan. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes or until pears are tender when pierced with a fork. Turn pears several times during cooking. Remove from heat. Let cool in liquid at room temperature.Combine cranberry sauce and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat, whisking occasionally until smooth.Remove pears from liquid; drain. To serve, spoon 1/4 cup chocolate cranberry sauce on each serving plate. Place pears on plate. Spoon remaining sauce over tops of pears. (Makes 6 servings.)


Sour Cherry Pie

Crust: Unbaked 9 inch double crust

2 cans (l lb. ea.) red tart cherries packed in water and 1 can of the liquid
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. cherry juice
1-1/2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Filling: Drain cherries, reserving 1 cup of the liquid. Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in saucepan. Stir in reserved cherry juice. Cook and stir until mixture is thick and bubbly. Boil and stir one minute. Add cherries and cook one minute or until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla and almond extract. Spoon filling into unbaked pie shell.Cover with top crust. Fold top edge under bottom crust. Flute with fingers or fork. Cut slits or design in top crust or prick with fork for escape of steam.

For glaze: Brush crust with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake at 425º for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Bake 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool until barely warm or to room temperature before serving.
Yield: One 9″ pie.


Spiced peaches are delicious served as a dessert with cream or yogurt but they also go well with ham, pork and poultry. Serves 45 ripe, firm peaches

2 oz. soft brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
A pinch of ground cinnamon
A pinch of ground ginger

Halve and stone the peaches. Place the sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon and ginger in a saucepan and heat very gently until the sugar has dissolved. Arrange the peach halves in a shallow foil tray and spoon the sugar mixture over them. Leave the peaches for 2-3 hours, turning them occasionally.Prepare the barbecue for grilling. Lightly drain the peaches and grill, over medium heat, until they are just heated through and beginning to brown.


1 box Swiss Chocolate cake mix
1 c. walnuts, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
10 Hershey bars with almonds, chopped
12 oz. frozen Cool Whip, thawed

Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Add walnuts to batter. Pour into 8″ cake pans after spraying pans with baking spray. Bake at 325ºF for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and granulated sugar, with mixer until creamy. Combine 8 chopped candy bars, Cool Whip, cream cheese, and blend well. Spread this mixture on the top and sides. Take remaining candy bars and sprinkle them over the cake and at the bottom edge for edible decoration.Beware as the above is a “sinful” love potion.


2 cups sugar
1/3 cup white Karo syrup
1/2 cup milk (cream or evaporated)
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1/3 stick butter

Boil above ingredients until the test in cold water forms a soft ball (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and add butter. Start beating (with a wooden spoon) as soon as you remove from the heat. When almost thick add:1-1/2 cups pecans and 1 Tbsp. vanilla Do not chop nuts. Pour into greased deep tray so the pieces will be thick when cut. This makes a very creamy fudge.Next month we’ll be firing up the grill again and passing along some basic barbecue recipes for everyone from the backyard enthusiasts to the competition cooker looking to simplify things.


1 ripe golden pineapple
1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1-1/2 cups turbinado sugar or granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Sprigs of fresh mint, for garnish
1 quart vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, for serving (optional)

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.Peel, slice, and core the pineapple. Shake the coconut milk well before opening the can. Pour it into a wide, shallow bowl. Place the sugar and cinnamon in another wide, shallow bowl and stir with a fork to mix.When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Dip each pineapple slice first in coconut milk, then in the sugar mixture, shaking off the excess between each dipping. Arrange the slices on the hot grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 4 to 6 minutes per side. If a crosshatch of grill marks is desired, rotate each slice 60 degrees after 2 or 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the pineapple slices to plates or a platter for serving and garnish with mint sprigs. Or, serve in bowls over ice cream, if desired. The pineapple can be served either hot or cold.


  • Under-ripe bananas
  • milk chocolate or candy bar of your choice, broken into small pieces.

There is no need to use precise measurements as it’s easy to adjust the amount of bananas and milk chocolate to match the number to be fed.

Take a sharp knife and slit the bananas, leaving peelings intact, from end to end so the flat part is on the bottom. Go deep into the banana but do not cut the bottom peeling. Force the slits wide and stuff with the pieces of chocolate. Wrap the bananas in foil. Place them on the grill with medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate/candy bar is melted and the bananas are partially cooked. Peel away the tin foil, then the peeling, and scoop out with a spoon. It doesn’t hurt to add some vanilla ice cream at this point to fully enjoy the experience. These can be done in the oven on medium heat ­ but frankly, they are not quite as good. Pineapple slices can be put on the grill at the same time as the bananas and served along with the bananas and chocolate. Now this is a love potion ­ hot off the grill!

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

1 lb. strawberries, hulled, thinly sliced (about 2 1/2 c. sliced)
3 large egg yolks
3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
2 Tbsp. water
1-1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. crème fraîche or sour cream
2 fresh mint sprigs (for garnish)

Divide strawberries between 2 bowls or large wineglasses. Whisk egg yolks, Grand Marnier, 2 Tbsp. water, and sugar in medium metal bowl. Set bowl over large saucepan of gently simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Whisk until mixture becomes thick and foamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk 1 minute longer. Whisk in crème fraîche. Spoon warm zabaglione over strawberries. Garnish with mint sprigs. Serve immediately.

Barbecue Is Now
By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]

2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus 1-1/2 Tbsp. melted butter
3/4 c. 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 large egg
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
3 Tbsp. turbinado sugar
1 lime, finely zested

1 lb. (about 3 c.) strawberries, hulled
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. tequila, preferably añejo or triple sec

Preheat the oven to 375°.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it’s the size of small peas.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ¾ cup of cream, the egg and the vanilla bean seeds. Pour over the flour mixture and use a spatula to fold together just until a dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a 1/2-inch-thick disk. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or drinking glass, cut out 5 shortcakes. Gently gather and reroll the dough to cut out the remaining 3 shortcakes.

In a small bowl, use your fingers to blend the turbinado sugar and lime zest together. Transfer the shortcake rounds to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the top of each shortcake with the remaining 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Sprinkle with the lime sugar and bake for 20 minutes, until the shortcakes are lightly golden and cooked through. Transfer to a cooling rack. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container until ready to use.

In a small saucepan, combine second vanilla bean pod and seeds, the sugar and 1/2 cup of water.   Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
Stir in the tequila or  triple sec and store in a transportable container.

Prepare a low to medium-hot grill. Place the strawberries, hulled-side down, in a heatproof dish. Drizzle with the vanilla-tequila simple syrup, cover with tinfoil and place on the grill for 5 to 7 minutes, until the juices are bubbling and the strawberries are tender.

Place the shortcakes on the grill until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Top the shortcakes with the warm strawberries and any accumulated juices and serve immediately.


4 under-ripen bananas
1 Hershey chocolate bar
4 scoops favorite ice cream
Chopped pecans, optional
Marshmallows, optional
Crushed pineapple, optional

Take a sharp knife and slit the bananas, leaving peelings intact, from end to end so the flat part is on the bottom. Go deep into the banana but do not cut the bottom peeling. Force the slits wide and stuff with three or four pieces of chocolate.

Wrap the bananas in foil. Place them on the grill with medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate is melted and the bananas are partially cooked. Peel away the tin foil and push the ends of the peel together make the peel into a bowl shape.

Now you can use your imagination from here. Add your favorite ice cream, chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, or your favorite topping

Serve in the bowl-shaped peeling but make sure to put on a plate because this one is so good that it might get a little messy.  Serves 4.

By Paul Kirk CWC, Ph.B., B.S.A.S.
Kansas City Baron of BBQ
Barbecue Guru
Order of the Magic Mop
Ambassador of BBQ
Certified Master BBQ Judge
[email protected]m

Bread Pudding
1 loaf French bread, at least a day old, cut into 1-inch squares (about 6-7 cups)
1 qt. milk
3 eggs
2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 c. raisins (soaked 1-2 hours in 1/4 c. Irish Whiskey)
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Whiskey Sauce
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. Irish Whiskey or Jack Daniels

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place milk in a large mixing bowl and add the bread that has been cut into squares. Press the bread into the milk with your hands until all of the milk is absorbed.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the sugar, vanilla, allspice, and cinnamon. Pour over the bread and milk mixture. Add the bourbon soaked raisins and gently stir to combine.

Pour the melted butter into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour the bread milk and egg mixture into the baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes, until the liquid has set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. You can also make these in individual ramekins.

While the bread pudding is cooking, make the whiskey sauce. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan on low heat. Add the sugar and egg and whisk to blend well. Slowly cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, then remove from heat. Do not allow the mixture to simmer! (Or the sauce will curdle. By the way, if your sauce curdles, just take it off the heat and blend it smooth in a blender.) Whisk in bourbon to taste. Whisk again before serving. The sauce should be soft, creamy, and smooth.

Serve the bread pudding with bourbon whiskey sauce on the side; pour on to taste. Best fresh and eaten the day it is made. Makes 8-10 servings.


3-1/2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups sugar
1 cup pecans
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup water

2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Sift dry ingredients into large mixer bowl. Quickly add all remaining ingredients. Mix only until dry ingredients are moist. Bake in two greased 9x5x3-inch pans in preheated 350F degree oven for one hour. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and blend well. While warm brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
Yield: Two loaves.


by Marsha Russell of Late Night Whisky Smokers

2 Cups water
1/2 Cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (9-inch) graham cracker crusts

Bring water to a boil: add grits and salt, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook five minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Combine grits, pineapple, and cream cheese in container of an electric blender: process until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add sugar, milk and vanilla; process until smooth. Pour into crusts. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until mixture is set.You can also use stone ground grits (cook for 25 minutes) and fresh pineapple. To remove some of the bits of corn meal, you might want to sift the grits first.


Makes 8 large slices

Garlic bread, Italian style.
Serve this simple grilled bread as an accompaniment to meals or use as part of an hors d’oeuvre spread with cheese, meats, and vegetables.
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
12 by 5-inch loaf country bread, sliced crosswise into 1-inch-thick pieces,
ends removed
1 large garlic clove, peeled

Mix the oil and salt and pepper to taste together in a small bowl. Set aside.Grill the bread over a medium fire, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.Place the toast slices on a large platter, rub the garlic over the tops, brush with the seasoned oil, and serve immediately

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