Smoked BBQ Brisket
Smoked Brisket

Thankfully the weather is getting nicer. We learned the hard way (at a BBQ rib competition BTW) that cold blustery unforgiving weather plays HAVOC on a smoker. The ribs turned out great – our sanity on attempting to make the ribs turn out great was pushed to the breaking point. However we are like the […]

Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Jamaican Jerk Chicken

I have never been to Jamaica. However I love reggae music, I love the beach and there is absolutely nothing wrong with some deliciously spicy jamaican rum. And don’t get me started on their food. Too late. I LOVE Jamaican food! Beef patties, curried goat, fried plantain and breadfruit and jerk ANYTHING! And yes of […]

Southern Vinegar Style BBQ Sauce
Southern Vinegar Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

As spring gets closer and closer, any little warm up we see makes me want to break out the smoker, even if the warm up is only to about 45 degrees. This is what happened a couple weekends ago, so I decided to get the season started with a smoker full of ribs and a […]

Black & Blue Burger
Black and Bleu Hamburger Recipe

Spring has finally arrived here in the Midwest. Although we woke to showers this morning, the promise of 72° temperatures has made us very happy. We are already planning what we will be throwing on the grill tonight for dinner. Before we have even had breakfast. Or coffee. Which is dangerous. Don’t try this at […]

Honey Chipotle Spare Ribs
Honey Chipotle Spare Ribs

Mmm ribs. Smokey spicy sweet sticky BBQ ribs. Quite possibly the best part of the pig that doesn’t become bacon is the spare ribs. They are the perfect food when feeding a crowd. They are the perfect food when just feeding yourself. There is something about ribs that causes people to eat like animals. Messy […]

How to make Potato Chips
How to make Potato Chips (BBQ chips)

This may come as a surprise, but I am not a huge snacker. I will admit that this was a huge advantage for me during the past eight months of weight loss (I lost 60 pounds by the way). But there is one snack that I do get a craving for on a fairly regular […]

Smoked Spare Ribs
Hickory Smoked Spare Ribs

We LOVE fall. The weather is much more bearable then the 189° degrees we are subject to lately in the summer. The trees turn to beautiful shades of red and orange and yellow and football season begins. What better reason to stoke up the smoker for a batch of thick and juicy hickory smoked spare […]

Southwest Chipotle Chicken Wings
Grilled Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are the ultimate tailgating and football party appetizer.  What’s better than picking up 30 wings from your favorite local wing spot?  Grilling your own, that’s right grill em up!  We aren’t going to be picky here, if you want to use charcoal or gas, it’s up to you, but using a charcoal grill […]

Smoked "Better then Baked" Beans
Smoked “Better than Baked” Beans

These beans are a must have staple at every cook out we ever have. They are tender, full of sweet spicy goodness and compliment a wide variety of main courses. Throw it on the smoker instead of the oven and they don’t stand a chance. You might be thinking “oh but I can just BUY […]

A Meal fit for an Olympian - Mediterranean Couscous
A Meal fit for an Olympian – Mediterranean Couscous

   What could get you in the Olympics mood more than Mediterranean couscous and Grecian-spiced grilled shrimp?  This couscous dish is a variation on a summer pasta salad with fresh veggies and a light, but powerful dressing that when paired with the grilled shrimp makes for a perfect light summer meal! Couscous recipe: ½ cup […]