• Beef,  Cooks' Tools,  Main Course,  Recipes,  Reviews

    Easy steak rub/marinade

    Last night, we shared a porterhouse steak cooked on the gas grill.  It was amazing.  I came up with a new marinade that was EASY and flavorful. Blot dry your steak with paper towels to allow your rub to adhere. Using our tenderizer, I pressed holes into the steak to allow the marinade to soak in. Liberally sprinkle your rub on the steak, pressing down the herbs to adhere.  I used Dizzy Pigs “Raise the Steaks”   Place steak in a zip lock bag. Wisk together:  3 T. of your rub;   1/4 cup of port wine;   1/4 cup of good extra virgin olive oil; 3 T. of worcestershire sauce;    3 T.…

  • Recipes,  Vegetables

    Easy Brussels Sprout Salad

    I could not believe I got Doug to eat Brussels sprouts.  Neither of us like them cooked, so I tried this method…they were actually good. Thinly slice your raw Brussels sprouts, approximately 1 lb.  Place in a colander and thoroughly rinse.  You can use a salad spinner to dry them, or I used a bar towel. Allow Brussels sprouts to dry while you make the dressing…. Mix together in a large bowl;  3 T. lemon juice;  1 SMALL shallot finely chopped; 1 garlic clove minced on a micro plane; 2 T. Dijon mustard; 1/2 t. salt. Once these are combined; slowly drizzle 6 T. good olive oil into the mix,…

  • Beef,  Main Course,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Easy Fajita marinade

    Easy, easy and very delicious marinade for fajitas… Whisk in a large bowl: 1/2 cup each of vegetable oil and fresh lime juice 1/3 cup fresh minced garlic 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 3 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. each of kosher salt, sugar, ground cumin 2 t. each smoked paprika and ground coriander 1 1/2 lb. flank steak, slightly scored 2 red onions, cut into 1/2″ thick slices 1 each red, yellow and green bell peppers, quartered   Pour 1 cup of marinade into a resealable plastic bag with the flank steak. Pour remaining 2/3 cup into a resealable plastic bag with onions and peppers.   REFRIGERATE 8 HOURS!  Throw steak, peppers and onions on grill, discard marinade;  cook till desired tenderness of steak and just till vegetables are slightly charred. Remember to slice the steak on the bias and AGAINST the grain of the meat. Slice vegetables. Serve over warm tortillas.  I made an avocado sauce that is awesome. Will post recipe tomorrow for…

  • Chicken,  Recipes

    Risotto can be almost hands free…

    If you have ever tried to make risotto you know it is a long process. Typically, you must constantly stir the rice while it absorbs all the liquid of your broth – which could take 30-45 minutes – STIRRING CONSTANTLY – who has time for that? NOT ME. From Cook’s Illustrated, I found this recipe that is very easy – a novice cook can make this delicious, creamy dish – you still need some patience, but it is not labor intensive. Let me know if you try it. Ingredients needed: Serves 6-8 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 cups of water 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves, each cut…

  • Main Course,  Pork,  Recipes,  Slow Cooker Simplicity,  Soups & Stews

    Southwest Pork Stew From BBQ Leftovers

    This post is a recipe for all our BBQ competition competitors and their associates.  When we finish a BBQ competition (Smokin J’s BBQ), we usually have some leftover shredded/chopped/sliced Boston Butt.  I found a recipe to use this leftover pork and I changed it up a bit to suit my flavor.  TRY IT!  SHARE it with those neighbors and friends you share your competition leftovers with.