Recipes

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with Maple Syrup Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with Maple Syrup Glaze

This is really quite simple, but it requires sourcing quality scallops.  I usually grab a bag of frozen sea scallops when I see them on sale. We always have bacon in our fridge so are ready to throw a fancy appetizer together at any time. We got fancy with a maple glaze on this one because it was for a NYE dinner.

Dry Brined Smoked Turkey

Dry Brined Smoked Turkey

Dry Brining is an easy way to add flavor to your turkey.  You can roast in the oven but smoking a turkey or whole turkey is really easy. In this example we use the ubiquitous Weber Kettle.  But any cooker that can be set up for indirect heat will work.   Even a gas grill.

 

Porchetta!

Porchetta!

A modern day convivence take off on the Italian tradition of roasted suckling pig. Wondered what to do with that large pork belly sitting on an end cap at the wholesale club? Check out the quick one minute video that shows what to do. 

Tomahawk Ribeye Steak with recipe for Bone Broth

Tomahawk Ribeye on Weber Kettle using Vortex

Tomahawk Ribeyes are all the rage. We prepared ours using a reverse sear technique on the Weber Kettle and seared over a Vortex full of lump charcoal. Check out the video

Tomahawk Ribeye on Weber Kettle using Vortex

Crispy Buffalo Wings on Weber Kettle

Crispy Buffalo Wings on Weber Kettle

My latest BBQ Accessory is the Vortex for the Weber (or BGE, etc.). I really like that it allows an intense indirect heat as well as a really intense sear zone.  But anyway... you can make this recipe using any indirect method. But the secret to extra crispy is baking powder. You can get a "fried-like" buffalo wing using this method.

BBQ Chicken Thighs

BBQ Chicken Thighs

There is a reason all BBQ competitions feature thighs in the chicken category.  They are the best piece of the chicken. More flavorful and juicy.  Watch the video for a super quick "how to" run down.

Zest Coast Picnic Pasta Salad

Zest Coast Picnic Pasta Salad

For picnic season or an office potluck, adding some award-winning Zest Coast Original seasoning blend to a mayo-based pasta salad really kicks it up a notch. This recipe can easily be made with canned tuna instead of chicken. And a bonus is that if you make it the night before, it gets better by letting the flavors meld.

Espresso Rubbed Chuck Roast

Espresso Rubbed Chuck Roast

The Zest Coast Espresso Rub seems specially suited for a pot roast, with its deep flavors. This recipe has instructions for both the Instant Pot or the oven.

Baby Back Pork Ribs - Memphis Dry Rub Style

Baby Back Pork Ribs - Memphis Dry  Rub Style

I don't find many people that don't like ribs. But I do find that people can really have a preference in sauces.  So change it up -skip the sauce and go dry! Dry rub style allows the meat to be the star.  Have  a few sauces available for those that want it. 

Carolina Gumbo

Carolina Gumbo

The Zest Coast Carolina Rub with Savory Blast Seasoning Blend turns out to have the perfect mix of savory and spice to flavor a big of gumbo. And I discovered a much easier way of making the roux for gumbo. 

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts with Zest Coast Seasonings

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts with Zest Coast Seasonings

Boiled peanuts are a southern snacking tradition. Great for tailgates, cookouts and watching the game.  Fire departments and church groups used to do large "boils" for fund raisers. It is not unusual to see Boiled P-Nuts signs along the highways in the south. You can make a large batch with the Instant Pot and freeze some for the next big game.

Hot Honey Cannon Fire Shrimp

Hot Honey Cannon Fire Shrimp

Want a super easy appetizer?  This is a go to appetizer or game time party food.  I keep shrimp in the freezer in case we need something quick. This one is super simple and a crowd pleaser. You can make a small batch or go big if needed. Same amount of work either way.

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