Recipes

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.

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. 

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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Jalapeno Poppers with Lit'l Smokies

Jalapeno Poppers with Lit'l Smokies

Jalapeno Poppers (aka ABTs) are always a hit at parties and tailgates. This version includes a Lit'l  Smokie for added sustenance for the big game. The post includes a video for the technique followed by complete step by step instructions.

Simple Smoked Salmon Spread

Simple Smoked Salmon Spread

This is a great recipe to throw together as an appetizer for a party or tailgating. You can make this with leftover salmon (the fish, not the band) or freshly smoked salmon. Refrigerating the smoked fish prior to making the spread enhances the smoked flavor. I added Jalapeno to this version.

 

Dry Rub Wings - Memphis BBQ style

Dry Rub Wings - Memphis BBQ style

These wings are done in the style of Memphis Dry Rub Ribs. We toss in just a very small amount of sauce to help the rub stick to the wings after cooking. But otherwise they are dry.

Smoked Pork Belly

Smoked Pork Belly

I know a lot of people that get excited about bacon.  Well, you should see them when they taste smoked pork belly. Taste sensation! It is really quite simple.  Any smoker or grill (set up indirect) will work.  Watch the video for a crash course and then read the blog post for more details.

Ninety (90) Minute St. Louis Style BBQ Pork Ribs

Ninety (90) Minute St. Louis Style BBQ Pork Ribs

So we can all agree that low and slow ribs are often the best.  But what about when you don't have or want to take all day to make ribs? You can do high heat ribs or hit right in the middle with this St. Louis Style Rib recipe.

Citrus Rush Grilled Chicken Wings

Citrus Rush Grilled Chicken Wings

Apply this technique to any combination of rubs and sauce. Or forget the sauce and add more Rub or a different rub at the end.

Savory Blast Grilled Chicken Wings

Savory Blast Grilled Chicken Wings
This is a great wing recipe to make for an alternative to hot and sweet.

Texas inspired Red Beans, Sausage, and Rice

Texas inspired Red Beans, Sausage, and Rice
We were having a few friends over for a happy hour style gathering and the weather was a little dreary, so I went to a family favorite - Red Bean...