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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

Italian Beef (on the Smoker)

Italian Beef (on the Smoker)

The Bucs were playing the Bears. We like to make tailgate food inspired by the opponent.  Chicago has several foods that would work but we went with a smoked variation on Italian Beef.  We smoked a 7.55 lb (about 6 trimmed) eye round roast for 2 1/2 hours at around 250.  We sliced thin, cut into strips, and simmered in the meat juices and beef broth (from bullion).  Then served on hoagie and crusty french rolls.

 

Smoked Chopped Beef Sammies

Smoked Chopped Beef Sammies

If you like beef brisket sandwiches here is a way to get that flavor in a much shorter timeframe and somewhat less hassle.  The chuck roast or California roast cut is very flavorful and can be smoked in just a few hours.  This can be cooked in a slow cooker or instant pot for sandwiches as well; but, I prefer smoked.

Direct/Indirect Sirloin Steak (quick method)

Direct/Indirect Sirloin Steak (quick method)

Get a perfect steak the way you like it every time.  Normally a side benefit of the reverse sear technique is slow cooking with smoke to impart a smoke flavor to the meat.  But the greatest benefit is the slow ramp of the internal temp of the meat so that you get a nice red inside and flavorful crust on the outside.

Taco Tuesday with Zest Coast Sweet Heat

Taco Tuesday with Zest Coast Sweet Heat

Who doesn't like Taco Tuesday? Taco seasoning is easy when you have BBQ Rubs and Seasonings on hand.  Just season your ground beef, chicken, pork or whatever with a favorite seasoning blend.

Smoked Beef Back Ribs

Smoked Beef Back Ribs

I like to make these ribs as an appetizer.  Much of the meat between the bones has been carved out with the rib-eye steak cut.  But what remains is delectable.

Reverse Sear Sirloin Steak

Reverse Sear Sirloin Steak

This technique works great with a thick Ribeye, Porterhouse, New York Strip, or Sirloin Steak.  We went with Sirloin because that was the best value at the time of purchase.  Sirloin is also leaner so it may not taste quite as good but is a little better for you.



 

Simple Whole Chicken in Instant Pot

Simple Whole Chicken in Instant Pot

I set out to make a whole chicken as simply as possible. No browning. Nothing but bird, water, and seasonings.  You can even just use salt and pepper.  This is a great way to make a healthy dose of protein to use in other recipes like chicken and rice, burritos, salads, etc. Total time from fridge to plate is 45 minutes.

Espresso Rubbed New York Strip Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes Puree

Espresso Rubbed New York Strip Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes Puree
A good steak can be made indoors as well as outdoors.  Try this one soon.

Seafood Shaker Salmon

Seafood Shaker Salmon

Make this easy peazy salmon recipe on a any day of the week or special occasion.

Make your own barbecue sauce

Make your own barbecue sauce
Never buy bottled BBQ sauce again! With just 3 common pantry ingredients and Zest Coast spice mixes, you can make any amount needed in all of two minutes.

Beef Brisket Flat

Smoked Brisket Flat with Zest Ciast Beef Rub
The Captain prefers whole packer briskets to flats but you can’t beat the convenience of a pre trimmed flat. I get them at Costco and they can cook...