Recipes

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.

Rainy Day Baked Chicken

Rainy Day Baked Chicken

Summer calls for chicken on the grill but sometimes the best laid plans are thwarted by mother nature.  Recently I had the smoker/grill all setup up at 375F for two whole chickens that I spatchcocked but thunderstorms rolled in and I was forced to move indoors.

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.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Steamed Veggies and Rice with Zest Coast Rubs

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Steamed Veggies and Rice with Zest Coast Rubs

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Veggies is a great lean, healthy meal.  Add a whole grain carb like brown rice and momma would be proud. Zest Coast Seasoning Blends take your meal from bland to bold.

I Heart Carolina "Barbeque'd" Chicken

I Heart Carolina "Barbeque'd" Chicken
This oven baked "BBQ" chicken recipe can easily be adapted to the outdoor grill.

Game Time Grilled Chicken Wings - Carolina style

Game Time Grilled Chicken Wings - Carolina style
Carolina style chicken wings. These wings have the vinegar style sauce prominent in eastern NC.

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.

High Heat Ribs and Wings

High Heat Ribs and Wings
Most rib recipes call for three to even six hours of cooking. But in eastern NC and some parts of Memphis, they cook ribs fast.  I actually don’t ...