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.

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.

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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Baked Chicken Parmigiana

Baked Chicken Parmigiana

This recipe is really way easier than it appears.  The key is time management of the various components: Chicken, pasta, and veggies. I recently acquired the new TimeStack quad timer from Thermoworks.

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Mojo Roast Pork

Mojo Roast Pork

We are not Cuban or Puerto Rican but our go to dinner for Christmas is Mojo Roast Pork with black beans and rice. We made this for the Football Sunday Tailgate Party this weekend and .... Wow!

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.

Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled chicken wings are a crowd favorite and this technique can be prepared with any seasonings and sauces you like.  Cook several batches with different combinations. 

Cedar Plank Salmon with Instant Pot Rice and Broccoli

Cedar Plank Salmon with Instant Pot Rice and Broccoli

Excited to use my recently built Ugly Drum Smoker so decided to do cedar plank salmon.  The First Mate keeps experimenting with rice in the Instant Pot so here we go.

Instant Pot Cilantro and Lime Brown Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro and Lime Brown Rice

We add some layers of flavor to brown rice by using broth instead of water, a bit of butter and some Zest Coast Citrus Rush. Fresh lime juice and cilantro wake up the flavors for a big finish that goes great with anything coming off the grill.

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.

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.