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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. 

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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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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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.

 

Pizza and Wings on the Grill

Pizza and Wings on the Grill
Surely Americans eat more chicken wings than any other country but did you know United States consumes more pizza per capita than any country other than Norway.  Norway?   

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. 

Soft Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot featuring Zest Coast Savory Blast

Soft Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot featuring Zest Coast Savory Blast

Soft Boiled eggs are phenomenal when cooked in an Instant Pot.  The eggs will be perfect and ready for whatever your desire dictates.

Soft boiled eggs in Instant Pot

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.