Recipes

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.

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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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans are a great way to add veggies to a tailgate or football watch party. This is really easy and you can make ahead or grill on site along with an entrée.

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.

Slow Smoked BBQ Ribs - Sauced and Dry Rubbed

Slow Smoked BBQ Ribs - Sauced and Dry Rubbed

Everybody loves Ribs.  There are many ways to cook them and each yields a slightly different finished product.  This recipe provides a tender rib that is less than fall off the bone but meat pulls from the bone nicely.  A more al dente rib (not mushy) withstands refrigeration and reheating much better than fall off the bone. We are gonna do the ribs two ways. Sauced and Dry Rubbed.

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 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. 

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.

BBQ Meatloaf with Zest Coast Original BBQ Rub

BBQ Meatloaf with Zest Coast Original BBQ Rub

A Sweet Heat Meatloaf may be a tongue-twister but some salsa and BBQ seasoning from Zest Coast give an average meatloaf some extra zing. And for another twist: The Captain cooked it on the grill.

Toaster Oven Quesadillas with Sweet Heat

Toaster Oven Quesadillas with Sweet Heat

Kids love these quick and easy quesadillas. What I like about this technique is no dirty pans.  Just slide into toaster oven.