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Atomic Buffalo Turds – Bacon Wrapped Stuffed & Smoked Jalapenos

I love these. Our family loves these. Our friends love these.

This is one of those recipes that is just so incredibly versatile. It is great for using up little bits of cheese, leftover meats etc. Start with the cream cheese and add whatever floats your boat. Add in the things that make you happy. Want it spicy? Add more hot sauce, have a craving for more meat? Add in chopped cooked sausage or smoked meats. Completely customizable and so much fun.

Bring the heat home BBQ Crawl Contest! Win a Char-Broil Grill

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Enter to win a brand new Char-Broil® BBQ grill

We know what it’s like to watch DivaQ on BBQ Crawl. We see Diva Q’s glorious prep process and before we know she’s heating up the grill and it’s competition time. The only drawback? The instant cravings we get while watching Diva Q do her thing.

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Louisiana Inspired Cajun BBQ Shrimp

Love this Louisiana inspired recipe for Cajun Style ‪#‎BBQ‬ Shrimp a sure fire party pleasin’ lip smacking delicious dish! Check out this how to video.

Grilled New Orleans Inspired Cajun Shrimp

24 Medium Sized cleaned and deveined shrimp tails on
1 recipe Diva Q Cajun Rub
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup canola oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon chili powder

Diva Q Cajun Rub
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons granulated onion
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves (rubbed)
1 teaspoon oregano leaves

2 Baguettes
2 lemons sliced into wedges

In a medium sized bowl toss shrimp, Diva Q Cajun rub, minced garlic and canola oil. Set aside in fridge to marinate for ½ hour. In a small pot over medium low heat melt butter, Worcestershire, chili powder and lemon juice until combined. Set aside.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Remove shrimp from marinade. Grill shrimp until just turning opaque-approximately 3-4 minutes per side.

Place shrimp in bowl and toss with butter mixture. Serve immediately with lemon & baguette slices.

Dickson’s Eggfest Toronto Featuring the Big Green Egg

Check out this great event coming up this June in Toronto- sadly I won’t be there but I hear its eggscellent!

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How to Use Wood Chips & Smoker Packets and select the right wood for your foods

Here is my guide to making wood chip packets for the grill and how to pair woods with foods :-)

Great BBQ Side dish – Broccoli Salad with pumpkin seeds & bacon

Diva Q Broccoli Salad


Full disclosure: I am not sure where this recipe came from.  My additions are pumpkin seeds and using Dukes mayo. I know that my parents used to make it with shredded cheddar and golden onions, our neighbours used to use fried kielbasa in it, another friend served finely chopped red peppers. This dish shows up on a lot of pot luck tables. For good reason. Its a tasty treat that seems to appeal to a large audience.


Here is my recipe:

3 heads Broccoli trimmed washed and cut into bite size pieces

1/2 – 3/4 cup raisins

1/2 pound of bacon cooked & crumbled

1 red onion finely minced

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds


For the dressing:

1 cup Dukes Mayo

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons white sugar

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt


Whisk together the dressing ingredients until the sugar has dissolved.

Toss dressing with salad ingredients. Serve- Keeps well till the next day too!





Smoked Planked Scallops

This is such an easy recipe perfect for entertaining and everyday eating! Make sure you subscribe to our videos – more coming each week!

Sneak Peak Episode 3 BBQ Crawl Season 2 Texas Competition

I love Texas and this was tons of Fun!! We visit great places like: Oink & Moo BBQ Food Truck Dallas Texas, Longorias BBQ Fort Worth Texas, and The Bedford & Blues BBQ Contest Much thanks to my friends Ernest Servantes, Belinda Servantes and their awesome daughter from Burnt Bean BBQ Company for hanging out and joining me on this adventure.

So Delicious!! Smoke infused Garlic, Tomato and Thyme Oil

Sneak Peak BBQ Crawl Season 2 Episode 2 – Helen Turner, lots of Pie, Central BBQ and the Bar-B-Q Shop

SO much fun!! Can’t wait for you all to see it. Ill be live tweeting at 10pm EST. Thanks for watching.

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