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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.

How to reverse sear steak – Video

When you have the time it is worth it to invest in a really wonderfully cooked steak. I love the reverse sear method. You end up with a very evenly cooked steak that is oh so juicy and delicious!!

Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken with Tzatziki sauce

Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken


Some of the snow has actually melted in my backyard. We still have about 3-4 feet in places.Ugh. Its just never ending with potentially more snow coming on Saturday. Oh my goodness. It just needs to stop.

I walked by a gorgeous pile of lemons at the market and I just had to make something lemony. 

I love whole chicken smoked and stuffed with aromatics. This recipe will perk up your taste buds and bring a little bit of sunshine into your day. Even if you still can’t see your lawn under all that snow.  I love the leftovers for this as well. I purposely made 2 whole chickens just so I could have shredded chicken, lettuce and tzatziki wraps the next day.


Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken


  • 2 Whole Chickens 3-4lbs each
  • 2 lemons zested then quartered
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Greek oregano
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbed thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

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In a medium bowl whisk oil, lemon juice, zest, oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper. On a baking tray coat the chicken in the marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prepare you grill for medium heat indirect. (300F)

Place quarters of lemons into the cavity of the chickens then place on grill indirect.

Grill indirect until the internal temperature of the thigh and leg meat is 180 and the breast 165F approximately 2 hours.

I used hickory pellets in my Traeger for this chicken.

Rest tented lightly for 10 minutes prior to carving.

Serve with tzatziki sauce, grilled pita bread and salad.  I bought my Tzatziki sauce the day I made this but the following is my go to recipe for the homemade version.

 Tzatziki Sauce 

  • 2 cups whole fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 large English cucumber seeded, peeled and very finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • generously salt & pepper to taste

In a medium sized bowl mix all ingredients. Taste test then add salt and pepper. Set aside in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or even overnight.

Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken








Homemade Montreal Steak Spice Video

Homemade spice rubs are all sorts of awesome. So easy to make and chenge it up to what you prefer. Check out this super video for my 9 ingredient Montreal Steak Spice and make sure you subscribe to my channel. We have a lot of goodness coming.


Southern Krunk Grilled Lime Margarita- perfectly paired for viewing BBQ Crawl Season 2


One of the funnest moments this year was hanging out with my friends from Southern Krunk. Randy & Andy are great guys who know how to grill and BBQ incredibly well. They are also kings of libations!! Here is their recipe for the best ever margaritas. I only added the grilled limes. They mastered this recipe.

Diva Q Nashville, Diva Q Competes, Randy Andy



  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • Cointreau
  • 4 limes sliced
  • Kosher salt mixed with zest of lime.


Make simple syrup. In a medium sauce pan bring water and sugar together to a boil. Remove from heat once sugar has dissolved thoroughly and chill.

Add 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice to chilled simple syrup.

Mix 2 cups lemon juice/simple syrup mixture to 1 cup Julio Blaco Tequila. Add in 1/2 cup Cointreau. Set aside to chill in fridge.

Prepare your grill for medium high direct heat.  Grill limes for 2-3 minutes until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and set aside.

Rim cups with a slice of grilled lime then salt.

Shake over ice and pour into cups.

Add an additional squeeze of grilled lime. Shake and enjoy

Serves 4


Remember to cocktail responsibly.



New!! Sneak peek BBQ Crawl Season 2 Episode 1 Nashville!

We headed to Jack’s BBQ and Peg Leg Porker in Nashville plus competing in downtown Nashville with Southern Krunk !!

Warning: This will make you HUNGRY!!!

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