Puff pastry Brie Parcels

So one of the things that I love at this time of the year are appetizers. Simple easy to execute appetizers.

This recipe is from a few years ago. It is not a definitive recipe but a simple method with delicious results.

Here is what you need:

  • Puff Pastry
  • Preserves (I used fig & walnut but anything you like will do)
  • Round of brie
  • Roasted Garlic

 

The rest is just a matter of assembly. This is not hard at all and best of all it can all be done the day ahead before it hits the grill.



Roll out the puff pastry



I scraped the top of the brie with a steak knife. I then spooned on some of the delicious fig and walnut wine preserves.


Pile on the individual cloves of smoked garlic



Wrapped all up in the puff pastry. I also gave it an egg wash so it will be shiny coming out of the grill or oven. Lastly I sprinkled on some smoked salt.

 

Smoke indirect until golden and flakey. Timing can be anything from 20-40 minutes depending on the size of your package and heat level. I used a an oven safe dish to place the brie package on. You could also do this in the oven baked at 350F till golden.  Serve with crackers, toast points or a baguette!

BBQ Brie, Puff Pastry Package

 

Brie Garlic puff pastry

 

The 12 days of Christmas with some BBQ Modifications….

Merry Christmas from Diva Q

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A smoker and some hickory

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three bags of Charcoal
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six butterflied chickens,
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven chili peppers
Six butterflied chickens
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight first place trophies,
Seven chili peppers,
Six butterflied chickens,
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine probe thermometers,
Eight first place trophies,
Seven chili peppers,
Six butterflied chickens,
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten perfect scorings
Nine probe thermometers,
Eight first place trophies,
Seven chili peppers,
Six butterflied chickens,
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven racks of ribs
Ten perfect scorings,
Nine probe thermometers,
Eight first place trophies,
Seven chili peppers,
Six butterflied chickens,
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory..

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve , Grand Championships!!
Eleven racks of ribs ,
Ten perfect scorings,
Nine probe thermometers,
Eight first place trophies,
Seven chili peppers,
Six butterflied chickens,
Five bottles of Jack,
Four cases of foil,
Three bags of Charcoal,
Two tubs of rub,
& A smoker with some hickory!

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Chocolate Pig Candy Whisky Truffles

Diva Q Chocolate Pig Candy Whisky Truffles, Candied Bacon, Diva Q

 I decided to take 3 of my favorite food groups – Whisky, Bacon and Chocolate and combine them into one over the top crazy decadent dessert.

These are not your everyday truffles.

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  • 20 oz best quality semi sweet chocolate chopped finely
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 oz Forty Creek Whisky
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping

  • 1 cup semi sweet/dark or milk chocolate chocolate melted
  • 8-12 slices pig candy finely chopped

Place the 20 oz of chocolate in a large glass bowl. Heat heavy whipping cream to a simmer. Pour cream over chocolate and add vanilla and whiskey. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Using a rubber spatula stir until the chocolate, whiskey, vanilla and cream are mixed well. Place in fridge for minimum of 4 hours or even better overnight to set up. Using a melon baller or small ice cream scoop portion out the truffles. Place on baking sheets covered with parchment. Place in fridge for 1 hour to harden. Dip truffles into melted chocolate (I use a couple of fondue forks for this) and top with finely chopped pig candy. Place on parchment paper to set and chill or freeze until serving. You can also substitute the whiskey for rum or other extracts to change the flavor profile.

Makes approximately 40/50 truffles

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My first Vine.

Not sure I get the whole 6 second video thing but this seemed like a good idea.

Rosemary Pepper Mushroom Cream Sauce

 

Rosemary pepper mushroom cream sauce, steak cream sauce, beef cream sauce

 

This is a very rich and decadent sauce for grilled steaks, and all hearty roasts. Turns an everyday dinner into something spectacular.

  • 2 cups assorted Sliced Mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Coarsely ground fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Rosemary (or if using fresh 2 tablespoons finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

* add 1/4 -1/2 cups beefstock or wine if you prefer a thinner sauce.

In a large skillet melt butter and olive oil over medium high heat, when the butter is bubbling (approx 2 minutes) add garlic and cook for one 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook until softened and golden. Add rosemary, cream, salt and pepper simmer for 5 -6 minutes until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Top with additional fresh rosemary serve immediately.

 

Christmas giving

The Season for giving, Christmas 2013, Operation BBQ Relief, Diva Q, Charity

 

Tis the Season for giving. An organization run by people in the BBQ community has now given out more than 500,000 meals. When you are thinking about your Donations whether they are Corporate or Personal please consider Operation BBQ Relief.  Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts. Also for this weekend only up Big Poppas Smokers will match contributions up to $5000.00 US – make sure you mark donations King of the Smoker.

Operation BBQ Relief

Homemade BBQ Rubs for Christmas Giving

Homemade BBQ Rubs, CHristmas BBQ Giving, Diva Q Christmas

 

Each year we hold the annual Dimovski Christmas party. It is a tradition that we love. I love getting together with our friends for some festive cheer and fun.

I like to give people a tray of cookies or something festive as a parting gift after each party. This year I made a few batches of BBQ rubs and filled up mason jars. Attached a tag with some rustic  jute twine and done.  You could also attach an easy recipe that you love using the rubs. Easy gift to give !!

 

Here are some of my everyday use BBQ rub recipes:

Cajun Rub

Chicken Rub

Beef Rub 

Here is my go to – all purpose Pork & Chicken Rub – the yield is 2 cups and is ideal for doubling up.

BBQ Tag, BBQ Christmas, Homemade BBQ gifts, BBQ Rub Jars

Diva Q BBQ & Grilling Christmas Gift Giving list for 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift Giving 2013

 

Well tis the season for some giving – the items below I have all personally tried & used . I do not recommend items that I have not thoroughly tried out or used. These are my own personal choices – some have made the list before and some are brand new.

 

Making a repeat appearance – one of my favorite gifts to receive and to give:

Back Lit ! Thermapen

 

Diva Q Christmas List Backlit Thermapen

 

In typical Thermapen-fashion, our UK engineers have designed a button-less intelligent backlight system. When the Thermapen is on, a new display sensor continuously monitors ambient light levels. As it gets darker, the backlight comes on automatically so you can read the digits in any light condition. With this power-saving strategy, battery life is only reduced to a minimum of 100 hours even when the backlight is in continuous use. If only used in the light, the miniature CR2032 cells still last 1500 hours! Your actual battery life will be somewhere in between depending on the amount of night cooking you do. And, there’s no button to push. You don’t even need to think about it.

 

Thermoworks Chef Alarm

Designed for commercial use, ChefAlarm delivers features not found in “houseware” cooking alarms. Continuous Min/Max display tells you how hot (or cold) your food got when you weren’t looking. A “High Alarm” sounds when your food reaches your setting, and a first-of-its-kind “Low Alarm” is perfect for making yogurt and other cold dishes.

Diva Q Christmas Chef Alarm

 

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Texas Pepper Jelly

Diva Q Christmas Texas pepper Jelly

Seriously this stuff is incredibly addictive. So many flavor choices. I love glazing with these jellies on meats, brie (seriously to die for), and heck my husband loves pairing the jelly with toast too!  The possibilities are endless and the owner Craig is a super nice guy to deal with. Also make sure to try out their rib candy & also Craigs new BBQ sauce.

Diva Q Christmas Texas Pepper Jelly

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Lodge Cast Iron

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with giving cast iron. Its a gift that can last a lifetime. This year I bought myself the Sportsman’s Grill.  and a new dutch oven. Great quality. The company has been around since 1896. Seriously thats a long freaking time.

Lodge Cast Iron Grill

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

BBQ Books

One of my all time favorite BBQ books. Now in its second edition – Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by the late Karen Putnam (Flower of the flames) & Judith Fertig. Some of my favorite recipes have come from this book. I cannot recommend it enough. The recipes were tried and true before publication. Really great food.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

I have owned a few pizza stones over the last few years. The Big Green Egg pizza stone has stood the test of time and usage. This is a great gift paired with a bag of  00 Flour and some homemade pizza sauce

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Rossy’s Diablo’s Fuego Hot Sauce –

 

This is not one of those everyday hot sauces. This is in a whole other category. Chef Rossy Earle is from Panama. I have been lucky enough to eat at her house and experience just a tiny bit of her cooking skills. This is an incredible condiment. Absolutely full of flavor and beyond delicious. This hot sauce can be used as a marinade or topping for grilled anything from meats to veggies and everything in between.

Available in select stores & locations in Ontario.

Pimenton on Mt Pleasant
Ruby Eats in Leslieville
The Sweet Escape in The Distillery District

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Diablo Fuego Rossy's

 

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

FEC100 from Cookshack.

Ok this is a big BIG gift but I got one this year and I love it. Load it up with meat and it makes BBQ magic. I really enjoy using it- so simple and flavorful.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

JP Custom Smoke Rubs

I received some of these as a gift this year. Great selection -terrific flavors.  Small operation that has BIG flavors!! Get some!
Diva Q Christmas List JP Custom Smoke

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Smoky Mountain Smokers Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

I have been using this sauce for years and it always tastes great. Great for use on so many items. Order a case. Trust me on this. Their disposable cutting boards are also something high on mylist of competition favorites. Truly awesome people.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Smoky Mountain Smokers Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Butchers Prime Injection

I use this product regularly in my briskets and big beef roasts.  It is like an insurance policy to make great meat. A little goes a long way. Check out their selections of rubs and sauces too!

Diva Q Christmas List Butchers BBQ Prime Injection

 

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Grill Grates

No shock that these are on the list again. I take them to every competition, use them at home and recommend them to all my friends.

  • The Original Raised Rail Design™ is a new engineered cooking system that sits atop any existing grill. GrillGrates sear and sizzle foods better than traditional grills, which have more open exposure to direct flame and juices are only fuel for flare-ups. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring but accentuate searing.

 

 

Diva Q Christmas List Grill Grates

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Plastic Shakers with different types of lids

Earlier this year I was experimenting with rubs and bought a couple of these 10 oz shakers. They clean up nicely and the different lids really help control how much rub and spice comes out.  My only lament is that I didn’t buy more. These would be great to give with an assortment of basic spices – garlic powder onion etc and some simple recipe cards for rubs.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Plastic Shaker

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

 

Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoker Boxes – Assorted Varieties

Perfect for anyone who wants to take their food up to the next level of flavor. Char-Broil came out with these smoker boxes and they are super convenient to use. Also they have a great selection of accessories on their website.  Also check out the BIG Easy Roaster for your Turkey this year. I was shocked how great our turkey came out!

This code will give  25% OFF All Grills and Cookers on charbroil.com.  Pls note it is not applicable to parts but to grills & accessories only. This code & link below is valid until December 31 2013. Just use the code when you are checking out. **** Please note this code cannot be combined with any other online code**** – See more at: http://divaq.ca/tag/diva-q-bbq-code#sthash.4gmMcc3I.dpuf

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Diva Q Christmas List Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoker Packs

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Zinger Grill 

My teammate Patrick bought this Zinger Grill. I picked it up for him at a contest in the US. I admit I was skeptical – I have to tell you I was/am thoroughly impressed. It is a grill & fire pit with an adjustable grate that raises and lowers. It also compacts down simply.  I also haven’t given it back. Good Luck Patrick, You may want to order another one. LOL

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Zinger Grill

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Montana Cross Grain Planks 

I like using planks for grilling. I like them even more when they really give a lot of flavor to the meats I am grilling. I find these cross grain planks are just really effective. They also look snazzy serving up great smoked food to your guests.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Organic Cross Grain Planks

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Tony Chachere Injectible Marinades

I don’t use really fancy injectors. Never have. Also many of the large stainless steel ones are just too big for my hands. I always buy Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinades- I like the flavors and I keep the injector. Its like a 2 in one present.

Diva Q Christmas List  2013 Tony Chachere Injectible Marinades

 Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Beerlicious 

Beer & BBQ go naturally well together. It would be a great idea to purchase an assortment of craft brews locally and then give them this book.  A great pairing. Ted Reader has written so many terrific grilling books. Check this one out – one of my favs!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Beerlicious

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

 

BBQ Calender

365 days of BBQ tips & Recipes! Seriously- everybody should have this!

Diva Q Christmas BBQ List 2013

 

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

 

KCBS BBQ Judging & Competition Classes

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Classes

There are lots of judging classes listed for 2014 – Check the KCBS Bullsheet  and online

Also check out classes given by Competition Pros a great gift for anyone to step up their game.

 

Gift Cards for BBQ Stores:

Gift Cards

If you have a griller that seems to own everything then a gift card might be the right option> I love these stores for BBQ Accessories & Equipment.

In Ontario/Canada I shop at:

BBQS.com -Ontario Gas BBQ located in Vaughan Ontario

Amazing selection  - Guinness World Record holder for largest store.

Diva Q Christmas 2013 Ontario Gas BBQ

BBQing.com – Capital Appliance & BBQ located in Ottawa Ontario -

These guys are some of the nicest people you could ever deal with. Highly recommend this store – terrific service and selection!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 BBQing.com

In the US

TheBBQSuperstore.com - Great selection they will ship anywhere!! These guys know competitions and everyday grilling too!

Diva Q Christmas 2013

Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply  Store located in Lakeland Florida coming online Black Friday 2013 – Competition & Everyday grilling needs ? They have you covered!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Whiskey Bent BBQ supply

 

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Get SPUN !!! Dizzy Pig Spices & Rubs – Gift Box! 

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Dizzy Pig

I am huge fan of the entire Dizzy Pig Spic Line of rubs!..

This would make an awesome gift for anyone on your grill & BBQ loving gift giving list … Even better getting 25% off with this code: use DIVA25 at the Check out to get 25% off of their Gift Box 4 

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Dizzy Pig Get Spun

Packaged in a colorful, eye-catching and sturdy box are our 4 top-selling rubs, Dizzy Dust, Cow Lick, Raging River and Tsunami Spin…along with 7 samples of all of our other flavors, a Dizzy Pig lapel pin and sticker.

Here is an even sweeter deal.

Dizzy Pig is giving away one gift box of their 4 top selling rubs to a Diva Q Fan! 

Contest Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

All you have to do is leave a message under this post on the Diva Q Facebook Fan page under this contest announcement – tell us what is on your Christmas wish list from Santa this year. The contest is open to both Continental US & Canada residents. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER Household. Subsequent entries will be disqualified.  Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest begins November 17/2013 and closes December 1st at 7pm est. Diva Q accepts no responsibility for comments lost or unpublished. Winner will be notified via Facebook message and published on the website.

 

 

Six Steps to Carving the perfect Turkey

Check out this great PDF from our friends at Char-Broil – Six Steps to Carving the perfect Turkey!  You can download the PDF at the bottom of the post for easy reading or scroll through and zoom. Make sure to check out our REALLY BIG Deal Discount (25%)

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Remembrance & Veterans Day

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Honor our veterans

 

Thank you is never enough. Thank you to all those who served and are serving. I am grateful to live in a free country.

 

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