Posts Tagged ‘Diva Q BBQ’
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.
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:
Here is my go to – all purpose Pork & Chicken Rub – the yield is 2 cups and is ideal for doubling up.
It became official yesterday that BBQ Crawl has been renewed for Season 2 ! Very excited to finally share this with everyone. Here is the press release segment about BBQ Crawl from Blue Ant Media/Travel & Escape!
Canada’s BBQ Champion Danielle Dimovski will be back for seconds with BBQ Crawl Season 2 (13 x 30 min). In its first season BBQ Crawl drew the largest audience of any of Travel+Escape’s original productions garnering an unprecedented viewership for an original production on the channel. Season 2 continues the journey in the American South. Kicking off in Nashville Tennessee and ending up in Kansas City Missouri, Danielle will dig deep into BBQ culture and explore new hotspots along the way. Produced by RTR Media, Season 2 will premiere Spring 2014
For the full press release please go here.
So here it is I just want to say Thank you. Thank you to all the amazing places we went in Season 1 Thank you to all of the owners and the places and the friends that allowed us into their worlds. Huge thanks to all of my BBQ family and friends and all the fans of the show. I am blessed beyond blessed to have you all along for this journey. The team at RTR Media rocks. They worked so hard on season 1 and they have been working for months already diligently for Season 2. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate each and everyone of you all. We leave next week to start Season 2 -this year we kick off in Nashville there will be new places new adventures some new and old friends making appearances and of course awesome kick a$$ BBQ along the way. Can’t wait for you all to see it unfold. Big hugs much Love from me to you all!! XXOO Danielle
Here is a different recipe as well:
Diva Q Texas Beef Ribs
• 1 large rack meaty Texas beef Ribs (4-5lbs)
• ½ – ¾ cup Montreal Steak Spice
4 cups hickory or mesquite wood chips/chunks (for charcoal or gas grills)
Preheat your grill to 225/250F creating an indirect heat zone.
Pull the membrane from the bone side of the ribs.
Season both sides of the ribs generously with Montreal Steak Spice
Place ribs on grill indirect.
Add 1 handful of hickory/mesquite woodchips to the charcoal grill. Use hickory/oak pellets for a pellet grill. Or use a smoker box of hickory/mesquite wood chips if using a gas grill. Repeat adding wood chips or chunks to the grill every hour.
Grill indirect for 5-6 hours until the meat has pulled back from the bones and is tender.
Montreal Steak Spice
• 3 tablespoons Kosher Salt
• 3 tablespoons Butcher Grind Black Pepper
• 2 tablespoons Granulated Garlic
• 2 tablespoons Smoked Paprika
• 2 tablespoon Granulated Onion
• 1 tablespoon Dill
• 1 tablespoon Ground Coriander
• 1 tablespoon Thai Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
• 1 tablespoon Dried Mustard
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl then transfer to a grinder.
Grind for 10-15 seconds until fully mixed and finely ground.
Store in an airtight container.
Use on pork, and beef.
I have a thing for pie. I seriously love pie. A few years ago I had the pleasure of being a pie judge for two years back to back at the Best of the Best BBQ Competition in Georgia. The memory of that still makes me smile. I really think more people should be making pies and swapping recipes. This is one I ended up coming up with today. This is what happens when I notice I have a few sweet potatoes kicking around that I really need to use up and of course a fully stocked bar that has a lot of whiskey.
I think desserts like pie, banana pudding and a few others are the perfect ending to any BBQ meal. Seriously though pie is darn good for breakfast as well.
Just a note it is super important to use steamed sweet potato chunks in this recipe and not boiled. You don’t want to end up with a soggy pie. Crust texture is really important. This recipe makes 2 pies. Simple reason … I made too much filling for one… Sweet Potato Pies freeze well.
Crown Royal Maple Whiskey Sweet Potato Pie
- 3 cups Steamed Sweet Potato Chunks
- 2 Whole eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 ¼ cups white sugar
- 1 cup half & half cream
- ½ cup Crown Royal Maple Whiskey
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 Frozen 9” pie shells
Whiskey Whipped Cream Topping:
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup glazed or toasted pecans
- ¼ cup Crown Royal Maple Whiskey
Preheat oven to 350F
In a large bowl, mash sweet potatoes until smooth. Whisk in all other filling ingredients for 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Press the filling mixture through a sieve into another bowl so that there are no potato lumps. Whisk a couple minutes more then pour equal amounts into the frozen pie shells.
Bake for 35-45 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre of the pie comes out cleanly.
While the pies are baking place a medium size stainless steel bowl in the freezer
When the pies are ready to come out of the oven remove the stainless steel bowl from the freezer.
With an electric mixer whip the heavy whipping cream and the Crown Royal Maple Whiskey together until medium peaks form.
To serve top slices of cooled pie with the Whiskey whipped cream, some powdered sugar and a few pecans.
Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatball Tree
I thought it would be a nice idea to try a new presentation for my bacon wrapped meatballs.
I have made many traditional Crockenbouche for past Christmas events and I thought the design would be super festive for meatballs. This worked really well and it was fun and easy to make.
This was fun to do and everyone at our annual Christmas party loved it. It didn’t last long lol.
I started with an 8” foam core tree shape and wrapped it in foil.
I used extra-long “Clubhouse sandwich” toothpicks. The meat balls were 2 boxes (almost 3 lbs) of Angus Beef Meatballs from Sobeys that are pre-cooked. I wrapped them each with 1/3 slice of bacon each then sprinkled with Smoky Mountain Smokers Chipotle rub. They were smoked on my Traeger for just over an hour at 225F. I used Hickory & Oak pellets. When I removed them I glazed them with Garland Jack’s Secret Six Hickory Spice BBQ Sauce.
Pretty simple after that point just poke them in tightly until the tree is full. I also made a bacon star that took me a few tries to get right btw a super cute when done. The star bacon shape was baked on a silpat sheet to keep it flat. I did the star at 225F and it took 3 strips of bacon to make.
All of the bacon I used was 18/22 slice size.
The tree was simply garnished with the last sprigs of rosemary from my garden. It was a great appetizer for my Christmas party guests who have a serious love for all things bacon & BBQ.
I love smoking chuck roasts. I think they are so versatile. You can smoke them to a nice rare (125F) or take them to the pot roast stage where you have broken down all of the protein strands.
Shiitake & Herb Crusted Umami chuck roast
2-4lb boneless chuck roasts
4 cups low sodium organic beef broth
2 sweet onions peeled & slivered
1 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/2 cup dried shiitake mushroom powder (place dried shiitakes in coffee grinder – works great!)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh oregano
1/4 cup kozliks horseradish mustard
(Or a combination of 1/8 cup horseradish & 1/8 cup Dijon mustard)
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp granulated onion
2 tbsp cracked black pepper
2 tsp kosher or sea salt
In large sized casserole dish combine all of the marinade ingredients. Completely coat both the roasts in the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours. Turn the roasts over at least once during the marinade time.
Preheat grill to 225F creating an indirect heat zone or alternately directly on the grill if using a pellet grill (Traeger)
Remove each roast from the marinade.
Place roasts on grill – use hickory & oak chips or pellets or mesquite for chuck roasts * If using chips add a small handful of each every hour until you foil
Baste with the remaining marinade
Grill chuck roasts until the internal temperature is 175F approx 2-3 hours
Place each chuck roast in a 1/2 size disposable aluminum pan
Add 2 cups organic beef broth & slivered onions to each chuck roast. Cover tightly with heavy duty foil.
Grill (approx 1-2 hours) until internal temperature is 205F or when the chuck roast easily comes apart with a fork.
Remove from au jus and rest covered with foil.
Strain the fat from the au jus and serve with the chuck roast.
Served with some creamy mashed potatoes, veggies and biscuits it makes a great meal.
You can do a lot of things with a chuck roast like:
CHILI!!! Perfect for these fall days!
Substitute slices or shreds of chuck roast in your favorite Chili recipe. I like caramelizing a big batch of onions first then adding in some tomatoes, garlic, spices and peppers. Last add the chuck roast and bring to a simmer. Where I am from beans are always added too.
Then how about some chuck roast stew? I really prefer to serve my stews over mashed potatoes. Simply take some of the shredded chuck roast add some low sodium beef stock and add your favorite veggies like onions, mushrooms, carrots & green beans. Throw in a handful of whole garlic cloves and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for at least an hour. Then to thicken make a corn starch slurry and add that to the pot. Bring to a boil and serve over mashed potatoes. Super easy.
psst. If by any chance you have any left shredded chuck roast is also awesome in quesadillas, burritos, nachos and tacos too!
Having been on the road pretty much for the last 6/7 weeks I have been craving a lot of comfort foods. Since coming home last week from filming BBQ Crawl I have been looking forward to getting back to my grills at home.
Its been raining and cold and generally not the nicest weather either. This leads me to making soothing bowls of happiness.
This is not so much as a recipe that needs to be followed exactly but really a lot of what I had at home at home already just thrown together. No fuss no muss and its ready quickly. All of my kids love it too so no arguments at the dinner table either. PS- You can also add some bacon to this for added goodness.
- 5 cups hominy
- 5 large jalapenos or more to taste
- 3 Chicken Breasts
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 box low sodium organic chicken broth
- 1/4 c Pork Barrel BBQ All American Rub
- 1/8 c Smoked Paprika
- fresh thyme to taste
- fresh chives to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp corn starch
Generously season the chicken breasts with pork barrel BBQ rub and smoked paprika. Preheat your grill to 250F Using hickory wood smoke the chicken breasts and the jalapenos until the internal temperature of the breasts is 155F. Remove both the chicken and jalapenos when done and set aside.
In a large heavy stock pot pour in the chicken broth and the cream of chicken soup. Chop the chives and the thyme and add them to the pot. Add the hominy and the frozen corn. Bring to a simmer. Chop the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the pot. Now here is where it gets personal. If you like spicier foods chop the smoked jalapenos and add them to the pot. Or as we do in our house add the jalapenos whole and then for individual portions chop the jalapenos. This way you benefit from the good smokey flavor of the jalapenos but none of the heat.
To thicken I took the super duper easy route. I had no time to make a roux today so I opted for the corn starch slurry program. In a small bowl mix 1/2 c water with a couple tablespoons of corn starch. Mix until completely dissolved and lump free. Add the entire slurry to the simmering chowder and keep stirring until thickened. Bring the chowder to a boil and then serve. I did not add any additional salt as the rub on the chicken was plenty for my family. Adjust salt & pepper to your liking and dinner is done. Pretty darn easy for a Tuesday dinner.
We have been on the road for a month already and time has flown by. We have traveled from Texas to Kentucky and lots of places in between. We still have a few more BBQ joints to head to and a couple more things to see. Our last stop and where we end this crawl will be at the American Royal in a couple of weeks. Its been a blast up to now with the crew who has been working hard.