Posts Tagged ‘Diva Q BBQ’

Piri Piri Hot sauce

I really like Piri Piri hot sauces. While I can get a few bottles here in Canada -my friends from England The UK Grand Champion Award winning BBQ team Miss Piggy’s BBQ spoiled me with bringing multiple types when they came for a visit last year.

I set out to make my own. One problem. I could not find dried Piri Piri peppers anywhere unless I mail ordered some. As luck would have it a friend of mine was heading to Portugal and brought me back a few packets.

Piri piri can also be referred to as African Birds Eye Chilies they can range from 50,000 to 175,000 Scoville units

From Wikipedia 

Piri piri (pili pili, peri peri) is a cultivar of Capsicum frutescens, one of the sources of chili pepper, that grows both wild and domesticated. It is a small, extremely spicy member of the Capsicum genus. It grows in MalawiSouth AfricaGhanaNigeriaZimbabwe and Mozambique.

Here is a great chart from WIKI
Scoville heat units Examples
15,000,000–16,000,000 Pure capsaicin[4]
8,600,000–9,100,000 Bear spray, various capsaicinoids (e.g., homocapsaicin, homodihydrocapsaicin, nordihydrocapsaicin)
500,000–2,000,000 Most Law enforcement grade pepper spray[5]
855,000–1,463,700 Naga Viper pepper,[6] Infinity Chilli,[7] Bhut Jolokia chili pepper,[8][9] Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper[10]
350,000–580,000 Red Savina habanero[11]
100,000–350,000 Habanero chili,[12] Scotch bonnet pepper,[12] Datil pepper, Rocoto, Madame Jeanette, Peruvian White Habanero,[13] Jamaican hot pepper[14]
50,000–100,000 Byadgi chilli, Bird’s eye chili,[15] Malagueta pepper,[15] Chiltepin pepper, Piri piri (African bird’s eye), Thai Pepper Pequin pepper[15]
30,000–50,000 Guntur chilli, Cayenne pepper, Ají pepper,[12] Tabasco pepper, Cumari pepper (Capsicum Chinese)
10,000–23,000 Serrano pepper, Peter pepper, Aleppo pepper
3,500–8,000 Espelette pepper, Jalapeño pepper, Chipotle,[16][17] Guajillo pepper, New Mexican varieties of Anaheim pepper,[18] Hungarian wax pepper, Tabasco sauce
1,000–2,500 Anaheim pepper, Poblano pepper, Rocotillo pepper, Peppadew
100–900 Pimento, Peperoncini, Banana pepper
0 No significant heat, Bell pepper, Cubanelle, Aji dulce

 

 

Piri Piri Hot sauce

2 packages Piri Piri Peppers (approx 1 cup dried)
6 jalapeños seeded & chopped
1 cup red onion chopped
1 cup white vinegar
1 can diced tomatoes 398ml (14oz)
½ cup dehydrated red pepper
7 cloves garlic minced
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp white granulated sugar

In a glass bowl pour 2 cups boiling water over piri piri peppers cover with plastic wrap and set aside overnight.
Strain piri piri chillies reserving the water.
In a medium sized pan on medium heat sauté onions in the olive oil until softened. Add 1 cup of the piri piri water. Add jalapenos and continue to sauté until the jalapenos have softened. Add strained piri piri chiles, garlic, red pepper, salt, sugar and tomatoes mix thoroughly and set aside.
Pour the contents of the pan into a food processor. Pulse until the texture is smooth. Add the vinegar and pulse again until well combined.

Remove to a container with a tight fitting lid and set aside for 2 weeks in the fridge to let the flavours bloom.

I did an early taste test and there is real kick to this and a warmth that stays with you. I can’t wait to use it on some grilled chicken, pork and in a BBQ sauce.

For more hot sauce related information check out a couple sites that I like to visit:

Hot Sauce Daily 

Scott Roberts 

Diva Q Ultimate Bacon Jalapeño Sausage Super Fatty & Superbowl Buffet recipes

A fantastic Super bowl 2012 bbq buffet !

Ok I admit it. I know absolutely 0% about football. I don’t understand the game, I don’t cheer for any teams and I have no interest in it until the Superbowl. Aside from the commercials (go ahead and judge me) I just like the opportunity to cook for a crowd. Namely – my husband, his buddies and the wives.
Our menu for this year will include ribs, Diva Q 4 cheese abt’s, BBQ Pit Boys beans, BBQ Beef  nachos, chicken wings with a spicy piri piri sauce, bacon wrapped super fatty, and of course lots of libations!

Here is the number one searched recipe that I have posted in the past for superbowl snacking ! It feeds an enormous crowd of hungry game watchers!

Diva Q Ultimate Bacon Jalapeño Sausage Super Fatty

This is a party sized appetizer of enormous proportions – deliciously decadent…Absolutely this is one of my all time favorites from the grill…

Ingredients:
4 lbs sausage (3 regular 1 hot)
2 lbs bacon
3-5 jalapeños (cored membrane removed and sliced in half)
2 tablespoons Smoky Mountain Smokers Spicy BBQ Rub

Filling:
5 tbsp garlic tobasco sauce
5 green onions chopped
2 packages cream cheese
4 tbsp 3eyz BBQ rub
3/4 c Strodes Cherry BBQ sauce
5 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp Chipotle powder

Mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl and set aside in a piping bag with large nozzle.
Lay 3 feet of saran wrap on kitchen counter
Spread out sausage (no casings) on the plastic wrap evenly spreading the mixture to approx 1/2″ thick and forming a rectangular shape that is 21/2 feet long.
place the jalapeños in a line down the center of the sausage mixture
Pipe the cheese mixture onto the jalapeños going the entire length of the sausage.
Using the plastic wrap to aid you bring the sides of the sausage mixture up and around the jalapeños and cheese forming a cylindrical tube.
Place on a large tray and chill in fridge or if room allows the freezer for 30 minutes.

Lay 3 feet of saran wrap on the counter. Arrange the strips of bacon to slightly overlap each other. Depending on the thickness of your bacon you will need between 2 – 3 lbs of bacon . (Please see picture above)

Remove the sausage from the fridge. Roll the sausage out of the saran wrap onto the bacon layers.
Bring the pieces of the bacon at the ends up first then continue to bring the bacon slices up onto the sausage until fully enclosed in bacon.

Sprinkle the entire fatty with the Smoky Mountain Smokers Spicy BBQ rub.

Prepare your grill for indirect cooking medium heat (275-300F).

******* Big Caution here… its a LOT of bacon. Bacon grease fires are serious business. Ensure your grill if using charcoal or propane or gas – utilizes a pan (with about 2 inches of water) under the fatty to capture the bacon grease. Always be prepared with a fire extinguisher and baking soda in case of a grease fire. Stay put and stay close. YOu don’t ever want to be far from a grill that has bacon on it.  *******

Place the fatty on your grill in a horseshoe shape. BBQ your fatty until the internal temperature in many locations when probed reaches 165F (approx 2-3hours) and the bacon is crsipy. Glaze in the last few moments of cooking with the Strodes Cherry BBQ sauce. Remove from heat and rest at least 15 minutes. Slice and serve with additional BBQ sauce and hot sauces.

Diva Q Competition BBQ Class March 17 & 18 – SOLD OUT!!

Our March class has already old out. We will be announcing another 2 day competition class for May in the upcoming week!

Please note no recording devices will be allowed during class times. A combination of pellet cookers (Traeger) and Charcoal (BBQ Guru Onyx Oven/WSM/Weber Grill) will be used for the class.

This will be an instructional class.

Please note you can also pay in advance via check or cash.

Please email divaq@rogers.com for application form.

 

Hotels in the South End Barrie Area:

Super 8 

Holiday Inn Express 

Hampton Inn & Suites

Days Inn

Monte Carlo Inn

 

 

Turkey Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust

So the Christmas meal is over. The presents have all been unwrapped. The libations have been drunk. However you probably still have a few pounds of leftovers in the fridge.

Pot pies are a wonderful way to use up Christmas leftovers. Deliciously easy to make and simple to assemble. They taste terrific too!

Turkey Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust

2-3 cups chopped cooked turkey

2-3 cups leftover veggies chopped (seriously whatever you have throw it in)

2 cups turkey or chicken stock

1 red pepper chopped

1 onion chopped

1 cup frozen peas

3 tbsp corn starch

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp ground savory

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Biscuit Topping

2 cups Bisquick

1 cup milk

2 eggs

Heat oven to 400F

I used my 3 1/2 Quart Le Creuset Braiser for this. One pot cooking and baking is ideal for fuss free clean up. You can also pour this into a casserole dish as well.

Saute red pepper and onion in butter until soft. Add in savory, sage, salt and pepper. Add turkey, chopped vegetables, frozen peas and 1 1/2stock. Mix thoroughly and bring to a simmer. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/2 cup stock (use a small whisk) to create a lump free slurry. Mix slurry into turkey mixture and simmer until thickened.  Set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium size bowl mix Bisquick, eggs and milk.  Spread Bisquick on top of turkey mixture.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes prior to serving.  My whole family loves this dish and I end up with a fridge free of leftovers. Win Win situation!

  

  

 

 

Merry Christmas From my home to yours

Brined & Smoked Christmas Turkey

I brine because I hate dry turkey. Throughout the year I brine various birds and pork before it hits the grill. I love juicy meat and brining is a great way to achieve that. Consider it a turkey slam dunk. Juicy flavorful bird and leftover turkey that is still moist well after the Christmas meal. For me the sammies after are almost as important as the actual meal.

My go to recipe for brining turky is Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey brine. It is the #1 searched recipe on the food network site. With good reason. It works. Always.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the brine:

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water

For the aromatics:

  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 leaves sage
  • Canola oil

Directions

Click here to see how it’s done.

2 to 3 days before roasting:

Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.

Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:

Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.

Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.

Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.

*Personally I omit the ginger in the brine and the rosemary in the aromatics. I love rosemary in beef recipes but I am just not fond of it on turkey.

 

I also like to use butter and fresh sage leaves under the breast of the turkey to create a really lovely looking bird. It looks wonderful on the Christmas table decorated with additional apples and sage leaves on a large platter.

I bbq my turkey in a disposable pan on the Traeger or Egg. I like to capture the pan drippings & juices to form the base for my gravy. The temperature should be 450-500F to begin and then I lower it after the first 45 minutes to 275/300F. I like to use oak and hickory or apple and pecan pellets or wood chunks.  I keep an eye on the color of the breast and if it starts to get a little dark I cover it with foil. Alternatively you can ice the breast first before it hits the grill. Fill up two Ziploc sandwich bags with ice and place on the breast leaving them there for an hour before you grill. This will significantly lower the temperature of the breast.  The reason is pretty simple dark eat and white meat don’t necessarily finish at the same time.  You want the breast to be 165F when finished and the dark meat to be 180F. Lowering the temp of the breast slows down its cooking time.

Heres a great video on how to carve a turkey:

I like to serve my turkey with whipped potatoes, my sweet potato casserole, grilled parsnips, gravy, cranberry sauce, bread, butter and another favorite of mine Stuffing Stuffed Acorn squash & Grilled Brussel sprouts:

Stuffing Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sage chips

4 medium acorn squash split in half and cleaned out
8 tablespoons butter
¼ lb bacon finely diced
1 medium onion finely diced
3 stalks celery finely chopped
8-12 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 boxes commercial stuffing mix

Directions
Preheat grill for use indirect to 350 degrees F.
In a large disposable sheet pan (this will make clean up much easier) place the halves of squash . Place 1 tablespoon of butter in each half. Grill until the flesh is just starting to turn soft (approximately 1 hr)
Make commercial stuffing according to directions and set aside
In a large skillet, cook the bacon until brown and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon reserving fat in the pan. Add sage leaves and fry until the leaves are just starting to turn brown at the edges and remove to paper towels to drain. In the same skillet add the onions and celery, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
In a large bowl combine commercial stuffing mixture, onions, celery and bacon. Fill each cavity of the squash half with this mixture. Return to the grill to warm through. Approximately 20 minutes. Garnish each squash half with the fried sage leaves.

 

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

1 lb Brussel sprouts cleaned and trimmed
¼ cup butter melted
Salt
Pepper
Granulated garlic
Fresh thyme sprigs
1 BBQ buddy™ pan

On a charcoal grill with a medium heat (300F) place bbq buddy ™ pan.
Fill with brussel sprouts and sprinkle on granulated garlic, salt & pepper.
Brush with butter. Turn after 5-10 minutes then brush with butter again.
Remove when brussel sprouts are just starting to turn soft (approx 15-20 minutes)
Garnish with sprigs of thyme.

 

 

Jack Daniels Honey Truffles Perfect for Christmas!

Jack Daniels Honey is one of my favorite libations from 2011. I love chocolate too. So it only makes sense that these two wonderful things come together in a truffle.

Jack Daniels Honey Truffles

2 cups Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Jack Daniels Honey
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Coating options:
Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa
Ghirardelli sweet ground chocolate & cocoa
powdered sugar
finely shredded unsweetened coconut
finely chopped pig candy
honey powder
finely chopped pecans or other nuts
gold leaf

Pour chocolate chips in a glass bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan bring the cream up to a simmer but not boiling. Remove pan from heat and pour cream over the chocolate chips. Add the butter, salt and Jack Daniels Honey. Stir until the mixture is incorporated and the chocolate has melted to a smooth consistency. Place in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or even overnight.

Using a 1 ounce ice cream scoop or a teaspoon spoon out the truffles. Roll in preferred coating. Serve immediately or refrigerate to serve later on.

My favorite topping was chopped glazed pecans. I love having these on hand for salads and more.

Absolutely delicious. Just remember these truffles are for adults only! Enjoy!

The 12 Days of BBQ Christmas

12 days of BBQ Christmas

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

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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 French hens,
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!

Great Gift Idea – Give homemade BBQ Rubs

Looking for something homemade for Christmas? How about giving some bbq rubs…. Some of the best gifts are not store bought but thoughtful homemade presents …

Mason jars with tight fitting lids make a great place to start. Available everywhere and in many sizes …..

Simply assemble some of your favorite recipes for rubs with fresh spices….

Add a nice recipe card…lots of templates available online..

Rub Recipes:
Diva Q Cajun Rub
Diva Q Basic Beef Rub
Diva Q Basic Chicken Rub
Kansas City Rib Rub
Memphis Style Rib Rub
Carolina BBQ Rub
Brisket Rub

Top the jars with some cute flame ribbon

Happy Gifting !!

A few new favorite #BBQ things

These are a few of my new favorite things from this past year!

Colins Creek Barbecue Savory Pecan Rub

I love this rub. Its really an exciting blend of spices that pairs well with so many meats and seafood. Chris Jones Pitmaster from Colins Creek gave me a bottle to sample earlier in the year and I liked it so much I got a case of it. (love the rib rub too!)

Plowboys has long been a favorite rub company of mine. This year they came out with Fin and Feather. Delicious on lots of items from seafood to chicken.

Also a Jerk rub thats awesome !

You can get these items at Great Lakes BBQ Supply Company~! I have shopped with them many times and their customer service is top notch!

Jamaica Pimento Charcoal

I picked up a case of Jamaica Pimento Wood Charcoal to play with earlier this year from Ontario Gas Barbecue
For the first time in the Canada, PIMENTO WOOD CHARCOAL!
While I will always use Basques all Natural Hardwood Charcoal for day to day use it is fun to play with unusual charcoals to add a different flavor layer to your food!

Made from the wood of the Jamaican Allspice tree, this lump charcoal is all natural.
No fillers or chemical binders! Lump charcoal burns cleanly with no chemical after taste.

These 9 lb. boxes are a 50/50 blend of Pimento Wood and Log Wood. Why the blend? Production of Pimento Wood Charcoal is minimal. A scarce resource! Most street vendors in Jamaica use this combination of charcoals to give that unique taste to their dishes. If you crave original Jamaican Jerk, Pimento Wood & Log Wood completes the authentic island flavour.

The Charcoal Room at Ontario Gas BBQ is so much fun. They are always trying to bring new and interesting charcoal.

Strube briskets are delicious. Kobe-Style Wagu Beef. Strube Ranch is a family owned and operated business with 100 years experience raising beef. I had a lot of fun playing with these briskets this year. Available from Big Poppas Smokers.

Onyx Oven from the BBQ Guru

My competition equipment lineup changed a bit this year. An Onyx Oven was added thanks to the folks at BBQ guru. I have had so many enjoyable BBQ experiences with it. The very first time in competition it scored a 180 (perfect KCBS) in brisket. Love using it. Love the fact that paired with the Digi Q it can run on very little charcoal for hours. It helps make great meat!!

Custom heavy duty fabricated rib racks for my Traeger. I got them as a gift for Christmas last year and used them throughout the year. They are so much better than any other rib rack I have owned. A lot easier to clean as well. Available at my favorite Brantford Butcher Strodes by fabricator Mark Offenhammer. These are a wise BBQ investment.

 

Global Chef Tweezers

These tweezers were given to me by my Sister in Smoke Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned. They were awesome for box adjustments while competing.

Cast Iron Pig Soap Dish – Business Card holder.

Shelly from Desperado’s BBQ told me about this awesome business card holder from the Mast general Store in South Carolina. By the end of the day every BBQ’er around had snapped them up in a flash. Perfect for any BBQ lover.

Paella Pan

Love using this on my charcoal grills. So much fun.

Southern Style All Natural Unbleached White Grits from Old Mill of Guilford NC.

Grits and BBQ go together like PB&J. Love these for their texture and flavor!!  I always thought I hated grits until a few years back I had real grits instead of instant. I have been hooked ever since.

I love Pork. So why not use a Pork that’s chock full of Omega 3 & raised without antibiotics .  Willowgrove Hill has terrific pork and pork products.

Char-Broil America Grills. I received this cookbook from Chef Barry Martin earlier this year at the NBBQA convention in South Carolina. I adore this guy.

His enthusiasm for all things grilling and BBQ is wonderful to behold. This book is full of mouthwatering recipes and pictures you want to eat they look so good.

Little sugar piggie sprinkles/quins  for sweet stuff. Why ? They are pigs. They are cute and they are adorable. Plus add them to some pig candy bacon cupcakes and it rocks. Mine came in a three pack with chickens and cows too!

Firefly sweet tea bourbon

Deliciously indulgent. This stuff is perfect for sitting back relaxing and having a wonderful time doing nothing but stoking some charcoal and watching meat grill.

Jack Daniels Tennesse Honey 

I fell in love with this libation earlier this year. Many a bottle was used this past year in the Diva Q camp. (of course it was for sauce making………. yeah sure…we will go with that.) Try one of my favorite cocktails – I call it the Long Weekend made with JD Honey.

 

 

 

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