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BBQ Crawl – How To Make Simple Texas-Style Ribs

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.

This is GOING to make you HUNGRY!

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Crispy Smoked Duck

I think duck doesn’t get used nearly as much as it should be. Its an incredibly rich dark and forgiving meat that lends itself well to many applications.




  • 5lb Whole Young duck
  • 3/4  cup maltose (or you can substitute honey or molasses)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon 5 spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225F
  2. Rinse & pat dry the duck.
  3. Using your fingers separate the skin from the breast. This will help render out more fat.
  4. Spatchcock the duck. See this easy step by step tutorial from Martha.
  5. Use a jicard all over the duck. This will help release a lot of the fats from the duck.
  6. Sprinkle Salt & Pepper on the duck and place on grill. PLEASE Note: I used my traeger wood pellet grill with hickory pellets.  It is indirect heat with a slanted heat shield that pours the fat out into a drip pot. If using a gas or charcoal grill you will absolutely need to place a pan under the grates of the duck to capture the fat and grill indirect.
  7. Smoke duck for 2 hours.
  8. In a small bowl mix the maltose, soy sauce, ginger, 5 spice powder, salt & pepper together. Set aside on counter.
  9. After the 2 hours of smoking Turn up the grill to 300F
  10. After 2 hours start saucing the duck with the soy mixture. Every 10 minutes re sauce the duck. This will bring a beautiful rich color to the duck.
  11. Repeat this step until there is no sauce remaining (Approx 40 minutes)
  12. After the saucing turn your grill up to high (400-450F)  for the last 10 minutes to help crisp the duck even more.
  13. Remove duck from grill and let rest uncovered for 20 minutes
  14. When the duck is cool enough to handle segment into portions or shred the duck chopping the crispy skin and mixing in.

I served our duck shredded with sauteed finely chopped shiitake mushrooms, chow mein noodles, chives and thin cucumber slices for crunch. Served beside a pile of iceberg lettuce cups with a side of hoisin sauce for dipping. It was a fun family meal that my kids loved.

Crispy Duck Lettuce Wraps all ready for dinner.

Yummy fun dinner.


The very best Jalapeno Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Jalapeno Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits


I take biscuit making from scratch very seriously. There are times when you need to use store bought mixes or pre-made but whenever you can from scratch biscuits are always better. They are a Southern tradition and one that of course goes extremely well with all things BBQ & Grilling. Over the years I have been trying countless recipes trying different methods. I had no real benchmark to go from I just knew what I wanted:

  • The flakiest of sections
  • Slightly crispy buttery base
  • tender interior

I can’t stand flaky people but for me a flaky tender biscuit is heaven.

Today after countless trials I achieved the very best biscuits I have ever made. They were all of my wants and more. This recipe is for a double batch I split the batch in two and added a heaping cup of shredded Old cheddar to one and shredded Jalapeno Cheddar to the other .

The very best Jalapeno Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 4 ¾ cups             All-purpose Robin Hood flour sifted
  • ½ lb                      Unsalted Butter frozen then grated
  • 1 tsp                      baking soda
  • 2 tsp                      Clabber girl baking powder
  • 3 tsp                      Morton kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cups             Buttermilk (keep very cold)
  • 2 cups                   Shredded Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese or any other shredded cheddar


Place a stainless steel bowl in a freezer for 20 minutes prior to assembly.

*If you tend to have very warm hands rinse your hands under cold water for a bit. The dough and the ingredients need to stay as cold as possible.

  1. Preheat your oven to 425F
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a chilled stainless steel mixing bowl
  3. Add the grated butter to the dry mixture and combine using a pastry cutter. The texture should be coarse and crumbly. Do not use your hands for this.
  4. Add buttermilk and using a spatula mix until just combined. *Do not over mix-the dough will be damp.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. Sprinkle shredded cheddar over the dough.
  7. Working as quickly as you can pat the dough out into a rectangle and then fold in on itself a couple of times.
  8. Pat the dough into a rectangle approx 1/2 ” thick and cut into 32 squares. You can use a round biscuit cutter however any scraps you have leftover will make a much tougher biscuit. By cutting them into squares there is no scrap leftovers.  Handle the dough the least amount of time possible. The more you handle the dough the tougher your biscuits will be.
  9. Place 16 biscuits on each ungreased cookie sheet. The biscuits should be 1/4” away from each other for slightly soft & lightly crispy sides.
  10. Chill the cut biscuit squares in the fridge for 5 minutes. If you are omitting the cheese then brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter right before placing in the oven.
  11. Place baking sheets in oven on the upper and middle shelf.
  12. Bake for 5 minutes then rotate racks
  13. Bake for an additional 5 minutes and check for doneness. Depending on your oven they may take 10-14 minutes to bake completely. It is very important to not over bake the biscuits.
  14. Remove biscuits from trays and place on cooling racks for crispier bottoms.
  15. Enjoy them quickly. They will not last. Trust me on this.

Plateful of biscuit happiness



Smoked Kale Chips – OMGood Gravy they taste like bacon>? Wtflip

SO many of my friends and healthier acquaintances talk about the virtues of kale chips. Uber delicate with terrific crunch I thought that maybe a little smoke could improve the chances of me eating them more regularly..

Kale has a lot of good crap in it  - vitamins and all that other healthy stuff that good for you.  So eating it is probably on the list of things I should do more.


What happened next is pretty awesome. I think I am in love with smoked kale chips.

I shit you not they tasted like bacon after I smoked them. My husband, my oldest daughter and I are all in awe of this.  Now let me say I have been doing a lot of smoking this week. Mostly pork and maybe its just my cooker that’s giving off some porky goodness extra flavoring  but seriously give these a try. Well worth your time.

  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Preheat your grill to 250F Indirect. (****Very important this is indirect especially when you use frogmats)

Remove the stems from the Kale and tear into bite sized pieces. Arrange the kale in a single layer on frogmats over a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

Place the frogmat on the grill. * I used my Traeger grill for this and it worked out fantastic. Grill indirect for 15 minutes. Turn kale leaves over and grill another 5-10 minutes or just until crispy. They should be a bright green and should not be brown. Serve to your family or hoard them for yourself. Enjoy.


I have no idea how long these things last. We ate them all. You are on your own for that decision.


Competition Class- Greencastle Pennsylvania April 5th 2013

This is a hands on no holds barred competition class!!

Mason Dixon BBQ Diva Q Class

Come on out and learn the championship techniques that have won multiples of Grand Championships, first place awards and perfect 180 scores.



Click HERE to be taken to the Mason Dixon BBQ Website and more information about the class!! Catch you on the BBQ Trail


Grilled Greek Inspired Chicken Kabobs – because meat on sticks is always fun.

Greek Souvlaki, Greek Kabob

I had a hankering for a kabob today.  I love meat on sticks. Its just so much more fun. My kids love them too. I often thought if they served salad on sticks I would eat more greens. Probably not but its a nice thought. Its snowing like crazy here today so these were done on my trusty Lil Tex Traeger. I used a mixture of Oak & Hickory Pellets. Super easy to make.  Do yourself a favor & double up on this recipe. Freeze a batch for a quick midweek meal.  Can be served in a pita with Tzatziki  lettuce and thinly sliced red onions.


  • 4 Chicken Breasts Cut into approx 1″ Cubes
  •  1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dried Greek oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Marinate for 4-6 hours or overnight if possible.

Preheat grill to medium high heat.

Remove chicken from marinade & discard- Place on metal skewers grill 10 – 15 minutes until the internal temperature is 165F Serve with salad, grilled veggies or rice. This is also an excellent salad dressing recipe as well. Serves 4

We served ours tonight with basmati rice & toasted almonds plus a simple salad of baby spinach, mandarin oranges, red onion drizzled with a lemon poppy seed vinaigrette.



New Class Scheduled for Roc City Ribfest May 23 & 24 2013

Making a return trip to Roc City Ribfest to compete & teach. If you are looking for a great contest to compete at I highly recommend it. Its super well organized and absolutely a blast. There are so many really friendly teams.

Roc CIty

Our class fills up quickly last year we sold out so please if you are interested sign up soon. We have had some terrific success with past students winning some very impressive & Grand Championships and improving their overall Competition game.

Here is the link to our class listings, application form & shopping cart.



Sweet Chili Chipotle Wings – Perfect for Superbowl Snacking


Last summer our BBQ Team was really excited to win 2 Tyson Best Wings on the planet Contests.  This is the recipe we won the Sam’s Club Southgate Michigan Contest with. Absolutely delicious and perfect for a good nosh and of course the Superbowl. There is also a contest running now with the 8 finalists in this contest. You can enter by visiting or

Email to
Subject: Best Wing Vote Submission & by giving them our team name Diva Q. We would appreciate your vote.

Product: Tyson All Natural Chicken Wings, Ice Glazed, First & Second Sections
Serves: 4 persons
Serving Size: 6 wings
(sub recipe – BBQ rub)
• 2 Tbsp – paprika, smoked
• 1 Tbsp – chili powder
• ½ Tbsp – salt, Kosher
• ½ Tbsp – garlic powder
• ½ Tbsp – sugar, granulated
• ½ Tbsp – curry powder, mild
• ½ Tbsp – dry hot mustard, ground
• ¼ Tbsp – black pepper, finely ground
• ¼ Tbsp – cumin, ground
• ½ Tbsp – chipotle chile, powder
Method: Place all ingredients in a gallon Ziploc bag and shake/toss to combine
evenly. Reserve until needed.
(sub recipe – glaze)
• 1 C – Franks Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce
• ¼ C – Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
Method: Place both ingredients in a gallon Ziploc bag and shake/toss to combine evenly. Reserve until needed.
• 24 each – Tyson All Natural Chicken Wings, thawed
• (1 bottle) 5 Fl oz. bottle – Tabasco sauce, chipotle
• from sub recipe – BBQ rub
• from sub recipe – glaze
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“Diva Q Sweet Chili Chipotle Wings” Continued…
1. Place chicken wings in a gallon Ziploc bag and pour Tabasco Chipotle
sauce over the wings and toss to coat evenly. Marinate 12 hours in refrigerator.
2. Remove chicken from chipotle sauce marinade and place on baking sheet
pan. Evenly sprinkle BBQ rub on both sides of the chicken wings.
3. Smoke wings on your grill, using Kingsford hickory wood, for 1–1 ½ hours
at 225° F or to an internal temperature of 165° F.
4. Remove wings from grill and place in a mixing bowl. Add reserved glaze
(saving some for dipping sauce) & toss to combine evenly.
5. Place glazed wings on hot grill to quickly grill mark & finish cooking. Remove from grill and serve with remaining glaze on the side for dipping.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!
• If desired, chicken wings can be cooked to a final internal temperature of
180° F.
• Using large Ziploc bags to shake/toss/combine ingredients makes for fast
& easy prep and virtually no mess clean up.
• The glaze can be made 1 day in advance and warmed (sauce pan or microwave) just prior to serving the wings.
• Experiment with different types of wood for smoking: applewood, cherry,
mesquite, etc.
• Personalize the recipe using your favorite smoking technique (cold or hot
smoking) and using either a smoker, gas grill, charcoal or wood fired grill
for smoking and cooking.
• Think of this recipe (and any recipe) as a guidepost; where you follow it and then add your personal flair & ingredients/techniques, to create your own signature Tyson Competition Wings.



Crown Royal Maple Bacon Pig Candy

Bacon + Whiskey + Maple = Awesome Combination.

The possibilities are endless after you make this. Eat it straight up, in ice cream, cakes, cookies, bacon brownies, garnish for a cocktail & so much more….

I tried a few versions to get to this point of whiskey/bacon happiness. This was the easiest most impactful version where the whiskey was not diminished after smoking or baking.


1/2 pound thinly sliced bacon

1 cup Crown Royal Maple Whiskey

1 cup light brown sugar

1 -3 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust for your heat preference)

1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper

In a plastic container or glass bowl pour the whiskey over the bacon. Make sure the bacon is fully submerged and place in the fridge overnight.

The following day in a small bowl mix the brown sugar, cayenne and black pepper.

Preheat your oven to 350F or your grill to 250F/300F (Indirect)

If using an oven : Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack over the tray. Spray baking rack with non stick spray. Place the bacon strips on the baking tray and sprinkle on the brown sugar/pepper mixture.

If using a BBQ or grill indirect- try frogmats. Or you can still use the baking sheet & foil combo as above.

Times will vary – in the oven approx 20-30 minutes or on the grill indirect approx 45 minutes to an hour until the brown sugar has been thoroughly absorbed and the bacon crisps


When you remove from the oven or grill let the bacon rest for 1 hour to dry out. Fantastic in so many things or on its own.


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