Posts Tagged ‘fun’

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.

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.

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.


 

How to make Pig Candy – + New Youtube Channel!!

New video! So excited to share this with everyone. I ♥ Bacon!! Bacon pig candy is just all sorts of awesome. SO much fun. Make sure you subscribe to the channel We have so much more to come. .

Bacon Wrapped Double Hot Dog – From my kids :-)

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Filled Grilled Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Kids BBQ,

My two youngest kids entered their very first Kids Q contest last year. It was at Roc City Ribfest. This contest has it all – a World Bacon Championship, a KCBS contest, A Charity Rib Contest and a Kids Q Contest. It is one of my favorite contests and I never miss it.

I think anyone who does Competition BBQ gets a anxious at awards. All that hard focused work and waiting to hear your name called. However I have never ever been so nervous and on the edge of my seat as I have been waiting to see how our kids did. Glad to say they came in 3rd and they and all of us were so proud.

Award Winning Kids Q

They asked over the March Break if they could do a guest blog post … so here it is. With a couple of videos…

This is Ella & Gabe’s recipe for Bacon Wrapped Double Dogs.  They look forward to seeing your comments.

We started making the video with both of them…. ummm well lets say Gabe Tapped out after his funnybone took over.

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Double Dogs

Serves 6 o3 Super hungry people who each two each.

  • 12 all beef wieners
  • 18 pieces of thinly cut bacon
  • 6 slices of cheddar (length and width of open sliced wiener  and 1/8″ thick)
  • 6 hot dog buns toasted

Slice the wieners in half lengthwise careful not to cut all the way through. They should open like a book.

Open one of the sliced wieners and top with a slice of cheddar and additional wiener.

Wrap tightly with 1 to 1 1/2 slices of bacon.

Grill indirect at 275F for 15 minutes then flip to opposite side. Grill an additional 15 minutes. You may want to grill direct in the last couple of minutes or until the bacon is crispy and done to your liking. Serve them on a toasted hot dog bun.

Add condiments (Ella eats it with Ketchup- Gabe likes mustard & ketchup) and serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Youtube Channel + New Trailer for BBQ Crawl Season 2

Well it was time for me to create a brand new Youtube Channel. Very excited to share it with you all. I am planning on lots of content uploads this year with how to videos, goofy vids I shoot on my BBQ adventure and so much more.
Please make sure to subscribe and check out this brand new Trailer for Season 2 of BBQ Crawl that will premiere April 1 on the Travel & Escape Channel

Superbowl Snacks – All the recipes you need to host one heck of a party.

Just like the coaches in the NFL you need a game plan for the Superbowl!

 

Superbowl Buffet, Gameday Set up, party planning, How to throw a superbowl party

 

 

For us that means having different areas of our house set up for distinct areas:

Smokin' Cocktail

1. Beverage center- It doesn’t have to be fancy make sure you have plenty of ice, beer, whisky (good luck shots always) and of course some non alcoholic sodas and water for designated drivers. We also usually have one designated cocktail that can be made in large batches. Smokin’ Caesars always go over well.

Recommended Recipes:

Diva Q Smokin’ Caeser 

Greek Souvlaki, Greek Kabob

The crispy bits are always my fav

2.Things on Sticks- Quick appetizers items as well. Grilled sausages on sticks, shrimp on sticks, or even abts.

Recommended Recipes:

Chicken Legs

3. The Main Event- More serious noshes go on this table – Big Sturdy disposable plates (this is not the time to be frugal with dollar store cheapos), BIG napkins, wet naps and cutlery first. Then hit up some greenery. A sturdy salad. Pick something hearty like asparagus, spinach or kale that won’t wilt through the first few minutes after serving. Its a long game. Then move on to the ribs, the main meats and any starches like tater tots or hashbrown casserole. Large sammies loaded up and sliced would be great located here as well. Just make sure you put the extra sauces at the end of the table so the traffic flow of munchin people is not interrupted. 

Pulled pork nachos

4. Nacho bar, Mini beef slider bar - One year we did a mashed potato bar that went over well too.  This stuff takes time to assemble and layer in the toppings and condiments. Make sure you give this table area lots of space people will be crowding around.

Diva Q Pig Candy

MMMMM Bacon

Once the game is winding down it may be time to bring out some sweet finishes:

Recommended Recipes:

Crown Maple Pig Candy 

Regular Pig Candy

Blueberry Lemon Biscuit cobbler 

Depending on how many people are coming over you need to adjust your menu. Sometimes staggering and staging different items through the game works well too. Many of these items can be prepared well in advance. You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen or the backyard for the whole game.

Make sure to use the search button here on the site or the recipe tab at the top for even more tasty tidbits to get you all through the game.

Food Safety:

One final note. It is a long game. A very long Game. You need to be FOOD Safe. Check out these tips from the USDA on making sure you keep your guests safe

Make sure your guests travel home safely. Ensure you have cash on hand if needed for cabs or designated drivers. Cocktail responsibly, get your snack on and of course enjoy the big Game!!

 

 

 

 

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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This is GOING to make you HUNGRY!

BBQ Crawl commercial

coming to Travel & Escape

April 9 at 10:30pm EST

Smoked Bacon wrapped Meatball Christmas Tree

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatball Tree

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatball Tree Moink

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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