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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.

 

 

Recipe

  • 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.

 

 

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Yummy fun dinner.

 

The very best Jalapeno Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

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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.
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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..

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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.

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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.

Recipe:

  • 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.

 

 

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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Roast Chicken with garlic thyme & red wine reduction

Simple easy to make chicken that is drool worthy.  Love a good roast chicken. The kind that is full of flavor, juicy and the skin is crispy.

 

Here is what I used to make this beautiful chicken

  • 2 – 4-5lb Chickens Cleaned & Rinsed
  • 40 or 50 peeled garlic cloves (4-5 heads)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup your favorite red wine ( I used Corte Majoli Amarone della valpolicella)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet white onion
  • 1/4 lb salted butter
  • 2 large bunched thyme
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper

Hickory chips or pellets

Preheat your pellet grill to 325F or create an indirect fire zone on your gas or charcoal grill.

Fill each cavity of the chickens up with 20 garlic cloves. Insert a few sprigs of thyme and place 1/4 whole piece of onion at the cavity opening to seal in the garlic and thyme.

Place the birds on a BBQ safe pan and sprinkle the remaining thyme and garlic cloves around the birds.

Use your hand to separate the skin from the breast meat. Spread the butter out on the breast and pat it down with the skin.  Its messy work but well worth it.

Slather the birds with the olive oil and generously season with salt & pepper.

Fill the pan with the water and the wine. Place on the BBQ and grill until the internal temperature of the breast registers 155F and the thigh meat is 175F approximately an hour.

When the chicken is done remove and rest covered in foil.

 

 

Strain pan juices into a pan. Squish the garlic through the strainer to add to the sauce. Bring to a simmer skimming off fat and serve with the chicken. Absolutely delicious.

Make sure to make 2. You will want leftovers.

 

 

This is sure to become a family favorite at your house.

Shiitake & Herb Crusted Umami Chuck Roast = 3 meals

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

Marinade ingredients:
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.

But….

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!

Smoked Chicken Jalapeno Corn & Hominy Chowder

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.

Summer reading – Beerlicious by Ted Reader

Its no shock that I am a HUGE fan of Ted Reader. I have written about him many times and he is a personal friend of mine.  He is a king of all things BBQ and grilling. It makes sense in his long line of books to have one all about beer and BBQ. Ted is insane. Certifiably insanely talented with all things on the grill. He is a trained chef that has masterminded such incredible incredible recipes as plankies. Just go make them and trust me they are decadently delicious and absolutely bad for you.  He has a big heart too. Each year he goes above and beyond to support Camp Bucko a camp for kids who are burn survivors.

 

You need to get this book. Its full of fantastic recipes and terrific ideas for summer time meals and lots of fun gatherings. Available on Amazon.

I love this video from Ted. It cracks me up.

I ♥ Pork and so does Teddy

Also be sure to check out my recipe on page 301 for Diva Q Double Grilled Jalapeno Cornbread . Delicious awesomeness.

Memphis BBQ Co. – World Championship BBQ

After spending the weekend at Memphis in May the very best thing to do is….. well of course to eat more BBQ!  Where better to eat than the World Champions – Yazoo’s Delta Q and Natural Born Grillers partnered up and opened a restaurant months ago. MEMPHIS BARBECUE CO. They have more World Championships than any other restaurant anywhere.

Yazoo’s Delta Q also just won MIM 2012 !  It came down to the wire and was incredible to see both of them took 1st place in their respective categories of Whole Hog and ribs.  That says a lot about their skill set. We knew we were about to eat some great BBQ!

My buddy Wayne Brown from Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog and I talked about doing this and I am sure glad we were able to make it happen. Both of us had to fly out yesterday so we didn’t have any time to spare.

Even better was that a few really awesome BBQ folks were there too – Shane Draper and Mike Owings from Drapers BBQ  , Ron Worby, and Tim from Tiger Q concessions.  They had all been at the Tucker Cooker site for MIM. I had a wonderful time hanging out with them and I even got to watch their whole hog judging on Saturday. I got to see Melissa again and we talked about the challenges of opening the restaurant. One of their biggest challenges was keeping up with demand. It has been a massive success right from the moment they opened the doors!

Picture Credit – Wayne Brown Big Wayners BBQ Blog 

We ordered an array of appetizers -

Cheese fritters, sausage and cheese platter, bbq nachos, fried green tomatoes, bacon wrapped shrimp and they also give complimentary made in house pork rinds to every table. Everything was really quite enjoyable.  I would say my favorite had to be the cheese fritters, and the bacon wrapped shrimp. They even cure and smoke their own bacon in house. All of the items in the restaurant are made from scratch daily.

Then everyone ordered more BBQ!  Well everyone except Ron. He decided to go with a fun item…. their Donut burger…and a half rack of ribs (this was not a health food day for sure!)

  he really liked it.

I ordered wet baby back ribs, pulled pork, and sausage. My sides were potato salad and macaroni & cheese. (Still keeping with the not so healthy options)

The pork was fantastic. Great smoky flavor, really great texture. I love the fact that the pork had chunks and pulled. It had a great bark to it. Full of flavor. It was my favorite meat from the day.  The ribs had a nice crust to them, the rub was very mild. The sausage has a very fine texture to it. The potato salad was off the charts awesome though. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a potato salad so much with its creamy goodness and hints of dill.

The place was packed. With seating for 300 they have a ton of crew all serving people good BBQ.

We hurried through our meal sadly and grabbed t-shirts before we left racing back to the airport to catch our flights… I know Ill be back for another visit the next time I am in town.

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