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Moroccan Spiced Chicken Kebabs on the grill

Yummy. Meat on sticks rocks. Want a kid to try something new – put it on a stick. Make it fun. I love these.

4 whole chicken breasts cut into 1.5″ cubes
1 green pepper chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 red onion – chopped into 1 inch pieces
Mushrooms stems removed
Cherry Tomatoes

 

For the Wet Rub

1/4 cup canola oil
2 tbsp sweet paprika
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp saffron powder
1/2 tbsp black pepper
1.5 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp chipolte powder
1/2 tsp roasted * strong * cumin powder

Mix wet rub ingredients into a glass bowl. Add chicken toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Soak wooden skewers for 1/2 hr prior to grilling. Place a tomato on the end of the skewer and alternate the chicken with vegetables. Make sure they are tightly packed on. Grill over medium/high heat turning often until the temperature of the chicken reads 165F Set aside to rest for a few minutes and serve. Great served cold the next day as well.

I made a simple basmati saffron rice with toasted almonds and raisins to serve with mine.

1 cup basmati rice rinsed thoroughly
2 cups water
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup toasted almonds
3 tbsp saffron powder
1/2 tsp salt

On a medium high heat bring the water to a boil add rice, salt raisins and saffron powder. Stir thoroughly. Cover th rice with a tight fitting lid. Lower the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes. Remove lid fluff with fork and top with almonds.

Savory Corn Bread & Pulled Pork Bread Pudding

Well isn’t a recipe named Savory Corn Bread & Pulled Pork Bread Pudding sound lovely. It could also be called what to do with the odd bits in the fridge that need to be used up and not thrown out in an effort to reduce our household waste. Sadly that doesn’t sound nearly as attractive.

My grandmother was infamous for never throwing out a piece of bread a stale bit of cake or anything food related that could be salvageable. My love of all bread puddings comes from her ability to turn those scraps with a few other add ins into something delicious. I still remember one of her bread puddings with particular fondness that was made up of a horrible dry spice cake and some leftover chocolate donuts. To this day it was the best bread pudding I have ever had and I have yet to be able to figure out how to recreate it.

In my fridge we always have the odd bits like a piece of veg or meat. This week however I needed to come up with something for these ingredients:

2 loaves of cornbread from Big Bone BBQ Barrie (I really like their cornbread its got a great texture and flavor)
1 onion
1/2 a large red pepper that had seen better days
and a baggie of some not so moist pulled pork

This blog entry is not so much a recipe but a solution and a method for getting rid of some odd bits easily.

I decided it would be either a quiche or a savory bread pudding. This was narrowed down rather quickly when I checked the time I had to make it and my not so great track record with making a decent pastry.

I finely chopped up the onion and red pepper- sauteed in a bit of canola oil and added dried parsley salt & pepper. I also added a couple cloves of garlic finely minced.

Next up I chopped the cornbread into cubes and tossed all of this into a large bowl with the pulled pork and the sauteed vegetables.

Next up was the custard base. I used 6 eggs and 11/2 cups of milk whisked together. (If you had some leftover shredded cheese it would be an excellent add in as well) Pour all of this over the cornbread mixture and allow it to soak in.

Preheat your oven to 350F and prepare an oven proof dish. I sprayed mine with crisco canola spray.

Assemble the mixture in the dish

Bake for 1 hour or until the custard is set and you have achieved your preferred level of crispiness on top. I like crispy tops on bread puddings. I like the crunchy bits.


MMMMM Crispy Bits.

It was a delicious way to use up the leftovers. We served it with a simple salad and dinner was good to go. Happy that it didn’t get thrown out or wasted.

Texas Pepper Jelly – Damn Good Stuff.

I am putting this in the category of where have you been all my life.

This is a fully biased post. Be forewarned I am in love with this stuff. I will  be gushing and oohhing and awwwing all over this stuff. IT freaking rocks.

Full disclosure….

I got an email from Texas Pepper Jelly owner Craig  Sharry. I had met this gentleman a while back and he had asked me if I would like to try his products. Now they have been around a while but I just had not gotten around to ordering some.  Craig has been working on these recipes forever. Nice to see such an amazing product on the market. I have seen there logo and products on the competition circuit and I had read about them. I jumped on the opportunity. Craig sent me a nice assortment of his items.  Please note he did not in any way pay for this endorsement.  This is just from what I have tasted.

 

As it is March break I have a bit more time to play on the grills. Today has been designated wing day. 12 lbs of wings to play with.

24 designated to try these 4 items.

 

  

 

I used my Traeger Texas style with oak and hickory pellets for the wings today.

Half were lightly coated in Obie Cues Double Strength Garlic Pepper (another product  I love)

The other half was coated with Dizzy Pig Pineapple Head Rub (this stuff is the bomb) – this will be on another blog post late this week.

They were grilled for 1 hour at 275F (I prefer them crispy)

 

I then took 6 wings for each sample. I used 1/4 cup of jelly on each batch then returned them to the grill for 10 minutes to set.

Cherry Habanero

Peach Habanero

Strawberry Habanero

Apple Habanero

The colors were incredible. Love how sticky they apply to wings.

SO how did they taste?????

The Cherry by far was my favorite. I love the lingering heat on all of them and the flavors are great.  Surprisingly they are not overly sweet – certainly they have more depth to them than I expected. I have tried the peach and the apple on pork chops as well and they are delicious. The strawberry was ok- but not my favorite on wings. I think Ill have it on ice cream next as it was recommended to me.

My advice. You need to get some. Really. They are excellent. I can’t wait to try them on more items like ribs, a stuffed baked brie and more!

Thanks Craig. You made my wing day a blast. Awesome product. Keep up the great work and winning GC’s!!

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Texas Style Beef Ribs with Mop Sauce

 

I love Texas. Hopefully this year I will be able to go back and eat at some of the legendary BBQ joints. For now though I spend a lot of time over at Full Custom Gospel BBQ reading his reviews and experiences.  These ribs were inspired by my last trip there.

One of the challenges that I always have is finding beef ribs that have enough meat on them. It seems that outside of a few locations this is quite a daunting task.  A friend of mine Mike the owner of Big Bone BBQ came to my rescue. His restaurant serves up BBQ Beef ribs once a week at Big Bone BBQ Barrie. I got some from him and I was all set.

  

Removing the membrane was easy with a clean bar towel. Better grip than a paper towel for this tough membrane.

I also used a spoon to scrape off the large pockets of fat. Whatever you do though don’t discard the fat. Put it aside into a small saucepan and Ill get to it in a bit. After a bit of trimming I had about 2 cups of fat and beef bits.

 

 

Decided to keep the rub super simple only 4 ingredients. Granulated garlic, granulated onion, Morton’s Kosher salt & freshly cracked black pepper.

3/4 c Salt

3/4 c Pepper

1/2 cup garlic

1/2 onion

Generously rubbed (I used about half of the rub and stored the rest for future use) they headed to the grill at 225F . I used mesquite pellets for these.

  

Then I got around to making the mop. The first step was to render out some beef fat from the trimmings. This measured out to be 1/4 cup when finished.  You could also add 1/2 bottle of beer to this Mop if so desired. In addition pay attention to the sodium levels on the beef broth. Some are horrendously high. I used a reduced sodium broth and opted not to use Soy Sauce in this recipe.

Mop Ingredients

2 c beef broth

1/2 c  Worcestershire sauce

1/4 c Apple Cider vinegar

1/4 c Rendered Beef fat

1/2  bottle BV beef upper  ( approx 1.5 oz – you can also substitute Kitchen Bouquet)

4 tbsp Tiger Sauce

2 tbsp Mustard powder

2 tbsp dried onion flakes

 

 

 

 

Bring all of the Mop ingredients to a simmer. Set aside.

About 4  hours in I started Mopping every 15 minutes. I wanted to wait until the ribs had developed a very thick bark (crust).

Before Mopping:

 

 

After mopping:

 

After two additional hours mopping every 15 minutes the ribs were done.  Rested them covered tightly in foil for 15 minutes.  They were dark and crusted over and absolutely delicious. Some of the ugliest ribs I have ever made and it just didn’t matter. Paired with cornbread, cheesy pasta casserole and green beans they made an excellent meal.

   

Bacon Apple Chestnut stuffed & wrapped Pork Loin

Bacon apple chestnut stuffed pork loin

Ingredients

3lb pork loin
10 slices bacon

For the stuffing

3 c large seasoned croutons
2 ½ c diced apple
1 c reduced sodium chicken stock
1/3 c chopped parsley
¾ c chopped roasted chestnuts
6 slices bacon chopped
2 onions diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp black pepper

In a medium sized pan on medium level heat fry bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon or bamboo strainer remove the bacon and set aside.

Add chopped onion, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic to the residual bacon fat. Stir often scraping any bacon residue from the bottom of the pan. Sauté until the onion has softened. Add the diced apples and reduced sodium chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and add the croutons. Mix thoroughly cover and remove from heat.

Butterfly the pork loin using 3 cuts to open like a book. See this video for instructions -

Cover the pork loin with plastic wrap. Pound the pork with a mallet to make it a uniform thickness. Remove cover from the stuffing and fluff with fork. Add parsley to the stuffing mixture.

  

Spoon the stuffing mixture onto the pork loin leaving a 1 inch frame around all of the edges.
Starting at one end – roll the pork and stuffing together to make a tight roll.
Wrap pork with bacon lightly overlapping each layer. Secure with butchers twine.

Grill indirect at 275F until a digital thermometer reads 155F. I used oak and hickory wood pellets. Rest for 10 minutes then slice. Feeds a crowd.

  

  

 

  

Ted Reader – Tabasco Canada’s Newest Spokesperson !

Ted Reader has confirmed that he is Tabasco Canada’s newest Spokesperson on his facebook account:

I am happy to announce that I am officially one of Tabasco Canada’s newest spokesperson. I have always been a fan of Tabasco and all of their products and it is pretty exciting to now be part of the family. Check out Tabasco Canada and enjoy the tastyness. Cheers

 

I think this is fantastic news!! Ted comes up with wicked good grilling recipes and I really believe that unlike a lot of those celebrity spokesperson endorsements this one actually makes a lot of sense.

Ted+Tabasco= all things good, tasty & fun.

 

Tabasco made a super smart move having Ted rep them ! Great news!! I can’t wait to see the fun grilling and BBQ related recipes he is sure to create!

For more news about Ted make sure to check out

Tabasco Canada on Facebook

Chopped Carolina Style BBQ Pork with a spicy vinegar sauce

It should come as no shock that I ♥ pork. All pork. I like different types of sauces and a Carolina Vinegar sauce is definitely different.

I love the balance of the rich pork with the tang of vinegar and red pepper flakes. I love the texture of chopped pork as well.

Ingredients

2 8lb boneless pork butt

For the Rub

1/4 cup butcher grind tellicherry black pepper
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup smoked paprika
1/4 cup Morton’s kosher salt
1/8 cup Chipotle powder

For the Sauce

4 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup finely ground tellicherry black pepper
1/4 cup Smoked Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
1/4 cup Morton’s kosher salt
2 tbsp Thai Red Pepper Flakes
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all rub ingredients thoroughly rub on all sides of the pork butts. Set aside in fridge for 2-3 hours.

Set your grill up for indirect cooking at 250F.
I used hickory wood pellets for this pork. Use hickory chips or chunks depending on your grill.

Place the meat on the grill and BBQ indirect until the internal temperature has reached 200F Approx 6-7 hours depending on your grill. Wrap the butt in foil lightly and set aside for 1/4 hour.

While the pork has been cooking assemble the sauce ingredients in a non reactive pan or bowl. Whisk thoroughly to incorporate the ingredients completely. Set aside covered in the fridge.

Chop or pull the butts. Make sure to incorporate any pork juices that accumulated from foiling back into the the chopped pork.

Add sauce until desired moisture and flavor is achieved. The remaining vinegar sauce keeps well in the fridge for at least a month.

Piled high on a soft hamburger bun with a crunchy coleslaw this pork is awesome. The leftovers freeze well too- Enjoy!

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.

Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork) – Super easy to make !

I love Char Siu. I love Char Siu from this dive in Toronto Kom Jug Yeun- their BBQ Pork is truly awesome.  I love it in a bowl of their awesome broths. I love it on rice. I love it on broccoli and snow pea shoots. I just love it. Plus I crave it. Often. The problem is lately I haven’t had much time to get to Toronto. So whats a girl to do? Well in my case its thaw some boneless pork butt and get to it.

 

Ingredients

8lb Boneless Pork butt

Marinade & Baste

1 cup Hoisin

3/4 cup Mushroom Flavored Soy Sauce

1/2 cup Wildflower honey

1/2 cup sriracha

1/2 cup Dry sherry

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 tbsp minced fresh ginger

2 tbsp white granulated sugar

2 tbsp Umami paste

1 tbsp chili oil

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp 5 spice powder

1 tbsp red food coloring (*Optional)

 

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a glass bowl and set aside.

 

Trim the pork butt off excess fat and cut into long strips and pieces.


* Ever notice when you are not competing you always find the most beautiful money muscles ?? UGH.

Place trimmed pieces in a container that has a tight fitting lid.

Add marinade and place in the fridge overnight. (Seriously why can’t Glade or one of those companies make an air freshener that smells like this? I would so buy it.)

Preheat your grill to 225F I used oak and hickory wood pellets for this and since it was -15 out I used the traeger.

Baste the pieces of pork with the residual marinade every 15 minutes.

Now depending on how big or small your pieces are this can take any where from an hour or 2 until the bark has developed and the internal temperature of the pork has reached 155F or higher.

To say this turned out great would be an understatement. It was freaking awesome. I can’t believe I have not done this before now. I have about 90 lbs of boneless pork butts in the freezer and I can’t wait to make it again. I’ll be adding 1/2 cup of maltose to the recipe next time to give it more shine. Ill also try hanging it in longer strips from the dome of my WSM or maybe on the Weber performer.

My craptastic pictures do not do the pork justice. It was juicy and soo flavorful and it was such a nice change from pulled pork. The smoke really complimented the flavors.

Hope you take the time to make it. Well worth it. Let me know if you do.

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