Kick Off the College Football Season With These BBQ Recipes and Beer Pairings 

Kick Off the College Football Season With These BBQ Recipes and Beer Pairings

It’s official! This weekend kicks off the SEC football season and you will want to get grillin’ with these recipes and beer pairings. 

 

Kick Off the College Football Season With These BBQ Recipes and Beer Pairings

Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe   This recipe for baby back ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious and are the perfect crowd-pleaser for sports’ fans.

Pair with Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale. The dry cascade hops are the perfect balance to those wet ribs.

Kick Off the College Football Season With These BBQ Recipes and Beer Pairings

Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter   The lime is a new twist on the grilled salmon and brings out the flavors of this seafood staple.

Pair with Bell’s Oberon Ale This light but flavorful wheat beer is the complement to any seafood dish.

Kick Off the College Football Season With These BBQ Recipes and Beer Pairings

Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings   Dry rubs come in all spices, flavors, and levels of heat. This recipe packs a punch of spice without causing flames to shoot out of your mouth and somewhere else.

Pair with a Chimay Triple Belgian Beer   If you are serving chicken you can’t go wrong with a solid Belgian beer. Chimay delivers the right balance of bitter and light wheat. 

Kick Off the College Football Season With These BBQ Recipes and Beer Pairings

Easy Grilled Steak Recipe  This simple recipe from Chowhound is literally just three ingredients: New York Strip, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper.

Pair with Green Flash West Coast IPA  A blend of five hops with hints of floral but just a dash of citrus will bring out the juice and taste of that grilled steak.

 

The Best Grilling Tools and BBQ Accessories For Spring 2019

The 5 Best Grilling Tools and BBQ Accessories For Spring 2019

Hot for a Weber this Spring? Or maybe you have your heart set on best smoker or brushes to grill the most succulent meats. 

No worries, because with these essential grilling tools and BBQ accessories you will be able to crown yourself king of the grill. 

Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter 7.5” x 12” 

Fired up about charcoal grilling? Get their faster with this cone-shaped charcoal grate designed to accelerate your ignition while providing much-needed safety features such as a thermoplastic handle. Design specs indicate that it works best with lighter cubes. $16.99 available at Target, Home Depot, and other large retailers.

WolfWise Portable BBQ Grilling Basket

There is nothing fishy about cooking up salmon fillets or your favorite seafood. The lockable grate means you have the security of not losing any hunks of meat and with a cooking surface measuring 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.8 you can feed up to 3 hungry guests at one time. Plus, its FDA approved and can be used on any type of grill including gas, smoker or charcoal. $18.98 on amazon.com

Weber iGrill2  

This it what happens when technology meets meat. These probes monitor the internal cooking temperatures and send updates to your smartphone device. However, keep in mind that most outdated technology will not work including the iPhone 4, or iPad 1st and 2nd generations. Available on weber.com and at $99.99 it’s worth every penny.

Zicome Set of 4 Silicone Basting Grill Barbeque Brushes 

Meats need marinades which means you need grill brushes. You may be tempted to buy one of those mops but the amount of germs that can hang onto to a wooden handle is pretty nasty. This set of 4 silicone, BPA free, and sterile brushes means easy cleaning but also an evenly distributed amount of sauce on every surface of ribs.  $7.95 amazon.com

The Big Game Recipe: Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings 

The Big Game Recipe: Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings 

The big game is coming up this Sunday and because I could care less about seeing The Patriots and Brady take to the field, I have decided to focus my game on the food. 

Luckily, I got my buddy to host this year and all I have to do is fire up the oven (yeah, it’s too cold for my grill) with this dry rub recipe for chicken wings. 

Memphis-Style Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings 

Ingredients: 

3-5 lbs of chicken wings

4 tablespoons of paprika

2 1/2 tablespoons of  dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons of chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

3/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

Chicken wing prep:

Combine all your dry spices and ingredients in a small bowl—making sure to completely blend. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 400F degrees. Put about half of your seasoning in a large freezer bag (the kind that zips closed). Pat down your chicken with a paper towel and drop a few pieces into that freezer bag. Shake the bag until the chicken is well-coated.

Using a large baking sheet, line with foil and place your coated chicken on the sheet. Place on middle rack and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes. If you want your chicken to be crispier, you can remove from oven, turn on low broil and then broil your chicken for about 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite BBQ seasoning on the side or just eat it as a dry rub.

5 Unexpected Foods You Should Throw on the Grill This Labor Day Weekend

5 Unexpected Foods You Should Throw on the Grill This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer grilling season and to celebrate and usher in the Fall season, here is a list of unexpected foods you can throw on the grill next to your meats. 

Watermelon.   Yes, watermelon. Set grill to 325 degrees Farenheit. Slice watermelon into triangular shapes or around 2 inches thick. Brush with honey and sprinkle with 5280 Culinary Fire Salt for a little heat or a chili powder. Grill each side of watermelon for approximately two minutes on each side.

Romaine Lettuce.    Slightly charred, dark green leafy veggies is the perfect side to accompany those grilled meats. You will want to halve the romaine (hearts and all) down the center. Brush with olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste. Place on grill for about three minutes and turn over on the other side. Remove from grill and spread cranberries, pecans and bleu cheese crumbles. Serve with a light vinagrette dressing. 

Pineapple.    Pre-heat your grill to medium heat. Slice a fresh pineapple into wedges and in a seperate bowl combine one cup of brown sugar, and two teaspoons of ground cinnamon and mix well. Place mixture in a resealable bag and drop in your pineapple. Shake bag viorgously until the pineapple is coated with sugar. Drop on your grill grate and allow each side to sizzle for around 3-5 minutes. 

Strawberries.    You will want to skewer your strawberries first. If you are using bamboo skewers be sure and soak them first for about 20 minutes. Set grill to medium heat and set skewered strawberries (make sure you thread them stem to tip) to the side. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 tablespoon honey. Brush strawberries with butter and honey mixture and place on grill for approximatley 2-4 minutes on each side. 

Pears.    Set grill to medium heat. Half your pears and remove the cores. You can peel your pears but it’s best to keep on the skin to keep the juices and flavors intact. Brush with a light oil and place on grill for around 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. 

Need some more grilling inspiration? Here are some other grilling recipes:

All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe

Top 5 Fourth of July Grill Out Recipes 

Top 5 Fourth of July Grill Out Recipes 

This Fourth of July be the king of the backyard BBQ with these these five recipes for meats and veggies and everything you can throw on the grill. 

This steak marinade and rub leads to mouthwatering meats seasoned with shallots, fresh lemon juice and even hot sauce!

Who wants their baby back, baby back, baby back ribs? Everything you need to know about making the most succulent ribs.

Chomp on this recipe for a Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. This smoked meat recipe is perfect for hang time in the yard and while it takes most of the day to cook, it’s so worth it!

Parmesan Roasted Corn on the Cob. This simple side is a winner with any grilled meat with the twist of parmesan cheese—yum!~

Can’t decide on which veggies to grill? This grilled veggies recipe ensures you will not have to pick or choose just one. Toss in that onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, squash or zucchini with a little seasoning, oil, and garlic! Ahh, garlic!

Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday and GRILL ON!

The Big Game Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip Any Guy Can Make 

The Big Game Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip Any Guy Can Make 

The number one Googled recipe for the upcoming game thIs Sunday between the Patriots and Eagles is one that any guy can make and it’s…..Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe: 

Ingredients

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 ounces of cream cheese (the whole brick package and leave it out on the counter for a bit to soften it)

1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Sauce (or any preferred brand of buffalo chicken sauce)

1 bag of mini peeled carrots

1 stalk of celery

1-2 cups of shredded cheese

In a crock pot or slow cooker put the chicken in first, cover with your buffalo chicken sauce and put your softened cream cheese and mix all ingredients. Cook low and slow for about 6 hours (like a pork butt on the grill.) Using a fork, shred the chicken and sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Serve with a side of carrots and celery.

If you don’t happen to have a crock pot you can just buy canned shredded chicken and mix ingredients together. BOOM!

Go Patriots or go Eagles?

Memorial Day Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off to grill-out season. We have got just the recipe for a rack of ribs that is guaranteed to make you master of the grill.

Ingredients:

2 racks baby back ribs

4 tablespoons rub seasoning of your choice ( I like Plowboys BBQ Bovine Gold)

1/4 cup  yellow mustard

2 cups apple juice

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Apple  BBQ Sauce:

For the sauce, here is a link to Apple City BBQ Sauce that I’ve personally tried and is pretty kick-ass. Of course, this is depending on how much work you want to put into the sauce or you can purchase two bottles of Stubbs BBQ Sauce.

Directions:

You will want to immediately removed the fatty membrane on the back of your ribs. I have forgotten to remove it once and while it won’t ruin your ribs, it makes it harder to reach the meat.

It’s important to prep both sides of your ribs. Never has the word “slather” been more appropriate for applying your yellow mustard and your rub/seasoning. Next, get your smoker prepped and ready to run. Apple wood is a popular choice for flavor but you are welcome to choose mesquite or any other flavor. Set to indirect smoking and make sure your target temp hovers between 175 and 210. Like a good pot roast, smoking is all about low and slow.

Clear off a large space on your countertops or use a table and place a large sheet of aluminum foil on the surface. Place the prepped ribs bone-side up. Tear off a large piece of aluminum foil and place it on a large working surface. Sprinkle your brown sugar on your ribs and cut the butter into one-inch pats and pour your apple juice evenly over the ribs.

Crumple the aluminum foil so that none of the juices will leak out. Kick up the temperature on your grill/smoker to 225 degrees. Allow to braise at 225 degrees for 2 hours.

Carefully remove your ribs from the grills and place on countertop. Strain out the juices and brush the BBQ sauce making sure to cover all the meat on both sides. Return to your grill and allow to cook another hour or until your meat reaches your desired tenderness.