Thanksgiving 101

Perfectly Smoked Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving! I want to give my annual quick tips. I know that cooking in general can be stressful enough, without the added pressure of having a houseful of guests.  So I want to help you all out with a few tips, tricks and time saving ideas. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Yes you can cook a frozen turkey and it will turn out delicious.  Its all in there.  If you have any other questions, click the Ask Rex link in the menu above.  I will be around answering emails all day.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Egg Rolls

Thanksgiving Leftover Egg Rolls

I know we are nowhere near Thanksgiving, but we like to have a nice Thanksgiving meal a couple times throughout the year to test new recipes. This time around we had a bunch of leftovers and thought some Thanksgiving leftover egg rolls sounded delicious! Spoiler Alert! These egg rolls were freaking fantastic! Plus, you get to dip them in gravy!  Easily the best leftover dish that we have ever made. Trust me, we have made a ton.

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Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

I love the ease and convenience of a boneless turkey breast. However, I find that they can be quite dry sometimes. So, I decided to wrap one in bacon to see how it would turn out.  The results were fantastic.  This was definitely one of the best turkeys that I have ever eaten.  It was moist, flavorful and best of all, easy to make!  It was so simple that it should almost be illegal. If you are looking for a delicious and easy way to serve Turkey on Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter, then this is your recipe.

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How to Smoke a Turkey with Rex’s Turkey Rub

Smoked Turkey Rub

One of my favorite methods of cooking a turkey is on the smoker.  I find that the smoke adds some nice little notes that complement the turkey.  Traditionally, I use just salt and pepper.  However, I wanted to come up with a rub that would give me some mouth watering, super tasty turkey.  I think I may have done just that.

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Thawing a Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

One of the top questions i receive during this time of year is…”How long does it take to thaw a Turkey?”  This post will attempt to answer all of your questions regarding this tricky topic.  I will review the following:

  1.  How to thaw a turkey
  2.  How long it takes to thaw a turkey
  3. What to do with a frozen turkey on Thanksgiving morning!

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Broth Based Turkey Brine

Broth Turkey Brine

I love to smoke a turkey for the holidays.  I have discovered that the only way to smoke an amazing turkey is to brine the turkey (and to tell you the truth, I even brine my oven-baked turkeys now).  Without brining, the turkey can be dry and tough. However, if you use a standard brine, the turkey is guaranteed to be juicy and tender.  This year, I decided to step up my brining process by using a super flavorful broth. The results were downright amazing.  I know you will enjoy!

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Our Favorite Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Time to Relax

Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to go outside and grill some amazing dishes!  We have compiled a list of our favorite Labor Day Recipes.  A list of easy and delicious dishes that are guaranteed to make your BBQ a success! Check out our favorite recipes below…

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100+ 4th of July Recipes

With the 4th of July approaching, I wanted to compile a list of our most popular 4th of July recipes. After going through the recipes, I found over 100 mouth watering and amazing recipes. Check out our favorites below…

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Pork Belly Burnt Ends AKA MIYM Bacon Cubes

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Pork Belly Burnt Ends are the most delicious things that may ever touch your tongue.  They are quite literally the best thing that I have ever made.  We like to call them Melt In Your Mouth (MIYM) Bacon Cubes.  These grew out of necessity and then turned into a sensation at my house.  I had a pork belly that needed to be used and I did not have the time to cure it.  So I cubed it, smoked it, and turned it into magical bacon goodness.  If you can’t tell by now, I freaking love these things.

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50+ Memorial Day Recipes

The perfect Hatch Green Chile Burger

We have compiled a list of our favorite Memorial Day grilling recipes! There is everything from homemade condiments to grilled lobster!  If you have any questions feel free to contact me using the Ask Rex link above in the menu.  I will be around and will try to get back to everyone ASAP.  Enjoy this beautiful day and make sure to take some time out of your day to remember those who sacrificed for our freedom!

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Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers are quite possibly the greatest burgers around!  You take seasoned ground beef and smash it onto a griddle.  You let the griddle caramelize one side of the burger and then flip, allowing a super tasty crust to form on the other side.  These burgers cook quickly, allowing for the finished product to be juicy and delicious!  These are hands down the best burgers ever.  I love Smash Burgers!

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Valentine’s Day Recipes

Prosecco Mimosas

Valentine’s Day is upon us. I hope that you are ready for that special dinner.   If not, don’t worry, we have compiled a list of our most popular Valentine’s Day recipes.  Start it off your night with a nice refreshing cocktail!  Then select an entree and a couple of sides.  Finally pick one of our Valentine’s Day Desserts. You can even pick two.  Try our sinful chocolate souffles and strawberry poppers.  Hope you have a great date night.

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Football Big Game Appetizers

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Meatballs

The Big Game is this Sunday, and I want to make sure that you are all prepared for your party.  This year we have compiled our favorite appetizers and party foods!  Besides a nice selection of Ice Cold Beer, you should consider serving some of these amazing Appetizers. The recipes are tested and guaranteed to keep your guests happy and full.

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