Double Smoked Ham

Double Smoked Ham

A double smoked ham is the perfect holiday meal.  First, it is delicious!  Second, it is cooked outside on a grill or smoker and as a result you have an open oven inside for all of your side dishes.  Finally, it is fantastic looking and smelling.  This meal is a show stopper and will make your guests’ jaws hit the floor.  Who doesn’t want to have a show stopping centerpiece for their holiday meal?!  This dish utilizes a fully cooked ham that you smoke and reheat on your grill or smoker.  It is so delicious!

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Apple Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Roasted Apple Pork Tenderloin

This is a simple, quick and delicious dish.  Pork tenderloin is a tender cut of meat that cooks fast.  In about 40 minutes you can be chewing down on a delicious pork tenderloin with roasted apples.  Yes, you can do this no problem.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

The other day the fine folks over at iDevices sent us a Kitchen Thermometer. The Kitchen Thermometer is a dual probe bluetooth thermometer that connects right to your iPhone, iPad or iPad mini. With your bluetooth connected device you can wirelessly monitor your thermometer, chart the temperature and set up alerts. This is not your mom’s kitchen thermometer. Well, unless your Mom is one connected lady. To test this device, I wanted to try it out on a large piece of meat. So, I went to the local store and found that pork tenderloins were on sale. I added a little bacon to the cart and we were all set for a great meal.  The Kitchen Thermometer from iDevices was great.  Check out the bottom of the post for a full review.

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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Ever since passing an Ikea on my way to DC the other day I have been craving Swedish Meatballs.   Hard to believe but Ikea has great affordable food.  My favorite is the Swedish Meatballs.  Those tasty little meatballs in the delicious beef gravy.  After having the craving for a few days I decided to … Read moreSwedish Meatballs

Bratwurst Burger AKA “Brat Burger”

Bratwurst Burger

I love bratwurst, but sometimes I don’t have a hot dog bun lying around when I want to enjoy it.  So I figured out a way to make bratwurst into patties.  I know what you are thinking, but you can’t just use a standard bratwurst recipe as it will dry out and fall apart.  With a little extra fat, some bread crumbs and a little Bud Light you can make it happen.

I served these over my homemade hamburger buns.  Super proud of them.  Check out the hamburger bun recipe here.

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New Rib Rub

Ribs Ribs and More Ribs

So I have been trying to perfect ribs for a while.  I am always on the lookout for new techniques or tools to make the perfect competition rib.  Well I went back to basics and scored with an amazing rib.  The key was a nice rub and a finely tuned barbecue smoker.  The final ribs were perfectly cooked with a nice flavor.  FYI – Fall off the bone ribs are not perfectly cooked ribs.  You want a rib that has a good bite but gives away from the bone cleanly.  When you bite into the rib, you should be left with a half moon bite mark.  You don’t want all of the meat to fall off.  If the meat falls off, the rib is overcooked.

Ribs Ribs and More Ribs

I served these up Memorial Day Weekend to Dana and her friend Kristy.  Needless to say, they did not last long.

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Grilled Meatloaf and Giveaway

Grilled Meatloaf

I love meatloaf, but it has been so hot outside that I have not wanted to turn on the oven.  So I decided to make a meatloaf on the grill.  It is super simple and you get to be outside. I love cooking outdoors in the summer. OK it is not summer yet, but it is extremely close.  I have been wanting to grill something ever since the guys from Pork Barrel BBQ gave me a bottle of their new Sweet Barbecue Sauce.  I utilized the barbecue sauce inside and on top of this meatloaf.  It was amazing!

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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Cheese

Money Shot

I had a ton of left overs from my first homemade honey baked ham, so I decided to make scalloped potatoes with ham.  Growing up this was always a dish that my Mom made after we had Easter.  It used up the extra ham and it was friggin delicious.  This was a great recipe, but it barely made a dent in my leftover ham.  Dana and I went a little bit overboard when we thought we could tackle a 7lb boneless ham.  Just a little bit.  Back to the Scalloped potatoes, this is easiest done when you have a nice mandolin or a food processor with a slicing attachment.  Luckily my parents came to the rescue again and donated a food processor to the cause.  Thanks Mom and Dad.

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Cheese

Coated with cheese and baked to perfection, this was a meal that fed us for a couple meals.  It only gets better each time you reheat it.  I love this meal.

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Recreating a Baked Honey Ham

Honey Baked Ham

Last weekend was Easter and I wanted to try to recreate a popular Honey Ham.  I searched around for possible ideas and finally landed on one that was created by Family Circle Magazine.   Basically this uses a standard spiral cut ham and then dresses it up in a nice honey fashion.  When I was finished I personally liked it better than any ham that I have ever tried.

Homemade Honey Baked Ham

This simple recipe requires 5 ingredients, one being the ham and a small butane torch.

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City Chicken

When I was growing up my Grandma Donna used to make us City Chicken.  It was always the best meal of the year.  This year we decided to make City Chicken for our Christmas meal.  What is City Chicken you ask?  Well it is a combination of meat on a stick that appears to look like a chicken leg.  The funniest thing, is that there is no chicken in it.  Yep, City Chicken is pork and beef.

City Chicken
City Chicken

Serve it with mashed potatoes and all of your favorite sides.

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Skewers

A month or so ago my friends got together at Fogo De Chao for a bachelor party. If you have ever been to Fogo De Chao you know that it is meat heaven. 20+ different types of meat delivered to your table on a sword. How cool is that. One of the meats that came around was Parmesan Pork. We all really enjoyed it, so I decided to figure out how to make it at home. After searching the internet for tips, I came across an article that had the actual recipe from one of the Chef’s at Fogo De Chao Miami. Granted the recipe had a few strange ingredients, I went for it anyway. Wow, it was dead on. Some of the tastiest pork I have had.

Parmesan Crusted Pork
Parmesan Crusted Pork

After cooking the pork, coat it in Parmesan cheese and grill again to slightly melt the cheese.

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Peach Chutney Stuffed Pork Chops with Bearnaise Sauce

I am trying once again to win the glory that comes with the title FoodieFights.com Champion. I entered last week and was blessed with the secret ingredients of Peaches and Tarragon. Two ingredients that I have never used together in a recipe. So I went through a couple of ideas and settled on Peach Chutney Stuffed Pork Chops with a Bearnaise sauce made with Peach Vinegar and a whole bunch of Tarragon.   At the end of the post you can vote on your favorite dish.  Wish me luck.

Peach Chutney Stuffed Pork Chops with a Peach Bearnaise Sauce
Peach Chutney Stuffed Pork Chops with a Peach Bearnaise Sauce

Luckily I found some peach vinegar at the store which totally put this dish over the top.

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