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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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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Fresh Sweet Potato Casserole

Time to eat

I love sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving!  This fresh sweet potato casserole is a new and improved take on my previous sweet potato casserole, that was based on the one from Ruth’s Chris.  This new and improved recipe, while inspired by my previous one, throws everything out the window and starts from scratch.  It is the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  It quite possibly is one of the best side dishes that I have ever made.  You definitely need to add this Sweet Potato Casserole to your Thanksgiving table!

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Valentines Day Pressed Cookies

Valentine's Day Pressed Cookies

My family loves to eat cookies.  Some of our favorite cookies are pressed cookies.  They are easy to make, equal in size and consistent in quality.  They are basically the easiest cookies in the world to cook the same repeatedly.  In order to make these we had to pick up a cookie press.  After looking at  various reviews online we decided to pick up an Oxo Cookie Press.  Next since it is Valentines day we decided to make some Valentines cookies.  This was easy as a few of the various cookie cutters included with the Oxo cookie press were hearts, flowers and teddy bears.  Perfect for Valentines Day!  The go to dough for these cookies, is Dana’s Mother’s recipe.  Thanks for letting me reprint this Jane.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas and Thermapen Giveaway!

Every year I compile a list of the best Christmas gifts for the griller in your life.   Granted in a majority of the country it is snowing, but if your friends, spouses or children are anything like me, they grill all year long.  So here is my list of must have grilling wares for 2014.  Remember there is still time to purchase all of these items in time for Christmas!  Make sure that your favorite outdoor cook has all of the wares to make you the best meal possible.  These gifts are not just for your favorite griller, they are for you too! You can never underestimate the power of a perfectly cooked steak.

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Food Processor Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Last week I wanted to bake a few pies for Thanksgiving.  However, I did not have any pie crusts and I really dreaded making my own.  Pie crusts are a pain in the butt.  Then I discovered an old food processor that Dana and I had.  Who knew that we owned one.  Anyways, 3o seconds later, I had a fresh pie crust chilling in the refrigerator.  I don’t use food processors much, heck we just found out that we owned one, but they are the ultimate tool for making pie crust.  All you have to do is measure out the ingredients and be able to press the on button.  Food Processor Pie Crusts are the best!

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Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

With the weather getting a bit cooler outside, I wanted to create a drink that would warm me up and celebrate the season. Nothing says this more than Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate! A mixture of pumpkin pie spices, pureed pumpkin and a rich and creamy hot chocolate. It does not get any better than this!

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Texas Brisket Wrapped in Butcher Paper

Texas brisket

I have been cooking a lot of brisket lately.  It is my favorite bbq meat.  I guess I am a Texan at heart.  However, I have been cooking a standard competition style brisket in order to perfect my craft.  But sometimes you just want to cook something different.  So I decided I should try a … Read moreTexas Brisket Wrapped in Butcher Paper

Grill Grates – Review

Grill Grates

A couple weeks ago I was given the opportunity to test and review some grill grates. When these arrived I will be honest, I was a bit skeptical.   How could you improve on grill grates?  Metal bars that hold food over an open fire.   Don’t they all do the same thing? Well I was wrong.  Grill grates are interlocking aluminum panels that sit on top of your current grill grates.  The Aluminum panels amplify the grill and convert it to infrared heat.  They also even out the cooking surface, prevent flareups and  give you the ultimate grill marks.  They are a great grill accessory that is quickly becoming the most used tool in my arsenal.

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Hamburger Seasoning


I love a good old hamburger. Nothing screams “America”, like a burger!  I find that simple is the way to go. Ground beef with a good seasoning.  I have been working on my seasoning for a couple of years.  I have finally come up with the perfect go to seasoning.  It is simple, but hits … Read moreHamburger Seasoning

Dark Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Dark Brown Sugar Banana Bread

My family loves bananas.  The unfortunate thing with bananas, is that no matter how fast we eat them, we always end up with a couple overripe ones.  Luckily, we love banana bread.  So much so, that we make it about once a week.  We have a go to recipe, but it did not have the … Read moreDark Brown Sugar Banana Bread