Super Appetizers for the Big Game

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

The Big Game is coming up, 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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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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Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

When I was growing up, my Grandma Donna would always make twice baked potatoes for me.  They were my favorite.  So, I decided that I had better find her recipe and make some for my kids.  My version has a little twist, however.  It includes your favorite magical meat….BACON!!!!  This recipe is simple and super delicious!  Though it takes a little longer to make than a simple baked or mashed potato, it is totally worth it your time and effort.  This may even be a great recipe to try for your Thanksgiving dinner!!!

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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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Bacon Onion Jam White Pizza

Bacon Onion Jam Pizza

Who doesn’t love bacon onion jam pizza?  The combo is quite possibly the best freaking pizza on earth!  No Joke.  As you can tell, we are still on a pizza kick.  We have been running the Pizzeria Pronto through its paces and I must say, it is becoming our go to pizza making machine.  It is quick, easy and makes delicious pizzas.  The Pizzeria Pronto combined with bacon onion jam is unstoppable.

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Bacon Onion Jam Grilled Cheese

Bacon Onion Jam Grilled Cheese

A couple of weeks ago, I made a batch of Bacon Onion Jam.  It was the one of the greatest condiments that I have ever had.  I love it so much, that I put it on everything.  During one of my tests I put it on a grilled cheese sandwich.  After a little testing with various cheeses and breads, I discovered the perfect combination.  It was the most delicious grilled cheese that I had ever had.  You have to check it out!

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Bacon Onion Jam

Bacon Onion Jam

Last year I appeared on the TV show American Grilled.  On that show I competed against Big Jim Stancil of Bareknuckles BBQ.  We kept in touch after the show and started to chat about all things bbq and grilling.  During one of those chats, he asked if I would like to go to the Jack Daniels BBQ Championship and help him out.  I could not say no.  Come on, it was the Jack!  While there I helped Big Jim do a little grilling for the teams up on the hill.  The dish that Big Jim made, was an elk burger topped with a bacon onion jam.  Ever since that day, I have been dreaming of that bacon onion jam.  It was slightly sweet, slightly salty and all around bacon-y.  It was delicious!  So this is my take on bacon onion jam.  Thanks for the idea Big Jim.

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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Meatballs

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Meatballs

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Meatballs is a really long name, but super accurate and perfect for this amazing appetizer.  This is an awesome appetizer that is perfect for tailgating, cookouts, sports games or any day.  The spicy, smokey and cheesey flavors are a great combination.  If you want a great appetizer and have access to an outdoor grill this recipe is for you!

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Cream of Crab and Bacon Soup

Cream of Crab and Bacon Soup

In the top menu bar of this website you will see a tab that says “Ask Rex”.  This is the section of the website where you can ask me to recreate a recipe, come up with a recipe or add bacon to your favorite recipe.  One of my readers, Ashley, asked me for my take on a traditional Maryland dish, Cream of Crab Soup.  She specifically asked if I could find a way to incorporate bacon.  Well this is right up my alley.  I have been experimenting with a few variations and came up with perfect Cream of Crab and Bacon Soup.

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National Hot Dog Day!

Today is National Hot Dog Day!  Who knew that July 23rd, 2014 was National Hot Dog Day?  Well now that you know, you should go out and cook a hot dog.  Here are my best hot dog recipes.  There is no better day to try out one of these recipes.  I recommend the bacon wrapped … Read moreNational Hot Dog Day!

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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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf

I love meatloaf so I decided to break out the Weber and smoke one.  The Weber kettle is one of the most affordable and versatile bbq tools.  For $99 you can get an amazing grill and one of the best smokers around.  Since I decided to smoke this low and slow, I needed to come up with a way to keep the meatloaf moist and delicious.  To do this,  I wrapped it in bacon.  Not only does the bacon keep it moist, it adds another layer of flavor.  Bacon makes everything better!

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The Wedge Kettle Chip Dip plus Giveaway!

The Wedge Dip

I was recently asked by Kettle Brand Chips to create an original recipe chip dip for one of their different varieties of Kettle Brand Chips. This task allowed me to indulge myself in the flavors that I love. As a new father, my wife and I don’t get to go out as much as we … Read moreThe Wedge Kettle Chip Dip plus Giveaway!