Homemade Maple Bacon

Homemade Maple Bacon

Who doesn’t love Maple Bacon!  Ever since I made homemade hickory smoked bacon, I have been addicted to home cured bacon.  It is simple, easy and most of all, DELICIOUS!!!  This time around I used a wet brine to make the best bacon I have ever eaten!  Maple bacon has a slight sweetness and a beautiful saltiness that come together to make pure perfection!  This is a must try if you love bacon!

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How to Smoke Saint Louis Ribs on a Gas Grill

St. Louis Ribs on a Gas Grill

One of my most popular posts is “How to Smoke Ribs on a Gas Grill“. That recipe uses baby back ribs and is not timed for St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs. So, I decided to do a post on how to smoke St. Louis Spare Ribs on a gas grill. This method is a twist on competition ribs and the end product is amazing.  We start by smoking the ribs and then we wrap them to finish. They are a must try!

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Fried BBQ Shrimp

Fried BBQ Shrimp

My father-in-law is a huge fan of fried shrimp. The last time he came to visit we decided to dust off the deep fryer and make some fried shrimp. We started with some fresh shrimp, dredged them in egg wash and coated them with bbq rub seasoned bread crumbs. The results were fantastic!  The tastiest shrimp that I have ever had!

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1st Annual Smithfield BBQ Classic

Smithfield BBQ Classic

The 1st Annual Smithfield BBQ Classic was one of the best BBQ contests that I have ever been to!  The location, the guinea pig style competition and the company of Smithfield were all great.  The town of Smithfield is charming and the Smithfield staff were hospitable and amazing!  Arlie Bragg and Big Poppa Smokers put on a great competition. I mentioned before that this competition was a guinea pig competition.  This means that all of the teams received their meat from the organizer (Amazing Smithfield Prime pork and a Snake River Farms Wagyu Brisket).  Yep, everyone started with the same meat.  I love this concept.  It also included a Kids Que contest (Liam competed) and a delicious pot luck dinner the night before the competition.

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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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BBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker – Review

Shotgun BBQ Smoker

The other weekend I was able to get my hands on a prototype of the brand new BBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker.  While the smoker that I tested was a prototype, it is exactly the same as the production model. This smoker is available now from BBQ Guru. Since I was one of the first people to get … Read moreBBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker – Review

Silverton Foods Apple Rum Sauce – Review

Silverton Foods Apple Rum Sauce

A couple of weeks back, we received a selection of sauces from Silverton Foods.  Silverton foods makes many sauces including Apple Rum, Cherry Habanero and Pineapple Bourbon to name a few.  The one that jumped to our attention first was the Apple Rum Sauce.  Who could pass up a combination like fruit and alcohol?!  You know we love our fruit and alcohol here on the blog…well without the fruit, haha.  The thought of a sweet apple flavor with a nice kick from rum sounded like a winner!  Check out our review below.

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Our Best 4th of July Recipes

Bomb Pop Cocktail

Happy 4th of July everyone!  If you love America as much as we do, you need to dust off the grill and fire it up.  Nothing says America like a good old fashion backyard barbecue.  If you are looking to make your barbecue over the top you need to try our best barbecue and grilling recipes.  Check them out below.

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The Best Memorial Day Recipes

Mushroom and Swiss Burger

Happy Memorial Day 2016! First and foremost, I want to thank all of the soldiers and veterans out there. Because of you guys and gals we can enjoy our freedom and we have the ability to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank You!

Memorial Day is the official start of the summer and nothing screams summer like, BBQ and grilling! To help out with your outdoor party, I have compiled a few tips, tricks and our best Memorial Day recipes to share with you all!

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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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