Honey Soy Chicken Skewers

Honey Soy Chicken Skewers

Since the snow has melted we have been itching to grill.  So I decided to dust off the Weber Grill and make some chicken.  I wanted to use only the ingredients that I had in the house, so I raided the pantry.  I had soy sauce and honey.  Boom, honey soy chicken. Sounds like a winning combination to me.  Since I wanted to maximize surface area of the chicken that absorbed the marinade, I decided to cube the chicken and skewer it.  This was a great combination which is going to be added to our regular dinner rotation.  You have to try this.

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Inside and Out Grilled Cheese

Inside and Out Grilled Cheese

I love a good ole American Cheese Grilled cheese sandwich.  However, I have been introduced to various other methods of cooking and found the best grilled cheese ever!  This involves using a lot of butter, white bread and shredded cheese.  Yep, no more american cheese.  Ok, you really can’t call it cheese, but it is tasty!  This sandwich is loaded with cheese and is even topped with cheese.  The cheese is fried right into the bread giving it a crusty, cheesy awesomeness!

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Labor Day Menu 2014

Labor Day Menu 2014

Here is my Labor Day Menu.  All grilled, all the time.  It is the end of the summer and you and your family should spend the entire day outside.  For that reason, my whole menu is cooked outdoors.  It starts with some delicious shrimp and ends with a grilled nectarine.  Also, included is a nice grilled lemonade cocktail that will keep you socially lubricated all day.  Enjoy!

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Braided Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers

Braided Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers

I love chicken!  It is the perfect blank canvas for any flavor.  One of my favorite flavors to impart on chicken is lemon pepper. A little tart with a little bite.  The perfect combination.  Lately, I have come up with a new way to skewer chicken that gives you an added oomph of flavor.  It works with any sauce and works especially well with marinades.  The chicken is thinly sliced and then braided onto a skewer.  That way you have little nooks and crevices that allow the sauce and marinade to pool.  Then when you eat the chicken you get flavor bursts that enhance the experience.

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Big Game Buffalo Wings

Big Game Buffalo Wings

Nothing says football like buffalo wings.  I have compiled a list of the best buffalo wing recipes on Savoryreviews.com.  Each of the wing recipes below use a different sauce and each uses a different method for cooking.  Feel free to browse and then mix and match the sauces with the various methods of cooking.  My favorite is the grilled method.  It produces a crispy skin with a light smokey flavor.  A winner every time.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Boneless Buffalo Wings
Boneless Buffalo Wings

Simple and delicious, nothing beats a boneless wing.  These take minimal effort to make and even less effort to eat.  If you are looking for a simple big game treat that is easy to eat.  This is you wing.

Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled Hot Wings
Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled wings are the best way to clear out the kitchen.  Move the cooking outside and keep the house calm and cool.

Chipotle Peach Hot Wings

Peach Hot wings
Chipotle Peach Hot Wings

A sweet heat is the way to go.  You can use this sauce on boneless, grilled or traditional wings.  It is a winner each and every time I make it.

Buffalo Wing Pizza

Layer on the chicken and cheese
Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza

Sick of having chicken bones all over your house after a party.  This is the easiest solution.  Throw the chicken on a pizza and you will score a touchdown in no time.

Award Winning Hot Wing Recipe

The wings taste great with bleu cheese dressing.
Award Winning Hot Wing Recipe.  The wings taste great with bleu cheese dressing.

The sauce that made me famous.  Well famous in my own mind.  This sauce won me the cup and will definitely win you fans at your big game party.  Takes a little prep, but is well worth it. You can use this sauce on boneless, grilled or traditional wings.

Hope these recipes will help you out on this super Sunday.  If you have any questions regarding your game day wings feel free to email me using the Ask Rex link in the menu above.  I will be available all day to help you through your game day prep.

 

Chipotle Lime Grilled Shrimp

Chipotle Lime Grilled Shrimp

I love shrimp so much that I purchase it whenever it is on sale.  I don’t mind buying frozen shrimp as all of the shrimp sold in supermarkets/fish markets where I live sell previously frozen shrimp.  Therefore, I like to thaw the shrimp under my own conditions. I usually thaw it in a strainer that is covered in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours before I want to cook them.  This recipe is simple, but it packs a ton of flavor.

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Memorial Day Onion Slice Burgers

Memorial Day Onion Slice Burgers

Onion Slice Burger

Happy Memorial Day!  A special thanks to all of the Veterans and current service members out there.  Thanks for your service to this country.  In honor of Memorial Day I wanted to create a simple and delicious burger.  Something that anyone can make.  To do this I created a burger with a slice of onion embedded in each side.  So simple that I couldn’t believe that I have never done it before.  The burger ended up being the best burger that I have ever had.  The onion flavor permeated the burger and the onion caramelized to add a sweetness that was unique.  This is a must make burger for Memorial Day!

Onion Slice Burger

Divide 1 1/3 pounds of 80/20 ground beef into four 1/3 pound patties.  Then slice a whole yellow onion into 1/8-1/4 inch slices.

Onion and Burger Meat

Then place a slice of onion down on a flat surface, add the 1/3 pound of ground beef and then top with another slice of onion.  Then push the onion down to form a patty that has the onion embedded in it.

Make the patties

I used a Burger Press to get uniform patties, but you can do this by hand.  If you are having a little trouble getting a nice flat burger without a press, place a piece of plastic wrap over the burger/onion and then place a cutting board over it.  Then press down and form the patties.

The perfect patty

Preheat your grill to medium/high heat.

Season both sides of the burger with seasoned salt.

Place on the grill

Place the burger over the heat and grill until you start to see juices bubbling up around the top piece of onion.  Then Flip.

Perfectly cooked

Grill until the burger is finished to your liking.  I would give you a specific amount of time, but it varies based on burger thickness, grill temp and desired doneness.  I like my burgers medium so I usually cook for another 4 minutes after the flip.  Once again, this varies based on the burger and grill.

The Perfect Burger

Remove and serve with your favorite toppings.

Memorial Day Onion Slice Burgers
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Recipe type: Burger
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The ultimate burger, with onion slices embedded in the patty.
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • desired toppings
Instructions
  1. Divide 1⅓ pounds of 80/20 ground beef into four ⅓ pound patties. Then slice a whole yellow onion into ⅛-1/4 inch slices.
  2. Then place a slice of onion down on a flat surface, add the ⅓ pound of ground beef and then top with another slice of onion. Then push the onion down to form a patty that has the onion embedded in it.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium/high heat.
  4. Season both sides of the burger with seasoned salt.
  5. Place the burger over the heat and grill until you start to see juices bubbling up around the top piece of onion. Then Flip.
  6. Grill until the burger is finished to your liking. I would give you a specific amount of time, but it varies based on burger thickness, grill temp and desired doneness. I like my burgers medium so I usually cook for another 4 minutes after the flip. Once again, this varies based on the burger and grill.
  7. Remove and serve with your favorite toppings.
Notes
I used a Burger Press to get uniform patties, but you can do this by hand. If you are having a little trouble getting a nice flat burger without a press, place a piece of plastic wrap over the burger/onion and then place a cutting board over it. Then press down and form the patties.

 

These burgers were amazing I hope that you get a chance to try them out.  Make sure to let me know what you think.

 

 

Marinated and Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

Marinated and Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

I love tomatoes!  I am the weird guy at parties that eats the cherry tomatoes in the vegetable tray.  It seems as if I am the only person that eats them.  So I decided to grill some up as a side dish.  They were delicious!  They were a tad bit tart from the balsamic vinegar making them a great side dish to accompany any grilled meat.

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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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Potato Planks

Potato Planks

I am a huge fan of grilled potatoes. I have previously made potato coins, but some fell through the grates and I wanted to try something a tad bit different. So, I decided to try potato planks. I cut the whole potato lengthwise into 4-5 slices. Then I season and the rest is history. I also received a new toy in the mail. A Cast Iron Grill Grate from Craycort at http://www.cast-iron-grate.com.  The cast iron grate replaces the flimsy grate that comes with the grill.  It is sectioned so that you can remove parts to stoke the coals and it is cast iron, to give you the best possible sear on your steaks.

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Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

I love a nice cocktail.  It has been a while since I have made a cocktail for the blog, but I figured this would be the perfect summertime drink.  Grilled lemonade, vodka and splash of seltzer makes this a refreshing cocktail for those hot summer nights.

The Lemonade

The basis of the lemonade is simple syrup.  Basically add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan.  Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely.  Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and you are ready to make lemonade.

Simple Syrup

Side Note – This stuff is like super glue if you spill it.  Super sticky stuff.  I lost a flip flop to this so watch out!

Preheat your grill to high.  If using charcoal make sure it is a hot fire.

Cut three lemons in half.

Cut the lemons in half

Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar on a plate and then place the lemons cut side down on the plate.  Coat the cut side of the lemons with sugar.

Coat the lemons with sugar

Place the lemons cut side down on the grill.

Grill cut side down

Grill for 2-3 minutes until the lemons are caramelized.

Caramelized Lemons

Remove the lemons from the grill and squeeze them over strainer into a bowl or measuring cup.  Heating the lemons makes them super easy to squeeze.  Watch out for hot flying lemon juice.

Squeeze them

Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup to the juice and you have some mighty fine lemonade.

The Cocktail

Fill a tall glass with ice.  Fill the glass half full with the lemonade.  Then add two shots of vodka.  Top the glass off with sparkling water or seltzer and you have the most refreshing cocktail of the year.

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer
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Recipe type: Cocktail
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I love a nice cocktail. It has been a while since I have made a cocktail for the blog, but I figured this would be the perfect summertime drink. Grilled lemonade, vodka and splash of seltzer makes this a refreshing cocktail for those hot summer nights.
Ingredients
Grilled Lemondade
  • 3 Lemons
  • 1 Cup plus ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
Grill Vodka Lemonade Spritzer (each)
  • 4 oz Grilled Lemonade
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Seltzer
Instructions
The Lemonade
  1. The basis of the lemonade is simple syrup. Basically add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and you are ready to make lemonade.
  2. Preheat your grill to high. If using charcoal make sure it is a hot fire.
  3. Cut three lemons in half.
  4. Sprinkle ½ cup sugar on a plate and then place the lemons cut side down on the plate. Coat the cut side of the lemons with sugar.
  5. Place the lemons cut side down on the grill. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the lemons are caramelized.
  6. Remove the lemons from the grill and squeeze them over strainer into a bowl or measuring cup. Heating the lemons makes them super easy to squeeze. Watch out for hot flying lemon juice.
  7. Add ½ cup of the simple syrup to the juice and you have some mighty fine lemonade.
The Cocktail
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice. Fill the glass half full with the lemonade. Then add two shots of vodka. Top the glass off with sparkling water or seltzer and you have the most refreshing cocktail of the year.

This drink is awesome!

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

You can vary the sweetness of the drink by adding or subtracting the simple syrup from the lemonade.  If you make it with 1/4 cup of simple syrup you get a nice tart cocktail.  I enjoyed this, but Dana really liked it sweet.

Peppered Chicken Tacos

Peppered Chicken Tacos

Peppered Chicken Tacos

I was looking to make some peppered steak tacos, but I could not find skirt steak for the life of me.  So I took the rub and put it on some butterflied chicken breasts. It turned out awesome!  Dana and I loved them.  I know that tacos are usually served with corn tortillas but I could not get my hand on any fresh ones either.  So I am technically making fajitas, but I like to call them tacos.

Peppered Steak Tacos

Prepare the grill for two-zone cooking.  Place lit coals on one half of the grill.  If using a gas grill turn on only half of the burners.  Make sure to brush the grates clean.

Indirect Cooking

Mix the rub ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Butterfly the chicken breasts and then coat the chicken evenly in the rub.  Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to let the rub set.

Season and let rest

Once the grill is preheated and the rub is set, place the chicken directly over the heat and grill until done.  Roughly 7-8 minutes per side.  You may need to turn them once or twice during cooking to get them to cook uniformly.

Place on the grill

During the last 4-5 minutes of cooking wrap the tortillas in foil and place them on the indirect side of the grill.  Flip them half-way through.

Chicken it up

When the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear, remove from the grill and place on a cutting board.  Remove the tortillas from the grill too.  Don’t want them to burn.

Slice it up

Slice the chicken and serve over the warm tortillas.  Serve with your favorite salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cheese.

Peppered Chicken Tacos
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
 
Perfectly spiced chicken tacos.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup favorite salsa
Rub
  • 2½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
Instructions
  1. Prepare the grill for two-zone cooking. Place lit coals on one half of the grill. If using a gas grill turn on only half of the burners. Make sure to brush the grates clean.
  2. Mix the rub ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Butterfly the chicken breasts and then coat the chicken evenly in the rub. Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to let the rub set.
  4. Once the grill is preheated and the rub is set, place the chicken directly over the heat and grill until done. Roughly 7-8 minutes per side. You may need to turn them once or twice during cooking to get them to cook uniformly.
  5. During the last 4-5 minutes of cooking wrap the tortillas in foil and place them on the indirect side of the grill. Flip them half-way through.
  6. When the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear, remove from the grill and place on a cutting board. Remove the tortillas from the grill too. Don't want them to burn.
  7. Slice the chicken and serve over the warm tortillas. Serve with your favorite salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cheese.
Notes
Perfect additions for tacos are guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese and onion.

Awesome Chicken Tacos

These tacos were a hit.  They had great flavor and they were perfect for breaking in our new patio furniture.

Recipe adapted from Peppered Steak Tacos from Weber’s Charcoal Grilling by Jamie Purviance

Grilled stuffed Jalapenos

Grilled stuffed Jalapenos

The other day I picked up a Jalapeno rack and was extremely excited to try it out.  In my excited state, I totally forgot that that February is not the best time to find jalapenos.  However, after a long search I found some fresh jalapenos.

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos on a Jalapeno Rack

There are a ton of companies that make jalapeno racks.  I choose the cheapest rack that included a corer and free shipping.  That rack was the King Kooker 36 hole jalapeno rack.

To Start you need some ripe jalapenos.  Jalapenos are a tad bit hard to come by, in the middle of February in Virginia, but I found some.

Jalapenos

Wash and core your jalapenos.  I picked up this jalapeno rack not only because it was the cheapest, but because it included a corer.  The corer was totally worth the money all on its own.  It cleanly sliced through the innards of the jalapeno like a hot knife through butter.

The corer

You can also use a paring knife, but I recommend getting a corer.  Once the insides are scooped out, rinse them out with water.

Cored

Next stuff the insides with a combination of hot link sausage and cream cheese.  I purchased a single link of sausage from the butcher, sliced off the casing and then stuffed the jalapenos.  I stuffed the jalapenos about half-way up with the sausage and then topped them off with the cream cheese.

Stuffed with sausage and cream cheese

I also made some that were cheese only.  I stuffed them with alternating layers of cream cheese and cheddar cheese.

Stuffed with Cheddar and Cream Cheese

Once all of the peppers were stuffed I topped them with a sprinkle of seasoned salt.  I like Lawry’s but you can find a ton of different ones at the store.

Place each of the jalapenos into one of the holes in the rack and place on a medium temperature preheated grill (roughly 350 degrees).

Jalapenos in the rack

Cook for about 20 minutes and check.  You may have to rotate the tray if you have hot spots on the grill.

Partially Cooked

Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes or until the jalapenos are darkened and soft.

Fully Cooked

Remove and serve.

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

These were out of this world.  I had trouble finding Dana after I was done cooking.  Therefore, she only received one of these precious gems.  Needless to say, I was in the dog house for eating all but one of them.

Grilled stuffed Jalapenos
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Serves: 6
 
Cored and stuffed jalapenos filled with cooling cream cheese. The perfect combination.
Ingredients
  • 12 Jalapenos
  • 1 8oz package Cream Cheese
  • 4 oz Hot Sausage
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and core the jalapenos.
  2. Fill each jalapeno half way up with sausage.
  3. Then top off each jalapeno with the cream cheese.
  4. Dust each stuffed pepper with seasoned salt.
  5. Preheat a grill to medium heat (350 degrees).
  6. Place the jalapenos on a jalapeno rack directly over the heat and grill for 30-35 minutes or until the jalapenos are softened.
  7. Eat and serve.
Notes
If you wish you can stuff with ground beef, taco meat, mild sausage or even switch out the sausage for cheddar cheese.

 

Mental note, next time share.