Quick Grilled Potato Salad

Quick Grilled Potato Salad

I like to consider myself a grill master.  I love to cook everything on the grill.  However, I was browsing through the website yesterday and I determined I was seriously short on grilled side dishes.  There are a ton of sides that go great with grilled foods, but not so many sides that are prepared on the grill.  So I decided to make a quick and easy grilled potato salad.  This dish is delicious and can be served hot right of the grill or cold right out of the refrigerator.

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Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken

Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken

Chicken is a great meat for grilling.  Chicken is a blank canvas just waiting for you to add a few ingredients to make it pop. This recipe is one of those simple yet extraordinary dishes.  It takes 10 minutes to prep, 1-4 hours to marinate and 16-25 minutes to grill.  Then there is the flavor.  The lemon, garlic and rosemary make this simple dish pop with little to no sodium. This is a great dish.

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Balsamic and Honey Glazed Nectarines

Balsamic and Honey Glazed Nectarines

I love to grill.  It is as simple as that.  I love whole meals that can be made outdoors.  I have discovered that stone fruit works great on the grill.  This is the type of fruit with a hard pit in the center.  Peaches, nectarines, etc.  The other day I came across this article where they grilled nectarines with a balsamic and honey glaze.  This sounded amazing. I must say that if you have never combined honey and balsamic vinegar, you have never lived.  It is delicious.  A must try.

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Orange and Honey Grilled Chicken

Orange and Honey Grilled Chicken

It has been really nice down here in Richmond.  So I cleaned the grill out last week and it is officially grilling season.  I wanted to make something new but was’t quite sure.  I also did not want to have to go to the store.  So using what I had in the kitchen, I created this orange and honey chicken. With a little fidgeting, it turned into a great grilling recipe.  It added a nice asian zing to my outdoor grilling experience.

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Bacon Egg and Cheese Burger

Bacon Egg and Cheese Burger

Sometimes you want breakfast, sometimes you want lunch.  Whenever there is an egg involved, well, it is love.  I love eggs on burgers.  I can’t believe that it took me this long to make it for the blog.  The runny yolk permeating the meat and mixing with the cheese.  Well it is divine and down right amazing!  Here is the mouth watering burger.

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Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I just went and got the gas in the grill refilled and I was ready to grill out.  I just didn’t know what to grill.  I asked Dana and within a second she said skirt steak with chimichurri sauce.  It took little to no effort on her part to come up with this.  I had never made it, but it sounded great.  Grilled steak covered in a spicy pesto like sauce.  This was a nice refreshing summer meal.  The steak was grilled perfectly and the fresh chimichurri sauce screamed summer.  If you are looking for the perfect summer dish, grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce is a winner.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce – (Adapted from Tyler Florence)

  • 3-4 pounds skirt steak(s)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 handful fresh oregano
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked pepper

Chimichurri Sauce

The first step is to make the chimichurri sauce.  The steaks are going to be marinating in this sauce, so it must be made first.

Place the cloves, jalapenos and red wine vinegar into a food processor.  Process until finely diced.

The base

Next add the parsley, oregano, lime juice and seasoning.  Process until finely chopped.

The Herbs

Turn the processor on and slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture.  Once all of the olive oil is incorporated the sauce is ready.

Chimichurri Sauce

Skirt Steak(s)

Place the skirt steak(s) into a gallon plastic bag.  Then cover the steak with 3/4 of the chimichurri sauce.  Let the steak marinate for 1-4 hours.  The longer it marinates the better the flavor.  However, you do not want this to marinate too long as it contains a lot of acid from the lime juice and it will start cooking the steak.  Reserve the remaining chimichurri sauce to serve over the grilled steak.

Marination Station

Preheat the grill to high.  Remove the steak(s) from the bag and place directly on the grill.

Place the steak on the grill

Grill the steaks for about 4-5 minutes per side or until nice grill marks occur.

Make sure to get great grill marks

Once grilled to the desired doneness, remove the steaks from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.  Then slice the meat across the grain and place onto a platter.

Slice the steak

Spoon the reserved chimichurri sauce over the meat and enjoy!

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

This steak was to die for.  It was amazing and juicy.  The perfect fresh dish for the summer.

Side Note – At the store I could not find skirt steaks for the life of me.  So I asked the butcher for some assistance.  I felt like and idiot when I asked the butcher for a skirt steak and he came out and pointed at the black package right underneath me.  Oops.  The store by me only carries skirt steaks that are pre-packaged and vacuumed sealed.  So that is why I could not find them.  Their packaging was totally off from the rest of the steaks.  I guess I passed right over them.  Keep that in mind when you do your shopping.

Asian Beef Kabobs

Asian Beef Kabobs

The other day I went to the store and they had sirloin steaks on sale.  So I picked a few up.  I wanted to try something new so I decided to make Asian Style Beef Kabobs.   I wanted to do a skewer that was reminiscent of a Stir-fry.  So I skewered broccoli, whole water chestnuts, peppers and onions.  Then I created a nice marinade that was thick and could grab onto the meat and vegetables.  This was a great meal.  The meat and veggies came out perfect.

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Stuffed Flank Steak

I am sorry that I was unable to post this weekend.  I was in New York watching the Big East Tournament.  The weather was horrible, but the games were amazing.  Marquette made it to the semi-finals and the final game between Georgetown and West Virginia went all the way to the wire.  It was a close one.  After an exciting weekend, I am back.  I am back with a great dish for the grill.  We had a few warm days last week and I had to dust off the grill.  It was calling me.  So I decided to make a recipe from the Weber Way to Grill book; Stuffed Flank Steak with Roasted Peppers and Feta Cheese.

Stuffed Flank Steak

The rolled and stuffed flank steak came out perfectly cooked.

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4th of July Grilling Spectacular

Happy Fourth of July!!

For the holiday’s I like to do a big post with great food.  Since this is the summer and the 4th of July is such a big grilling day, I decided to make burgers and fries.  Not just any burgers, firecracker burgers.  Not just any fries, sour cream and chive fries.  This was going to be the best grilling day ever.

Firecracker Burger with Sour Cream and Chive Fries
Firecracker Burger with Sour Cream and Chive Fries

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Flank Steak Tacos

Last week my friend Jeff had me over for a little grilling and drinking.  I brought the Corona and he gave me the workings for a great steak taco.  I must say, having a food website has open doors.  Everyone wants me to come over, but in return I have to do the cooking.  I have absolutely no problem with that.  Jeff had a nice flank steak that we grilled and made tacos with.

The tequila makes these amazing
The tequila makes these amazing

Grilled Steak Tacos with Roasted Peppers

  • 1lb flank steak
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 tequila
  • 2 limes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Roasted Peppers

  • 6 poblano peppers
  • 1 zip top bag for steaming the peppers

Lay the flank steak out on a cutting board and dry it off with a towel.

The flank steak
The flank steak

With a flank steak I usually tenderize it before I use it.  To do that use a hard object or a meat tenderizer and hammer the meat.  This will tenderize it and make it so that it is not too chewy.

Take all of your aggression and use it against the poor helpless piece of meat.
Take all of your aggression and use it against the poor helpless piece of meat.

Mix all of the seasonings above and place in a zip top bag.  You can add as much tequila as you like.  Jeff likes tequila so I think that we added about a 1/2-3/4 cup of tequila.

Add as much tequila as you like.
Add as much tequila as you like.

Then seal the bag and squeeze as much air out as you can.  Then refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.  2-3 hours is preferred.

Jeff was a great hand model.  I think he has a future in the business.
Jeff was a great hand model. I think he has a future in the business.

Just like the shrimp tacos from a couple of days ago, we are going to serve these with roasted peppers.  While the meat marinades, roast the peppers.  Place the peppers on high heat and turn them every minute or so until all of the sides are blackened.

It is alright to let them burn as it will make the skins come off easier.
It is alright to let them burn as it will make the skins come off easier.

Make sure to rotate them so that all of the sides get blackened.

Once all of the sides are blistered and black time to remove them from the grill
Once all of the sides are blistered and black time to remove them from the grill

Remove them from the grill when blistered and place in a plastic bag.   The plastic bag will help to steam the skins off.

Zip top bags make the perfect container for steaming the skins off.
Zip top bags make the perfect container for steaming the skins off.

After about 10 minutes it is time to peel the skins.  As you can see, the skins come off in giant sheets.

It might be a little dirty, but this is a hands on sort of thing.
It might be a little dirty, but this is a hands on sort of thing.

Slice into strips and serve these tender, smokey, and tasty treats with any and everything.

Now that the peppers are done, it is time to grill the meat.  Place the flank steak on the grill over high heat and sear the outside. 

Place the meat on a pre-heated grill
Place the meat on a pre-heated grill

After about 5-7 minutes you should have good grill marks.  When you have good grill marks and the meat looks golden it is time to flip.

Flip when you have good carmelization
Flip when you have good carmelization

Now continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes.  The meat should be about medium-medium well.  Remove and let the meat sit for 5 minutes before carving.  This will let the juices redistribute throughout the meat.  Then carve the meat into thin strips.  Make sure to cut against the grain.  Otherwise, the meat will be chewy.

Make sure to cut against the grain
Make sure to cut against the grain

Serve the steak tacos on a flour tortilla with some cheese, roasted peppers, salsa and some sour cream.  Makes for a perfect summer meal.

The tacos are great with just a little lime juice to add a tad bit more acidity.
The tacos are great with just a little lime juice to add a tad bit more acidity.

These tacos were the best of the night.  The meat was cooked perfectly and the seasoning was awesome.  Now that it is summer time, it is time to grill.  You don’t always have to make burgers and hot dogs.  Next time make grilled steak tacos.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Peppers

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Peppers

I love tacos and I love grilling.  So the combination of the two is basically the perfect meal.  Shrimp tacos are quick and easy and best of all, tasty.  My buddy Jeff called me yesterday asking if I was interesting in grilling out.   The only thing was that he had already purchased shrimp.  So the solution was easy, grilled shrimp tacos.

These tacos were great, especially with the grilled peppers.
These tacos were great, especially with the grilled peppers.

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Book Review – 25 Essential Techniques for Grilling


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Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing 25 essential techniques for grilling by Ardie A. Davis. I love barbecuing and grilling and this book is right up my alley.

Ardie A. Davis

Ardie is an award winning expert with his own barbecue university. Artie founded the Greasehouse University. The degree program at the Greasehouse University is is a doctor of barbecue philosophy and is overseen by the Kasas City Barbecue Society. Artie is now a famed judge on the barbecue circuit. Story short, Ardie knows barbecue.Artie starts the book off like every good barbecue book going over the basics of smoking. He goes over the tools required, the methods needed and basics of starting to smoke. His essentials include the basics of choosing wood. As you know the wood gives the unique flavor of each dish. Ardie suggests wood for each meat and further goes on to suggest woods to stay away from. For instance, mesquite on chicken would be too bitter and alder on beef would be too mild. As a barbecue expert you may already know this and brush it off, but as a newbie, this information is awesome.At first look one would think that this book is a beginner picture book as it has a hard cover and does not have the the thickness of many other cookbooks. But this book is a great reference book for both experts and beginners. Ardie Davis covers everything from starting the grill to glazing the food after you take it off the fire. The recipes that are included in this book are great and are far from beginner.

Ardie start the book by listing the three main ways for flavoring grilled foods. Before grilling, during grilling and after grilling. Before you add seasoning and marinades. During grilling there is the carmelization of the sugars from the food itself. There is also the different flavors from the charcoal and wood. There is also the sweet, sour and spicy flavors from barbecue sauce. Lastly there are the flavors from after grilling from finishing sauces, butters and chutneys.

Ardie lists some of the tastiest recipes that I have read in a cookbook. My favorite is the grilled chickenwing drums with billy’s mumbo rub and sauce. This may be because I am fascinated with wings right now as I am preparing for the wingtacular, but the recipe and pictures look amazing. The sugary glaze produces a carmelized wing that without tasting sounds amazing.

The other recipe that amazes me is the dirty steak recipe. I have never heard of this before reading it in this book but you can grill a steak directly on the coals. Using basic seasoning the steaks are placed directly on the white hot coals and grilled for 2-3 minutes on each side. This method made famous by Ike Eisenhower and told by Ardie Davis is fascinating.

The third recipe that excited me was the lime and chile grilled corn on the cob two ways. Two ways you ask? Well you can grill corn shucked or unshucked. One produced great grill marks and the other gives you a more tender and moist product. Grilled corn is awesome. I have always pondered if you should grill corn with or without shucking it. Ardie solved my questions by saying that it is perfect to do it either way.

This book is awesome and answered many of the questions that I have had about grilling. This book is written excellently and the pictures are awesome. No matter if you are a just beginning to grill or have been grilling for 35 years, this book is for you. The book discusses the basics of grilling and further discusses recipes that even an experienced griller would love. This book is rather inexpensive and would be a great addition to any bookshelf.