The perfect 4th of July recipes

The perfect 4th of July recipes

I love the 4th of July!  Nothing says lets go outside and have a party, like celebrating our Nation!   Happy July 4th to everyone!  Get out there and make some hamburgers and hot dogs.  If you are feeling adventurous try a few of the following.  I have prepared a list of some of my favorite summer dishes.  These dishes are delicious and will make your guests super happy!  Don’t take my word for it, ask my guests!  Haha.

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Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Happy Memorial Day 2015! 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 recipes to share with you all!

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Valentines Day Menu Ideas

Valentines Day Menu Ideas

Well Valentines Day is almost here. Are you ready for that special dinner?  I have listed my picks for a super quick and easy Valentines Day menu ideas.  A few entrées and a couple of sides.  There is also the best Valentines Day Desserts, Chocolate Souffles and Strawberry Poppers.  Hope you have a great date night.

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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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4th of July Recipes For The Perfect Entertainment Menu!

4th of July Recipes For The Perfect Entertainment Menu!

This week is the busiest week of the year for most grills and barbecues.  Get out there and make some hamburgers and hot dogs.  If you are feeling adventurous try a few of the following.  I have prepared a list of some of my favorite summer dishes.  This is my list of my best 4th of July Recipes.  Check them out and add them to your grocery lists for your weekend parties.

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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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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Fathers out there.  Especially my Father Don and my Father-in-Law Bill.  You guys are the best! Thanks for everything, especially helping out with Rex Barbecue.

I thought the best post for today would be my favorite grilling recipes.  Nothing says Father’s Day like grilling with a beer in hand.  So I hand picked my favorite Father’s Day Recipes to share on this the day of Dads.

Grilled Lobster

lobster

There is nothing more luxurious than eating lobster.  There is also nothing cooler than having a beer and grilling one over an open flame.  Make this Father’s Day the best with a nice grilled lobster.

Barbecue Ribs on a Gas Grill

Ready to eat

I know that most people in America have a gas grill.  Therefore, this recipe is perfect for just about everyone.  You get the flavor of smoke with the ease of gas.  Set it and forget it while you throw back a couple of cold ones.  Basically the best recipe you can make on Father’s Day!

The Ultimate Burger

The Ultimate Burger

If you are going to cook a burger, it should be the best burger out there.  With a simple meat grinder you can create the best burger out there.  This burger plain a roll will kick the crap out of just about any burger out there.  You should celebrate Dad with the best freaking burger out there!

Grilled Potato Planks

Potato Planks

Every meal needs a nice side.  This side is grilled and super tasty. Plus, it works as a side for just about any dinner entree.

Grilled Peaches

Grilled peaches topped with ice cream

You have spent all day outside, why go inside now for dessert?  Yep, grilled peaches!  Need I say more.  These things are awesome, delicious and cooked outside.

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

I know that beer and grilling go together very well.  However, I made a killer grilled cocktail that could change that.  This grilled vodka lemonade is fantastic.  It is a must try!

These are a few of my favorite grilled recipes.  However, there are many more here.

Also if you may have forgotten a gift for Dad, check out my list of gifts for Dad here.  While there are links to purchase these online, most are available at your favorite big box retailer.

Once again a big thank you to all of the Dad’s out there.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I would like to take time to thank all of the Mother’s out there.  Especially my Mother Pat, My Wife Dana and my Mother-in-law Jane.  All fabulous ladies and all great cooks.  So in honor of them, I am going to showcase my favorite recipes from them.

Mom’s Enchiladas

Mom's Enchiladas

Growing up this was one of my favorite meals.  I love the flavor and texture.

Slow Roasted Chicken Legs

Slow Roasted Chicken Legs

This was one of Dana’s Favorite meals from her childhood.  I can see why.  These legs are roasted to perfection!

Mom’s Veggie Dip

Vegetable Dip

It was and still is not a party without my Mom’s Veggie dip.

Jane’s Mushrooms

Jane's Shrooms

Jane hit a home run here.  A nice and earthy.  A delicious side for steaks!

Dana’s Rigatoni a La Vodka

Rigatoni Vodka Sauce

Dana makes this for us at least once a month.  It rocks and we will be celebrating Mother’s Day with me making this for her.  I sure hope that I can make it as well as she does.

Special K Bars

Special K Bars

One of my favorite desserts that my Mom makes!

Eclair Cake

Eclair Cake

Speaking of dessert.  This is my favorite dessert!  My Mom makes this for me every time that I go home!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mother’s out there.  Hope that you get the day off!

Thanks again for the great recipes Mom, Dana and Jane!

My Favorite Appetizers!

My Favorite Appetizers!

Merry Christmas to all of my readers.  Since it is the holiday season, I wanted to share some of my favorite appetizers from the blog.  I have compiled my list and put them below.  Enjoy!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

 

 

Bill’s Bruschetta

Bill's Bruschetta

 

Green Bean Fries

Green Bean Fries

 

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Boneless Buffalo Wings

 

Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled Hot Wings

 

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

 

While these are my favorites from the blog you can see more here and here.  Have a safe and fun Christmas and Happy New Year!

Easy Pulled Chicken

Easy Pulled Chicken

Barbecue

I love barbecue!  That meaty/smokey flavor that can only be accomplished after hours of smoking meat over hot coals.  I do it all of the time, but sometimes you want great barbecue in less than 8 hours.  That is why I love chicken.  It cooks fast (in terms of barbecue at least), takes on smoke easily and is super tasty.  The only real problem with barbecuing chicken, there are a ton of tiny little bones.  That is why I use boneless skinless chicken thighs to make my pulled chicken.  Just cook, smash and eat!

Easy Pulled Chicken

Trim as much of the fat as you can off of the chicken.

Chicken Thighs

Place the chicken in a disposable half hotel pan with the inside up.  This is the side that used to contain the bone.

Coat the insides first

Dust the chicken with your favorite rub.  I used Kosmos Dirty Bird for this post, but I usually use my basic bbq rub.

Form into rounded thighs

Flip the chicken over and form them into pieces that resemble the bone-in chicken.  See the pic above.

Coat with the rub

Then coat the chicken with more of the rub.

Place into the smoker

Place the chicken into a smoker at 225 and cook it for 1 hour.

Perfectly smoked

Remove the chicken, lightly coat it with more rub.  Then add 1/2 a can of chicken broth (approx 7 oz) to the pan.

Add the broth

Cover and place back into the smoker and cook at 250 degrees for another hour or until the chicken reaches 190 degrees.

Perfectly Cooked

Remove and then shred the chicken.  This can be done quite easily by just squishing the chicken thighs in your hand.

Pull it

Once the chicken is shredded, add a little of the chicken juice from the pan back into the chicken.

A perfect pulled chicken sandwich

Serve and enjoy!

Easy Pulled Chicken
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Serves: 8
 
Quick and easy barbecued pulled chicken
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup barbecue rub
  • 7 oz chicken broth
  • 1 disposable 9x11; half hotel pan
  • 1 sheet aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Trim as much of the fat as you can off of the chicken.
  2. Place the chicken in a disposable half hotel pan with the inside up. This is the side that used to contain the bone.
  3. Dust the chicken with your favorite rub. I used Kosmos Dirty Bird for this post, but I usually use my basic bbq rub.
  4. Flip the chicken over and form them into pieces that resemble the bone-in chicken. See the pic below.
  5. Then coat the chicken with more of the rub.
  6. Place the chicken into a smoker at 225 and cook it for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the chicken, lightly coat it with more rub. Then add ½ a can of chicken broth (approx 7 oz) to the pan.
  8. Cover and place back into the smoker and cook at 250 degrees for another hour or until the chicken reaches 190 degrees.
  9. Remove and then shred the chicken. This can be done quite easily by just squishing the chicken thighs in your hand.
  10. Once the chicken is shredded, add a little of the chicken juice from the pan back into the chicken.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

 

We usually eat it as is, or serve it as a sandwich with a little barbecue sauce.