52 Grilling Time Secret Extras

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Keep scrolling down, recipes and links for all the dishes are below... But first...

I Love to Grill, BBQ, Smoke, Cook over a live fire, you name it!  Cooking over a live fire is the oldest form of cooking.  It is also the only way to cook that has roots in every country and culture in the world.

If you are a once a month (or summer) griller, these recipes and techniques are for you.  New and simple dishes that will make you shine.

If you cook often in a complex series of grills and dedicated smokers in an outdoor kitchen, I bet I still have a few dishes you can add to your repertoire.

The humble but versatile Weber Grill (retails under $100) to a big gas grill (several hundred) to a Ceramic Cooker (Nearly $1,000) to a dedicated Smoker (the sky is the limit with some of them costing the price of a small house)' you can spend whatever your budget will allow.  But with a little knowledge, anyone can cook like a pro on any of these tools.

A knowledgeable cook on a Weber kettle grill will turn out better ribs than the novice who happens to have bought that multi thousand dollar smoker.

Just these two simple tricks will make your backyard the place to be...

Cook by internal temperature of the meat, not by time or temperature of the coals (or gas).
Rest your meat for 10-15 minutes before cutting.  Chicken, pork and beef all needs to "rest" between firs and serving plate to allow the juices to be reabsorbed into the tissues.  Slice right away and you have a pool of blood under your meat.

So, here we go with the recipes... (and feel free to count, plenty more than 52, with more being added all the time!).  Recipes are divided between Condiments, Side Dishes, Meat Main Dishes and Desserts...

Grilled Beef Ideas, Techniques and Recipes...

Bacon Wrapped Steak Pinwheels

These are great fun and incredibly tasty as the pounded steaks are stuffed and rolled... Stuffed with a red pepper pesto that oozes and marinates the meat as it cooks.

Garlic Peppercorn London Broil

This is my very FAVORITE way to prepare an amazing cut of beef. Treat it lovingly with respect and you get a beef dinner infused with marinade and roasted sweet GARLIC!

Burgers, Brats and Hot Dogs...

Grilled Beer Braised Brats

This is one of those pins that everyone will need at some point. Grilling brats the right way is more than just slapping 'em on some heat and letting go...

A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Dog, or Chicago Fire Dog has that Dragged through the garden look with PLENTY of toppings.  Get it right or your true Chicago fans will revolt.  PERFECT for your Cubs Victory Party!

Grilled Chicken Ideas, Techniques and Recipes...

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

A terrific little way to upgrade simple "Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts" into something AMAZING using simple ingredients found in everyone's pantry.

Condiments Rubs and Salsas

-Made with an Alabama White BBQ Sauce! The sauce has a spicy Cajun flavor, a creamy smooth texture and a a surprising little tang from vinegar. Beautiful side dish. Tasty. Perfect side dish that is actually best when you make ahead and let sit in the fridge for a few hours.

And what's a BBQ Without Potato Salad...


Now this is FULLY LOADED... BACON BACON BACON BACON, Cheese, Sour Cream, Onion, Chives and more... cheesy and delicious!

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

This has the flavor (and ingredients) of your favorite "Mom's Old School" Deviled Eggs...  Yellow Mustard... Pickle Relish... Mayo base PLUS!  VERY Simple to make and dressed up to impress. 

Or How about Grilled Potato Ideas...

Grilled Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

You can make these under the broiler as well... Just a great little idea for Sweet Potatoes as a side dish... Crisp crunchy outside, sweet tender inside and a hint of cinnamon... Fantastic!

Or Cole Slaw!

Apple ColeSlaw Bag of Cole Slaw Upgrade

This is loaded with sweet crisp Apples, sweetened with honey, has a crisp crunch not only from the bagged cole slaw but also from the apples. A terrific combination!  Perfect for a Pork Chops and Apple Slaw Sandwich!

Of all the slaw recipes I have made, I believe I like this the best. The combination of sweet (Mostly from extra carrots, grated to release their natural sweetness), Snappy tang from a little Cider Vinegar, and the Earthy taste of Celery Seed.

Cajun Buttermilk ColeSlaw for Cole Slaw Dogs...
Chili Dogs

A regional specialty that deserves wider availability.  It really glows when paired with an Appalachian style Slaw Dog!  A great balance of heat and sweet with a bit of sugar and some sweet creamy thick buttermilk. 

Cole Slaw - German Potato Salad Style COLESLAW !!! A Bag of Coleslaw Upgrade

This has all the flavors of a classic German Potato Salad (without the potatoes).  A thick grainy mustard sauce, combines with tangy cider vinegar and of course Bacon ... sweetened with brown sugar.  Yeap, all the good stuff that makes a German potato salad popular.

Fruit and Salads...


This was FAST and VERY VERY EASY to make.  I did a little quick carving and had the kids do the rest (Melon Baller).  And the Summer fun began.  A WONDERFUL Centerpiece for any back yard BBQ and a welcome addition for any PotLuck Summer fun event... A FAVORITE!

BBQ Sauces...

This has so many layers of flavors that pair perfectly with pork chops.  Adds a tangy zip from cherries and vinegar.  But the star of the glaze is the sweet hazelnut (Amaretto, the monk shaped bottle of Hazelnut Liqueur) flavor that combines with a spicy Jalapeno and pepper spice taste.  

Sriracha Ketchup

This turns the magical Red Rooster sauce into a whole new condiment! The ketchup recipe adds little hints of tangy vinegar, extra Earthy Garlic flavors, Sweet to pair with the heat with added Honey and finally gets that deep dark color with the addition of full of flavor Worcestershire Sauce!

Sweet Root Beer BBQ Sauce Crock Pot Easy

The root beer cooks down into a thick syrup, infusing even the few bits of Jalapeno with a sweetness that appeals to the kids at your table.  The main ingredient is plain old ketchup, just a matter of mixing in a few items and allowing them to simmer to the desired thickness.

Condiments (Plus Rubs and Sauces)...

Garlic Peppercorn Steak Rub DIY Spice Mix

Steaks are expensive (and seemingly getting more expensive every trip to the store). This mix of fresh garlic, lots of fresh ground peppercorns and the all important secret ingredient is worthy of that expense.

Easy to DIY RUB, just a few tips to make your back yard grilling session a Dramatic Flavor PUNCH for your steak!

Coffee - Steak

Coffee is the key but add some sweetener, some spices and extras that are probably in your spice drawer right now and you will indeed WAKE THAT INNER COWBOY IN YOU!  Super Easy, Super inexpensive and full of flavor.  Includes the only two tips you need for a perfect steak off the grill every time!

Bacon is AWESOME!

And Bacon Salt is even more AWESOME! Anything you use salt for you can use BACON SALT and add extra flavors. Simplest, try some on Popcorn... Add it to baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, seared steak—anything savory that needs a kiss of salt. Bacon truly does make it better.

Sweet/Heat BOURBON BBQ Sauce

And they'll know you are a REAL BBQ GUY (or gal) by the quality of your sauce.  You can spend lots on a premium restaurant or professional grillers brand... OR learn to make your own!  This is fantastic, a balance of sweet with a punch of Island spiced heat.  All with a hint of Earthy flavorings from good Kentucky Bourbon.  EASY and loaded with Bragging Rights (and flavor)!!!

Hawaiian Sweet BBQ Sauce, Make Your Own!

You're NoBody til SomeBody Loves your BBQ SAUCE!  And this sauce even the most gentle palates will love.  Made with Sweet Pineapple and just enough Jalapeno to let you know you are eating BBQ.  The sauce uses ketchup as a base so it really is very easy to make and of course nothing gives you bragging rights in the hood like a jar of your own BBQ Sauce!

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

It's a little more sweet than heat.  PERFECT for family get togethers when plenty of kids and a few "Not Too Hot" Adults gather for a BBQ.  This is also perfect to cook with your kids.  Let them get a signature sauce to be proud of.  Seven Years Old is NOT too Young to get Bragging Rights in the Back Yard...  Makes good Ribs GREAT (and it is EASY)

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey BBQ Sauce and Glaze

Good old Jack Daniel's Sippin' (if you are polite) or Slammin' (if you are in a mood) Whiskey is the base flavoring for this spicy but sweet sauce.  makes a perfect glaze to add to the last few minutes of any BBQ meat.  The deep rich color adds beauty while the deep rich flavors makes your Que special!

Cranberry BBQ Sauce - Holiday DIY Project

A Delicious sauce, Perfect mix of HEAT (I added a Cajun Spice mix) and Sweet... Cranberry sauce, fruit juice and brown sugar). It thickens beautifully and the dark color makes a perfect mahogany glaze color for the star of the holiday table...The TURKEY!  Bragging rights, beautiful presentation, easy to make and of course most important of all... Seasonally delicious flavor!

Happy Holidays and ENJOY!

Texas Steak Sauce

Sort of a knock off of the famous A-1 Steak Sauce.  But PACKED with Spice and just enough heat to keep even a Texan interested!  Sweet elements, Heat Spices and Earthy Savory flavors! The recipe is for a BIG batch, 11 Pints.  Made in a crock pot, less than an hour's work for value.  Will last a year and perfect for gifting.  Easy DIY Canning instructions in the post.

Jack Daniel's Mushroom Gravy over Spaghetti Squash

You need beef drippings like the ones I got from a Pan Seared T-Bone steak.  Once you have that, this is such a simple recipe.   A little whiskey and some cream to thicken.  Add the mushrooms at the end and done.  Plenty of How To DIY TIPS to make the squash as well as the gravy.  A new and unique side dish with a memorable gravy for the steak as well as the squash!  JUST AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS!

Cranberry Walnut Sauce on sugar Cured Salmon
(but works with pork, beef, TURKEY, etc.)

This is my new GOTO Sauce for any Holiday meal.  Forget the can (although this uses canned whole Cranberries in sauce), this is packed with flavor and texture (thanks to the walnuts) plus a few secret ingredients that send this over the top!  An absolute WINNER!

Cajun Alabama White Sauce for my Holiday Turkey

Inspired by Big Bib Gibson BBQ Joint's White Sauce for Chicken, this regional specialty gets a KICK UP with Cajun Spices!  Will make your turkey STAND UP AND SING!  Works terrific on Pork and even dan be used as a dipping sauce for your Holiday Veggie tray!  Lick your fingers GOOD!

EASY Mango BBQ Sauce for an EASY Rotisserie Chicken Upgrade

Pre-cooked, pre-seasoned Rotisserie Chicken. Simply separate the leg/thigh quarter from the bird, drizzle the Mango BBQ sauce (see recipe in Pin) and bake.  But the secret is in the sauce. Not just tropical Mango but also hints of Ginger, Oranges and the key secret ingredient that adds EXTRA Caribbean tastes.

EASY DIY Kansas City Style Sweet/Heat BBQ Sauce for an Easy Rotisserie Chicken Upgrade

NOTHING could be easier.  Pre-cooked, pre-seasoned Rotisserie Chicken.  But the secret is in the sauce. For most of America,when you think BBQ sauce you think of a thick tomato based combination of sweet taste and the POW of Pepper Spices. Here is a simple to DIY recipe for you to get bragging rights at home!

Baptized Chicken - Alabama White Sauce

An easy to make upgrade for any cooked chicken (I LOVE this for pieces of pre-cooked Store bought Rotisserie Chicken).  The sauces mixes together fast and easy (Jam Jar easy, dump ingredients into a mason jar, seal and shake shake shake and DONE)!  A delicious easy upgrade that sets your meals apart... A FAVORITE!

WORLD's BEST Sweet Pickle Relish!

52 Small Batch Canning Ideas! This is such a delight, one bite and you'll have to make more so you have a year round supply. Sweet, Spicy and loaded with a mix of flavors. Even a little crunchy texture to separate this from the average... EASY to make a great introduction to canning success!

Million Dollar Pickles

52 Small Batch Canning Recipes... These are such a wonder... Sweet (but not too sweet), thick slice, crispy, crunchy and a unique flavor that will be a delight year round. BURGERS, here I come!
Spicy Brown Beer Mustard

A FANTASTIC recipe for a Cook!  Sure, makes a great dip as is, and certainly you can top a Hot Dog at the backyard BBQ.  But this spicy, filled with varieties of flavor mustard adds a new dimension to anything you add mustard to...a salad vinaigrette to a pistachio crusted Ham... And this is EASY and a great introduction to home canning of condiments!

Spinach Alexis Cheese Dip ala Chris Grove

a GRILLED (although easily translates to baking in an oven) Cheese dip and Hamburger topping.  Loaded with Tex-Mex inspiration and spinach.  This dish will make any restaurant appetizer dip pale in comparison.  A little spice, a little heat and a top notch Bar Snack you can DIY at HOME!

Pimento Cheese Dip and Burger Topping

This is the classic Southern treat, made special for a BBQ!  Add a cracker and this works as a dip or a stand alone appetizer.  But the cheese really shines when you add this to a hamburger the last few minutes of grilling.  Create a little steam and this melts and oozes into the burger and really adds a special zing!

Remoulade Pimento Cheese Dip

The classic Southern Cheese Dip gets a New Orleans make over...
The Remoulade Cheese Dip is terrific as a dip (Just add Fritos Scoops). But I really think this recipe shines as a spread to make a wonderful Toasted Cheese Sandwich.  The little toast sandwiches work great as an appetizer fresh off the grill!

Grilled Pineapple

Not difficult at all but makes your BBQ Special in so many ways... This is a little hard to categorize as these work equally well as a condiment or a dessert.  Slap one of these bad boys on a burger to create an Hawaiian Hamburger or grill this and serve as is (Sweet pineapple turns into SUPER Sweet Pineapple when grilled) for dessert.  Or add some ice cream and the perfect summer treat!

Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Creamy Sauce for an Hawaiian Burger

This combination is my very favorite Hamburger... A Slice of Grilled Pineapple, some grilled onions and this cheese sauce makes for the BEST BURGER!  The creamy sauce is not as overpowering as Blue Cheese crumbles can be.  Simple to make and always a welcome treat (even from those folks who claim to not like Blue Cheese)!


THIS CHEESE SAUCE will set your burger apart as something special. Easy and fast to make with tons of flavor. Listen for the cheers during tailgate season!

New Orleans Remoulade Sauce

a Remoulade is one of the classic French sauces. It is more of a savory Aioli, a flavored mayonnaise.  A Creole Remoulade Sauce is similar. Just add spices.  Most famous for Shrimp Remoulade, Just think whatever you use Mayo for and you will open up a new flavor option for old dishes!

Chipotle Cheddar Aioli

In simplest terms, an Aioli is a flavored Mayonnaise. This is about my favorite! And actually, if you leave out the mayonnaise, this makes a wonderful spicy Chipotle Cheddar Vinaigrette salad dressing. But I prefer to use this as a sandwich spread. Makes a Mean Bacon Lettuce and Tomato SPICY Sandwich!

This is Soooo easy.  And topping a steak with this will really set you apart as Master of the Backyard!
Compound Butter has long been served in the finest steak houses.  Let's you season a steak lightly and then add some ZING.
And did I mention how easy this is to make and store.  lasts for weeks in the fridge.

Salsa Verde

I love the heat/sweet spice combination of the recipe This is more of a condiment sauce than a dipping sauce. I made this to add as a condiment for my "try out" practice Christmas meal... Turkey, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, corn fritters. Just for fun and to review the recipe, I added a spoonful to every dish. Mix this in whipped potatoes... OMG Terrific! Mix this in with some -Glazed Carrots... OMG Fantastic! -Corn fritters... WOW to ALL! EASY DIY

Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Sometimes you are in the mood for that touch of sweet.  The pineapple adds that sweetness.  Works fantastic as a dip.  you can use the pineapple rind as a bowl or cut sideways and you have a boat for a dramatic presentation.  But the combination of tastes is a delight and will be LOVED at any backyard BBQ.  Perfect to snack on throughout the day.

Mango Pineapple Pico de Gallo Salsa

All Fresh Ingredients! A wonderful little appetizer, a great snack, a BEAUTIFUL presentation, an AMAZING topping for a hamburger for your next BBQ! Serve with a bag of Fritos.

Tropical fresh Mangos, Sweet Pineapple, and Savory Tomatoes combine for one of my most beloved dishes.

This is such a handy dish.  First the garlic is roasted in advance, bringing out the natural sweetness.  But there are jalapeno peppers (to taste) to increase the heat.  Heat and sweet and fresh ingredients like tomatoes and onions and herbs and you have a dip for an appetizer or a FANTASTIC topping for steak or seafood... BTW, this has a secret ingredient seasoning that makes those tomatoes really sing!

Farmer's Market Rainbow Salsa (Relish)

A trip to our local farmer's Market gave me the inspiration for an incredibly colorful treat!  Black beans for Protein, plus simply loaded with Fruit and vegetable goodness (even Pineapple and Mango).  This has it all and is as healthy and delicious as it is beautiful!
Peach Salsa 

 I LOVE this side (appetizer with a bowl of chips or condiment).  Fresh sweet, creamy and delicious.  Just a little bit of heat from peppers but thise are soaked in the sweet juices of the peach.  Just a wonderful combination of flavors.  made easy and NOT SEASONAL with canned peaches so you can enjoy a bite of summer year round!
Roasted Red Pepper Relish (Salsa)

Farm fresh ingredients makes this a mid summer classic.  Roasting brings out the natural sugars in the peppers, pairing with Earthy savory spices and tomatoes!  I LOVE this as a dip or served as an accent (like pictured with Zucchini Fritters!
Cowboy Caviar (Relish)
Bright and colorful enough to look great on a family Potluck, Church social or neighborhood get together. Versions of this recipe are floating around. Some call this Texas Caviar (they use Black Eyed Peas). I changed mine up a bit, adding more Cowboy ingredients... Chili Beans, BBQ Sauce and additional BBQ friendly spices.

Giddy Up Flavors throughout!

Shhhh... Don't tell anyone but making your own pickles is about as easy as you can imagine.  There is a basic recipe (a classic).  Once you have that mastered you can start adding spices, onions and peppers to create your own signature pickles.
Here's the basic with a few tips to get you started... EASY and with small batch refrigerator canning, no boiling or worries about botulism and "accidentally" poisoning your family.

Rainier Cherry Salsa for Pork

Maybe because these cherries are only in season a couple of months a year, this is by far one of my very favorite bites... The sweet powerful variety of Cherries accents a beautifully grilled pork chop for that one perfect bite!  Easy to make and best when made in advance for the flavors to mix and mingle, I simply love this BEAUTIFUL Look and Taste!

Grilled Pork Chops is an art.  Delicious when juicy and moist, but shoe leather when over cooked.  BUT... Once you master the grilled chop, this salsa is the most fantastic topping imaginable.  Sweet Mango sits on an even sweeter grilled pineapple.  BUT add some Asian spiced flavorings and you have an ultimate topping.  Works great on a sandwich but works just as well as a topping.

Pickled Red Onions, Small Batch Refrigerator Canning

This does take a little bit of planning.  Make a day in advance and you have a unique taste treat that will indeed set you apart as grill master of the neighborhood!  EASY, no boiling or hassle of the full canning process.  Done in small batches, served chilled, stored in the refrigerator, stays fresh for a couple of weeks.  This is a standard for me anytime I am making hamburgers, brats or hot dogs.
And did I say EASY!

Grilled Grilled Onions

It is very simple to make these and will set your condiment platter apart from the guy who just slices a raw onion.  The HOT grill will caramelize parts of the onion, bringing out the natural sugars and sweet taste, while still retaining that great BBQ taste of a raw onion slice.  There is a simple trick that will keep you from digging out onion rings from teh bottom of your grill.  ALWAYS worth the extra effort.

Scratch Hamburger Buns Recipe

You are mastering the grill, don't be afraid of a little bread.  The post has step by step photo instructions that will make it easy for you to make these.  AND NOTHING IMPRESSES YOUR GUESTS MORE.  But there is a trick that only you need to know.  All of the hard work (kneading, mixing, the rises) are done in a Bread machine.  The dough comes out perfect every time and all you have to do is form the buns and bake.  IT REALLY IS EASY... REALLY!

Brioche Hamburger Buns from a Bread Machine

This is my GOTO "Buns" recipe. Bread Machine easy, just dump the ingredients, allow the machine to do the work (Mix, Knead and first Rise) - Shape the bins and bake. Delicious, soft and moist, perfect for burgers with that amazing golden brown and delicious look and flavor!

Better Than HAWAIIAN SWEET (Rolls) Hamburger Buns (Bread Machine EASY!)

Now you can make the familiar sweet, coconutty bread treat at home, CROCK POT Slow Cooker EASY. The distinctive flavor now in a Hamburger BUN! FANTASTIC

Garlic Chipotle Parmesan Hamburger Buns

You know those "designer" breads at Subway sandwich shops. Well they are MUCH easier than you think... Also in this recipe post is a photo "how to" instructional on making hot dog shaped buns. AND IT NEVER FAILS... YOU CAN DO THIS!!!


THIS IS MY FAVORITE PRESENTATION. Change a simple Pulled Pork Sandwich into a show stopping masterpiece! SIMPLE BREAD MACHINE EASY recipe for the Bread Wreath. Add the pork, cole slaw and pickles and it's a BEAUTY!

Appetizers and Starter Salads...

And let's start with this oddity, I really did serve this as an Appetizer
On one of the hottest days of the year!
TANG - Creamsickle Ice Cream Float

A double barreled BLAST in the face of  nostalgia.  Not only is this an AMAZING taste of those classic Orange Dreamsickle ice cream treats from the 60's and 70's, BUT ALSO made with TANG - the drinks the astronauts took into space!

I did indeed serve this as an appetizer on one of the hottest days of the year.  Incredibly well received and a real conversation starter for the get together!

 This was a project that I had help with... 3 or 4 of my Nieces and Nephews (ages 6 to 12) helped to ball my melons.  A great project that the kids took great pride in helping with.
Oh, and delicious. once we turned everyone loose with a skewer, the fruit disappeared FAST!
And VERY VERY EASY to "carve".  A crowd pleaser!

Watermelon Fog Art More Carved Fruit

Some of my nieces and nephews returned for another weekend. This time we "carved" a watermelon into a frog.  Ages 7,9 and 10 and the kids were thrilled.  Empty Nester, Wacky Uncle Dave, spent about an hour, no TV, no Video games, No fights... just fun in the kitchen.  VERY VERY EASY to do!

Mini Fruit on a Stick Skewers - Appetizers

Anything on a stick is fun!  Serve these up as an appetizer, or pop in the freezer for an hour and then use for a stir stick for white wine or sangria.  Simple enough to make, just a few tips and suggestions in the pin to make these beautiful fun and festive little treats!

Spinach Alexis Cheese Dip ala Chris Grove

a GRILLED (although easily translates to baking in an oven) Cheese dip and Hamburger topping.  Loaded with Tex-Mex inspiration and spinach.  This dish will make any restaurant appetizer dip pale in comparison.  A little spice, a little heat and a top notch Bar Snack you can DIY at HOME!

Baked Brie with Cherries and Chocolate!!!

YUM!  Here's one of those ugly dishes that is absolutely AMAZING! And incredibly easy to boot!  Works as an Appetizer or Dessert!

This can be made a few hours in advance (tricks to keeping it melty warm are in the recipe); which makes this perfect for catering or any "Share a Dish" event like a potluck or family event. It just screams, "PARTY"!

Grilled Pineapple Jerk Chicken Wings

If you ever get invited to my back yard for Wings, chances are I am whipping up this, my signature Chicken Wing...  Deliciously spiced with a Jamaican Spice Rub (Scratch recipe included in post), then glazed with a sweet tropical pineapple sauce (also included), PLUS simple easy to follow tips to get great results on your grill!... Island dreaming on a wing!

BEST ABTs - Hawaiian Atomic Buffalo Turds

Yes, TERRIBLE NAME but this Bar Snack will be the HIT of your backyard BBQ... OR, included are simple instructions for making this in a standard oven. BACON BACON BACON Wrapped Jalapeno peppers with PINEAPPLE CREAM CHEESE FILLING... YUM!!!

Bacon Wrapped Honey Dipped Figs

OH YUM! These are such a hit for any party. Sweet Figs with their chewy texture... Remember Fig Newtons as a kid... These have that familiar taste, dressed up with almonds, honey and cheese! They are very easy to make, great for kids to assemble. A terrific easy to make party snack that will have your guests thrilled! Timing these right so they pop out of the oven just as the guests arrive, add a drink and a fig and the party begins!

Hawaiian ABT -
The Legendary Atomic Buffalo Turd with Pineapple

Sweet, Heat, Bacon, Creamy and it's served on a stick!  The pretty name, A-B-T is just fine. But among BBQ guys (and gals), they are always called the Atomic Buffalo Turds.  Simple to prepare, all of the assembly work can be done in advance. They are cooked with indirect heat so there is no flipping (can easily be cooked inside in the oven for a hint of BBQ in the winter). Just pop on the grill and pick them off when they are done.

It is little extra gems like these that will make you shine out as "That GUY (or Gal)", the king of the neighborhood grill!

Beer Braised Grilled Faux Meatball Brats

Main Course or an Appetizer and one of my 52 Cooking with Beer Recipes that is FANTASTIC!!!  The "meatballs" are sliced Brats, then braised in an English style Beer, then Grilled with Onions... These Appetizers were GOBBLED up at a recent BBQ Party!

Mesa Grill Pretzels alla Bobby Flay

The recipe comes from Bobby's Mesa Grill Cookbook.  the pretzels are served at the bar of the restaurant.  Spiced (to encourage ordering that second drink) with salt and mild chilis.  They also have a hint of sweet from brown sugar.  A perfect little snack to have around for any BBQ party!

Grilled Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing) 

Popular at Asian themed take out restaurants, these are deliciously unique.  Simple matter to transfer the common fried flatbread recipe to grilling keeping all that delicious Sesame oil flavor along with these BEAUTIFUL Grill Marks.  LOTS AND LOTS of HOW TO PHOTOS included!

Here's something easy and delicious.  You can do all the cutting in advance, assembly work in advance, marinade in advance... And then you can cook these in front of your guests.  A single bite appetizer with heat and sweet and Asian tang.

LOADED Bacon Wrapped Dates

I first tried one of these off of a food truck in Tennessee.  LOVED em and have been working on a signature version for awhile.  After a few trials and errors I came up with this combination of the sweet dates, the savory tomato pesto, a spicy Pecan surprise in the center surrounded by creamy cheesy goodness and all wrapped up inside BACON BACON BACON!


One of the best bargains in Appetizers!  Less than 50 cents each, 2 ingredients (EASY), can be grilled or baked in the oven and best of all, UNIVERSALLY LOVED!!!

This is the classic recipe I learned, just a meatball, wrapped in Bacon with a sweet BBQ dipping sauce. there are dozens of variations, Chicken Meatballs (Cloinks?), Pork Meatballs (the Oink-Oink), add a piece of pineapple for the Hawaiian Moik or even Turkey Bacon with Vegetarian Meatballs (The Veggie Gobbler).

Sprinkle a spice rub on them for spicey balls, brush with the dipping sauce as a glaze during the last 10 minutes of cooking for that glowing wet look ball.

You can bake them, grill them or even use that toaster oven!

Here's the basic recipe... now just imagine your interpretation!

Cloink Balls (Cluck + Oink = CloinkBACON wrapped Chicken Sausages with BBQ Dip

Amazing in their simplicity yet about the most delicious of appetizers.  A new take on the legendary Moink Balls.  But with more healthy version with chicken!  Be sure to make the suggested dip, sweet as can be with hints of spicy deliciousness.  These are GREAT crowd Pleasers!

Hawaiian Atomic Buffalo Turds

Yeah yeah, I know terrible name. In polite circles these are also called Hawaiian ATBs. My back yard is not as polite as it should be.

The roasting of the Jalapeno brings out the natural sugars found in all vegetables. That plus the combination of the cream cheese mixed with sweet pineapple creates a balance of the remaining heat and the sweet (alnog with the savory BACON... Could these be the perfect culinary combo?
Grilled Garlic Bread Crostini with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Little Crostini... OK, little fancy garlic bread.  You could actually make these Really Really Fancy by using a round cookie cutter to make these round circles of crustless toast.  ME... I like to make these on the grill.  The recipe itself is simple enough, just a simple Goat Cheese spread with a piece or two of Walnut on Garlic Toast. A few hints to make it special, but really incredibly easy.

CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP Inexpensive but delicious DIY Sugar and Salt CURED Smoked SALMON (or Roasted)

You can cure your own salmon at home for 1/3rd the price (or less). EASY to DIY, cost effective and DELICIOUS

Goat Cheese, Honey, Almond and Arugula Grilled Pizza

Serve a salad on pizza dough!  Why not???
The honey and almonds brings out the pop of the goat cheese and acts as the salad dressing for this colorful and awe inspiring pizza.  AS GOOD AS IT GETS.  Fantastic flavor combination, beautiful presentation and let's face it, grilled pizza inspires awe!!!

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

I turned to the latest SUPERFOOD, Quinoa for this recipe and it tasted wonderful.  FUll of different tastes and textures.  It was a HUGE hit, beautiful colors and unless you think about it you would never know how good for you it is.  Sweetened with a touch of honey... This one is a MUST make!

Massaged Kale Salad... LOADED with bright summer flavors

You may think that raw kale is too rough to make a raw salad... you would be wrong.  The trick is the massage (details in the post).  Then just fill up with summery extras like orange slices, tomatoes, onions, craisons... you name it.  This is cut, massaged and ready in advance but is also very dramatic to prepare table side.  Once the Kale is massaged into tenderness, assembles in a minute.  Also includes a simple vinaigrette  recipe.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad

Really... GRILLED LETTUCE!  and it changes the nature of the lettuce.  The heat brings out the natural sugars of the lettuce.  They were always there, just hard to taste.  Plus, BEAUTIFUL GRILL MARKS.  takes only a couple of minutes and becomes something special and memorable.  This is what grill masters do!

Grilled Romaine Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette

What a FANTASTIC Start to an evening on the grill.  Grilling lettuce adds extra flair and panache to your meal.  The star is this sweet, Earthy, slightly tart Honey Vinaigrette topping.  LOVE This for so many reasons!

Dressed Up Mixed Green Salad with Hazelnuts

WITH Jam Jar Honey Vinaigrette recipe... I love this salad for a group event... The mixed greens has an exotic look, combined with Apples, Hazelnuts, slightly pickled Onions and a fresh made Honey Mustard Vinaigrette combine for a beautiful tasty and unusual salad. PLUS, makes a great topping for a grilled fish!

Creamy Dilly Broccoli Slaw

Shhhhhh - Don't tell anyone but this is about as easy as it gets.  I used a bag of pre cut Broccoli Slaw, added the extras and seasoned with herbs and made it pretty with a little red and green garnish.  Hands on work, maybe 5 minutes, but the dish is WONDERFUL!  Creamy Herbal Deliciousness with the illusion of lots more work  than it was, a Perfect BBQ, PotLuck Side Dish Salad

Parmesan Cole Slaw

This is a wonderful way to dress up a simple cheap bag of cole slaw mix. Sweet pickle relish, tart lemon hints and nutty Parmesan Cheese makes this a stand out for a summer dish!
Hawaiian ColeSlaw - Tropically Sweet

Another incredibly EASY ColeSlaw recipe using all pre-packaged materials... Just mix, chill and eat.  There are wonderful exotic flavors unusual for a slaw... Sweet candy cherries, Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple.  Use as a topping for a BBQ Sandwich or as a side dish.  People LOVE THIS!  AND EASY EASY EASY!

Honey Apple and Cheddar ColeSlaw

ColeSlaw is GREAT (except for all the bad ones I have tasted). Too much vinegar, too much Mayonnaise, too... something). This is the best (and EASIEST) I have ever made. A little sweet, a lot crunchy and extra creamy. Just the right amount of wet ingredients and the secret to too much vinegar is to add a little sugar as needed. GREAT TASTING and EASY!!!

Waldorf Salad Style Cole Slaw 

This is a Bag of Cole Slaw upgrade.  Simple and CHEAP turns into something Simple CHEAP and now DELICIOUS when the classic ingredients of a famous Waldorf Salad are combined with  this easy simple and cheap bagged cole slaw

Island Lover Tropical COLE SLAW

I LOVE this upgrade for an inexpensive bag of cole slaw you can buy at about any grocery store. Tropical sweet Mango and Pineapple added to a mayo based vinaigrette makes this SHINE!

Island Lover Tropical Broccoli COLE SLAW

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Broccoli Slaw recipe loaded with tropical sweet Mango and Pineapple flavors, colorful and a delight STAND OUT dish that makes a table beautiful (and tasty)!

Dijon Cole Slaw

My growing attempts to UPGRADE A STORE BOUGHT BAG OF COLE SLAW. This one is a great treat with more than hints of Dijon Mustard. Delicious and EASY

BETTER THAN KFC Cole Slaw - Kentucky Fried Chicken CopyCat Recipe

 BBQ and Grilling Time Secret Extras Catering Side Dish Recipes... YEAP, you can have the MOST POPULAR COLE SLAW in your home! All MADE FAST AND EASY with bagged cole slaw. Just a few pantry staples and all teh texture and taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken is there!
Watermelon, Tomato and Onion and Feta Summer Salad

Cool, Sweet, Crunchy, Savory mix of summer tastes.  Comes together in MINUTES - FAST EASY And Summer DELICIOUSNESS in a bowl!  Fresh and unique summer take along salad!

Panzanella Beer Bread and Tomato Salad

Beer Bread is PERFECT for any out door BBQ, the bread is dense, the alcohol cooks out (NO ALCOHOL), leaving a bread flavored with Hops and Malts and stays texturally ideal for this salad of fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers all marinated in a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette!  The salad is BEST when made several hours in advance leaving time free for Grilling meat!

Tomato Salad with Roasted Garlic, Olives and
Pearl Mozzarella Balls

Fresh Tomatoes highlight this crisp seasonal specialty (although if you select carefully, year round tasty tomatoes are available).  Nothing like a really fresh tomato salad!  A little zipped up version of a Caprese Salad!  FRESH, LOCAL AND DELICIOUS!

Walnut Honey and Goat Cheese

My favorite way to serve a pizza is to GRILL IT!  Easy (Very very very EASY) to do.  Right on the grill, no pizza stone, it works perfect.  Detailed photo instructions included in the post.  I love this unique topping combination for an appetizer.  It all comes together in about 10 minutes total.  Perfect to make and serve as an appetizer while your meat is "resting".  THIS IS ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE IDEAS!

Grilled Flat Bread with Sea Salt, Pepper and Parmesan Cheese

Sure, making a pizza on a grill is easy and dramatic.  But just as easy is to make a flat bread to serve same way you would serve a loaf of bread. This is ready to dip, ready to be cut into croutons, ready to snack on while the grill master makes dinner.  And best of all, with that hint of BBQ flavor, these "Crackers" are delicious as well.  SOOOO Easy and certainly is fun and dramatic!

Side Dishes...

Grilled Corn on the Cob... Simple Recipe for FRESH Corn

It only comes around a few short weeks in the summer, but there is nothing like truly FRESH Corn on the Cob.  There are a few simple tricks and tips to get fabulous fresh corn cooked perfectly on a grill.  Comes out moist, tender, succulent and DELICIOUS, dripping with seasonal speciality!!!  NOTHING LIKE GRILLED FRESH CORN ON THE COB... My Favorite!

Corn on the Cob with Garlic Lime Pepper Butter

Fresh corn is in season and this is my favorite way to serve. Pre-cooked on the stove top, then Cooked through on a grill with seasoned butter. Then finally garnished with a final brush of seasoned butter, lime juice and some cheese.  EASY TO FOLLOW DIY instructions included for the flavored butter and SIMPLE cooking directions!
Parmesan Cheese Grilled Corn on the Cob

Almost the same recipe as above... just add some Mayonnaise, and lots of cheese (even more as a Garnish).  This time I grilled without the husk, but wrapped in Aluminum Foil for fresh, tender, always juicy yet those beautiful grill marks... My favorite part of SUMMER!

Elote - Mexican Corn on the Cob

A beautiful exotic alternative to corn, butter and salt... This is the Mexican Street Vendor food where fresh cooked Corn is topped through the many choices of a condiment bar... Like Mayo, Lime and Mexican Cheese!

Broiled Corn on the Cob with Lemon Pepper Butter

The corn on the cob is at it's best. Seems every other street corner has a wagon of corn for sale, I just bought a dozen ears for only $3! Yeap, a quarter and ear. Who could ask for anything more?

Well, maybe add some interesting toppings. In this case, I was serving up some Lemonade with my BBQ. I just zested one of the lemons before squeezing into the 'aide. Mixed in some softened butter and added a LOT of pepper!

Fast and Easy Chilled Sweet Corn Relish

It is a little bit country and a little bit ROCK AND ROLL... Sweet but with hints of spice. GREAT Side dish can be made ahead of time and EASY EASY EASY!
Patriotic Red White and Blue Stained Glass Jell-O!

Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue!  Perfect for 4th of July or when you are ina patriotic mood!  THIS IS SOOOO EASY! And the spectacular presentation is the hook for a delicious tasting treat. The new NEON colors and Bold flavors of Jell-o will make this EASY Dish stand out among a table full. The individual cubes are suspended in creamy sweetened milk gelatin... Sweet, Boldly flavored and DELICIOUS... Oh and EASY EASY EASY!

Creamed Corn Succotash With Sugar Snap Peas

OH BOY - SUCCOTASH !!! Except, great name, so much fun to say but, excuse me, but I still HATE Lima Beans. Dress 'em up and cal them edamame if you like, but I still channel my inner 6 year olds and refuse to eat my Lima Beans (even in that veggie salad with the great name). So... Simple enough, for this recipe I added Sugar Snap Peas in place of the traditional Lima Beans and Viola (insert that popping sound when you slap your hand against your open mouth)... A Succotash everyone LOVES!
Smoked Pork Chops and
Fresh Made Scratch Orange Honey APPLESAUCE

Recipes and DIY Techniques for BOTH Fresh canned Applesauce (with hints of Orange and Honey replacing a lot of the sugar) and the DIY for Easy Smoked Pork Loin for an affordable Dramatic Classic combination!

Farmer's Market Grilled Vegetables with a Balsamic Reduction

Just a BIG OL' PLATE O' SLICED VEGGIES... Eggplant, Bell peppers, Scallions, Sweet Onions and Carrots.  All the hints, tips and tricks to make these simple yet spectacular presentation a hit at your next BBQ.  PLUS easy to follow BALSAMIC REDUCTION DIY Instructions!

Cowboy Cornbread Trifle - A Savory BACON Side Dish!

Such a Winner...  A BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION of layers of Ranch Seasoned Mayonnaise on top of Smoked Cheddar Cheese on top of a Cowboy Salsa of beans, tomatoes, onions and more... PLUS BACON BACON BACON!  This one got Ooohs and Aaahs and was GOBBLED UP!

Esquites - Fried Mexican Corn with Creamy Avocado

Elote (the Corn on the Cob version of this recipe) and Esquites (this) are Mexican street food staples. Fried corn with a mixture of toppings is sold everywhere.

This recipe has some of the best options mixed with Fried Corn. Spicy Peppers, Creamy Cheese, Drizzles of Lime and Herbal Freshness! And with the addition of creamy sweet Avocados... TEX-MEX HEAVEN!
Corn and Tomato Popper Succotash ( AND BACON)

This is a very fast cooking dish.  One of those perfect side dishes (or use as a topping relish for Salmon, Pork or Chicken).  Cooks from start to finish in 10 minutes, about the time it takes to "rest" meat waiting to be sliced.  Bright colors, Interesting combinations of ingredients, FANTASTIC Flavors and the ease and quick cooking time makes this a must save recipe for your repertoire!

Ramon Noodle Asian Salad

It is FAST to put together. Total kitchen hands on time, about 15 minutes.  It is EASY to put together. This is a matter of opening a few bags. It TRAVELS WELL and actually TASTE BEST WHEN MADE IN ADVANCE. Which leads to ... Delicious! Hints of Asia, lots of greens (even well hidden Broccoli), Salty, Sweet from the sugar, A little crunchy for texture and ... Well... DELICIOUS!

Ramon Noodle Broccoli Cole Slaw

This is my most visited recipe page for a BBQ side dish.  It is very very easy!  The recipe calls for pre-packaged Ramon Noodles plus a pre-packaged broccoli slaw (easy to find in any grocery store).  Add a few pantry staples and you have something new, colorful, tasty and a CROWD PLEASER!
Works great as a stand alone side dish but also makes a terrific slaw to top a Hamburger or Pork Chop Sandwich!

BACON BACON BACON Slaw with Crunchy Ramon Noodles

In addition to the BACON BACON BACON, there is a surprising secret ingredient.  This is an AMAZING dish that will surprise and PLEASE!

Garlic Snow Peas Cherry Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

This is my favorite side dish.  it has some OMG Coloring going on that makes your table pretty.  BUT the recipe calls for EASY to make garlic infused Olive Oil, marinate the veggies in the oil and then a fast saute using a grill pan (those pans with the holes in em).  A Little seasonings and all finished with a quick shaving of Parmesan Cheese.  Only minutes to make, perfect to whip together while your main course meat is "Resting".

Grilled Bok Choy with Sesame Vinaigrette

Bok Choy is sort of a cross between a Turnip and Cabbage. the stalk has plenty of flavor. The green edges are not only colorful but have the greens/salad flavor you need for this recipe.  The taste is bumped up by grilling. Brings out the natural sugars in the vegetable.  Grilled salads are always a surprising extra and LOVED by your guests!

Grilled Mango - Sweet, Lime and Spice!

This was such a huge hit at my backyard BBQ.  Unusual exotic ingredient, tropical flavors, spiced with just a pinch of heat.  Grilling for just a few minutes brings out the natural sweetness and sugars in Mango to make this super sweet. Very popular, everyone wanted to try and everyone raved!

QUICK and EASY Pesto Pasta with Peas

And I do mean QUICK and EASY... 20 minute side dish, uses jarred Pesto sauce and just a few pantry staples.  This pasta salad works as a cold salad or fresh hot.  The recipe comes with hints and tips for a perfect pasta every time!  Enjoy indeed

Creamy Pasta Pea Salad

I LOVE this recipe, Creamy Sweet Cheese-y Pasta with beautiful colorful snappy sweet peas.  All seasoned to perfection.  Served cold or at room temperature, the perfect addition to any party, large get together, family function, Church Social or PotLuck.  EASY to make, best when made well in advance (day before DIY Dishes are the best for time management).  Plus makes a Vegetarian main dish option when needed.

Italian Deli Pasta Salad

Like the name says... ITALIAN DELI.  Salami, Spicy Brown Mustard (Vinaigrette), pickled veggies and all the flavors of a deli (even the smell)!  Served cold, comes together fast, travels well (perfect "take along" dish).  Great for a backyard BBQ or for a family/church PotLuck!

BACON BACON BACON Spicy Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese

LOADED with Bacon and seasoned with Jack Daniel's Whiskey. Now this is a grown up Macaroni and Cheese recipe that makes your table sing!!!

Twice Baked Crab Stuffed Potatoes
with Blender Hollandaise Sauce

I LOVE These as a side dish or as a small lunch main course. Just enough crabmeat for a massive flavor, yet spread out enough that this meal comes in at $2.00 a serving. But of course... Add a Reuben Sandwich and you have quite a FAST EASY DELICIOUS MEAL! And BTW, the Hollandaise is just as easy, made in a blender!

Cheesy Sour Cream & Chives Twice Baked Grilled Potato Skins

This is hands down my very favorite side dish for a night on the grill.  All of the work is done in advance.  The 'taters are cooked and mashed hours ahead of time.  While of course you can do this in an oven, broiler setting; pulling these off a grill (along with a steak and corn on the cob becomes something magical!

Bar Snacks at Home!!!  I LOVE EM!

"Old School" Dressed Up Mustard Potato Salad

This is a very basic mustard based potato salad. Name the church basement affair for the last hundred years and you probably have seen this served.BUT... Add some BACON )of course for extra flavor, celery and onions for crunch, eggs and chives for color and panache and just a touch of your favorite BBQ sauce for even more flavor (and panache) and this is not your 100 year old recipe.

Old School indeed, just a little bit extra dressing up!
Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Like Captain and Tennille, it is just nearly impossible to imagine a BBQ without a Potato Salad.  This recipe is best when made in advance and you let the complex flavors mix and mingle for a day.  Which makes for a near perfect side when everything can be made in advance, freeing the backyard master chef to concentrate on the grill.  The Blue Cheese is subtle but adds a zing to the recipe.  DELICIOUS!

Country Dijon Bacon Potato Salad

Dishes like this lend themselves very well to a summer BBQ. The dish is served cold (just in case the weather heats up). And it actually tastes best if you make this several hours ahead of time. This way it has several hours to rest and mix and mingle the flavors. The Country Style Whole Grain Mustard is intense with herbs and BACON! Delicious BBQ Side Dish

Cheddar Cheese Potato Salad

The Classic Yellow Mustard Potato Salad gets a make over with sharp cheddar cheese, and a new variety of seasonings.  As always, this is a wonderful dish to serve at a BBQ party.  Best when made a day in advance (so the flavors can mingle), freeing you up to master the grilled dishes and still have something SPECTACULAR to serve!  If you love the classics, you will really LOVE this one!!!

Bacon Ranch Loaded Potato Salad

OH BOY! LOADED INDEED!!!  And that tangy taste of Ranch Dressing (Double zinged with Ranch Dip Packets and even more Ranch Salad Dressing added to the mix!  Sharp Cheddar Cheese mixed throughout and beautiful colorful Earthy Green Onions to add flavor and eye appeal... And of course BACON BACON BACON!
Warm Bacon Potato Salad with a Sage Mustard Vinaigrette

It's a beautiful salad with two colors of potatoes, and an absolutely luscious creamy golden mustard vinaigrette wonderfully seasoned with fresh herbs.

Oh and BACON!

Sweet/Heat Pickled Potato Salad

This is an unusual and POPULAR take on a more traditional mustard yellow potato salad.  Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles (and the brine) add a sweet vinegar taste while the optional Jalapeno Peppers and even more optional Tabasco Sauce adds that HEAT that sets this apart from the rest.

Grilled Mustard Aioli Potato Salad

This is my NEW FAVORITE! The parboiled potatoes are coated in a mustard flavored mayonnaise and then grilled to a crusty charred perfection.  Leaving a crunchy crispy coating over fluffy soft potato.  Add a few herbs and BACON and this becomes my very favorite POTATO SALAD!  Easy Fun and DELICIOUS!!!

Garlic Potatoes and Green beans With a
Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

This wonderful recipe serves two purposes... It is delicious with all the flavor combinations of garlic, potatoes chunks, green beans all seasoned with an easy to make honey mustard vinaigrette.  It also makes a FANTASTIC presentation for any grilled meat resting on a bed of this tater salad!  Beautiful and delicious!   Oh, and fast and easy as well.

"Old School" Yellow Mustard Potato Salad

52 Church PotLuck Side Dishes... The old school recipe my Mother-In-Law served up for decades (nearly a century). Pickles, mustard and taters with just a few easy pantry items. This is your Grannies recipe!
Grilled Potato Wedges with a White Cheddar Cream Sauce

You can NOT just toss potatoes on a grill and have them cook right.  There is a trick to getting these thick cut, Texas cut, Cottage Fries (whatever you want to call em) cooked just right.  Crispy and abit of a crunch with a soft fully cooked center.  Easy and works every time once you know the trick.  And the Cheese sauce makes these a restaurant quality side!

Grilled Potato Wedges with a Blue Cheese Cream Sauce

You can NOT just toss potatoes on a grill and have them cook right.  There is a trick to getting these thick cut, Texas cut, Cottage Fries (whatever you want to call em) cooked just right.  Crispy and abit of a crunch with a soft fully cooked center.  Easy and works every time once you know the trick.  And LOVE LOVE LOVE the Blue Cheese Sauced Taters served with a grilled STEAK!!!

Yukon Gold Corn and Potato Salad

What a FANTASTIC mix of flavors... Sweet Corn added to potatoes.  Toss in Sweet pepper slices (or Jalapeno if you like).  Add a zesty BBQ slash HONEY slash Vinaigrette and the whole thing becomes a beautiful side dish, unusual mix of colors and tastes.  NO MAYO, so perfect for BBQ or big Family Dinners... or POTLUCKS!

Grilled Twice Baked Corn Potatoes

Thanks to the miracle of the microwave, these come together in about 15 minutes of prep work and sit alongside a hamburger meal.  Turning Bar Snacks (Potato Skins) and Leftovers (Last nights corn on the cob) into a delicious complex Side dish perfect to dress up a night of Burgers!

Twice Baked Potatoes with Pimento Cheese and Corn!!!

I LOVE THESE!!! Twice Baked Potatoes, loaded with sour cream, and the southern treat... PIMENTO CHEESE DIP. Add in a little sweet corn for color, beauty and health and you have that illusive side dish that everyone talks about (Sometimes more than the main course)! Can be grilled or baked in an oven and ALWAYS a CROWD PLEASER!
Loaded Smashed Red Potatoes (Xtra FAST Xtra EASY)

I had a quicky BBQ the other night. Just a few Pork Chop sandwiches from the grill. This was my side dish.  SUPER FAST (I cooked the potatoes in the microwave, just a few minutes.  SUPER EASY. I did grate the cheese (a couple of minutes). I did have the bacon left over from a breakfast dish, but really how long does it take to fry bacon.
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Easy to do and delicious. Greek Yogurt combines in the slices to make a fantastic creamy smooth delicious Sweet Potato Mousse! Plus the slices makes a wonderful presentation.

Chorizo Sausage and Apple Dressing (never Stuffing)

YUM!  Mexican seasoned sausage, sweetened with cooked apples.  This is a one dish meal (heavy cast iron skillet) that makes holidays easy and TASTY!  Wide open skillet guarantees extra crispy crunchy bits while the center is always moist and delicious.  MY FAVORITE DRESSING RECIPE EVER!

Candy Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Wrap Green beans in Bacon, Sprinkle brown sugar over them so the whole thing has a coating of Bacon Fat Caramel and you have something special.  Perfect side for any big Holiday event, some big family gathering or whenever you want praise from our guests... THESE ARE FAST, EASY and WONDERFUL!
Single Wide Trailer Park AWESOME
Smoked Pork and Beans and BEER!

Yes indeed, has a bottle of beer, which actually serves a purpose.  Positioning the bean pot correctly allows the beer to simmer and add steam to the cooking chamber allowing your ribs or pork to stay moist.  But even without this "extra", the beans are fantastic.  Two kinds of beans sweetened with sorghum and molasses and brown sugar plus lots of extras will have people leave talking about your beans!!!

Smoked Pulled Pork and Beans

Beans Beans Beans... The magical Fruit!  The more you eat the more you want! Beans and BBQ just seem to go together.  Plus when cooked on the grill, adds moisture making our meat better.  This is loaded with meat and a deep rich sweet gravy... I Just Loves me Beans!

Sweet Root Beer Baked Beans in a Crock Pot

Super EASY Made in a Crock Pot Slow Cooker, these Baked Beans are just a little spicy, but wrapped in a Sweet Toot Beer reduction thick, rich gravy.  I had this at a big BBQ with lots of kids and family.  Was a HUGE hit.  Sweet enough that the kids gobbled 'em and so filled with flavors the Dads went crazy for 'em.  A CROWD PLEASER!!!

Cowboy Pork and Beans - Quick and Sweet

It is just barely more complicated than opening a can of beans.  But dressed up with a few pantry items you have a delicious FAST BBQ dish you would be proud to serve to any Cowboy along with any good BBQ!  Delicious, Sweet, Easy and FAST!

And I do indeed mean BEST... LOADED with BACON BACON BACON, and seasoned with a spicy Texas Steak Sauce.  A THICK Rich gravy and three types of beans.  Sounds complicated, but easy to DIY and a fantastic way to have your guests proclaiming you the master of your domain as you rule the backyard BBQ!  Make a BIG BATCH and freeze the extras!  Perfect for large groups, Church Socials, a Family get together and just to show off!
BBQ Vidalia Candy Sweet Onions

BBQ Vidalia Candy Sweet ONIONS - Grilling Time and 52 Simple But Next Level Dishes... Really Easy, only 3 ingredients, but this grilled side dish was simply spectacular. The already sweet onions are slow roasted to bring out even more natural sweetness, topped with a sweet BBQ sauce, these were like no onions you have ever had. A unique side dish that really pays off BIG!
Grilled Vegetable Stuffed Bell Peppers

The stuffing is butter soaked vegetables... corn, zucchini, tomatoes and onions all held together with cheese and bread crumbs and herbs... In other words, a delicious combination of summer flavors, with wonderful accent flavors that bring out an ideal texture mix, flavor mix and still makes that beautiful colored presentation.

Fennel, Onion, Tomato STUFFED PEPPERS

I simply LOVE these. Must cook with more fennel...These are a wonderful side dish. Unique flavors (Hey... FENNEL!), combine with simple seasonings for a beautiful side dish. Very easy to prepare (Saute the guts and slice and trim the peppers). Very easy to make (Heat in an oven or grill until the meat of the pepper has softened). They plate beautifully, wonderful colors. An incredible Earthy taste. ENJOY INDEED!!!
Doritos "JACKED" Spicy Chipotle BBQ Corn Salad

The modern classic from the 70's Church Basement Pot Lucks gets a make over.  Of course you can make the classic with Doritos Taco chips, but honestly, have you seen all the different flavors of Doritos lately?  This "JACKED" Brand has so many layers of spices it becomes the colorful and tastiest dish on the plate!  Really dresses up a lowly hot dog.

Heat and Sweet Corn Salsa

Balance... in life and in your seasonings Grasshopper.
This dish has sweet corn, salty tomatoes and enough heat from peppers to excite your taste buds.  Of course the amount of heat is "to Taste", making this dish as HOT or as sweet as you like!  Plus, works great as a topping for grilled salmon.

Goat Cheese Garlic Salsa Green Beans

I love this... The beans come hot off the grill, cooked in a grill pan (one of those pans with a bunch of holes in it).  Then add medallions of goat cheese and all topped with colorful flavorful Garlic Tomato Salsa.  Layers upon layers of flavor.  Despite cooking the beans just before serving, all the hard work is done in advance.  A GREAT SIDE!

Peach Salsa

I LOVE this side (appetizer with a bowl of chips or condiment). Fresh sweet, creamy and delicious. Just a little bit of heat from peppers but these are soaked in the sweet juices of the peach. Just a wonderful combination of flavors. made easy and NOT SEASONAL with canned peaches so you can enjoy a bite of summer year round!

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta

Summer vegetables and a fresh made summer mint basil pesto added to bow tie pasta makes a wonderful side dish.  The inside work of making the pasta and mixing with the pesto is all done in advance.  The vegetables can be prepped early and grilled in minutes (about 10 minutes, time for your meat to "rest").  All that's left is a quick rough dice and final mingle for a summer fresh meal!  Starch and vegetables in one, a terrific weeknight meal.
Creamy Sweet Loaded CORN BREAD made on the GrillYou can make this on a grill very easy.  Just make this in a heavy cast iron skillet and once the heat is correct, close the lid and turn your grill into an oven.  The bread is loaded with cheese, sweet corn, herbs and green onions.  It is made especially creamy with Sour Cream, Butter AND Greek Yogurt!
Even if you make this in an oven instead of a grill, you will love this recipe
Grilled Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing) 

Popular at Asian themed take out restaurants, these are deliciously unique.  Simple matter to transfer the common fried flatbread recipe to grilling keeping all that delicious Sesame oil flavor along with these BEAUTIFUL Grill Marks.  LOTS AND LOTS of HOW TO PHOTOS included!

Grilled Herb and Sausage Zucchini Pizza

America is a wonderful country and this is a wonderful dish.
The meat is seasoned and loaded with cheese, bread crumbs for texture,  nuts, herbs.  Everything is spiced and once the zucchini is grilled everything comes together with meat filled vegetables!!!

Lemony Cucumber and red Onion Salad

A crisp summer light salad, made special with lemon zest.  There is just enough vinegar in this to lightly pickle the onions turning them sweet.  This classic salad, at home in any Church basement pot luck gets a little dressing up.  This is especially delicious as a light sweet dish to serve with something spicy.

Snow Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic!

This side is SOOOO easy and SOOOO Fast!  Garlic infused oil (Directions to make are in the post) is poured on the vegetables and then using a grill pan (those pans with holes in em) and in the time it takes meat to "rest", the side is finished.
Fresh, delicious and nutritious... And makes a very colorful summery side!

Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes and Fennel!

I love Fennel!  This dish uses a grill pan (those pans with holes in em).  the sweet potatoes are par-baked but finished on the grill.  A bright combination of colors... A delicious mix of unique tastes make this an ideal side dish!  Something unique when you get tired of corn on the cob.

Garlic, Onions, Green Beans WARM Potato Salad

I love the colors of this salad, vegetable dish all in one.  Crisp al Dente Green Beans are added to a Potato and Onion mix.  Add some roasted sweet garlic and cover everything with a simple vinegar and oil dressing. Beautiful presentation potato and vegetable dish in one!  And it tastes just as good as it looks!

Side Dishes for a Pulled Pork BBQ MEAL... BEST Smoked Beans, Cheesy Potato Salad plus Red, White and Blue Cole Slaw!

All here in one post, my favorites...  Many Grillers will claim their beans are the best... MINE ARE THE BEST!  Sorghum, Molasses, Brown sugar sweetened thick sauce plus the heat of spices will make yours as good!  The Potato salad is unique, with great cheesy tastes and the mustard vinaigrette cole slaw with a patriotic look all adds up to a perfect batch of sides!

Pulled Pork Sandwich - Bread Wreath

This is a fantastic idea.  I helped cater a rehearsal dinner for a wedding with a half dozen of these sandwiches.  VERY EASY TO FOLLOW recipe for a yeast dough bread (Never ever fails, uses a bread machine to mix and rise, takes all the challenging part of making bread out of the task).  Once the bread wreath is made just build a great Pulled Pork Sandwich... Lettuce, Provolone, Dill Pickles, Pickled Red Onions and Pulled Pork.  This is a great idea for the second day.  Make a BUNCH the first day and make this with leftovers!
The Puerto Rico Taco - Avocado and Mango Pulled Pork

Boy was this simple and Boy was ths good!  Love the Avocado... Love the sweet mango... Love the Pulled pork... Love the Taco! What's not to love.   While for the most part I make pulled pork just so I can eat a pulled pork sandwich; there are always leftovers.
This is one of my favorite ideas for what to do with left over pulled pork.  There are plenty of pulled pork taco ideas, but I sure do like this one.  Sweet and spicy with tropical accents and everybody LOVES avocado.  Like I said, What's not to LOVE?
Hangover Hash from Leftovers

You don't have to be hungover to make this...But if you are, this does help. Substantial, stick to your ribs... and just a little greasy food that will fill your stomach with something other than that leftover bile.

This recipe is more of a simple, traditional hash with basic ingredients you’d find in any pantry.  Fast easy and VERY VERY GOOD!

Chicken, Pork, Beef, Lamb and Seafood...

BACON BACON BACON Football (Hawaiian Style)

52 Grilling Time Secret Extras... Just in time for Tailgating comes this PORK wrapped in PORK wrapped in PORK Bacon LOVERS delight! Easy to prep, easy to grill (or bake) and a real CROWD PLEASER!

Bacon Wrapped Brat

52 Grilling Time Secret Extras... This is such a simple but BEAUTIFUL IDEA. Easy to grill or bake, and the sausage comes out moist and flavorful (nothing dried out) with glorious BACON BACON BACON... Perfect and easy tailgating upgrade
Thick Cut Butterfly Grilled Pork Chops a How-to Photo Essay to get Perfect Chops EVERY TIME...

Moist, Tender and Succulent is the goal, but all too often, dried out piece of shoe leather.  Just a few very simple tricks will turn an inexpensive pork loin into THICK CUT Butterfly Pork Chops, beautifully seared and charred (and gorgeous grill marks).  Save money (less than hamburger) and get fantastic results.  LOTS AND LOTS OF PHOTOS AND TIPS

KISS BBQ Glazed Pork Chops - Keeping it Simple

Grilling really is simple.  Just 4 simple tips will get perfect results every time.  A Simple Brine is a MUST.  Once you Brine your Pork, you will never go back and only takes a few minutes hands on work and 1-3 hours in the fridge... Simple Seasonings, Simple Cook time, Simple BUT IMPORTANT Glaze Tips and you have a HIT!

Pistachio Coated Spiral Pork Chop Bites

Look Close... See the Bacon??? Yeap, Pork wrapped Pork!!!  With a Sweet Carolina style BBQ sauce and plenty of Pistachio Nuts.  All grilled to perfection.  Wonderful Main Course or a great little appetizer!  Much easier and even more delicious than it looks!!!

Citrus Garlic Honey Ribs...Smoked Ribs ACTUALLY SMOKED ON A WEBER KETTLE GRILL

All the tips and secrets are here to make FANTASTIC SMOKED ribs on the versatile Weber Kettle Grill!  Anyone can get restaurant (better than restaurant actually), moist tender and delicious competition style ribs at home with the simplest of equipment.  The post has a rub recipe as well as a fantastic sweet glaze.  These are killer, sure to please!

Sweet Cherry Baby Back Ribs

The secret ingredient... Kool Aid... Really!  An overnight dry rub made with Black Cherry Kool Aid (recipe in the post) infuses sweet cherry flavor.  Combined with a more standard dry rub of garlic and spices makes this a wonderful sweet rib for guests who insist they don't want anything "too HOT".  These are always my wife's favorites.

Chunky Pineapple Glazed Jerk Dry Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

My favorite combination of heat and sweet, sweet pineapple glaze over a spicy Island Jerk spice rub combine for that one amazing bite of BBQ.  Ribs are always the hit of any BBQ.  These are a cut above the rest!  Low and Slow smoking insures that unique taste and texture of restaurant/competition style.

Smoked Pulled Pork on a Weber Kettle Grill... A Photo Essay with over 13 Tips, tricks and Secrets to making this at home on an inexpensive Kettle Grill!

Says it all.  From Rubs and glazes to how to maintain the right temperature to getting a good night's sleep during the 18 hours it takes to make this Cadillac of BBQ Meats your specialty.  All done on an inexpensive Weber Charcoal grill.  No need for that expensive Smoker till you know the basics.  Here they are!

Korean Smoked Beef Brisket on a Weber Grill

Long and Slow is the secret... 24 hour cooking time and the meat came out like BUTTER... Moist and tender and perfect with Asian influenced flavors from an unusual marinade (Kiwi fruit... really) and Asin Rub mix.  LOTS of Photo How To's guaranteeing success along with an important tip that makes that 24 hour cooking time almost all hands free waiting... A Challenge but WORTH IT!

3 Ingredient Injection Marinade for Beef Brisket (on  a Weber Grill)

No need for a complicated or expensive injectable marinade.  A citrusy sweet, bready Hop Beer has plenty of Earthy flavors while a fruit juice and melted butter make this easy and ideal ... When you absolutely Positively HAVE to have a moist tender and delicious Big Hunk of Meat!

Sirloin Tri-Tip with a Cherry Salsa

It's a beautiful cut of meat, the perfect roast, marinated and grilled for eye and taste appeal. But the star is this fantastic cherry/jalapeno salsa served with. THIS IS THE STAR OF ANY BBQ (and you can bake in the oven in winter) GORGEOUS and TASTY

Pineapple Jerk Glazed Pork Chop Sandwich
3 TIPS for Moist Tender and DELICIOUS Grilling Pork 101

There is a lot in this post...  Grilling Pork chops is difficult.  Rare pork is not good.  But over cooked is shoe leather.  that sweet spot of perfectly cooked, moist tender and delicious is easily attained with these three tips.  Also included is a sweet/spicy glaze sauce with the pepper flavors of the islands but sweetened with pineapple.  THIS IS A FAVORITE OF MINE!  If you are tired of hamburgers on the grill, this will make you a STAR!

Honey of a Peach Balsamic Glazed Pork loin
Smoked on a Weber Kettle Grill

It is EASY to get that smokey flavor from a PORK LOIN!  The lean cut cooks fast, even at the low and slow temperatures.  A great way to get started cooking the REAL BBQ WAY.  The AMAZING Glaze is a reduction of Peach Nectar, Balsamic Vinegar and Honey glazes the outside and becomes a delicious gravy! 
Smoked Pork Loin with Cherry Tomatoes and Snow Peas

A really simple and delicious side dish (and colorful) is the perfect compliment to a pork loin.  Seasoned with Jerk spices, this is a simple dish on many levels.  The side cooks in minutes while the meat "rests" before you cut.  Cooked to a proper internal temperature and the pork is fork tender, moist and delicious!

Spiral Cut Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin,
Slow Roasted on a Gas Grill

It is almost a Spinach Pesto with lots of cheese, nuts and so much more. Like a salad stuffed in a roll of MEAT!  This is dramatic to serve but it also marinades from the inside keeping your pork moist tender and delicious.  Cheesy deliciousness in every bite and it is EASY TO DO.  Detailed photo instructions in the post.

Jerk Spiced - Mustard Rubbed Pork Loin

Love Pork Loin...  Just think big tube of Pork Chops that are cut and served table side.  This dish uses the spices of the Caribbean to punch up the taste.  All held together with a mustard slather.  This packs a BIG seasoning wallop!

Smoked Cherry Rubbed Pork Chops and
Fresh Made Scratch Orange Honey APPLESAUCE

Recipes and DIY Techniques for BOTH Fresh canned Applesauce (with hints of Orange and Honey replacing a lot of the sugar) and the DIY for Easy Smoked Pork Loin for an affordable Dramatic Classic combination!

Myron Mixon's Andouille Sausage Stuffed Pork Loin Sliders

I combined a trip to a BBQ Competition with a cooking demo from celebrity BBQ Cook, Myron Mixon to be inspired to make these little snack sandwiches... The pork has a natural sweetness and came out just as deliciously tender as you can imagine. While the sausage was indeed deliciously CAJUN Spiced. Since the sausage ended up in the center, Heat and Sweet, a variety of textures and layers of flavors in EVERY BITE!

Smoked Pork Tenderloin and Spinach Salad ala Chris Lilly

A BEAUTIFUL Presentation!  An easy to follow COMPLETE recipe with a homemade DRY RUB recipe, a Homemade Cooking Sauce recipe and even a fresh made Salad dressing.  These pork medallions are LOADED with BBQ Grilling flavors and pairs perfectly with the colorful fruit LOADED Spinach Salad... Thank you PITMASTER Book AUTHOR CHris Lilly!

Grilled Pepper Parmesan Leg of Lamb
The distinctive taste of Lamb, with a crispy outer coating of a nutty Parmesan cheese-Garlic herbal paste. Grilled Medium rare, and flavored with Grilled lemons and hints of Pears!

Too often a leg of Lamb is traditional. Garlic and Mediterranean herbs, slow roasted to perfection. A classic indeed, and deservedly so. BUT sometimes you want a little different.  Side by side, this one measures up to the classic as different but still SPECTACULARLY DELICIOUS!
Beer Braised Grilled BRATS!

There is a secret to making these... Braised in simmering beer and onions and then finished on the grill (you know, those perfect beautiful grill marks).  These are loaded with layers of flavors and the best you have ever had!

Beer Braised Grilled Faux Meatball Brats

Main Course or an Appetizer and one of my 52 Cooking with Beer Recipes that is FANTASTIC!!!  The "meatballs" are sliced Brats, then braised in an English style Beer, then Grilled with Onions... These Appetizers were GOBBLED up at a recent BBQ Party!

Smoked Italian Sausage

This is just delicious.  In fact, so good it rarely makes it to the table.  Just grab a pound of superb locally sourced Italian Sausage.  There is almost always room in the smoker for a tube of this.  Use the same rub you would for ribs or pork shoulder and smoke "normally".  Measure the internal temp so it does not dry out.
Something for the cook to snack on, something to add to the beans, breakfast, even make some stuffed zucchini (Meat as a side dish!!!).  This is wonderful for any of that... or to serve with the ribs.

Peppercorn Beef Ribs

World's Most Moist and Tender - 52 Beef, It's What's for Dinner... This is an OMG Recipe. Maybe the BEST THING I EVER ATE, seriously. Restaurant worthy recipe that will become the talk of any party or special occasion!

Cooked in an Oven, NOT Grilled

OK, not outside grilled, but almost as good.  And it is EASY EASY EASY.  Only three simple tips to get big name Steak House Restaurant flavors, texture and quality.  YOU CAN DO THIS... SIMPLE, but Amazingly delicious Beef.  The prices are going up, cook these perfect every time!

Surf and Turf... 3 SECRETS to
GRILLED Bacon Wrapped Fillet Mignon and GRILLED Baby Lobster Tails.

Now this is classic backyard fare.  Yet all too often the Beef is over cooked and the Lobster has no seasoning.  But there is no need to worry.  Just three simple tricks can turn this dish into the classic that everyone dreams it can be!

Vidalia Onions and Peppers and Sausages

It's almost embarrassing how easy this dish is.  But it is also just about my very very favorite thing in the world to eat.  Simple ingredients, simply seasoned and simply grilled combine to a simple but SPECTACULAR combination of tastes.

Grilled Korean Style Beef Short Ribs

No joke... These are amazing and simple to do. They are marinated overnight and then grilled. that's it. Cooks fast, in only about 10 minutes. But that marinade stays with 'em. Salty from the soy sauce, hints of Asia from Sesame seeds and oil, Ginger and Kiwi, sweetened from Brown Sugar and Honey... And all seeped into the meat with carbonation from a couple of bottles of 7-Up (really, helps the marinade to get deep into the meat).  The end product is simply amazing. Deep rich beef flavors with all the hints and flavors of Asia... Best bite from the grill I have ever had!!!

Marinated Fig Balsamic Rib Eye Steak

There are so many delicious flavored balsamic vinegars out there.  This marinade would work with any of them.  I found one made with figs and it is perfect for this.  The natural sweetness in balsamic enhances the caramelization sweetness of grilled steak.  An easy way to make your steak EXTRA Special!

KC Strip Steak with Pepper and Herb Marinade

Here's another SIMPLE marinade that adds TONS of flavors to your steak.  This is one of those "Be That GUY (or Gal)" Recipes that will elevate you to Master of your Domain (Long as your domain is in the back yard!  A King of the Grill Recipe that will have all your guests asking how you do it... And did I say EASY!  Grilling DIY Instructions a novice can follow!

30 Garlic Peppercorn London Broil

The trick to this is to slow roast the garlic INSIDE the thick cut steak.  Easy to follow Photo Instructions (Lots of photos) make this dish simple to replicate but SPECTACULAR Taste and Presentation.  The slow roasted garlic turns sweet.  There are plenty of garlic pieces inside the meat to get a piece with almost any bite.  This works great for any holiday or Sunday dinner party.  Makes any event special!

Summer Tomato Burger

This spectacular looking burger was laughably easy... Chili ready Tomatoes are added to hamburger, the refrigerator was emptied of jars for an impromptu condiment bar and you suddenly have one of the mast flavor infused spiced burger that tastes TWICE as good as it looks... beginning to end, all of 15 minutes to make EASY PEASY!

30 Garlic Peppercorn Roast

An absolutely DELICIOUS way to roast a big piece of beef.  The garlic softens and cooks all the bitterness out, leaving soft pliable SWEET Garlic flavorings throughout.  10 cloves fo garlic are split 3 ways each and imbedded inside.  Spices not just on the outside but favor throughout!... Spectacular Presentation and DELICIOUS

BBQ Turkey... Brined and Butter Injected and Glazed with a fresh made Jack Daniel's Whiskey BBQ Sauce/Glaze

Still cooking on my Weber Kettle Grill, low and slow smoked, with everything needed to GUARANTEE a succulent moist, juicy, tender bird.  Recipe for an easy brine, recipe for a fresh made sauce (flavored with Jack Daniels) and plenty of hints tips and links to get the star of any holiday PERFECT!!!

Sexy Beer Can Chicken - Lemon Crispy Delight

This is the stuff of legends and is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser.  The steam from the beer (I actually prefer to use 7-Up, just not as sexy to say) cooks the bird in moisture from the inside out.  The strategically place lemon halves wedges between the breast meat and the skin adds lemon flavor throughout and a unique fun presentation!

Ginger Orange Chicken with Coconut Rice

Asian flavors on the grill!  This is a delicious glaze, makes a very colorful presentation with the orange slice garnish PLUS the recipe (all recipes in this post) for coconut rice is something you will use often!  Delicious, always moist and tender (Special secret technique) Chicken thigh with a crispy glazed skin... WONDERFUL!  One of my very favorite recipes.

Grilled Pineapple Jerk Chicken Thighs... With a TRICK for MOIST TENDER Never Overcooked Chicken EVERY TIME!
Chicken 101

The Pineapple Jerk Chicken thighs are delicious.  Recipe for the glaze is in the post, but honestly if you have been disappointed in your chicken on the grill (Who hasn't had the overcooked dry chicken?); this technique works every time and is always delicious tender and MOIST... ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS

Grilled Curry Seasoned Chicken Thighs...
with a Maple Chipotle Glaze

Curry adds an exotic Indian tastes to the chicken.  the heat/sweet combination of the glaze really sets these apart.  The cooking method described GUARANTEES a moist tender and delicious chicken every time.   This combination of exotic seasonings, heat/sweet glaze and moist tender and delicious chicken is such a winning combination!

Hot Smoked Sugar and Salt Cured Salmon

SALMON -Hot Smoked Sugar and Salt Cured Salmon - grilling Time Main Dish with a mixed greens salad with apples, sweet onions and more... LOVE THIS FISH, cured for 24 hours and air dried, could have eaten this deliciously raw but I slow smoked this for an extra layer of flavor. BEST SALMON EVER and smoked on a Weber Kettle Grill... INCREDIBLE and WORTH THE EFFORT
White Wine Marinated Salmon

A marinade adds a level of safety to grilling fish.  Practically guarantees a tender, flakey MOIST and delicious piece of fish... Even on a grill!  The marinade (White wine, garlic, lemon, Olive Oil... Lots of stuff!) adds extra layers of flavor you will LOVE!


Not difficult at all but makes your BBQ Special in so many ways... This is a little hard to categorize as these work equally well as a condiment or a dessert.  Slap one of these bad boys on a burger to create an Hawaiian Hamburger or grill this and serve as is (Sweet pineapple turns into SUPER Sweet Pineapple when grilled) for dessert.  Or add some ice cream and the perfect summer treat!

Grilled PICKLED Peaches

OH BOY... A NEW Favorite way to GRILL A DESSERT!  The sauce does indeed include Pickling Spices, the peaches rest in vinegar and the spices for an hour... BUT Add additional sweeteners including Maple Syrup and you have a simple easy QUICK grilled dessert that SHINES with complex flavors!  JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS RECIPE!

And did I say easy! 

EggNog Cheesecake Bars - Church PotLuck Dessert... OH BOY, a new favorite CheeseCake!!! Puffs up beautifully, Creamy Sweet with a smell and lingering taste of Christmas that you can have YEAR ROUND!

FINALLY... SUMMER IS HERE! Time for a Pink Lemonade Pie. I LOVE THIS EASY EASY EASY PIE.  Made easy with a Graham Cracker Crust, the filling is only 3 ingredients! Just Mix, refreeze and serve!

The taste is SPECTACULAR, Tart and a little sweet and actually loaded with fresh fruit sorbet! Could this be a healthy pie???  A perfect cap to a Summer BBQ!

 This was a project that I had help with... 3 or 4 of my Nieces and Nephews (ages 6 to 12) helped to ball my melons.  A great project that the kids took great pride in helping with.
Oh, and delicious. once we turned everyone loose with a skewer, the fruit disappeared FAST!
And VERY VERY EASY to "carve".  A crowd pleaser!

Some of my nieces and nephew returned for another weekend. This time we "carved" a watermelon into a frog.  Ages 7,9 and 10 and the kids were thrilled.  Empty Nester, Wacky Uncle Dave, spent about an hour, no TV, no Video games, No fights... just fun in the kitchen.  VERY VERY EASY to do!

It must be the world's EASIEST Dessert since every 8 year old Girl Scout can make them.  BUT there are hints, tricks and DIY Tips to make them just a little bit better than the rest.  NEVER HARD, always soft and chewy and a few tips to dress them up pretty to stand out on any buffet table... THESE ARE BETTER!!!

Baked Brie with Cherries and Chocolate!!!

YUM!  Here's one of those ugly dishes that is absolutely AMAZING! And incredibly easy to boot!  Works as an Appetizer or Dessert!

This can be made a few hours in advance (tricks to keeping it melty warm are in the recipe); which makes this perfect for catering or any "Share a Dish" event like a potluck or family event. It just screams, "PARTY"!

TANG - Creamsickle Ice Cream Float

A double barreled BLAST in the face of  nostalgia.  Not only is this an AMAZING taste of those classic Orange Dreamsickle ice cream treats from the 60's and 70's, BUT ALSO made with TANG - the drinks the astronauts took into space!  Cool and refreshing reminder of childhood.. And DELICIOUS!

What's better than Ice Cream???  How about Ice Cream with a butterscotch Sauce?  And what's better than that - ADD enough BOURBON (remember, if it Ain't from Kentucky it's just Whiskey) to make this a fun topper for a summer meal!

RICH, thick, DELICIOUS, easy to make and a real crowd pleaser!


NOW THIS IS A REAL CROWD PLEASER!  But do be careful, the alcohol content is well hidden (in taste), but will sneak up on you.  Beautiful colors and delicious hints of fruit add something special to the fresh made lemonade.  I make this a lot and never seem to have enough.  Always ends with an empty pitcher!
Overnight Limoncello

OH MY!!!  Really, in the time it takes to slow smoke a Brisket you can transport yourself to a Tuscan hill top and enjoy this Italian classic.  LOTS of lemons, Simple Syrup, a little Lemon Vodka and you are in business!  Simple, easy DIY instructions and that rich lemony liqueur becomes the highlight of your night with friends!

Peach Sangria - Easy to make and dramatic presentation and a wonderfully fresh appetizer slash drink. Enjoy the wine and mixings and then enjoy the drunken fruit!

The legendary New Orleans Classic Tiki Cocktail with a Florida twist.  Mostly Orange Juice and the normally 7 ounces of booze is moderated to only 2.  But plenty of fruit juice flavors and just enough liquor to be VERY Sociable!  Happy Mardi Gras!

SAZERAC COCKTAIL - Official Drink of New Orleans for Mardi Gras... This is a whiskey based strong drink. Made a little sweet and flavored with an Anise based GREEN FAIRY (Absinthe) Liquor.  Great to serve with any Cajun themed dish or just great when you want a stronger drink,

Vanilla Mint Sweet Lemonade (BEST EVER LEMONADE) -  Silky Smooth SWEET authentic yet plenty of Pucker fresh made Lemonade (NO Bottled lemons). Easy and DELICIOUS way to celebrate summer

'Dew the Watermelon Lemonade

Summertime and the Livin is easy!!!  And so is making this specialty backyard BBQ Punch!  It's a basic Lemonade, punched up with Carbonation, Watermelon flavor and zinged up with Red Mountain Dew!  Delicious drink that sets you apart as "THAT GUY" (Or Gal), Master of your back yard Domain!

The house wine of the south!  And believe it or not, there are two "tricks" that will make your home brew as good as any restaurant SWEET TEA.
PLUS, a recipe (and a bit of history) for the classic Golf Course drink, the Arnold Palmer.  Non-Alcoholic, the drink is a mix of Lemonade and Southern Sweet Tea... It must be good as this is my wife's favorite drink.  Would never have a BBQ without this.


Really, it works like a charm.  If you are trying to cut back on sugar, here's a chance to enjoy the ultimate backyard BBQ drink with NO ADDED SUGAR!  This does indeed fall under the category of "Secret Extras". When you grill lemons, the juices heat. When the juices heat, the natural sugars in the fruit are released and intensified. So much so that when carefully added to the tea, the tea becomes as sweet as Southern Sweet tea WITHOUT any added sugar. Just a couple of tricks and tips to know...

TANG - Creamsickle Ice Cream Float

A double barreled BLAST in the face of  nostalgia.  Not only is this an AMAZING taste of those classic Orange Dreamsickle ice cream treats from the 60's and 70's, BUT ALSO made with TANG - the drinks the astronauts took into space!

I did indeed serve this as an appetizer on one of the hottest days of the year.  Incredibly well received and a real conversation starter for the get together!

Grilled Pizzas...
I make so many grilled Pizzas I decided to add an extra "Grilling and BBQ" Category.
Grilled Canadian Bacon and Onion Pizza

Once you define pizza as Flat Bread with toppings you realize that the day after bread was invented, pizza followed.  This was the "Oddball" pizza of the 60's when your choices were Pepperoni or Sausage.  Unconventional then but always DELICIOUS.  The ost has all the details you need to make scratch sauce, scratch dough and EASY TO FOLLOW, ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL How to photos for GRILLING PIZZA!

Steak and Gorgonzola GRILLED Pizza

This bad boy has a warm spot in my heart as an old favorite restaurant used to sell these, pizza and a bottle of wine for $25 (included a live band!).  Sadly it may be a long time before I get back to the restaurant but I can make the pizza at home AND ON THE GRILL!!!  Easy to follow directions, scratch recipes for sauce, dough and EASY TO FOLLOW Techniques.  Grilling pizzas this way Works every time and is always delicious (and always AMAZES your guests!

Walnut Honey and Goat Cheese

My favorite way to serve a pizza is to GRILL IT!  Easy (Very very very EASY) to do.  Right on the grill, no pizza stone, it works perfect.  Detailed photo instructions included in the post.  I love this unique topping combination for an appetizer.  It all comes together in about 10 minutes total.  Perfect to make and serve as an appetizer while your meat is "resting".  THIS IS ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE IDEAS to try!

Goat Cheese, Honey, Almond and Arugula Grilled Pizza

Serve a salad on pizza dough!  Why not???
The honey and almonds brings out the pop of the goat cheese and acts as the salad dressing for this colorful and awe inspiring pizza.  AS GOOD AS IT GETS.  Fantastic flavor combination, beautiful presentation and let's face it, grilled pizza inspires awe!!!


Keep this page bookmarked as I add something new just about anytime I BBQ, Smoke or Grill (often in spring summer fall and occasionally in the winter).  Easiest way to keep track of new additions will be for you to FOLLOW My Pinterest Board of...
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Enjoy, let me know if you cook anything from here
 and invite me over for a hot dog!!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow and wow! So many great recipes....thank you so much :)