I usually cook ribs, chicken, turkey, or my favorite, chicken wings, on my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer. I noticed that red bell peppers were on sale, and that got me to thinking about canning some roasted red peppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Normally when I roasted bell peppers I toss them on the grill for a while, but this time I loaded up the Big Easy basket and the Char-Broil Big Easy Bunk Bed Basket with 9 peppers (the 10th one wouldn’t quite fit, and you don’t want to crowd them).
I lowered the basket into my preheated Big Easy and let the peppers roast for a 45 minutes (I’d go 30 minutes if you want your peppers to have a little more ‘bite’ to them).
I wanted my peppers a little on soft side. If you pull yours out sooner, just keep in mind you might have to steam them a bit longer to get the skins off.
The peppers then went into a large bowl, which I covered in foil and let steam for 10-15 minutes to make the skins easy to remove. Be careful opening the foil (or handling the peppers) as they will be hot!
After letting them cool slightly, we cut out the stems and removed the skins. The peppers were then ready to can (see below for how we canned them).
I enjoyed this Hawaiian cole slaw so much that I made it twice in one week. I loved the sweetness of the pineapple, the explosion of orange flavor from the mandarins, and my favorite, the Maraschino cherries. It’s a nice tropical flavor all in a crunchy creamy slaw. I’d make this again and again, and soon. And best of all, I had all of the ingredients in my pantry (well, plus a bag of slaw in the fridge). I make a lot of slaws, so I try to always keep a bag of shredded cabbage mix around.
1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, well drained (squeeze to get all of the moisture out that you can)
1 8 ounce can Mandarin oranges, well drained
1 6 ounce jar Maraschino cherries, drained, quartered, and dried well wrapped in a paper towel
Salt and pepper
Note: You have to make sure that the pineapple, oranges, and specially the cherries, are well drained before adding to the slaw. Wrap the quartered cherries in paper towels to dry. This will also keep the cherries from "bleeding" into the slaw.
Combine slaw mix and mayo in a large bowl.
Slowly fold in the pineapple, orange, and cherries. Season with salt and pepper.
Nothing is easier than smoking nuts. I use my Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker, but you can also smoke them on your gas or charcoal grill using a couple of added wood chunks. Smoking nuts only takes 20-25 minutes.
This version of spicy nuts isn’t in-your-face spicy. There’s a nice subtle spiciness to them, along with that great smoke flavor.
This roasted poblano cream sauce is the perfect somewhat-spicy sauce for topping grilled chicken sandwiches. It’s also fantastic on burgers, pork, or used as a dip. It actually would work as a soup too. For a little extra kick, roast a jalapeno with the poblanos and add it to the sauce when you blend it.
My first use for this sauce was over grilled chicken fajita sandwiches.
Although certainly not an authentic take on the (yummy) Cuban sandwich, these grilled Cuban hot dogs do remind you of the tastes of the handheld classic. Easy to make, they’re perfect for lunch. I just fired up my Weber Q1200 grill and tossed a few dogs on. Minutes later we’re enjoying lunch!
I used McClure’s Sweet and Spicy wavy cut pickles on these dogs. They are by far our favorite pickles. They are crunchy, tasty, and have a really nice kick to them. They were perfect on these grilled Cuban hot dogs.
Whenever you’re cooking outdoors on the grill, there’s always room leftover to put treats, like these insanely good grilled bacon-wrapped stuffed olives. They’re easy to cook, and disappear in minutes.
I used jalapeno-stuffed olives, but you can use garlic-stuffed or whatever you like. Or heck, they don’t even have to be stuffed! These little morsels come out salty and briny, with a nice kick from the rub (I used a sweet rub with a little kick to it).
I had an out-of-this-world good andouille po boy from Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort food truck the other day. And ever since, I’ve been jonesin’ for another. This time I made my own. A good po boy requires a good remoulade. I made a big batch of Chez John’s Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce, but any good remoulade will do. Just make sure it’s got some kick to it. The fantastic flavor of andouille and the remoulade are the stars of this sandwich. A little heat and a little spice. Perfect.
The best po boy drips when you eat it. All down the front of your arms, on your shirt, and all over the table, and best, onto your plate so you can sop up the drippings with the last piece of bread from the sandwich. Those drippings have everything good in them, from remoulade to sausage juice. Good eats.
I love the flavor of Nutella. That great chocolatey, creamy, nutty taste is great in a milkshake. Perfect on a hot summer day. Or any day for that matter.
This chocolate with Nutella milkshake is pretty much a to-taste affair. A little of this, a little of that. It’s not like you can mess it up. Serve this in a chilled milkshake glass and share it with your Sweetie! I topped this with whipped cream, toasted peanuts and a maraschino cherry.
I read somewhere that you’re not supposed to say “This is the best thing that I ever ate” on a food show or on a food blog. The theory is that well, tomorrow, you might have a better version of the same dish, so then what are you going to say? “This is even better than the best thing I ever ate”? Well, I’m going to violate the rule right here and now and say that this smoked pot roast is the best pot roast I ever ate. It’s incredible. It’s tender. It’s juicy, It’s so flavorful. And it has a hint of smoke.
You could make this same recipe in the oven, but since you won’t get that great smoke flavor, you’ll need to add a bit (to taste, but not much) of liquid smoke.
We had some leftover pot roast, so I used up the meat in two other great dishes. First, I substituted the pot roast for corned beef on Reuben sandwiches (rye and Thousand Island and kraut).
Then I made grilled smoked pot sandwiches by topping Texas toast with white cheddar and sauteed onions, and of course, pot roast.
This smoked habanero meatloaf is by far my favorite. The meat comes out tender, with a nice smokey flavor (though you can make it in the oven and still have a fantastic dish). And of course, there’s a kick – a big kick from BBQ sauce mixed with habanero salsa and mixed into the meat and used as a glaze.
The leftovers (if you have any) are just as good as the day you made this meatloaf. Perfect for sandwiches. For sandwiches we just topped crisped French bread with a slab of warmed meatloaf followed by mayonnaise and red onion. The onion and bread add a nice crunch to the tender meatloaf.