Quick Fix BBQ Beans

Why grab a can of pre-made BBQ beans at the store when you can make your own in no time at all. Sure, I’ve made scratch baked beans before (on the smoker and they were fantastic!). These aren’t those beans. Quick to fix, these BBQ beans still pack in the flavor.
quick-fix-bbq-beansYou can make these beans taste however you like just by changing which BBQ sauce you add. From smoky to spicy, you can’t go wrong. And speaking of spicy, for a little extra kick add a few sliced jalapenos. And for extra crunch, chop half of a medium sweet onion and toss that in too. You really cannot make a boo-boo when you make these beans.

Quick Fix BBQ Beans
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 large red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients and pour into an 8" x 8" baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Let cool slightly before serving as the sauce will be very hot.

 

 

Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These bacon BBQ chicken bombs have been on my to-do list for a while now. I was definitely looking forward to making them on my Char-Broil Big Easy, which is about as fuss-free as you can get. Good doesn’t even come close to describing them. Each bite pops with tender, moist chicken, cheese-stuffed jalapenos, bacon and BBQ sauce.

Don’t fear the jalapenos if you’re not into spicy foods. They mellow out a lot while cooking. If you’re still not sure about using them, you can substitute poblanos. Just halve them lengthwise, remove the seeds, then halve them again depending on how big the peppers are. You’ll still get that great pepper flavor but without any heat.
These bacon BBQ chicken bombs may seem to be complicated to make on the Char-Broil Big Easy, but they are not. You’re just pounding out some chicken breast, wrapping it around cheese-stuffed jalapenos, rolling it up and wrapping it in bacon. Then onto the Big Easy until done, basted with BBQ sauce, and devoured. That’s it. They’re highly addicting. I recommend making extra because they’re just as good leftover.

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Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10 bombs
 
Note: You'll need at least one Bunk Bed basket for your Big Easy, or even two, or you might have to cook these bombs in batches.
Ingredients
  • 5 small boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin (about 1/4") Note: You can also substitute chicken tenderloins
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 large jalapenos, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 20 slices bacon
  • 1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Note: You want each piece of chicken to be approximately the width of the length of the jalapenos.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and cheddar.
  4. Spoon the cheese mixture into each jalapano half.
  5. Working in batches, place the jalapenos onto the chicken and roll up. Place seam-side down when done so they don't unroll. If you're chicken pieces are too big you might have to trim them a bit.
  6. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each rolled chicken. Tuck ends under the bacon to seal. The first few might not be pretty, but once you get a hang of it they're fun to make. And they'll taste great no matter what when they are done!
  7. Fire up your Big Easy.
  8. Add the chicken bombs to the Big Easy basket (and bunk bed basket(s) if using). Do not let them touch. If you have to, cook them in batches.
  9. Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 20-30 minutes, basting with the BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. Note: I use a very long basting brush to get down inside the basket and get the sauce on all of the chicken bombs. Be careful to not burn yourself. If you can't reach them, just baste them after they are cooked.
  10. Remove and check for doneness (165 F) on all cooking levels.
  11. Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Bistro Burger Version 2.0

Any good bistro has good bistro burgers. And there are as many variations as there are bistros. My first favorite bistro burger was loaded with lettuce, fried egg, bacon, and a whole bunch of other things. Version 2.0 of the bistro burger takes a little simpler approach, combining delicious grilled mushrooms and onion with a fantastic sauce. The sauce absolutely pairs beautifully with the burger, and is so good that I doubled the recipe.
bistro-burger-version-2I’m a casual fan of horseradish, which means it can easily become too strong for me if there is too much of it in a dish. The amount of horseradish in the sauce on these bistro burgers was just right for me. The same sauce now finds its way onto wraps and sandwiches in our household. It’s just that good.

Bistro Burger Version 2.0
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
For the burgers
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onions, sliced then
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices Fontina cheese
  • 4 onion burger rolls
For the sauce (we love the sauce so much that we doubled it)
  • 1/4 mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped (or substitute green onions)
Instructions
For the sauce
  1. Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.
For the burgers
  1. Fire up your grill.
  2. Season the burgers with salt and pepper and begin cooking.
  3. Toss the mushrooms and onion with the olive oil and place on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  4. Place foil on grill and cook until the mushrooms are starting to get tender.
  5. When the burgers are done top with the mushroom mixture.
  6. Add the cheese slices and melt.
  7. Toast the buns if desired. Slather with the sauce.
  8. Add the cooked patties.
  9. Devour.

Corn on the Cob Maque Choux

This corn on the cob maque choux is a fun twist on the classic southern Louisiana dish. Lightly caramelized onions and peppers cooked with spicy tasso, served over grilled fresh corn on the cob. Every bite is a combination of sweetness and smokiness with just a hint of spicy.

corn-on-the-cob-maque-chouxThe topping on the corn on the cob maque choux is also great on other dishes, such as grilled hamburgers or hot dogs. It’s really packed with flavor and takes almost no time to make.

Tasso may be hard to find depending on where you live. You can substitute bacon, or if you have a smoker, make your own. It takes a little time and effort to make, but oh boy is it ever worth it.

Corn on the Cob Maque Choux
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 6 ears corn-on-the-cob, cooked however you wish
For the topping
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 ounces tasso or smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. While the corn is cooking heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tasso (or bacon) and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, butter and Cajun seasoning. Stir until the butter melts and the vegetables and tasso get lightly caramelized.
  5. Spoon generously over cooked corn.

 

Nacho Hot Dogs

This is exactly what little hot dogs hope they’ll grow up to be. Smothered in chili. Covered in cheese sauce. Sprinkled with crumbled Nacho tortilla chips and jalapenos. And of course, some nice cool sour cream. These nacho hot dogs are the stuff dreams are made of!
Nacho Hot Dogs Version 2.0With every bite you get crunch, heat, cool and cheese! Perfect! And of course you can kick your Nacho hot dogs up even more by using a really spicy chili. I use the zesty cheese sauce from La Preferida for this and other dogs that call for cheese. It’s smooth and creamy and has a little bit of a spiciness to it.

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Nacho Hot Dogs
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Bean chili, warmed
  • Nacho cheese sauce, warmed
  • Nacho tortilla chips, lightly crushed
  • Diced pickled jalapenos (I prefer fire-roasted jalapenos)
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Cook dogs and toast buns as desired.
  2. Place dogs on buns.
  3. Top with chili and cheese sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed chips and jalapenos.
  5. Add sour cream, a bit more of the crumbled chips, and serve.

Buffalo Wings using the Vortex

I love the Vortex insert. I’ve had one for quite a while, using it to cook entire family packs of great chicken wings on my Weber Performer grill. But sometimes I don’t need 4 or so pounds of wings. I just need to cook enough for one or two people. That’s where the smaller Vortex comes in. It fits perfectly into my Weber Smokey Joe grill, making for some dynamite buffalo wings!
Buffalo Wings using the VortexOf course you can use the Vortex for more than just Buffalo wings, and on more than just a charcoal grill, but I bought mine to make wings. Wings. Wings. And more wings. And it does wings great. Super high heat makes for super crispy tasty wings in the end, with about as little effort as you can possibly get.

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Buffalo Wings using the Vortex
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 2-4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • A Vortex
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes (tips saved for making broth)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Buffalo seasoning
  • Frank's wing sauce
Instructions
  1. Place the wings into a large resealable container or baggie.
  2. Add the oil and seasoning. Seal and shake to coat well.
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  4. Light a charcoal chimney full of charcoal. Alternatively, you can fill your Vortex with charcoal and light them inside the unit.
  5. Let the charcoal get fully ashed over.
  6. Place the Vortex into the center of your grill and add in the charcoal.
  7. Open the bottom vents on your grill by 1/3, while keeping the top vent open completely.
  8. Close the gill and let it get hot, about 15 minutes.
  9. Add the chicken as shown in the picture above. For the flats have the skin side up, and for the drumettes keep the meaty part away from the fire.
  10. Close the grill and cook for 15 minutes.
  11. Rotate the lid 90 degrees and cook for another 15 minutes.
  12. Flip the wings. Rotate another 90 degrees and cook 15 more minutes.
  13. Check if the wings are as crispy as you like. If not, rotate another 90 degrees and cook another 15 minutes.
  14. Brush the wings with wing sauce and cook 5 more minutes.
  15. Flip wings and brush with more wing sauce. Cook 5 more minutes.
  16. Transfer wings to a bowl and toss with more wing sauce, if desired.
  17. Serve with dipping sauce.

Spiralized Radish Salad Version 2.0

A spiral slicer is a great fun toy, specially when it comes to radishes. I’ve made another radish salad, which I really love. I thought I’d try something different with the big bag of radishes I picked up at the farmer’s market last weekend. Oregano is really what makes this salad fantastic. I used dry, but if you have fresh, substitute 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh oregano for the dried.
Spiralized Radish SaladThis salad holds up well in the fridge so you can easily make it the night before you need to serve it. Just toss it a bit before serving so that the dressing covers the radishes.

Spiralized Radish Salad Version 2.0
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 15-20 large radishes
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all but the radishes.
  2. Rinse the radishes.
  3. Cut the ends off and make a cut 1/2 way thru the radish, length-wise.
  4. Insert the radish in tho the slicer.with the largest end toward the blades.
  5. Slice the radishes and then add to the vinaigrette.
  6. Toss to coat.
  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  8. Toss lightly before serving.

Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings

I do love eating chicken wings. They might be my favorite food. I recently picked up a bottle of Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo wing sauce. It looked good and thick and flavorful. And boy, was it all that and more. Not so thick that it was gloppy, the sauce stuck to the wings just as you want it to. And flavor? Oh man. A nice mellow Ranch flavor that definitely does not overwhelm, with just a hint of spiciness. This sauce is perfect for a party because it’s sure to please all of your guests.
Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo WingsIf I’d known just how fantastic Moore’s Creamy Ranch sauce was I would’ve definitely left the Ranch dressing off my plate. You seriously don’t need anything else with these sauced up wings. Just grab a big ole handful of them and a lot of paper towels and get to eating!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  2. Add the oil and rub, seal, and shake to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  4. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  5. When wings are done, transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Toss to coat.
  6. Serve.