I love bean salads. That nice vinegar hit, crunchy vegetables, and a little sweet. And of course, lots and lots of beans. I make this 7 bean salad (which makes a big batch) and keep it on hand for days and days. It’ll keep up to two weeks, so it makes the perfect side dish for an easy lunch. Just toss some burgers or dogs on the grill and serve them up with this great salad. This salad is also the perfect way to use up any old cans of beans you might have in the back of the pantry. I usually stock up on canned beans before winter (they are perfect to have on hand in case of emergencies), and try to use them by the end of the following year. You can use just about any beans (or peas) that you have on hand in this salad.
This is my take on grilled Mexican corn. Normally, you season corn-on-the-cob with cayenne pepper, but I prefer something with a little more flavor (but still have some heat). Steven Raichlen’s fire-eater rub is the perfect mix for this corn (and wings, and steak, and just about everything you make!). This could easily wind up being my favorite way to cook corn-on-the-cob. Creamy butter and cheese with a nice spicy kick. Very, very good and so easy! If you don’t have Cotija cheese, substitute queso blanco or crumbled feta.
After making (and devouring) a big batch of my Sriracharitos (Sriracha-flavored tortilla chips) the other day, I still had Sriracha snacks on the brain. I noticed a bag of oyster crackers in the pantry, so the next step was pretty obvious: Sriracha oyster cracker bites. Easy to make, and addicting as anything you can imagine. A great crunch and of course, a little Sriracha kick. Don’t like a lot of heat? Just cut back on the amount of spice mix. But, I think more is definitely better on these snacks.
One of the latest fads is beer can burgers. They’re hollowed-out burgers stuffed with whatever you like, normally wrapped in bacon. Sort of like open-faced Juicy Lucy burgers. The BBQ Pit Boys do them up right as they do a lot of things. I decided to make my own twist on them. And since I prefer sliders over full-sized burgers, I went with a smaller version, my shot glass sliders.
I stuffed these lil bad boys with sauteed mushrooms and onions, then topped them with cheddar. They were flat-out delicious. The perfect little bites!
Feel free to wrap yours in bacon and stuff them with whatever you love!
Melt the butter with the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
Add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden and the onions are softened. Remove from heat.
For the burgers
Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
Divide the beef into 6 2 1/2 ounce meatballs. Pack tightly so they stay together.
Take a shot glass and push it down into the middle of each ball, wrapping the meat around the outsides of the glass. Don't press down so far that you puncture through the bottom - you'll want about 1/3" of meat all around. Push the glass down gently onto a flat surface to flatten the bottom.
Season the patties with salt and pepper and place onto the grill over indirect heat. Grill until the meat is almost at the desired doneness, 45 minutes or longer.
Spoon in the mushroom topping and add the cheese. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted.