BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine

I’m a big fan of poutine. It’s definitely one of my favorite dishes. I’ve made it the classic way (fries, curds, gravy) many times. This time I thought I’d try a totally different approach to poutine and top the fries with smoked BBQ pulled pork instead. A handful or two of curds and a pickle garnish and I was in poutine heaven again.
There’s really no way to improve on this BBQ pulled pork poutine. Every bite was flat-out delicious. I used spicy hot pepper cheese curds, but I think any flavor (other maybe curds infused with herbs such as rosemary or thyme) would work perfectly.

As an aside, on the off chance that you have a little leftover pulled pork and curds, make a few baked potatoes and top them with the meat and cheese. You won’t be sorry.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
The amounts below can be changed to suit your tastes. I didn't measure anything very closely, I just went for it. You can't mess this up so don't worry about amounts so much.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen French fries, cooked per package instructions (or use fresh-made)
  • 1 cup BBQ pulled pork, warmed
  • 1 cup cheese curds (I used hot pepper curds)
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen French fries, cooked per package instructions (or use fresh-made)
  • 1 cup bread-and-butter pickles, diced
Instructions
  1. Spread the fries out onto a large platter.
  2. Add pulled pork and cheese curds.
  3. Drizzle with the BBQ sauce and garnish with the pickles.
  4. Devour.

Kraut-Stuffed Sausages

For years and years I have grilled my sausages after they spent some quality time in a ‘bath’ of beer and peppers and onions. And they are great, I admit it. But these kraut-stuffed sausages, well, they’re really beyond great. Tender, moist, and just packed with flavor. Such a wonderful texture in every single bite. I couldn’t stop eating them. Topped with plenty of mustard, these are now my only go-to grilled sausages.
kraut-stuffed-sausagesYou have to use the right kind of sausages to make these kraut-stuffed sausages. Get the fresh sausages, with casings. You need to be able to poke your finger inside to make a cavity for the fantastic (but easy) filling. And unless your fingers are really, really long, don’t get really, really long sausages!

I suggested to Anita that we try adding other things to the stuffing, such as chopped roasted jalapenos, or poblanos or the like and she gave me a dirty look. The “don’t mess with this” look. So I won’t.

Kraut-Stuffed Sausages
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 5 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh sausages (Italian, Kielbasa, whichever you prefer, just make sure you get the sausages in casings). I used Johnsonville Italian sausages which come 5 to a pound
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut thin
  • 1 pound kraut plus some of the juice
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Monterrey Jack, mozzarella, any good white melting cheese will work)
  • 5 fresh sausage buns
  • Your favorite mustard
Instructions
  1. Using your fingers, make a hole down the center of each sausage, creating a cavity that runs the full length of the sausages.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion, kraut, and a bit of the juice from the kraut jar.
  4. Stir and let cook until the onions are softened.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  6. Stir in the cheese. It won't melt but it will help bind the kraut mixture together.
  7. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  8. Using your hands, grab some of the kraut mixture and force it into the cavity in the sausages. Just keep packing it in. Don't worry about being all pretty and what-not, just get it in there. But don't shove so hard that you have a blowout!
  9. Place sausages over indirect heat on the grill and cook for 30 minutes until nice and dark and done.
  10. Toast the buns.
  11. Add cooked sausages to the buns and top with plenty of mustard.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Sour Cream

I love smoked potatoes. Smoking them adds such a fantastic (but not overpowering) smokiness. And it’s cooler than just baking them in the oven. And since I also love sweet potatoes, why not just combine two of my favorite things? Smoked sweet potatoes are sweet (duh) and creamy, and oh so tender. To counter that sweetness just a bit I top them with a nice (also smoky) sour cream and chipotle mixture. And a little bacon for some more smokiness and a bit of crunch. Forget russet potatoes, smoked sweet potatoes are the best!
smoked-sweet-potatoes-with-chipotle-sour-creamDon’t have a smoker? You can use the technique for my perfect baked potato on sweet potatoes too. You won’t get all that smokiness of course, but the chipotle sour cream and bacon will help make up for that.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Sour Cream
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 chipotles, chopped, in adobo sauce
  • 4 green onions, sliced, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fire up your smoker for cooking at 225 F.
  2. Brush the potatoes with the oil and place on the smoker.
  3. Smoke for 2-3 hours or until soft but not mushy.
  4. Remove from the smoker and let cool slightly before slicing open. Chop the insides lightly.
  5. Sprinkle the potatoes with the crumbled bacon.
  6. Combine the sour cream and chipotles with some of the adobo sauce and spoon over the potatoes.
  7. Garnish with the onions and serve.

Buffalo Wing Burgers

These Buffalo wing burgers are further proof that chicken or turkey burgers do not have to be boring or bland. These are definitely our go-to no-beef burgers. A little spiciness, tender patties, and oh, my favorite, Buffalo wing flavor. Topped with a dressing that is both sweet and spicy. Perfect!
buffalo-wing-burgersI’ve already made these Buffalo wing burgers several times. We absolutely love them. So far, I have only made them with ground turkey, since we prefer the texture of ground turkey over chicken. Well, that and ground turkey has been on sale lately!

Buffalo Wing Burgers
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
For the burgers
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the grill
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Frank's hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Green leaf lettuce, optional
  • Thinly sliced ripe tomato, optional
For the mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
For the burgers
  1. Melt butter with oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and salt and cook until onion starts to turn golden.
  3. Add the garlic, stir and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pepper, hot sauce, thyme, and red pepper flake. Stir then remove to a large bowl to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ground meat and combine well. Form into 4 equally-sized patties.
  6. Fire up your grill. Oil your grates so that the patties do not stick.
  7. Grill patties until they reach 165 F, approximately 5 minutes per side. Be careful flipping the patties if they begin to crumble.
  8. Toast buns if desired.
  9. Slather buns with the mayonnaise. Add lettuce (if using), the grilled patties, tomato (if using) and the top bun and serve.
For the mayonnaise
  1. Combine all ingredients.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

The tastiest burgers are cooked on a flat-top griddle or in a hot skillet. Unlike a grill, the fat doesn’t drip down into the fire below. Instead, it stays on the burger, keeping it moist. And the added plus of a griddle is that you get that wonderful char. These Oklahoma fried onion burgers would be your standard fantastic griddle burgers, but they have a very tasty twist: onions that are griddled into the patties. The result is divine.
Oklahoma Fried Onion BurgersI use a griddle insert that fits into my Weber charcoal and gas grills to griddle burgers like Oklahoma fried onion burgers. It not only gets super hot, it gets hot consistently across the entire griddle. This ensures that I get nice evenly cooked burgers no matter how many I am cooking at once.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large white onion, peeled, halved, sliced thin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Prepared yellow mustard
  • Pickle slices
  • 4 hamburger buns
Instructions
  1. Place the onion slices in a large bowl.
  2. Toss with 1 teaspoon of salt and let rest for 30 minutes to extract as much liquid out of the onions as possible.
  3. Transfer the onions to a towel or a few sheets of paper towels, roll up tightly and squeeze to remove as much liquid as you can.
  4. Divide the onion slices into 4 equal piles on a cutting board or flat surface.
  5. Divide the beef into 4 patties and form into balls.
  6. Place beef on top of the onions and, using the palm of your hand or the bottom of a small skillet, flatten the beef into patties. The onions will stick to the bottom of the patties. That's what you want.
  7. Season patties with salt and pepper.
  8. Heat up a griddle or cast iron skillet on your stove top or grill over medium-high heat.
  9. Add the butter and swirl it around to coat the griddle or skillet.
  10. Add the patties, onion side down, and cook for 6-8 minutes. You'll see the onions starting to turn golden brown and get crispy around the sides.
  11. Flip and continue cooking until the burgers are done, about 2 more minutes.
  12. Top with cheese and remove.
  13. Toast the buns, if desired.
  14. Add the patties, mayonnaise, mustard, and pickles.

Smoked Chex™ Mix

There are some things were self-control just doesn’t happen for me. This smoked Chex™ mix is one of them. Put a big bowl of it in front of me and it’ll be gone soon. Specially the bagel chips. There’s something about the bagel chips in Chex™ mix, specially after they’ve been smoked. The smoke flavor is not overwhelming, but it’s there, and it’s different in a wonderful way. The smoke compliments traditional Chex ™ mix flavors perfectly.
smoked-chex-mixThe cereal in this smoked Chex™ definitely soaks up the smoke, so do not go crazy with the wood in your smoker. Use a very small chunk, smaller than would fit in your palm, and use only a lighter wood. No mesquite or hickory here, go for the lighter fruit woods.

Smoked Chex™ Mix
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 cups
 
For a slightly spicier version, add a few teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce to the melted butter and Worcestershire sauce mixture. Don't go crazy with it or the mix will take longer to get crispy.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup small pretzels, or pretzel pieces
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup small bagel chips
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt (I used some of my homemade mix, see below)
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Homemade seasoned salt (makes more than you'll need for the Chex mix)
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250 F. Add only one small piece of light wood, such as apple or peach. If you are using a smoker that has a water pan, such as the Weber Smokey Mountain, do not fill the pan with water.
  2. Combine the cereals, pretzels, nuts and bagel chips in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  4. Combine the seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder and slowly whisk into the melted butter.
  5. Drizzle the butter mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat.
  6. Place into a disposable 9" x 13" deep aluminum pan and place on the top rack of the smoker.
  7. Smoke for 1 hour or until the mixture turns golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Remove and let cool completely before serving, or store for up to 2 weeks.
Homemade seasoned salt
  1. Combine all ingredients. Store in an air-tight container.

Hawaiian ABTs

Sure, I’ve made ABTs (atomic buffalo turds) on my smoker before. They’re a great appetizer, great cook’s snack, and a great way to use up any free space you might have on your cooker when smoking ribs, pork, or whatever. These Hawaiian ABTs bring a really nice sweet twist to the classic recipe. Bacon and a bit of heat tamed by cream cheese and pineapple. Perfect!
hawaiian-abtsYou can sprinkle the ABTs with your favorite rub before placing them on your smoker if you wish, but I’d do so sparingly. You really don’t want to hide the great flavors in these little morsels.

If you by chance end up with leftover ABTs the next day, chop them fine and use them as the filling for the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ve ever had. Or add to the tops of hot grilled burgers. You’ll thank me.

Hawaiian ABTs
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Whole Jalapeno Peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 8 Oz Cream Cheese, softened to room Temperature
  • 24 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
  • 24 Small long Pieces of Fresh Pineapple, cut to be slightly smaller than the size of the split Jalapenos
  • Several Toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Half the jalapenos leaving the stem.
  2. With a spoon scrape out the seeds and veins, then rinse with water. NOTE: It is the seeds and the white veins that are the most SPICY. Remove as much as possible to make a milder version of this if you are serving a large crowd.
  3. Fill each jalapeno half with cream cheese, making sure to not overfill past the rim.
  4. Place a slice of pineapple in each.
  5. Starting at the bottom, wrap each stuffed jalapeno with bacon, add a toothpick to hold it together.
  6. Place ABT’s on the grill, indirect heat (Coals pushed to the side, peppers placed where there are no coals under the peppers.
  7. Grill until bacon is crisp about an hour to an hour 15 minutes. They can easily be done in a oven. (Not recommended: you will lose that wonderful smokey flavor)
  8. Remove toothpicks prior to serving
  9. Serve HOT and ENJOY (Everyone always does)!

Copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers

Probably no one besides me remembers McDonald’s Arch Deluxe burgers. They were a more grown up burger, launched in the 1990s. They were a flop, but honestly, I’m not sure why. I love making copycat versions of the burger at home. They are your pretty-much-standard burgers, but with a sauce that is totally different than the special sauce you find on a Big Mac.
copycat-arch-deluxe-burgersThe star of the show is definitely the sauce and the special seasoning that McDonald’s uses on all of their burgers, from the Arch Deluxe of old to the classic Quarter Pounder. I always thought that the Arch Deluxe should’ve been a hit (along with the McDLT). Well, I guess I can’t call them all correctly!

Copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
For the burger
  • 1 sesame seed hamburger bun
  • 1/4 pound beef patty
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1-2 medium thin tomato slices
  • 1-2 lettuce leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
For the burger seasoning (makes enough for several burgers)
  • 4 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Accent
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
For the special sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Grey Poupon mustard
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
For the burger
  1. Toast the buns.
  2. Season the patty with the burger seasoning from below. Cook as desired.
  3. Top the hot beef patty with the cheese.
  4. Slather the insides of the bun halves with the special sauce.
  5. Add the beef patty to the bottom bun.
  6. Add the tomato, lettuce, ketchup, onion and top bun and serve.
For the burger seasoning
  1. Combine all ingredients.
For the special sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients until smooth.