Don’t be fooled by the lightly charred chicken exterior. Inside is fantastically moist, tender, flavor-packed chicken. Just like you always get on your Char-Broil Big Easy. Marinated in Cajun seasonings, and ready in less than an hour. Perfect sliced. Perfect cubed over salads. Perfect picked up and devoured. I used the regular ole basket that comes with the Big Easy. You can fit 4 decent-sized chicken breasts in the basket, but you might have to stand them on end. That’s fine. Just don’t let them touch too much or they won’t cook evenly.
The marinate is just a tad bit spicy, but even the most heat-fearing folk will like it.
It’s bordering on crazy just how many times I made these grilled Brussels sprouts this week. They instantly became a favorite in our household. They take no time at all to make and make for the perfect very-flavorful side dish for a meal of grilled anything!
The original recipe calls for skewering the Brussels sprouts. I find it easier to just dump the sprouts into a stainless steel vegetable grill basket. I don’t have to worry about the sprouts spinning around or falling off. You can use the same approach for grilling Brussels sprouts for other vegetables, such as small red or yellow potatoes or asparagus. Just partially cook (microwave) them first until slightly tender, add the seasonings, and grill until lightly charred and tender. Done!
Bourbon baked beans, kraut and spicy mustard on a dog? Insanely good! Bourbon baked beans take your standard great dog and make it just fantastic. A little sweetness, then the crunch of the kraut, and the spicy kick from the mustard. Everything great in every bite. I coulld’ve eaten more of these German Cowboys dogs than I’ll ever admit online. Or admit even in person for that matter! The German Cowboy dog is another great menu item I ran across from Duke’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. They have the most fantastic hot dog menu I’ve ever come across. Every single one makes you drool!
The simple addition of a few chipotles in adobo sauce to what is normally just a great regular-ole tomato-based BBQ sauce really makes for a totally different, utterly fantastic sauce for ribs, chicken, pulled pork… you name it. Chipotles (smoke-dried jalapenos) are one of my favorite things. I love the combination of heat and smokiness. They’re perfect for things like this southwestern BBQ sauce. I rubbed down a rack of St. Louis-style ribs with homemade Cajun seasoning then smoked it for 6 hours until the meat was nice and tender. I then brushed on some of this great southwestern BBQ sauce let the ribs smoke for another 15 minutes, just long enough to set the sauce up just a bit. It’s not a thin sauce, and it’s not a thick sauce. I’d call it just the right consistency for things like ribs. You know you’re going to get messy eating them, but there’s no reason to drown in the sauce or to have it all just roll off the ribs and down your arms.
Not many folks think about grilling radishes. But, they have a certain ‘wow’ factor when you serve them. They look like baby beets or turnips. Grilling them mellows them a bit, making them nice and sweet and really quite addicting. Grilled radishes are a nice change from the way radishes are normally served: cold on top of a green salad. You can also serve grilled radishes cold. Just cook them them put them into a container in the fridge for a few hours to cool. They’re great on salads. You expect that cold, almost spicy, radish flavor but instead get something much more mellow and totally different. It’s a welcome change.
Wow. I grew up eating a lot of canned cream corn. This isn’t that cream corn. This is something completely special and beyond delicious. From the first bite Anita and I just looked at each other. It was the ‘oh my goodness this is fantastic’ look. Grilled cream corn with a creamy Gorgonzola cheese sauce that is incredible. I can’t say enough just how much we enjoyed this dish. If you can’t get fresh corn-on-the-cob you can substitute canned corn. Just drain it well first and spread it out on a baking dish and place under the broiler until it starts to char just a bit. Or you can actually skip the roasting and just use the corn right out of the can (after draining).
If Kindle books had spines, my copy of Smoke & Spice would be worn out, torn, and used up. Cheryl and Bill Jamison’s book is one of those books that you must own if you have a smoker or grill. No matter if you are new at it or have been cooking for 30 years or own far too many grills like I do, you will learn something from this book and you’ll find yourself returning to it again and again.
Smoke & Spice covers everything you need for great grilling or smoking. Starting with dry rubs (I use the Southern Succor rub often) and marinades and the like, then covering various meats and ending with vegetarian dishes and appetizers (or as they are often called, cook’s snacks, since if you’re manning the grill, you’re the first to eat!). The book is also full of great anecdotes and hints and tips, but like me, you’ll find yourself bookmarking recipe after recipe. I have to admit, I also have a hardcopy of an older version of the book that has post-it notes hanging all over the place, along with annotation after annotation that I’ve made over the years.
Many of the recipes you’ll find in Smoke & Spice are great starting points for making your own variations. For example, the Southern Sop is a great mop for smoked pulled pork, but when I’m making pork on my Char-Broil Big Easy (which doesn’t infuse any smoke into the meat), I substitute smoked salt for regular salt to add a little smoke flavor. You can and will spend hours ‘tweaking’ the recipes to make them your own.
Smoke & Spice will up your game, from beginning to end, no matter what kind of grilling or smoking equipment you use. It is worth every penny and then some and is one of the most useful references there is.
You can take a big ole chicken, season it, and drop it into a Char-Broil Big Easy and in no time (15-20 minutes per pound, usually), have a fantastically tender, juicy, flavorful bird. And I cook chicken in my Big Easy just like that, and often. This time, though, I decided to go the beer can route, using a flavor-packed apple ale to infuse even more flavor and moisture into the chicken. The end result was delightful with a hint of apple and as always, the crispiest skin you’ve ever had. If you’re not a beer person, you can substitute a good apple cider or juice instead. If it doesn’t come in a can just drink up a can of your favorite drink and pour the beer or cider or whatever into the empty can.
Be careful when you remove the chicken from the Big Easy. The beer is hot (mighty hot!) and you don’t want to slosh it onto yourself. And make sure you’re also careful when you go to remove the can. Same story: hot.