Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
cajun-marinated-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI 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.

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Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts, skin removed
For the marinade
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken into a re-sealable bag or container.
  2. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the bag.
  3. Seal and toss gently to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours, turning occasionally.
  5. Fire up your Big Easy.
  6. Remove the chicken from the bag and shake off any excess marinade.
  7. Place into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  8. Cook until chicken is done, 45 minutes to an hour.

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

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!

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Grilled Brussels Sprouts
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch (or more) red pepper flake
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for medium-heat cooking.
  2. Cut off the stems from the Brussels sprouts and remove any loose leaves.
  3. Place sprouts in a large microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes, stopping halfway through to stir.
  4. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave.
  5. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the sprouts. Toss to coat.
  6. Transfer the sprouts to a grill basket (optionally you can skewer them) and transfer to your grill.
  7. Grill for 5 minutes. Stir and grill another 5 minutes or until the sprouts have a nice char on them.

German Cowboy Dog

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!
German Cowboy DogThe 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!

German Cowboy Dog
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  1. Cook dogs as desired.
  2. Toast buns.
  3. Add dogs to buns. Top with the warmed beans and kraut.
  4. Add mustard and devour.

 

Southwestern BBQ Sauce

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.
southwestern-bbq-sauceI 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.

Southwestern BBQ Sauce
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Adobo sauce, from the chipotles
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and the chipotles and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and lime juice.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  6. Add the adobo sauce, tomato sauce, molasses, mustard, bay leaves and salt.
  7. Increase heat and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is the desired thickness.
  8. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before straining through a fine-mesh strainer.

 

 

Grilled Radishes

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.

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Grilled Radishes
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound large radishes, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ice cube
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for direct grilling.
  2. Tear off a large piece of aluminum foil.
  3. Add radishes to the center of the foil. Sprinkle with the garlic, butter, and salt and pepper.
  4. Top the radishes with the ice cube.
  5. Fold the edges of the foil over and pinch to seal.
  6. Place on the grill for 20 minutes or until tender.
  7. Serve immediately with more salt and pepper.

Grilled Cream Corn with Gorgonzola Cheese

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.
Grilled Cream Corn with Gorzonzola CheeseIf 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).

Grilled Cream Corn with Gorzgonzola Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 8 ears corn-on-the-cob, shucked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for cooking over direct heat.
  2. Lightly brush the corn with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place over direct heat and grill until just tender and lightly charred, rotating often.
  4. Remove corn and let cool slightly before cutting off the kernels using a sharp knife.
  5. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add the corn. Add more salt and pepper, to taste, if needed.
  7. Stir and cook until the corn is completely tender, 3-4 minutes.
  8. Stir in the cornstarch and cook another minute.
  9. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Stir for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  10. Pour half of the corn mixture into a blender. Let cool slightly then puree until smooth. Return to the skillet with the rest of the corn.
  11. Add the milk and cheese and stir.
  12. Serve warm garnished with chopped parsley.

 

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Review: Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison’s Smoke & Spice

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.

Smoke & Spice scores high on the ‘Mater Rater scale.

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Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
apple-ale-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyIf 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.

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Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken, 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried tarragon, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Your favorite apple ale (I used Redd's Apple Ale)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and brush onto the chicken.
  4. Combine the taragon, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  5. Add reserved spice mixture to the beer (take a few drinks first to make room) and insert into the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can and carving.