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.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pot Roast

It was the first frosty day of fall, and I needed something to warm me up. Something hearty. Something beefy. Something easy. So I made BBQ pot roast in the slow cooker and it fit the bill perfectly. It wasn’t long before I forgot how cold it was and how cold it would get in the coming days and weeks. Brrrrr! I should’ve made a double batch!
slow-cooker-bbq-pot-roastI like my pot roast shredded, but if you like yours chopped or sliced you can do that instead. Either way this BBQ pot roast comes out very tender and very tasty. You can substitute beef broth for the Coke too if you don’t have soda on hand.

I think pot roast is best served with grits, but mashed potatoes are just (well, almost) as great. I like the textural contrast of the grits with the tender, juicy beef.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pot Roast
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 pound boneless chuck roast, fat trimmed from edges
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Coke (you can use diet)
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce (you can use spicy!)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
Optional gravy
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
Instructions
  1. Season the roast with garlic salt and black pepper.
  2. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the Coke, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Pour over the roast.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the roast starts to fall apart. Remove the roast.
  5. Optional gravy:Combine the cornstarch with the milk and whisk into the juices left in the slow cooker.
  6. Slice, shred or chop the roast as desired and return it to the cooker.
  7. Increase slow cooker to high and cook another 15 minutes.
  8. Serve roast topped with the gravy (if you made it) or just spoon the remaining juices over the meat.

Peach BBQ Beans

Yeah, this is how BBQ beans are done. When you need a big batch of beans that’ll knock everyone’s socks off, these peach BBQ beans are it. Sure, I’ve smoked baked beans before and I’ve soaked dry beans overnight and gone through all the hassle. No hassle here. Just great BBQ bean flavor, with a little sweetness from peaches added in. Nice and different, and definitely delicious.
peach-bbq-beansIf peaches aren’t your thing, substitute canned apple pie filling instead. Or make two batches, one peach and one apple and amaze all of the guests at your next (big!) party.

Peach BBQ Beans
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12-14 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the bacon and cook, stirring constantly, until the bacon starts to crisp.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Do not remove any fat in the skillet.
  5. Add the bell pepper and onion to the skillet and cook until softened, stirring often, 5-6 minutes.
  6. Place all ingredients into a very large bowl and stir to combine well.
  7. Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour in the bean mixture and spread out evenly.
  8. Bake for 1 hour or until bubbly hot. Note: If your pan is full to the brim, you might want to place a large baking dish on the oven rack below to catch any drippings that might flow over the side.
  9. Let cool slightly before serving.

 

Italian Ranch BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I made some fantastic flashback old school BBQ chicken on my Char-Broil Big Easy the other day. It put me in the mood for more BBQ chicken, so I up and made this fantastic Italian Ranch BBQ chicken. It’s like my old school BBQ chicken kicked up big time. You still get that great BBQ sauce flavor, but as a bonus, you get ultra-tender juicy chicken that has marinated in Italian and Ranch dressings. My goodness, it was good!
Italian Ranch BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyThe original recipe for Italian Ranch BBQ chicken called for marinating the chicken in the BBQ sauce and the dressings. Since I was using a BBQ sauce made with molasses I knew that if it spent a long time over high heat it would start to burn. So, I marinated the chicken overnight in the dressings and then placed it into the Big Easy until almost done. That’s when I brushed the chicken with the BBQ sauce. And it was good.

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Italian Ranch BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Serves: 4 servings
 
You'll need a Big Easy Bunk Bed basket to be able to double this recipe.
Ingredients
  • 4 large split chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 3/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 3/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, divided
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken into resealable container or baggie.
  2. Whisk together the Italian dressing, Ranch dressing, and 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce.
  3. Add the marinade to the container. Seal and shake gently to coat. Let marinate overnight.
  4. Fire up your Char-Broil Big Easy.
  5. Shake off any excess marinade and add the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  6. Cook until chicken is done or just shy of done, 10-15 minutes per pound.
  7. Brush remaining BBQ sauce onto chicken and if desired, return to the Big Easy for 5 minutes to 'set' the sauce.

Dallas Burgers

My rule for sandwiches also applies to burgers: The messier, the better. One glance at these unbelievably messy Dallas burgers and you know they are going to be crazy good. You know that all sorts of wonderful things are going to run down your forearm when you pick them up. You know you’ll be scraping yummy goodness off your plate with your fingers (ok, use potato chips for scraping if you wish).

Wondering why I put the cheese on the bun bottom instead of on top of the meat (and believe me, there’s some in there)? To keep the bun from getting so soggy you end up an open-faced burger, eating with a knife and fork. No, the cheese won’t get all melty gooey down there, but the trade-off is worth it to me.
Dallas BurgersI used your pretty-much-standard deli slaw on these Dallas burgers, but a broccoli slaw or even a jalapeno slaw would be just as great. Or try my roasted poblano slaw.

Dallas Burgers
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef, formed into 6-8 patties
  • Garlic salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-8 hamburger buns
  • 6-8 slices extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 pound prepared coleslaw (you may have a bit leftover to serve on the side)
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Potato chips
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill.
  2. Season beef patties with garlic salt and black pepper.
  3. Cook burgers as desired and toast the buns if you wish.
  4. Assemble burgers by placing cheese on bun bottom (I prefer the cheese underneath the patties to help keep the bun from getting soggy, but you're certainly welcome to put the cheese on top!).
  5. Add the pattie, BBQ sauce, a good spoonful of slaw, a few pickle slices and some chips.
  6. Serve with lots of paper towels.
  7. Shape your ground beef into 6 patties. Make in indention in the middle of each patty. This helps the patty to end up cooking nice and flat, rather than getting all puffy in the center.
  8. Liberally season both sides of the patty with garlic salt and pepper. If the garlic salt scared you, just go with regular salt.
  9. Grill the patties until fully cooked.
  10. Add the slices of cheese to the patties and allow to melt. Remove patties from the grill.
  11. Assemble burgers on the buns and top with the remaining ingredients.

Peach BBQ Sauce

I was wandering around the produce section at the grocery store when I came across a really nice basket of fresh-picked ripe peaches. I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. Peach BBQ sauce, the perfect sauce for a rack of St. Louis-style smoked ribs. Although I’d be partial to using this tasty sauce on anything, it really complements anything pork the best.
Peach BBQ SauceThis peach BBQ sauce isn’t too ‘peachy’. You can taste the fresh peaches, sure, but they don’t over-power the sauce. The peaches add a nice sweetness too.

Peach BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
For the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon your favorite rub (I used my no-burn rib rub)
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups peach nectar (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
For the peach nectar (may make more than you need for the sauce)
  • 4-6 fresh, ripe peaches (you need to end up with about 2 cups of sliced peaches in the end)
  • Water
Instructions
For the sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add garlic and shallot and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add salt, pepper and rub. Stir.
  4. Stir in the ketchup, peach nectar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer until thick, about 30 minutes.
For the peach nectar
  1. Bring a pot with enough water in it to cover the peaches to a boil.
  2. Add the peaches and boil just 2-3 minutes until the skin is softened.
  3. Remove peaches and place in an ice bath to cool.
  4. Peel the peaches. Remove the pit and slice.
  5. Place 2 cups of peaches along with 1 cup of water into a blender or food processor. Liquefy until smooth.
  6. Store any unused nectar in the fridge.

 

Old School BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’ve been wanting to make this old school BBQ chicken on my Char-Broil Big Easy for some time now. I flashed back to the mid-1970s, to my earliest memory of a cookout, and chicken. Chicken legs, then. Grilled and sauced with off-the-shelf Kraft BBQ sauce. That’s it. Done. Well, this is my take on the classic I remember from 40 years ago. I used split chicken breasts because that’s what we prefer, but any cut of chicken would work just fine. Just chicken and BBQ sauce. Summer.
Old School BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI didn’t do anything fancy to this old school BBQ chicken. A little oil, salt and pepper and that’s it. No brine, no fru-fru spices. Just simple flavors. With your Big Easy (and specially if you add a Bunk Bed basket) you can cook up a big batch of chicken ahead of time for a picnic or family get-together.

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Old School BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • Chicken (I used split chicken breasts, but any cuts or even a whole chicken will do)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Store-bought BBQ sauce (I used Kraft Original)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Very lightly oil the chicken. Just a splash and rub it around the chicken.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken and place in the Big Easy basket.
  4. Place the basket into the Big Easy and cook until done. For my split breasts cook time was about 30 minutes.
  5. Brush the chicken with the BBQ sauce and return to the Big Easy for a few minutes to 'set' the sauce.
  6. Remove and rest for 5 minutes before devouring.

Sriracha BBQ Sauce

I spotted pork ribs on sale the other day. That can only mean one thing: St. Louis-style ribs. I smoked them 3-2-1 style, which results in great tender ribs that are packed with flavor by themselves. I like to sauce my ribs just before I pull them off of the smoker, giving the sauce a bit of time to set up. I wanted a spicy sauce, but not too spicy. This Sriracha BBQ sauce is the perfect combination of heat with just a bit of sweet. But definitely not much sweetness.
Sriracha BBQ SauceI used ketchup in this Sriracha BBQ sauce, but you can substitute tomato sauce for a slightly different texture that is a bit thinner. Either way you can’t go wrong with it. It’s great no matter where you use BBQ sauce, from great 3-2-1 ribs to grilled chicken.

Sriracha BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha Sauce / Rooster Sauce
  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, red chile pepper, brown sugar, and fennel seeds, and cook until onion is tender and sugar has melted.
  3. Mix in ketchup and soy sauce.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, add in Sriracha Sauce / Rooster Sauce and simmer 10 minutes.