I really love making jerky on my dehydrator. I’ve been using ground top round for my ground beef jerky, but any lean ground meat will work. This sweet BBQ ground beef jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro has a nice mellow smoky BBQ flavor that is definitely not overwhelming. It has a bit of sweetness, but it’s definitely not candy-like. The meat has the perfect ‘bite’, just a little tug.
Make sure you rotate your trays every 2 hours or so when making sweet BBQ ground beef jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. The bottom trays will not dry as quickly as those on top. Rotating the trays will give you nice, even drying and perfect jerky on every level.
Try these other great jerky flavors from Eastman Outdoors: spicy jalapeno, Cajun, whiskey pepper, mesquite, sweet habanero and hickory.
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Sweet BBQ Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro
This recipe is for starting with 1 pound of meat. You'll end up with about 1/2 pound in the end. You can easily double/triple/etc this recipe for large quantities of meat, however 5-6 pounds is about all you can fit onto a Nescao Snackmaster Pro fitted with 12 trays (the unit comes with 5).
Servings 1 /2 pound
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 heaping tablespoon Eastman Outdoors Sweet BBQ Jerky Seasoning see my note below
- 1 teaspoon curing salt Comes with the seasoning. Optional if you're going to refrigerate the finished product
- 1/4 cup water
NOTE: The package for the Eastman Outdoors jerky seasoning states that it makes up to 5 pounds of jerky. I personally feel that the flavor is too mellow, so I use just about an entire package for 1 pound of jerky. I end up with a little left over seasoning, which I store in a labelled air-tight container. I'll eventually mix it with more seasoning. I think I can get 3 pounds of well-seasoning jerky out of two packages of Eastman Outdoors mix.
Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
In a small bowl whisk together the seasoning, curing salt and water. Pour over the meat and seal. Shake to coat.
Refrigerate the meat for up to 8 hours, shaking or massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
Remove meat from the marinade and add to a jerky gun. Squeeze out onto Nesco trays. Do not overlap meat.
Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays (bottom to top) every 2 hours or so.
To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good. It's really personal preference as to how you like your jerky. Soft, chewy, crunchy. There's no wrong here.
Let cool before storing in an airtight container.
I’m not ashamed to say it. I can put away some pot roast. Put a bowl of pot roast in front of me, and there’s only one outcome: an empty bowl. Put a bowl of this slow cooker BBQ pot roast in front of me and there’s only one outcome: me asking for seconds and probably thirds. That same great flavor as a traditional pot roast, completely amped up with BBQ flavors. Surprisingly different and really a treat to eat!
I used a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce when I made this slow cooker BBQ pot roast. You want something with a smoky flavor, and maybe even a bit of a spicy kick. After all, this isn’t your normal pot roast.
Also try my slow cooker Mississippi pot roast.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pot Roast
Servings 8 servings
- 2 - 3 pound chuck roast some fat removed
- 1/2 white onion chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 large Russet potatoes chopped into chunks (I left the skin on)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce I used Heinz Memphis Sweet & Spicy
- 2 beef bouillon cubes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme crumbled
- 1/2 cup water plus more, possibly
Place everything into your slow cooker, starting with the meat first.
Cook on low 8-10 hours or until the meat is fall-apart tender, stirring every hour after the first 4 hours. Add more water as you go if the pot roast is thicker than you prefer.
A lot of restaurant signature sauces start with simple, off-the-shelf ingredients. A restaurant near us starts with BBQ sauce and Ranch, just like with this quick fix BBQ Ranch dressing, and then adds a few other ingredients (such as crumbled cooked bacon) to make it different for different dishes, such as for dipping onion rings or chicken wings.
This quick fix BBQ Ranch dressing isn’t just for salads, that’s for sure. I squirted it on a big plate of French fries. I dipped grilled chicken wings in it. Just make sure you start with good, quality BBQ sauce and Ranch dressing. And don’t hesitate to use a spicy BBQ sauce, or one with a bit of smoky flavor to it.
Also try my dill Ranch dressing.
Easy BBQ Ranch Dressing
Servings 2 cups
- 1 cup Ranch dressing
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- Embellishments optional (crumbled cooked bacon, chili powder, cayenne, Sriracha, hot sauce, chopped fresh parsley, etc)
Oh, what a wonderful BBQ sauce this hot pepper jelly BBQ sauce is. It has the perfect consistency. Not too runny, not too gloppy. A small bit of heat and a little tang from vinegar and mustard. Perfect for any pork BBQ dish. For me that means smoked baby back ribs.
You can substitute any kind of jelly for the hot pepper jelly, really. But don’t be afraid of hot pepper jelly. Out of the jar, sure, it’s got some kick. But in this hot pepper jelly BBQ sauce that heat gets a little mellowed. You still get great pepper flavor though. It’s still a great sauce!
Want something even spicier? Try my atomic BBQ sauce on ribs.
Hot Pepper Jelly BBQ Sauce
Servings 2 cups
- 3/4 cup hot pepper jelly I used Tabasco
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
- 1 clove garlic minced
When I make a batch of this basic BBQ rub I don’t just make a little ole container full. No, I make a bunch of it. A whole lot. That’s because I use it on just about every piece of meat that I throw onto my trusty old smoker. It shines best on beef and pork, adding a bit of sweetness and a bit of heat. And though it contains coffee and lemon pepper the flavors from those two ingredients don’t jump out and scream at your taste buds. They’re there though, working perfectly with the rest of the flavors. This is truly a great all-around rub.
The idea for this basic BBQ rub came from Ray Lampe’s book, Slow Fire: The Beginner’s Guide to Lip Smacking Barbecue. The book is full of great recipes and stories and ideas, just like this one. This rub can be used as-is or as a great jumping-off point for making your own rub. Play with the ratios to suit your tastes. For example, don’t use regular paprika just use only smoked paprika for a much stronger smoke flavor, perfect for seasoning foods cooked in doors where you won’t get a strong wood flavor. Or add more heat. Or leave out the heat. It’s a very versatile rub.
Also try my basic BBQ sauce. Like this rub, it’s great as is or use it as a base for your own flavors.
Basic BBQ Rub
Servings 12 ounces
- 1/2 cup Sugar in the Raw
- 1/2 cup Kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons chili powder use hot for extra kick
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee not instant
Oh me how happy was I with this pizza? Darned happy, that’s how happy! All of my favorite things. Crunchy pizza crust. Moist, tender chicken, cheese, smoky BBQ sauce, and of course, some heat! BBQ chicken pizza was a big hit in our household, that’s for sure!
BBQ chicken pizza is also the easiest, tastiest way to use up leftover cooked chicken. You can also make this same recipe using leftover pulled pork or smoked brisket.
I used a smoky, hickory-flavored BBQ sauce since the chicken I used was roasted and didn’t have that much smoky flavor. If I was going to use smoked pork or beef I’d use a sauce without a smoky flavor since there’s already enough of that in the meat.
Also try my white garlic chicken pizza.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Servings 1 pizza
- 1 large pizza crust
- 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce use a thinner, hickory-flavored sauce for the best results
- 10 ounces cooked chicken chopped or shredded
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion
- 1/3 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Chopped roasted jalapenos or substitute sliced pickled jalapenos
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, for garnish
Preheat oven per pizza crust instructions.
Brush some of the BBQ sauce over the pizza crust.
Combine chicken and BBQ sauce. Spread evenly over the crust.
Add onion, cheeses, and jalapenos.
Bake per crust instructions.
Garnish with chopped cilantro, slice and serve.
I’m always on the lookout for recipes that call for leftover pulled pork. I smoke a lot of pork, always making more than I need because I love it on more than just sandwiches. And boy oh boy, these BBQ deviled eggs are ‘da bomb’. They aren’t just hard boiled eggs topped with BBQ sauce-laden pork. Oh no. They bring it with a little vinegar kick, a little smoke and a little heat. Each bite is truly fantastic.
You can make BBQ deviled eggs using any leftover smoked meat, be it pork, chicken or beef. Make sure you chop or shred it small. You don’t want the meat to drown out the other flavors.
Normally I would pipe the mixture onto the tops of the boiled eggs but this mixture was a bit too thick to do that so I just spooned it on top. No harm in that. People aren’t going to spend a lot of time looking at these BBQ deviled eggs. They won’t last long enough for long stares.
Also try my jalapeno poppper and no-boil deviled eggs.
BBQ Deviled Eggs
Servings 12 halves
- 6 large eggs hard boiled
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 drops liquid smoke
- Kosher salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup shredded or finely chopped cooked pulled pork warmed
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- Dill pickles chopped
- Smoked paprika for garnish
Peel the eggs and cut in half.
Remove the egg yolks to a bowl along with the mayonnaise, oil, hot sauce, vinegar, liquid smoke, salt and pepper.
Spoon the mixture into the egg halves. Alternatively you can pipe the mixture onto the eggs, but you might need to add a bit more mayo and or oil to thin it enough to do so.
Combine the pork and BBQ sauce and spoon over the tops of the eggs.
Sprinkle a few chopped dill pickle pieces over each egg.
Dust the eggs liberally with smoked paprika and serve.
As much as I do love meatloaf, for me the best meatloaf is on a sandwich like on these BBQ meatloaf sandwiches. The joy of meatloaf is that it is (usually) a little denser than a hamburger. It also (usually) comes with vegetables and other seasonings mixed in. Slap a big slice of meatloaf on a big hearty bun, top it with BBQ sauce, bacon, and French-fried onions and I’m not just sort of happy, I’m very happy!
Don’t mess around with little ole thin slices of meatloaf when you make BBQ meatloaf sandwiches. And don’t mess around with those little ole grocery store hamburger buns that are barely bigger than a potato chip. Go big. You want a bun that can hold up to a seriously thick slice of meatloaf. The dripping BBQ sauce, crunchy smoky bacon and crispy onions can put a hurt on wimpy bun.
Also try my pepper jack meatloaf.
BBQ Meatloaf Sandwiches
Note: You'll get approximately 8 servings from this recipe, depending on how thin or thick you cut the meatloaf.
Servings 6 -8 servings
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef do not use lean, you want a bit of fat to keep the meatloaf moist. I used 80/20
- 1 3/4 cups possibly more bread crumbs
- 1 egg whisked
- 2 cloves garlic minces
- 1/2 small onion minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 cups your favorite BBQ sauce divided
- Large hamburger buns
- 8-12 slices bacon cooked
- French-fried onions
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Place the ground beef into a large bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients up to the buns.
Using your hands, combine the mixture well. If it is too wet add a bit more bread crumbs. If it is too dry add just a bit of water and combine.
Place the mixture onto the foil and form into a loaf. You want a loaf that is just slightly larger around than your buns.
Brush 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce over the meatloaf then sprinkle with black pepper.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes then brush with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce.
Slather buns with mayonnaise.
Slice meatloaf and place on the buns.
Add bacon, a good dollop of BBQ sauce and some French-fried onions.
Add top bun, serve, and devour.
One thing that I love about chicken wings is that there isn’t just one perfect combination of rub. Or sauce. There are an infinite number of great wings. These Anchonero Hot BBQ wings are just another example of a perfect combination of a spicy southwestern rub and sauce.
A little heat and a little sweet, you’d think I hadn’t eaten in a month when I devoured these Anchonero hot BBQ wings. ‘Anchonero’ is a combination of ‘ancho’ and ‘habenero’ chiles. You get great chile pepper flavor in every bite, that’s for sure. I found the spice level to be great, not too hot but definitely not mild either.
The Anchonero rub and BBQ sauce i used on these wings comes from AlbuKirky Seasonings, in yep, you guessed it, Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have lots of southwestern-flavored rubs and sauces and jellies. Check them out, you’ll love them all! I made some amazing red chile wings using their red chile rub.
I cooked these wings on my Weber Jumbo Joe using the Vortex insert but you can use a deep fryer, oven, gas grill, Char-Broil Big Easy, or whatever you prefer!
I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook
that is full of my favorite wing recipes.
Anchonero Hot BBQ Wings
Servings 6 -8 Servings
Roasted chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy is something I could make and eat all day long. I never get tired of it. I usually make split chicken breasts or whole chickens. This time I used a great off-the-shelf rub, Dizzy Pig’s Raging River, and cooked the chicken until done. I then brushed on my fantastic homemade peach BBQ sauce. Wow, what great chicken!
You can make any chicken using this same technique but substitute your own rub or seasoning and any sauce you want. Just make sure that you don’t put the sauce on until the end (after the chicken is fully cooked) or it will burn. The Big Easy cooks at a high temperature. It won’t take long for it to set the sauce.
I’m a big fan of BBQ-style chicken on the Big Easy. Also check out my Daddy’s BBQ and white barbecue recipes.
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Peach BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
Use the Bunk Bed basket
to double or triple your cooking space.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Apply the seasoning and transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
Remove the Big Easy basket and carefully brush the chicken with the sauce. Return the basket to the Big Easy for another 5 minutes to set the sauce.
Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.