Good bye ho-hum roasted pumpkin seeds. I’ve made them, and made plenty. It’s not that they were bad, but they were never the things dreams were made of. Fear not, because pumpkin seeds roasted on the Char-Broil Big Easy ARE the thing dreams are made of. They are perfectly crunchy, but not over-done. They are tasty, but not over-seasoned. They’re just… great! If you prefer to flavor your seeds, do so after you’ve roasted them. Do it pretty much immediately after you remove them from your Big Easy. As they cool they won’t ‘take’ the seasoning as well. I felt that these seeds were absolutely perfect with just a little salt!
1 tablespoon kosher salt (plus a little more for sprinkling)
Fire up your Big Easy.
Line your Bunk Bed basket with foil. This will make a nice little 'bowl' for your seeds. Alternatively you can line the bottom of the Big Easy basket with foil but I find the basket to be easier. Plus, you can fit two Bunk Bed baskets in the Big Easy at once.
Clean the pumpkin seeds. Remove all of the pulp then transfer them to a colander and rinse well with water. Drain.
Bring the water to a boil and stir in the salt.
Add the seeds and reduce to a simmer and continue simmering for 10 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a bowl.
Drizzle the seeds with just a few splashes of oil. Don't add much, less is more.
Transfer the seeds to the oil-lined basket and place inside the Big Easy.
Roast for 10-15 minutes. Do not let the seeds get brown, they will burn easily. They will just start turning golden and they are done. You can actually reach in (carefully) and grab one or two for testing as they roast.
Remove and dump the basket into a bowl and sprinkle lightly with more salt.
Mmmm. Lovely sweet delicious roasted carrots. Made on the Char-Broil Big Easy in no time at all. Nothing fancy, nothing hard, just great flavor. You might think that your Big Easy is just for poultry or pork, but it’s great for making sides too. These carrots take no time at all, so you can toss them on your Big Easy while your turkey is resting.
I like to partially cook my carrots first before putting them on the Big Easy. Cooking raw carrots over high heat can make them dry out a bit. Cooking them just a bit first and then roasting them produces tender, juicy, flavorful carrots every single time. The same approach can be used with cauliflower and broccoli.
Note: I prefer to pre-cook my carrots before putting them on the Big Easy. You can skip that step and put them directly into the Big Easy if desired. Just add a few minutes to the cooking time to get them tender.
12 large carrots, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Bring an inch of water to a boil in a large skillet or shallow pot.
Add carrots and boil until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Transfer the carrots to the Big Easy (you'll need a Bunk Bed Basket or two to fit them all in at once, or you can roast them in batches).
Roast the carrots until golden brown, 5-10 minutes.
Remove carrots to a plate and drizzle with the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
The Kick’N chicken legs I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy not too long ago really got me going on cooking legs. Usually I’m a split chicken breast guy, even though the Big Easy cooks any cut perfectly. Legs cook quickly and always come out juicy and tender. These spicy roasted chicken legs have a little kick to them too, with a wonderful buttery flavor kissed with a bit of citrus. Even if you like spicy, go easy on the cayenne first as you add it to the butter. Don’t go too crazy. Feel free to adjust all of the seasonings to your taste. No matter what, these spicy roasted chicken legs are a treat.
Weber has a line of marinade mixes that you add juice to that are really, really good. And they’re perfect for flavoring chicken before cooking it on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I picked up a package of each and used them to marinate my favorite, split chicken breasts. The garlic and herb marinade is mixed with lemon juice to produce wonderfully seasoned chicken. A hint of garlic, a hint of lemon, and a mix of earthy herbs. Since the Big Easy cooks at a high temperature you do have to watch that your chicken doesn’t char. One way to help prevent that is to not use marinades containing substances that might burn, like sugar or honey. The other is to rinse the chicken before cooking. Now, you’re going to lose a bit of flavor doing that, but if like me you’re going to remove the skin before eating, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.
Corn, glorious corn! Fresh sweet corn is everywhere and that means time to fire up the Big Easy and make some honey-butter corn-on-the-cob. A little added sweetness and ready in no time at all. I actually made this honey-butter corn (on the left) along with my Buffalo blue cheese corn (on the right) so that I’d have a nice mix of sweet and savory corn-on-the-cob for dinner. You can cook the corn at the same time you’re cooking something else in the Big Easy. Just place the corn in a Bunk Bed basket above your other food. Depending on what all you are cooking you can squeeze two bunk bed baskets into the Big Easy at once.
Note: To cook all 4 ears (8 pieces in all) of corn you'll need a Bunk Bed basket for your Big Easy.
4 ears corn-on-the-cob, husks and silks removed, cut in half
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 pinch Kosher salt
Fire up your Big Easy.
Place the 8 pieces of corn onto pieces of foil.
Place the butter, honey and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the butter is melted and the honey is dissolved. Brush over the tops of the corn. Rotate and brush the other side of the corn.
Seal tightly in the foil and place into the Big Easy basket.
Cook in the Big Easy for 20-25 minutes or until the corn is tender.
Weber has a line of marinade mixes that you add juice to that are really, really good. And they’re perfect for flavoring chicken before cooking it on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I picked up a package of each and used them to marinate my favorite, split chicken breasts. The Citrus Herb marinade is mixed with orange juice to produce wonderfully seasoned chicken. A hint of garlic and herbs and a hint of sweetness, it’s a nice, light refreshing marinade.
Since the Big Easy cooks at a high temperature you do have to watch that your chicken doesn’t char. One way to help prevent that is to not use marinades containing substances that might burn, like sugar or honey. The other is to rinse the chicken before cooking. Now, you’re going to lose a bit of flavor doing that, but if like me you’re going to remove the skin before eating, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.
The Char-Broil Big Easy is a fantastic all-around cooker. And as much as I use it to cook poultry, that’s not all it does perfectly. This Cajun corn-on-the-cob is just another great side dish. As with just about anything on the Big Easy, it’s no-fuss and as easy as can be. The corn comes out packed with spicy buttery goodness, cooked perfectly. There is a nice little kick to Cajun corn-on-the-cob. If you’re worried it might be too spicy (it’s really perfect to me), cut back on the cayenne and red pepper flake. I wouldn’t eliminate them completely. That little heat balances well with the sweetness of the corn.
This was my first time cooking lobster tails. Prior to this great moment in history I had no experience cutting the shells, cleaning them or even buying them. I wanted everything to be as easy to do as possible, so I opted to cook these little lovelies on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I could not have been happier with the results. Tender, buttery, garlicky lobster tails cooked absolutely spot-on perfect. And with just a slight kick of Cajun seasoning. You could add whatever seasonings you want to the lobsters. I figured since this was my first experience with cooking lobster tails I would go simple. Cook time was about 20 minutes for the two tails I used. Make sure you select tails that are as close to the same size as possible so they cook in the same amount of time. If you use a bunk bed basket to cook on multiple levels at once, keep in mind that some levels may cook at a different rate than others. Always check the temperatures (you’re aiming for 140-145 F) in all tails before removing them to serve. You definitely do not want to overcook them or they will become tough and you will be sad.