Garlic Lobster Tails on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
Garlic Lobster Tails on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou 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.

Crab legs are also fantastic on the Big Easy.

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Garlic Lobster Tails on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Two cook 4 lobster tails at once you'll need a Char-Broil Big Easy Bunk Bed Basket.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 4-5 ounce lobster tails (thawed, if frozen)
  • 4 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning such as Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Using kitchen shears, cut the lobster tails down the back to the tail. Do not cut the tail, you want the end of the lobster to stay intact.
  • Gently pry the shells open just enough to get your fingers inside to separate the meat from the shell and remove any vein that may be present. Rinse with cold water and pat try.
  • Divide garlic and butter between the tails.
  • Drizzle with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the seasonings.
  • Transfer tails to the Big Easy basket and Bunk Bed basket. Add lemon wedges.
  • Lower into the Big Easy and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lobsters reach 145 F. and the meat is opaque Do not over cook.
  • Serve with the lemon wedges.

Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Fowl Play marinade by The Shed BBQ adds tremendous flavor to any cut of chicken. As soon as I opened it I knew that I was in for nothing but goodness. I detected soy sauce. Apple juice. Citrus. It’s tangy with a slight hint of vinegar. Fowl Play Chicken cooked on the Char-Broil Big Easy comes out incredibly flavorful all the way through.
Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used split bone-in chicken breasts, marinating them for 4 hours before placing them into the Big Easy. The skin doesn’t get crispy because of all that time in the marinade, but the meat… oh my goodness. So tender and juicy and good! Incredible. If you’re looking for a quick, painless way to make masterful chicken on the Big Easy this is it.

I was a bit worried that maybe some of the spices in Fowl Play might burn from the high heat in the Big Easy but they did not. You have to watch for that if you’re using anything with large chunks of things like minced garlic.

I’m a big fan of store-bought marinated chicken like this Fowl Play chicken or Chiavetta’s chicken cooked on the Big Easy. It’s as simple as it gets.

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Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • 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 and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Yes! Oh yes! How I do love my chicken with a little kick. I made some fiery chicken breasts on my Char-Broil Big Easy and they had that great spicy hit. Not too much, and not too little. Perfect. The meat was moist, tender and had the perfect flavor. All thanks to a quick marinade in Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade!
Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big EasyI’ve cooked literally hundreds of chicken breasts on my Big Easy and I can say it’s pretty much impossible to goof it up. I mean you’d have to work really hard at it. This recipe is a great example. Marinate the chicken, drop it in to the Big Easy (ok, put it in the basket first!) and cook until done. Boom. That’s it.

Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade has a great southwestern flavor with just a little spicy smokiness. If you’re afraid of heat don’t worry because it won’t overwhelm you at all. It’s just right. If you can’t find it in your local store or don’t want to order it online, try my Kick’N Chicken Legs instead.

Also try my green chile rubbed chicken on the Big Easy.

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Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • 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 and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Loaded Roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Oh how I do love cooking Twinkies on my Char-Broil Big Easy. They’re the world’s easiest dessert. And they can be topped with darn near anything you have in the pantry, fridge or freezer. The Twinkies only take a few minutes to get a nice little crunch on the outside, while the insides get all oooey gooey. I topped my loaded roasted Twinkies with Nutella, marshmallows, whipped cream, toffee and for a hint of healthy, some fresh strawberries.
Loaded Roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big EasySpreading a bit of Nutella on the Twinkies first gives the remaining ingredients something to hold onto. They don’t slide off and into the pan. Now, I’m not saying that if they did slide off that it’d be the end of world, no, but loaded roasted Twinkies need to be mounded with toppings. The more, the better.

Also make up a batch of chocolate chip cookies or some bloomin’ apples for dessert. On your Big Easy. Yep, that’s right, on your Big Easy!

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Loaded Roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a small pie pan or other dish for the Twinkies. Do not roast them directly on the Big Easy rack.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Nutella divided
  • 2 Twinkies
  • Handful miniature marshmallows
  • Whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup Toffee pieces
  • Fresh berries

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Spread most of the Nutella out on the bottom of the pie pan.
  • Add the Twinkies then top with the remaining Nutella (It gives the marshmallows something to stick to).
  • Place into the Big Easy for 10 minutes or until the Twinkies start to brown and crisp a bit and the marshmallows have melted.
  • Remove and add whipped cream, Toffee and berries. Serve.

Kick’N Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

It just occurred to me the other day. I have never cooked chicken legs by themselves on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I’ve done plenty of whole chickens, and tons of wings and breasts, but never legs. What the heck was I thinking? I immediately set out to remedy that situation. These Kick’N chicken legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy came out fantastic, just like all the other poultry I’ve ever cooked on the Big Easy. Super moist and tender, and thanks to Weber’s Kick’N seasoning, nice and spicy!
Kick'N Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou won’t end up with crispy skin when you make these Kick’N chicken legs, but you will end up with delicious meat bite after bite. I’d say I used the right amount of the seasoning because I do prefer a little kick to my chicken, but not so much that I’m balled up on the floor crying. These legs were fantastic and spiced perfectly.

Also try my spicy roasted chicken legs, ready in no time on the Big Easy!

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Kick'N Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I used a bunk bed basket because it makes for easier cleaning. You 'll need a basket to cook 8 legs at a time.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Lightly brush the chicken legs with oil and season, to taste, with the Kick'N chicken seasoning.
  • Transfer legs to the Big Easy.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until the legs reach 165-175 F as measured in several spots.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Roasted Cauliflower Version 2.0 on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Roasted cauliflower is something we make often on the Char-Broil Big Easy. It takes absolutely no time at all to prepare and always comes out perfect. In the past I’ve roasted entire heads of cauliflower in the Big Easy. The only trick to using a whole head of cauliflower is that you have to make sure you buy one that’ll fit into the Big Easy basket.

This time (aka Version 2.0) I thought I’d try using florets instead. And for a little color and ‘ahhhhh’ factor, I used a combination of purple and orange cauliflower. Topped with what has become our house-favorite seasoning, Casa Seasoning from AlbuKirky Seasonings, this cauliflower was tender and tasty. Perfect.
Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big EasyTo keep the roasted cauliflower florets from failing thru the Char-Broil Big Easy baskets I lined them foil. With the addition of two bunk bed baskets you could easily cook a good-sized head of cauliflower. You can also use this same recipe for making broccoli.

Also try my Bang Bang cauliflower, also made on the Big Easy. Not in to cauliflower? Roasted carrots are amazing!

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Roasted Cauliflower Version 2.0 on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Too cook a medium head of cauliflower all at once I used two bunk bed baskets, both lined with foil. You could get by with a single bunk bed basket and then also line the bottom of the Big Easy basket with foil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Note: I prefer to remove the florets from the cauliflower and then steam them. You can also boil them, but steaming them isn't as violent so they tend to stay together. Also, if you are using purple or orange cauliflower boiling tends to remove some of the color.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Lay a single layer of foil inside the basket and/or bunk bed baskets.
  • Add the cauliflower in a single layer. Try to not over-crowd too much. A little is ok, but stacking them won't result in even roasting.
  • Lower the basket into the cooker and cook for 10-20 minutes depending on how done you want your cauliflower.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before seasoning with your favorite seasoning and serving.

Peach BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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!
Peach BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou 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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

Shake ‘N Bake Pork Chops on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Oh how I do love Shake ‘N Bake pork chops. And as much as they are great made in the oven, I was completely blown away by how fantastic they were cooked in my Char-Broil Big Easy. Crazy tasty, the chops were unbelievably moist and tender. Every bite was so good, I hated coming to the end. Well, except that I saved the bone for last. You can’t have a Shake ‘N Bake chop and not gnaw on the bone. It’s almost a law. You could use boneless chops, but bone-in have much more flavor.
Shake 'N Bake Pork Chops on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used 3/4″ bone-in chops, which took just over 20 minutes to cook to 160 F. I cooked the chops in Bunk Bed baskets lined with foil for easy clean up. Depending on the size of your chops, you might be able to cook two at a time per basket, but don’t crowd them or they won’t cook completely or consistently. If you use multiple bunk bed baskets so you can cook multiple chops at once keep in mind that each level might cook at a different rate. Try to use same-thickness chops on each level so they all finish at the same time.

You can use any flavor Shake ‘N Bake you like. Read the package instructions to decide how much you’ll need for the chops you have. I prefer my homemade chipotle Shake ‘N Bake. It takes just like the classic mix, but with a nice little smoky kick.

I like my pork chops with a crispy side salad topped with croutons that I also made on my Big Easy.

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Shake 'N Bake Pork Chops on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can cook only one large pork chop (or maybe two small ones) at a time in the Big Easy basket. But, with a little finagling you can also add up to three Bunk Bed Baskets, giving you room for four large pork chops at once. Note that the chops at the top of the basket may cook at a different rate than those at the bottom, so start checking the temperatures after 20 minutes for chops that are around 3/4" thick. Thinner chops will of course take less time and thicker ones will take longer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Working one at a time, place a pork chop into a resealable bag containing the Shake 'N Bake mix. Seal and shake until coated. Alternatively, pour the Shake 'N Bake out onto a plate and press the chop into the mixture, flipping and pressing the other side to also coat it.
  • Line the Big Easy basket and any bunk bed baskets with foil. I sprayed mine with non-stick spray but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.
  • Lower basket into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 20 minutes then check the temperature in multiple places. The minimum safe temperature is 145 F, but I personally aim for 160 F as measured in several places.
  • Remove from the Big Easy and rest 5 minutes before serving.