Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites

You can sit down and eat pretzel bites out of the bag and think, “Hey, these are pretty good”. Or with just a few more ingredients, you can sit down with a bowl of these Ranch sourdough pretzel bites and know that you’ve just had something truly incredible. Each bite has a hint of butter. A hint of herby Ranch dressing, and a really awesome citrusy pepper flavor that’s just barely there, but oh does it make a difference.
Ranch Sourdough Pretzel BitesI often make appetizers like these Ranch sourdough pretzel bites using just oil, or melted butter. I recently came across the idea of using popcorn oil, which of course combines both oil and butter. The flavor is more fantastic, and it doesn’t get any easier than just measuring the oil out of a bottle. I’ll definitely make all my snacks this way from here on.

I couldn’t find my lemon pepper seasoning (I am reminded that someday, maybe, I’ll arrange the spices in my pantry in alphabetical or at least some sensible order). I substituted lime pepper seasoning I have to say it was fantastic. The citrus flavor in either case isn’t going to scream out at it, it just adds that special something.

Also check out my balsamicpizza,and spicy garlic Ranch, deluxe cheddar and Buffalo Ranch sourdough pretzel bites! They are all out of this world good too!

Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 pound

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce bag pretzel bites
  • 1/2 cup Orville Redenbacher popcorn oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix half of a packet
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning lime pepper is also fantastic!
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 F.
  • Place pretzel bites in large bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil, Ranch dressing mix, lemon pepper, garlic powder and dill weed.
  • Pour the oil mixture over the pretzels and toss to coat well.
  • Pour pretzels bites out onto a large baking pan and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Herby Ranch Dressing

We’ve been enjoying a week of grilling marinated chicken breasts, sliced thin, served on top of fresh greens with homemade salad dressings, like this herby Ranch dressing. I also mix up the salad toppings to keep things new and exciting. In no time we have a great salad for dinner.
Herby Ranch DressingThis dressing has the flavors of a traditional Ranch, with an extra herb kick. Fresh herbs make it the best, but you can substitute dried, like I did. Just make sure you crumble the dried herbs first. You don’t want to bite into a big ole chunk of oregano, ya know!

Also try my dill ranch dressing and my amped-up Thai sweet chili dressing.

Herby Ranch Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plus more, buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper

If using fresh herbs

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

If using dried herbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil crumbled
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano crumbled

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  • Add more buttermilk if the dressing is too thick.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

I usually cook wings on my Char-Broil Big Easy or on my charcoal grill using the Vortex. I have to admit, I was pretty pessimistic about the idea of cooking wings in a slow cooker. Would I like the texture? Would they taste as great as wings off the grill?

One thing’s for sure, making Buffalo Ranch wings in a slow cooker really couldn’t get any easier. It was the perfect recipe for my working-from-home lunch. Toss everything in first thing in the morning and at lunch, enjoy some wings!

So how were they? Well, mighty tasty for starters. In fact, I loved the flavor. Big time. Texture-wise, they got barely crispy but the meat was oh-so-tender and juicy. For truly crispy skin you’ll have to leave them under the broiler for a good bit of time, but keep an eye on them. I found the skin to be melt-in-my-mouth tender and I didn’t actually miss not having super-crunchy wings. In fact, it was a nice change. I loved them!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch WingsAlthough not traditional Buffalo wings to a purist, I still enjoyed these slow cooker Buffalo Ranch wings more than I actually thought I would. No mess, no fuss and very tasty. Certainly much easier than firing up a grill or even deep fryer to make a batch of the wings you normally expect.

Meijer makes a fantastic Buffalo wild sauce that is great for this recipe. My BBQ Ranch wings are also absolutely yummy!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 1 cup your favorite Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix about 3 tablespoons of homemade
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Ranch dressing for serving

Instructions

  • Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Combine the wing sauce, Ranch dressing mix and salt and pepper and pour over the wings.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours until the meat is starting to pull back from the bones.
  • Carefully transfer the wings to a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Place under the broiler and broil until just starting to crisp.
  • Let cool slightly then serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.

Quick Fix BBQ Ranch Dressing

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

Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • Embellishments optional (crumbled cooked bacon, chili powder, cayenne, Sriracha, hot sauce, chopped fresh parsley, etc)

Instructions

  • Whisk together the two ingredients.
  • Add any embellishments and stir to combine.

Avocado Ranch Dressing

I love when avocados are in season here. They’re perfect on a salad, be it sliced, chopped or in the dressing itself. This avocado Ranch dressing is quite easy to make. It packs a nice subtle avocado flavor, with the wonderful creamy herb flavor of Ranch. I like my dressing pretty thick, so that’s how I made it. But if you prefer yours a little thinner, just add some more milk.
Avocado Ranch DressingAvocado Ranch dressing isn’t just for salads either. It’s perfect as a dip, or use it as a substitute for sour cream on tacos or nachos.

For a little more kick, try my jalapeno ranch dressing.

Avocado Ranch Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados halved, seed removed
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup milk plus more, if needed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons or more hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  • Scoop out the avocado and place into a blender or food processor.
  • Add remaining ingredients except salt and process until smooth.
  • Taste, add salt as needed, and pulse a few more times to mix.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before serving.
  • Note: If the dressing gets too thick, stir in a bit more milk before serving.

Cheddar Ranch Grits

As much as I love making and devouring mashed potatoes with pot roast and gravy, I love grits even more. The creamy ground corn has more texture and more flavor. At least, in my opinion. Add some cheese (and a little bit of Ranch dressing mix) and well, these cheddar Ranch grits are the perfect tasting side dish and very, very easy to make.
cheddar-ranch-gritsYou can substitute any good melting cheese you want to these cheddar Ranch grits. I like a nice sharp cheddar because I think it goes perfectly with the corn flavors and the Ranch dressing. I think Monterey jack would also work well in this dish. For some kick, go with pepperjack and add a few chopped roasted jalapenos.

Also try my roasted sweet corn grits.

Cheddar Ranch Grits

Course Side
Cuisine American
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup corn grits not instant or quick cook
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup or more, if you want shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing mix the dry stuff, not the dressing in a bottle!

Instructions

  • Bring broth and salt to a boil in a medium pan over high heat.
  • Slowly stir in the grits.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often. To prevent the grits from splattering you can place a lid over the top of the pan but do not cover it completely.
  • Add the butter and stir to melt.
  • Add the cheese and Ranch dressing mix and stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve.

Slow Cooker Bold Ranch Pork Chops

Cold weather can sometimes make me ‘cooking lazy’. That’s when I just want to toss a few out-of-the-pantry and out-of-the-fridge ingredients into a slow cooker, turn it on, and come back half a day later to a done dish. Doesn’t mean it has to be all out of a can, but it isn’t all from scratch either. And it’s still good. And spicy. Gotta have spicy and these slow cooker bold ranch pork chops deliver on that.
Slow Cooker Bold Ranch Pork ChopsI served these slow cooker bold ranch pork chops with warmed leftover mashed potatoes. The gravy from the slow cooker is great over mashed potatoes, but I think it’d be even better over grits, so I’ll give that a whirl next time. They’ll be instant grits, though, to keep with my ‘cooking lazy’ mood.

Also try my slow cooker balsamic pork sliders.

Slow Cooker Bold Ranch Pork Chops

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup, undiluted (low-salt recommended)
  • 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix about 3 tablespoons if you buy in bulk or make your own
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning see my note
  • 4 thick cut boneless pork chops

Instructions

  • Note: Between the soup and Cajun seasonings, this dish can be salty. I recommend a low-salt soup and making your own Cajun seasoning, cutting the amount of salt in half.
  • Turn your slow cooker on low.
  • Whisk together the soup, Ranch dressing mix, and Cajun seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Place the pork chops in the slower cooker.
  • Add the soup mix.
  • Cover and cook for 6 hours.

Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings

I do love eating chicken wings. They might be my favorite food. I recently picked up a bottle of Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo wing sauce. It looked good and thick and flavorful. And boy, was it all that and more. Not so thick that it was gloppy, the sauce stuck to the wings just as you want it to. And flavor? Oh man. A nice mellow Ranch flavor that definitely does not overwhelm, with just a hint of spiciness. This sauce is perfect for a party because it’s sure to please all of your guests.
Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo WingsIf I’d known just how fantastic Moore’s Creamy Ranch sauce was I would’ve definitely left the Ranch dressing off my plate. You seriously don’t need anything else with these sauced up wings. Just grab a big ole handful of them and a lot of paper towels and get to eating!

Also try Moore’s Buffalo Wing sauce.

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.

Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

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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 on the Char-Broil Big Easy called for marinating the chicken in the BBQ sauce and the dressings. 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.

Also try my southwest chicken on the Big Easy.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Italian Ranch BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a Big Easy Bunk Bed basket to be able to double this recipe.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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

  • Place the chicken into resealable container or baggie.
  • Whisk together the Italian dressing, Ranch dressing, and 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce.
  • Add the marinade to the container. Seal and shake gently to coat. Let marinate overnight.
  • Fire up your Char-Broil Big Easy.
  • Shake off any excess marinade and add the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook until chicken is done or just shy of done, 10-15 minutes per pound.
  • Brush remaining BBQ sauce onto chicken and if desired, return to the Big Easy for 5 minutes to 'set' the sauce.

Buffalo Ranch Dry Wings

I was perusing the spice section at our local GFS store when I spied a big container of Buffalo-style seasoning. Yeah, like I’d pass up on anything wing-related. I grabbed a bottle and stopped by my grocery store and picked up a family pack of fresh chicken wings. I was going to make wings. Great wings. Buffalo Ranch dry wings.
Buffalo Ranch Dry WingsDry wings really bring out the flavor of the wing and the seasoning. They aren’t buried in sauce so much that that’s all you can taste. Now that doesn’t mean I’m shy with the seasoning, but I am careful that I can still taste the chicken. These wings are absolutely fantastic, with that traditional Buffalo wing flavor, but without the mess. If you don’t have a GFS in your area you can find other brands of Buffalo style seasoning in your grocer’s spice section.

Also try my smoky chipotle dry wings.

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.

Buffalo Ranch Dry Chicken Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 4 pounds chicken wings separated
  • 2-3 tablespoons or more, to taste Buffalo wing seasoning (not sauce!), divided
  • 2 tablespoons Ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

For the wings