Jarred Grilled Pickles

Want to surprise everyone at your next picnic or get-together? Bring a jar of grilled pickles. Everyone will want to know how you did it. You don’t have to admit how easy it is. The pickles do get a little char flavor, but not much. They still taste like, well, dill pickles, but with just slightly less crunch. The grilled red onions do add a nice light onion flavor.
jarred-grilled-picklesThese jarred grilled pickles are good for 5 days. And don’t feel like you have grill only spears. Sliced pickles or even whole pickles can be grilled just as well. If you don’t want to grill the pickles but still want a hint of grilled flavor, just grill some red onion and then add that to a jar or pickles and refrigerate overnight.

Jarred Grilled Pickles
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar dill pickle spears
  • 1 red onion, cut into 8 small wedges (you can keep the root end on to help keep the onion wedges together)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Drain the brine from the jar into a large bowl.
  2. Remove the pickles and lay onto a few sheets of paper towels. Dab with the paper towels to dry as well as you can.
  3. Transfer the pickles to another large bowl.
  4. Add the onion and drizzle with the oil. Toss gently to coat.
  5. Fire up your grill.
  6. Place pickles and onions onto the grill and grill on all sides until you get grill marks.
  7. Remove and let cool slightly before returning pickles to the jar.
  8. Add the onions and the reserved brine.
  9. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use within 5 days.

 

Grilled corn with Sriracha Mayonnaise

I’m a big fan of flavored mayonnaise on grilled sweet corn. Specially when it is nice and spicy, with just a hint of citrus. Like this Sriracha mayonnaise. All of my favorite things in a creamy sauce slathered over corn. Get a napkin or two, because you’re definitely going to need them.
grilled-corn-with-sriracha-mayonnaiseThe Sriracha mayo isn’t just great on corn either. It’s fantastic on grilled chicken or turkey burgers. Leave out the lime and slather it on hamburger buns. And if you’re into dipping your fries in mayonnaise, this one will definitely wake you up.

Grilled corn with Sriracha Mayonnaise
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ears fresh corn, shucked, cut in half if desired
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Lightly brush the corn with oil.
  3. Place on grill, turning often, until the corn is cooked and lightly charred.
  4. Whisk together the mayo, Sriracha, lime juice and chili powder.
  5. Brush corn with the mayo mixture and garnish with a few sprinkles of chili powder and chopped cilantro.

 

Spicy Grilled Mushrooms

At first I thought maybe I just loved these spicy grilled mushrooms so much because I hadn’t grilled mushrooms in a while. Or maybe it was because of the full moon. But no, it was because these are now officially my favorite mushrooms. They have a perfect light Asian flavor, with a little vinegar tang and, as with everything I make, a little spicy kick. My goodness they were just delicious.
spicy-grilled-mushroomsI used cremini mushrooms, also known as baby portobellos. You can use any mushrooms you like, even mix a few different kinds in. Just remember that the smaller ones will cook faster, so you might have to move them away from the hottest part of your grill before the bigger ones get done.

Spicy Grilled Mushrooms
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Serves: 6-10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 2 pounds small mushrooms, stems removed if desired
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, red wine vinegar, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl.
  2. Add the mushrooms.
  3. Let marinade for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  4. Fire up your grill.
  5. Shake off any excess marinade from the mushrooms and grill for 10 minutes until starting to soften.

Copycat Quarter Pounders with Cheese

After making a copycat of the Arch Deluxe burger from McDonald’s, I could not stop jonesin’ for a good version of my all-time favorite fast-food burger, the Quarter Pounder with cheese. Simple but tasty. Sure, I might have cheated a bit and actually made a Third Pounder cheese burger, but hey, that just means I had more yumminess!
copycat-quarter-pounders-with-cheeseIt wasn’t until after my teen years that I also became a fan of the Big Mac, which I’ve made at home several times. And now that I think about them, I’m going to have to make them again, and soon. Want an even bigger Big Mac? Try my Big Mac hoagies. Yep, that’s right, all the great flavors of a Big Mac on a big ole hoagie bun. Not into big Big Macs? My Big Mac sliders are perfect for a party.

Copycat Quarter Pounders with Cheese
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Ingredients
For the burgers
  • 2 1/4 pound burger patties (to keep it authentic use pre-made patties from your grocery store)
  • 2 sesame seed burger patties
  • 4 slices American cheese (get the deli style, it's a bit thicker and tastier)
  • Prepared yellow mustard
  • Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 dill pickle slices
For the burger seasoning (makes enough for several burgers)
  • 4 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Accent
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Combine the seasoning ingredients.
  2. Season both sides of the patties.
  3. Cook your patties in a hot skillet or on a griddle.
  4. Top each patty with a slice of cheese.
  5. Toast the buns.
  6. Add the patties to the bun bottoms.
  7. Squirt 5 little dots of mustard around the patties.
  8. Do the same with the ketchup.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon of onion and 2 pickle slices to each patty.
  10. Top each patty with another slice of cheese.
  11. Add bun top and serve.

Jalapeno Onion Steak and Burger Topping

Ok, I admit it. I sometimes buy cheap steaks on sale. They make for a quick lunch. Since I work from home I can just toss them on the grill and in no time I’m chowing down. But let’s face it. Cheap steaks aren’t the same as not-cheap-steaks so I often add a bit of something to kick them up a bit. This jalapeno onion steak topping was so good I ended up making another batch to top some hamburgers later in the week. Sweet lightly-caramelized onions in a creamy sauce with just a little beat of jalapeno heat.
jalapeno-onion-steak-and-burger-toppingNext time I cook up some hot dogs I’m going to make another batch of this jalapeno onion steak and burger (and hot dog!) topping. It’ll really crank up any grilled hot dog or smoked sausage. There’s not a tremendous amount of heat (the jalapenos mellow while they cook), so don’t be afraid that the topping is too hot. It’s quite mellow and packed with great flavor.

Jalapeno Onion Steak and Burger Topping
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 medium sweet onions, sliced thin
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced thin, seeds removed if desired
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, jalapenos, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes until the onions are softened and golden in color. Stir often.
  4. Add the heave cream and stir. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir and serve.

 

 

Homemade Frosted Corn Flakes

One of the first recipes I made out of John Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day was homemade frosted corn flakes. As soon as I saw it I was like wow…. how cool would it be to eat a bowl of cereal that I made? So I did. And it was fantastic. So much more corn flavor than the stuff in a box! I mean they were super corny!
These homemade frosted corn flakes were also a lot crunchier than the ones out of a box. They can definitely hold up to milk. You know how with the store-bought flakes you only have a few minutes before you have bowl of soggy sadness. Not with these. You’ll be crunching until the last flake.

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Homemade Frosted Corn Flakes
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 1/12 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup masa
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2-4 cups boiling water
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly spray the paper with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine the cornmeal, masa, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, and all of the salt.
  4. Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until blended. Add more water as needed, getting the batter to a consistency just a little thinner than that of pancake batter.
  5. Pour the batter out onto the lined baking sheet and spread out evenly. Try to get it as thin as
  6. possible (mine was a bit thick, but you're aiming for 1/8" if possible).
  7. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining sugar.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. The batter will dry out and start to crack. If your batter is thick like mine you might have to bake it a little longer.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  10. Break up the corn into bite-sized pieces. It's like breaking up brittle, but you want smaller pieces.
  11. Return to the oven and bake another hour or until fully dried.
  12. Remove and let cool completely. The flakes will get a bit crunchier after cooling.
  13. Keep in an airtight container.

 

Sausage-Stuffed Peppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Sure, I’ve made bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers on my Char-Broil Big Easy. A lot of times. And I love them. But not everyone loves a little kick in their appetizers like I do, so that’s when these sausage-stuffed peppers take the stage. The peppers get a nice little char on them. They have a little sweetness to them. The sausages bring a wonderful smokiness, and they kind of ‘pop’ when you bite into them. That’s a bit unexpected. The cream cheese? Well, it’s creamy. All wrapped in bacon goodness with a sprinkle of rub.
I used the rub for my Big Easy root beer can chicken on these sausage-stuffed peppers. The rub has a little smoky flavor to it, along with a bit of garlic and just a very, very small hint of spiciness. Not enough to offend those that prefer mellower snacks.

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

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Sausage-Stuffed Peppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Serves: 20 appetizers
 
You'll need a Bunk Bed basket to cook 20 peppers at once.
Ingredients
  • 10 mini sweet peppers (preferably all about the same size)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 10 Lit' Smokies cocktail sausages
  • 5 pieces bacon, cut in half lengthwise
  • Your favorite BBQ rub (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove any seeds and membranes.
  3. Divide the cream cheese between the peppers.
  4. Add the sausages and press down slightly to fit snuggly inside the peppers.
  5. Wrap the peppers with the bacon and sprinkle with the rub.
  6. Place into the Big Easy basket and bunk bed basket and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon starts to crisp and the peppers have softened.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.

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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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.