Melting Potatoes

Buttery creamy goodness. I could not have been happier with these melting potatoes. So good, so easy, and boy, did I ever eat more than my share. Good thing it was just Anita and me, because I would’ve had to explain where all the potatoes went if we would’ve had company over for dinner.

If you’re normally tempted to put ketchup on your potatoes, don’t. These potatoes are absolutely perfect just as they are.
Melting PotatoesYukon potatoes are the best potatoes by far for making melting potatoes. They are so tender and velveety. They get just a little golden brown crunchy edge to them. Just enough to contrast the tender insides.

Also try my roasted spiral potatoes and my Mississippi Mud cheesy potatoes. They’re pretty looking and pretty darned good tasting too!

Melting Potatoes

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound Yukon potatoes peeled, sliced 1/2" thick
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme crushed
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Place the potatoes into a large bowl.
  • Add the butter, thyme, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook another 15 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and garlic and stir. Cook another 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Bacon Cheese-Stuffed Peppers

I absolutely loved these bacon cheese-stuffed peppers. Every bite was full of my favorite things, like cheese and bacon. And a bit of sharp onion and sweet roasted bell pepper. I left the onions fairly crunchy because I was looking for a great crunch (along with the crunch of the bacon) to contrast the soft pepper and gooey cheese. You can cook yours further if you want but don’t go overboard. Crunch here is a good thing.
bacon-cheese-stuffed-peppersFor a spicier version, substitute habanero jack cheese for the cheeses, and use poblano peppers instead of red bell peppers. A sprinkle or two of red pepper flake on top isn’t going to hurt anything either. You can’t go wrong with bacon cheese-stuffed peppers no matter how you change them up (if you do).

Also try my sausage-stuffed Hatch chiles.

Bacon Cheese-Stuffed Peppers

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound thick cut bacon
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Beer
  • 1/4 cup white onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup more or less Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup more or less mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and add the bacon.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until crisp, turning once. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Cut peppers in half vertically. Remove any seeds.
  • Place peppers on a baking dish and fill the halves with the beer. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, crumble the bacon into a bowl and add the onion and cheeses.
  • Uncover the peppers and pour off any remaining beer. Fill cavities with the bacon mixture and return to the oven, uncovered, until the cheese is melted.

Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’ve been using seasonings from Dizzy Pig for years. Everything they make is packed with flavor and is of the highest quality. Dizzy Pig has a wide variety of spice mixes available, like this Raging River seasoning that is absolutely perfect on a chicken roasted in the Char-Broil Big Easy. I made a beer-can version, but you can skip that step and just season the chicken and cook it as-is in the Big Easy. Either way, you get a great maple-infused herby flavor with just a slight spicy kick that is out-of-this-world great.

Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyRaging River chicken tastes (and looks!) fantastic! The skin is crispy and, well, addicting. Very addicting. Dangerously addicting. So is my rotisserie-style chicken, also made on the Big Easy, which you should also try. It’s amazing how great poultry on the Big Easy is, with just a few store-bought ingredients.

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Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  • If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.

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.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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.

Roasted Hatch Chiles

I received an email the other day from our local Fresh Market saying they had cases of Hatch chiles available for order. Well, I thought, that’s something new for me, so I’ll do it. I’ve never prepared or cooked fresh Hatch chiles, I’ve just used the canned ones you get in the supermarket. My plan was to roast them all, and I did. I also got to find out how big a case of Hatch chiles is: 18 pounds. Over 150 peppers. Yep, over 150 peppers.
Roasted Hatch ChilesI fired up my largest charcoal grill and got to work. Batch after batch, I roasted the Hatch chiles until lightly charred. My plan was to only use a few of the roasted chiles immediately, so most went into bags and then the freezer for use later. After I got a system down roasting them was actually very easy. And boy, did it ever smell fantastic on the desk.

I froze the chiles whole without removing stems, membranes or seeds. I found that they clean up quite easily when thawed and maybe (maybe) have more flavor that way. Plus, with 150+ peppers, I was definitely not up to cleaning that many peppers in one evening. Roasting them was enough of a chore!

Perhaps I should get one of those big chile roasters you see in serious pepper-roasting folk’s yards…. Hmmmm…. A new toy!

Roasted Hatch chiles are fantastic in my pimento cheese sandwiches!

Roasted Hatch Chiles

Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Hatch chiles rinsed, patted dry

Instructions

  • Fire up a grill for direct cooking. If using a gas grill add a few wood chunks or shavings to add a smoky flavor.
  • Place the chiles directly over the fire.
  • Roast the chiles until mostly blackened and slightly charred on all sides, rotating as needed. I tried to get the peppers about 80% charred so that they still had some of their pepper texture.

If using the peppers immediately

  • Place peppers in a large resealable bag, container, or bowl covered with plastic wrap.
  • Let sit for at least 15 minutes and then remove the stems, membranes, and seeds. Peel off the skin but do not rinse under running water.

If saving to freeze

  • Place the peppers in large resealable bags.
  • Seal and let sit out until cooled.
  • Open the bags and remove as much air as possible. Re-seal and freeze until needed.
  • To use, thaw the peppers then remove the stems, membranes, and seeds. Peel off the skin but do not place under running water.

Baby Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I absolutely love roasted baby potatoes. They taste almost like whipped butter, with a fantastic creamy insides. But my favorite part is that crispy skin that pops when you bite into it. The Char-Broil Big Easy cooks up baby potatoes perfectly, and in no time at all. No pre-boiling is required. Just toss them with some oil, salt and pepper and garlic and into the cooker they go!
Baby Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big EasyAlthough you can cook a few baby potatoes on the rack that comes with the Char-Broil Big Easy, you really want to add a bunk bed basket (or two) so you can cook more at once. If you prefer a potato with a little bit of spicy kick to it try my Fire-Eater potatoes also made on the Big Easy.

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Baby Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Grab a bunk bed basket or two to be able to cook more potatoes at once..
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby potatoes rinsed, patted dry
  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Place the potatoes in a medium bowl.
  • Add a splash of oil and toss to coat.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and toss to coat.
  • Transfer potatoes to the Big Easy basket and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Check for doneness by poking the potatoes with a long skewer.

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Honey Brown Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

It’s impossible to get tired of roasted chicken. Sometimes I do like to mix it up a bit and make beer can chicken. It’s just as easy as not-beer-can-chicken, and comes out packed with flavor and is so moist and tender…. yum! For my honey brown beer can chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy I used a great honey brown ale and a slightly herby seasoning that paired perfectly with the beer. The chicken smelled so great while it was cooking that I just sat next to the Big Easy, inhaling the wonderful aromas.
honey-brown-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyYep, most food blogs take pictures of their beer can chickens from the front, also known as the ‘money shot’. Me, nope. I went for the flip side of my honey brown beer can chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

Look at at that great color. And yes, the skin is crispy. Even if you’re trying to avoid fat, I double-dog dare you to not at least try a piece of the skin. For something different, try my beer can cabbage on the Big Easy. It’s different for sure!

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Honey Brown Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy]

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried taragon crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Your favorite honey brown ale I used Honey Brown Ale from Dundee Brewing

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with oil.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients except for the beer. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Add reserved spice mixture to the beer and insert into the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can and carving.

Stubb’s Chicken Rub Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use a lot of products from Stubb’s, from sauces to marinades. I’ve been very happy with them all. That’s why I decided to use some of Stubb’s chicken rub on a whole chicken and drop it into my (awesome) cooker, the Char-Broil Big Easy.

The Big Easy cooked the bird in 15 minutes per pound.The Stubb’s seasoning added a little sweetness. It also added a mild mustard flavor. I’ve rubbed beef in mustard before but never added mustard flavor to chicken. It was fantastic!
stubbs-chicken-rub-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI did make my chicken a beer can chicken by adding a bit more Stubb’s chicken rub to a can of beer that I then inserted into the chicken. You can skip that part if you wish, or use an empty soda can with chicken broth added. There’s no wrong here because the Big Easy cooks chicken right every time. The skin always comes out crispy and dangerously delicious, to say nothing of how tender and moist the meat is, dark or white!

Stubb’s also makes a chicken and citrus marinade that is also great on chicken cooked in the Big Easy.

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Stubb's Chicken Rub Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  • If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.

Cajun Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Wow, talk about amazingly good. The heck with the main dish, just load me up on some of these Cajun shrimp-stuffed poblano peppers. A slight kick of heat, perfect shrimp and creamy melted cheese. What’s not to love?
cajun-shrimp-stuffed-pobalno-peppersYou could use green bell peppers instead, if you want. I love poblanos because they are a little spicier than a bell pepper without just completely drowning out a dish in heat.

For extra kick, substitute shredded pepper jack cheese for the feta and mozzarella and add a few diced roasted jalapenos into the shrimp mixture. That’ll definitely liven up the party.

Also try my Cajun stuffed chicken breast and my bacon cheese-stuffed peppers!

Cajun Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large poblano peppers
  • 1/2 pound shrimp raw or pre-cooked, 24-30 count, peeled, deveined
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil if you are using raw shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • Cilantro chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Note: You can use pre-cooked shrimp if you desire. Just toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning and do not cook.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Remove any stems or seeds.
  • If using cooked shrimp, toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning in a large bowl.
  • If using raw shrimp, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the shrimp, sprinkle with the seasoning, and cook, turning, until done, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add the cheeses, basil and hot sauce to the shrimp Stir.
  • Transfer shrimp mixture to the poblanos and place on a baking dish.
  • Place in oven and bake 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the peppers are softened.
  • Serve garnished with chopped cilantro.

Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

As much as I use my Char-Broil Big Easy to cook up fantastic chicken, I also use it just as much for side dishes. This roasted cauliflower came out absolutely delicious. Tender and flavor-packed, with just a hint of smokiness from the bacon. And as with anything I cook on my Big Easy, it was easy to make.

Make sure when you pick out the head of cauliflower at the store that you don’t get a really big one or it won’t fit into the Big Easy. Shoot for one that is about 8″ wide. Or if you prefer, try my recipe for roasted cauliflower florets.
roasted-cauliflower-on-the-char-broil-big-easyFor a little kick don’t be afraid to add a few pinches of dried red pepper flake to the chicken broth as you cook the cauliflower. It won’t be overwhelmingly hot, but it’ll give you a slight hint of heat.

You can roast cauliflower in the standard basket that comes with the Big Easy or a bunk bed basket (lined with foil to keep the liquid in), or the Big Easy cooking rack.

Not in to cauliflower? Roasted carrots are amazing!

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Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small or medium head cauliflower leaves removed, stem trimmed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Fresh thyme or dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted, divided
  • 4 slices thick-cut smoked bacon cooked, crumbled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the cauliflower in a pot and add the chicken stock.
  • Add the thyme and bay leaves.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Drain but reserve some of the cooking liquid.
  • Fire up your big easy.
  • Place the cauliflower into a pie pan and place into the cooking rack.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid over the cauliflower.
  • Pour half of the butter over the cauliflower.
  • Sprinkle with more thyme and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  • Place rack into the Big Easy and cook 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to turn golden in color.
  • Remove from cooker and drizzle with remaining butter.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with bacon and more thyme, salt and pepper to taste.