I finally found some time to smoke a chicken on my new Ugly Drum Smoker. This turned out to be really easy and darn tasty. I used a store bought creole seasoning and injected the chicken with butter. It only took about 2 hours to smoke. Here's the recipe:
Here are a few highly recommended grilling recipes for Memorial day. Click on the image to see the recipe and instructions. Have a great weekend and happy grilling!
A lot of people trash talk the boneless skinless chicken breast. That's understandable. There's no skin or bone to keep in flavor and tenderness. It's really easy to turn it into a well done disaster. Well I was thinking about it and I believe I have a way to salvage this. I mean what are you supposed to do when your wife comes home with a back of 6 boneless skinless breasts? You might as well ha
Spring is here and the weather is mild and just perfect for lighting up the grill or smoker. I figured since everyone is going to be looking for a fun weekend recipe to test out that I might as well post this easy and totally awesome recipe for a buffalo chicken fatty. What's a fatty you ask? Keep on reading.
I just love grilling peppers. If you haven't done this you really need to give it a try. Grilled peppers might just change your life. Well, maybe not. Still, it's pretty fun. The general idea is to grill a bunch of peppers, remove the charred smoky skin, add some spices and cider vinegar, cook it down a bit and puree. It's that easy and it's really tasty and spicy.
I took a total of three bottles over to my friend's house: Spicy Mustard, Spicy Sweet and the Southern Sweet BBQ sauce. The general plan was to smoke baby back ribs on the Weber Smokey Mountain in a rib rack for about 3-4 hours and then foil them until tender. The ribs were then brushed with sauce and put on a medium heat charcoal grill to glaze the sauce a little bit.
I got to test out Johnsonville's new product called "Grillers": a pork burger that comes as swiss cheese and mushroom or cheddar and bacon. So if you are asking, "Are Johnsonville Grillers any good?" Here's your answer.
If you have the smoker going anyway, you might as well make a little snack, right? This one is a real treat. Best of all it only takes about an hour on the smoker. This recipe makes a great tailgate appetizer or general BBQ party snack. The night before you soak the almonds in an easy salt water brine. The next morning you coat the nuts in oil and any BBQ dry rub you like and smoke them for
A really easy homemade cheesesteak recipe using leftover deli sliced roast beef or pit beef tossed into a frying pan, warmed up and added to a hoagie roll. The steak is then topped with grated habanero cheddar cheese and baked until the cheese melts. This is a spicy and amazing homemade cheesesteak sub.
The Kingsford Invitational BBQ competition is airing on TV March 17, 2013. Let's all set our DVRs and tune in! It's the best of the best BBQ competition after all!
I decided to make a habanero bacon cheddar stuffed slider as my "One Bite Challenge!" Using only 5 ingredients I put together the following: slider buns, ground beef, bacon, habanero cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce. Check out this homemade slider recipe! It's easy, tasty and spicy!
At the Kingsford Invitational I also met Doug from the BBQ team Smokers Purgatory. I asked him what he thinks is the easiest way for a home BBQ'er to prepare an easy "same day" brisket. I specifically mentioned that I'd like to have this brisket ready for a 4pm football game without waking up at 2AM to light the smoker. He told me that although he only uses packer briskets for competition, wh
When I made pitbeef before I would direct sear the eye round and then move the round to indirect heat to finish cooking (or vice versa using the reverse sear method). It doesn't take long to cook pitbeef (or roast beef) to the medium rare range of 135 degrees so grilling is really the preferred method. Pitbeef isn't smoked. There is no smoke ring and it's not cooked the typical low and slow way.
Today's post is actually the fun part. It's pretty easy to drill into metal and once you get it done the hardware goes on quickly after the paint dries. Three steps will be covered in this post. 1. Drilling holes through steel and installing the hardware for the cooking grate, air intake and exhaust. 2. Painting the UDS lid and drum. 3. Installing a UDS side table.
A collection of some of the best Grilling24x7 recipes which will work perfect for your superbowl party. Pulled pork tacos, homemade gyros, burgers with runny eggs and a bunch of appetizer ideas that will work great for your superbowl party.
In order to have a steady fire source a charcoal basket needs to be made. There are a lot of really clever ideas online and this one I found to be the most logical and simple to build. The idea is to have an elevated charcoal grate which has a coal basket on top of it. The elevation allows for charcoal and wood ash to drop without interfering with air flow. The basket allows you to stack a lot o
Do you want to build your own smoker? This is post 1 of a step by step guide for building an Ugly Drum Smoker out of a 55 gallon steel drum. This post discusses how to burn off a rust inhibitor and what to look for in a 55 gallon drum for building your own UDS smoker.
One of my favorite NFL tailgate appetizers is the pepperoni roll. Basically, you take a premade pizza dough, shape it into a rectangle and layer Italian meats and cheeses on it. You roll it and bake it and it's ready to reheat at the tailgate. Well, I wanted to make a savory version of this tailgate appetizer. I thought that the bratwurst would work really well. This recipe is for a pizza roll w
I always like to think of the turkey breast as the no fuss version of a full turkey. It's smaller, easier to clean, and you don't have too many leftovers. If you are remembering back to your youth when you probably ate dry turkey breast erase those memories from your mind. This breast is spicy and juicy. It's juicy because not only is there a butter injection but also because you won't cook i
When you smoke brisket you end up with a lot of leftovers. Mrs. Grilling24x7 and I were pondering what to do with all of it. Of course we could just heat it up and serve it with some baked beans as a nice side dish. But that's bit boring. Here's a good idea for you if you are looking to use up all those BBQ brisket leftovers.
Making homemade gyros has been on my to-do list for a very long time. I've studied various online recipes such as the famous Alton Brown gyro recipe where he essentially makes a lamb loaf and rotates it on a rotisserie. I've been wanting to try this but I just can't imagine how this lamb loaf will not fall right off the rotisserie and make a total mess. I've also read modified versions of the
This recipe combines the unique yet well matched flavors of lime and spicy Sriracha hot sauce with the sweet and salty flavor combination that we are all so familiar with. This recipe is really easy to put together and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. At first bite you get the sensation of tart citrus, which is followed by the sweet and salty flavors of the crunch mix. Then sl
Wings are the classic football snack. They work well at the tailgate and they work even better at home for a playoff party or a Superbowl party. I've been in love with sriracha hot sauce for some time now. It's the perfect mix of spicy hot and garlic. This wing sauce is probably the easiest thing I've ever made. It's literally just sriracha hot sauce and honey. You can mix it to whatever ra
I got a special behind the scenes tour of the Kingsford charcoal plant in Belle, MO. Here are some of the photos that I took of the fascinating process of charcoal making. This was an awesome trip and a great behind the scenes look at a really impressive manufacturing process. Take a look!
I love supporting small businesses. Especially when the business is BBQ! I have followed Dimples BBQ Sauce on Twitter for quite some time now. They always seem to tweet some great pics of their product. The sauce looked really good to me so after chatting a bit with Rich the Vice President, we decided to do a Dimples BBQ Sauce / Grilling24x7 giveaway. Of course I didn't want to giveaway just any
Sometimes you need a really simple no fuss meal. This method of cooking chicken wings lets you stand around the grill and enjoy some beers with friends without stressing out. You'll have a two-zone fire. An indirect heat area for "baking" the wings and then a medium-high or high direct heat area to crisp and char the wings. I'll also discuss the idea of multiple applications of BBQ sauce.
I'm sure most of you have heard of and have even been to a few BBQ competitions. As you may know each competition puts out a grand champion. Well the guys at Kingsford decided to have a competition of all competitions and they are inviting the winners from a bunch of different BBQ competitions to Belle, Missouri for the Kingsford Invitational to battle it out for a grand prize of $50,000!!
The Chicago style hotdog is a staple of quick eats in the Chicago area. Folks from this area are hardcore about their hotdogs and what is allowed to go on top. It is widely acknowledged that the originator of this hotdog is the hotdog stand Fluky's. Fluky's began in 1929 in the streets of Chicago. They served what was known as "The Depression Sandwich." Here's how to make an authentic Chicag
I've spent a good bit of time searching for homemade roll recipes that satisfy two requirements. 1. Must be amazing. 2. Must be relatively easy. So I ended up with this recipe. It's a little involved but not too bad considering the quality product you'll be making. These rolls are buttery and soft while also having just a little bit of strength to the roll. You don't want to be biting in
Ok you busted me. I got nothing. I don't have a new recipe for this week so I figured it's worth getting pumped up a bit for Thanksgiving. I mean this is the greatest holiday ever so how can you be too prepared? Exactly. You can't. I've fried turkeys, baked turkeys and smoked turkeys. This one is my favorite and it's so easy. I posted this a year ago and it's worth revisiting. A fantas
When most people think of grilled chicken they think of BORING. Well there are a few ways around this. First you need to cook the chicken perfectly. Second you need to add a bunch of flavor. Mastering grilled chicken lets you add a healthy punch to your weekend grilling. Here's a simple wet rub recipe....
A big dilemma that most folks have is what grill to use for tailgating. Do you lug a big Weber kettle? Do you use a mini Smokey Joe? Do you settle for a Weber Q propane setup? Well here is another option and this is a good one. The Weber Smokey Mountain BBQ smoker can be easily modified to be used as a small and very portable charcoal grill.
When I smoke a pork shoulder the leftovers almost always go on rolls with some extra BBQ sauce. Pulled pork reheats well and the sandwiches are amazing. I've heard people talk about pulled pork tacos but I always put my nose up in the air and mutter something along the lines of, "well... I make pulled pork sandwiches, no need for this fancy stuff." Boy was I an idiot. Not only is this simple;
So what's all the fuss about this sriracha hot sauce? I've had a bottle in my pantry for quite a while but it would only come out for various Asian dishes. I figured that it's about time to look into some other uses. This time of year is tailgating season which means my calorie intake on any given Sunday can easily exceed 3000-4000. Yeah, don't ask. With that in mind I usually need to heavi
MOINK. Well this is a crazy word isn't it? This word has been circulating around the internet BBQ world for quite some time. The general idea is that it came from "moo" and "oink" put together since you're using beef meatballs and pork bacon. I decided to give it a try. It's a really simple and tasty appetizer.
I normally don't go for the grilled desserts but I decided to give this a try. I heard that grilling bananas makes them soft and tender inside almost like banana pudding. Sounded good enough for me! Check out this grilled banana recipe. It's pretty easy and is a real fun grilled dessert.
You may think I'm nuts. Most people think fast food is awful. I mean how can anything taste good when it is mass produced from mostly teenagers with no cooking experience at all? Well I have the answer: it is good only when it is fresh. In fact, McDonalds fast food is actually quite tasty when everything is perfectly made. I have some unique experience in this matter so read on for some good ti
Growing up in Maryland I only know of one way to eat shrimp and that involves a pot of boiling vinegar and Old Bay seasoning. It's fantastic. The Old Bay flavor is something spicy and unique and this is what makes steamed shrimp such an amazing meal around here. For those of you not familiar, Old Bay is a mix of spices that includes mustard, paprika, bay leaf, celery seed, black and red peppe
I've heard of people eating a fried egg on top of their burgers before but to be honest I have never done it. Seems like a pretty great idea so I figured I'd try it out. The past few weeks I've posted about a great peppercorn dry rub and instructions on how to grill sweet Vidalia onions. Today I've added a fried egg to the mix. Here's how I made a bacon cheeseburger topped with grilled onions and
A long while ago one of my buddies would do a tailgate with an aluminum tin full of grilled Italian sausages simmering in tomato sauce and sauteed onions and peppers. It was totally fantastic. The tomato sauce goes really well with the Italian sausage and sauteed peppers and onions are simply amazing. Here's my take on what I remember from those tailgates:
Today is all about another simple addition to a burger: Grilled Vidalia onions. These are so good that I could eat them by themselves. Grilled onions are soft, sweet, and very tasty. Great for a burger topping or you could also slice them and serve along side a steak.
Sometimes I just want to make a simple burger. Nothing too fancy. No stuffing, no crazy toppings, just the simple flavor of beef. Of course I could just toss plain beef on the grill, but here is a simple dry rub for a burger that really has a nice mellow taste to compliment the beef. Nothing too strong to overpower the burger, just a nice flavorful addition. Give it a try!
I wanted to try these new chicken sausages from Johnsonville. The problem is that I didn't know how to serve them. Just mustard? Ketchup? I'm not sure what to put on chicken sausage. Then I saw Ina Garten on Food Network making a blue cheese coleslaw and a big lightbulb went off. Top it with blue cheese coleslaw! Here's how:
A case report was highlighted where a 50 year old man was complaining of abdominal pain that had begun after eating a steak at a cookout. The doctors luckily were able to remove the object from the man's body. After inspection they think that the object may be a wire bristle from a grill brush! This man recovered and was discharged the next day. Wow! The wire bristle probably got stuck in the
Today is the day I've been waiting for! I'll be smoking the meats for my daughter's birthday party tomorrow. Luckily she is only 3 so she doesn't have a say in what the menu will be! Today I'm smoking two untrimmed brisket flats and two big bone-in pork shoulders (Boston Butts). While I'm also live tweeting the smoke day I figured I might as well put up some photos here as well as some comme
I've been talking a lot about this big BBQ coming up at my house for my daughters birthday. I know that I want to smoke briskets and for size purposes I am leaning towards the untrimmed brisket flats. The untrimmed brisket flat is just the flat portion of the brisket and it doesn't have the point. However, when you buy it untrimmed it comes with a 1/4 inch of fat on the bottom which is much b
I have a big BBQ coming up soon for my daughter's third birthday party. I plan on smoking a lot of meat. I'm thinking two big pork butts and two 5 lb untrimmed brisket flats. If you are familiar with this website you'll know that I have the smaller version of the Weber Smokey Mountain smoker, which means that things are going to be tight! Well I started thinking and I found a way to add a lot
A lot of us novice BBQers end up wondering, "what is a Boston Butt and is it really a butt or is it a shoulder?" Well,
it is worth understanding the terms used to describe a "pork shoulder" because I have seen them vary widely at grocery stores. It is also worth actually knowing what the cuts LOOK LIKE so you can make your own informed decision about what you are buying. In one of my local gr
I watch a lot of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. It's a great show that can give you a lot of great ideas for grilling. One night Mrs. Grilling24x7 and I noticed an amazing green chili cheeseburger on the show. She said, "we have to do this!" I said, "okay, twist my arm!"
Of course they don't really show the exact recipes on this show so I had to do a little research into green c
Okay, so I know a lot of you aren't huge Indian food fans. I get that. There are some spices used that we here in the States aren't that familiar with. However, if you are up for trying something new and you want a really easy side dish that goes along with a grilled steak then you should really try out this cauliflower curry recipe. I love it!