Sausage Recipe: Smoking Fatties

Sausage Fatty

In it’s purest form, a fatty is most easily described as those sausage chubs that you can find at most grocery stores. The brands can vary (especially when dealing with smaller local markets), but some of the most common national brands are Jimmy Dean, Bob Evans and Hormel. The concept is simple, but extremely effective. Carefully remove the plastic sleeve leaving the “chub” shape intact, season with your favorite barbecue rub, and toss it on the smoker. Sound familiar? Well, this is the technique that inspired our Bacon Explosion.

Grilled Reuben Pizza

Reuben Pizza

Every year for St. Patrick’s Day I load up the smoker with corned beef brisket to make homemade pastrami. Being Irish, this is the perfect meal that combines my heritage with my passion for barbecue. This year’s pastrami smoke-out took place a couple weekends ago, and was once again a huge success. But now that I’ve been eating sandwiches for the better part of two weeks, it’s time to throw a little variety into the mix. My buddy Gish was having a grilled pizza party for March Madness, so we packed up the pastrami fixins to test out a new grilled Reuben pizza recipe.

Maverick Laser Surface Thermometer

Maverick Laser Surface Thermometer

Recently we got our hands on a Maverick Laser Surface Thermometer to test out and provide our thoughts. Of course we wouldn’t want to dangle a brand new piece of equipment in front of our readers without giving you a chance to win one, so we also have another thermometer that we’ll send off to one lucky reader! Keep reading and we’ll let you know how you can get your hands on one of these guys.

Atomic Buffalo Turds

Atomic Buffalo Turds
Cooking up a barbecue feast for your friends and family can (and will) be an all day affair. Depending on the size of your cut, briskets and pork butts can take every bit of 18 hours to slow smoke to perfection. As much as I like starving myself all day in anticipation of the gluttony that’s soon to come, my willpower tends to falter somewhere around the noon hour. Since the smoker is already chugging away, there’s no need to power up the oven for that well deserved mid-day snack. Instead, I prefer to toss in a few stuffed jalapeno peppers…especially the ones dubbed “Atomic Buffalo Turds”!!!

Shrimp Boil Recipe: Camping Style Low Country Boil

Low Country Shrimp Boil

This post clearly doesn’t fall under the BBQ flag, but we’re posting it anyway because it can be paired with your BBQ quite nicely. If you’ve got a pork butt or a brisket on the smoker all day and your guests are demanding food at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, here is your solution. Tired of hot dogs and ham sandwiches while you’re camping? Well look no further because we have the best camping recipe there is. It’s quick and easy and much much better than a ham and cheese sandwich with Doritos smashed in it (wait, I like those…).

St. Patrick’s Day Food: Corned Beef Recipes

Smoked Pastrami Recipe

Being a true Irishman, I can honestly say that St. Patrick’s Day is the one day a year America truly embraces my Irish heritage (even if it’s just a big excuse to drink too much Guinness). This is also the time of year that local markets are flooded with an overstock of corned beef briskets. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the occasional bowl of corned beef and cabbage just much as the next guy, but that’s not really a dish I choose to eat all year long. Instead, my stockpiled freezer of clearance sale corned beef briskets get tossed into the smoker to make fresh homemade pastrami.

Super Bowl Recipes: Anquan BREAD BOWL-din SOUP

Fire Roasted Corn Chowder
Yesterday we busted out our grilling skills to create a burger worthy of a Pittsburgh sized appetite.  But as we turn our attention to Arizona for the second half of our Super Bowl feature, we’ll be shifting our culinary skills in a different direction to bring you the Anquan BREAD BOWL-din SOUP.  Okay, if you’re a BBQ lover then a cup of soup may not be your cup of tea.  Well, what if I told you this soup was actually a thick and hearty chowder?!?!  Still not convinced huh…did I mention this chowder’s main ingredients are flame grilled corn cobs and smoke roasted chicken breasts?  Yeah, I thought that would get your attention!

Super Bowl Recipes: Ben Roethlis-BURGER

Roethlisberger Sandwich

It’s taken a full week, but I’ve finally managed to dig myself out from under the mountain of hate mail I received from posting a vegetable recipe on our BBQ site. Well, we’ve heard your complaints and now we’re firing back with a Super Bowl themed recipe that’s sure to satisfy your carnivorous tendencies.

When Ben Roethlisberger burst onto the NFL scene in his rookie season, local Pittsburgh restaurant Peppi’s Old Tyme Sandwich Shop anointed him with the highest honor a young athlete can receive…his own personal sandwich.  By pulling inspiration from Big Ben’s physical prowess and on-field abilities, the guys at Peppi’s came up with a unique blend of beef, sausage, eggs, cheese and onions to represent their young stud.  Here we are a few years later and Mr. Roethlisberger has once again led his team into the biggest game of the year.  To honor their accomplishment, we’re paying tribute to the Steel Curtain by constructing this new found Pittsburgh classic…with a few slight modifications!

Texas Caviar…Or Is It? A Veggie Rehab Recipe

Texas Caviar

Now that your arteries are 80% sludge from feasting on Bacon Explosion, it’s time we whip your butt back into shape with Texas Caviar recipe.  Don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty of porkalicious recipes up our sleeves, but we need you alive to enjoy them.  Just consider this to be a quick rehab session before your next porky relapse.  And what’s better therapy than copious amounts of garlic, onions, and peppers!!!

Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes

Bacon Explosion
The other day the guys from contacted me in search for some barbecue bacon recipes.  Of course I have plenty of great uses for bacon in a barbecue pit, but the longer I thought about it, the more I wanted to step it up a notch and clog a few arteries for those guys.  Behold, BACON EXPLOSION!!!  Here’s what you’ll need…