Featured – Barbecue Tricks http://barbecuetricks.com BBQ Tips and Tricks Sat, 01 Jul 2017 17:18:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://barbecuetricks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/10-Grill.png Featured – Barbecue Tricks http://barbecuetricks.com 32 32 Stuffing A Burger and Pimento Cheese How To http://barbecuetricks.com/stuffing-a-burger/ http://barbecuetricks.com/stuffing-a-burger/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:23:37 +0000 http://barbecuetricks.com/?p=3610 If you’ve ever tried stuffing a burger with cheese you know it can be challenging. Here’s how to master stuffing a burger with pimento cheese (recipe below) without creating a burger mess. Stuffing with this kind of cheese works really well because the combination of cheeses tends to stay firm enough to keep from leaking...

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If you’ve ever tried stuffing a burger with cheese you know it can be challenging.

Here’s how to master stuffing a burger with pimento cheese (recipe below) without creating a burger mess. Stuffing with this kind of cheese works really well because the combination of cheeses tends to stay firm enough to keep from leaking out.


Pimento cheese is a southern delicacy sometimes called the “Caviar of The South.” I love it because it can also be used as a dip or spread on crackers. In fact – thanks to low carb diets – it has become trendy to serve with pork rinds.

WATCH: Take a look at the video as i step through making the pimento cheese, stuffing a burger with it,  and grilling them up over charcoal.

The trick is to shape the cheese into a tube shape in parchment paper and freezing or chilling. Then cut the cheese into disks that can be pressed into hamburger cups. Working with COLD ingredients helps the process.

Stuffed Burger INGREDIENTS:

For Bugers:

2 lbs of ground beef 80 percent lean

salt and pepper to taste

For Pimento cheese:pimento cheese

2 cups extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese

8 oz. brick of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup mayo

4 oz. Jar of diced pimentos

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

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Bacon Crust Pizza How to Make Meat Lovers Pizza http://barbecuetricks.com/bacon-crust-pizza/ http://barbecuetricks.com/bacon-crust-pizza/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:01:08 +0000 http://barbecuetricks.com/?p=3596 Yes it’s a twisted concept: bacon crust pizza. Or maybe a woven concept. Bacon as the crust of a pizza? Is it really necessary? Yes. And it’s amazing. WATCH The Pizza Video HERE This came about in the search for low carb pizza options like the BBQ Cauliflower pizza here.  The trick with a bacon...

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Yes it’s a twisted concept: bacon crust pizza. Or maybe a woven concept.

Bacon as the crust of a pizza? Is it really necessary?

Yes. And it’s amazing.

WATCH The Pizza Video HERE

This came about in the search for low carb pizza options like the BBQ Cauliflower pizza here. 

The trick with a bacon crust -or any bacon – on a grill is avoiding flare ups. Go low and slow.

We used a Traeger pellet cooker for the bacon and always recommend using smoke and indirect low heat for bacon. In the home, a lot of people will now cook bacon in the oven instead of a skillet for similar reasons.

Bacon Crust Pizza

For low carb pizza fans. Or high bacon fans. The key to using bacon crust is in the weave.

Ingredients

  • 1 package grocery bacon
  • 3 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • ½ red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 3 whole (canned) tomatoes hand crushed
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella
  • ½ green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Weave bacon on parchment paper for easy handling. Use chilled or refrigerated bacon for easy handling.
  2. Cut bacon weave square into a round using a second – cover- sheet of parchment and a medium to large bowl. Reserve trimmed bacon.
  3. Chop ¼ red onion and sautee with chopped remaining bacon until caramelized.
  4. Smoke bacon weave in smoker at 350 degrees F for an hour.
  5. Top bacon crust with additional ingredients. One initial thin bottom layer of cheese helps to minimize leaks and softness.
  6. Add fresh basil at end of cook.
  7. Allow 10 minutes to rest and allow bottom layer to firm up before serving.Makes 4 hearty slices

SMOKED BACON CRUST PIZZA

1 package grocery bacon

3 tablespoons pizza sauce

½ red onion (thinly sliced)

3 whole (canned) tomatoes hand crushed

1 cup fresh mozzarella

½ green bell pepper (thinly sliced)

Fresh basil

 

 

 

Weave bacon on parchment paper for easy handling. Use chilled or refrigerated bacon for easy handling.

bacon crust pizzaCut bacon weave square into a round using a second – cover- sheet of parchment and a medium to large bowl. Reserve trimmed bacon.

Chop ¼ red onion and sautee with chopped remaining bacon until caramelized.

Smoke bacon weave in smoker at 350 degrees F for an hour.

Top bacon crust with additional ingredients. One initial thin bottom layer of cheese helps to minimize leaks and softness. Add fresh basil at end of cook.

Allow 10 minutes to rest and allow bottom layer to firm up before serving.

Makes 4 hearty slices

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The BBQ Blueprint http://barbecuetricks.com/the-bbq-blueprint/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:41:28 +0000 http://barbecuetricks.com/?p=2791 The book is here. Take a look and take advantage of our limited time launch price!We help you to understand the tips and techniques required for perfect food, including: Over 50 fool proof and tested barbecue recipes, Dozens of crisp foodie photos and illustrations, the easy step by step guide to whole hog cooking, a curated collection of regional sauce recipes to return to for a lifetime and more...

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BBQ Blueprint book

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White Castle Slider Recipe – How To Make on The BBQ http://barbecuetricks.com/white-castle-slider/ http://barbecuetricks.com/white-castle-slider/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:26:32 +0000 http://barbecuetricks.com/?p=3587 A White Castle Slider at home? Yeah, you can now buy them at the supermarket or on Amazon  but  its not quite the same. I haven’t been able to get an “in store” white castle slider (or is it slyder?) since moving to South Carolina. The closest thing we have in the South is called...

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A White Castle Slider at home? Yeah, you can now buy them at the supermarket or on Amazon  but  its not quite the same.

I haven’t been able to get an “in store” white castle slider (or is it slyder?) since moving to South Carolina. The closest thing we have in the South is called Krystal and even that is a state away.  There are plenty of Burger tricks and tips out there but a slider is a bit different. This recipe calls for steaming the bun with a special onion mix. Here’s a perfect replica that we made even better by adding a spicy ketchup sauce!

 

White Castle Slider Recipe

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 12 Sliders.

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef½ cup dehydrated onions1 cup warm waterSalt & pepper to taste12 American cheese slices12 dill pickle slicesMustard12 small slider buns

Instructions

  1. Roll out ground beef very thin – to approximately ¼” thick.
  2. Cut into 2.5”x 2.5” squares and use a straw or wooden dowel to put 5 small holes in each. (Some shrinkage will occur in cooking.)
  3. Freeze patties for a minimum of 1 hour. This can be done several days in advance.
  4. When ready to cook, hydrate onions in 1 cup warm water
  5. Heat grill to medium-low. Using a cast iron skillet or grill sheet pan, spread hydrated onions over bottom, and top with frozen meat squares. Place the bun half on each and top with remaining bun to steam. Grill for approximately 5-6 minutes. Turn once and top with cheese.
  6. Build with mustard, pickle and Firecracker Ketchup (recipe below). Top with remaining steamed bun and enjoy!

1 lb ground beef
½ cup dehydrated onions
1 cup warm water

Salt & pepper to taste
12 American cheese slices
12 dill pickle slices
Firecracker Ketchup (recipe below)
Mustard
12 small slider buns (we found Cobblestone brand was a close match)

Roll out ground beef very thin – to approximately ¼” thick. Cut into 3”x3” squares and use a straw or wooden dowel to put 5 small holes in each. (Some shrinkage will occur in cooking.) Freeze patties for a minimum of 1 hour. This can be done several days in advance. When ready to cook, hydrate onions in 1 cup warm water and heat grill to medium-low. Using a cast iron skillet or grill sheet pan, spread hydrated onions over bottom, and top with frozen meat squares. Place the bun half on each and top with remaining bun to steam. Grill for approximately 5-6 minutes. Turn once and top with cheese. Build with mustard, pickle and Firecracker Ketchup (recipe below). Top with remaining steamed bun and enjoy! Makes 12 sliders.

Firecracker Ketchup
½ cup ketchup
½ cup creamy French dressing
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp spicy horseradish sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1 ½ tsp Cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic salt

Stir together all ingredients until well blended and chill until ready to serve.

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Kamander Charcoal Grill Unboxing http://barbecuetricks.com/kamander-charcoal-grill/ http://barbecuetricks.com/kamander-charcoal-grill/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 14:09:18 +0000 http://barbecuetricks.com/?p=3572 Char-Broil has released the Kamander Charcoal grill and it looks to be a big green egg killer. It’s a double walled steel insulated “kamado style” charcoal grill that crushed the price of it’s green counterpart. The cost at amazon is around $350 but assembly is definitely required with the Kamander Charcoal Grill. Construction was easy....

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Kamander charcoal grillChar-Broil has released the Kamander Charcoal grill and it looks to be a big green egg killer.

It’s a double walled steel insulated “kamado style” charcoal grill that crushed the price of it’s green counterpart. The cost at amazon is around $350 but assembly is definitely required with the Kamander Charcoal Grill.

Construction was easy. But recommended for two people. It took about 90 minutes with just me.

I think you cant beat the price of the Kamander Charcoal grill compared to the ceramic cookers that seem so heavy and – perhaps – fragile with ceramic construction.

The Kamander Charcoal Grill’s best features:

  • It’s not too heavy (easy to move)

  • cool to the touch (even when approaching 800 degrees inside)

  • good looks and heavy duty latch / handle

  • held a nice low steady temperature

Take a look at the accompanying video and I time lapse unboxing and initial firing.  I was also impressed at how well the Kamander Charcoal Grill held a stable low 250 degrees.   Plus even at high temperatures (I got it over 700 degrees f ) the steel exterior remained relatively cool to the touch.

If you hate the thought of piecing together a grill like this I did discover Amazon has a service offering expert assembly for under $60.

The materials are solid.  The wheels on the Kamander are a nice, heavy, solid rubber.  The latch and front handle are also “heavy-duty” and chunky.   Nice seal on the rim too.

Still, the weight of the whole grill is said to be 115 lbs and easier to handle than i imagined for double walled steel.

We liked the sturdy stainless steel shelf and the stand are are included in the model. With the Big Green egg a lot of the extras – like a drip pan – are additional purchases.

A quick search of prices for Big green Egg vs others shows that the price for most Big Green eggs were close to a thousand bucks except a tiny version that was priced at approximately $650. Other brands like Kamado Joe are a bit lower priced vs Big green egg.

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