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Tailgate Tuesday: Fried pork tenderloin sammy with fire roasted green chile jam and a savory corn casserole

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017


Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. Joe has limited time this season, so we will be tag-teaming the weekly recipes. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Gentry’s BBQ, a Orlando, Fla. based BBQ and catering company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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Those of you who read this site regularly probably know that I didn’t actually go to Michigan. Even though my mom and grandfather are alums and I got accepted, I chose to attend a smaller school on a soccer scholarship. That school was in the state of Indiana, so when I started to think about what type of food I should cook for the Purdue week Tailgate Tuesday that had to do with Indiana, I didn’t have to think long.

One of the food items served at the dining commons on campus that I remember the most is this huge, flat, breaded piece of meat sandwiched between buns. It may have had a piece of lettuce and a tomato slice on it, but mostly I remember having to take several bites just to get to anything but breaded pork. It was quintessential Indiana eatin’ and although I haven’t had one in about 13 years, I decided to try my hand at making one. In an effort to make it taste better than cardboard, I thought I’d top it with Jess Pryles’ fire roasted green chili jam (every recipe of her’s I’ve ever tried has been amazing) and pair it with a savory corn casserole.

Ingredients
For the sandwich: For the pepper jam: For the corn casserole:
2 lbs center-cut boneless pork loin 4 lbs green chiles 2 TBSP butter
2 eggs 1 TBSP vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced
2 cups buttermilk 1 finely diced onion 1 bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves 2 TBSP Worcestershire 2 TBSP sugar
Kosher salt & ground black pepper 2 TBSP yellow mustard seed 1/4 cup fresh sage
1/4 tsp cayenne 4 cups sugar 1 TBSP Kosher salt
2 sleeves of saltines 3/4 cup cider vinegar Gentry’s Smoke Stack BBQ Rub
2 cups insta flour (Wondra) 6 oz liquid pectin 6 corn cobs
Gentry’s Smoke Stack BBQ Rub 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
Oil for frying 3 eggs
Buns and mayo 1 1/4 cups milk
Gentry’s Cakalacki Gold Mustard Sauce 1/2 cup heavy cream
Sliced tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles 1 cup shredded parmesean
Directions

The pork tenderloin sandwich isn’t actually BBQ, which is why I had to throw in the jam and corn casserole to at least add a grilled element to the recipe. Start with your pork loin and cut it crosswise into several equal pieces, about two inches each. Next, slice each piece horizontally in half, but don’t slice all the way through. Leave about 3/4 of an inch and then splay it open like a book. Place each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap, but make sure to sprinkle with water to keep the wrap from sticking to the meat. Use a heavy duty pan (a cast iron skillet works best) and pound it as flat as possible. I got mine about a half inch and I wouldn’t go any bigger than that.

In a bowl, whisk the two eggs, two cups of buttermilk, crushed garlic, a teaspoon of salt and pepper, and a couple shakes of Gentry’s Smoke Stack BBQ Rub. This stuff is a great all-purpose BBQ seasoning that is smoked paprika-forward and works great on pork, chicken, and beef. Cover the flattened pork pieces with this wet mixture and let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

In the meantime, you can start the chile jam. Toss your whole green chiles onto the grill to char the skin. Let them go until the skin is blistered and black, then place them in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Next, peel off the blistered skin and discard, but it’s ok if you leave a few pieces in. If you want a spicier jam, keep the seeds. If not, discard these too. Chop the softened chiles into small pieces.

In a saucepan, sauté your onions until softened, then add the two tablespoons of Worcestershire, two tablespoons of yellow mustard seeds, 3/4 cup cider vinegar, four cups sugar, one teaspoon of salt, and the diced chiles. Boil rapidly for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat. Add the six ounces of liquid pectin and stir thoroughly. Allow to cool completely then place into jars. It will keep for 3-4 weeks in the fridge.

During this time, you can also start your corn casserole. Place a deep cast iron on the hot grill and melt your two tablespoons of butter. Add the diced onion, diced bell pepper, two tablespoons of sugar, tablespoon of Kosher salt, fresh sage, and a few shakes of Gentry’s Smoke Stack BBQ Rub. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent and start to brown. While this is cooking, slice all the corn kernels off of the cobs (make sure to then use a spoon to scrape off all the rest of the sweet guts of the cob). Now add the corn to the skillet and continue cooking for another 10 minutes or so. Then, add the 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal and remove from the grill.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the three eggs, 1 1/4 cups milk, and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Pour this into your corn mixture, stir well to combine, and put back on the grill for about 20 minutes or until it starts to set. If you want, you can either turn your oven’s broiler on and toss it in for a couple minutes to brown the top, or keep it on the grill and use a blowtorch to brown the top. This step is not completely needed if you don’t have access to these items while tailgating.

Now that your jam and corn are ready, it’s time to fry up your pork tenderloins. First, heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan until it’s 360 degrees. Crush up the saltines. You can do this with your hands or throw into a food processor until they form coarse crumbs and place into a shallow dish. Put your insta flour into another shallow dish and sprinkle with your Gentry’s Smoke Stack BBQ Rub. Take your pork out of fridge, then one at a time, dredge both sides in the flour, dip back into your buttermilk marinade, then coat with the saltine crumbs. Place it into the hot oil and fry for about three minutes per side until the pork is cooked through. Once it’s done, put it onto paper towels to cool slightly and drain excess oil.

Spread both halves of a bun with mayo and Gentry’s Cakalacki Gold Mustard Sauce. Place a piece of fried pork tenderloin on, then top with a piece of lettuce, slice of tomato, and slice of red onion. Top with a spoonful of the green chile jam, add a couple of pickles, and enjoy.

Sometimes recipes don’t live up to expectations, but this one completely exceeded expectations by all who feasted on them this past weekend. The coarse breading that felt more like what you’d get on fried chicken than what I was used to from my college days of pork tenderloin sandwiches provided great flavor with the Smoke Stack mixed in. The Cakalacki Gold and the green chile jam added a tangy, sweet, and spicy flavor profile, and then the corn casserole on the side provided a nice savory touch to complement it. Sure, these recipes were fairly involved and probably too much for a tailgate, but I would highly recommend for your next “homegate.”

Visit Gentry’s to purchase their great rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Twitter at @gentrysbbq and you can also follow our resident pitmaster Joe at @mmmgoblubbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Brisket burnt ends

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. Joe has limited time this season, so we will be tag-teaming the weekly recipes. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Gentry’s BBQ, a Orlando, Fla. based BBQ and catering company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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I had to travel to Ohio this past weekend to celebrate the life of my grandfather, who passed away last week at age 88, so I didn’t have time to cook anything. Because of that, this week’s Tailgate Tuesday will be a cook from last Fourth of July, so it doesn’t include any product from this season’s sponsor, Gentry’s BBQ.

Ingredients

• 12-14 pound packer brisket
• Your favorite beef rub
• Spray bottle
• Vinegar or apple juice
• Your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions

First, you need to trim your brisket. Make sure to use a sharp knife and make sure your brisket is cold so it’s easier to cut. On a brisket, there is a point and a flat and it’s pretty easy to determine which is which. Trim off most of the fat around the brisket except from the fat cap. With the fat cap, you’ll want to trim it to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, but it’s important for both flavor and moistness, so don’t trim it all off.

Once your brisket is trimmed to your liking, apply your beef rub. This can be as simple as salt and pepper or a beef rub that has more chiles, cumin, garlic, etc in it. Fire up your smoker to 275 and make sure there’s a water pan in there. Once it’s up to temperature, throw the brisket in. I prefer to cook fat side up to let the fat drip down into the meat. Others prefer fat side down to act as a shield from the heat. To each his own and it can also depend on the way the heat is dispersed in your smoker.

Grab a cold beer and relax for at least three or four hours before even thinking about opening up your smoker. No need to release heat during this stage. After three or four hours you can get out your spray bottle and spritz the brisket with cider vinegar or apple juice. You can do this every 20-30 minutes to keep it moist and also to check the color of the meat.

From about four hours to six hours in you should be in what is called the stall, where the internal meat temperature won’t rise much and you might be tempted to crank up the heat. Just be patient. Watch for the bark on the outside of the brisket to start getting nice and crispy and turn a deep mahogany to almost black color (as seen below) before you wrap it.

At this point, take some butcher paper and wrap your brisket like a present nice and tight. Put it back in the smoker to finish. Since it’s wrapped, it’s not going to absorb any more smoke, so you could put it into the oven at this time to finish if you want. Cook until the brisket reaches a soft and pliable feel. It should be around 200-210 degrees internal, but I prefer to judge the doneness by the feel. Using gloves, pick it up and kind of jiggle it around. If it feels loose and pliable it’s probably done. If not, put it back in. You could unwrap it a bit to get a better look and feel or stick a probe in.

Once it’s done, it’s very important to give it a rest in a cooler until the internal temperatures are back down to 140-145 degrees. This allows some of the juice to be reabsorbed back into the meat as opposed to all leaking out if you slide in right away. It could be an hour or two of rest and that’s just fine as long as you don’t have hungry people becoming hangry because of the wait.

When it’s time to slice, just remember that you shouldn’t slice with the grain. Always slice against the grain. You’ll want to determine where the point and the flat meet because they will have different grains. Slice the flat and serve it as brisket, but this recipe is for burnt ends so you’ll be using the point for these. Cut into cubes and you can remove any chunks of fat that may still be there.

Once you have your point cut into cubes, mix it with your favorite BBQ sauce in a foil pan and throw that back into your smoker. You’ll want to smoke it for another couple hours until it gets back up to about 200 degrees and is nice and sticky. At this point, it’s ready to serve immediately.

Visit Gentry’s to purchase their great rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Twitter at @gentrysbbq and you can also follow our resident pitmaster Joe at @mmmgoblubbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Steak tacos nortenos with bacon fat flour tortillas

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. Joe has limited time this season, so we will be tag-teaming the weekly recipes. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Gentry’s BBQ, a Orlando, Fla. based BBQ and catering company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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This week’s recipe is one I found online this summer and had to try it, and it sure didn’t disappoint. It’s easy enough to make on a grill, so it’s tailgate friendly, and it’s a different and extremely tasty twist to the standard tailgate food. Give it a try and take your next tailgate to the next level.

Ingredients

Tortillas:
• 1 pack of bacon
• 2 TBSP + 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
• 1 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
• 3 cups all purpose flour

Filling:
• Hangar or skirt steak
• Gentry’s Beef Brigade BBQ Rub
• 2 TBSP olive oil
• 2 large onions
• 10 garlic cloves
• 4 serranos or jalapenos
• 4 tomatoes
• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
• Monterey jack cheese
• Limes

Directions

Start with the tortillas, which will need space on a prep table in order to roll out the dough. Start with cooking the bacon in a skillet, ideally cast iron, on your grill until brown and crisp. Remove the cooked bacon and save for later. Pour out 2 TBSP of bacon fat and set aside for the tortillas. Save the remaining bacon fat in your skillet.

In another pan, combine the vegetable oil, 3/4 cup whole milk, and the 2 TBSP of bacon fat and bring to a simmer (not boil) in the saucepan on your grill. Then immediately remove it from the grill. In a bowl, whisk in the baking powder, salt, and flour, then pour in the hot milk mixture and add the remaining 1/2 cup of cold whole milk. Mix with your hands until a shaggy dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Wrap in plastic, and let rest at room temperature.

Season your steak with Gentry’s Beef Brigade BBQ Rub and a marinade if you wish. For this recipe I used a cilantro lime marinade because I had it in the cupboard, but with all the other flavors in this recipe you certainly don’t need it. Grill your steak until nicely browned and medium rare, approximately 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes, then slice against the grain.

Add your skillet back to the grill and heat the reserved bacon fat, then add onions and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the serranos or jalepenos and cook another 5 minutes until the chiles are softened and the onions are brown. Add the chopped tomatoes until they are soft and begin to make a sauce, about 10-15 minutes. Mix in the steak slices and juices, the sliced reserved bacon, and some chopped cilantro and cook until the meat is heated through. Top with monterey jack cheese until melted.

If you’re doing this at a tailgate, transfer that whole filling mixture into a serving bowl and put your cast iron back onto the grill. Divide your rested dough into approximately 16 ping pong size balls. One at a time, roll out to approximately 6 inches each. Cook on the skillet until brown spots form on the bottom and air bubbles form on the surface, about 2 minutes. Poke large bubbles to release steam. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Cook one or two at a time until done.

Fill tortillas with the steak filling, top with cilantro, and squeeze a little lime juice, and enjoy! These have a deep, rich flavor and the soft bacon fat flour tortillas will be an instant hit, full of flavor and thick enough to hold the heartiness and juiciness of the filling. You’ll probably never go back to store bought tortillas again.

Sure, it’s a little more work than grilling burgers and brats, but oh so worth it. Your tailgate guests will be asking for more.

Visit Gentry’s to purchase their great rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Twitter at @gentrysbbq and you can also follow our resident pitmaster Joe at @mmmgoblubbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Gator kabobs

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

For our first recipe of the season we’re taking the easy way out and reposting a recipe from a couple years ago. I mean, hey, it worked the last time Michigan played Florida so why reinvent the wheel? Grab yourself some gator meet and impress your friends with something a little different this Saturday.

Ingredients

1 pound gator tail meat (cut into 1-inch cubes)
Onions
Mushrooms
Polish sausage

Marinade:

1 cup OJ
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup of Meat Church Hot Honey Hog Rub
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 TBSP ground black pepper

Directions

Add marinade ingredients to deep bowl and mix well. Reserve a half cup for basting later. Add gator tail pieces. Let marinate in the fridge for at least six hours but no more than 12. The acid in the OJ will start to cook the meat if you leave it on too long.

The gator tail is nice pinkish color and will darken after hours in the marinade. Once you add the OJ and the gator, we officially have a “citrus bowl”.

After 6-12 hours in the saucy goodness, start to skewer with your favorite veggies. I love onions and mushrooms along with some polish sausage for this recipe. Once they pieces are all on a stick, sprinkle with some Meat Church Fajita Rub.

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Set your grill up for high heat. These will cook for about 5-7 minutes per side. These skewers get hot, so wear some gloves. Learn from my mistakes.

As the kabobs are grilling, baste with the reserved marinade. This will also add some flavor to the sausage and the veggies.

After 10-12 minutes total, remove from the direct heat. I like to let these rest for about five minutes and serve over white rice. The flavor is a combo or chicken and pork and also has a very dense texture.

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These were served my new Michigan platter from Wilton Armetale. They make some fantastic grill ware and have a huge selection of Michigan product. Check them out. Don’t forget to check out the selection of Meat Church rubs as well. He was a great sponsor a couple years and continues to make some fantastic rubs.

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GO BLUE!!!

Visit Meat Church to purchase their new Bacon BBQ rub or any of their other great rubs and seasonings. You can follow them on Twitter at @MeatChurch and you can also follow Joe at @mmmgoblubbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Bacon cream cheese

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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This week’s recipe is for the morning tailgaters, those of you who get to the lot or golf course at dawn to maximize your time before kickoff and aren’t quite ready for burgers, dogs, and brisket just yet. We are also proud to feature a guest chef this week, who also happens to be a Michigan alum — and a pretty successful one at that.

Stephanie Izard is a 1998 Michigan grad who then went to the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale. After working on various restaurants in Phoenix and Chicago, she opened her first restaurant, Scylla, in Bucktown. In 2008, she became the first female winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and then followed that up with her new restaurant, Girl & the Goat, which was named America’s Best New Restaurant by Saveur. A year later, she opened Little Goat and published her first cookbook, Girl in the Kitchen. Earlier this year, she opened her third restaurant, Duck Duck Goat.

Ingredients

• ½ cup cooked bacon, rough chopped into very small pieces
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• 1 lb cream cheese, room temperature
• 2 TBSP rendered bacon fat
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• Salt to taste

Directions

Simmer your roughly chopped bacon in heavy cream for 15 minutes over low heat. Allow to cool.

In a bowl, whip the cream cheese and two tablespoons of bacon fat together until slightly fluffy and well combined. Add your cooled bacon and cream mixture and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined. Season with salt to taste. This yields about two cups of cream cheese.

This cream cheese is great on a bagel and can easily be done in a saucepan on a grill at your tailgate location. But it’s also great on zucchini or pumpkin bread, so if you start your tailgate early in the morning, it’s versatile enough to please all your guests. Another great use for it for the post-breakfast crowd is to stuff it into some jalapeños, wrap them in bacon, and grill them.

Visit Stephanie’s website to purchase her line of rubs and sauces. You can follower her on Twitter at @stephandthegoat and Instagram at stephandthegoat. And next time you’re in Chicago, visit Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, or Duck Duck Goat for a great meal. 

Tailgate Tuesday: Sous Vide steak and burgers

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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I realize this one might be a little different as most guys don’t have a Sous Vide just laying around, but I’m hoping this recipe will help change that. My Sous Vide machine has quickly become one of my favorite kitchen toys and really pairs well with the grill. If you like kitchen gadgets, this one is a must. What is Sous Vide you ask? According to Wikipedia, Sous Vide is French for “under vacuum” and is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a temperature controlled water bath. The outcome is an evenly cooked and super moist product. It’s really easy and fun. I love the Anova Sous Vide machine, but there are several great models out on the market.

Ingredients

• T-Bone or ribeye steak (1-2 inch thick)
• 4 sprigs of rosemary
• 2 TBSP butter
• 1-pound ground beef (80-20 fat content)
• Cheese
• Hamburger buns
• Lane’s SPF53 Rub

Directions

Pour hot water into your cooler, tub, pot, or Cambro polycarbonate box. You can use almost anything as your water tub as long as it’s tall enough to hold the Sous Vide. I love my steaks medium rare, so I am setting the temp to 125 degrees. This is 10 degrees short of my desired finishing temp, but we are going to finish on the grill to get some grill marks and some char, so I’m not worried about an undercooked steak. If you like your steaks cooked a little more, set your temp a little higher.

As the water is heating up, season your steak with Lane’s BBQ rub. Place the steak in a Ziplock bag or food saver bag if you have them. Add a pat of butter and sprig of rosemary on each side. Seal the bag up tight. I love my food saver bags for sous vide as it helps create the prefect air tight container for our meat. If you do not have a food saver, it’s ok. You can add the meat to a Ziplock bag and slowly start to lower the bag into the hot water.

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As you lower the bag into the water, air releases through the top creating an airless bag of tasty goodness. Seal the top and drop. Easy as that. I did the same with a 3/4-pound hamburger. I’m cooking them both to rare and will finish them on the grill by bringing them up to 135 degrees.

The great thing about the Sous Vide method, is that it’s really difficult to overcook your food. The water temp is set at 125 degrees and the food will never go above that. You can forget the steak in the water for four hours and it’s not going to over 125 degrees. Now, don’t get me wrong, a steak this size will start to break down and get mushy after about four hours, but I doubt you will forget about it for more than four hours. It’s a great steak for Pete’s sake. Set your timer for 60 minutes. This is about as long as you want to go with a steak this size.

Once the steaks hit an hour, fill your charcoal chimney 3/4 of the way with some Fogo Lump Charcoal. The best way to light your Fogo is by spraying some paper towels with vegetable spray. Place under your chimney and light. Light it from the bottom and let it burn. You can also use your standard grill or favorite cast iron pan. If you are using your cast iron, get is screaming hot.

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Once the flames are roaring thru the top of the chimney, set your bbq grate on top.

Remove your steak from the bag and pat it dry with some paper towels. As you can see, these are not the prettiest cuts of meat. They are nearly done and only lack the char and grill marks.

Season with Lane’s BBQ rub and place on the chimney or cast iron. Remember, the internal temp is almost done, so we just need to get some grill marks or char on the meat. This only takes about 60 seconds total. I went 30 seconds per side and it was done. Check it with your favorite Thermapen instant read thermometer, and you are done.

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As you can see, the medium rare pinkness is even from top to bottom. The entire steak was a perfect 135 degrees throughout.

Next was our burger. As you can see, the Thermapen was reading an internal of 123 degrees. Dust with your Lane’s BBQ SPF 53 Rub and toss on the hot grate. This rub has a serious kick to it and pairs well with beef.

After one minute per side and little cheddar, we were up to 132 degrees. This doesn’t take long, so don’t walk away.

Once you reach 135 degrees, remove from the heat and load up a tasty potato bun. No need to let your steak or hamburger rest as this step is not needed.

As you can see, the pink runs from top to bottom here as well. Even cooking and moisture retention are the reasons for a sous vide machine. Look at those juices!

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This is a great method when feeding a large group of people as you can cook large amounts of food in a cooler via Sous Vide and toss it on the hot grill for one minute once your guests are hungry. If you have a late arriving guest (as always happens) just keep his food warm in the Sous Vide bath for a few extra hours. It’s not going to overcook it. Trust me, you will love these burgers. Steaks and chicken are also great and cooked perfectly over time. GO BLUE!!!!

Visit Lane’s BBQ to purchase their fantastic line of rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Fogo to purchase their premium lump charcoal. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, andInstagram.

After growing up in Michigan, Joe now lives in North Texas where he can barbecue year ’round. He cooks mostly on Big Green Eggs and some Webers and has competed in BGE competitions. When he’s not watching Michigan football, he also teaches BBQ classes at a local grilling store and does some catering. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @mmmgoblubbq and Instagram at @gobluebbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Maple planked salmon

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

Previous: Cedar planked scotch eggs, Pork tenderloin sliders with grilled cheese, Chicken street tacos,Sausage and cheese poppers, Tomato pie, smoked corn pudding
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There are very few things I like better than planked salmon on the grill. Tops has to be a sweet and spicy rack of pork ribs followed closely by a peppery rubbed Texas style brisket. Both of these require at least five hours of my time and typically involve me waking up prior to sunrise for a noon kickoff. While I don’t have a problem doing this and typically enjoy the smell of pecan smoke mixing with my 4am coffee, sometimes I need something a little more healthy and easy to prepare. Planked maple salmon is fantastic and is always a crowd pleaser. Give this one a go for the big homecoming game and give your smoker a well-deserved break.

Ingredients

• Salmon filet – skin on
• Lane’s BBQ Q-Nami Rub
• Maple syrup or honey
• Chayder Cedar Plank (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
• Fogo Lump Charcoal

Directions

Soak your Chayder Cedar Plank in water for 30-60 minutes. This will ensure that the plank doesn’t burn on the grill. While the plank is soaking, set your grill up for indirect cooking and shoot for a temp of 275-300 degrees. Always use your Fogo Lump Charcoal as you’ll get a cleaner and hotter burn. It really is the best.

Once the plank has soaked for 30-60 minutes, remove from the water, and place over direct heat on the grill. Let burn for about five minutes or until a nice dark color appears on the plank. After five minutes, flip the plank so that the charred side is facing up. Place the salmon filet on the plank and season with your Lane’s BBQ Q-Nami Rub. Move the planked salmon over to the indirect side of the grill and away from direct heat. We want to cook this around 275-300 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.

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After 20 minutes, check the internal temperature of your salmon. I prefer my salmon cooked medium and that’s about 125 degrees internal. If you like yours a little more well done, go a little longer. Once the fish starts to sweat out the albumen — AKA “White Gunk” — you are nearing 125 degrees. This is just coagulated protein that gets squeezed out by the tightening of the fish.

Once the salmon gets to 115 degrees, start drizzling the top with your maple syrup or honey. Cover the entire top of your salmon. I prefer to drizzle than brushing as I want the rub to stay in place. After drizzling the syrup, close the lid and let go for another five minutes. Once the internal temp gets to 120 degrees, give it another drizzle. I actually mixed some maple syrup with some habanero honey I had left over. Great combo!

Once we get to 125 degrees internal, remove the planked salmon from the heat and let rest for five minutes. The syrup/honey will thicken and form a gooey layer of tastiness that you will love! It’s fantastic and packed with flavor. The smell from the charred cedar plank will have your neighbors peaking over your fence. If you don’t have a fence, they will just walk on up and introduce themselves.

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The total cook time on this is about 30 minutes and can be done with salmon, haddock, trout, walleye, etc. It’s a winner with most fin and grill combo’d creatures. The Chayder planks are the best on the market and made in Michigan. The owner, John, is a HUGE Michigan fan and can be found tailgating at The Big House several times each season. Give his planks a try and don’t forget to grab a few cedar wraps while you’re at it.

Let me know how your fish turns out and if you prefer the maple or the honey glaze. You really can’t go wrong with either one. GO BLUE!!!!

Visit Lane’s BBQ to purchase their fantastic line of rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Fogo to purchase their premium lump charcoal. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, andInstagram.

After growing up in Michigan, Joe now lives in North Texas where he can barbecue year ’round. He cooks mostly on Big Green Eggs and some Webers and has competed in BGE competitions. When he’s not watching Michigan football, he also teaches BBQ classes at a local grilling store and does some catering. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @mmmgoblubbq and Instagram at @gobluebbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Smoked corn pudding

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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Joe is still on his extended bye week, so I’m filling in again. If you judge my barbecue style solely from last week’s recipe and this week’s, you’d probably think I never cook meat. That’s not true, of course, but since Joe is our resident pit boss I’ll let him bring the big guns.

Like anyone, I love going to a BBQ joint and getting brisket or pulled pork or ribs or beef ribs, or hot links — or all of the above! But a place that serves up top-notch sides along with its meat will always win over my stomach. So when I’m cooking for family and friends I make sure to throw in at least one or two great sides. Like the tomato pie last week, this is another side that you and your guests will have a hard time not going back for seconds. It adds great sweetness to accompany the rich, bold flavors of your main course.

Ingredients

• 4 ears of corn
• 1.5 sticks unsalted butter
Lane’s Signature Rub
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 7 eggs
• 1/4 cup flour
• 6 TBSP sugar
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 2 TBSP dark brown sugar
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Like the tomato pie last week, this one is easy to cook and can be thrown into the smoker while your meat is smoking. I love corn pretty much any way you cook it, but in my opinion, grilling or smoking it really enhances its flavor. So when you make corn pudding with grilled or smoked corn, it enhances the recipe considerably over canned corn.

Start by removing the husks from the corn — maybe we should have saved this for Nebraska week — and then sprinkle some Lane’s Signature Rub on them. Toss them into your smoker for about 40-45 minutes. If you’re grilling them, put them on medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes. You want to get them just started to char, but not completely charred. If on the grill, make sure to turn them to slightly char every side. Once ready, remove and let cool.

In a medium saucepan on the stove or grill, melt your butter over low heat. Stir in the cream, remove the pan from the heat, and let cool. Beat your eggs and then add to the butter and cream mixture, once it’s cool enough that it won’t start to cook the eggs.

Now its time to mix up the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder, then slowly whisk it into your butter, cream, and eggs mixture. You want it to be a loose batter consistency, almost like pancake batter.

Take a sharp knife and cut the corn kernels form the cobs. To do this, stand the cob on one end and cut straight down on all sides until all the kernels are off. Add them to the batter.

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Grease a 9″x 13″ pan and pour your batter mixture into it. Toss it back into the smoker for about 15 minutes at approximately 350 degrees. At this point, the batter should be starting to solidify ever so slightly. Mix together the two tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, then sprinkle it on top of the batter. It’s very important that you do this partway through the cooking process as opposed to sprinkling on top of the batter from the beginning. You don’t want the brown sugar to harden because then it will be hard to chew and stick to your teeth. Put the pan back into the smoker for another 20-30 minutes until the top is golden brown and the pudding doesn’t jiggle when you shake it (that’s what she said).

Now it’s time to eat. Serve hot and enjoy.

Visit Lane’s BBQ to purchase their fantastic line of rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Fogo to purchase their premium lump charcoal. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, andInstagram.

After growing up in Michigan, Joe now lives in North Texas where he can barbecue year ’round. He cooks mostly on Big Green Eggs and some Webers and has competed in BGE competitions. When he’s not watching Michigan football, he also teaches BBQ classes at a local grilling store and does some catering. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @mmmgoblubbq and Instagram at @gobluebbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Tomato pie

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

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Joe is taking an early bye week, so I’m pinch hitting. This week’s recipe may scare off some simply by the name, but I assure you it’s a worthy side to add to your next cookout. It’s full of flavor and an easy way to get your serving of veggies — nevermind that they’re covered in cheese and mayo.

I first heard of tomato pie from my parents who had it at the Tomato Shed Cafe at Stono Market in Johns Island, S.C., just outside of Charleston. They raved about it, but I’ve never been a huge fan of tomatoes, so I thought how good could it possibly be? Finally, they took me to the Tomato Shed last summer and I saw what they had been raving about. So much flavor. It just pairs perfectly alongside your pulled pork or ribs or brisket. So naturally, I thought, if it’s so good like this it has to be even better smoked. So I went home and gave it a try, and lo and behold it is.

Ingredients

• 6-8 tomatoes (any variety will work but I prefer heirloom)
• 1 yellow onion
• Fresh basil (can also use dried)
• Fresh chives
• 1 cup mayo
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• Biscuit dough
Lane’s BBQ Sweet Heat Rub
• Salt and pepper

Directions

This one is much better suited for a cookout at home rather than tailgating at the stadium since it involves so much cutting and the ingredients don’t really lend themselves to making ahead of time. Also, it takes just about as long to prep as it does to actually cook.

Start by baking your biscuit dough. If you want to really go for it, you can make your own biscuits, but for ease I like the Pillsbury Grand’s flaky layers butter tastin’ biscuits. One tube is likely enough. Just line the bottom of your pan with them, flatten them and bake until golden brown. It won’t look pretty at this point, but it doesn’t need to.

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Next, slice up your tomatoes, sprinkle them with salt and let them rest for a few minutes. You can use any kind of ripe tomatoes you can find, and most will likely recommend red juicy ones. But I prefer multicolored heirlooms because I think they are sweeter and the variety of colors looks great. After a few minutes, lay out a layer of sliced tomatoes on top of the baked, flattened biscuits. Add a thin layer of sliced onion, some fresh basil and chives, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Keep repeating this process in layers until you run out of tomatoes and onions.

Mix your mayo and cheese together in a separate bowl. Folks down south swear by Duke’s mayo — it’s the only mayo on the market without any natural or artificial sweeteners — but if you live in Big Ten country it’s pretty much impossible to find. Any mayo will do just fine.

Take your mayo and cheese mixture and slather it on top of your tomatoes, onions, basil, and chives. Make sure to rub it all over so it covers the top. Then sprinkle some Lane’s BBQ Sweet Heat Rub on top of the mayo. I like the small amount of kick this gives to complement the sweetness of the tomatoes and the pepperiness of the basil.

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Toss your tomato pie into the smoker at 300-350 for 30-45 minutes with some hickory wood. You want the mayo and cheese to be nice and melty and the tomatoes and onions to soften. Since you’re cooking it in a cast iron skillet or a pan, that topping will absorb most of the smoke. You can also just as easily make this in the oven, but I love the extra touch the smoke adds. After about 45 minutes it should be done and you can cut and serve.

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The biscuits at the bottom ground the pie with a nice buttery texture — just make sure you bake them beforehand or else they’ll just become mushy. The sweetness of the tomatoes and onions, the pepperiness of the basil, the creaminess of the mayo and cheese, the kick of the Sweet Heat Rub, and the touch of smoke just make this a fantastic side. Your guests will love it despite their initial misgivings.

Visit Lane’s BBQ to purchase their fantastic line of rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Fogo to purchase their premium lump charcoal. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

After growing up in Michigan, Joe now lives in North Texas where he can barbecue year ’round. He cooks mostly on Big Green Eggs and some Webers and has competed in BGE competitions. When he’s not watching Michigan football, he also teaches BBQ classes at a local grilling store and does some catering. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @mmmgoblubbq and Instagram at @gobluebbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Sausage and cheese poppers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


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Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

Previous: Cedar planked scotch eggs, Pork tenderloin sliders with grilled cheese, Chicken street tacos
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This is BY FAR the easiest tailgate recipe you will ever do. Short of opening a can of SPAM and digging in with a plastic fork, this one takes the cake. It’s not only super easy, but will make your tailgate guests very happy. The sausage and cheese poppers have it all when it comes to flavor. You have the sweet sauce mixing with the salty cheese and spicy pepper all served on a tasty hunk of sausage. What else is there?

Ingredients

Lane’s Kinda Sweet sauce
• Keilbasa sausage
• Sharp cheddar cheese
• Jalapeños

Directions

Are you ready for this? As I said, this one is the easiest we will ever do. I feel kinda lazy on this one. I feel like I should add more steps to make it seem more extravagant. Heat your grill up to about 300 degrees and add a piece of fruit wood to the coals. This will generate a little smoke. As the grill is heating up, slice the sausage into 1-inch chunks. You can sprinkle with some of your favorite Lane’s rub if you’d like, but it is not mandatory. Slice the jalapeños thinly and top each piece of sausage with a jalapeño slice. Place on the grill and let cook for about five minutes. We want the inside of the sausage to get a little warm and the jalapeños to get a little soft.

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As the sausage and pepper poppers are warming, cut the cheddar into half-inch chunks. Once they are cut up, add a toothpick to each cheddar cube.

After 5-7 minutes on the heat, top each sausage chunk with your cheddar and dip into a little Lane’s “Kinda Sweet” sauce.

Place back on the hot grill. Close the lid for about three minutes while the cheddar melts and the sauce starts to thicken.

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These do not take long to cook. You can also use other types of hard cheese or any other kind of sausage. Bratwurst goes great in this recipe as does chicken sausage.

As you can see, the cheese starts to melt and runs down the sausage. It mixes well with the sweet sauce and makes for the perfect tailgate treat.

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Just pick ’em up by the toothpick and throw ’em back one by one. Feel free to give ’em another drop in the Lane’s Kinda Sweet Sauce. Remember, the sauce has thickened a little and is hot. Be Careful! These are addicting and packed with flavor. Give ’em a try and let me know what you think. GO BLUE!!!!

Visit Lane’s BBQ to purchase their fantastic line of rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Fogo to purchase their premium lump charcoal. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

After growing up in Michigan, Joe now lives in North Texas where he can barbecue year ’round. He cooks mostly on Big Green Eggs and some Webers and has competed in BGE competitions. When he’s not watching Michigan football, he also teaches BBQ classes at a local grilling store and does some catering. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @mmmgoblubbq and Instagram at @gobluebbq.