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Brown Sugar Rum Planked Salmon

This Brown Sugar Rum Salmon recipe is simple, delicious and my favorite to make! It starts off with a whole salmon filet that gets seasoned with a simple garlic lemon and herb seasoning and then planked right before it goes on the smoker. The freshness of the salmon with a bourbon wood smoke flavor goes great with the glaze that gets made twenty minutes later. The glaze is sweet with a spicy rum kick that sends your tastebuds wild! It’s made with low heat and simmers for 6-8 minutes so flavors can marry together. The salmon gets glazed twice and...

Cheesesteak Loaded Hotdogs

Everyone loves cheesesteaks and hotdogs, so why not do a wild clash where these two iconic indulgents can be enjoyed at once! I am always looking to do something different on the grill, or in cooking. This is how I stay excited and keep it fun! My wife and I just came from a restaurant that specialized in cheesesteaks so it was fresh in our memory the next day when we fired up the grill for some hotdogs with the kids. As the evening went on we started talking about the restaurant experience and how great it was. We both...

Picanha Steak Sandwich with Chimichurri

It is time to introduce you to the most unknown delicious cut of beef, the Picanha. This cut of beef is the most desired in Brazil, known for its succulent flavor. The Ribeye Steak is king of northern America but it comes at a cost, where the Picanha is half the cost per pound. Lets dive into this picanha steak sandwich recipe! WHAT CUT OF MEAT IS PICANHA Picanha will be found on the top of the rump. It has a couple of nicknames like rump cover, rump cap, sirloin cap or culotte steak.  The shape of the cut of...

Bang Bang Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich

Last summer my family had the pleasure to travel down south to New Orleans for a nice vacation. Here is where I was introduced to the authentic Po’ Boy and it was everything that I expected. It started with a French baguette layered with shredded lettuce, ripe tomatoes and crispy fried shrimp with a sweet and spicy sauce. I instantly closed my eyes and envisioned making a play off of this creation with my own recipe at home. If you are a fan of shrimp then this Bang Bang Shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich is perfect for you! The experience of...

Parmesan Bacon Lobster Rolls

I went up north for a family vacation in Maine, this is where I was introduced to Lobster Rolls. They were slathered in a melted butter with lemon juice in-between a warm toasted bun. The experience was so good that I couldn’t believe I went 30 plus years of my life without ever having one! Now all I needed to do was take this delicious experience home with me and make my own version. It is pretty simple, the most important part of the whole process is to not overcook the lobster where it becomes little rubber chunks. The lobster...

The Best Italian Beef Sandwiches

The iconic Italian Beef Sandwich is found on the South Side of Chicago where the Italian roots are strong. This sandwich is incredibly flavorful and it is as messy as it gets with the Au Jus dipping (it’s where all of the flavor is at). It can be found throughout Chicago and what separates them are the different variations of  Giardiniera, a topping for each Italian Beef Sandwich. If you’re planning on hosting for friends or family and you have some time set aside then this recipe is perfect! It is cost efficient and the only downside is the time it...

Animal Style Burger Dogs

Approximately 20 billion hot dogs are consumed in a year and 50 billion burgers are consumed in a year. Knowing this left me no choice but to make these Animal Style Burger Dogs. It only makes sense to combine the two most consumed proteins ever! Personally, it turned out to be an awesome idea! The problem I had was making these Burger Dogs with some style so they didn’t come across boring. This is where the Animal Style came to play. I caramelized some onions and made a delicious sauce to amp up the taste buds and then stuffed the...

Honey Chipotle Smoked Ribs

These smoked honey chipotle ribs are incredibly tender and pack a lip smacking flavor! The time of the year doesn’t even matter when it comes to these ribs, they are great in a charcoal/offset smoker or even on a sit and forget pellet smoker. After the first time making this recipe you will find yourself making them for any occasion, it could be the BBQ to kick off summer, a birthday party or even a family gathering for the 4th of July, these Honey Chipotle Smoked Ribs will never disappoint! I’ve had a lot of people come up to me...

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of my favorite combos of flavors for chicken! The sweetness of the pineapple and brown sugar mixed with the bite from the rice wine vinegar is complete satisfaction! This recipe calls for chicken drum legs that are butterflied and then grilled to perfection. The Sweet and Sour sauce is used as a basting liquid that continuously builds flavor throughout the cook. My favorite part is the charred crispy exterior parts that are full mini crispy crunchy flavor bombs! HOW TO BUTTERFLY THE CHICKEN Using chicken drum legs it is best to start on the...

The Pizza Burger

Everyone loves a good grilled burger! During the summer we have them on the menu once a week. There is something so satisfying about the crispy char exterior that is smothered in melted cheese. Sometimes I might even add some lettuce and fresh tomato for a little extra crunch to my bite. I know there are a lot of varieties to make burgers so I decided to make these pizza burgers. Pizza is great on its own and the famous cheeseburger is fantastic, let’e combine them into one. The buns got toasted and then slathered with a roasted garlic butter...

Grilled Ribeye Steak with Red Wine Onion and Mushrooms Sauce

The richness of a protein like steak goes very well with the earthy flavors of mushrooms! This recipe enhances the flavors with adding some white onions and red wine to make a delicious Red Wine Mushroom and Onion sauce to top the steaks.  These steaks will be Seasoned generously with only salt and then grilled over direct flames so we can really enjoy the pure goodness of the tender juicy ribeye steak. Also, they will be served with crispy parmesan truffle fries! HOW TO GRILL RIBEYE STEAK When dealing with ribeye steaks it is important to season them generously. Depending...

Footlong Chili Cheese Coneys

Grilled hotdogs are one of the most consumed proteins during a cookout! I know I have had my fair share of them but I love a good grilled hotdog when I make footlong chili cheese coneys, which are the ultimate comfort foods. There are a few key steps to creating the perfect Chili Cheese Coney and I am going to break them down for you right here!   HOW TO MAKE FOOTLONG CHILI CHEESE CONEYS Believe it or not, there are some key steps to making the best chili cheese coneys. Some of the variables are the condiments used to...