Competition-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

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This is my recipe for my sweet and spicy barbecue sauce that I use at competition bbq cooks. Plus, it makes a great base to start your own BBQ sauce. You can make this BBQ sauce recipe and then add a few more ingredients to make it your own, or you can use it as-is (that’s what I do)! Ingredients: 16 oz Tomato Sauce 16 oz Ketchup 12 oz Chili Sauce 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1 cup Brown Sugar 1 cup Corn Syrup 1/2 cup Honey 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce 1 TBS Soy Sauce 1/2 cup Dry Rub 1 TBS Hot …

Sting-Kill Pecan Sandies

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I remember being allergic to chocolate as a child and my Mother would purchase Pecan Sandies at the grocery store for a treat. So happy I outgrew the allergy but didn’t outgrow my love of the Pecan Sandies. The Sting-Kill Pecan Sandie is my version of the recipe I remember as a child. Full of pecans, butter, eggs and they melt in your mouth. There is nothing but sweetness in this cookie and so good with a cup of coffee, tea, or lemonade. I substitute the pecan in so many recipes, which call for other nuts. The pecan is my …

Cream Cheese Chocolate Cookies

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Sometimes you start to bake and all of sudden you are out of certain ingredients, sugar of all things. Even after I emptied the sugar bowl I was short one half a cup. I decided to have some fun with baking, as they say nothing ventured nothing gained. Now, we all know this can be really good or really bad! I am happy to report the outcome was beyond my expectation and passed the taste test of five young men. I love the ability to choose to add yummy pecans or leave them off. Hard to believe one son doesn’t …

Tip #43 from Hiker Mike

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Tip #43 From Hiker Mike: Don’t eat pizza in your tent. No, seriously, it could save your life! Here are a few more bear safety tips for your next hiking trip. Always have bear deterrent pepper spray in its holster ready for immediate use. Don’t bury it in your pack. If a grizzly makes contact with you, play dead. Curl up into a ball with your knees tucked into your stomach and your hands laced around the back of your neck. Leave your pack on to protect your back. If a black bear makes contact with you, fight back. Store your food …

Introducing Hiker Mike

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We’d like to introduce you to our new buddy, Hiker Mike. He always has Sting-Kill, and the best intentions, but nothing else ever really seems to go his way. We encourage you to learn from his mistakes, and to laugh a little in the process. Here are some tips on how to stay safe around bees! Don’t wear perfumes or citrus after shaves. Bees are sensitive to odors and are more likely to come near you if they can smell your perfume. Wear light colors. Research has shown that bees tend to attack dark things. If you run into a …

Caribbean Style Hot Wings

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If you’re looking for a way to spice up your average chicken wing, I have a great recipe that I want to share with you.  This is my take on a Caribbean Style hot wing cooked over charcoal.  There’s nothing wrong with deep fried hot wings but the flavor that the grill gives these wings is much better, and it’s a little healthier for you too! I start with 4lbs of frozen wings that you can find at any supermarket.  Look for the bag that contains both 1st and 2nd wing sections.  You can also buy whole wings and cut …

Grilled Lamb Loin Chops

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When I think of lamb, fresh herbs and garlic come to mind, and that’s the ingredients I’m going to use for this dish.  Herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano compliment the natural flavor of lamb, and  I’m using them in a marinade for the loin chops. Here’s the recipe for the marinade: ½ cup Olive Oil Juice of 2 large Lemons Zest of 2 large Lemons (heaping Tablespoon) 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic chopped 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary finely chopped 1 Tablespoon Fresh Oregano finely chopped 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme finely chopped Pour the lemon juice in a mixing bowl and …

Korean Style Short Ribs

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You can find these beef short ribs at your local grocery store for around $3 per lb. They’re cut about 1/4” thick from the chuck flanken area of the beef rib which makes them perfect for quick grilling.  You’ll want to give the short ribs a good rinse under cool water when you take them out of the package.  I found that there are tiny bits of bone shard left on the meat from the butcher process.  Rinse this away and you won’t have to worry about biting down on any hard bits of bone after it’s cooked.  Be sure …

Kickin’ Cajun Deviled Eggs

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The Annual Crawfish Boil was this weekend and the weather was outstanding. Who thinks of a crawfish boil in New York but our friends have them flown in and it feels like Cajun country even if the zip code reads New York! Nothing makes a crawfish boil or cookout more fun than deviled eggs. Wonderful finger food or use a fork, the choice is yours. For every deviled egg there is a “special” recipe but these are easy, “kickin” and a bit different than your Grandmothers stuffed eggs. Yes, I guess I have a bit of “the devil” in me, …

St. Patty’s Day Corn Beef and Cabbage

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Corn Beef & Cabbage is a traditional meal served on St. Partick’s Day in the U.S.  This year I’m adding my spin to this delicious dish and preparing it on the smoker.  Corn Beef actually doesn’t have anything to do with “corn”. The term comes from the type of salt used in the brining process.  These salt grains are as big as a piece of corn hence the name “corned beef”.  Brisket is the typical cut of beef used for this method.  It can be either the flat or point end.  I choose the flat portion because it’s more uniform …

Irish Soda Bread

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March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. While Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, he is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated with gusto in the United States, especially New York. I am not Irish but I appreciate so many gifts from Ireland. Who doesn’t enjoy the Irish traditions and music, Riverdance, Waterford, linens, Beleek, woolens, foods and beverages? I have learned everyone has his or her “special” Irish Soda Bread recipe and I haven’t eaten one that wasn’t wonderful! My recipe is a combination of several recipes with a small …

Smoked Oyster Dip Recipe

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Wine, roses and song, love is in the air. Yes, Valentines Day brings out the romantic in me, even after many years of marriage. Some of my happiest memories are watching my kids sporting events on Valentines Day with my husband. Basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, February 14th is fair game for scheduling games, and matches. I know it doesn’t sound romantic but sausage and peppers or hot dogs at the game can be romantic with the right attitude. Sometimes you just have to create your own special day. This Smoked Oyster Dip recipe, is wonderful for any occasion and can …

Cheese Bites

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  The Winter Olympics are coming and if you are like me you will be watching them on television. Downhill skiing is one of my favorite sports, watching the speed and gracefulness of the racers makes me feel the “whoosh” of the slopes. So offer something different to munch on while watching sporting events, movie night or any other occasion. One of my favorite snacks are Cheese Bites. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you are missing out on something yummy. Now, these are not quite the same but very close and very easy. I …

Sausage Blossoms

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Bronco’s  vs Seahawks a SUPER showdown in New Jersey. The Meadowlands will host the Super Bowl this year and it will be full of surprises, not just football but weather. My favorite memory of The Meadowlands is watching my son as the starting guard in High School football at Giants Stadium. Great memory, but the weather in December was blowing, swirling snow and very cold, the only warm feeling was winning the State Championship. Trust me amazing stadium, but ask any fan it can be brutally cold. Football is fun to watch no matter if you are attending the game …

Stadium-Style Sausages

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Ingredients 12  Bratwurst or Italian Sausages 2  Sweet Yellow Onions 2  Green Bell Peppers 24oz Beer 12 Brat Buns or Hard Rolls Directions Arrange sausages in a half-size aluminum pan. Quarter 1 of the onions and place in the pan.  Pour beer over the sausages and place on Med. Hot grill.  Simmer brats for 30min but don’t let it come to a boil.  Reduce heat if necessary. While the sausages are simmering, slice the green pepper and remaining onion into thin strips.  Season lightly with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  In a separate pan melt 2 TBS butter on …

Superbowl Nacho Recipe

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Ingredients: 3lbs  Pulled Pork 1lb  Processed Cheese (Velvetta brand) 12oz can Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) 8oz  cream cheese 1lb Hot breakfast sausage 18oz BBQ Sauce 4oz BBQ Dry Rub 1 jar sliced jalapenos 1 bag of Tortilla Chips Directions: Brown the sausage over medium heat and drain fat. Cut the Velvetta and cream cheese into small cubes and place in a crockpot.  Add the Rotel tomatoes, hot sausage and stir to combine.  Cover and set temperature on high for 1 hour.  Stir the cheese mixture often and once it has melted move the setting to warm. Arrange Tortilla chips …

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

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Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Ingredients: 2   12oz Sirloin Steaks cut into bite size chunks 1 dozen whole jalapeno peppers 1lb thin sliced bacon 8oz cream cheese 4oz Worcestershire Sauce 4oz Italian Dressing 2oz Soy Sauce 3 TBS BBQ dry rub Directions: Season the Sirloin chunks with Salt, Pepper, and Granulated Garlic on both sides; then place in a gallon size zip top storage bag. Next pour in Worcestershire, Soy Sauce, and Italian Dressing. Move the pieces of steak around so that everything is covered, and place the bag in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. While the meat is marinating, split the …

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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New Year, new classic recipe to start off this year. Nothing beats a REAL pound cake, complete with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla extract. I made this classic cream cheese pound cake for dessert tonight and the question asked was “Why is it called pound cake?” Well, I thought it might be because it weighs a good pound or two when it is baked or could it be I weigh a good pound more after eating it! However, history states the name originated in Europe because you used one pound each of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Now that would …

Honey Smoked Ham

The ham I use for this recipe is a Spiral Sliced Smoked Ham.  You can find these everywhere during the Holidays, and they cost around $1.99 per lb.  I buy the shank portion because the bone is great for making a big pot of beans after the holidays; but the butt portion is just as good for serving. These hams are precooked; if you notice the directions it simply says to reheat the ham in an oven for several hours until it reaches an internal temp of 140 degrees.  It is perfectly fine to reheat it this way, but if …