Bacon Wrapped Backstrap Recipe

This week I thought I’d kick 2015 off with a great recipe for backstrap… my favorite cut of whitetail deer. The backstrap is cut from the top of the deer located on each side of the spine. It’s equivalent to the loin section off a cow or pig. I’m not sure where the name back strap originated, but I’ve always …

Cold Smoked Cheese Recipe

There is something I look forward to every year when the temps start to drop… and that is cold smoking cheese. Because we live in the south, we have limited times we can do it down here because if it’s warm outside – your cheese can melt. Cold smoking cheese is really, really easy. The only thing you’ve got to …

Pineapple Glazed Whole Smoked Ham Recipe

Pineapple Glazed Whole Smoked Ham Recipe For this recipe I use a Whole Smoked Ham (fully cooked). Don’t confuse it with a fresh or green ham which is one that hasn’t been cured or cooked, also don’t confuse it with a country ham. That’s something totally different. (we fry it and eat with biscuits in the south!). The whole ham …

How to Smoke a Whole Leg of Lamb

Lamb can be a little tricky to find in your local stores, but this time of year most supermarkets will have a small selection. Since I found the lamb loin chops a couple of weeks ago at Costco, that was going to be my first stop. Costco had plenty of boneless legs in stock this week, and I picked out …

Smoked Bone-In Turkey Breast Recipe

Smoked Bone-In Turkey Breast Recipe It’s time to buy those turkeys for next week and get them thawing in the refrigerator. I checked out the sales ads this week and everyone has turkey on sale – so I picked up a Bone-In Turkey Breast to smoke. You can get the recipe for a Whole Smoked Turkey here >> If you’re …

Crown Roast of Pork

Smoked Crown Roast of Pork Recipe

Smoked Crown Roast of Pork Recipe It’s that time of year where everyone should be thinking about what’s on the menu for the holidays, and this week I want to share with you a recipe for a sure ‘nuff crowd pleaser….Smoked Crown Roast of Pork. A Crown Roast is made from the center cut, bone-in pork loin. The tips of …

Steak Skewers

Chimichurri Skirt Steak Skewers Recipe

Here’s a great recipe for a quick tailgate or football food. All that’s required on gameday is a hot grill the rest of the preparation happens the night before leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the game. Here’s what you need: 1-2lbs of skirt steak (flank steak or flat iron also make good substitutes) 18-20 wooden skewers for grilling …

Smoked Pig Wings

Pig Wings Recipe

Since the season started, I’ve been doing a weekly video on football foods. Well, this week I tried something that was brand new to me called Pig Wings, and they’re so good that I had to include them in a newsletter. The pig wing is actually a portion of the ham shank that has been trimmed and smoked (fully cooked). …

sausage and peppers recipe

Italian Sausage & Peppers Recipe

How to Grill Italian Sausage, Onions and Peppers There’s just no better football food than some Italian Sausages with peppers and onions. You can cook it all right on the grill… so it makes this recipe perfect for a tailgate. This grilled Italian Sausage recipe is easy. You can prep all your peppers and onions at home – and all …

Smoked Pork Chops

Smoked Pork Chops Recipe

For this week’s newsletter I had my local butcher cut me some 1” thick pork loin chops. Thick chops like these are excellent on the smoker and it doesn’t take as long as you might think. I keep the recipe fairly simple but we get a ton of flavor into the meat by using a brine. Also the layered seasonings …

beef bombs

Beef Bombs Recipe

I’m loving these Football Food videos. Love thinking about them, cooking them… and especially eating them. And these Beef Bombs I did this week turned out awesome. If you’ve ever cooked an ABT – basically a jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with bacon – then you know these dudes are good. What I did was take a flank …

sausage cheese plate

Sausage and Cheese Plate Recipe

This recipe is a staple around Memphis at any bar, tailgate or football party. If we’re having a get-together, there is going to be a sausage and cheese plate… it’s expected around here! Plus, it’s about as easy as it gets! All you need is some smoked sausage, cheese, a really great BBQ Rub and BBQ Sauce – I use …

Smoked Cornish Game Hens

Smoked Cornish Game Hens Recipe

Smoked Cornish Game Hens Recipe Cornish Game Hens – or Rock Cornish hens as they’re sometimes called – are young (usually less than 5 weeks old) chickens. They cost a little more than regular chicken per pound but at a 2lb average you’re still only paying around $3-4 bucks per bird. In the grocery stores they are usually sold in the …

smoked hot wings

Smoked Hot Wings Recipe

Smoked Hot Wings Recipe Hot wings are essential football food… and slow-smoking them is about the best way to enjoy them. And all you need are some chicken wings (I prefer the whole wings), some BBQ Rub and a great wing sauce. First you wash your chicken wings really well under cool water and then pat them dry. Next you …