Texas Blend Spice Rub

April 12, 2014
by Curt

Texas BlendThis was originally created for a couple of flounder fillets that I grilled up a while back. It turned out so good, and imparted such a delicious flavor, I started using it on other meats when I grilled.

If you like that southwestern flavor typically found in Texas, you’ll really like this special Texas blend spice rub! Of course you may want to multiply the measurements to make a nice big batch as I’ve done!

Texas Style Spice Rub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preparation

  1. Mix all the spice rub ingredients together and place in a shaker with big enough holes to accommodate the minced onions.
  2. Cover all surfaces of the meat with a light to medium covering of the spice rub and gently rub in.
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Smoked Chocolate Peanuts Clusters

April 7, 2014
by Curt

Smoked Chocolate With PeanutsIf you love that smoky flavor, you’re gonna go nuts for these smoked chocolate peanut clusters! The key here is not to over-smoke the chocolate!

The process is so incredibly simple, and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare, and 30 minutes to smoke.

Almost everyone I gave samples to loved it. In fact, some kept coming back for more! So follow the recipe, and give it a try for yourself!

Smoked Chocolate Peanuts Clusters

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. block of milk chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts

Preparation

  1. In a disposable 9 x 9 aluminum pan, break up the milk chocolate into medium sized pieces.
  2. Get your smoker going to around 150° F. You'll want to use a mild wood like oak or pecan. I used pecan wood. Place the pan of chocolate on the smoker rack.
  3. NOTE: The melting point of milk chocolate is 85° F.
  4. It takes about 10 minutes for the chocolate to melt to the point that you can stir it. Once melted and stirred, pour in the peanuts and thoroughly mix.
  5. For the next 20 minutes, about every 5 minutes, stir the chocolate around to help absorb more smoke. Remove from the smoker and place the pan in the refrigerator.
  6. Once the chocolate is hardened, break into bite sized pieces and enjoy. Don't forget to share!
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Apple & Spice Pork Marinade

April 2, 2014
by Curt

Apple juice goes so well with pork, I had to try some pork chops on the grill with the apple flavor. Only I added some different spices to it to sweeten it up even more.

Give this marinade a try. It gives the pork such a nice sweet flavor!

Apple & Spice Pork Marinade

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. apple juice (frozen concentrate - thawed)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Preparation

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a microwave safe container. Note: do not add water to the thawed concentrated apple juice).
  2. Microwave on high for 20 seconds to allow the ground spices to mix together with the liquid better.
  3. Place the pork into a plastic bag and pour the marinade in with the pork. Remove the air from the bag and twist tie the bag shut. Place in a container just in case the plastic bag leaks and place into the refrigerator for 4 hours.
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Sweet Citrus Baked Shrimp

March 27, 2014
by Curt

Sweet Citrus Baked ShrimpThere are so many different ways to prepare shrimp, but I have only baked shrimp once before. I had to give it a try again and come up with a different recipe. I thought I’d try something sweet this time rather than savory.

Baking shrimp in the oven is so quick and easy, it’s definitely the way to go if you’re in a pinch for time. Aside from the marinating time, which you could skip if needed, peeling the shrimp takes longer than actually cooking them. In and out of the oven in 15 minutes!

Sweet Citrus Baked Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. large raw shrimp (16 - 20 count)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon round Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Preparation

  1. Remove the entire shell from the shrimp and set aside. (Don't rinse the shrimp. You're only removing flavor!)
  2. In a bowl appropriate for sealing for marinating, combine the orange juice, lemon juice, chili powder, allspice and lemon pepper. Mix thoroughly and add the shrimp. Seal it up and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Place the shrimp into a baking dish and pour enough of the marinade over the shrimp until they are almost covered. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the shrimp. Bake for 15 minutes at 400° F.
  4. HINT: Prepare pasta or rice to serve it over, or serve it as is!
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