Recipes

Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

The Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without a sweet treat, and the dessert that always gets the holiday nod is pie. Whether your pie flavor of choice is the fall favorite pumpkin or the traditional apple, you’ll want a pie crust with just the right amount of flake. And the best base comes from crusts made from scratch. Don’t fret – we take the guesswork out of crafting pie crusts with this hearty dough recipe.

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Wine Fun for Thanksgiving

Wine Fun for Thanksgiving

The holidays are upon us and that means home entertaining and those long-anticipated dinner extravaganzas with family and friends. I’m always looking for the great wines at a great price that go well with the array of holiday cuisine.  Wines that will leave your guests impressed with your thoughtfulness and send them to the wine store.

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Better Turkey with Brine

How to Brine a Turkey

Brining is the process of submerging meat in a salt solution, often in combination with other flavoring agents (herbs, chili, aromatics), to give your meat its best shot at staying moist while cooking. With brines, you’ll want to marinate the whole bird/spatchcocked bird at least a couple of hours, but for more flavor leave it in the brine solution overnight.

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Beef Short Rib Barbacoa

How to make Beef Short Rib Barbacoa

Barbacoa is a meat that many of us here in the U.S. have come to know as shredded beef. Depending on the geographic location it could refer to whole heads of cows (or cheeks), even sheep or goat meat, often cooked over an open fire, but more traditionally wrapped in leaves and cooked in a pit, dug in the ground. The interpretation is loose, today. Often barbacoa is cooked over an open fire, braised or even steamed. Whatever the cooking method or meat, one thing you want to look for is a cut of meat with a high fat content, which makes beef short ribs perfect for this Beef Short Rib Barbacoa.

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Smoke Roasted Chicken with Alabama White Sauce

How to make Smoke Roasted Chicken with Alabama White Sauce

Chicken with Alabama White Sauce is a regional specialty made famous by Big Bob Gibson in Decatur, Alabama. The white barbecue sauce is unlike any other barbecue sauce out there, and may seem strange, if you’re new to the idea. However, the flavor is incredible and works great with smoky grilled chicken. Bonus: with the sauce prepared ahead of time, and your chicken prepped and ready to cook, this is an IDEAL tailgate dish! So fire up the good ol’ Weber Kettle, and give it a try!

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Hot Smoked Salmon

How to make Hot Smoked Salmon

There are a number of ways to smoke salmon. You may be familiar with the fully cured smoked salmon, like lox, that you find on bagels or cured platters. It’s dense, often salty and fully cured and safe to eat without cooking with heat. There is also the option of hot smoking fresh salmon with little more than seasoning on the surface of the fish to affect the final product. This recipe, however, lives somewhere in between. By giving the salmon a quick cure, you can force flavors into the flesh while pulling some water out and concentrating the flavors. The fish is not fully cured, so we finish it on the grill, which imparts smoke flavor and makes the fish safe to eat. The end product is flavorful, tender, juicy and quite versatile. Partially cured Hot Smoked Salmon is great served hot off the grill or cooled and eaten on salads, sandwiches or as a snack.

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