Korean-style Baby Back Ribs and Korean Fried Cauliflower

I wanted to crank up the Big Green Egg and make some ribs, but I wanted something different. Not enough time for smoking, so the idea of Korean BBQ sparked into my mind. Now, I had only a rack of pork baby back ribs, and Korean BBQ is normally beef, but when have I ever…

Last Rites Pastrami

I got my hands on a couple of briskets, a growler of Draught Works Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter, and the weather is warm and clear. What to do, what to do? Let’s make a kick-ass pastrami with a little flavor kick. Adding the Last rites to the brine imparts a subtle chocolate/roast flavor to…

Beer Braised Spicy Chicken Thighs and Legs with Potatoes

Using the cast iron Dutch oven in the Big Green Egg, we created a quick and easy braised chicken recipe with a bit of Sriracha kick. Beer Braised Spicy Chicken Thighs and Legs with Potatoes Ingredients 4 chicken thighs, skinned 4 chicken legs, lollipopped ½ cup amber ale ½ cup Sriracha 2 cups carrot, sliced…

Smoked Halibut Cheeks poached in Huckleberry-Shallot Butter

A friend shares his halibut, a GOOD friend shares their halibut cheeks. And we have huckleberries this year, so let’s create another kind of surf and turf – smoked halibut cheeks poached in a huckleberry and shallot butter. Sounds pretty decadent, huh? Smoked Halibut Cheeks poached in Huckleberry-Shallot Butter Ingredients 1 lbs. fresh halibut cheeks 1 cup fresh…

Spicy Smoked Pork Chops on the Big Green Egg

What is real man-food in the summer heat? Spicy Smoked Pork Chops is the answer. I memory goes back to Playa del Coco, Costa Rica where I had enjoyed a smoked pork chop that used coffee wood as the smoking agent. I inquired around town and found out that a German ex-pat was responsible for…

Chile Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops

We’re back with Chile Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops out of the Big Green Egg. This is a perfect quick hot summer evening dish, especially when served with the Big Sky IPA and Grilled Twice-baked Potatoes. Chile Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops Ingredients 3 boneless sirloin pork chops, about 6-oz each, 1⁄2 inch thick 1 TBSP Greek seasoning…

Stout-braised Short Ribs

Winter. Shit, it is still winter. But at least it is the perfect time for some slow cooking, especially long braising of tougher cuts of meat. I had piles of short ribs in the freezer and a whole afternoon, so I whipped up a batch of stout-braised short ribs. I used the Scannon Stout from Lolo…

Slow Cooker Porter Mongolian Beef

Winter was designed for breaking out the Crock Pot (or slow cooker, you know the brands). Slow cooked meats, especially when you start with a great cut like a flank steak, come out of the pot hours later so tender that a knife is not required. This take on Mongolian Beef uses a somewhat traditional…

Wedge Breaker Spicy Beef Taco with Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Sauce

The Wedge Breaker is bold and fearless, and this spicy beef taco is a tailgate favorite. This taco is not an artisan or authentic taco, but it is a delicious and easy. When you have 1 hour before kick-off and you need something to accompany that beer, the Wedge Breaker is here for you. Wedge…

The Decleater: Bacon-wrapped Cheddar-stuffed Bratwurst

Football season is right around the corner, and it is time for some football food and tailgating. The Decleater is a double bacon-wrapped cheddar-stuffed bratwurst that is smoked with mesquite in the Big Green Egg. It is a BIG hit from the blind side. Smoky, spicy, and hearty – it might be the perfect football…

Porter Beef Stroganoff

This classic Russian dish has been around for several centuries, but it wasn’t until the fifties that it became all the rage in the United States. You would think that the Red Scare of Communism would have put a damper on the American enthusiasm for Russian cuisine, but then again folks are just damn unpredictable….

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ pork)

“Char” doesn’t translate to charred, rather “char siu” literally means fork roast – ‘Char’ meaning fork and siu being roast. The traditional cooking method for Chinese BBQ Pork was skewering long strips of seasoned pork with long-twined forks and placed over a fire, much like roasting a hot dog. We grilled a thoroughly marinated pork roast over indirect charcoal in…