Burger Hunt Episode 1 – Old Post Blackened Bacon Blue Burger

What defines the best burger? Is it perfect char or perhaps uniqueness of ingredients? I’m hunting of the best burger I can find. The first hunting ground is the Old Post in downtown Missoula, and I ate the Blackened Bacon Blue Burger (that’s a lot of Bs).

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…

Smoked Potato Salad with Beer and Bacon

I was smoking up some Chocolate Porter Ribs, and thought to myself, “Heck, why not a smoked potato salad?” So, I cubed up some Yukon Gold potatoes and chopped some sweet onion, dashed them with Eric’s Wicked Seasoning, and throw it into the smoker. What would kick this over the top, though? Bacon! And Beer!…

Bacon Blue Cheeseburger Balls with Sriracha Stout Ketchup

The glory of the bacon cheeseburger in a bite-size package with blue cheese, onion soup mix, and Wickle’s relish. The peppered bacon and ground beef come from the Meat department at Missoula Fresh Market…the quality is outstanding. These yummy balls of goodness have been Radd Cooking approved, and we consider ourselves cheeseburger experts. These would be great…

Smoked Venison Roast with Bacon

Like most wild game, elk is a lean meat that is high in protein. Wild elk don’t have time to sit and graze on the land like cattle, resulting in a healthy alternative to beef smoked recipes that has about 1/6th the amount of fat and an equal amount of protein. Due to this low…

Sautéed Ale Wild Oyster Mushrooms with bacon and pork belly

I love this time of year for a myriad of reasons, but the profusion of wild mushrooms is at the top of the list. In particular, I seek oyster mushrooms and morels along the river bottoms of Montana. The oyster mushrooms grow from fallen logs of cottonwood and aspen, and the morel grow either in recently…

Swineapple (Bacon wrapped Smoked Pineapple) with Brown Ale

The Swineapple took the interwebs by storm last year. I avoided the hype. I tried to not look at the delicious recipes. I even tore the word pineapple from my lexicon! But, the pull of the swineapple was too much. I have given in to the magic of bacon, pork, and smoke…once again. My version…

Cheese-Stuffed & Bacon-Crusted Shrimp with Wheat Ale

The very first recipe from the Radd Cooking sponsored by Missoula Fresh Market, and we crush it with giant shrimp stuffed with cheese and wrapped in delicious bacon. Is there any better than shrimp and bacon (the quick answer is nope)? This recipe created a savory and spicy seafood dish that is sure to bring a smile to face.

Beer Bacon Hash Brown Cups

An entire breakfast, complete with Imperial Red Ale bacon, smothered onions, and cheese, in a cup of shredded potatoes.

Imperial Red Ale Bacon

Bacon! Does anything sound better? How about a bacon brined for a week with Imperial Red Ale driving flavor into the pork belly.

1554 Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Mmm…bacon! Homer was right, bacon makes everything better. And what makes bacon better? That’s right, beer. These bacon stuffed mushrooms feature the 1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing. The dark roasted notes of the beer, the smokiness of the bacon, the richness of the cheese, and the umami of the mushrooms create a flavor bomb.

Chili Ale Bacon-wrapped Bratwurst Bites

It’s football season, and we started the year off right with a Green Bay Packers victory. Bratwurst, the official meal of football, can be boring, but simmer it in Fire Season Chili Ale and wrapped it in candied bacon … well, you got something else. Then, kick up awesome with a spicy Chili-Cheese Dip.