• whiskey smoky barbecue chicken plated
    Proteins,  Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    Smoky Whiskey Barbecue Chicken

    Grilling chicken is one of our favorite “go-to” meals in the summer. It is quick, easy and just takes a little bit of prep. This recipe is ideal for chicken drumsticks, but I am not a fan of dark meat.  We substituted skinless, boneless chicken breast and it turned out delicious. For this Whiskey Smoky Barbecue Chicken, as with any grilled chicken recipe, the most important, MOST CRUCIAL step is the brine. CLICK TO PRINT RECIPE WHY BRINE CHICKEN? Chicken is a very lean protein.  Brining the poultry helps maintain moisture and impart flavor. After trying several “salt” based potions, I have found using a 1:1 ratio of sugar to…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque’s Top 5 Healthy Grilling Techniques

    Let’s face it, we are all trying to eat more healthy and watch our weight, but we also love our grills, smokers and outdoor cooking vessels. When it comes to grilling, you might think of savory, fatty foods, slathered in a coat of sugary barbecue sauce; however, grilling – a high-heat method of cooking directly over the flames or hot coals, can be advantageous when trying to lose weight. Small or thin sliced pieces of food are best when it comes to grilling.  However, there are two types of grilling – direct and indirect.   DIRECT GRILLING Usually, direct grilling involves thin cuts of meat like, steak, pork chops, kebabs…

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    Grilling Fried Chicken Wings

    Why Chicken Wings? Chicken wings are one of our “go to” meals during football season.  We usually buy the five-pound bags at Sam’s Club, then divide them up into freezable, sealed bags when we get home.  Each bag includes about ten total wings, just enough for both of us – these wings are rather large. Some stats indicate that Americans will eat over a billion chicken wings for the Superbowl in February.  Why do we like chicken wings so much? Easy to hold and require no utensil Can be flavored to almost anything to suit a variety of tastes Good to serve a crowd or at a sports gathering Chicken…

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    Top 5 Criteria For The Most Tender Steak

    Originally published on http://joannsfoodbites.com/ Steak and potato is probably the most popular comfort food for meat-eating Americans.  My husband and I have steak at least once a week, usually on Friday’s after a long work week.  Steak and baked potatoes are an easy meal, cooked on the grill, with very little clean up required.  Perfect for a Friday evening at home.  Also, cooking steak at home is much, much more economical than dining out for steak.  Lastly, you control your steak, therefore, with practice, you can cook your steak exactly like you want it. As I promised to my subscribers, earlier this week; Here are my top 5 criteria (no…

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    University Students Developing the Meatmaster

    HOUSTON – Five Rice University seniors are trying to make sure grill masters never undercook or overcook their steaks again. The team, Five Guys & Ribeyes, has designed and constructed a functional prototype seven-sensor meat thermometer for the students’ senior engineering design project. The idea for the new product came from one of the team’s faculty co-advisers, Gary Woods; as a grilling enthusiast, Woods has had the idea for the thermometer for about 10 years. He challenged the students to create a digital thermometer with multiple, closely placed sensors. The Five Guys team is made up of four mechanical engineering students — David Cooper, Michael Fleming, Will Firth and Harry…