SinS Beer Can Burgers

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Makes 5 or 6 Burgers (that’s up to you)

What you’ll need….

 

3 pounds ground chuck 80/20 (I’m just keepin’ it simple)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

About a Tbsp. of each, pink himalayan salt & fresh ground black pepper

3 Tbsp. Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Cattle Call seasoning

1 Tbsp. Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Boo Yah Beef seasoning

10 slices bacon

1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese (do the best you can)

1 cup pepper jack cheese (1/4 to 1/2 inch cubes)

½ stick of salted butter

½ onion, diced

½ green bell pepper, diced

8 to 10 mushrooms, diced

½ cup roasted diced green chili’s

½ cup fresh chopped cilantro

 

In a large bowl, Mix the Cattle Call, Worcestershire sauce and the meat with your hands. Try not to overwork it. Then form it into five or six balls. Press a full can of beer into the center of each ball, forming the meat into a cup of even thickness around the bottom and up the sides. (you want a full unopened beer, so have an opened one at the reach. Because it’s real hard not to open that one and drink it… then beer goes everywhere! What a mess)

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Wrap the sides, at the bottom, with two slices of bacon. (Secure with toothpicks if you want.) Sprinkle the outside with the salt & pepper.

Now, melt the butter in a saute pan add the Tbsp of Boo Yah Beef and cook the onions, bell peppers and mushrooms until softened, 6 minutes or so. Turn off heat and add the green chili’s and the Cilantro. Stir for a minute or so.

Add the chunks of Pepper Jack cheese in the bottom of each burger, then evenly distribute vegetables. Top with the shredded cheese.

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Prepare the grill! There are several ways to grill these burgers. I like putting them over the open flame, turning and moving them around to fully cook the bacon. (I put them on a rack, much easier to move around without breaking apart) Then moving them up to the up rack and close the lid for 30 minutes or so. (we like ours medium rare to medium)

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You can also do low & slow grilling. That is indirect heat and smoke chips. Put the burgers on the grill (not over direct heat) and close the lid. After an hour, check for doneness: the bacon should be fully cooked and the cheese melted on top. It may take up to 1 to 1-1/2 hours for this method.

You can also smoke these in your smoker! I set it to 225 degrees and check them often after the first hour or so. Pull and eat when done to desired doneness.

Your kids will love you for this! It’s a meal by itself!

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(It is recommended to fully cook ground beef to at least 165 degrees, not by me, but by the FDA)

Tips to Create the Perfect Smoked Ribs

St.Luois Ribs

 

 

SMOKING:  When smoking meats such as ribs, the smoking wood you use should be used in moderation, just like salt.  Too much smoke will overpower your meat. A fruit wood such as apple or cherry is a good choice. You won’t run as much of a risk of overpowering the meat or making it bitter. Pick your wood for your meat.

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COOKING TIME:  For cooking times longer than 2 hours, most meat will benefit from wrapping in foil. For example, a pork rib that will take 4 to 5 hours to cook should be wrapped after 2 ½ hours.  This will help tenderize the meat, and maintain the moisture. It wont be dry.

FLAVOR FOR THE MEAT:  Season the ribs with Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Radical Rib rub before cooking. Feel free to add a couple of tablespoons of apple juice, grape juice, or even cola to add some flavor and to help achieve that beautiful tenderness you are looking for in the perfect rib. (and, despite what you may have heard, “fall of the bone” ribs are overcooked. Look for a rib with a bite that pulls cleanly from the bone and doesn’t take all of the meat with it!). Also remember that yellow mustard is your friend!  A light coat of mustard will help tenderize as well as adding some flavor- but you won’t get the “mustard” taste.

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SAUCE: If you want to add sauce, only add it during the last few minutes of cooking and allow it to “set” on the meat.  Sauce your ribs and put them back on the cooker for around 10 minutes. Too much heat or adding sauce too quickly will over caramelize the sauce and add that burnt sugar flavor.

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GRILL: Almost any grill can be made into and indirect smoker for longer cooking times.  For a charcoal grill, simply build your fire to one side of the grill and cook on the other.  Placing a small pan with water or apple juice underneath your food will also help with this effect. Or use a smoker.

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TEMPERATURE: For most rib recipes, 250 degrees is a great temperature for smoking.  At this temperature, a St. Louis cut rib will cook in approximately 5 hours, wrapping it after 2 ½ hours, and you will have that juicy, tender perfection your looking to serve! Remember, there are many ways to cook ribs, this is just some tips that I have

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Have you ever wondered where the ribs come from? What is the diference bettween baby backs and spare ribs?

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Baja Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Baja Shrimp skewers

What you’ll need

  • 20 large uncooked shrimp
  • Olive Oil
  • Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Hot Fish Bait seasoning
  • Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Baja Butter (recipe to follow)

How to cook’em

Clean & peal shrimp and leave on the tail. (it makes a nice handle)

Place 5 shrimps on a skewer, coat both sides with Olive Oil and sprinkle both sides with Hot Fish Bait seasoning.

Place on a hot grill for about 2 minutes per side. Cook 1 minute then flip, 1 minute then flip 1 more minute and flip, then cook for another minute and shrimp should be done. If not all the way done move over to the cold side of the grill and let them sit for a few minutes or until done.

Brush on the Baja Butter and plate!

Serve with what ever you want. We made some for a side for our Tri Tip Sliders.

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Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Baja Butter

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Fish Bait seasoning

Put all ingredients in a small pot and heat on medium heat on the stove. Stirring until the butter is melted. Turn heat down to low. Brush on the shrimp and serve!

 

SinS Fried Chicken

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SinS Fried Chicken
Pellet Grill Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 375 degrees for 35 minutes

Ingredients: Fried Chicken

  • 6 chicken thighs, bone in
  • 2 cups dried bread crumbs
  • 3 teaspoons Swimmin’ in Smoke Chik Bait Seasoning (for spicy, use some or all Hot Chik Bait)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk

Directions: Fried Chicken

Whisk eggs with buttermilk. In large plastic freezer bag, mix breading, Chik Bait seasoning & Garlic powder. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then into coating bag. Repeat.

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Cooking Directions: Pellet Grill/Smoker

Set your Grill/Smoker to 375 degrees. Use a cast iron griddle or skillet to crisp the chicken up more than the grates would. Place everything directly onto the griddle and cook for 35 minutes or so, flipping occasionally.

When the chicken reaches an internal temp around 170 degrees pull it off, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. This is a better temperature for chicken thighs as dark meat is a little denser. U.S.D.A. safe is 165 degrees.

Cooking In the Oven:

We have been getting requests for recipe conversions for the oven. I tell folks all the time that cooking on a Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker is just as easy as cooking in your oven. Just about anyone can do it and do it well. Think about it. You set your control knob to the temp you want, put your meat in and leave it for a set time. It is the same thing, time and temperature is what it is all about. The pellet grill is just like your oven except it uses wood pellets and has wheels. Do 35 minutes here at 375 degrees.

Special thanks to,
Ken & Patti at www.datenightdoins.com

Tri Tip with Boo Yah Beef & Cattle Call Seasonings

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Pull your Tri Tip from the refrigerator. Trim off silver skin and some fat. Cover entire Tri Tip with a good layer Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Boo Yah Beef seasoning. Let it rest on counter for 15 minutes. Cover the entire Tri Tip again with a good layer of Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Cattle Call seasoning. Let it sit for another 15 to 20 minutes. Grill on High heat for 20 minutes or so for rare to medium rare. (5 minutes per side, then flip 4 times = 20 minutes)

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Grilling the Tri Tip with pots of corn & beans

 

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Cut against the grain.

 

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Prepare the kids plates first…

 

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And you have some happy kids!!