Category BBQ & Grilling

Grilled BBQ Peaches with Blue Cheese

I've wanted to grill peaches on the BBQ for years. We enjoyed a nice steak dinner with friends last night and realized I had 2 fresh peaches. This would be the perfect opportunity. Our friend Marshall and I researched many sites and then created our own recipe from what we had in the house. If you don't have this balsamic glaze, then you can make your own in a pan with balsamic vinegar and sugar...Read More

Smash Burger

While we were taking a road trip cross country, we stumbled upon this burger joint in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As I watched my husband take a bite and saw his eyes roll into the back of his head, I just knew he was a fan. This was back in 2012. There were no Smash Burgers in California that we were aware of. When we got home we did realize they had one in San Diego...

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Pesto Sauce


A pesto recipe that can be used so many different ways. It is best served on baguettes or tossed with pasta for a delicious lunch or dinner. The addition of red pepper flakes gives it a little heat making this one of the best pesto sauces I’ve ever had.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: Approx. 2 cups pesto

1/2 cup toasted whole almonds
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We have close family friends that are Argentine and make their Chimichurri from scratch. Every time we go to their home, there is always fresh chimichurri, bread and grilled sausages. My husband loves chimichurri but he’s not a veggie person. I wanted to find a recipe that didn’t call for so much parsley but still had the same consistency and similar flavors as an authentic chimichurri...
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BBQ Shrimp Marinara

While on vacation we dined at a place in Rancho Mirage, California called Babe’s Bar-B-Que Brewhouse. We dined on the patio and started with their cast iron skillet of cornbread. My hubby decided to order the BBQ Tri-Tip sandwich that came with two sides. He loved their fries and baked beans. Because I only eat fish I was craving a salad and shrimp...
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Best Egg & Bacon Burger

1 egg
Cooking spray
1 burger patty
1 tsp. butter
Slice of your favorite cheese
Avocado slices and other optional vegetables (lettuce, tomato, red onion slices, etc.)
Crispy bacon
Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning
Oroweat Crustini Specialty Sandwich Roll (found at Albertson’s, made by BIMBO) or your favorite hamburger bun
Cook your bacon...
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TGI Fridays Jack Daniel’s® Signature Burger Sauce

My husband raves about this sauce that comes on the Jack Daniel’s Burger at a restaurant called TGI Fridays. Being pregnant and not eating meat I decided to call and put in a to-go order for a side salad...
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Jack Daniel’s Rib Glaze

This calls for quite a bit of Jack Daniel’s. When you smell it afterwards, you just get pure Jack Daniel’s in your nose. It will cook out as you cook your meat. The recipe I used this for was 3 different ways using Ranchers Reserve beef chuck flanken-style ribs. These ribs just fall right off the bone. I marinated some of the ribs overnight and cooked some in the oven and some on the BBQ grill...
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Jack Daniel’s Marinade

Perfect blend of sweet and salty! Because of the green onions, soy sauce, and brown sugar this marinade almost gives a Korean dipping sauce effect.
¼ cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup Dijon-style mustard

¼ cup minced green onions and tops (about 4 whole chives)

¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 tsp. salt

Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Pepper to taste...
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Opah Fish with Peach-Avocado Salsa

You can really use this salsa on top of any white fish. Try Halibut, Swordfish, or Red Snapper if you can’t find Opah.
(Serves 2)
1 lb. Hawaiian Opah or any Opah (2 fillets)
Extra virgin olive oil
Coarse salt or Kosher salt and pepper 
1 Peach, mango or Papaya, pitted, peeled, and diced
1 small tomato, peeled, seeds removed, and diced

1 small tangerine or orange, peel and seeds removed, and...
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