Category Archives: Grilling
A few years ago, I picked 5 gallons of crab apples and made up a large batch of apple butter. It made a LOT of butter. I gave it away, I tucked some away, I kept a jar open in the frig for toast. It lasted forever, so I was always looking for different things to do with it (btw, was a great addition to pumpkin pie).
I thought it might be good with chicken or pork and eventually decided that barbecue chicken thighs would be where I started. A spicy, smoky mix of apple butter, chipolte peppers in adobo sauce and a touch of spices made the perfect sauce. Alas, all my apple butter is gone and I don’t anticipate making it again (ever, not even if you paid me). Canning is not my thing. But the Farmer’s Market to the rescue for tonight’s featured recipe, where I found someone who likes to can and I was happy to pay.
In that fruity vein, I have two more fruit inspired grilled chicken recipes:
Cranberry Grilled Chicken, click here for the recipe, mustard gives it a bit of bite, but you can add cayenne or red pepper flakes to kick it up a bit more.
Can’t go wrong with citrus and chicken, here’s a marinade that is a notch above traditional lemon chicken, Sunrise Chicken (click here).
JeffreyW puts his smoker to work on Smoked Chicken, pictured below and directions here.
What’s cooking in your backyard this weekend? If you grill, what’s your preference – coals, wood pellets, or gas?
For the pet lovers, a quick Bixby update here.
For tonight’s featured recipe, you can make it is as spicy or mild as you like by adjusting the number of peppers you add. Bone-in, skin on thighs would work best, but you can easily switch out leg quarters or bone-in, skin on breasts.
Chipolte-Apple Butter Barbecue Chicken
- 8 chicken thighs
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 cup apple butter
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to start, add more as desired)
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
Season thighs with 1 tsp crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Let sit for 5-10 minutes while oven or grill preheats to 375 degrees. Bake or grill chicken for 15 minutes. Meanwhile in a blender or food processor, blend together remaining ingredients until smooth. Brush on chicken thighs thickly at the 15 minute mark and add more every 5 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature (usually 10-15 minutes for a total cooking time of 25 to 30 minutes). Serve with lots of napkins.
That’s it for this week. I’m working on a couple of breakfast pizzas (inspired by a restaurant review I stumble upon) so those might make an appearance in the next week or so. Until then, have a great weekend – TaMara
Don’t try to do this at home! We browsed around at the local Amish run store the other day and finally picked up a squeeze tube of pie filling after seeing them there every time we went. They have several different flavors, we took home the cherry:There are little chips of fruit in there but nothing the size of a whole or even half cherry. There are 2 lbs. of it in the tube, not sure what the volume is but I think it’s plenty for at least one 9″ pie. We didn’t buy it for that, though, because the squeezable nature of it is perfect for fried pies. Alas, we discovered that those prepared crusts from the store are just not very good for that. They tasted good but they were so fragile they were impossible to hold without coming apart. Looks like it’ll be back to Mrs J’s Famous Fried Pies crust recipe to use up the remainder.Yay me! Alas, the thrill of turning over another million views is tempered somewhat by a new method for counting that Flickr.com is using. I’m not sure what the new scheme is but it has drawn much comment from the user community.Hard to beat a nice ribeye. Grilled sweet corn is another one of those things that we’ve been doing that is relatively new for us. Mostly we just boiled it. I’ve always buttered and salted mine but I’ve been going with other seasonings lately. Old Bay is very good on it, tonight I used some of Olde Thomson’s tex-mex blend of seasonings.Mrs J spotted this fellow on her Coleus, down in the shade of a crabapple tree. I scrambled down there with the camera and got a few decent pictures. Mantises are one of my favorite insects. They don’t show much fear of the camera but you can make them pay some attention:
I have a four day weekend and most of it is supposed to be wild and windy weather, so grilling will most likely have to wait. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have grilling recipes. These all seem to be favorites based on comments, views and requests.
First up, the basics of grilling a good steak are here.
Next is one of my most requested recipes in the summer, Steak with Coffee Rub (click here). There is an entire dinner menu and shopping list at the link.
There are nine different hamburger recipes here, including Stuffed Burgers (pictured above) and veggie Black Bean Cheddar Burgers.
And finally, a few grilled chicken recipes, including Sunrise Chicken and Fruit Juice Marinated Chicken are at this link.
What’s on your menu for the weekend? Staying home or hitting the road? What are some of your favorite grilling recipes? Hit the comments and share. Be safe this holiday weekend, and don’t forget to thank a vet.
Tonight’s featured recipe is one of my favorites, because, well, blueberries!
Grilled Sirloin with Spicy Blueberry Sauce
- 2 cups frozen wild blueberries (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tbsp
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how hot you want it)
- pinch of chili powder
- 1 lb Sirloin, cut into 4 pieces
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Saucepan and small bowl
Run still frozen blueberries through a food processor until finely chopped. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan on low heat until the blueberries melt and give you enough water to bring to a boil without scorching. Boil for 1 minute or so, stirring constantly until liquid is reduced by half. Let simmer on low, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the rest of dinner.
Broil or grill sirloin until cooked according to your preference, if you can, sear the outside so it’s really crispy on the outside. It works well if you coat the steak with lots of ground pepper on the outside as well. Once the sirloin is done, place two tablespoons of blueberry sauce on the plate, place steak on the sauce then top with more sauce. Place remaining sauce in a small bowl and serve with meal. Goes great with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed zucchini.
That’s it for this week. If you missed it, I did post the Blueberry Upside Down Cake photos and recipe here. Later this weekend, I will finally have my gadget review for my robot “butler”. Have a great holiday weekend – TaMara