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Good Luck Recipes For New Year’s Day

By:

Dave Joachim

Enjoy The Day With Hoppin’ John And Football

New Year’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide. Many people make New Year’s resolutions like trying to eat better or exercise more. Some just vow to finally win this year’s BBQ contest with their best brisket ever!

In America, New Year’s Day often means relaxing with family or friends while watching football games and nibbling on good food. In the southern U.S., New Year’s Day supper traditionally features Hoppin’ John, Cornbread, collards, pot likker soup, and ham or pork chops, foods meant to symbolize good luck for the year ahead. Beans, are often served as good luck for the new year. So is sauerkraut.

Of course, for Chinese Americans, New Year’s festivities take place more than a month later at the beginning of the Lunar New Year. Check out our recipes for firing up the grill on Chinese New Year here.

However you choose to celebrate, we hope the day brings a table full of tasty morsels, belly laughs, and a generous helping of good fortune for the New Year.

The Only Hoppin’ John Recipe You’ll Ever Need

By:

Meathead

Celebrate a Happy New Year and give yourself some good luck with the ultimate black eyed pea recipe, flavor packed Hoppin' John beans and rice. Black-eyed peas' most popular expression is classic Hoppin' John, a steaming bowl of beans, rice, and pork that is especially popular in coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
Grilled Buffalo wings on a plate

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

By:

Meathead

Grilling Buffalo wings may sound like blasphemy but the results from this non-deep fried twist are simply amazing. By cooking this All-American Classic on the grill, you avoid the deep frying mess while also adding a deep, smoky flavor. The Buffalo wings start with indirect smoke before being crisped over direct heat.
double smoked ham

You Have Stumbled Across The Ultimate Double Smoked Ham Recipe

By:

Meathead

Create the best ham you've ever tasted with this ultimate double smoked ham recipe. Ordinary store bought whole or spiral ham is taken over the top by slowly smoking it on the grill. The true star of the show, however, is the sweet and savory glaze!
BBQ bloody Mary in glass with celery stalk

Smoked Bloody Mary, The Ultimate BBQ Eyeopener

By:

Meathead

The classic Bloody Mary is taken to new smoky height thanks to a BBQ twist. Smoked ice, BBQ sauce, dry rub seasoning, and bacon are the cornerstone of this smoked Bloody Mary recipe. You'll never see this classic Sunday brunch cocktail the same way again once you take the first sip.
grilled shrimp atop grits

Show Some Southern Flair With Grilled Shrimp And Grits

By:

Clint Cantwell

Enjoy a taste of the south with this tested recipe for a grilled twist on the classic pairing of shrimp and grits. Whether it’s for brunch, lunch, or dinner, this delicious combination of rich and creamy stone ground grits and perfectly grilled shrimp is sure to please any crowd.
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Candied bacon and egg breakfast bread bowls

Grilled Candied Bacon and Egg Bread Bowl Recipe

By:

Clint Cantwell

Make breakfast even better with this recipe for grilled breakfast bread bowls with candied bacon, egg, and cheese. Crusty rolls are hollowed out then filled with a slice of candied bacon, an egg, and grated cheese. The bowls are then smoked on the BBQ grill for an out-of-this-world breakfast bowl.
French toasted topped with fresh fruit

French Toast On The Grill, A Breakfast Must

By:

Meathead

Elevate breakfast to new heights by hitting the grill for this heavenly French toast recipe. Toast is dipped in to an egg mixture before being cooked on the grill, either with a griddle or, better yet, directly on the grill grates. The result is a smoky, full flavored French toast that puts the indoor manor to shame.

Party Planning: How Much to Cook for a Crowd

By:

Meathead

So you're cooking for a crowd. How much food do you need? Here's how to plan for a party or special occasion, including some basic rules of thumb and tips on how to handle dietary restrictions, how to prep ahead, and how to calculate the right amount of food so no one goes hungry.
stuffed pepper holder

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame

By:

Meathead

A cheesy appetizer with a kick, this easy grilled jalapeño popper recipe is sure to please, and the smoked version is better than the fried version. This appetizer is a big hit with people who like a little bit of heat in their food, but you can remove most of the heat to accommodate wimps if you wish.
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

The Only Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers Recipe You’ll Ever Need

By:

Clint Cantwell

If you're searching for the perfect appetizer then you're sure to love this tested recipe for grilled bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. Known in certain BBQ circles as ABTs, these cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapenos are certain to disappear as soon as you serve them.

The Only Hoppin’ John Recipe You’ll Ever Need

By:

Meathead

Celebrate a Happy New Year and give yourself some good luck with the ultimate black eyed pea recipe, flavor packed Hoppin' John beans and rice. Black-eyed peas' most popular expression is classic Hoppin' John, a steaming bowl of beans, rice, and pork that is especially popular in coastal South Carolina and Georgia.

Best Pimento Cheese Recipe Ever

By:

Meathead

In the South, you cannot have a social gathering without Pimento Cheese sandwiches. You can buy it in plastic tubs at the grocery, but it is exponentially better when you make it yourself thanks to this tested recipe. It's also rather simple, comprised primarily of pimentos, mayonnaise, and grated cheddar cheese.

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

By:

Meathead

Grilling Buffalo wings may sound like blasphemy but the results from this non-deep fried twist are simply amazing. By cooking this All-American Classic on the grill, you avoid the deep frying mess while also adding a deep, smoky flavor. The Buffalo wings start with indirect smoke before being crisped over direct heat.

Love Me Tender Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

By:

Clint Cantwell

Just because you don't have time to fire up the smoker or grill doesn't mean that you can't enjoy full flavored BBQ pulled pork thanks to this simple set-and-forget recipe for a Crockpot or other slow cooker. Cooked indoors over low heat for several hours, the seasoned pork butt emerges moist, flavorful, and fall apart tender.

Fried Pickles Are An Addictive Appetizer, Especially When Prepared On The Grill

By:

Clint Cantwell

Why fry inside? Your outdoor grill handles the job better and makes incomparable fried pickles. Coated in a light and airy tempura batter, this delicious fried pickle recipe is a novel appetizer for your next cookout. Be prepared to make multiple batches, as everyone will be clamoring for more.

Kick Off Your Day With Griddle Grilled Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

By:

Paul Sidoriak

Kick your breakfast into high gear with this recipe for Griddle Grilled Chorizo Breakfast Tacos. Griddle grilling is a fantastic way to expand the culinary possibilities of outdoor cooking!

This Grilled Glazed Ham Steak Recipe Begs For Eggs

By:

Clint Cantwell

Take breakfast or brunch to new heights by hitting the grill with this simple recipe for grilled balsamic and brown sugar glazed ham steak. This delicious glazed grilled ham recipe is perfect with eggs, served alongside French toast, or even cooked for dinner.

Show Some Southern Flair With Grilled Shrimp And Grits

By:

Clint Cantwell

Enjoy a taste of the south with this tested recipe for a grilled twist on the classic pairing of shrimp and grits. Whether it’s for brunch, lunch, or dinner, this delicious combination of rich and creamy stone ground grits and perfectly grilled shrimp is sure to please any crowd.

Smoked Pork Rib Tips Are The Best Treats, No Tricks

By:

Clint Cantwell

This simple smoked rib tips recipe makes the perfect snack, appetizer, or main course. The rib tip (a.k.a. brisket, costal cartilage, or break) is the triangular, cartilage-dotted slab of meat attached to the lower end of the sparerib. Seasoned with BBQ rub then slow smoked on the grill, these bites are a surefire hit.
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Grilled Candied Bacon and Egg Bread Bowl Recipe

By:

Clint Cantwell

Make breakfast even better with this recipe for grilled breakfast bread bowls with candied bacon, egg, and cheese. Crusty rolls are hollowed out then filled with a slice of candied bacon, an egg, and grated cheese. The bowls are then smoked on the BBQ grill for an out-of-this-world breakfast bowl.

Smoked Bloody Mary, The Ultimate BBQ Eyeopener

By:

Meathead

The classic Bloody Mary is taken to new smoky height thanks to a BBQ twist. Smoked ice, BBQ sauce, dry rub seasoning, and bacon are the cornerstone of this smoked Bloody Mary recipe. You'll never see this classic Sunday brunch cocktail the same way again once you take the first sip.

French Toast On The Grill, A Breakfast Must

By:

Meathead

Elevate breakfast to new heights by hitting the grill for this heavenly French toast recipe. Toast is dipped in to an egg mixture before being cooked on the grill, either with a griddle or, better yet, directly on the grill grates. The result is a smoky, full flavored French toast that puts the indoor manor to shame.

How To Make The Best BBQ and Grilled Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: So Good We Call Them “Last Meal Ribs”

By:

Meathead

Mastering smoked ribs -- whether they are St. Louis style ribs, spare ribs, or baby back ribs -- with our comprehensive tutorial and recipe will make you a backyard all star.

Here’s The Secret To Juicy Not Dry Smoked and Grilled Pork Chops

By:

Meathead

Ensure moist and flavorful pork chops every time with this recipe for brined and smoked chops. While the lack of fat can often result in dry pork chops, a simple brine will keep them extra juicy. They are then smoked and seared on the grill for a deep smoky flavor before being finished with a tangy mustard bbq sauce.

Fluffy Old Fashioned Skillet Cornbread

By:

Meathead

Cornbread is a classic sidekick for BBQ with good reason and this is the perfect recipe for your next cookout. Classic cornbread is baked in a cast iron skillet greased with bacon fat, lard, or other meat grease. The hot black metal creates a brown crunchy crust that really amps up the flavor and texture.

Published On: 12/28/2020 Last Modified: 4/24/2021


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