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Host An Epic Super Bowl Bash With Our BBQ And Grilling Recipes

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On any given Sunday in January, tens of millions of people watch football games from their couch. And each year in February, over 100 million people gather in front of their televisions to watch the biggest winner-take-all showdown in US sports — the Super Bowl.

Some are there to root on their favorite team; some to boo a long-hated rival; and some to simply catch the commercials. Regardless of why you are tuning in to watch football, it’s the food that will really make game day special. So why not give the food stadium a shot.

Feeling industrious? You can build your own stadium structure similar to this monstrous model I created for Kingsford charcoal.

food stadium
Food Stadium, a.k.a. the Snackadium

If, however, you don’t want to commit the time and resources necessary to make your own, there are several pre-fabricated stadiums on the market, including this one from Amazon.

What to cook for couchgating

With the structure in place, you only need to fill it with an array of your favorite grilled and smoked foods. We recommend food that doesn’t need a knife and fork, and the best choices can be eaten with one hand so the other is free to hold the beer. To get you started on the ultimate game day menu, here are a few of our tried-and-true football food stadium recipes. Don’t forget plenty of napkins.

pecans with a sweet glaze

Got Beer? Snack On These Beefy Beer Nuts Between Sips

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

This recipe for grill roasted nuts is an instant party pleaser. A splash of Worcestershire, black pepper, garlic, cumin, and hot sauce give these nuts a bold, beefy flavor. Serve them at any tailgating party or backyard BBQ and grilling party. You can also roasted these in the oven if you don't have a grill.
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satay peanuts

Grill Roasted Peanuts With A Touch Of Thailand

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Fans of Thai satay with peanut dipping sauce are sure to love this recipe for grill roasted satay peanuts. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven.
candied pecans

Candied Pecans From The Grill Are Sinfully Delicious

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Candied pecans are always a hit as a snack and this recipe takes them over the top by roasting them on the grill. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven.
Smokey Salsa Verder

Smokey Salsa Verde Takes Your Tacos to 10

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Big Jim Maivald

This smokey salsa verde recipe puts the boring store bought stuff to shame thanks to the depth of flavor created by charring the ingredients.
grilled salsa

Grilled Salsa Is Your New Go-To Condiment

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Skip the store bought salsa and opt for these two flavorful home made Mexican salsas: Pico de Gallo and a Grilled Salsa Roja. Known in the US as tomato salsa, salsa roja is an important building block in Mexican cuisine. Fresh quality ingredients are essential, especially fresh tomatoes, when making salsa at home.
tomatoes

Fresh Pico De Gallo Adds Zip To Countless Dishes

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Fresh tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, and cilantro are the cornerstones of our addictively delicious recipe for homemade pico de gallo. Add a touch of brightness to tacos, quesadillas, and other Mexican dishes; a bold bite to scrambled eggs and omelets; a vibrant twist to salsa and chips; and so much more.
Grilled guacamole and tortilla chips

Hitting The Grill Takes Guacamole To Epic New Heights

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Add a delicious smokiness to your favorite party dip with this recipe for grilled guacamole. Grilled avocados, limes, and onion are the key.
Pimento cheese on a cracker

Best Pimento Cheese Recipe Ever

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
pimento cheese sandwich

You Say Smoked Pimento Cheese is Fancy? I Say It’s Fantastic!

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Pimento cheese is a canvas. A springboard for creativity. Shredded cheddar, mayo, and chopped pimentos are just the start. From there, the sky's the limit. I love this smoky take on the classic, and it's not heresy. Many Southerners "doctor" the original recipe to show their creativity and one up their neighbors.
boursin cheese package

Save Money By Mixing Up Boursin And Rondelé Cheese Spread At Home

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

If you're a fan of store bought Boursin cheese spread, then you'll love this homemade version for a fraction of the cost! It's great as a spread on a crusty baguette or on crackers or stuffed into jalapeño poppers. It is also wonderful as a sauce dolloped on a hot steak, asparagus, or in mashed potatoes.
Smoked bacon wrapped meatballs

MOINK Balls, The Easiest Grilled Appetizer Ever

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

We'll bet you can't stop at just one of these tasty smoked bacon wrapped meatballs, a.k.a MOINK balls. This recipe is the perfect appetizer for any tailgating, couchgating, or backyard bash. The best part is that they are as easy to make as they are to eat!
BBQ sauce drizzlied bacon wrapped sausage bites

Smoked Pig Balls: An Appetizer Recipe As Easy As It Is Delicious

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

As easy to make as they are delicious, these smoked bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites (a.k.a. pig balls) are the perfect appetizer for any event.
Grilled Buffalo wings on a plate

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
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Miso wings on a plate

Smoked Miso Wings Take Any Party Over The Top

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Yes, Buffalo sauce tastes great on hot wings, but try some Asian flavors on your chicken wings with the deep, savory flavors of miso, sesame oil, and wood smoke. This recipe leans heavily on miso paste, a traditional Japanese ingredient rich in umami, the rich meaty savory flavor.
Bacon wrapped wings

Super Easy Smoked Bacon Wrapped Wings Elevate Any Cookout

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Appetizers don't get much simpler than this five-ingredient recipe for smoked bacon-wrapped wings with Sriracha ranch dipping sauce.
pork tenderloin lollipops with dipping sauce

Pork Tenderloin Lollipops, A Meaty Treat For All Ages

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Here's the ultimate grab-and-go appetizer. Pork tenderloin is cut into medallions that are then skewered with lollipop sticks before being grilled and served with a soy-ginger dipping sauce.
chopped smoked pork rib tips

Smoked Pork Rib Tips Are The Best Treats, No Tricks

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

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.
burnt ends

Brisket Burnt Ends: A Kansas City Original Made At Home

By:

Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

When done right, smoked brisket burnt ends are the perfect bite. Find out how to make your own with this tested recipe featuring the point muscle of the brisket.
armadillo eggs

Armadillo Eggs: Bacon, Sausage, And Cheese In One Perfect Bite

These cheese and jalapeno stuffed, bacon-wrapped sausage appetizers are perfect for tailgating, backyard cookouts, and more.
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

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

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

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.
stuffed pepper holder

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
Melissa Cookston and John Wheeler

Melissa Cookston’s Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create a grilled bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp appetizer with only five ingredients thanks to this award winning recipe courtesy of pitmaster Melissa Cookston. Cookston won the 2012 Kingsford Invitational by taking first place in five categories including this delicious bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp recipe.

Got Leftover Pork? Try These Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

If you have some leftover pulled pork, here's a creative recipe that lets you enjoy it again in a different way: in spicy, savory pulled pork egg rolls.

Grilled Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce Brings A Taste Of Asia To Your Grill

By:

Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Satay is made all across Asia. It probably originated in Indonesia or Java but can be found in being cooked by street vendors and upscale restaurants in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and even China, Japan, and most Thai restaurants in the US. Usually it is small wooden skewers of chicken, pork, goat, or beef strips, even […]

praline bacon in a mason jar

Grilled Pecan Praline Bacon: A Pork-tacular Appetizer Or Snack

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

There is something magical about the merger of sweet and salty in this recipe for pecan praline-crusted thick-cut bacon.
Deep fried pickles in a serving platter

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

By:

Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

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.
Sweet potato fries with spicy honey

Insanely Addictive Sweet Potato Fries, The Grill Frying Method

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

If you’re a fan of sweet potato fries then you’ll do backflips over this grill fried recipe featuring perfectly deep fried sweet potato sticks coated with smoked honey and garnished with deep fried sage. Even better, deep frying is done on the grill, doing away with the mess and lingering odor of deep frying indoors.
Homemade chili

The All Purpose Chili Recipe You’ve Been Searching For

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Dive into a bowl of red or the the chili dog of your dreams with this recipe for an amazing all-purpose chili and chili sauce. Packed with flavor, you'll be cooking up this chili for classic Coney dogs, chili cheese fries, or just a bowl full, Cinci style. Add some BBQ sauce and you'll even have sloppy joes!
Chili con carne in a bowl with cheese and sour cream

Award Worthy Texas-Style Chili Con Carne Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create the ultimate bowl of chili with this recipe for Texas-style chili con carne. Starting on the grill for a touch of BBQ flavor, this chili recipe is built from numerous layers of flavor, including such unexpected additions as chocolate and tortilla chips to create mouthwatering results.
brat tub

This Brat Tub Beer Bath Will Elevate Your Sausage Grilling Game

By:

Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Bratwurst are the signature food of Wisconsin and here's the recipe for creating perfect Touchdown Tailgate Brats simmered in beer and then grilled. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make the sauce at home, chill everything, and then finish the brats at the game during your next tailgating adventure.
Grilled Italian sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage: A Surefire Grilling Hit

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Italian sausage has never tasted better than when it is freshly made by hand. This homemade Italian sausage recipe features coarsely ground pork sausage in natural pork casing, with a distinctive flavor from fennel seed and other herbs and spices. Try it on pizza, in sandwiches, in pasta sauce, and so much more.
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sausage on grill grate

Chicken Sausage Recipe with Scarborough Fair Rub

By:

Chef Ryan

Store bought chicken sausage has nothing on this flavorful homemade version featuring our signature Simon and Garfunkel rub. This recipe makes a fine link, but it can also be crumbled and mixed in with a creamy pasta sauce, used as the topping on a white pizza, and made into meatballs for chicken soup.

A Better Italian Sausage Sandwich Is All In The Details

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Italian sausage reaches its apex in the grilled Italian Sausage Sandwich with grilled sweet peppers and onions.
Philly cheesesteak sandwich

Griddle Grilled Philly Cheesesteak Hoagie

By:

Paul Sidoriak

Philly cheesesteak lovers rejoice! Here's a recipe to make them at home. And the best part? They are griddle grilled, meaning the mess and smell remain outdoors.
Philly cheesesteak sandwich

John Markus’ World Famous Philly Cheesesteak

If you are a fan of authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, there is no reason to travel to the city of brotherly love thanks to this delicious recipe.
Chicago Italian beef sandwich

Classic Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe Done At Home

By:

Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Classic Italian Beef Sandwiches are a popular regional specialty in Chicago and here is the recipe to make easy authentic Italian beef sandwiches at home featuring slow smoked beef, drippings, and peppers.
Hamburger on homemade brioche bun

The Steakburger Recipe That Puts The Best Steakhouses On Notice

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Here's everything you need to know to make the best thick juicy crispy steakburger hamburger you ever tasted. This reverse seared steakhouse burger recipe produces perfectly cooked burgers with rich steak flavors, a wonderful smoky undertone, perfectly seasoned interior, and enough juice to soak the bun.
Hamburger with cheese on a bun

The Ultimate Diner Burger Recipe (a.k.a. The Wimpy Burger a.k.a. The Smash Burger)

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create the skinny, crispy edged burgers that you love at diners with this simple recipe for the Wimpy burger. Infinitely better than any mass produced quarter pounder, these homemade diner-style burgers are small disks, 4 ounces or less, pressed flat and cooked on a griddle to maximize the flavor and crispness.
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Brat burger with cheese sauce on a pretzel bun

Brat Burgers With Beer Cheese Sauce, A Taste Of Wisconsin On A Bun

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

When it comes to great burger recipes, this is the best of the 'wurst featuring a grilled bratwurst patty, charred peppers and onions, and a rich and creamy beer cheese sauce all served on a pretzel bun. Why decide between a bratwurst and a burger when you can have both in this mouthwatering brat burger recipe.
Bacon jam burger with corn

Bacon Jam Takes Traditional Burgers Over The Top

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Sweet and savory homemade bacon jam is the star of the show in this delicious burger recipe. If you’ve never had bacon jam, get ready for sweet and savory flavor bliss. This ultimate grilled bacon cheeseburger features a rich and flavorful bacon jam spiked with bourbon, a juicy reverse seared patty, and Swiss cheese.
Detroit Coney dogs with sides

Coney Dogs, The Pride Of Detroit

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

In Detroit hot dogs are Coneys and hot dog stands are Coney Islands and we've got the recipe for creating them yourself at home. Move beyond boring hot dogs at your next cookout with these flavor packed variation featuring a chili sauce made with beef hearts. And they're very good!
Sabretts onion sauce

New York Hot Dog With Classic Onion Sauce, A Bite Of The Big Apple

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

As anyone who has had a classic New York hot dog then you know that there are few things better than the simple combination of mustard, sauerkraut, and Sabrett's onion sauce. Here's the recipe you need to make your own onion sauce for a bite of the Big Apple.
Bacon wrapped hot dogs on a platter

Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Will Be Your New Best Friend

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Stuffed with cheese then wrapped in bacon, this grilled hot dog recipe is a sure fire hit at any backyard bash. Inspired by Chicago's famed francheesie, our recipe skips the traditional deep frying in favor of the grill for a crisp bacon shell and deep smoky flavor.
Sloppy Joe sandwich

Smoky Sloppy Joes, A Grilled Tribute To Lunch Ladies Everywhere

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

The sloppy joe gets a delicious makeover in this tested recipe for a smoky sloppy joe. By starting the meat on the grill, this classic sandwich takes on a deep smoky flavor. Taking it one step further, the recipe is amplified by sautéing the meat and vegetables in bacon fat then blending with bacon and BBQ sauce.
whole hog by the Shed

Going Whole Hog: What You Need To Know To Smoke Roast A Hog Or Suckling Pig

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Learn how to cook a whole hog the way the pros do it. Our whole hog or suckling pig smoking guide discusses everything from shopping to prepping and serving in our extensive whole hog recipe.
Smoked pork butt on the grill

An Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe With Mouthwatering Results

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

This easy pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low-and-slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, pulled pork is perfect for your next backyard cookout.
Sliced brisket

Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Behold the best smoked brisket recipe ever! Texas style brisket is more than a recipe, it is a concept and a goal. It all begins by selecting the right meat, trimming it, seasoning it, smoking it, slicing it, and more. Follow this easy BBQ brisket guide for mouthwatering results!
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

The Best Smoked BBQ Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
Individual ribs, wrapped in bacon, shine on the grill

Bacon Wrapped Spare Ribs Will Blow Your Mind

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Dave Joachim

Just when you thought spare ribs couldn't get any better! The secret to this bacon wrapped spare ribs recipe is wrapping each rib in bacon. Rub, smoke, and glaze, and they're done! This simple but ridiculously awesome combo is easy to pull off and is certain to wow your guests.
Grilled Korean style beef short ribs

Korean BBQ Short Ribs (aka Kalbi or Galbi) Made Even Tastier In Your Backyard

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Korean Galbi (Kalbi) is delicious beef rib meat sliced thin, marinated, and grilled right at the table at most Korean BBQ restaurants. Here is a tested recipe. Wonderful and fun!
A plate of ribs garnished with chopped scallions

Chinese Five Spice Ribs Have Incredible Flavor

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Perfectly flavored and smoked until tender, these Chinese five spice riblets are a sure fire hit for dinner or a mouthwatering party appetizer. In the recipe, the ribs are marinated and grilled but they can also be cooked in the deep fryer for extra crunch.
Rib sandwich on a plate

Rib Sandwich Recipe: Kicks McRib In The Ribs

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Why wait for the McRib to return when you've got an amazing rib sandwich recipe? Learn more about the fabled McRib sandwich while creating one that takes it over the top. Ribs are smoked to perfection before the meat joins homemade pickles, caramelized onions, and custom BBQ sauce on a buttery brioche bun.
Memphis-style barbecue spaghetti

BBQ Spaghetti: A True Memphis Original

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Robert F. Moss, BBQ Historian

Barbecue spaghetti is a signature Memphis dish that you're not likely to find anywhere else. Our recipe is simple to make and a great way to incorporate extra pulled pork into a delightful side dish or even a full meal.
Asian flank steak tacos

Make Tacos Pop With Asian-Style Sous-Vide-Que Flank Steak

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Chef Stef

Sous vide and live fire grilling come together in this delicious twist on tacos featuring sous-vide-que flank steak.
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Grilled lamb cubes, a.k.a. spiedies

This Spiedies Recipe Will Have You Kicking Kebabs To The Curb

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

In Binghamton NY they make spiedies rather than kebabs, and for good reason. They're better. Typically they are marinated and grilled hunks of lamb or beef. These spiedies are not cooked on skewers, but grilled with onions and peppers. Served rare to medium, the marinade flavor is almost as strong as the meat flavor.

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