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You make a killer brisket. Your ribs are to die for. People come from miles around to just get a whiff of your chicken cooking on the grill. OK, but what are you serving with it? Do you spend so much time and effort on your main course that everything else on the table seems like an afterthought. Never more. Try these recipes.

Charred red bell peppers

How To Make Fire Roasted Red Bell Peppers (Pimentos)

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Meathead

Don't buy roasted peppers or pimientos when you can make stellar ones at home. Take your pimento cheese, potato salad, harissa, Italian sausage sandwiches, Italian beef sandwiches, omelets, risotto, and so many more over the top with this pimento recipe. The recipe also works for any number of peppers.
garlic cloves

This Roasted Garlic Recipe Will Have You Putting It In Everything

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Meathead

Roasting garlic mellows the flavor and produces an amazing spread for bread, toast or crackers. You can even add it to various dishes like mashed potatoes to take it up to the next level of flavor. Here's an easy recipe showing you different ways to make roasted garlic.
caramelized onion pizza

How To Make Caramelized Onions

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Meathead

Here's our simple recipe for the best way to make sweet caramelized onions for pizza and other dishes.
stuffed pepper holder

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame

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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.
grilled salsa roja

Grilled Salsa Is Your New Go-To Condiment

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Meathead

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.
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Sexy Smoked Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

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Meathead

Smoked tomatoes are the key to the most flavorful tomato soup you have ever experienced. Ordinary tomato soup, especially canned versions, can be rather one dimensional. By grilling the ingredients in this smoked tomato soup recipe, you are able to reach a depth of flavor that is sure to make it an instant classic.
eggplant peeled

Grilling Takes Eggplant Caponata To New Heights

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Meathead

Grilling the ingredients adds a layer of complexity to caponata, a traditional eggplant based recipe that is especially popular in southern Italy. Grilled caponata is perfect as a sandwich; as an appetizer on crusty bread; as a sauce for grilled seafood, pork chops, or chicken; in pasta; and even on pizza.
grill frying chicken

How To Fry – And Here’s The Genius – Do it On Your Grill!

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Meathead

Here's why and how you should fry foods on your gas grill. Outside on a gas grill, you don't have to worry about the smell, the smoke alarm, or oil spattering on the stove and counters. And you never have undercooked chicken.
chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Chestnuts Roasted on an Open Fire, in the Oven, in the Microwave, Steamed, or Boiled

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Meathead

Everything you need to know about chestnuts, how to buy them and cook them. Warm fresh chestnuts are soft, fleshy, sensuous, creamy, and sweet. They are best served plain with a glass of port or a mug of hot glögg and, on the bearskin rug, in front of the fireplace, with Nat King Cole in the background.
cranberry sauce with turkey

This Drunken Cranberry Sauce Will Enliven Your Holiday Table

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Meathead

This sweet and savory cranberry sauce recipe will have you kicking the canned stuff to the curb. Port and balsamic vinegar add an unexpected depth of flavor to this traditional holiday side dish. And most of the alcohol evaporates in the cooking, so you can serve it to the kids.
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Plated roast goose

Grill Roasted Young Goose Stuffed with Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe

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Dave Joachim

In Europe, goose is a very traditional holiday roast. Give this bird a try with a delicious recipe for roast goose stuffed with bacon, onions, and apples. Perfect for the Christmas holiday.
stuffing muffins

Stuffin’ Muffins, Perfect Portions for the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

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Meathead

Step up your next holiday meal with this delicious recipe for sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing inspired by Chef David Rosengarten. Instead of serving an entire bowl of stuffing, this recipe calls for baking it in muffin pans to get them nice and crispy on all sides. Everyone gets a stuffing muffin, aka Muffing!
golden-turkey

The Elusive White Castle Stuffing Recipe

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Meathead

You've heard of it whispered in back alleys and dark corners of bars. It works. Here's the recipe for the mythical White Castle stuffing, certain to not only be a hit with Harold and Kumar but with all of your holiday guests! And the best part? It's super simple to make with only a handful of ingredients.
Beef jerky

Meathead’s Best Old Fashioned Smoked Beef Jerky

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Meathead

If you like beef jerky then you will love these three easy to follow methods for making your own flavorful home made beef jerky. Skip the expensive prepared beef jerky that is full of unnecessary additives and preservative and follow this recipe for making healthier, nutritionally rich BBQ beef jerky at home.
polenta in bags

There’s More Than One Way To Make Polenta: Try Grits Italian Style Grilled!

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Meathead

Grits and polenta are basically the same dish prepared in different ways. If you like grits, you'll love this recipe for polenta that's cooled then grilled.
shrimp and grits

Bron’s Kiss My Grits Recipe

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Meathead

Even if you haven't tried grits you are certain to fall in love with this classic recipe. In the south, where corn is king, grits are it. They are especially good with cheese, ham, shrimp. Purists prefer stone ground grits, and never buy instant grits, which have been processed to speed cooking.
Plated griddle corn cakes

Griddle Grilled Corn Cakes, Fresh Corn At Its Finest

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Clint Cantwell

This griddle grilled corn cakes recipe is the perfect side dish for any backyard cookout. The recipe begins with fire roasting fresh ears of corn. The kernels are then removed and added to a light and airy batter that is grilled on a griddle until fluffy and golden brown. You can even customize your corn cakes!
Paella cooking on the grill

Paella Recipe: The National Dish Of Spain Began Outdoors And You Can Cook It Outdoors

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Meathead

Paella, the national dish of Spain, is a fabulous dish for preparing on the grill. A fabulously flavored rice dish, paella has many variations including this chicken and sausage paella recipe. Presented with fanfare and flourish with a pinwheel of colors and shapes, paella is a sure fire showstopper for your cookouts.
macaroni and cheese

Make This Killer Mac And Cheese Recipe Your Own With A Signature Variation

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Meathead

The secret to this great mac and cheese recipe is its big rich gutsy cheesy flavor. With each cheese you use, you add a layer of complexity. The concept of the dish is elegantly simple and brilliant: Chewy tubes of macaroni filled with rich creamy cheese that sizzles when it comes out of the oven.
Bowl of Smoked mac-and-cheese

Smoked Mac and Cheese May Be The Best Version Ever

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Clint Cantwell

Macaroni and cheese rises to new heights after hitting the grill in this smoked mac and cheese recipe. Baked over live fire with the perfect touch of smoke, the end result is a rich and smoky mac-and-cheese that you’ll dream of for days to come. Served as a main course or side dish, smoked mac and cheese is a surefire hit.
Grilled watermelon plated

Grilled Watermelon Will Change the Way You Look At Summer’s Favorite Fruit

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Clint Cantwell

Grilling watermelon transforms an otherwise sweet summer treat into a savory side dish or dessert. Grilled watermelon tastes great plain but this recipe rounds out the flavor profile with fiery hot honey, citrusy lemon zest sea salt, and bright fresh mint.
Grilled marshmallow filled donuts with chocolate sauce

Grilled S’mores Donuts: The Easiest Grilled Dessert Ever

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Dave Joachim

When grilled, the sugar on glazed donuts melts and caramelizes. And when it cools, it forms a crackingly crisp crust like the top of crème brulee. Fill the donut with melted marshmallows and dunk it in chocolate sauce, and you're in grilled dessert heaven! So easy and sooooo delicious!
hard boiled eggs

How To Hard Boil An Egg

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Meathead

Here's the best way to make hard boiled eggs.
An omelet with fresh herbs plated with a buttered English muffin

Say Oui To The Perfect Decadent Custardy French Omelet Or Scrambled Eggs

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Meathead

With the addition of a little cornstarch, we let chemistry amp up the classic French omelet recipe. I dare you to make a better one.
grilled grilled chorizo breakfast tacos

Kick Off Your Day With Griddle Grilled Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

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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!
Grilled strawberry shortcake with whipped cream

Smoked Whipped Cream: The Secret To Amazing Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

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Clint Cantwell

Briefly grilled strawberries and smoked whipped cream are the stars of this delicious BBQ twist on southern strawberry shortcake. This delicious strawberry shortcake grilled dessert recipe features lightly charred grilled strawberries, blueberries for a patriotic touch, and whipped cream that has been lightly smoked.
cocktail with smoked ice

Smoked Ice Recipe Amps Up Any Cocktail

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Meathead

Add an unexpected twist to your bourbon, Bloody Marys, and cocktails with this simple recipe for smoked ice. While it sounds like a challenge, creating smoked ice couldn't be easier, requiring nothing more then some wood, a grill, and ice. The end result is a smoky BBQ addition to virtually any cold drink.

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Published On: 5/3/2019 Last Modified: 4/20/2021


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