One of America’s Favorites – Pig Pickin’

July 17, 2017 at 4:53 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A pig pickin’ (also known as rolling a pig, pig pull, pig roast or, among the Cajun, “cochon de lait”) is a type of party or gathering held primarily in the American South which involves the barbecuing of a whole hog (the castrated male pig or barrow, bred for consumption at about 12 weeks old). Females, or gilts, are used as well. Boars (full-grown intact males) and sows generally are too large.

Many Southern families have a pig roast for Thanksgiving or Christmas, graduations, weddings, or summer gatherings. Some communities hold cook-offs during festivals, where cooks compete against one another for prize money.

 

A pig, often around 80–120 pounds dressed weight, is split in half and spread onto a large charcoal or propane grill. Some practitioners use a separate stove filled with hardwood to produce coals which are then transferred under the charcoal grill by shovel; others use charcoal with chunks of either blackjack oak, hickory wood or some other hardwood added for flavor. The style of these grills are as varied as the methods of producing them, some being homemade while others are custom-made.

There is a long-running debate among barbecue enthusiasts over the merits of different fuels. Propane is said to maintain a consistent temperature, whereas charcoal or charwood are often touted as producing better-tasting meat.

The cooking process is communal and usually directed by an authority figure; the host is helped by friends or family. It usually takes four to eight hours to cook the pig completely; the pig is often started “meat-side” down, and then is flipped one time once the hog has stopped dripping rendered fat. Some practitioners clean ashes from the skin with paper towels or a small whisk broom before flipping the hog to help produce high quality cracklings from the skin.

Often the hog is basted while cooking, though the method and sauce used differs according to region. For instance, a typical South Carolina Piedmont-area baste would be a mustard based sauce, an Eastern North Carolina baste is usually a very light vinegar based sauce with red pepper flakes, and Western North Carolina barbecue uses sauce with a ketchup base similar to traditional barbecue sauce.

When the cooking is complete, the meat should ideally be tender to the point of falling off of the bone. The meat is then either chopped or pulled into traditional Carolina-style pork barbecue, or it is picked off the hog itself by the guests. It is from the latter that the gathering gains its name. The barbecue is sometimes eaten with hushpuppies (fried cornmeal, occasionally flavored with onions), coleslaw, baked beans or sometimes Brunswick stew. In South Carolina, it is common to serve pilaf or hash as a side dish. Hash is a blend of leftover pork mixed with barbecue sauce and usually served over rice.

Sweet tea, beer, and soft drinks are often served.

 

The pig pickin’ is a significant part of the culture of the South; the necessary work and time needed to cook the hog makes it ideal for church gatherings (“dinner on the grounds”) or family reunions, and they can be held virtually year-round thanks to the region’s mild winters. Pig pickin’s are popular amongst the most devoted tailgaters at college football games across the South. The pig pickin’ has been long associated with politics; many local political parties and politicians still use the pig pickin’ to attract people to meetings and campaign rallies.[citation needed] In 1983, Rufus Edmisten, running for Governor of North Carolina at the time, was overheard saying “I’ve eaten enough barbecue. I am not going to eat any more. I’m taking my stand and that is it.”

Culturally and culinarily different from traditional Deep South pig pickin’ events, pig roasts are a common occurrence in Cuba, as well as the non-mainland American state of Hawaii, with roasts being done in the traditions of those places.

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – SMOKED BBQ BUFFALO BRISKET

June 28, 2017 at 5:26 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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With the Wild Idea Buffalo SMOKED BBQ BUFFALO BRISKET all you have to do is reheat it and serve it! It comes already seasoned and cooked. It has a Paprika Rub, then its slow smoked for 12 hours until tender, and finished with a drizzle of organic BBQ sauce. Have the buns ready and get set to enjoy one delicious Smoked BBQ Buffalo Brisket sandwich! You can find and purchase this product at the Wild Idea Buffalo website along with all the other delicious cuts of Buffalo. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

SMOKED BBQ BUFFALO BRISKET 1 LB.

If you don’t have hours to prepare your next barbecue, then let us do the cooking for you! We start with a Paprika rub, then slow smoke for 12 hours until tender, and finish with a drizzle of organic BBQ sauce. Hand cut and ready to heat and eat in just minutes!

Simply reheat with juices in a covered pan over medium heat for 5 minutes and serve! You are going to love this product!

1 lb. package

Ingredients: 100% Grass Fed Buffalo, Organic: Apple Cider, Lime Juice, Onion Powder, Cumin, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Paprika, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper and Organic BBQ sauce.

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One of America’s Favorites – Barbecue Sandwich

May 22, 2017 at 5:22 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A barbecue sandwich served with pickled cucumber

A barbecue sandwich is a sandwich that is typically prepared with barbecued meats. Several types of meats are used to prepare barbecue sandwiches. Some varieties use cooked meats that are not barbecued, but include barbecue sauce. Many variations, including regional variations, exist, along with diverse types of cooking styles, preparations and ingredients.

 

 

 
A plethora of meats and preparation styles for barbecue sandwiches exist. Meats may be sliced, chopped or pulled, and various types are used, such as pork, pulled pork, pork shoulder, beef, beef brisket, chicken, sausage, pork ribs and turkey. Some versions use slow-smoked meats. Barbecue sandwiches typically have barbecue sauce included in their preparation, either when the meat is cooked, as a sauce within a sandwich, or both. Some meats may be seasoned with a spice rub. Some barbecue sandwiches may use cooked meats that are not barbecued, but include a barbecue sauce. Coleslaw is sometimes served with barbecue

A pulled pork barbecue sandwich

sandwiches, either on the sandwich itself or as a side dish. Sometimes sautéed vegetables such as onion and garlic are also used. Some versions prepared with beef brisket include both lean and fatty portions from the cut of beef to enhance their flavor. Pre-packaged barbecue sandwiches are also manufactured.

Breads used in the preparation of barbecue sandwiches include white bread, hamburger buns, whole wheat bread and even rye bread. The bread can help to prevent the meat from drying and to retain its temperature.

 

 

Regional variations

Missouri – Kansas City-style barbecue refers to the specific regional barbecue style of slowly smoked meat that first started from the pit of Henry Perry in the early 1900s in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City barbecue is slow-smoked over a variety of woods and then covered with a thick tomato- and molasses-based sauce.

North Carolina – Chopped pork barbecue sandwiches with coleslaw served on the sandwich are common in North Carolina. The term “barbecue” in North Carolina commonly refers specifically to barbecued, chopped pork, whereas other barbecued foods are often referred to by their actual food name.

Tennessee – Chopped pork shoulder barbecue sandwiches served with coleslaw atop them are common in Memphis, Tennessee. For example, Leonard Heuberger, who in 1922 founded a barbecue restaurant in Memphis named Leonard’s, has been reputed there as being the inventor of the “classic Memphis pork barbecue sandwich”. This sandwich was prepared on a bun with chopped or pulled pork shoulder meat, a tomato-based sauce, an

A barbecue sandwich, served with a side of smoked beans

d coleslaw. In the book Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History, it is stated that other restaurants “followed suit” regarding this sandwich style, and that “…the standard has not changed in more than 60 years.” At the Memphis restaurant chain Tops, pork shoulder sandwiches are described in this book as a “mainstay” that have existed as such since 1952, when the first Tops restaurant opened.

Texas – Texas Barbecue is a traditional style of preparing meat unique to the cuisine of Texas. It is one of the many different varieties of barbecue found around the world. Texas barbecue traditions can be divided into four general styles: East Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and West Texas. The Central and East Texas varieties are generally the most well-known.
Generally speaking, the different Texas barbecue styles are distinguished as follows:
* East Texas style: The meat is slowly cooked to the point that it is “falling off the bone.” It is typically cooked over hickory wood and marinated in a sweet, tomato-based sauce.
* Central Texas style: The meat is rubbed with spices and cooked over indirect heat from pecan or oak wood.
* West Texas style: The meat is cooked over direct heat from mesquite wood.
* South Texas style: Features thick, molasses-like sauces that keep the meat very moist.

 

Barbecued Chicken

May 14, 2017 at 5:42 AM | Posted in chicken, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Came across a delicious and Diabetic Friendly Barbecued Chicken recipe to pass along to all of you. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) has a large selection of recipes that will please all tastes and cuisines. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

 

Barbecued Chicken

Grilled chicken is juicier and tastes better when you brine it first—and the sweet and smoky homemade barbecue sauce is even “sweeter” without the extra calories from sugar.

 

 

Recipe Ingredients:

Barbecue Sauce:
3 cups reduced-sugar ketchup
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
1/3 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon paprika
11/2 teaspoons salt
11/2 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Chicken:
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup hot tap water
3 cups cold water
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

1 – For Barbecue Sauce: Combine all ingredients for barbecue sauce in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. (Top with a splatter guard during cooking.)
2 – Use immediately or cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
3 – For Chicken: Combine Splenda® Sugar Blend, salt, and hot water in 1-gallon zipper-lock bag and shake to dissolve Splenda® and salt. Add cold water and chicken. Press air out of bag, seal, and refrigerate 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
4 – Remove chicken from brine and discard brine. Refrigerate chicken until half an hour before you want to grill it (up to 1 day). Pat chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle all over with pepper. Let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
5 – Heat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate and coat with oil.
6 – Put chicken on grill, cover, and cook 5 to 7 minutes on one side. Flip chicken and brush with barbecue sauce. Cook another 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear (about 170°F | 80°C) on an instant-read thermometer).
7 – Coat chicken with 1 1/2 cups Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 270; Calories from Fat: 60; Total Fat: 7g;Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 70mg; Sodium: 1770mg; Total Carbs: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 68g; Protein: 22g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/barbecued_chicken_recipe.html

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Whiskey Bacon Turkey Burger

April 15, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Whiskey Bacon Turkey Burger. Take your Burger to new levels with this week’s recipe, Whiskey Bacon Turkey Burger. You’ll be using 2 Jennie o products to make this recipe, JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon and JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey. It’s topped with Sweet Onions, BBQ Sauce, and American Cheese. To saute the Onions; use butter, garlic, onion and whiskey. Now that’s some caramelized onions! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Whiskey Bacon Turkey Burger

Bite into a whiskey turkey burger with bacon and American cheese. The flavor of bacon and whiskey make the perfect combination to this delicious dish!

INGREDIENTS

8 strips JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
¼ cup whiskey
4 hamburger buns
¼ cup barbecue sauce
4 slices American cheese
DIRECTIONS

1) Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Set aside.
2) Shape turkey into 4 patties. Prepare grill for medium heat. On preheated grill over medium heat, grill burgers 9 to 10 minutes per side turning twice. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
3) In skillet, over medium heat add butter, garlic, onion and whiskey. Cook onions 8 minutes or until brown and caramelized.
4) On bun bottom, spread barbecue sauce, add turkey burger, cheese, bacon and onion mixture. Add bun top.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories460
Protein34g
Carbohydrates29g
Fiber3g
Sugars8g
Fat19g
Cholesterol115mg
Sodium790mg
Saturated Fat7g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1144-whiskey-bacon-turkey-burger

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 1, 2017 at 6:32 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save the BBQ Sauce till the end……

 
Barbecue sauce is not a marinade. It has a lot of sugar in it, and sugar can easily burn on the grill. Brush it on at the end of cooking and then quickly mark the meat on the grill for a nice, caramelized flavor.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Sweet Potato Turkey Pizza

February 10, 2017 at 6:13 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Sweet Potato Turkey Pizza. Made with JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Boneless Turkey Breast, BBQ Sauce, small Sweet Potato, Monterey Jack Cheese, fresh Jalapeño slices fresh Cilantro leaves, all on top a Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Sweet Potato Turkey Pizza

Topped with turkey, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and jalaneños, this Sweet Potato Turkey Pizza recipe is a must-try. Ready in under 30 minutes for a tasty weeknight dinner.

INGREDIENTSsweet-potato-turkey-pizza

1 (12-ounce) package whole wheat pizza crust
½ cup barbeque sauce
1½ cups cooked JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Boneless Turkey Breast
½ small sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup fresh jalapeño slices
garnish: fresh cilantro leaves
DIRECTIONS

1) Heat oven to 425°F.
2) Spread pizza crust with barbecue sauce. Layer with turkey, sweet potato slices and cheese. Top with jalapeño slices. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

 

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories480
Protein31g
Carbohydrates57g
Fiber2g
Sugars12g
Fat15g
Cholesterol50mg
Sodium980mg
Saturated Fat6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1104-sweet-potato-turkey-pizza

One of America’s Favorites – Polish Boy

January 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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The Polish Boy is a sausage sandwich native to Cleveland, Ohio. It consists of a link of kielbasa placed in a bun, and covered with a layer of french fries, a layer of barbecue sauce or hot sauce, and a layer of coleslaw. While the sausage is typically grilled, some establishments will quickly deep fry the sausage after grilling and prior to assembling the sandwich. While Polish Boys can be found at various establishments throughout Cleveland, a popular place is Freddie’s Southern Style Rib House, known for their southern style barbecue sauce. Esquire named theirs as one of the best sandwiches in America, calling it “soul on white.”

Chef Michael Symon cited the Polish Boy as “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network, where he featured

A Polish boy sandwich from Freddie's Southern Style Rib House

A Polish boy sandwich from Freddie’s Southern Style Rib House

Seti’s Polish Boys on the show. Seti’s version is unique because of optional chilli and cheese that can be added to your sandwich.

Polishboy sandwich consist only of a beef polish sausage, french fries, coleslaw and barbecue sauce on a bun. Polishboys can be found in most if not all of Cleveland soulfood restaurants. Chilli, cheese peppers and sauerkraut are not ingredients found on a Polishboy. Chef Gregby Camp from “Mickey Flickey’s Amazing Wings” appeared on The Wendy Williams Show to teach the audience how to make a Cleveland Polish boy. Chef Camp suggests toasting the bun to give it better flavor and to hold the sandwich together. His sandwich features just enough coleslaw to taste, homemade french fries and their Amazing Comeback Barbecue Sauce.

 

 
Hot Sauce Williams, a restaurant on Cleveland’s East Side, features a variation that includes the addition of smoked and barbecued pork shoulder to the sandwich and was featured in June 2010 on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Host and food enthusiast Adam Richman tried their Polish boy, which featured the restaurant’s signature hot-sauce. Since the airing of the episode, Hot-Sauce Williams changed the type of french fries used in the sandwich and removed the pork shoulder from its components. B&M Barbecue, a Cleveland BBQ chain, calls this variant of the Polish Boy with pork shoulder a “Polish Girl”.

 

Cajun Meatballs

January 4, 2017 at 6:11 AM | Posted in baking, cooking | Leave a comment
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You can make these ahead of time and freeze them in resealable plastic bags, then add the sauce when heating them up. A quicker way to make these is to purchase a package of Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs or Jennie – O Turkey Meatballs and then when heating add your BBQ Sauce and Peach Preserve Sauce Mixture to them. Add Hot Sauce also to give them a little heat, optional. These make perfect appetizers for your upcoming Super Bowl Party or a treat for the family!

 

 

Cajun Meatballs

Ingredients
1 pound Lean Ground Turkey or Buffalo
1 1/2 teaspoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Low Sodium Sauce
1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped Onion
1/4 cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup 2% Milk
1 Egg
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Smucker’s Sugar Free Peach Preserves

 
Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking sheet.
2 – In a large bowl, mix thoroughly the ground beef, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, onion, bread crumbs, milk, and egg.
3 – Form the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until there is no pink left in the middle.
4 – In a small bowl, combine the barbeque sauce and peach preserves.
5 – When meatballs are done, place in a serving dish and cover with the barbeque sauce mixture. Toss to coat.

Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire October 1 & 2, 2016

September 28, 2016 at 5:08 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11am – 7pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 11am – 4pm

 

 

The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014, 513-674-6055

 

 

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Here’s one wild weekend with hot food and cool entertainment! Lots of great ‘hot’ people (hot food makers, bloggers and chiliheads) come out for samples, fun, contests, prizes, and great crowds to fill The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s on October 1st and 2nd.

For this weekend only, you can sample and purchase foods from all over the country at our Fiery Food Show! Hot and fiery or mild and meek; you choose your favorites and can buy enough to last. Hot Sauces, BBQ sauces, salsas, rubs and all sorts of spicy foods will be available – and there’s more! In The Arena of Fire, we’ll have wild and wacky contests beginning on Saturday and running hourly until the show ends on Sunday.

Now a 3-day event – that’s right, we’ve added a special Vendor Appreciation Night! – this year’s Weekend of Fire is going to be exceptionally spicy as we look back over 10 years of flavor, sweat, and smiles. Fiery food favorites from the last 10 years will be set up throughout the festival, as vendors from our already storied past come to set up shop so you can try their wickedly hot wares. From hot sauce to BBQ sauce, to rubs, marinades, and everything in between, we’re packing the Oscar Event Center with as much heat as it can handle (and then some).

Feelin’ brave? The Arena of Fire is going to be smokin’ hot as we introduce new contests, bring back a few favorites, and truly turn the heat up as we challenge those who dare to enter the arena with the spiciest creations we can come up with.

 
http://www.junglejims.com/weekendoffire/
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