Easy BBQ Sauce

Sunday, July 1, 2018


BBQ sauce is one of those condiments that is always in our fridge. There are so many great sauces you can buy on the market and we have probably used them all. But making your own sauce is so easy to do you will never miss that store bought sauce. 


Easy BBQ Sauce recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke is so easy to make you will never miss that store bought sauce.


This sauce comes together in about ten minutes. Perfect for those days when you go to grab the sauce and there is none to be found. 



Easy BBQ Sauce recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke

The brown sugar lends a little sweetness while the chili powder gives it just a little kick. We love to use this to top grilled chicken, pork chops, or one of our favorites, to add to smoked pulled pork. 


Easy BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a saucepan whisk together all the ingredients. Simmer over low heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Smoked Brisket

Friday, June 1, 2018
When smoking a brisket, the first thing you need to realize is that there are so many ways to smoking a brisket that it can be very confusing!


Smoked Brisket recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke



This is personally the simplest, and easiest way I've found to cook a brisket to get that tender, juicy, and full of smoke flavor you want out of a brisket!


Smoked Brisket recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke

Prepare your brisket


  • Lay your brisket on your cutting board.
  • With a very sharp knife trim the fat down about 1\4 of an inch on both sides of your brisket.
  • Take paper towels and wipe your brisket completely dry.
  • Using olive oil, completely rub down on all sides of your brisket. This ensures that your rub with stick.
  • Take your favorite brisket rub (some may prefer just salt and pepper) and cover the entire area on all sides of your brisket.
  • Wrap in saran wrap, and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour. I like to refrigerate over night for all those flavors to really sink in to the meat.



   

Prepare your smoker


Smoked Brisket recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke


Now there are lots of different smokers out there! I personally have a offset wood and charcoal smoker, and a small bullet smoker. Just remember smoking is all about controlling your temperatures and keeping your heat steady. I am using a charcoal chimney starter but if you do not have one just skip that step and light the charcoal in your smoker.


  • Lay a good layer of your favorite charcoal in your fire box.
  • Fill your chimney about 3\4 of the way full.
  • Place newspaper under your chimney and carefully light on all sides.
  • Wait about 15 minutes making sure your charcoal is grey in color.
  • Carefully pour your hot charcoal on top of your unlit charcoal. This will give you longer lasting heat.

Smoked Brisket recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke


At this point you will see white smoke. You will want to wait for this to be clear before putting your meat on your smoker. Wait for your smoker to reach 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature will drop some because your brisket may be cold. You can avoid some of that by taking your brisket out of the fridge an hour before to ensure room temperature. Don't panic when your temp drops! It will come back up. This is also a good time to add your first chunks of wood, or chips which ever you may have.

  • Place your brisket fat side down (This will protect your meat from burning)
  • Spray your brisket every 1\2 hour to an hour with beef broth, this will ensure your brisket doesn't get too dry.



Depending on the size of your brisket the cooking process could take some time. At an internal temp of around 165 you will hit what we call the stall. Again don't panic! This is the process where the fat start to render and break down. This also the point where I start my next process.

  •  Using a disposable aluminum pan, lay 4 peeled carrots in the bottom of the pan.
  •  Pour beef broth to about a 1\4 inch high in your pan.
  •  Carefully place your brisket on top of the carrots and cover with heavy aluminum foil.
  •  Place the aluminum pan back on your smoker and continue to cook at 225 to 250 degrees until your internal temperature reaches 205 degrees.

Smoked Brisket recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke



 Let it rest



  • Take your brisket out of your pan and lay on a doubled layer of aluminum foil, or butcher paper and wrap tightly so no air will get through.
  • Wrap with a towel and place in your oven, or in a cooler so no air will be able to get in.
  • Let rest for at least 1 hour before slicing.
  • Slice against the grain of the meat about 1\4 inch slice and enjoy!

Smoked Brisket recipe from Kickin' Up Smoke


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Chipotle Ranch Burgers

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chipotle Ranch Burgers

With Memorial Day right around the corner, I have burgers on my mind. These Chipotle Ranch Burgers pack so much flavor it is insane! 


Chipotle Ranch Burgers from Kickin' Up Smoke

We have had rain for the past week. It is driving me crazy. I want to get out and fire up the grill something fierce. The first peek of sun and I am on it. 

Chipotle Ranch Burgers from Kickin' Up Smoke

Grilling burgers is something we do probably once a week. So playing around with different flavors makes it so much more fun. 

Chipotle Ranch Burgers from Kickin' Up Smoke

The burgers themselves have an amazing flavor but then when you add the toppings and that ranch sauce it takes it to a whole new level.  These are a must make for your next BBQ!


Yield: 4

Chipotle Ranch Burgers

Grilled burgers packed with a kick of flavor that all your guests will rave about.

ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
2 tablespoons pureed chipotles
¼ cup ranch dressing
4 slices cheddar cheese
Bacon
Lettuce
Tomato
4 Ciabatta Buns 

instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ½ tablespoon pureed chipotles, and dry ranch dressing mix.  Separate and shape into 4 patties and grill until no longer pink.
For the chipotle ranch sauce, mix together ¼ cup ranch dressing and 1 ½ tablespoons pureed chipotles.
Top with lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, and chipotle ranch sauce.



Chipotle Ranch Burgers from Kickin' Up Smoke

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Weekend Potluck
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