Potatoes Gratin is a very similar dish to Scalloped potatoes, which was one of my favorite dishes growing up. Potatoes Gratin is usually a richer dish with more flavor and more cheese than scalloped potatoes, so get your tastebuds ready because this dish will knock your socks off. A very popular dish for pairing with roast beef, Turkey or ham dinners, this dish is great because it goes a long ways and potatoes are inexpensive. This dish is also called Potatoes Dauphinoise because they originate in Dauphine France in the late 1700’s. So, when your guests ask you what’s for dinner, just let them know that you are making them a classical French dish with black truffle, and they will be very impressed.
Mac and Cheese is one of those meals that you grew up eating, and you loved it smothered in ketchup. This recipe is NOT that. There is no ketchup required with this gooey cheesy meal. The trick to making good mac and cheese is to use big noodles and good cheese, and lots of it. We like adding leftover BBQ meat to give it that amazing rich flavor. So throw away your KD and start making your smoked mac and cheese from scratch by following this recipe.
Let’s get this started by telling you that I hate 99% of all shish kebabs. You know what I’m talking about. When people take raw meat and vegetables, thread them onto a skewer with no seasoning and then cook the skewer until the veggies are limp and the meat is like leather? Well, no more! I was tasked with coming up with a super innovative shish kebab recipe that would be “elevated” or world class. No overcooked meat and limp unseasoned vegetables at You Need a BBQ! I tasked myself with finding a vegetable that cooks the same way as meat and then pairing it with some meat and seasoning. My idea came to me with King Oyster Mushrooms and Bacon! Usually when I make King oysters in a frying pan I use sesame oil, so for this recipe I paired it with our sesame BBQ sauce called Samurai Sauce from our friends at BBQ Quebec. The recipe ended up being incredible, so here it is for you to give it a try!
Corn on the cob is one of my favorite summer vegetables. There is something about biting into a juicy cob of corn that has been freshly rubbed with butter and salt to go with your barbecued meats. This innovation on barbecuing corn helps it cook more evenly on the grill and is packed with flavor. There is no boiling water in this recipe. So, grab a really sharp kitchen knife, a couple cobbs from your local farmer or grocery store and get ready to have your mind blow with this new Ribs of Corn recipe.
When I was competing in the bacon category at the world food championships, I needed a side for my Mole Bacon Cheeseburger that would stand up to the umami kick brought on by loads of wagyu beef fat in the burger. This recipe for bacon wrapped onion rings was just the trick. Glazing the bacon wrapping with jalapeno BBQ sauce at the end makes these things into a sticky, greasy, crunchy bite of absolute goodness. They are a lot of work for only a few bites, but if executed right, these are sure to make you the king of the backyard BBQ.
Most times when you think of Jalapeno poppers, you think of Jalapenos stuffed with cheese, then breaded and deep fried. Who does not love them as a party snack! These Jalapeno poppers are something else entirely. There are no breadcrumbs, there is no cheese, just loads of beef, bacon, Jalapeno, and flavor. I served these to the staff in the BBQ shop and they were blown away by not only the flavor combination, but how well the Jalapeno heat was smoothed out by the fat in the bacon and beef.