Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

Uncle Chuck's Chicken




Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

When it comes to cooking on the Grill the struggle is REAL especially when it comes to meat. It seems I am either over-cooking it or undercooking it and, of course, you can’t serve under-cooked meat so it then goes back on the grill until I have achieved the polar opposite, a burnt slab of meat. So this year I have decided enough is enough and went to the pro, my brother. This guy can  seriously cook anything on the grill. His burgers alone are #drool worthy. So this year I am going to find out all of  his secrets starting with his Chicken on the Grill. In this particular recipe, my brother used chicken leg quarters but he has also used this method of cooking on legs & thighs and chicken breasts. The cooking times will vary depending on what cut of chicken you decide to use.

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill  

Ingredients:

8-10 Chicken quarters

1 – stick Butter

2 (1/2) – 3 – Cups Vinegar

Garlic Powder to taste

salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Turn grill to high (or 500 degrees), once it reaches 500 degrees clean it off good with grill brush. Once the grill is cleaned turn the heat down to 350 degrees ( medium high). On the stovetop in a small/medium sized sauce pan, on medium heat, add butter, vinegar, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cook till butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Once grill has reached the correct temperature of 350 degrees place raw chicken halves on the grill and baste them with vinegar & butter mixture. Close the lid to the grill and cook chicken for 1 to 1(1/2) hours or until chicken has reached a safe temperature of 170-F (77-C) degrees, basting every 15 minutes.




Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burrito

Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Keeping some of these easy Make ahead Breakfast Burritos on hand will make your mornings extra enjoyable. I love knowing that I only have one mess to clean up from breakfast, for the ENTIRE week! And the mess is really not that bad. Usually, it consists of 1 electric skillet, a cutting board, a bowl, and of course, a few utensils. See, easy peasy, not even enough to fully load the dishwasher 😉 Paper plates also help to keep the mess minimal.

Now, I know I said these are Make ahead Breakfast Burritos, and they are, but my mom also had another great idea. She suggested that if I had overnight company I could make these up the night before, place them seam-side down in a greased cake pan, and bake them in the morning. I’m not sure what temperature these would have to cook at because I have never tried it. If you googled it I am sure you would find something on it. Gotta love google, right!?

* I saw many different methods of wrapping and freezing the burritos but I liked the one I used int this recipe the best. I can not find the website where I saw this, I might even have seen it on youtube. But I want all my readers to know that the recipe is my own but the freezer method is not. If I happen to come across it again I will be sure to link it. If you choose to make these burritos for yourself do some research on the different freezer methods, you may find something you like better. For example, I saw some people wrap them in foil. This would be a nice method if you chose not to use microwaves, you could probably take them straight out of the freezer and bake them in the oven with the foil still on. =)


Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

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I wasn’t always a fan of meatloaf growing up if you ever had my mom’s meatloaf you would understand why. Don’t worry, I’m not saying this to be mean, it’s just the truth. If you ask her about her meatloaf she just laughs and says  “well, it’s usually hit or miss”. And if she says it’s a miss, then dominos is on the menu.  It has become the family joke- make whatever for supper mom just not a meatloaf! I do have to say that meatloaf is about the ONLY thing that woman can’t cook.. well.. and turkey, but that’s a whole different story. ha.

Enough about my mom’s meatloaf let’s talk about mine. This flavorful Meatloaf is loaded with chunks of bacon and globs of cheese. The meat is moist and the ends are crispy. Baked to perfection in the oven, this meatloaf is sure to be a family favorite.  Definitely not my Mamma’s meatloaf. 😉

Ingredients:

Meatloaf

2.25 pounds ground beef

1/2 pound of bacon (fried and crumbled.. you could do this the night before)

8 oz of shredded melting cheese ( I use Velveeta)

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic ( you could always use garlic powder if you don’t have minced garlic)

1 tsp. Worcestershire

2 tsp. mustard

1/2 C. Ketchup

2 C. breadcrumbs ( I used seasoned)

3 eggs

Glaze: 

1 C. ketchup

1 tsp. Worcestershire

1 tsp. mustard

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Add all ingredients for the meatloaf to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to fold the ingredients into the ground beef ( this is going to get messy so you may want to take off your rings). Once all the ingredients are mixed into the meatloaf, place it into a greased 7 X 11 cake pan. I try to shape mine into an oval shape, then I take my hands and press the ends in some. Next, mix up your glaze. Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour, or until meatloaf is cooked the whole way threw ( a meat thermometer is a good tool to use here). As soon as meatloaf is finished call dibs on the end piece, it’s the best! 😉

*My four Ingredient Mac & Cheese is the perfect side dish for this Meatloaf!


Ham Salad Sliders with Spicy Mustard Sauce

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Ham Salad Sliders with Spicy Mustard Sauce

I served these ham salad sliders at our super bowl party along with some other recipes that came by special request including my Buckin’ Bronco Nachos. I always like serving my recipes to a small crowd to get their reaction before posting them to my website. And I am proud to say that these sliders got rave reviews!

While I was preparing the Sliders, I heard a few grumbles coming from the living room about the pickled eggs. I thought I would be nice and make a few without pickled eggs. Well, no surprise to me, the only ones left over were the ones without pickled eggs. If you are a little skeptical about the pickled eggs you should, at least, give it a try. I once heard Paula Deen say something like this ” The first time you make a recipe follow it exactly, the second time make it your own” I think Mrs. Deen has the right idea. So when you make them please, please, at least, try the pickled egg, do it for me and do it for Mrs.Deen. 😉

I like creating recipes that are quick and easy but pack a flavorful punch. These little sliders have it all! The sweetness from the pretzel rolls, savory ham salad, a tang from the pickled egg, and let’s not forget the spicy mustard sauce. They are seriously like little flavor bombs. When I made them I used a combo of both mini pretzel rolls and mini bagels, they pretzel rolls are better… way better. The bagels were good but they didn’t add the sweetness that the pretzel rolls offered. You could always do what I did and try both the mini pretzel rolls and mini bagels to see which you like best. I hope you enjoy. =)

BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats

Hamburger Boats

BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats 

 I often get asked the question,” how do you come up with your recipes? what inspires you?”  Today I am going to give you a small glimpse of how my mind works. It won’t be too scary, I promise. =p

If you remember, two weeks ago, I posted about inheriting my Nana’s cookbooks and recipe cards ( see Orange Chiffon cake, a recipe from 1948). In with her cookbooks was an old family circle magazine from the year 1966. While I was flipping through the pages, I remembered my Pap telling me that he was having hamburger boats a few nights back. With hamburger boats in the back of my mind, I came across a recipe for Ranch Breakfast Burgers. I don’t know if it was the ground beef and ketchup, or the word ranch, either way, my mind went straight to BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats. And just like that a new recipe was born.. or should I say developed?

Now you are probably wondering why I have called them hamburg boats and not hamburger boats. Well, the answer is simple, that is just what my family has always called them.  I did google it and found that hamburger would have been the correct pronunciation BUT I edit some of my photo’s at my mother’s house. So until I get to her computer to fix my mistake ( if I remember) it will remain hamburg.

Now let’s talk hamburg(er) boats. If you have never had a hamburger boat you are missing out! They are so simple to make and loaded with flavor. Even better, you can personalize each one. My mom has made us hamburger boats for as long as I can remember. Normally they consist of hamburger, potatoes, onions, & carrots that are folded together in little foil packs that look like boats. I, of course, had to put a new spin on this old family favorite. I decided to load mine with BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. The result was mouthwatering! I hope you enjoy =)

Taco Chili

taco chili


Ingredients:

1 (64 oz) bottle of v8 juice

1 pound ground beef

1 packet taco seasoning ( I use mild)

1 (15.5 oz) can light kidney beans

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans

1 (15.5 oz) can corn

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 table spoon peanut butter – optional ( I know what you are thinking, peanut butter??!! Yes, peanut butter! My mom has always made her chili this way, and now, that’s how I do it too. The peanut butter just helps to thicken the chili . It also leaves this little hint of flavor that your guests can’t quit figure out, but makes them say, yum! )

Toppings- Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, chives.

Directions-

Brown beef in a medium/large dutch oven over medium high heat. I like to season my beef with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder as it is cooking. Once the beef is browned, throw kidney beans, black beans, and corn in with the beef and cook for a few minutes until the beans and corn soften a little ( about 3-5 minutes). Turn heat down to medium/low and add v8 juice, taco seasoning, tomato paste and peanut butter, stir together. If the peanut butter scares you, just add a little more tomato paste to help thicken the chili, about 1/2 a tablespoon or so. Turn heat back up to medium high and bring chili to a boil, once chili starts to boil set heat on medium and let chili simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili has thickened and beans are soft, stirring occasionally. Serve in a bowl and load it up with cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips and chives! yum!

Hugy Grannies Flash Fried Chicken with a KICK

hoodgie Grannies chicken

Today I am spicing up an old family recipe. This recipe comes from my Hugy Granny, which is my Grams, great grams recipe. I am not sure how they came about the spelling of her name, but it is pronounced like HOOD – G then put it together, Hugy. Now, that is not her real name, but it is what everyone called her. From what I gather, she was a tiny woman, and the family called her little Granny. My gram was a toddler at the time, and when she tried to say little Granny, it came out Hugy Granny, and the name stuck. Now decades later, the name still stands.

I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t trying to fix something, and to me, this recipe needed some fixin’. The original recipe was just to dip the chicken in egg and flour then fry and bake. This was really good, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I added some more spices to the flour and heated up with some cayenne pepper to give this chicken the kick it needed. This turned out to be one of the best chicken recipes I have ever tasted, and my family agreed. The crust was nice and crispy and the chicken was so juicy.  My family told me this recipe deserved a standing ovation, but I think everyone was too full to stand. Here is the recipe.. try it for yourself. =)

Ingredients:

4-6 pounds chicken thighs and legs

2 Cups Flour

1 tsp.  Salt

2 tsp. cayenne pepper ( If you do not like spicy, then you may want to omit the cayenne or cut it back to 1 tsp.)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. parsley flakes

4-5 eggs

 

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and parsley flakes; whisk well. In a separate bowl, crack 4-5 eggs; whisk well. Set both bowls aside. Coat the bottom of a large frying pan with cooking oil and set to medium-high heat. While waiting for the frying pan to heat,  begin to dip each piece of chicken in the egg and then into the flour, making sure to coat each piece well.  Place coated chicken into a hot skillet and cook on both sides until crust is brown. About 3-4 minutes, flipping only once, so the crust doesn’t slip off. Once the crust is brown, transfer chicken to a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

Crock-pot Ketchup & Grape Jelly Ham Sandwiches

 

Ketchup and Grape Jelly Sandwich

 

Equal parts of Ketchup and Grape jelly cooked together  on the stove top make this wonderful sweet sauce. Pair the sauce with some cocktail wieners and you have got yourself one dangerously delicious appetizer. If you have yet to try this sweet and savory combo, you had better put it on your to-do list, and quickly!

Now… Have you ever tried replacing the wieners with ham and loading all this yumminess on a toasted bagel that has been smothered with cream cheese and  topped with a few banana peppers? (pardon the run on, but it had to happen) I have. More than once. Ok, more than twice..  I’m leaving it at that.

Check. it. out.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of deli ham, thinly sliced ( I use cooked or chopped ham, whatever is cheaper)

1 – 1 1/4 C. Grape Jelly

1 – 1 1/4 C. Ketchup ( must use same amount as you used for grape jelly)

8-10 bagels

cream cheese for spreading ( this helps cut the sweetness of the ketchup/grape jelly  ham)

banana peppers to put in the sandwich   (optional)

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Directions:

Peel the ham apart piece by piece ( so the ham will not cook in a clump and so the sauce evenly coats each piece of ham) and place it in the crock pot. Add equal parts of grape jelly and ketchup. Because buying meat from the deli is usually slightly under or over the poundage wanted, start with 1 cup of each. If it does not look like enough add an additional 1/4 cup of each, this should be plenty. Turn the crock pot on low heat and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Toast up some bagels and spread them with cream cheese. Fill the bagels with some of the  ketchup/grape jelly ham and top with a few banana peppers.

* Please keep in mind that all crock-pots differ in temperatures. My crock-pot is the actual crock-pot brand.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

French dip… DIP!

 

French dip...DIP

* This recipe was adapted from the recipe Hot Artichoke dip; found at the top of page 6 in the cook -book 100 best Appetizer Recipes. You can find this cookbook at 5 below, which is where I purchased the book.

A few weeks ago I was at the 5 below store when I came across a few cool cookbooks that I knew I wanted for my collection. While flipping through the books on the way home, I found a recipe for a hot artichoke dip. Now, I am no fan of artichokes; but this recipe had my recipe inventing wheels turning. My hubby is a HUGE fan of french dips, so I thought how yummy would it be to make a french dip.. dip?! So that’s exactly what I did, and here is how I did it:

Ingredients:

1 packet Ajus

1- 8 oz container sour cream

1 cup mayo

1/2 of a 7-8 oz. container roast beef lunch meat ( Chopped. I used the carving board style.)

1/4 of a large onion finely sliced ( I used a mandolin slicer)

1/2 cup water

1/2 of an 8 oz. bag Mozzarella cheese

1/2 of an 8 oz. bag Swiss cheese

butter to fry onion in

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

– In a medium sized frying pan saute onions over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of butter.

– Once onions are caramelized add roast beef and stir.

– Next add 1/2 cup of water and entire packet of Ajus, stir and cook till it starts to boil. Once it starts to boil turn burner off and sit the mixture aside to cool (Do not leave the mixture on the hot burner you just turned off, sit it on a cool burner or on a pot holder on the counter.)

– In a separate, small, oven proof bowl (about 1 qt. in size) add sour cream, mayo, and cheese (save about 1 hand full of each type of cheese to top the dip with), mix well.

– When the onion beef mixture has cooled add it to the heat proof bowl with the mayo and sour cream mixture, mix well.

– Bake at 350 for 15 minutes then take it out and stir, bake an additional 10 minutes take out and stir.

– Add the rest of cheese to the top. bake for 5 minutes then turn on the broiler and broil the top of the cheese so it gets nice and brown.

– Serve with bread, crackers, or chips for dipping

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission, if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Loaded Cheese Fry Grilled Cheese

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Loaded cheese fry grilled cheese

If you are looking for a way to spice up a boring ole grilled cheese sandwich, this is the recipe for you. Trust me; this is not your momma’s grilled cheese. It’s loaded with bacon, minute steak, and of course french fries; but what really takes this sandwich to the next level is the chili srachara mayo that is smothered on the top and bottom of this sandwich.

** This would be a great recipe to use up left over french fries from take out!

Lets cut to the chase; shall we?

Ingredients for 2 sandwiches:

4 pieces of bread ( I used the pre-sliced Italian. Do not use thick slices of bread)

6 slices of cheese  ( 3 for each sandwich. I used velveeta single slices because it most resembles the cheese they put on loaded cheese fries)

3 minute steaks ( cut up and cooked)

4 pieces of bacon (cooked and crumbled)

French Fries  ( enough to load it up! Depends on the size of the fries how many you use 😉 )

Butter for grilling the sandwiches

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Hot Chili Sriracha Mayo 

4 Tbsp. mayo

2 tsp. hot chili Sriracha

Mix together

Directions:

First butter one side of each piece of bread and grill it. This makes your bread more sturdy so it can hold the sriracha mayo without making your bread soggy.

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Once you have toasted one side of all four slices of bread, spread them with the Sriracha Mayo. You want to spread all four slices with the Sriracha Mayo. my photo only shows 2 slices spread.

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After all four slices are spread with Sriracha Mayo on the toasted side then it is time to start layering. Split the crumbled bacon between the two sandwiches. I lay my bacon on top of the Sriracha Mayo and then place 2 pieces of cheese on top of the bacon and then load up those fries.   (I do it the way so that as it grilles the cheese acts as a glue to the bacon and the fries)

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Load it up with fries! I am drooling now! =p

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On the other half of the sandwich which has all ready been spread with the sriracha mayo, split the minute steak between the two sandwiches and lay it on top of the Sriracha Mayo.

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Lay one piece of cheese on top of the minute steak.

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Now for the tricky part; carefully put the sandwiches together. To do this I pick up the part with the minute steaks using two hands and quickly position it over top the part with the fries. Then butter your pan and grill the sandwich, pressing it down with a spatula. Once the bottom of the sandwiches are grilled to a golden perfection then carefully lift the sandwiches off of the frying pan. Add more butter to the frying pan and carefully flip the sandwiches to grill the other side.. I use my hands to flip it into the pan (But be CAREFUL not to burn yourself!)

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** If your cheese is not melting fast enough, put a cover over the  frying pan ( I used a cookie sheet)  to trap the heat. This will allow the cheese to melt more quickly.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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