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Instant Pot Smoked Pork Bone Broth

This Smoked Pork Bone Broth post involved the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my relatively young career as a low carb food blogger -- convincing my family to cut the meat off their ribs and not devour it like a pack of hyenas. In this case, those bones had a higher calling. Thankfully my family, who is used to humoring my weird food projects, was happy to oblige. It wasn't that hard with my nearly fall-off-the-bone ribs. Eventually we worked our way through three racks of ribs and ...

Keto Apple Pie Margarita

When I posted my Keto Hard Apple Cider recipe a few weeks ago, while it is totally delicious on its own, I always intended for it to also be a building block for other recipes. Apples are typically such a no-no on a keto diet that once I had a way of introducing apple flavor to recipes without also adding sugar, it needed to be put to uses beyond just an apple-flavored substitute for wine. So, I did what we always do here in Southern Arizona -- made margaritas. The Keto Apple Pie Margarita was ...

Keto Cranberry Kansas City BBQ Sauce

It pretty much says it all about my philosophy on food that I don't make my cranberry sauce with any cranberries at all and that I put cranberries in places most normal people would think they have no business being, like a BBQ sauce. My Keto Cranberry Kansas City BBQ Sauce spells things out loud and clear that absolutely nothing is sacred in my kitchen, but it often is unexpected and delicious. So, what is a Kansas City BBQ sauce? Well, listen -- blood has been shed over less contentious ...

Espresso BBQ Pork Ribs

Do we all get to the point in our lives where we look ourselves in the mirror and see that we've done all the things we've sworn we wouldn't? I'm pretty sure that I am there. I'll never buy a truck. (Did it.) I'll never listen to country music. (Did it and liked some of it.) I'll never, ever, ever get an electric smoker. I mean, those things are basically cheating. Right? BBQ is ultimately about heat control. It was one thing to spend time fiddling with a charcoal or gas fired ...

Restaurant-Style Margaritas

When I started to piece together my recipe for Keto Restaurant-Style Margaritas, I started by asking myself, "What is the lime all about?" I have a basic philosophical difference on this question with virtually every margarita recipe I see online. If you spent a lot of time reading margarita recipes, you'd think it was face puckering acidity and not its flavor and scent essence. We have lime flavored candy and baked goodies of all kinds, both keto and not. Are they inedibly acidic or do they ...

Tajin Smoke Roasted Sockeye Salmon

As a food blogger, I often feel a lot of (mostly self-applied) pressure to create recipes that are overly produced and done up. There is a lot of reward for visually impressive recipes with long, drawn-out ingredient lists and eye catching headlines. Or perhaps, I just assume there is because of how much of that I see floating around Pinterest. To be honest, the tendency to overly "gourmet-ize" everything is an aspect of food media that I have always been uncomfortable with. I have a formal ...

Espresso Keto BBQ Rub

One of the really nice things about Swerve (affiliate) is its heat stability, making it great for things like baking. I'm not really sure what it never struck me to try it in BBQ rub recipes that would ordinarily call for sugar, like this Espresso Keto BBQ Rub. This is a loose adaptation of a rib rub recipe I have used for about five years now. As you're all going to find out, I am a little bit mad about coffee, so it sort of stands to reason that my coffee mania would bleed through into my ...

Smoke Roasted Ribeye

Some of my most powerful memories are food related. I think that a lot of the recipes that I develop stem from trying to relive past happy memories in the only way that I can possibly replicate with any sort of precision. People and places change.  Smell, taste, and sound are always the same. It's like playing an old record. Some things stay the same no matter what, and that's comforting. My Smoke Roasted Ribeye is one of those recipes that arose from the attempted recreation of a memory. ...

Dill Pickle Greek Yogurt Dip

Don't get me wrong, I like mayo. It's glorious on hot dogs, hamburgers, and in my egg salad. With cut-up vegetables, or *gasp* pork rinds, not so much. I think it is the dark eggy-ness of it. When I eat it on things with a lot of freshness or flavor pop, it just seems to take over everything and drag it down. For someone on a low carb diet who goes to great lengths to eliminate all added sugar in his diet, it is also problematic as there are some brands with a fair amount of added sugar. ...

Reverse-Smoked Oven Beef Brisket

There is a saying that you can't really understand the fundamental assumptions of your own culture until you spend a little time outside of it. I don't think I ever really understood that until I spent a week getting blank stares from supermarket clerks in Edmonton, Alberta when I asked if they carried whole beef brisket. Alberta is famous for its beef, but these friendly Canadians don't know what brisket is? What gives, Canucks? ...and that was only the beginning of my problems. It was my ...