Freeze Dried Strawberry Greek Yogurt

Do you ever like a product so much that you are almost offended that the manufacturer itself doesn't seem to appreciate what they have? That is the sort of relationship I have with the whole milk version of Fage greek yogurt. Oh, the skim and 2% people get all sorts of flavor and size options. I'm stuck with 16 ounce containers of ...plain. Luckily, I'm never someone to shy away from taking things into his own hands. That spirit, along with a little indignation over my yogurt choices, led me to ...

Argentine Short Ribs (Tira de Asado)

When it comes to dealing with grocery store meat departments and getting cuts of meat that are comparable (and better?) than what you find in your local steakhouse, there is really one thing I want to make sure I impress upon everyone. That is, "Ask and ye shall receive." So it is with these Argentine Short Ribs, known there as "Tira de Asado". "My supermarket says they don't carry Argentine Short Ribs," you say? Well, that is technically true, but also sort of misleading. They don't ...

Coconut Key Lime Pie Martini

I got my start in developing recipes the same place that a lot of food bloggers do -- wanting to make something my friends and family would enjoy. Developed as a drink I wanted those close to me to be able to enjoy at our wedding, my Coconut Key Lime Pie Martini began life this way. My wife and I have a personal circle of loved ones that are very much an "eat, drink, and be merry" crowd. Many of our memories of those people and places are interwoven with the tastes and smells of those good ...

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 ...

Firecracker Cake Batter Fat Bombs

At my core, I am a BBQ pitmaster, which is why a recipe like "Firecracker Cake Batter Fat Bombs" coming out of my kitchen is a little odd in concept. I like burning things and cooking with fire. I've been known to blow things up and singe eyebrows. You would not typically expect to see me with a pastry bag in my hand. My idea of making dessert is caramelizing sugar on a creme brûlée with my Iwatani blowtorch (affiliate) mounted on top of what amounts to a hairspray can full of butane. I'm ...

Dorito Dust Microwave Pork Rinds

Like a lot of people who adopt a ketogenic/low carb lifestyle, I struggle a little bit with the total dearth of delicious snack food. This coupled with the typical increased salt intake needs when eating low carb make for some brutal snack food cravings. The typical solution to that is pork rinds. The problem is they are terrible. Stale and often rancid, they're usually worst than just enduring your cravings. The solution -- microwave pork rinds. I honestly can't say that I miss most of the ...

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 ...

Bacon Burnt Ends

My little boy is a pretty lucky kid. He ate at more world-ranked BBQ joints before the age of one than most people do in their whole lives, and at some of those more than once. He spends most of his time while I am on the grill or smoker with his nose pressed up against the patio door glass. He's a kid who loves his 'cue. Unsurprisingly, he also loves bacon (and now my Bacon Burnt Ends) and eats them with glee and an expression on his mug that we've come to jokingly call "bacon face". Given ...