Monday, November 23, 2020

Thai Peanut Ground Beef

 [FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post. Links to products used may include Amazon Affiliate links.

Asian flavors, especially Thai, make my mouth happy. This easy Thai Peanut Ground Beef recipe is no exception.

Thai Peanut Ground Beef on the Big Green Egg


The heat and tastes that the peanut sauce brings to this recipe put a smile on my face and a song in my heart...or is that my belly? Either way, we love it so much that I've cooked it a few times in the past two weeks. 

The idea for this recipe came while making The Recipe Critic's popular Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls recipe. 

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

It was delicious and super easy. But even still, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a Thai Peanut version of it. You can also make this into Thai Cashew Ground Beef by swapping out cashew butter for peanut butter. That's how we made it the first time; both renditions are lip-smacking good. 

Thai Peanut Ground Beef

These would also be fantastic as the filling for lettuce wraps.

Thai Peanut Ground Beef

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Fire-Roasted Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

 [FTC Standard Diclosure] We receive no compensation for this post.

 

The days are getting shorter, which means it is time for me to start turning more to comfort food. Cheese stuffed shells are something that we frequently make when we have leftover meat sauce for spaghetti. Our base recipe is a simple cheese filling, ut it is easy to experiment by adding spinach, sausage, or other ingredients to the mixture.

Fire roasted spinach and cheese stuffed shells on the Big Green Egg kamado grill
Fire-roasted Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells on the Big Green Egg.

Of course, you can make these in the oven but cooking them on the Big Green Egg gives them the enhanced fire-roasted flavor.

Fire roasted spinach and cheese stuffed shells cooked on the Big Green Egg kamado grill

Here is how we make our Fire Roasted Spinach Stuffed Shells on the Big Green Egg. One tip: If your leftover meat sauce is extra chunky or "rustic," you might want to pulse it in a food processor. I think it is easier to work with a finer texture sauce with this one. 


Fire Roasted Spinach Stuffed Shells

Friday, November 13, 2020

Shaved Steak Tostadas

 [FTC Standard Disclaimer] We received no compensation for this post.

 Life has been very busy in our house. Work and home improvement projects have collided to interfere with my time available for cooking so we have been doing a lot of 30-minute meals. 

This is one that I threw together last night - Shaved Steak Tostadas. These tostadas are loaded with skillet seared steak, peppers, onions, queso sauce, enchilada sauce, tomatoes, black olives, and green onion. 



Shaved steak from Certified Angus Beef
This started with a package of Certified Angus Beef® Brand Shaved Steak that I bought at my Food City. They just started carrying this product but it has fast become a staple here for quick and easy dishes. The obvious use is for steak and cheese sandwiches but it is also great for Korean bulgolgi, stir fry, and Mexican beef dishes. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Bayou Grits

 [FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post.

These are one of the best grits I have ever had. I was in Pensacola for the Pensacola Eggfest this time last year and had breakfast at the Dog House Deli in Downtown. 

Fabulous Bayou Grits from The Dog House Deli in Downtown Pensacola
I went with Bayou Grits, over-easy eggs, and smoked Duroc pork belly.

The Dog House Deli's Bayou Grits are thick, cheesy, bold, and amazing. Chef Nathan Holler and his crew saute bacon, ham, sausage, peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes and add them to their cheese grits with a touch of salsa.  They are shut-your-mouth good!



My version of the Dog House Deli's incredibly good Bayou Grits.



I was smoking a pork belly this weekend and decided I would make a version of their Bayou Grits. Here is what I did, starting with the pork belly.

Smoked Pork Belly

I started with half of a pork belly weighing just a smidgen over  5 pounds. I patted it dry, lightly oiled it, and gave it a moderate coat of my NMT Southern Sweet rub recipe (from my second book, The Offset Smoker Cookbook). You could substitute a general sweet BBQ rub, like Meat Church Honey Hog.

Smoking pork belly on the Oklahoma Joe's Rider DLX Pellet Grill

I loaded my Oklahoma Joe's Rider DLX with Kingsford Hickory pellets and pre-heated it to 200°f. I smoked the pork belly at that temp for about 4 hours. I spritzed it with apple juice every hour or so. Then I raised the temperature to 250°f and cooked the belly until it reached an internal temperature of 200°f, about 3 more hours. Then I glazed it with a homemade cherry-bourbon BBQ sauce similar to my Honey Bourbon BBQ sauce.

Friday, October 30, 2020

How I Restore and Maintain Cast Iron Skillets for Use On The Grill

[FTC Standard Disclosure] I received no compensation for this blog post. I will include Amazon Affiliate links to show a source for products that I use; however, you can likely find the same or similar products at your local kitchen or home goods store.


When I post pictures of my cast iron collection, I often get comments and questions about how I season and maintain them. As promised (ahem...months ago), here is what I do to keep my cast iron looking black, shiny, and beautiful. 

Some of the cast-iron cookware that I use day to day.


I'll start by saying this. Maintaining cast iron isn't about a magic product or special oil. Maintaining cast-iron skillets is a behavior. If you clean and spend 10 minutes reseasoning your skillets each time you use them, they will stay immaculate, non-stick, and last a lifetime. 

A second important point. Cast-iron is meant for use day-in, day-out. The best thing you can do to maintain your cast-iron cookware is to use it often.

Restoration

A good story starts at the beginning so let's start with the 1930's era Griswold #8 skillet that I restored earlier this year. 

When Do I Need To Restore A Skillet?

Typically, when a skillet loses its seasoning or gets a little flaky, the cast-iron just needs a thorough cleaning, reseasoning, and frequent use. But when a piece of cast-iron cookware has been abused and has built-up carbon or large sections of rust, the restoration will make it as good as new. Restoration is time-consuming, but you should never have to do it again if you maintain your cast-iron in the first place. Restoring cast-iron includes: 

  • stripping/cleaning, 
  • establishing a base coat, and then 
  • repeated use to build up the seasoning.

How I restored this 1930's era Griswold cast-iron skillet
This skillet definitely needed restoration. It was made over 80 years ago and had definitely seen better days. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Gorgonzola and Bacon Burger

 [FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post.

The black and blue burger, a burger topped with blue cheese, is one of the classic burgers. You either love them or hate them. I'm a lover of these pungent flavored burgers, they make my mouth water like a car hitting a fire hydrant.  

I did a spin on this time-honored burger for happy hour tonight. Some folks are wary of blue cheese because of the intense flavor. Instead of the typical blue cheese crumbles, a thick, creamy gorgonzola sauce graced our burgers. The milder flavor works better on a burger for me.

Gorgonzola & Bacon Burger featuring fresh ground chuck from Food City
This burger is bursting with flavor! The sharp taste of the cheese sauce, the smoky/salty bacon, and fresh ground chuck patty make this a spectacular burger.

I start off making the cheese sauce because I like to give it time to rest and thicken. That way it stays on top of the burger on the grill instead of dripping off into the flames below.

NMT Gorgonzola Burger Sauce

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Steak and Cheese Sandwich on the PK Grill

 [FTC Standard Disclaimer] I received no compensation for this post.

I haven't been posting much on here lately. That is because we have been busy on weekends doing home repairs. We are also renovating our basement patio, which we have never used much in 20 years, into an expanded grilling area. 

Here's a quicky that we did this past weekend when the heavy rains from Hurricane Delta's remnants kept us from working on projects. I made these super simple steak and cheese subs on the PK grill.


Normally, I will do these when I break down a whole ribeye, and I save one of the ends just for steak and cheese sandwiches.  I run it through my meat slicer on a near-zero thickness setting for shaved steak. I don't do that often because a whole ribeye is not inexpensive, and cleaning the slicer is a bit of a chore. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Hatch and Guac Burger

 [FTC Standard Disclaimer] We received no compensation for this post; however, we utilize Amazon Affiliate links to partially offset our costs.

We have made a boatload of juicy and delicious burgers this Summer, and this Hatch and Guac Burger is among the best of them. 

Hatch and Guacamole Burger recipe for the grill

It's a 6-ounce beef patty cooked on a coal-fired griddle to get the grilled taste but with a flavor-delivering crust of which Maillard himself would be proud. We put it on a bed of mixed greens and topped it with fire-roasted Hatch chiles, a slice of Grainger County tomato, homemade guacamole, and fried tortilla strips.

But a great burger isn't just about toppings and condiments. For me, a phenomenal burger patty starts with two factors - 

  1. the freshness of the grind and 
  2. the cuts used in the grind. 
We used brisket and sirloin for the ground beef that we used for these burgers. Let's talk about grinding before jumping into the recipe.

How I grind beef for the best burger

The Daily Grind

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Event: Last Year's Praise The Lard BBQ Contest

[FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post.

It has been a weird year since our team hasn't competed in any BBQ contests this year and we have only cooked at one food festival. In case you are missing these events as much as we are, here is a look back at the 2019 Praise The Lard event.

2019 Praise The Lard BBQ Contest

Praise The Lard is one of the crown jewels in the BBQ competition realm for several reasons. 

  • Praise The Lard is two BBQ contests in one, featuring both KCBS and MBN sanctioned events. 
  • Praise the Lard also includes a steak contest sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association.
  • Praise the Lard is excellently organized and well-executed by the legendary Mills family of 17th Street Barbecue.
This BBQ event has been on my BBQ event bucket-list for years. I finally got to compete in it last year with my friends at Flavor Anonymous. We have competed together at Memphis in May for years, but this was my first time with Flavor Anonymous in Murphysboro. Here are some of my pictures from the event.

2019 Praise The Lard BBQ Contest


The Cookers (aka Smokers)

I'm a gear junkie, I admit it. So the first thing I do after our team camp is set up is to walk around looking at all of the smokers. 


2019 Praise The Lard BBQ Contest


Offset smoker at 2019 Praise The Lard BBQ Contest
This was one of the first pits that caught my eye. It is a reverse-flow offset smoker with a transversely mounted firebox. TBH, I'm not sure what mounting the firebox that way does, but my guess would be they could get more volume that way without increasing length. Or, it does allow access to the firebox from the front instead of the side.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Leftover Special: Steak and Cheese Breakfast Hash

 [FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post.

We kicked off last weekend with a steak and scallop dinner.  Here's what we made with the leftovers.


Skillet potatoes au gratin cooked on the Big Green Egg kamado grill.
We made our skillet potatoes au gratin on one of our Big Green Eggs. This skillet is one that we recently restored; it's a Griswold #8 from the 1930s.

Certified Angus Beef® Brand ribeye steaks cooked on a grill
We also grilled several Certified Angus Beef® Brand ribeye steaks from Food City. We dry brined them in our NMT Umami Steak Seasoning for about 6 hours and then grilled them about 4 minutes per side at 450°f.

We had steak and cheesy potatoes leftover. The first thing that came to mind was making steak and cheese breakfast hash. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Half-Pound Cowboy Burgers on the Grill

 [FTC Standard Disclosure] I received no compensation for this post.

We get so busy "doing" on the weekends that we'll often eat lunch so late that we just combine it with an early dinner. Do you do that? That's what we did last weekend when we made these classic, big honkin' Cowboy Burgers for our lunch-dinner. 


This elbow-dripping burger starts with an 8-ounce patty of fresh ground beef and is loaded with smoky cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, bourbon-laden BBQ sauce, fried onions, and homemade spicy pickles.

As always, I have my cooking notes, tips, and more mouth-watering pictures below the recipe. Enjoy!

Cowboy Burgers

www.nibblemethis.com

Published 08/30/2020

Ingredients

Monday, August 24, 2020

Ribeye Steak with White Beans and Bacon

 [FTC Standard Disclaimer]  We receive no compensation for this post.

A popular dish in Tuscany is a straight-forward T-bone steak with white beans. So this quick steak dinner that I made this past weekend is Tuscan-inspired but Appalachian-influenced since I'm using East Tennessee's own Bush's® Beans. 


Certified Angus Beef Ribeye with White Beans and Bacon
I used a ribeye instead of a T-bone because the ribeyes looked the best. 


Cooking Strategy

My strategy was to set up a two-zone fire on a simple charcoal grill. I did my skillet cooking directly over the coals until it was time to simmer. Then I slid the beans to the indirect side, raised the grill temperature, and seared the steak directly over the coals. 

Equipment Strategy

For this cook, I chose to use my old CharBroil 500x. This tabletop grill is no longer in production but the Oklahoma Joe Rambler is an improved similar version. Tuscan grilling is basic (in a good way) and this aged grill is like that too. That's really the main reason that I picked this particular grill for this cook. 

Setting up a two-zone fire in a small, tabletop grill from Charbroil
This grill is set up for a two-zone fire with all of the fuel on the right side for sauteing and grilling and the left side is left open for indirect cooking.

 

Certified Angus Beef Ribeye Steak with White Beans and Bacon
Certified Angus Beef Brand® ribeye steak with white beans and bacon

Confession:  This is my bean and bacon soup recipe with less stock. Just about 1/2 to 1 cup more of stock and you'll have a quick and tasty soup. 

White Beans and Bacon

www.nibblemethis.com

Published 06/22/2020

Ingredients

  • 3 strips Smithfield Homestyle bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can Bush's Great Northern Beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground white pepper

Instructions

  1. Place cast-iron skillet or another grill-safe, non-stick skillet on a 350°f grill (medium heat) and allow it to preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the bacon, carrot and onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is turning brown and slightly crispy.
  3. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and whisk until the flour and bacon fat combine to form a light roux, 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the stock while whisking until it is fully combined. OPTIONS - If you want rustic beans, leave this as is and move to step 4. For a finer sauce, use an immersion blender to process the liquid mixture before proceeding to step 4. We like it both ways.
  4. Stir in the drained white beans. Season with the salt and pepper. Push to the indirect heat on the grill or over a low heat burner, and let simmer lightly while you cook the steak.
  5. Season to taste with additional salt, as desired.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.

Total time: 30 mins.

Tags: skillet


Certified Angus Beef Brand ribeye steak from Food City in Knoxville
I seasoned this beautiful Certified Angus Beef® ribeye steak from Food City with my NMT Beef Rub v.2 recipe, loosely covered it, and put it back in the fridge for about 4 hours to let it "dry brine". I took it back out 1 hour before I was ready to grill.

Lighting up Kingsford original using a JJ George grill torch
Lighting up a stack of Kingsford blue bag using a JJ George grill torch. Kingsford is doing a pretty cool thing to help support BBQ joints right now. They are opening a $5,000 tab at certain restaurants on a scheduled day.  Check out their Famous Bites page for details and recipes from those restaurants.

The mise en place for my beans. If you do a lot of cooking outdoors, do yourself a favor and get a tray like this. They reduce the number of trips back and forth and also make clean up easier.

I started the grill on medium heat (350°f) by having most of the vents shut down. Then when it was time to grill the steaks, I opened up the vents and opened the front access door to let more oxygen to the coals. That bumps the heat up real quick.


This view gives you a good visualization of the two-zone fire. I'm using direct heat to saute in this picture and will shift the skillet to the void on the left when it's time to let it simmer. That skillet is a 80+ year old Griswold #5.

Stirring in the flour to make the light roux. Your flour should be completely incorporated with no white lumps to be seen. You also might notice a "nutty" aroma that tells you it's done as well but that's harder to detect when grilling compared to using the stovetop. It shouldn't take but 1-2 minutes.

Making white beans and bacon while I grill the steak
Finishing up.  If your beans simmer too long and get thicker than you like, you can always stir in a smidgen more of stock to thin it out. I like them thick.


Certified Angus Beef ribeye steak with white beans and bacon
There you have it. Straight forward, tender, and amazing.


Want more delicious recipes and grilling tips?
I have two great books available for sale through Ulysses Press.

The Kamado Smoker and Grill Cookbook  
The Offset Smoker and Grill Cookbook.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Gyros on the Grill

[FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post. We bought our own Easy Kabab out of curiosity and have no affiliation with the manufacturer, but the link is an Amazon Affiliate link. 

I absolutely love a good gyro. Chef Adam Perry Lang calls them a "hyperseasoned crowd-pleaser" in his first book, Serious Barbecue. I have to agree because the bold flavors and tender morsels of meat make my mouth happy.

Homemade gyros cooked on a Big Green Egg
A batch of gyros that I cooked on the Big Green Egg last weekend.


What's a Gryo?

Gyro is a spicy ground lamb (or a mix of lamb and beef) that is roasted upright on a vertical rotisserie, basting itself as the fat renders. Thin slices of the meat are shaved off and typically served in a pita with sliced tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. The meat is slightly dense compared to the more loose texture of hamburger, yet very tender.


In Knoxville, your best bet for a great gyro is Yassin's Falafel House. His gyros are loaded with the highly seasoned meat, and the pitas are thick yet delightfully soft in texture.


A Crusty Strategy

For me, the best gyros have slices with crispy edges from the outer edges of the roasting meat. The crispy edges are like having bark in your BBQ, in that it adds texture and boosts the flavor. I've made Alton Brown's recipe and Chef Adam Perry Lang's smoked lamb gyro, and they were both delicious. But they both use a loaf or large roll for their process, which gives less of the crispy bits to go around. So I have started making my gyros as kabobs to get more of the crusty tidbits.

Grilling gyro kabobs on a PK Grill equipped with GrillGrates
Grilling my second test batch of this recipe on a PK Grill set up with GrillGrates.

I use a Fresno chile in my gyro meat recipe because I enjoy their mild heat. I have substituted a single serrano chile with excellent results. If you want more heat, use 2-3 serranos. 

I use some ground beef for 2 reasons. First, lamb is expensive, and second, I'm not a massive fan of lamb. I made a batch using just ground beef, and it tasted like seasoned hamburgers which was not what I was looking for. I think you HAVE to have a good bit of lamb in there to make it taste like gyros.

Gyros on the Grill

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Cheddar Burger with Candied Bacon and Brisket Jus Mayo

 [Standard Disclaimer] I receive no compensation for this post.


This burger that we made for dinner last night was amazing. It boasted a big half-pound beef patty laced with mild cheddar, topped with candied bacon, sliced fresh Grainger County tomato, greenery, and a ridiculously good brisket jus mayo. 


Cheddar Burger with Candied Bacon and Brisket Jus Mayo


Brisket jus is the delicious, gelatinous nectar that is left in the foil after wrapping a brisket. It comes from the magic of breaking down the connective tissues during the long cook and turns it into something intensely flavored and velvety in texture. Adding it to mayonnaise creates a killer condiment or dipping sauce.


Gelatin formed by smoked beef brisket jus
This is the gelatin formed by the beef jus when I left the whole brisket in the fridge overnight. It's a cheat code for beefilicious flavor.


I realize most folks aren't going to have brisket jus sitting in their fridge. I haven't tried it yet, but I think you could probably substitute one of those concentrated Knorr Beef Stock gel packs. Mix it with some mayo and adjust the flavor with some finely ground beef rub if necessary.


Pig Candy aka candied bacon, is a fun topper for burgers.
I used some of my home-cured and home-smoked Sorghum and Bourbon Bacon for the candied bacon.


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Reverse Seared Porterhouse Steak with Skillet Potatoes Au Gratin

[FTC Standard Disclosure] We received no compensation for this post.

Last night, Alexis and I grilled a thick porterhouse steak and improvised a skillet potatoes au gratin. This isn't a recipe post exactly but it is the details of what we did.

Reverse seared porterhouse steak on the Big Green Egg kamado grill


We found the beefy 24-ounce porterhouse at Butler & Bailey Market, an unassuming, single-establishment grocer in Knoxville. The store is dated and small, it's like stepping back in time to a grocery store in the late 80's. That's part of their charm, they are the opposite of the chain mega-stores these days.  You can't buy tires or mattresses there, Butler & Bailey excels with their customer service and specialty departments. They also sell Parker's Lump Charcoal, which is made with Tennessee hardwoods.

Searing a porterhouse steak on a Big Green Egg Mini-Max kamado grill

Steak Preparation

Monday, July 20, 2020

Grilled Chicken Sausage Pasta

[FTC Standard Disclaimer] We received no compensation for this post.

This was a quick and easy dish that we whipped up this weekend after Alexis bought some chicken sausage from Costco that had artichoke, garlic, and mozzarella. The sausages looked and sounded delicious, so I wanted to use them some way other than just grilled and thrown in a bun. 

Grilled chicken sausage pasta recipe


In the Summer, I like to keep my pasta dishes simple and on the light side in terms of sauces. The only sauce in this dish is the butter and juices from the sauteed vegetables, which totally works. The Sabatino's sausages were boldly flavored and juicy, but you could probably swap out any fully-cooked chicken sausages, and it would work in this recipe.

Grilled chicken sausage pasta on the Big Green Egg


Grilled Chicken Sausage Pasta

www.nibblemethis.com

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Sweet and Sour Vegetables

[FTC Standard Disclaimer]  I received a free sample of Dizzy Pig Spicy Pineapple Head in the mail. The approximate value is $0.62, so I think we're safe from undue influence on this one. 😋

Sirloin steaks are my red-headed stepchild. There's nothing wrong with them, but I have a hard time turning down the well-marbled ribeye steaks and NY strips that my grocery store routinely offers. But with COVID-19 affecting things, I need to shed some quarantine pounds, and beef prices have been a bit more expensive. Sirloin steak is a delicious, lean, tender, and less-costly alternative. 

These Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Sweet and Sour Vegetables are an excellent example of that. 

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Sweet and Sour Vegetables recipe on the Big Green Egg


I thought that the sweet and spicy flavor of the Spicy Pineapple Head would pair well with sweet and sour stir fry. My prep for the steak was simple - I marinated it in ponzu sauce, then seasoned it with Spicy Pineapple Head and grilled it.  

Friday, July 3, 2020

Chorizo Chili Burgers with Cilantro Avocado Slaw

[FTC Standard Disclaimer] I receive no compensation for this post.
 
I have been burning the candle at both ends lately and I wanted something easy but delicious last night. I had some ground chuck and came up with these tasty burgers. The chorizo chili sauce is just a spin on my favorite hot dog chili sauce. The slaw is cheating because I use a store-bought salad dressing for the base but it is so good, you'd never know it.

Chorizo chili burger recipe grilled on the Big Green Egg kamado grill
The spicy chorizo chili and creamy avocado slaw play well together.


I'm going to be a little vague with the measurements because I was just making this up as I went. Vague but accurate, if that's a thing. 

Chorizo Chili Burgers with Cilantro Avocado Slaw

www.nibblemethis.com

Published 07/03/2020

Ingredients

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Perfect Grilled Lobster at Home

[FTC Standard Disclaimer] I received no compensation for this post.

I haven't done enough seafood on my blog so today, I'm sharing a guest post from Lobster Anywhere on how to grill killer lobster at home.

The Perfect Grilled Lobster at Home

Lobster on the grill might not be the first cooking method that comes to your mind but trust us. It is absolutely amazing when prepared with the right recipe. Like other types of seafood, timing is critical. It suffers a similar fate like shrimp if you overcook it. Our guide will give you everything you need to know to master its delicious and decadent preparation.

Fire up the grill! Let’s get cooking!

How to grill perfect lobster by Lobster Anywhere

Choosing the Right Lobster

As with any BBQ dish, it begins with quality ingredients. You’ll typically find lobster sold frozen as tails or live in a tank. If you’re squeamish about the prep for the whole animal, you’ll get the bulk of the meat with the tail with less work to get it to the grill. You’ll see either warm or cold-water varieties. The distinction is where the seafood is sourced.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Fried Pork Chop Sliders on the Big Green Egg

[FTC Standard Disclaimer] I received no compensation for this post. 

These Fried Pork Chop Sliders that we cooked on the Big Green Egg this week are crispy, delicious, and are a cheap way to feed a crowd quickly. 


Fried pork chop sliders with Olde Vidern's spicy pickles


If your stores are like ours, the meat selection is hit and miss during the impact of COVID-19. This pack of extra-thin pork chops looked good and was under $10, so I thought I'd try frying them for sliders. I pounded the chops into thin cutlets and shallow fried them on the grill.


Shallow Frying

Everyone knows what deep-frying is, but what is shallow frying? Per Rouxbe Online Culinary School, shallow frying is a cross between deep-frying and pan-frying. It is frying in a pan with the oil deep enough that it comes to halfway up on the food. Here are some tips for shallow frying on a grill.

  • Any time you cook with oil over a live flame, there is an enhanced fire risk. Make sure you have a tight-fitting lid for your skillet and long-sleeved heat-resistant gloves on the ready.
  • Use a cast-iron skillet or other grill-safe, heavy-bottomed pan with steep walls that are at least as twice as tall as your oil depth when food is loaded. If the oil spills over the skillet and into your flames, you're gonna have a bad time.
  • Know your oil temperature throughout the cook. I use a Thermapen and a non-contact thermometer for keeping tabs on how hot my oil is.
  • Generally, I like to fry in oil that is 350f to 375f.
  • If the oil is too hot, you can burn your oil or burn the crust of the food before it is done cooking. Both of those options taste foul. 
  • If the oil is too low, the food will be greasy and/or undercooked. That's not pleasant.
  • Add food in small batches to avoid temperature swings.
  • Season your food with fine salt as soon as the food comes out of the frying oil.
Fried pork cutlets frying in a cast iron skillet
You can easily make these on your stovetop or on the side burner of a gas grill. Here I'm cooking a test batch on our Saber Elite 3-burner gas grill. We have natural gas in our kitchen but I hate the lingering fried-food smell after frying inside.

If Things Go Wrong

If something does go astray and your oil catches fire, don't panic but move quickly. Don't try moving the skillet. Cover the skillet with the lid, if you can do so safely. If the fire is outside of the skillet, close the grill lid and shut down all the vents. If you are using a gas or pellet grill, turn off the fuel supply. Wait long enough for the grill and skillet to cool off before opening the grill.



Fried Pork Chop Sliders on the Big Green Egg
I have tried several configurations, but my favorite comes back to a non-toasted sweet bun, Buffalo sauce, and spicy pickles.