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Welcome and thanks for dropping by to my blog! I will share recipes, my favorite kitchen gadgets, some of my travels and favorite restaurants, and anything else I see that’s interesting.

Pit Fire Maintenance

Proper fire maintenance is the key to good BBQ.  A poorly made fire will result in you “fighting” your grill the entire cooking process in an attempt to maintain temperatures, or, even worse, having bitter, black meat.  While we all think of BBQ as “smoking,”......

Bacon-infused Mint Juleps

It’s getting close to Kentucky Derby time, and that means Mint Juleps!  In case you don’t know, Mint Juleps are a major Kentucky Derby tradition, and each year almost 120,000 mint juleps are sold at the Derby!  A properly made Julep is a wonderful thing,......

Grilled Fingerling Potato Salad with Bacon-Cilantro Vinaigrette

The fingerling potato salad makes a wonderful side item for almost any grilled entree.  I especially like it when I’m grilling pork or chicken breasts.   For this version, I made a Bacon-Cilantro Vinaigrette dressing, but you can make the potato salad with your favorite......

The Green Egg and a Ham

Green Egg and Ham! Ham is a very traditional meal on Easter, and I will use about any excuse for serving a ham!  As big of a fan as I am of spiral hams, sometimes I like to get a regular ham (a “city ham,”......

Smithfield BBQ Innovations Lab

Smithfield BBQ Innovations Lab Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, TX   I was recently honored to be asked to travel to San Antonio TX to be part of the Smithfield Innovations Lab for pork at the Culinary Institute of America.  I was joined by......

Smoked Spanish Meatballs

When you’re looking for an awesome appetizer, give these Smoked Spanish Meatballs a try!  With ground pork and chorizo, these pack a lot of flavor in a small package, whether smoked or not.  As usual, I like to try and amp things up a bit......

Charred Chard Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

Swiss Chard is an item that hasn’t seen a lot of rotation in my kitchen, but I am aiming to improve its’ ranking among my go-to dishes.  I am always attracted to the beautiful rainbow chard, with the red, yellow, purple and other hued stalks,......

Southwest Seasoned Skirt Steak Tacos

Have I told you I’ve been on a taco kick lately?  Well I have- they’re simple, delicious, and easy to prepare.  I don’t necessarily go ultra-authentic when I’m making tacos, I simply grill some meat, saute some onions and peppers and, if I have the......

Tupelo BBQ Duel- March 17-19

Over the last couple few years, I haven’t been able to compete in BBQ contests as much as I’ve liked.  I’ve still been able to compete at the Memphis in May World BBQ Championship, but not much else.  Last year, we thought about competing more,......

Pork Tenderloin to the Rescue

I make my living as a restaurant owner, and that entails wearing a lot of hats to get through the day.   A normal day can include recipe creation, working through cooking or serving procedures, following up on training, interviewing potential staff members, ensuring our quality......

Pork Tenderloin Tacos

Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Avocado Crema Serves tacos for 4 to 6 people I have really been on a taco kick lately. I love tacos! Tacos are so versatile that you can make them out of basically any meat that you have on hand, and......

Tenderloin Bacon Bombs

In my last cookbook, Smokin’ Hot in the South, I had a recipe called “smoked chicken bacon bombs. Basically, I am always trying to find ways to make chicken interesting, and adding bacon and some other ingredients seemed the way to go. Recently, I’ve been......

Kitchen Knives and what you really need…

I am an advocate for good kitchen knives. I use my knives every day, and know from experience a cheaply made knife makes for a long day and a much higher chance to cut a finger. A good knife can be more finely honed, keep......

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets, Part 1

I like kitchen gadgets and equipment, but my husband LOVES them, and is always bringing home some new gadget or knife to try. I will write about many of those, but I wanted to first tell you about my favorite one. It is a chamber......

Double smoking a Smithfield Ham

I am a traditionalist foodie at heart, and nothing makes me happier than a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner complete with all the trimmings. I love the dressing, turkey, casseroles and sweet potatoes. You name it, if it looks like it belongs on a Christmas dinner......