My Last Memphis in May

Melissa with whole hog

The Memphis in May World BBQ Cooking Contest has been extremely good to me.  Though I have competed and won (and lost)  in many BBQ contests, Memphis in May, or MIM as we call it around here, has always been the pinnacle of BBQ in my life.  A large part of that is regional- in […]

World JR BBQ League Contest in Guatemala

Hot on the heels of our first international World JR BBQ C0ntest in the Cayman Islands, we also had a contest in Guatemala!  I must say, I was very impressed as the teams really showed amazing planning, preparation, and teamwork throughout the whole event.  They made delicious marinades and sauces from scratch, timed out their […]

Cajun Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe

While I am well aware that my Cajun Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe won’t break down any culinary doors, it is an easy, flavorful, twist on a classic weeknight dinner.  Sloppy Joe sandwiches are delicious, let’s face it.  They’re easy to cook, and kids love them.  This version is a bit more of an adult one […]

Easy BBQ Shrimp

BBQ Shrimp is a classic New Orleans dish.  “BBQ” in the name is a bit of a misnomer, there is no grilling or smoking involved.  Rather, the dish is a combination of butter (plenty of butter,) garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.  Traditionally, the shrimp are sautéed shell-on (and sometimes head on,) then served in the […]

18 hour Philly Sandwiches

Do you cook Sous Vide?  We have been experimenting and playing around cooking with sous vide equipment for years at the house and my restaurants.  While I certainly don’t consider myself to be an expert, I do enjoy cooking sous vide style a lot.  I think it can be very similar to “low and slow” […]

Chorizo Pit Bean Shakshuka

Ok, yes, I know that Shakshuka is a dish of eggs cooked in a tomato sauce.  But, let’s take this up a couple of notches!  My recipe for Chorizo Pit Bean Shakshuka is full of amazing flavors in every bite, and can easily work as a breakfast, brunch, lunch to dinner dish!  It’s so filling […]

Now Carrying Imperial Cutelaria Knives from Brazil!

I’m so excited!  At the BBQ Allstars, we just received our initial shipment of Imperial Cutelaria Knives from Brazil!  These knives are hand-made, beautifully finished, and durable.  I just know you’ll love them as much as I do. Visiting Brazil In 2022, I decided to go to some places I haven’t visited before.  A chat […]

Honey Habanero Air Fryer Wings

Have you heard of my new line of Flavor Dusts?  They’re really awesome, and are good for so much more than wings (more on that later!) They’re so flavorful, you don’t even need to pre-season the wings before cooking if you don’t want to.  For this Honey Habanero Air Fryer Wings recipe, I did use […]

The Best Grilled Green Bean Casserole Ever!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been served the same green bean casserole for years every Thanksgiving.  Now, I’m a lover of comfort foods, but I thought surely there was a better way.  So, I made this recipe for the Best Grilled Green Bean Casserole Ever!  This recipe is sponsored by my friends at Johnsonville, […]

Smoked Chicken and White Bean Stew

Fall comfort food season is just starting in my neck of the woods, and I couldn’t be happier. I absolutely love stews, braises, beans, and the like for warming up on a chilly evening. I’m also pretty busy, so I like to multi-task my meals. This recipe for Smoked Chicken and White Bean Stew does […]