When it comes time to serve up cocktails at your backyard bash, consider giving them an added depth of flavor by using grilled fruits such as those found in this Grilled Blue Whale recipe from Chris Grove of NibbleMeThis.com.
About Clint Cantwell
With a large online following and a passion for all things barbecue and grilling, Clint is the Editor of Grilling.com and pitmaster of Smoke in da Eye competition barbecue and grilling team. From his childhood in Texas to several years spent in Kansas City, Wisconsin, New Orleans and New York, Clint's passion for barbecue and grilling runs deep as he travels the country in search of the people, places and tastes that define our shared grilling culture. He currently resides just outside of Memphis, TN along with his wife, three children and Charcoal the dog, sharing his experiences, recipes, tips, techniques and more via the site, social media, traditional media, cooking demos and more.
- 6 Ounces blue curaco
- 6 Ounces pineapple rum
- ounces Ol Smoky Moonshine (plain) or grain alcohol
- 32 oranges, sliced thin
- 2 limes, sliced thin
- 1 lemon, sliced thin
- 2 Teaspoons white sugar
- 2 quarts lemonade
The Blue Whale
With craft cocktail bars sprouting like fungi in a locally sourced mushroom martini made with artisanal bitters, you sometimes find yourself longing for a simpler cocktail. Perhaps, like Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City,” you crave a rosy-red cosmopolitan. Or maybe you pine for a white sugar-rimmed lemon drop, like the kind you quaffed in college before passing out in the bushes by the campus bar.
When did cocktails become so serious, you find yourself wondering as you watch Tom Cruise juggle bottles of booze in the 1988 film “Cocktail.” In that movie, which celebrated an era of drinking that wasn’t afraid of a little yellow No. 5 dye, the in drinks are as bright and artificial as your grandma’s Christmas tree, and everybody seems to be having so much fun.
New Year’s Eve is the perfect occasion to raise a toast to that bygone era. After all, you don’t have 15 minutes to make each drink for the massive party you plan to throw. As an added bonus, you can ask guests to dress the part: They can wear leg warmers, leotard tops, pink polo shirts and feather their hair.
The first drink you must serve is a classic apple martini. Contrary to what some frou-frou mixologists will tell you, the apple martini is still alive and well. You can get one at Lola’s on Fairfax, which claims to have invented the drink in 1996.
“We had a bottle of Apple Pucker and a bottle of Ketel One and we combined the two and I thought, ‘It tastes just like a Jolly Rancher,’ ” says Lola’s owner, Loren Dunsworth. “We sell ludicrous amounts of apple martinis. I don’t know of any craft cocktails that people seek out the world over like they do the apple martini. I think it makes people happy.”
These days, drinking an apple martini could be considered the height of irony. And hipsters, it is widely known, love irony.
“Most bartenders I know think cocktails are getting pretentious,” says Aidan Demarest, one of L.A.'s most sought-after mixologists and the owner of Neat in Glendale. “There needs to be an irreverent moment, and cocktails need to be fun again.”
That’s why Demarest created another cocktail that should make your party list: the Blue Whale, made with lemon juice, vodka and ginger beer. The drink is based on one by the same name that was a huge hit at Houlihan’s in 1989. Demarest made his own Curacao but was unable to bring himself to color it blue instead, he serves the drink in a blue Tiki pint glass.
Blue Curacao is the holy grail of flair-style drinks, which initially rose to prominence during the late 1970s and ‘80s at preppy spots known as “fern bars,” which include places such as TGI Fridays, where you can still order a blackberry Long Island iced tea, a Horny ‘Rita or a Pink Punk Cosmo.
When it comes to craft cocktails, the L.A. market is still relatively new, says Demarest, which is why bartenders aren’t quite yet ready to “turn around and laugh at themselves.”
“If I were to make a funny move, I would serve blue Curacao in a beautiful copper mug,” jokes former Library Bar mixologist Matthew Biancaniello. “But I’m so in the opposite direction of that -- I probably take three hours to make a drink.”
Still, when Biancaniello first started bartending at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar, the three most common drinks ordered were a dirty martini, a Bloody Mary and a Long Island iced tea.
“I knew if I could put my own spin on these and make them great, I would be able to gain customers’ trust so that they would try my more experimental cocktails,” says Biancaniello, so he created a spin on the Long Island iced tea called the Montauk.
With mezcal, gin, aquavit and vodka, the Montauk packs as much saucy punch as your run-of-the-mill Long Island iced tea while keeping it crafty. Perhaps you can have the best of both worlds.
Favorite Side Dishes
I served this dish with some simple rice pilaf and another recipe of my own - sauteed mushrooms, chickpeas and kale with pesto.
It’s a simple side dish to put together and everything can be made at the same time effortlessly.
You can find the recipe for the chickpeas and kale on my cooking website Creatively Delish by clicking here.
If you’re a Southerner, You know Pimento Cheese, it is a tailgating and happy hour staple. But have you ever thought about elevating Pimento Cheese, aka, “The Caviar of the South” with smoke flavor from the grill? In this recipe, I grill red mini peppers to add some smokiness to Pimento Cheese, amping up the flavor of this iconic Southern staple. If you want to add a bit of spice, grill a jalapeno and add that too!
Summer Corn Riblets (Mexican Street Corn)
We are closely approaching the arrival of summer. The weather gets warmer, the days longer, and we anxiously await gatherings with friends and family to celebrate the completion of another school year. Having grown up in Southern California, I've been blessed to have.
Shannon Morgan’s Smoked Hummus
For my latest Girls Who Grill interview, I chatted with Shannon Morgan — who I met through Instagram and actually in person, as well, since she lives just 40 minutes away from me! Not only did we get to talk about her love of the Big Green Egg (which she fell into.
Shannon Morgan of Big Green Egg Foodie | Girls Who Grill Interview Series
For my Girls Who Grill series, I knew I had to include Shannon Morgan. She's an amazing cook, a Big Green Egger, a female in the male dominated grilling space, and a vegetarian — I know that we can all use more veggie forward dishes to try on the grill! We.
Ham Biscuits with Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
As a born and bred Southerner, biscuits are my spirit animal. You know I like to find healthy alternatives while not sacrificing taste, and this recipe for Paleo Drop biscuits are a low-carb, guilt-free way to eat flaky, buttery biscuits. For this recipe, I've.
Maddie & Kiki’s Applewood Smoked French Onion Soup
As part of my "Girls Who Grill" series, I am excited to feature my Canadian Grill Sisters Maddie and Kiki. They continue to spread BBQ Positivity in everything they do and represent everything that is great about the grilling and BBQ community! Hailing from the.
Maddie & Kiki | Girls Who Grill Interview Series
Hailing from the Great White North, Canadian sisters Maddie and Kiki Longo have turned up the heat — making a name for themselves as a "Canada's favorite female grill masters." With a weekly show on YouTube, television appearances, #BBQActsofKindness, their very own.
Grilled Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Can Cauliflower be sexy? I think so. Have you ever thought about grilling cauliflower? Believe it or not, the char it gains on the outside of its cute little florets and the smoke flavor that envelops it from basking on the grill and getting smoke flavor from.
Smoked Brussels Sprout Bacon Slaw
Brussels sprouts — shaved, smoked and marinated as a slaw — make for a perfect pairing for smoked meats. This recipe uses a tangy mix of honey, grainy mustard, and apple cider vinegar as the base with a touch of bacon and pecans for saltiness and crunch.
Smoked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
You can't talk about smoking without a Mac and Cheese recipe! This recipe, however, offers up all the delicious creaminess of Mac and Cheese without the guilt. How? It is made with cauliflower, keeping it low carb yet totally delicious. Top it off with a sprinkling of.
Mango Lime Grilled Shrimp
If ever there was an easy recipe with STELLAR RESULTS I’ve put on this blog, it is this mango lime grilled shrimp recipe! And the beauty of this recipe is that it really only needs 3 ingredients: shrimp, mango chutney, and limes! If y’all follow me.
Blue Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
These crazy good blue cheese jalapeño poppers happened purely by accident and boy am I glad they did! I’ve always loved jalapeño poppers, in fact, they are one of the first recipes to ever make it on this blog. And I’ve made them a few different ways.
Kathy Pullin’s Turkey Lasagna Wonton Cups
Whether you’re just getting started cooking or consider yourself an outdoor cooking pro, we can all learn a lot from Pitmaster Kathy Pullin. Linking up with GrillGirl Robyn for a Girls Who Grill interview, the leader of Team Sassy has shared her beloved (and.
Smoked Quick Pickles
Who else loves, I mean LOVES pickles? If pickles are your jam, wait til you try them smoked! Kissing your veggies with smoke before turning them into pickles makes for an EPIC, I mean EPIC pickle! I originally developed this recipe for my cookbook, Healthy Electric.
Fire Roasted Poblano Queso Dip
This queso recipe is so darn easy, yet yields amazing results! By fire roasting the poblano and tomato first, you add a nice smoky flavor to this queso dip which is made entirely on your pellet grill or smoker. The key to this queso dip is using Velveeta so it melts.
Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers (Atomic Buffalo Turds)
Jalapeno Poppers are just about my favorite thing on the planet. Other than Flamingos. But that's another story. I like to make a big batch of Jalapeno Poppers and just eat a bunch of them for dinner because I love them so much. And they are the perfect appetizer for.
Alabama White Sauce Chicken Wings
If you’ve never had Alabama White BBQ Sauce, you’re missing out because it is excellent on chicken and pork! White BBQ sauce originated in Alabama from Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Restaurant in Decatur, Alabama. If you’ve ever heard of Chris Lilly, he’s the badass Pit Master.
Smoked Garlic Bacon Kale Oysters
Oysters on the grill and smoker have been something I tried early on in my grilling career. Most people were like- You can grill oysters? Well yes you can! And you can smoke them too! This recipe is from my cookbook, Healthy Electric Smoker, but you can smoke oysters.
Chipotle Cherry Beef Jerky (Paleo and Whole30 approved)
Chipotle Pepper and Cherries make for a slightly sweet smoky bite in beef jerky. Most commercially available Beef Jerky is loaded in MSG and nitrates, but this recipe is junk free with no weird ingredients and calls for Tamari or Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce.
Grilled Watermelon Pizza
For me, there is no better or more refreshing treat at a barbecue gathering than nice, juicy watermelon. It brings back memories of running around the backyard, juice running down my face, having seed spitting contests with my sister and our cousins. What does this.
Top 5 Keto Friendly Apps for the Super Bowl
Just as you are hitting your healthy eating goals for the new year, the Super Bowl comes around and shoves a big plate of chips and dip in your face! But don't despair it's super easy to eat low carb during the Super Bowl with these tried and true favorite.
Cedar Planked Pizza on the Grill
I have grilled pizza about a million ways but my new favorite way to grill pizza is cedar plank pizza on the grill. The cedar plank adds nice smoky flavor to the crust, similar to a wood fired pizza oven, while also protecting the dough from the grill and making for a.
Lemongrass, Cilantro & Garlic Grilled Chicken Wings
This recipe, inspired by Sri Lankan cuisine, combines the flavors of lemongrass, cilantro, garlic, and turmeric to make for a fragrant spice paste that is an awesome combination on smoked/grilled chicken wings. Simply pulse all the ingredients together in the food.
Rosemary Lemon Shrimp Skewers
Rosemary Lemon is an out of this world flavor combination that works really well on both seafood and poultry. For this Rosemary Lemon Shrimp Skewers recipe, the rosemary serves as both a source of herbaceous smoke flavor, an herb in the marinade, as well as the actual.
Smoked Watermelon Gazpacho
Smoked Gazpacho has been a longtime favorite of mine, smoking the veggies before making them into this classic chilled soup takes it to a whole new level of flavor. So what about Watermelon Gazpacho? Believe it or not, the flavors of watermelon, the crispness of the.
Lionfish Ceviche (“Eat ‘Em to Beat ‘Em”)
This Lionfish Ceviche is a great and unique appetizer or side dish that is light and refreshing, but also full of flavor! If you can't find Lionfish or don't like Lionfish, any Florida whitefish can be substituted for this recipe. I like my Ceviche with a little kick.
Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin, Goat Cheese and Arugula Flatbread Pizzas with Balsamic Glaze, Plus A Chance to win a trip to Napa
As a busy working mom, I love the “Real Flavor, Real Fast” 30 minute meals that Smithfield has created with their Marinated Fresh Pork line. I have toured Smithfield HQ and know they treat their animals and their employees well, which results in a great product that I.
Grilled Mussels with Garlic Herb Butter
Grilling mussels is surprisingly easy- the hardest part is finding fresh mussels to throw on the grill. There are really only two steps to doing it: 1) creating the drawn butter you will pour over the mussels and 2) grilling the mussels. [tasty-recipe.
Fire Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad
Most people think of pumpkin pie when they think of this iconic fall squash. But in this recipe it makes for a wonderful salad, roasted in coals and served warm with arugula and goat cheese. This recipe is one of those that really suprises people because it is an.
Epic Bacon Jam Recipe
Ahhh, Bacon. Ahhh, Pork, most versatile meat there is!! I was invited to go on a press trip to Smithfield, VA which is the Pork Capital of the world, and it was a welcome reprieve for me getting to go be in the South again, and take brake from being a mom for a short.
Low Carb Drop Biscuits (That Don’t Taste Low Carb!)
I love biscuits so much. In fact, growing up in the South, I didn’t realize it was even a thing. But until I got out of the South, I didn’t realize how blessed we are with our awesome food. These days, Southern food can be found almost anywhere because of its growing.
Grilled Shishito Peppers with Fleur De Sel
If you happen to see Shishito peppers in the store or at the farmers market, snatch them up! They’re absolutely delicious! According to Wikipedia, about one out of every ten shishito peppers is hot, but I’ve never experienced that! If you’ve ever had Padron peppers.
Thai Basil Curried Chicken “Noodle” Salad <#Paleo and #GF)
This salad is a great reminder that you can eat great and not miss those empty carbs from pasta ONE BIT!! I paired curried grilled chicken with zucchini noodles tossed in a lemongrass basil coconut milk marinade for a flavorful salad that would be great for lunch.
Eat Your Way Through #Superbowl51 with these #FoodPorn Recipes
Just when I'm recovering from the Holidays and on a good path to getting rid of my muffin top, the SuperBowl comes around. And of course I must gorge myself on finger foods as there is nothing quite as satisfying as eating finger food. Luckily, many of these recipes.
Grilled Naan Pizza
I'm a girl that very much loves pizza, I mean what is there not to love? Crusty bread, melty cheese and the sky is the limit as far as toppings are concerned. If you've every grilled a pizza you know you're in for a treat. I love to grill whatever toppings I can.
Gourmet Tailgating and Entertaining Tips: Charcuterie Platters, Grilled Cheese Bars and More
Gourmet Tailgating Tips and Recipes Including Charcuterie Platters, Paninis on the Grill and Breakfast Burrito Bars For some, tailgating is a religion. And for many, you can’t have a tailgate without certain foods like chips and salsa or a dip. But there is more to.
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs
There is something alluring about figs to me. I guess it is their rich sweetness- it pairs great with salty ingredients for a savory presentation. In this recipe, the sweet figs pair with the tangy blue cheese, salty prosciutto, and are finished with a sweet balsamic.
Chile Lemongrass Basil Wings
I love chicken wings! When people ask me what my favorite thing to grill is, I always reply “chicken wings." I feel that wings are the perfect vehicle for so many different flavor pairings! What is extra special about this Chile Lemongrass Basil marinade recipe.
Sriracha Skirt Steak Empanadas
I’ve been a big fan of sriracha for years. And it seems that people are catching on to how awesome Sriracha is. I was pretty stoked to see Stubb’s making a Sriracha "Anytime Sauce", which was the inspiration for this empanada recipe. Another thing I’m a little.
Authentic Cuban Sammies you can make on your grill
Living in South Florida, The Cuban Sandwich is just a part of everyday life. You can pick up a Cuban pretty much anywhere you go. However, not all Cubans are created equal. There are important elements to forming the Quintessential Cuban Sammy. I am not Cuban but have.
Grilled Iceberg Wedge Salad
I'm usually not a fan of iceberg lettuce — it's basically crunchy water. But, I am a fan of a wedge salad layered in creamy blue cheese dressing topped with crispy bacon! So while I've grilled all types of lettuces (including grilled romaine, for which I've gained.
Paleo Drop Biscuits…plus, a few updates
Biscuits are one of the first food memories I have. I grew up all over the South, and in my earliest years I lived in the Deep South, in Jackson, MS where I remember my Grandma Sylvia made drop biscuits every day (fun fact, I was born in Tupelo, MS, same town as.
Fire Roasted Gazpacho
Gazpacho -- cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables -- is not one of those things you would think you could make on the grill. But you must trust me when I tell you that taking the extra step and grilling all the ingredients adds so much additional flavor that you.
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Wings
These Cilantro Lime Grilled Wings are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Make sure to make extra because everyone will definitely want seconds.
Wasabi Lime Chicken Wings
I’m so in love with grilled chicken wings. People often ask me what my favorite thing to grill is and I always say “Chicken wings”. Chicken wings, or drummettes, rather, are perfect for the grill because the meat doesn’t dry out like other parts of the chicken might.
I was looking to do something a little exotic for Valentine's Day this year and when I saw the Calamari in the seafood department at Whole Foods I thought- what the heck? These were super easy to make- I bought the squid in tubes and then sliced them into rings. Then.
Top 5 Superbowl Recipes for Foodies
Superbowl 2014 is here- don’t be “that guy” who shows up with chips and hummus. Show your friends you know a thing or two with a dish you can be proud to serve at the Superbowl party this year. I guarantee your friends will ask you for the recipe(s!) 1) Proscuitto and.
Smoked Tuna Dip
South Florida Smoked Fish Dip has been one of the most popular recipes on my blog from the very beginning. When friends come to visit, they ask me to make this for them, and then ask me to make a second batch to take home with them. I historically used to make this.
Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
I really love deviled eggs. I've been on a hiatus of making them though for the past 5 years or so because my husband is so weird about eggs. However, we had a party over Christmas and I knew these would be a hit. I got the idea from a friend who brought these to a.
Jamie Heath To Host The Ultimate SEC Tailgate with Bounty from Pork Passions Pursuit Contest, Plus, His Pulled Pork Potato Skins Recipe
Remember when I posted about the Pork Passions Pursuit contest a few months ago? The contest asked the following question - "The Tailgater: Does pork always score big at your tailgate celebration? Tell us how pork can make your tailgating tradition the ultimate game.
Smoked Shrimp Salad
This smoked shrimp salad is another one of my husband’s — aka, the duck hunter's — recipes that he’s gifted me with. He learned it while attending a cooking class in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When I brought this to a dinner party a few weeks ago, and it was a big hit.
Labor Day Grilling Recipes for a Kick Ass Cookout
Labor Day Weekend is upon us, what are you going to cook on your day off? Ahh, decisions, decisions. Let me inspire you with some of my favorite recipes to feed a crowd and impress your friends. (All titles below link to original recipe and directions). West Indies.
Thai Peanut Chicken, Vidalia Onion and Zucchini Skewers
I love meat on a stick. Something about skewering a mix of ingredients, paired with a great marinade or sauce makes for a colorful mirage on your plate- and is equally satisfying on your taste buds! In this recipe, the chicken is marinated in a flavorful Thai Peanut.
Grilled Vidalia Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula Flatbread Pizza
I really love it when Vidalia onions come into season in the summertime. Their sweet, mellow flavor really compliments any recipe. I was super excited when Shuman Produce, a grower of Vidalia Onions, reached out to me and asked me to develop recipes for them.
Bacon Biscuits with Molasses
I know I surprise you all a bit when I make something in my oven. I could have made these on the grill but I just got a new Wolfe stove that is begging for my attention. And while I try so hard to be good and limit my carbs, sometimes I have a backlash and have.
Caribbean Inspired West Indies Wings
This West Indies Wings recipe is the result of my favorite Caribbean style flavor pairings coming together in a spicy, yet flavorful, wing sauce. The combination of coconut milk, curry spice, Caribbean hot sauce, and ginger make this sauce supremely addictive.
Grilled Pineapple Black Bean Salsa
Pineapple is one of those ingredients that morphs on the grill. I love pineapple in any form I can get but once you grill it, the fruit slightly caramelizes and the flavor is intensified! This recipe for Grilled Pineapple Black Bean Salsa definitely benefits from.
#SuperBowl Recipes for a Rockin’ Game Day
I can't believe it's that time again. I'm just recovering from the Holidays, and now I get a day to cheat on my diet and eat large amounts of finger food for the day! Here are my favorite recipes that will make for a a well fed crowd at your house. Even if your team.
Panko Baked Fried Pickles
Fried pickles are one of my earliest food memories. It tops my favorite Southern food list right up there with fried green tomatoes and fried okra. But I rarely ever fry anything. I got a serious craving the other day for some fried pickles so I engineered a healthier.
Blue Cheese Crisps, plus, My Great Grandmother’s Cheese Crisp Recipe
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Cheesy Grilled Jalapeño Enchilada Dip
This Grilled Enchilada Dip is so easy to make with minimal prep work and it's enough to feed a small crowd! This recipe combines grilled jalapeños, deli American cheese, refried beans, enchilada dip, and cilantro for the perfect, cheesy bite. Grilling the jalapeños is.
Szechuan Pepper Wings with Thai Peanut Sauce
The taste of these Szechuan Pepper Wings with Thai Peanut Sauce is surprising and invigorating, with an electric shock of pungent peppercorn, and a sweet and slightly spicy Thai-style peanut sauce. I've been intrigued by Szechuan peppers ever since they made a.
Smoked Mountain Trout Made on My New Stovetop Smoker
What is great about being GrillGrrrl is that everyone loves to talk to me about their BBQ and Grilling experiences, regardless of background. Who doesn't love to eat great food? It's the common denominator of human experience. So I was totally shocked to find a stove.
Grilled Blue Cheese and Herb Stuffed Tomatoes
I'm always looking for fun veggie side dishes to put on the grill to complement whatever main course I am making. Tomatoes, stuffed with blue cheese, grilled to melted and charred to perfection are the perfect complement to a nice steak. Throw in some fresh herbs, a.
Grilled Baby Artichokes with Chefs Dressing
Baby artichokes take less time to cook than standard artichokes which is an added bonus! Grilled artichokes are my utmost favorite thing- an added bonus is that artichokes are a natural detoxifier! They can be a little work intensive in the prep but they are oh-so worth it!
Best of the Web: BACON RECIPES- Bacon Ice Cream, Bacon Mayonnaise and a Bacon Coffin
People are obsessed with bacon. Why? Because Bacon is awesome, that’s why. So while I usually strive to be healthy and offer up healthy recipes on my site, I’m going to go out out on a limb and give you the best of Bacon from my bacon loving BBQ buddies, my adventures.
Guava Lime Scallops Grilled on a Himalayan Salt Plank
I've had this salt plate for a while but it's always in the back of my "grilling cabinet" so I often forget to use it. When I picked up some scallops for dinner, I knew they would be perfect to grill on the salt plank. The salt plank serves as a hot griddle that can.
Herbed Tahini Dressing
I'm a big fan of tahini- ever since I tried Annie's Goddess Salad Dressing back in college, I've been hooked on it. Years later, I've finally gotten around to making my own tahini dressing! Tahini is roasted sesame puree- think the peanut butter of sesame.
Fire Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa
We're getting closer to summertime and you know what that means- Corn will be in abundance everywhere! What to do with all that corn? Well, grill it of course, and then make a salsa with it! I like making grilled salsas because they are a great use of anything that's.
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Basil Butter Texas Toast
This is one of my most popular recipes by far and it's SO EASY! I make grilled Texas Toast all the time at my Women's Grilling Clinics and these are supremely addictive and there are never any leftovers. It surprising how easy it is to make creative compound butters.
The Art of Tailgating, Miami Hurricanes Style
I've been focusing on tailgating-friendly recipes a lot lately and got the chance to show my stuff with my friend Elizabeth and her family who are die-hard tailgaters and University of Miami fans. Her family has been tailgating for over 30 years in a motor home they.
Patio Daddio Queso Dip
John Dawson, from PatioDaddio, is part of my all star line up for my "Tailgating 2.0 Series". No tailgate is complete without a dip, and this one is quite the crowd pleaser. "This queso dip is great for parties, an afternoon snack, or dip for tailgating! Its.
Fire Roasted Key Lime Guacamole
This grilled guacamole recipe puts a South Florida spin on traditional guacamole as it uses Florida avocados and tart key limes. All ingredients are grilled, including the limes, which adds a nice char and smokiness to the dip. If you've never had Florida avocados.
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Prosciutto and Havarti Jalapeno Poppers
None of these are EVER left over at my parties or tailgates. They are simple to make and grill, and aren’t too spicy because the seeds from the jalapeno have been removed. Sometimes I make these for dinner because I love them that much. .
BBQ Nachos – Super Bowl of Nachos
Chris Grove of NibbleMeThis, is an all star griller and when I saw these bbq nachos, I new they'd be perfect for "tailgating 2.0". Here are Chris' directions: "I smoked a pork butt this weekend (click here to find why this cut from the shoulder is called a.
Kicking off the Tailgating 2.0 Series with Bristol Bash ’em Up Paninis
With football season in full swing, it's time to kick off my Tailgating 2.0 Series and feature football certified recipes of my own, as well as recipes from my fellow grill enthusiasts. This new series is sure to turn heads at your next tailgate and even make.
3 Pepper Wagyu Beef Sliders
All about the beef: Wagyu and Kobe I’m sure you’ve heard of “Wagyu” and “Kobe” beef and are wondering what the difference is. Wagyu is the breed of cow used to produce Kobe style beef. Called Kobe if raised in the Kobe region, Wagyu if raised out of the country.
Cilantro Lime Beef Satay
Everyone knows I really like making skewers. I mean, who doesn't love meat on a stick? In Southeast Asian cuisine, there's a popular dish called satay that consists of meat or vegetables that have been seasoned, skewered and grilled and served on a stick. This recipe.
Tandoori Grilling on the Homdoor Grill, plus- a Naan Recipe for the Grill
You never know when or where you next adventure is going to find you. My latest adventure found me grilling down in the keys on a Tandoori Grill called the Homdoor grill learning to make Indian inspired dishes on the grill. This just goes to show that grilling truly.
Baja Chicken & Slaw Sliders
With summer on its way out and football season around the corner, it's time to break out some delicious tailgate certified recipes to bid summer farewell. But on the bright side, we can welcome a new season of pigskin, foam fingers and body paint. Here is a tasty Baja.
Grilled Yellow Squash & Zucchini Caprese Salad
Introducing a new contributor to GrillGirl.com: Chef Troy Gagliardo from my hometown of Charlotte, NC. Troy is a big griller and hosts “Tuesdays with Troy” on Fox Charlotte’s News Rising Show. Give Troy a warm welcome and check out his recipe for Grilled Yellow Squash.
Grilled Mini Caprese Pizzas
One of my favorite things to make on the grill is pizza. Your grill is like a pizza oven and you can essentially bake your dough on the grates much like a pizza bakes in a hot coal brick oven. I got the chance to tour the kitchen at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza to see.
Grilling With Jack Contest Winners: Smoked Jack Daniels Twinkies Wrapped in Bacon & The Ultimate Jack Daniels Dinner
Wow. You guys really outdid yourself on this one. So much so that I had to pick 2 winners!! See all the comments on the original contest post to see all the honorable mentions including a whiskey cream sauce, cedar planked salmon with Jack, and some great Jack infused.
Reader’s Recipes: Smoked Amberjack Fish Dip
I love getting feedback and recipes from my readers, especially from fellow girls on the grill, so I'm glad to post this yummy smoked amberjack fish spread recipe from Barbara Bellack. Smoked Fish Dip is one of the best things about living in Florida in my opinion.
Larry’s Quest for the 25 Undeniable BBQ Truths
My good BBQ friend Larry, author of the BBQ Grail (tag line "a normal guy and his queorder viagra onlinest for the perfect BBQ experience"), is doing a poll from his readers on the "25 Undeniable BBQ Truths". If you have ever heard of the "Moink Ball" in BBQ Circles.
Grilled Margarita Recipe
I love grilling and I love cocktails so when I learned all about the concept of grilled cocktails it was a GAME CHANGER for me! You may recall in previous posts that I learned about the "Grilled Cocktails" food trend while attending Kingsford University earlier this.
Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings
Smoking can be quite addictive. So much so that I decided to add a touch of smokiness to my chicken wings last weekend. It only takes about 45 minutes of time on the grill to achieve serious smokiness, and you’ll be smacking your lips in satisfaction. I’ve been.
Charleston Style Coleslaw (BEST EVER COLESLAW RECIPE)
Coleslaw is the ultimate side dish for BBQ, burgers, hot-dogs, you name it. When I walk into a BBQ restaurant, I always order the slaw and judge accordingly. In my humble opinion, bad slaw will kill my review of an otherwise good restaurant. I hate an overly saturated.
Herbed Grilled Veggies Recipe
When I’m grilling, I always have a veggie I grill at the same time as the meat. This is part of my “Meal on the Grill” concept where I do everything on the grill, start to finish. Grilling veggies gives them a great char and flavor without having to add a lot of fat. The cold squash and zucchini are great the next day served added to a salad or other dishes like pizza. You can also take grilled veggies and amp up pasta dishes, make fun sandwiches paired with goat cheese for a picnic, or just great on their own.
Bacon Explosion on the Big Green Egg
The Bacon Explosion is an urban legend in BBQ, much like the "Moink Ball". Of course it's not good for you but how can you not love bacon, perfectly woven into a shell to house sausage, cheese and other goodies? My pals over at Culinary Concepts (The Weber and.
Grilled Chicken Satay Skewers
This recipe is a derivation from Mastering the Grill: The Owners Manual for Outdoor Cooking and also the blog “A Good Appetite”. There are many recipes for the peanut sauce that makes up chicken satay on the internet, but what I like about this one is that it is.
Chris Lilly’s Grilled Sweet And Spicy Pickles
I really love pickles. When I was younger, one might have considered me a pickle addict as I could knock out a jar of claussen pickles in a day! I guess I am now a reformed pickle addict. I was introduced to a lot of cool new recipes while I was at Kingsford.
Kingsford University Part 2: Grilled Cocktails- Grilled Lemonade and The “Rib Job”
I have plenty of super cool recipes to share with you in upcoming posts, but I first want to tell you about the fabulous "GRILLED COCKTAILS" that are part of Kingsford's 2011 "Food Trends". Other food trends to be aware of, and I will expand upon these in future posts.
Grill Girl’s Valentine’s Day Picks
I believe a way to a person's heart is truly through their stomach. Here are my top dishes for making Scott love me just a little bit more every time I make them! Ranging from brunch, appetizers, dinner or dessert, these are my favorites for a memorable meal on.
Super Bowl Recipes.
Well folks, it's that time of year again. Time to gorge yourself on fritos, queso dip and beer. Why not elevate your "game" a bit and try these recipes? While all of these recipes were originally made on the grill, they can easily be made in the oven. I realize that.
September Women’s Grilling Clinic Yields More Female Grilling Enthusiasts!
The September Women's Grilling Clinic was another success! I had the joy of meeting 16 wonderful women, all with a keen interest in learning to grill. We had 3 different grills out so everyone could be exposed to the grilling style that fit their needs. First things.
Salsa Skewers = Grilled Mango, Pepper and Avocado Salsa
Scott and I had great fish tacos at Surf Road Taco up in New Jersey and their "baja salsa" had something about it that made it extra special and much more addictive than all the other salsa choices. What was this secret ingredient? Char and Smoke! Nothing takes a.
McCormick Grillmates Italian Sausage and Vegetable Grinders- Easy Grilled Sandwich!
These Italian Sausage Grinders are great for feeding a crowd! They're also kid friendly! There really is nothing you can't do on the grill- including overstuffed italian sandwiches with rich melted cheese! I used McCormick Grillmates peppercorn and garlic.
Grill Girl Talks Tailgating with Jason Pugh from WPTV Channel 5
That's right folks- it's tailgating season again. Time to get your portable grills ready for another season of beer consumption, mardi gras beads matching your favorite team and of course, lots of finger food. I made my infamous (at least to myself) chipotle sriracha.
Grilled Mini Caprese Pizzas
Pizza is not just for ovens anymore. The grill is a great place to do pizza because you get nice grate marks on the dough that adds a nice touch as the grill actually cooks the pizza dough. These mini caprese pizzas are easier to do because it is easier to flip.
Fire Roasted Salsa Verde by Chris from “Nibble Me This” blog
Shhh! This is Chris from NibbleMeThis. Grill Grrrl (aka Robyn) is out this week and I thought I’d let myself in and mess around in her outdoor kitchen. I heard she’s got some cold Dos Equis in the fridge. Let’s have a few and grill something to eat. Let’s be honest.
Take Your Grill to Work Part 2: Chicken and Beef Satay
Here's part 2 of "Taking your grill to work" with Jeff Deverter including everything you need to make chicken and beef satay but first, a quick video. Now for those recipes. Did you enjoy this chicken and beef satay? Check out.
Grilling at Work Series: Part One featuring Jeff Deverter
Being GrillGirl has its perks. I get to meet lots of nice people all with one passion: GRILLING! Jeff Deverter is a grilling enthusiast I met via my blog and we share grilling adventures with each other. You can check out his adventures here.
Cuban Inspired Pork Skewers using GrillMates Applewood Rub
Living in South Florida, Cuban inspiration abounds and I have one of my co-workers to thank for the idea behind these pork skewers. The pork shoulder meat is readily available in Latin supermarkets because it is traditionally used in the dish Masas de Cerdo Fritas.
Grilled Coconut Shrimp Skewers
Nothing says the tropics like coconut and pineapple and that is what is in this scrumptious recipe. Utilizing fresh pineapple, coconut milk and coconut rum, this recipe will easily transport you to a Caribbean Island, no matter where you live. This recipe is healthy.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is a great appetizer for entertaining as the recipe doesn't require that much prep and you can hang out with your friends outside while the asparagus do their thing with the bacon on the grill. Your friends will rave over this dish! The.
South Florida Smoked Fish Dip
Over the years, my Smoked fish dip has become to be known as my most stellar of recipes. When friends come to visit from out of town, the request I make surplus batches so they can take it home with them in their suitcase.
Italian Sausage Skewers
This is a SUPER easy dish. Just collect your favorite vegetables for kabobs and then select your favorite type of sausage. You can serve these with rice or pasta. .
Jalapeno Poppers aka Atomic Buffalo Turds
Even people who don't like spicy food have tried these at my house and have gone back for seconds. I wouldn't classify this recipe as "healthy" .. although it is healthier than traditional jalapeno poppers that have been put in a fryer! Whenever Scott and I make.
Chipotle Sriracha Buffalo Wings
This is a fun and easy thing to serve when you are having people over as these are universally likeable and easy to make and serve. So far I’ve made these 3 times and everyone has liked both the flavor and the heat level of the sauce. Served with blue cheese sauce.
Grilled Oysters with Jalapeno Butter Sauce
There's not too much to grilling oysters, and thank God for that. I like to leave the high maintenance stuff to other people (. ) https://grillgirl.com/2012/03/perlas-seafood-and-oyster-bar-an-oasis-in-the-heart-of-austin/.
This is a light yet SUPREMELY SATISFYING Mediterranean style sandwich that offers a nice alternative to your traditional ham and cheese (BORING!). https://grillgirl.com/2018/04/cedar-planked-pizza-on-the-grill/.
Easy Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Sour Cream
This recipe for Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Sour Cream is easy and makes enough to take to work for a few days or for a second night of leftovers. I pair this soup with a salad and bread for a full meal, or you can have this as an appetizer before a larger course.
Conch Salad, Bahamian Ceviche
I was recently in Bimini, the Northernmost Island of the Bahamas, where it is a rite of passage, so to speak, to try the Conch Salad while there. You can find conch shells literally in every nook and cranny of this island that is only 50 miles from Fort Lauderdale, as.
Chipotle Cilantro Coleslaw
This is my own recipe that came about from a few recipes I found online and then I put my own twist on it. At the time, I'm sure the ingredients I had on hand had a lot to do with it. Scott originally said he didn't like coleslaw but the first time I made this he had.
- 2 (1- to 1 1/2-pound) whole bluefish, bonito, or mackerel (about 1 1/4 inches thick), gutted and scaled
- 3 medium-size red or yellow bell peppers
- 1 cup fresh Rainier cherries, stemmed (or frozen pitted cherries, thawed)
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, plus more for oiling grill grates
- 8 oregano sprigs, divided
- 8 thyme sprigs, divided
- Lemon or lime wedges, for serving
Pat fish dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Place fish on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate, uncovered, until skin is dry, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
Open bottom vent of a charcoal grill completely. Light charcoal chimney starter filled with briquettes. (Never use charcoal lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire it will give grilled foods a chemical taste.) When briquettes are covered with gray ash, pour them onto bottom grate of grill. Insert top grill grate, and cover grill. Bring temperature to medium-high (400°F to 450°F) by adjusting top and bottom air vents.
Place bell peppers on oiled grates over hottest part of the grill grill, uncovered, turning occasionally, until charred all over, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer bell peppers to a medium bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap let stand 10 minutes. Using a paper towel, scrape off skins from peppers discard skins. Slice peppers lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick strips remove and discard seeds and core.
Place cherries on oiled grill grates, or use a grilling basket or an 8-inch cast-iron skillet. If using a skillet, preheat it on the side of the grill while peppers are cooking. Grill cherries, uncovered, turning or tossing occasionally, until they begin to char and weep, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer cherries to a medium bowl let cool 5 minutes. Halve cherries remove and discard pits.
Stir together bell peppers, cherries, 2 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, chopped thyme, chopped oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and desired amount of crushed red pepper in a bowl. Set aside to marinate while preparing fish.
If needed, add 10 to 15 charcoal briquettes to grill to bring temperature up to 425°F. Rub outsides of fish evenly with grapeseed oil. Sprinkle outside and inside cavities of fish evenly with remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Stuff 4 oregano sprigs and 4 thyme sprigs into each fish cavity, stem ends first, to lodge them securely. Scrub grill grates clean using a grill brush. Dip a folded-up dish towel into grapeseed oil hold towel using tongs, and thoroughly grease grill grates. Place fish on grill grates grill, uncovered, 4 minutes. Using a fish spatula, gently lift up part of each fish to see if the skin is sticking to grates and whether you&rsquove established a crust. If there&rsquos no crust yet, let fish cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Place a spatula in the cavity of each fish, and roll it over the goal is to touch the fish as little as possible. Even if it sticks a little, turn the fish over, and leave it alone to finish cooking. After 4 or 5 minutes, use a metal skewer to pierce the meat at its thickest point. When removed, it should feel quite warm on your lip. If it is, remove the fish from the grill. For an additional test, fleck a bit of meat off the part that you will serve yourself fish will flake when it is done.
With tongs in one hand and the spatula in the other, use the tongs to lift the head slide the spatula under the body, and transfer fish to a serving platter. Drizzle evenly with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Serve with lemon or lime wedges and marinated pepper-cherry mixture.
- 3 pints blueberries
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled biscotti or sugar cookie crumbs
- 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- Pinch of salt
Step 1: Pick through the blueberries, removing any stems, leaves, or bruised berries. Mrs. Raichlen would rinse and drain them&mdashI don’t bother. Place the berries in a large nonreactive mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the flour and the granulated sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice and gently toss to mix. Lightly spray the aluminum foil pan with cooking spray. Spoon the blueberry mixture into the aluminum foil pan.
Step 2: Place the biscotti crumbs, brown sugar, and the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until a coarse powder forms. Add the butter and salt, then pulse until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Spoon the topping over the blueberry filling.
Step 3: Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium-high. If using a gas grill, place all of the wood chips or chunks in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and run the grill on high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium-high. If using a charcoal grill, preheat it to medium-high, then toss all of the wood chips or chunks on the coals.
Step 4: When ready to cook, place the pan with the blueberries in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat, and cover the grill. Cook the crumble until the filling is bubbling and the topping is browned, about 40 minutes. Serve the crumble hot or warm, ideally with vanilla ice cream.
Recipe: Baked Blue Catfish from the District Fishwife
2 6-8 ounce blue catfish fillets (red bloodline removed)
1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Season the catfish on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 2 12”x12” heavy-duty foil squares on your work surface. Arrange half of the lemon in a line in the center of each piece of foil. Divide the butter into two slices, and place on top of the lemon. Place the blue catfish on top of the butter and lemon. Bring the sides of the foil up around the fish to create a bowl shape. Sprinkle the garlic and parsley along the length of each fillet, then add a splash of white wine. Seal the foil above the fish, creating a parcel. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake until the fish is opaque, about 20 to 25 minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the foil parcel onto a plate and serve immediately.
Blue Hawaii RecipeHui's Image/Getty Images
The Blue Hawaii, which dates to the 1950s, is a cocktail created by a bartender and Bing Crosby fan. The renowned bartender, Harry Yee, was known for his many tropical cocktails, including the Banana Daiquiri and the Tropical Itch. As is the case with many cocktails, the Blue Hawaii seems to have its origins in a pushy liquor rep and a case of product to move. Harry appeased the salesman by mixing up a little rum, pineapple, and sour mix with samples of his orange-flavored liqueur and named the now green-colored drink a Blue Hawaii. Since some people are reluctant to indulge in a rum-based cocktail, it’s possible to swap out the rum for vodka or create a 50/50 mixture of both.
- 1 oz white rum
- .5 oz Blue Curacao
- 4 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- Dash simple syrup
- Chunk of pineapple for garnish
- 0.5 cup ice
Method for the blender: Pour all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until no ice chunks remain. Pour into a chilled hurricane glass or even just a tall glass. Garnish with the pineapple.
Method without a blender: If you don’t have a blender or don’t want to dilute the drink, consider making this as a shake and pour cocktail. Take your rum, blue curacao, pineapple and lime juice then add to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass. Don’t forget to add that pineapple chunk as a garnish.
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Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are the whizzes behind the blog Cocktail Bandits. In addition to sharing their cocktail knowledge through events and their eponymous podcast, they co-authored Holy Spirits!, a book about Charleston’s cocktail culture. They’ve been using butterfly pea flower tea for about five years.
TR: “We have a cocktail called the Blue Whale in our book, and it’s made with rosemary syrup, lime juice, and butterfly pea flower. Shake it up, add ice. The rosemary gives it more of that herbal flavor. And you can add vodka or not.”