Over the past few years I have become known for my holiday toffee, making large numbers of batches for teachers, family and neighbors.
This year I decided to turn up the heat on my traditional recipe, smoking the chocolate chips that would coat a number of different toffee flavors.
By smoking the chocolate, I was able to bring a truly unique depth of flavor to the buttery toffee and wow everyone who was the recipient of a toffee gift box!
Here’s the “how to” if you want to do something really special for the folks on your grift list this holiday season!
I've always considered grilled watermelon to be one of those "don't knock it until you try it" summer menu items. By hitting the grill, watermelon is suddenly transformed into something completely different (in a good way), going from sweet to savory in a matter of minutes.
For this recipe, I pair the beef-like grilled watermelon with two wonderful products from Jacobsen Salt Co. in Portland, Oregon -- Bee Local Hot Honey (infused with the ultra fiery scorpion chili) and Jacobsen Lemon Zest Flake Salt -- to create the perfect balance of flavors.
Big Green Eggs and similar ceramic cookers are arguably the hottest grills/smokers in the market today. For new an existing owners of these komado style cookers, Eric Mitchell of Yabba Dabba Que! competition barbecue team is firing up a ton of great recipes in his book Smoke it Like a Pro (Page Street Publishing 2015. Images by Ken Goodman) including this delicious grilled mixed fruit crostada recipe!
In her debut book, Danielle "Diva Q" Bennett takes backyard cooks on a culinary journey that includes countless mouthwatering recipes and even more mouthwatering photos by the ever-so-talented Ken Goodman. Known not only for her success on the competition barbecue circuit but also for her show BBQ Crawl, Diva Q showcases her mastery of smoke and flame via 128 recipes in the book Diva Q's Barbecue.
Valentine's Day is only 2 days away. But instead of rushing out to buy some cardboard heart filled with sub-par chocolates, why not surprise your loved one with something truly special -- Smoked Candied Bacon Chocolates.
The perfect balance of sweet and salty, your loved ones are sure to devour this gift, the recipe for which can be found via the link below.
So you've settled on the appetizers and main bites for Sunday's big game but what about serving up something sweet to complete the ultimate spread? To get you inspired, the team at Sam Adams have partnered with esteemed chef David Burke to create an amazing grilled fruit dish -- Sam Adams infused grilled peaches with caramel!
Apple pie is a holiday favorite around my house but this recipe for grilled mini apple pies courtesy of HPBA BBQ and created by Island Grillstone, the company that brings the art of stone grilling to your backyard, is sure to take the top spot at our dessert table!
There are no tricks when it comes to this Halloween treat! While the kids are out trying to pack there bags with as much candy as possible, why not whip up a batch of these sweet yet savory candied bacon Rice Crispy treats for mom and dad?
Today is National Coffee Day and to jump start the facilities we are debuting one of the latest Grillocracy creations -- smoked coffee and chocolate chip ice cream.
The secret to this recipe is the coffee which has been cold smoked in order to bring a totally unexpected, but welcomed, layer of flavor to homemade ice cream.
Adding a touch of smoke to chocolate chips is not only relatively easy, it's a great way to add an unexpected layer of flavor to cookies, ice cream, home-made candies, and so much more. Here's how!
Dessert has never tasted better when it involves this amazing grilled warm molten lava cake with fresh berries from Weber’s New Real Grilling™ (Oxmoor House 2013) by Jamie Purviance. As with the entire Weber cookbook collection, New Real Grilling is a true celebration of backyard cooking with 200 delicious recipes designed to make you the best host possible at your next cookout.
Grilled peaches are one of those things that you may not think to make but when you do, you’ll be wondering why you waited so long! Today I’m firing up a simple-to-make dessert featuring peaches that are grilled then topped with a crumble mixture before being placed back on the grill to bake.
Looking for a quick, yet flavor packed, grilled dessert to serve up to your family or guests?
Well Grillocracy's got you covered with one of several tasty desserts offered up in Weber's Big Book of Grilling by Jamie Purviance (Chronicle Books) -- apples and cranberries grilled in parchment paper!
All across the country folks will be firing up their grills in celebration of the July 4th weekend.
Looking for the perfect grilled dessert to round out your July 4th cookout? Today Grillocracy's got a patriotic red, white, and blue grilled poundcake that is not only simple to make, it tastes great too! Note that this recipe can be prepared in advance of your cookout then assembled when ready to serve.
When planning my Memorial Day menu, I wanted to create something out-of-the-box to serve the adults for dessert.
The result was a savory twist on the classic caramel apple -- a smoked bourbon caramel apple bacon bomb!
Today marks the official launch of Grillocracy, a celebration of the United Nations of Smoke, Fire and Food. Here you’ll find a little bit of everything for live fire cooks of all caliber – from the basics of grilling a perfect burger or smoking a brisket to ingredients and techniques aimed at the more advanced cook.
Kicking things off in style, I’m rolling out a burger that finds the perfect balance of sweet and savory – the Grillocracy Candied Bacon Cinnamon Roll Burger that's been seasoned with coffee dry rub and topped with a fried egg and cheese for breakfast anytime!
Grilling in foil packets is a mess free tool for cooking everything from fish to vegetables to, in this case, fruit. The addition of smoked bacon salted caramel sauce to these mini apple tarts is sure to please any and all dessert lovers in your household.
In this recipe from her cookbook Smokin' in the Boys Room (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2014), World champion competition barbecue cook and owner of three Memphis Barbecue Co. restaurants Melissa Cookston fires up the grill for some spicy sweet grilled peaches with whipping cream.
Great as an appetizer or sweet-and-savory dessert, this recipe for Grilled Apples with Honey & Cheese comes to the Grillocracy community today courtesy of the 1837 Cobblestone Bed and Breakfast in Canandaigua, New York.
This dessert contains all of the fun of camping, minus tents, bugs and campfires that won't start.