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Buffalo Dump Chili

Dump Chili

  We love Dump Chili and have been making it from scratch for over 45 years. Over the years I have picked up many books in my research on the history from the very beginning. The oldest known chili recipe in print dates back to 1700 and it belonged to a Spanish priest. That said I wanted a good smoky chili to warm us up…

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Easy Chili Nachos

  Easy Chili Nachos, Ken loves all types of nachos and after a really busy day Patti wanted easy and not having to do a trip to the market. Happily everything we needed was in the pantry. With the help of our 10” Lodge Cast Iron Griddle and our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven we had a hearty, fun and delicious dinner. We especially love our…

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Carnitas Encacahuates

Carnitas Encacahuate

  Carnitas Encacahuates is an exciting “South of the Border” treat! Tender pork sirloin in a savory chipotle chili peanut sauce with a “Kiss of Mesquite Smoke”! We made our Encacahuates Salsa with roasted peanuts, tomatoes, and a Chipotle base that you can take in any direction for beef, pork, and chicken. A versatile sauce that is a little sweet and savory and crazy good.…

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Read more about the article Machaca Noche De Enamorados
Machaca Noche De Enamorados

Machaca Noche De Enamorados

Machaca Noche De Enamorados is beef slow cooked in Mexican seasoning that you then shred for the most delicious tacos, burritos or enchiladas.   Our Machaca Noche De Enamorados is packed with lots of different flavors. None that really stand out, but a nice blend of coffee, cinnamon, cocoa and chili that really comes together and gets all happy. It’s a long cook, but it's…

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Read more about the article Stuffed Italian Beef Braciole
Stuffed Italian Beef Braciole

Stuffed Italian Beef Braciole

  Stuffed Italian Beef Braciole, our good friend Jason from Green Mountain Grills challenged up to make these Stuffed Italian Beef Braciole (Italian style beef rolls) on our grill. It’s usually made in a crock pot or skillet. The most amazing part, besides how great it tasted, was how easy it was to make. We went to see our butcher Juan Carlos, and he showed…

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Buffalo Dump Chili

Buffalo Dump Chili

Buffalo Dump Chili because we’ve been in the mood for great Chili. So, I thought I would make a dump chili using buffalo chunks that we slow smoked in Mesquite. This would be an awesome camping or tailgating recipe, too. I have been making chili for over 45 years now with little or no measuring so guess you could call it a dump Chili. In…

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Grill Grate Fajitas on our Lodge Cast Iron Serving Skillet

Grill Grate Fajitas

Our Grill Grate Fajitas! The fajita is best served when the meat is brought to the table sizzling loudly on a cast iron skillet with the tortillas and condiments on the side. The smell and sound of the meat and peppers sizzling is a delight. We have taken the fajita so far from its humble beginnings that folks don’t remember what it was or where…

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Bourbon Bacon Beanie Wienies

  Bacon Bourbon Beanie Wienies adds a little distinction to a simple classic that’s loved by kids of all ages. We used the best wienies we could find: Raider Red Beef Franks. Everybody loves Ken’s baked beans; after all he’s been working on the recipe for over thirty years. The difference with these is we added a whole bottle of Briggs True Bourbon Bacon BBQ…

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Hammy Mac & Cheese

Hammy Mac & Cheese Hammy Mac & Cheese, we got an emergency phone call from friends who had a lot of leftover Christmas ham and needed an easy recipe for Sunday brunch. We made them a quick, easy, kid friendly recipe that they could double and make the night before. They wanted it mild so we used diced canned tomatoes, for a zippier recipe use…

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Read more about the article Firehouse Stuffed Meatloaf
Firehouse Stuffed Meatloaf

Firehouse Stuffed Meatloaf

  Firehouse Stuffed Meatloaf, Winter weather, even in California, begs for meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Our friend Pete makes award winning sauces and rubs. One taste and you’ll know why. We also really like that salt is never the first ingredient. Of course, if you’re making this recipe for your local firehouse you might want to triple the recipe. Patti and I have set one…

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