Monthly Archives: May 2011

Can you bake a cake on a grill?

Today we are attempting to bake a cake on a grill. Yes, that is correct bake a cake. To make it even more interesting we decided to take a regular chocolate cake mix and omit the eggs and oil. We did this by using roughly 12oz. of diet coke. Now to find out if it worked. Watch the below video and see!

So the answer is yes, you can bake a cake on the grill. On top of that you can also bake a cake on the grill without oil and eggs! The flavor was still very good and you only had a slight hint at pop, but not much.

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The Bacon Explosion

Today we took on the Bacon Explosion. This was created by the people over at BBQ Addicts. This took off on the internet several years ago when they created it and I have always wanted to try it. Finally the day has come and I get to make this and try it out. I headed over to the BBQ Addicts blog and got the recipe.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs thick cut bacon
  • 2 lbs italian sausage
  • BBQ Sauce
  • BBQ Rub

Directions

  1. Take 10 slices of bacon and weave them to make a 5×5 grid.
  2. Sprinkle some BBQ Rub on the weaved bacon.
  3. Spread the sausage on top of the bacon weave.
  4. Cook and crumble the rest of the bacon you have on top of the sausage.
  5. Drizzle BBQ sauce on top of the bacon.
  6. Roll the sausage back on direction. Leave the bacon weave in place.
  7. Roll the bacon weave back the opposite direction you rolled the sausage in.
  8. Now you should have your Bacon Explosion.
  9. Put BBQ rub on the outside of it on the bacon.
  10. Put it on a smoker and cook at 225-230 degrees.
  11. Once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees you can take it off.
  12. Add BBQ Sauce to the outside and slice.

This was a fun recipe to make. Most people cringe when you tell them what your making and don’t think they would like it. Most people were surprised with the taste. It was really good, but definitely had a lot more sausage taste than I expected.

If you are feeling really adventurous take a Krispy Kreme donut, slice it in half and use it as a bun for the bacon explosion. We tried it here and surprisingly it was really good.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ths40An-W8I

 

Print the recipe here: Bacon Explosion Recipe.
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Easy Healthy Meal On The Grill

Today we are cooking an easy healthy meal all done on the grill. On the menu is Italian marinated chicken, pasta, bell peppers (green, yellow, red, orange), mushrooms & corn on the cob.

Day Before Cooking

First you will want to take your chicken breasts and put them in a Ziploc bag and cover them with Italian dressing. If you can do this 24 hours before cooking them on the grill. If you do you will get some great tasting and very tender chicken breasts.

Day Of Cooking

Before you start cooking everything on the grill you will need to do some prep.

Bell Peppers, Mushrooms & Corn
Cut the peppers in half and remove the core and seeds from inside each of the halves. You will want to shuck the corn and the mushrooms will not need any cutting.

Once all the veggies are cut you will want to brush them with some oil and then flavor them with salt and pepper. Once this is done you can set them off to the side.

Cooking

  1. Start preheating the grill and put water into a pot and start heating it up on your side burner (if you don’t have one then you can cook it like normal inside on the stove).
  2. Once the grill is preheated put the chicken on.
  3. When the chicken is roughly 10 minutes close to being done put your pasta in the water (should be boiling by now) and put the veggies on the grill.
  4. Depending on your grill temperature the veggies will only take 5-10 minutes. Watch them and take them off if they finish before the pasta and chicken is done.
  5. Once everything is done take it all off the grill.
  6. Slice the bell peppers into smaller strips.
  7. Slice the chicken into smaller strips.
  8. Slice the Mushrooms into smaller strips.
  9. Place the bell peppers, mushrooms and chicken over your pasta and your corn to the side.
  10. Enjoy

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Prime Rib, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus & Grilled Pineapple

Today we will be cooking up some prime rib, bacon wrapped asparagus and grilled pineapple. This is the first food that we have cooked that has used a rotisserie. The prime rib cooks up great on a rotisserie. You don’t have to use a rotisserie and if you don’t you will need to manually flip it and cook it at a lower temperature since it will be on one side a lot longer.

Prime Rib

Prime Rib is actually a pretty simple piece of meat to cook. It does not need a marinade or any complicated spices to bring out flavor. When looking for a prime rib to cook make sure it still has the bones attached. This will give the meat a lot more flavor if the bones are not attached when cooking. Before putting the prime rib on the grill add some salt and pepper as seasoning. This is all you need.

Cooking time will depend on how big of a piece of meat you got and how “done” you want your meat. Cooking time is roughly 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees. You will want to check the internal temperature as it gets close to being done. You want to shoot for about a 140 degree internal temperature. This will give you a medium-rare/medium piece of meat. You don’t want it to be brown inside you want that nice pink middle.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus has great flavor and a great way to get people to try asparagus if they have never tried it before and it is easy to cook. This is what got me to realize I actually like asparagus. Who knew?

Take your asparagus spear and season if you would like with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Wrap the asparagus in a piece of bacon. Do this for as many as you want to cook. Once done place them on the grill and let cook for roughly 10-12 minutes on medium low heat or until the bacon has reached your desired “doneness”.

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple is another simple thing to cook on the grill that comes out looking good and tastes even better. For this you will want a fresh pineapple. Cut the outside off, core it and cut it into roughly 1 inch rings. Place these on a medium-high heat grill. Cook them on each side for 3-5 minutes or until heated through and grill marks appear. As we cooked ours we added honey on some and teriyaki sauce on others as they were cooking. You can experiment with many different flavors here.

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