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M&K’s Noble Premium Grilled Bison & Ale Pie

Makes: 1 pie

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil 
2 226g (8oz) packages Noble Premium Bison Steak Cubes 
4 tbsp (60ml) butter
3 carrots, finely chopped 
2 ribs celery, finely chopped 
1 large onion, finely chopped 
227g mushrooms, sliced 
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) thyme
1 tsp (5ml) rosemary 
1 tsp (5ml) oregano 
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) black pepper 
3-5 cloves garlic, finely minced 
330 ml bottle ale 
1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire 
1 tsp tomato paste 
1 1/4 cups (310ml) beef broth 
2 bay leaves 
2 tbsp (60ml) corn starch
1/2 cup (125ml) cold water
1 397g package puff pastry 
1 egg, mixed with 1 tbsp water 

Directions:

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bison, and cook until nicely browned. Add butter, carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms and spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes before adding garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Add ale, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, and bay leaves. Cover and simmer on low for 50-60 minutes, until meat is tender, and liquid has reduced. Mix corn starch with cold water, and stir into bison mixture. Cook over medium high heat until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a pie plate, and top with puffy pastry. Make a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape while on the grill. Brush with egg wash. Preheat grill to 375-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grill pie over indirect heat for 35 minutes until the puff pastry is nicely browned. 

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M&K’s Jamaican Noble Premium Bison Stew with Green Rice & Lentils

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients
For the Bison Stew:
2 x 226g packages of Noble Premium Bison Steak Cubes
1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
1 tsp (5ml) allspice
1/2 tsp (2.5mll) cinnamon
1 onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup (60ml) rum
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
1 tbsp (15ml) hot sauce
6 springs fresh thyme or 2 tsp (5ml) dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp (15ml) brown sugar
1 tbsp (15ml) balsamic vinegar 
1 796ml can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp (30ml) soy sauce
2 tbsp (30ml) your favourite BBQ sauce

For the Green Rice & Lentils:
1 cup (250ml) dried green lentils, soaked for two hours 
1 cup (250ml) basmati rice, rinsed 
1 tsp (10ml) salt
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) black pepper
2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil 
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced 
2 bay leaves
1 398 ml can coconut milk
1 1/2 cups (375ml) vegetable stock 
1 bunch cilantro
1 cup (250ml) fresh spinach

Directions:

For the stew:

In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add bison meat, and allow to brown - approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with allspice, and cinnamon. Add onion, carrots, jalapeño and garlic and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Add the rum, and allow to cook for another minute or two. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover with lid, and place Dutch oven in a preheated 375 degree grill (or oven). Allow the stew to cook for 1 and a half hours, until the meat is fork tender. Remove lid, and continue cooking until the stew is reduced to your liking, stirring occasionally. Serve over green rice and lentils.

For the green rice & lentils:

In a Dutch oven, add lentils, rice, salt and pepper, olive oil, onions, garlic, and bay leaves. In a blender, combine coconut milk, stock, cilantro, and spinach. Add to Dutch oven and stir. Put the lid on the Dutch oven, and place in a preheated 375 degree grill (or oven) for 15 minutes.

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M&K’s Grilled Bacon Blitz Bread

Makes: 6 buns

Ingredients
6 pretzel buns
2 lbs bacon 
1 1/2 cups cheese curds
Your favourite BBQ rub
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp mustard

  Directions:

Cut the top off each pretzel bun. Hollow out pretzel buns, removing as much of the bread as you can without making a hole to the other side. Stuff as many cheese curds as you can fill in! Sprinkle with BBQ rub. Put the top back on. Carefully wrap the bun with bacon, using pins if necessary to hold in place. Grill in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crisp and nicely browned. 

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M&K’s Smoked Feijoada

Ingredients
6 slices bacon
1/2 lb pork cubes
1 small rack of ribs, cut into pieces
3 mild sausages, cut into small pieces 
1 large onion, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp butter
2 bay leaves
2 springs fresh thyme
2 cups dried black beans, soaked overnight and drained
Seasoned to taste with your favourite BBQ rub
Enough beef broth to cover - about 4 cups

 

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, fry the bacon until cooked. Add the pork cubes, and cook until browned. Remove from pan and cook the pork ribs until golden browned. Next, cook the sausage until browned. Remove all meat from the pan, and add the butter. Cook the onions and garlic in the butter for about 5 minutes. Add the meats back in, the beans, thyme, bay leaves and BBQ rub. Pour over enough beef stock to cover everything. Add the lid, and place in a 375 degree preheated grill or oven for about 3-4 hours - until the meat is falling off the bones, and the beans are tender. Serve over rice or potatoes. 

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M&K’s Smoked Feijoada

Ingredients
6 slices bacon
1/2 lb pork cubes
1 small rack of ribs, cut into pieces
3 mild sausages, cut into small pieces 
1 large onion, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp butter
2 bay leaves
2 springs fresh thyme
2 cups dried black beans, soaked overnight and drained
Seasoned to taste with your favourite BBQ rub
Enough beef broth to cover - about 4 cups

 

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, fry the bacon until cooked. Add the pork cubes, and cook until browned. Remove from pan and cook the pork ribs until golden browned. Next, cook the sausage until browned. Remove all meat from the pan, and add the butter. Cook the onions and garlic in the butter for about 5 minutes. Add the meats back in, the beans, thyme, bay leaves and BBQ rub. Pour over enough beef stock to cover everything. Add the lid, and place in a 375 degree preheated grill or oven for about 3-4 hours - until the meat is falling off the bones, and the beans are tender. Serve over rice or potatoes. 

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M&K’s Grilled Brazilian Pao De Queijos <

Ingredients
1 cup half n half cream
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp salt
4 cups cassava flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp your favourite BBQ rub

Directions:

Preheat the grill (or oven) to 375 degrees. In a saucepan, combine the milk, oil, butter, and salt over medium heat. As soon as it starts to lightly boil, remove from heat. Stir in the cassava flour until it dissolves. Next, stir in the eggs and cheese, and stir the dough for 5-10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Flour hands with cassava flour and form dough into golf-ball sized pieces and place in mini muffin pan. Grill (or bake) for 25-35 minutes. 

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M&K’s Goulish Bison Hand Pies <

Makes: 4-5 mini hand pies

Ingredients
400g pie crust (2 standard-sized roll out pie shells)
454g extra lean ground Noble Premium bison
1 tbsp BBQ rub 
1 egg
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced 
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs 
1/4 cup chopped parsley 

 

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, combine bison, bbq rub, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire, garlic, breadcrumbs and parsley. Mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Set aside. Roll out dough, and use a glass or cookie cutter to cut into an even amount of rounds. Place half the rounds on cookie sheet. Make 4-5 equal portions of the filling, and place over the rounds. Place the other half of the rounds on a cutting board, and use a Halloween cookie press to press a fun shape into them. Use a knife to cut air holes. Lightly brush egg wash around filling. Place pressed rounds over top of the filling, and use egg wash to brush the tops, and a fork to press the edges together firmly. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and place into a 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until golden browned, and the filling is bubbling.

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M&K’s George Likes His Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Pizza

Makes: 1 pizza

Ingredients
1 pizza dough 
1 chicken breast, grilled and chopped 
For the sauce:
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/3 cup chicken stock 
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp sriracha 
1 green pepper, chopped 
1 yellow pepper, chopped
Green onions, chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese 
1/2 tbsp each black and white sesame seeds
1/2 cup whole cashews 
More sriracha for the top of the pizza 

Directions:

Spread pizza dough on a parchment lined baking tray. In a small saucepan. Combine all ingredients for the sauce over medium high heat until thickened. Allow to cool slightly before spreading over dough. Top with cheese, peppers, chicken, onions, cashews, and sesame seeds. Bake in 400 degree preheated grill for 35-40 minutes until nicely browned. Top with another sriracha drizzle, and a little more green onion. 

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M&K’s Salvadorian Pollo En Crema

Makes: 4 servings

This speedy dish is a favourite in our family - It’s ultra creamy and rich but comes together in a snap! Traditionally, this dish does not include bacon. But the combination of smokey bacon in this rich adobo cream sauce with just a hint of spice is absolutely phenomenal! 

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp adobo seasoning 
3 bell peppers, chopped
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 hot peppers, chopped 
1 cup chicken broth 
1 cup sour cream
9-10 slices cooked bacon, chopped

Directions:

Heat oil in a preheated cast iron skillet. Sauté chicken with onions and adobo seasoning until fully cooked. Add garlic. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add peppers. Once peppers are cooked to your liking, remove from heat and add sour cream and bacon. Serve with rice and tortillas. 

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M&K’s Grilled Bean & Cheese Pupusa

Makes: approximately 18 pupusa

These are the ultimate hand held snack - they’re crunchy, gooey, and satisfying. They’re comfort food at it’s finest and great for eating not the go, or paired with rice and smokey salsa for a savoury weeknight dinner. If you have the time, try your hand at making a tangy curtido to go along with them!

Ingredients
Pupusa Dough:
4 cups instant corn masa flour
2 tsp salt
3 cups cold water

Filling

1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 540ml can of red kidney beans 
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chipotle chili powder 
1 tsp vegetable stock powder 
1/2 tsp black pepper 

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine ingredients for dough. It should look like a clay-like texture. Use a small bowl with water and a little oil to dip your hands into to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. In another bowl, roughly mash the kidney beans with a fork. Stir in all other ingredients and thoroughly mix. Take a golf ball sized portion of the dough roll into a ball, then flatten into an even round. Take about a tbsp of the bean mixture, and place in the centre of the round. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch until it’s completely sealed. Then, flatten out the ball between your hands until flat. Place on a greased cookie sheet, or preheated cast iron skillet with a little oil. Cook in a 400-425 grill or oven until golden brown on each side - about 2-4 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes. 

 

 

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M&K’s Grilled Bison Dressing with Cherries & Walnuts

Makes: one cast iron skillet of dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes 
Grill/Oven Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes 

This is the ULTIMATE dressing - full of savoury Fall herbs like rosemary and sage, crunchy walnuts, sweet and tart cherries and flavourful, rich bison. Not only is it a family favourite for around Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s great for stuffing into mushrooms and squash as any easy yet decadent weeknight meal. 

Ingredients
9 cups (approximately) roughly chopped or torn baguette
 4 tbsp butter 
1 medium yellow onion, chopped 
1 454g package of extra Lean Noble Premium Ground Bison
4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
1 cup white wine 
1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
2 cups vegetable stock 

1/2 cup chopped walnuts 
1/4 cup dried cherries 
2 eggs 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper 
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Toast bread pieces in an oven or grill preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add the butter, onions and bison. Cook until nicely browned - about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, and herbs and continue to cook for another minute or two. Add the white wine and worcestershire and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat source and allow to cool slightly. Add the vegetable stock, beef cubes, walnuts and cherries. Stir until liquid is absorbed. Add the eggs and stir until fully incorporated. Over indirect heat on the grill (at 425 degrees Fahrenheit), or in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven, cook dressing for an hour. Garnish with more fresh rosemary and sage. 

 

 

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M&K’s Cast Iron Canadian Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

Makes: one cast iron of scalloped potatoes

This is such a great side dish for Thanksgiving. It’s super rich, creamy, and full of savoury bacon and cheese. Why serve mashed potatoes when you can serve SCALLOPED potatoes…and if a little gravy ends up being poured on these…we wouldn’t be mad either! 

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 green onions, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup corn starch  
2 cups cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper 
8-10 yellow potatoes, finely sliced
3 cups of aged cheddar cheese, grated
4-6 sliced of Canadian bacon, cooked and finely chopped

Directions:

Preheat grill to 375-400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, cream, broth, salt and pepper. In a cast iron skillet, pour a little of the sauce in the bottom. Top with sliced potatoes, cheese and some of the bacon. Add more sauce, and continue to layer until all ingredients are finished. Reserve some of the bacon to add to the top. Grill over indirect heat for one and a half hour until a knife inserted into the potatoes feel like they’re soft and fully cooked. 

 

 

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M&K’s BBQ Western Egg Cups

Makes: 9 egg cups

Ingredients
9 eggs 
2 tbsp cream
2 tbsp your favourite BBQ rub
1 green pepper, chopped 
1 onion, chopped 
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
150g ham, chopped

Directions:

In a large bowl, scramble eggs with cream and BBQ rub. Pour evenly among 9 silicone baking cups. Top with chopped pepper, onion, ham and cheese. Bake over indirect heat in a preheated grill (350-375 degrees Fahrenheit). We used apple wood for a nice, fruity smoke flavour! Allow to cool slightly before removing from the cups. 

 

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M&K’s Smoked Reverse Marinade Apple Mustard Pork Chops

Makes: 6 pork chops

Ingredients
6 pork chops, bone-in, sprinkled with BBQ Rub 
2 tbsp Dijon mustard 
2 cups apple cider
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp bourbon 
2 bay leaves 
Fresh rosemary & thyme
2 tbsp butter 
1/3 cup Half n half cream 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions:

Smoke pork chops until an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit is reached, using apple wood. In a grill pan, whisk together all other ingredients. Place cooked pork in the marinade. Return to a 350 preheated grill and bring to a low simmer until thickened - about 10-15 minutes. 

 

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M&K’s Ramen Fried Chicken Thighs

Makes: 6 chicken thighs

Ingredients
6 chicken thighs, boneless skinless
1 package ramen noodles, blended up into a fine powder
1 ramen flavour packet 
1/2 cup corn meal
1 cup buttermilk
1tsp hot sauce
1 tsp paprika,
1 tsp onion
1 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper

 

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix ramen powder, flavour packet, cornmeal, and all spices. In another bowl, mix the butter milk, egg and hot sauce. Dip each thigh into the buttermilk mixture, then into the dry mixture, back into the wet mixture and back into the dry mixture. Preheat a cast iron skillet over direct heat in a 400-500 degree grill. Add smoke flavour by putting dry, seasoned wood over the coals (we used sugar maple and hickory wood). Add a quarter inch of oil. Once the pan and oil are hot, place each thigh in the pan, ensuring that they are not touching each other. Grill until nicely browned on each side about - approximately 5-10 minutes. 

 


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M&K’s Grilled Kobassa & Cheddar Fritters with Ramen

Makes: 10-12 fritters

Ingredients
1-2 green onions, finely sliced 
1/2 cup of cubed cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Halenda’s Old country Kobassa or a peppered kobassa 
1tbsp of your favourite BBQ rub, we used Uncle Steve’s Competition Bird Powder 
1 ramen flavour packet 
1 package ramen noodles, blended up into a fine powder 
1-2 eggs
1 cup of cornmeal 

1/2 cup of buttermilk 

 

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the ramen powder, cornmeal, flavour packet and BBQ rub. Stir to combine. Add in kobassa, cheese, onion buttermilk, and eggs. Stir to combine. Spoon onto an oiled, parchment lined cookie sheet or grill pan. Grill in a 375-400 degree Fahrenheit grill over indirect heat until browned on both sides - approximately 10 minutes a side. 


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M&K’s Bacon-Wrapped Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Makes: 2 pork tenderloins

Ingredients
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp olive oil 
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour 
1 bunch scallions, finely sliced
1 tbsp sesame oil
Black and white sesame seeds 

Directions:

In a large bowl, add water, yeast and sugar. Allow to bloom for 10 minutes. Add flour, salt and oil, and knead for 8-10 minutes. Put in a greased bowl, and allow to rise for an hour in a warm place. Spread dough into a large rectangle. Sprinkle over green onions, and half the sesame oil. Roll into a log, and press (seam side down) into a silicone loaf pan. Top with remaining sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Preheat grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake until nicely browned - about 35-45 minutes. 


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M&K’s Sesame Scallion Bread

Makes: 1 loaf

Ingredients
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp olive oil 
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour 
1 bunch scallions, finely sliced
1 tbsp sesame oil
Black and white sesame seeds 

Directions:

In a large bowl, add water, yeast and sugar. Allow to bloom for 10 minutes. Add flour, salt and oil, and knead for 8-10 minutes. Put in a greased bowl, and allow to rise for an hour in a warm place. Spread dough into a large rectangle. Sprinkle over green onions, and half the sesame oil. Roll into a log, and press (seam side down) into a silicone loaf pan. Top with remaining sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Preheat grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake until nicely browned - about 35-45 minutes. 

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M&K’s Grilled Mushroom, Spinach and Goat Cheese Quesadilla

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Grill time: 17-20 minutes
Total cook time: 27-30 minutes s

We absolutely love these quesadillas as a super quick weeknight dinner! Mushrooms provide such richness, heartiness, and flavour to this easy meal. Chock full of vitamins and nutrients, these tasty quesadillas are great for the whole family. Our favourite part…they come together quicker than you can say SHROOMIE!

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
2 x 227g packages of cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
140g package plain goat cheese, crumbled
227g (8oz) package of spinach leaves
1 ½ tbsp your favourite BBQ rub
4 large tortillas

Directions:

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, and onions. Cook for 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Add garlic, and continue to cook for an additional minute.

Add spinach, and stir. Cook until spinach is wilted – about 5 minutes. Season with BBQ rub.

Spoon filling evenly onto half a tortilla. Top with cheese. Fold over, and press lightly.

Grill over high heat, for about 1 minute per side, until nicely browned.

Allow to cool slightly before slicing into 3 even sections.

 



 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Apple-wood Smoked French Onion Soup

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Grill time: 1 ½ hours
Total cook time: Approximately 2 hours

This is one of the most comforting soups there are! Smoking the onions in this recipe makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE! It takes the classic familiar flavour of French onion soup and elevates it to a super elegant and fancy appetizer or main side dish. Perfect for an intimate gathering at home this holiday season, our smoked French onion soup is the perfect cup of warmth to provide comfort this Christmas.

Ingredients
12 jumbo yellow onions, finely chopped
6 tbsp salted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Bourbon
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
4 cups beef broth
1 tbsp dark maple syrup
4 thick slices fresh baguette, toasted
½ cup smoked white cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a cast iron skillet, combine onions, with butter and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place over indirect heat in a preheated 350 degree charcoal grill. Place your favourite wood underneath the lit charcoal for extra smoke flavour (we love using a fruit wood like apple or peach!). Allow the onions to caramelize, stirring occasionally, until reduced and nicely browned – about an hour. Deglaze the pan with the bourbon. Add the fresh rosemary, and beef broth, and bring to a low simmer. Ladle into french onion soup bowls, top with baguette and cheese, and return to the grill. Once the cheese is melted, the soup is ready! Top with freshly cracked black pepper.

 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Grilled Portabella Au Gratin

Serves: 1 special Mom

This year Mother’s Day looks a little bit different, but there is no reason we can’t celebrate Mom with this delicious individual portion for Grilled Portabella Au Gratin. It’s perfect to wrap up and drop off on her porch for her to enjoy! This recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients that can easily be swapped out depending on what you have in your fridge! Featuring Canadian mushrooms that you can find in all grocery stores across Canada, 24/7! Happy Mother’s Day!

Ingredients
1 large portabella mushroom, thoroughly washed
2 tbsp butter, salted
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup yellow onion, minced
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
1 tbsp all purpose flour
2/3 cup whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup gouda cheese, grated (or any cheese that you like)
3 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp flatleaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

Grill the portabella mushroom for 2-3 minutes per side, over direct heat, until slightly soft. Put mushroom into a 6.5-inch cast iron pan.
In a small pan, melt the butter and olive oil. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the flour and cook for an additional minute. Add the milk and cook over medium high heat until the mixture is thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Pour over top of the mushroom in the cast iron skillet.
Top with cheese.
In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs with olive oil. Add over top of the cheese.
Place over indirect heat in a preheated 400-degree grill and cook until mixture is bubbly – about 10-12 mins.
Top with finely chopped parsley before serving.

 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Corned Beef Philly Cheesesteak-Stuffed Shells

Prep time: 15 minutes
Grill time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40minutes

If a juicy Philly cheesesteak sandwich couldn’t get ANY better, we’ve teamed it up with pasta! And let’s face it, pasta makes ANYTHING better! This dish is perfect for making while on the road – it only requires a humble can of corned beef and can feed an entire family! With only a few ingredients, this dish comes together so quickly so you and go back to what you do best – enjoying the open road with your family. We like to serve this hearty dish with a fresh green salad to balance off the richness of the dish. Or, just put a little salad beside it for some effort, give it to the dog and just end up eating more Philly cheesesteak stuffed shells!

Ingredients
2 green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 340g can of corned beef, crumbled
1 tbsp Montreal Steak spice
1 250 g can of jumbo pasta shells
2 284 ml of cream of cheddar soup (mixed with 1 can of water, half a can of half and half cream)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a large pan, combine the olive oil, green peppers, onions, garlic, corned beef, and Montreal Steak Spice and cook over medium heat until the peppers are soft, approximately 10 minutes. Boil pasta shells until just before al dente – they will continue to cook while in the oven. Stuff each shell with filling mixture and arrange in a cast iron pan. Pour cheese sauce over shells, and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Grill in a 375 degree Fahrenheit grill over indirect heat until the cheese is bubbling – approximately 25 minutes.

 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Grilled Salmon & Dill Burgers

Prep time: 15 minutes
Grill time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers

These salmon burger SCREAM summertime to us. They’re healthy, quick, and so easy to prepare on the grill. The best part is that they can be made with that old can of salmon you’ve had kicking around the pantry for a couple seasons! Canned salmon has all the health benefits of fresh salmon but is way easier on the ol’ pocketbook! We don’t waste time picking out all the bones either – if you finely mash them up, no one will know they’re there and you’ll increase the amount of calcium in every bite.

Ingredients
1 213g can of wild sockeye salmon, drained and thoroughly mashed
Zest of half a lemon
1 tbsp capers, roughly chopped
½ cup plain breadcrumbs
1 egg
½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
¼ tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp dried dill
½ tsp garlic powder

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Form into 4 equal patties. Over high heat, grill patties over direct heat for 3 minutes per side. We love serving these burgers with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a simple remoulade!

 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Kettle Fried Chicken Legs

Prep time: 20 minutes
Grill time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: Makes breading for 6 chicken legs

Cereal on chicken?! You got it! Corn pops lends an INCREDIBLE sweet and corny flavor to these chicken legs like no other. Our kettle fried chicken will give the colonel a run for his money! Cooked over charcoal, these legs don’t quit! Perfect for a backyard BBQ, paired with collard greens, mac and cheese and coleslaw. Once you kettle fry chicken, you’ll never want deep-fried chicken again. And the best part is – it can be made with many pantry staples you probably already have hiding in your cupboards!

Ingredients
6 chicken legs
1 cup Corn Pops cereal, blended into coarse meal
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp shallot powder (if you can’t find this, you can use regular onion powder)
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cracked black pepper
1 egg
1/3 cup water

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk egg with water. Dip each chicken leg into the wet mixture, then roll into the seasoned breading. Then roll the leg in the wet mixture again, and again in the dry mixture. This double breading is KEY to making these legs super crispy, flavorful and delicious!

Set up your charcoal grill with the hot coals in the center. Arrange the legs around the perimeter of the grill. Allow the grill to preheat for 20 minutes, at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Grill chicken legs for 30 minutes, until an instant read thermometer measures 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Grilled Kielbasa & Rice Bites

Prep time: 15 minutes
Grill time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 18-20 large bites

These bites are the epitome of comfort food. Each bite is loaded with cheesy, meaty goodness! We have put plates of these bites out at family gatherings and are always astounded at how fast they disappear. No one can resist them! They’re delicious in all their forms – fresh off the grill, at room temperature, served with a creamy dip, marinara sauce…they are so versatile and perfect for snacking. Being the good Italian girls we are, we certainly love a good arancini, but we think these bites would give them a run for their money!

Ingredients
375g of kielbasa, finely chopped
2/3 cup of finely chopped parsley
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 head of garlic, finely minced
8 cups of cooked basmati rice
3 tbsp your favourite BBQ Rub
5 eggs
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Form into patties, using a half-cup measuring cup to ensure they’re all uniform in size. Grill in a preheated 400 degree grill (medium heat in the centre, high heat on end, and off underneath the tray of bites), until nicely browned, approximately 25 minutes.

 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Smoked Smokie Fritters

Have you heard of smokie sausages? They are a Canadian creation and are similar to a frankfurter in that they are cured, smoked, and then cooked. Since they're already cooked, you can eat them right out of the package, hot dog style....oh come on guys, we know we can't be the only ones who snuck raw hotdogs right from the fridge as little kids! We love cooking with smokies when we're making a dish that requires precooked sausage, like our recipe for Smoked Smokie Fritters. You can get right to the point with these fritters and not have to remove the casings from the sausage meat. Dice 'em up and throw them right into our simple mixture for these tasty fritters (The full recipe is available at maddieandkiki.com). . Have you ever eaten something raw, that should really be cooked before eating?


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Ingredients
5 Smokie sausages, finely diced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 green onion, sliced
1 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded aged cheddar cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tsp grainy mustard
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tbsp of your favorite barbecue rub that includes salt
10 tbsp of oil

Directions

1) Preheat your grill to 375 degrees, add your favorite smoking wood - we used apple
2) Line a baking sheet with parchment, add oil and set aside
3) In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix thoroughly
4) using a 1/3 cup measure, form each fritter and place on oiled baking sheet
5) Place baking sheet in your grill over indirect heat
6) Gently flip fritters after 15 minutes of being in the grill, then cook for an additional 10 minutes
7) Serve fritters with your favorite gravy or dip them in a creamy spicy mayo! They freeze well so doubling the recipe to make sure you always have some on hand is a great idea!



 

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Maddie & Kiki’s Bestest Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken


Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts
12 slices of bacon
1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup grated aged cheddar
2 tbsp mayo
1 tbsp grainy mustard
2 tsp Maddie & Kiki's House Blend rub or your favorite BBQ rub
s&p to taste

Directions:
1). Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, except for the chicken and bacon - reserve 1 tsp of the BBQ rub

2). Cut slits in the chicken and splay it out flat. Season both sides with the remaining amount of BBQ rub.

3). Pile the broccoli mixture on top of the chicken breasts and fold flap over. If there is too much broccoli mixture to fold over the flap, no worries, the bacon will wrap everything up nice and tight!

4). Lay four slices of bacon out on a cutting board, slightly overlapping one another. Gently place loaded chicken breast on top and fold over each slice of bacon so that it is all wrapped up. Do this for the remaining chicken breasts, with four pieces of bacon per chicken breast.

5). Fire up your grill until it reaches 400 degrees. Allow your grill to preheat for at least 10-12 minutes, making sure to use a clean grill brush to clean away any leftover food debris from your last cook.

6). Place chicken on the grill and close the lid. Do not lift the lid! But who are we kidding, we always lift the lid at the halfway point because we are just too excited to see what's goin' on under there! This chicken should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

7). Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing into it....but when you do finally slice into it, bask in the glory of that beautiful broccoli filling!!! Serve with a salad, potato wedges, or even chocolate cake! ....well maybe not chocolate cake! Enjoy and grill on, BBQ family!



 

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Turkey Tater Tot Double Cheeseburger with Honey Mustard Mayo & Grilled Onions

Makes 4 double burgers


Preparation time: 30 minutes
Grilling time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes


We like to call this our ‘Friday night’ burger – it’s our simple and easy to prepare go-to burger after a long week, when all we want to do is get into our jammies, curl up on the front porch under blankets and relax while chatting about the week we’ve had. Although let’s face it, because it’s us, we’ve spent 90% of that week in each others presence. We’ve had this tradition for years except we normally enjoy a good ol’ beef burger. But shhh…we’ve cheating on our old recipe and we must tell you…it feels good.


Ingredients:


For the burgers:
1 pound ground turkey
¼ cup large flake oats
¼ cut buttermilk
½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp sea salt
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
24 frozen tater tots
1 red onion, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil  

For the honey mustard mayo:
¼ cup real mayonnaise
2 tbsp grainy mustard
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. ₁Start by preheating your grill to medium high heat for 10-15 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the oats and buttermilk, and stir. Allow oats to soak up all the buttermilk for about 5 minutes.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, add oat mixture to ground turkey, along with the breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and all spices.
3. ₂Form into 8 very thin patties, and place patties on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, combine mayo with mustard, honey and pepper, and allow the flavors to meld in the fridge until serving.
5. Cook tater tots according to package instructions. Set aside for serving.
6. Brush onion slices with olive oil. Remove patties from freezer, and grill for approximately 4 minutes a side, flipping once, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. Place cheese on four of the patties, and top with the remaining patties. Set aside to rest, uncovered.
7. To plate the burgers, start by toasting the buns on the grill. Spread a little of the mayo on the bottom bun, followed by a crisp piece of green leaf lettuce. Then goes the burgers, the grilled onions, the tater tots, and even more of that luscious mayo. Top with the top of the bun and get ready to be in burger heaven!

Maddie & Kiki’s Pro Grilling Tips:
₁This may be the most important step to grilling! So many people skip this step, or don’t let it preheat long enough. This single step is what heats up the grill grates and allows the food to be flipped without sticking. DON’T RUSH THE PREHEAT!
₂This is such an easy BBQ hack! These double cheeseburgers are nice and thin to be able to be stacked up with oozy cheese in the middle (um…YUM!), so sticking them in the freezer makes for fool-proof grill flipping!  

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Grilled Turkey, Bacon & Avocado Club Sandwich

Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Grilling time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless turkey breasts
3 tbsp olive oil
12 slices of marble rye bread
1 large, ripe avocado
2 beefsteak tomatoes, thinly sliced
Leaf lettuce, washed and thoroughly dried
8 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
12 slices turkey bacon
Turkey Breast Rub:
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 tbsp garlic powder
½ tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp dried mustard powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp salt

Honey Mustard Mayo:
¼ cup real mayonnaise
2 tbsp grainy mustard
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:

1. ₁Start by preheating your grill to medium high heat for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all rub spices. Brush turkey breasts with olive oil and sprinkle the breasts liberally with the spice mixture. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients for the honey mustard mayo. Set aside in the refrigerator for the flavors to meld, until ready to serve.
3. ₂Grill turkey breasts over direct heat, for 10 minutes per side, rotating each breast 90 degrees after 5 minutes to get the perfect cross-hatch grill marks. Flip, and repeat on the other side. Move each breast to indirect heat, and continue cooking until an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from grill, and let rest, partially covered with aluminum foil for 10 minutes.
4. Grill the turkey bacon over direct heat for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly before assembling the sandwich.
5. To assemble, start with a toasted piece of bread on the bottom, smear on some of the mayo, followed by a piece of lettuce. Then layer on some avocado, a slice of cheese, and another toasted piece of bread. Top with another layer of lettuce,

Maddie & Kiki’s Pro Grilling Tips:
₁This may be the most important step to grilling! So many people skip this step, or don’t let it preheat long enough. This single step is what heats up the grill grates and allows the food to be flipped without sticking. DON’T RUSH THE PREHEAT!
₂While grill marks are the first thing we see when we look at a grilled piece of meat, they provide more than just visual appeal. The Maillard Reaction is a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar, requiring the addition of heat over 285 degrees Fahrenheit. Many of us are familiar with this reaction when we brown foods – i.e. grilling meat. So not only do grill marks look appetizing, they contribute to the overall flavor of the meat too. Darker grill marks = more flavour. No wonder barbecuing is such a popular way of cooking! Feel free to pull that fact out at your next backyard BBQ and get ready to have your guests ooh and awe at how smart you are!


 

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Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kofta Kebab Pitas with Spicy Tzatziki

Makes 4 skewers

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Grilling time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
We love to serve these easy turkey kofta kebabs in the middle of the summer when it’s so hot that turning on the oven isn’t a contemplatable option. Traditionally, kofta kebabs are made with either lamb or beef or a combination of the two. We love the versatility of substituting ground turkey in this recipe for a lighter option. We’ve cheated on our usual kebab recipe, and we’ll admit…we want MORE!
Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey
4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground sumac
2 tsp sea salt
½ tsp cracked black pepper


For the Tzatziki:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup cucumber
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped
¼ tsp cracked black pepper
½ tsp salt
1 red scotch bonnet pepper, frozen

Directions:
1. ₁Start by preheating your grill to medium high heat for 10-15 minutes. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the turkey, with all other ingredients. Form into 4 balls and press each ball around a skewer. The beauty of kofta kebabs is that they don’t have to be perfect. Just form the meat around each skewer until it’s evenly distributed.
2. ₂Set the kebabs on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and place in the freezer to firm up for 20-30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the tzatziki, except the chili pepper. Using a fine grater, grate as much of the chili pepper into the tzatziki as your tastes desire. We like it SPICY, but we’ll leave that your own discretion! Set aside for the flavors to meld. Overnight is ideal, but a couple hours will also do.
4. Grill the kebabs for 10 – 15 minutes, flipping once, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached. Set aside to cool, uncovered for 10 minutes. Slide skewers out of the kebabs.
5. To serve these super easy kebabs, open a whole wheat pita, add the kebab, and top with your favourite middle eastern inspired toppings. Our suggestions: fresh tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, olives, pickled turnip more parsley and enough of the tzatziki to smother the works!

Maddie & Kiki’s Pro Grilling Tips:
₁This may be the most important step to grilling! So many people skip this step, or don’t let it preheat long enough. This single step is what heats up the grill grates and allows the food to be flipped without sticking. DON’T RUSH THE PREHEAT!
₂ This is such an easy BBQ hack! By putting the kebabs in the freezer to firm up a bit before grilling, you minimize the chances of having anything fall apart on the grill!


 

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Charcoal Grilled Cherry Bourbon Pork Burgers

Portion 4

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking/Barbecuing time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins

These sweet and savoury burgers are an homage to a simpler time. When everyone rocked a pair of bell-bottom jeans with an after-work drink in their hand – the 1970’s! Dried cherries are a modern update to the maraschino cherry classic, and their pairing with bourbon are a timeless duo for a reason – their spunky sweetness join forces with duBreton rustic ground pork and savoury spices for a crowd-pleasing burger favourite.

Ingredients:
1 pound (454g) duBreton rustic ground pork
½ tsp (2.5 ml) granulated garlic
½ cup (60 ml) dried cherries, roughly chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) dark maple syrup
1 tbsp (15 ml) bourbon
2 green onions, finely sliced
½ cup  (125 ml) seasoned breadcrumbs
½ tsp (2.5 ml) dried thyme
1 tsp (5 ml) dried sage
1 tsp (5ml) dried red chili flakes
1 large farm fresh egg
¾ tsp (3 ml) salt
½ tsp (2.5 ml) freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Fill a chimney starter to the top with charcoal briquettes. Place a lighter cube below the chimney and ignite. Allow the briquettes to fully light within the chimney for 15-20 minutes.
2. In the meantime, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Using a light delicate hand, gently mix the ingredients together. Don’t ‘go to town’ on the mixture, or your patties will turn into dry little pucks and nobody wants that!
3. Form the mixture into eight equal patties and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. If they aren’t the perfect shape – don’t fret! The beauty of these patties is that they’re homemade; you don’t want them to look like they’ve just left a factory conveyor belt.
4. ₁Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the patties to firm up before hitting the grill.
5. ₂Using grill gloves, pour lit briquettes into charcoal baskets and close the lid of your charcoal barbecue. Allow the grill to preheat for 15 minutes.
6. ₃Remove patties from the freezer. Cook directly over top of coals until prominent grill marks are formed (about 2-3 minutes), and then flip. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, and transfer patties to the outer ring of the barbecue to ensure they’re cooked throughout. Close the lid and allow the patties to continue cooking.
7. Using a probe thermometer, remove patties from the grill once an internal temperature of 72 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) is reached. Allow to rest on a plate partially covered with aluminum foil.
Serving suggestions: We love to serve these burgers on a pretzel bun, with real cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, red onion, spicy red pepper rings, and a zingy BBQ mayo!

Maddie & Kiki’s Pro BBQ Tips:
₁By allowing the patties to hang out in the freezer for a little while, they firm up and reduce the possibility of breaking apart once they hit the grill.
₂Make sure to scrape off any old remnants of food from your grill before putting new food onto the grill.
₃Allowing the grill to preheat is possibly the MOST important step to a successful BBQ cook! Hot grill grates are what allow food to be flipped without sticking. Contrary to popular belief, oiling grill gates is a completely unnecessary step, and may even lead to a grill fire. Think of the barbecue like an oven – you ALWAYS allow an oven to preheat, and the barbecue is no different.

 

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Peach-Smoked Ribs with Punch Bowl Barbecue Sauce

Portions 6-8

Preparation time: 10-20 minutes
Cooking/Barbecuing Time: 6-8 hours
Total time: approximately 7.5 hours

Do you remember when every guest at your Saturday night party dunked their matching glass mug into a big bowl of fruity fun? That’s right, we’re talking about the infamous party punch bowl! We’re sure there’s many good reasons why they have faded from popularity in recent years (those things need to come with a sneeze guard!), but there’s no good reason why we can’t enjoy all the flavors of a good fruit punch, without having to dust off your Aunt Sheila’s iridescent 12-piece set.

Ingredients:
3 racks of duBreton pork back ribs
1 cup apple juice for spritzing while smoking

Rib Rub:
1 tbsp (15 ml) paprika
1 tbsp (15 ml) garlic powder
½ tbsp (2.5 ml) onion powder
1 tbsp (15 ml) dried mustard powder
1 tbsp (15 ml) black pepper
1 tbsp (15 ml) salt
Punch Bowl BBQ Sauce:
2 cups (500 ml) ketchup
½ cup (125) orange juice
½ cup (125 ml) ginger ale
¼ cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
½ cup (125 ml) canned peaches, chopped
½ cup (125 ml) canned pineapple chunks
¼ cup (60 ml) maraschino cherries, chopped
1 tbsp (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp (30ml) soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml) Molasses

Directions:

  1. ₁Using a spoon, remove the tough membrane on the underside of the ribs. Combine all spices in a bowl. Rub the spices into the ribs, making sure to really rub the racks and cover every inch of them in spices. Set aside in the fridge for the flavors to meld for as long as you have time for (even overnight!).
  2. In the meantime, set up your smoker according to the manufacturer’s specifications. ₂While maintaining a temperature of 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit (107-122 degrees Celsius), smoke ribs with your favourite smoking wood until an internal temperature of 190 degrees Fahrenheit (88 degrees Celsius) is reached.
  3. Every half hour, lift the lid of the smoker, and spritz the racks with pure apple juice. This will help the meat stay juicy and add natural sugars that will work to caramelize the outside of the meat.
  4. For the BBQ sauce: Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the contents into a saucepan and allow to come to a bubble. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  5. ₃About an hour before you plan on taking the ribs off the smoker, brush on the BBQ sauce every 20 minutes, allowing it to reduce even further while sticking to the ribs.
  6. Let the ribs rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestions: Since these ribs are so deliciously sweet and sticky, we like to offset savoury side dishes like collards and greens, a rich mac and cheese, and buttery grilled corn.

Maddie & Kiki’s Pro BBQ Tips:
₁If you don’t remove this part of the ribs, the membrane will never break down – even with low and slow smoking. Save yourself the aggravation later and be sure to get it all off!
₂We love using peach wood for this recipe, as the flavor of the wood is complemented by the peaches in the punch bowl BBQ sauce. Pork and peaches are the bestest of friends!
₃This step is what takes the ribs to the next level! The sauce will reduce and build up on the ribs with each application. So sticky! So delightfully sticky!

 

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 Grilled Lemon Fettucine Hand Pie with Capers & Tarragon  

Sauteed Morels with Wild Turkey Pate & Shaved Spring Asparagus

Makes 8 wedges, or ‘hand pies’

We love a big ol’ wedge of this pie as a snack, lunch, side dish or even a vegetarian dinner alongside a salad! What’s great about this pie is that normally pastas with cream sauces don’t reheat that well, and we like the type of meal you can make once and eat a few times! Who’s with us!? This pie reheats wonderfully! That is, if you can let any leftovers make it to the fridge!

Ingredients: ¼ cup butter 3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ tbsp tarragon
2 tbsp capers
½ cup white wine
¾ cup cream
1 8 oz package cream cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup pasta water, reserved
454g package of fettuccine, cooked a couple minutes before ‘al dente’ (it will continue cooking in the oven! )
Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
1 cup old cheddar cheese
¾ cup parmesan cheese
½ cup breadcrumbs


Directions:
Fire up your grill, and get the temperature to around 375-425 degrees.

Heat butter and olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and stir until fragrant. Add the tarragon and capers and deglaze the pan with the white wine. Reduce heat to medium low, and add the cream cheese. Stir until fully melted. .


Add the zest of a lemon, cooked fettuccine, and pasta water. It may look super watery right now, but you just don’t worry your pretty little head! It’ll turn into a masterpiece in the oven! Add the cheddar cheese and stir. Allow to cool a bit before adding the eggs. Stir thoroughly to incorporate eggs. This what’s going to hold this pie together! Top with parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and a drizzle of olive oil.


Place on indirect heat on your BBQ, and cook until bubbly and browned – approximately half an hour to 45 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into wedges.

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m&K Brined and Smoked Northern Pike  

Makes 2 whole fish’

Ingredients:

Two whole Northern Pike, cleaned 1 gallon of water
1 cup of kosher salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup dark soy sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 mandarin oranges, cut in half
3 tbsp grainy mustard
4 garlic cloves, smashed and without skins
1 onion, peeled and cut in quarters
1 tbsp coriander seeds


Directions:
In a large pot, combine all ingredients. Heat on the stove top over medium heat, stirring occasionally until salt and sugar are dissolved. Cool completely and cover Pike in a non-aluminum container (we use a big plastic container). Let the fish soak up all the goodness in the fridge overnight. Remove from brine in the morning and discard. Dry fish inside and out with paper towels.

Fire up the smoker and get it in the area of 200-300 degrees. We are going to be smoking the fish hot, and this will help us get the bones out later on!


Remove from smoker and let cool before taking your sweet time sorting through the fish for all of the (many) bones. While this is a time consuming job, the flavour of the smoked fish makes it all worth it. If you’re particularly prissy, you can go ahead and wear gloves to avoid your hands smelling like Northern Pike for hours after this activity. Personally, we don’t mind it – it gives you a little reminder of all your hard work when you’re tucked into bed later on. Alone.

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Spicy Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Livers with Rapini  

Serves 2 (or 1 if you’re really addicted to these like we are! )’

If you are disgusted by the words, ‘chicken livers,’ one bite of these spicy char-grilled peri peri chicken livers will 100% change your mind. They are jam-packed with smokey grill flavour, and the spicy/sour combination of the peri peri spices and lemon juice will have you waking up in the middle of the night with thoughts of them on your mind. Okay maybe that’s a little much, but it’s happened to us! It’ll happen to you too!

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken livers, trimmed
4 tbsp olive oil
Zest and juice of a lemon

For the peri peri seasoning:
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp ground peri peri pepper (you can substitute any hot pepper you have)
Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion finely sliced
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
½ cup white wine
Finely chopped parsley
2 fresh hot peppers, finely sliced
Bunch of fresh rapini
Baguette, for serving

Directions:
In a bowl, mix all of the peri peri spices together. Set aside. In another bowl, combine the chicken livers with the olive oil, zest and juice of a lemon, and the peri peri seasoning. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Fire up the grill – we’re going to cook these livers hot and fast! Arrange your charcoal in the middle of the grill, and allow the grates to preheat – this step is very important to prevent the livers from sticking! Using metal skewers, impale the chicken livers, making sure to not leave many dangly bits – these will just flail about on the grill and burn.
Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until nicely coloured.
In a cast iron pan, add the butter and cook the onions, garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add the cooked livers and deglaze with the white wine. Add rapini and let cook for 5-10 minutes.
Add the fresh parsley, and sliced hot peppers. Serve with slices of fresh baguette.
Enjoy!
Love, M&K XO

Spicy Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Livers with Rapini

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Maddie & Kiki’s ‘Sunshine in a Bowl Without the Fake Tan’ Smokey Golden Beet Borscht  

Makes one large Dutch oven full!

Despite our Italian heritage, this soup has grown to be one of our all-time favourites. The traditional version is bright red with red cabbage and beets, but there’s just something so stunning about a beautiful, bright, sunny yellow bowl of this soup on a frigid Canadian Winter day. Plus, if you’re looking for a stiff dose of sun, you don’t need to travel South or commit to a fake tan! Maddie & Kiki got you covered!

Ingredients:
3 tbsp butter
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic
Half of a green cabbage, chopped
3-4 golden beets, finely chopped
Enough stock (chicken, beef, or vegetable) to cover the ingredients
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add the cabbage, and beets, and sauté until you start to see dark bits stick to the bottom. Add enough stock to cover the vegetables. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir.
Place your Dutch oven over direct heat on your BBQ, without the lid. Add a couple pieces of light 9wood to your charcoal – like apple or sugar maple. This will allow the smoke flavor to touch the surface of the liquid, and give you a rich, smokey soup.
Close the lid of the BBQ, and let the soup simmer away for as long as you want. Even when the coals start to lose heat, you can go back inside and watch the BBQ do it’s thing from the window on a cold day! What’s nice about this soup is that you can even forget about it out there and it’ll just keep getting deeper and deeper flavor. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, and fresh dill.
Enjoy!
Love, M&K XO

 

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