The BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat

A smoker is a great way to have amazing BBQ right at home. This Marinade for Smoking Meat is easy and leave whatever meat you are smoking so tasty! 

Ingredients for the BEST Smoker Marinade.

A few years ago I got my husband a smoker for Christmas.  It ended up being a great purchase because we use it a lot!  Weekends are spent slowly smoking pork or beef for a great dinner and then we have plenty of leftovers to get us through the rest of the weekend.

This marinade is one that I’ve been using since we got the smoker.  A great marinade is a key to tender meat, so don’t miss this step.

How to make the BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat:

To a pan add the Coca-Cola, spices, apple cider vinegar then the molasses.

Over medium-high heat cook for 5 minutes, stirring as it cooks.

Turn off the heat and add the ice.  Let the marinade cool.

Ingredients and steps for the BEST Smoker Marinade.

In a dish add the meat then pour the marinade over it.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 12 hours, flipping the meat about halfway through.

Two pork roasts in a pan covered with plastic wrap.

Smoke meat as you like.

What ways are best to smoke meats?

  • Low and slow – My husband made this pork roast below by just letting it go low and slow over 9 hours.  It fell apart and had some amazing burnt ends on it.
  • Texas Crutch – This involves smoking the meat for a time then wrapping it with foil.  Check out this great article about it here.

Pork that has been smoked and shredded in a pan.

What should you serve with smoked meats?

The BEST Smoker Marinade |in a pan and two pork roasts in a pan next to it.

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The BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat
This is the BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat! From pork to beef, this smoker marinade is so easy and leaves whatever meat you choose to smoke full of flavor.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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The BEST Smoker Marinade | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. To a pan add the Coca-Cola, spices, apple cider vinegar then the molasses.
  2. Over medium-high heat cook for 5 minutes, stirring as it cooks.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the ice. Let the marinade cool.
  4. In a dish add the meat then pour the marinade over it.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 12 hours, flipping the meat about halfway through.
  6. Smoke meat as you like. Enjoy!

Mac and Cheese for a Crowd

This is the time of year for tailgates and holiday parties, so having a Quick Recipe that will feed lots of people is a must! This Mac and Cheese for a Crowd has only a few ingredients and comes together easily.  Set it and forget it in the slow cooker so you can enjoy the party and not be stuck in the kitchen.

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I’ve been making this mac and cheese recipe for years.  It’s always my go-to when people are coming over.  The pasteurized cheese spread melts perfectly with the pasta to create this deliciously cheesy dish that goes with literally any main dish that you are servings – hot dogs, hamburgers or smoked meats.

Did you just say ‘pasteurized cheese spread’?

Yes, yes I did.  It still exists and it’s truly THE BEST way to make this mac and cheese. While I do not keep it in my fridge on a regular basis this recipe is one reason why you might want to keep it on hand.

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This recipe calls for only half the amount of pasteurized cheese spread.  I made this twice in a month for my son’s birthday and then a pool party so all I was out was 2 boxes of pasta and two cans of evaporated milk.  Total cost for this macaroni and cheese for 2 parties: Less than $11.00.  Double bonus: This mac and cheese for a crowd is very economical.

How to make Mac and Cheese for a Crowd: {VIDEO BELOW}

Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions and drain.

Add the drained pasta to a greased slow cooker.

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Cube 1/2 the package of pasteurized cheese spread.  Place on top of the pasta in the slow cooker.

Shake the evaporated milk then open and pour over the pasta and cheese.

In a small bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and parsley flakes.  Stir to combine then pour over the pasta and cheese.

Stir to completely combine all the ingredients together.

Cover and set the slow cooker as follows:

Since the pasta will continue to cook in the slow cooker *do not* leave on high heat for very long.

  • Serving immediately – set the slow cooker to high for up to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Eating within 30 minutes – set the slow cooker to low, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Waiting longer than an hour – set the slow cooker to keep warm, stirring every 20 minutes. 

And here you are……

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Mac and Cheese for a Crowd
This recipe for Mac and Cheese for a Crowd is a cheesy dish that's ready to party! Easy comfort food that has just a few ingredients but is so satisfying.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. Add the drained pasta to a greased slow cooker.
  3. Cube 1/2 the package of pasteurized cheese spread. Place on top of the pasta in the slow cooker.
  4. Shake the evaporated milk then open and pour over the pasta and cheese.
  5. In a small bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and parsley flakes. Stir to combine then pour over the pasta and cheese.
  6. Stir to completely combine all the ingredients together.
  7. Cover and set according to timing below. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Cover and set the slow cooker as follows:

Since the pasta will continue to cook int he slow cooker *do not* leave on high heat for very long.

  • Serving immediately - set the slow cooker to high for up to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Eating within 30 minutes - set the slow cooker to low, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Waiting longer than an hour - set the slow cooker to warm, storring every 20 minutes. 

My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

I’m serious when I say that I have been eating this meal most of my life. It’s a recipe that my dad invented, thus the name ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’. He cooked it for us growing up and when I was old enough he gave the recipe to me and I’ve been making it myself for about 20 years now.

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My dad is a great cook! He makes the most unbelievable grilled chicken. My mouth is watering a little right now as I’m thinking about it. I want to think that he got his skills from my grandmother. On Sunday’s growing up, we would have big dinners of lamb, creamed spinach, and croissants. Dessert was almost always chocolate pudding with whipped cream. I loved those Sunday’s and I try and keep the tradition alive in our house.  Sunday’s here usually start with Swedish Pancakes and end with a big comforting meal like Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast.

For quick weeknight dinners though I look to this chicken and rice recipe.  It’s full of chicken, meaty mushrooms, and crunchy water chestnuts.  Perfect when you want a one-dish meal that goes from stove to table with little cleanup.  Now on to My Dad’s Chicken & Rice recipe.

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The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.  First, take the chicken and cut into cubes.  On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper.  Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.

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In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stockpot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan.  Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy around 10 minutes.  Stirring occasionally to make sure all parts are browned.  *Look at that! Again, this is what makes this dish amazing.*

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Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.  In the same pan add butter and let it melt.  Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion.  Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.

To the pan add the chicken back in.  Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not drain liquid), and soy sauce. Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.  Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn’t dry out and stir so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.  If there’s still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.

Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper, and more soy sauce to your taste. I always end up adding more but please add at your discretion.  Top with some crunchy noodles and here you are……

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published March of 2016. Updated photos & recipe July of 2018.

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
This is 'my Dad's' Chicken & Rice recipe. A hearty meal of chicken, fancy mixed vegetables, and instant rice that cooks up in under 30 minutes.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
My Dads Chicken and Rice | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken and cut into cubes. On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.
  2. In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stock pot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy, around 10 minutes. Stiring occasially to make sure all parts are browned. Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan add butter and let it melt. Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion. Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.
  4. To the pan add the chicken back in. Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not dain liquid), and soy sauce. Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.
  5. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn't dry out. If there's still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.
  6. Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper and more soy sauce to your taste. Enjoy!

Dry Rub Chicken Wings

This chicken wing recipe will make sure you don’t miss saucy wings at all.  Dry Rub Chicken Wings are rubbed with a smoky and sweet coating then baked to a crispy perfection. 

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing and a craft beer to the side.

Kicking off Father’s Day weekend with Mitten Movie Night! I thought I would make my husband a special dish just for him.

When I was thinking about what to make my husband this weekend I remembered some really great wings that we had in Florida.  While there we stayed in a condo so we hit the local Costco and grabbed some already made up dishes from the deli area.  That is where we got the chicken wings and they were fabulous.  We heated them up in the oven and paired with a giant salad.

When we got home sadly our local Costco did not have them.  So light bulb moment, I will make my own dry rub chicken wings at home!

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing on the side.

Full disclosure, I have never made wings before.  If you read my post about Wing Sauce Sliders you would know why and how I just finally came around to buffalo sauce.  I was willing to give it a try though you know since I kind of like the guy who has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years.

So off to the internet I went to check out how some of my favorite bloggers make dry rub chicken wings.  Then since I don’t have a grill, how to bake chicken wings.

How to make Dry Rub Chicken Wings:

For the rub, I visited Bewitchin’ Kitchen and followed the recipe for Sweet n’ Smoky Rib Rub.

It had all the spices I thought were in the rub I was basing these on. It turned out great and I didn’t need to go out and buy any fancy ingredients. I had all of them in my spice cabinet.

Next, I headed over to The Chunky Chef’s site and followed the directions for baked chicken wings from her Epic Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings recipe.

To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil.

Sprinkle them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor.

Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.

Ingredients and steps of how to make Dry Rub Chicken Wings.

On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack.

Layer the wings out then put into a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes.  Be prepared because if you make these the house will smell downright amazing!

Cooked dry rub chicken wings with butter and dry rub seasoning to the side.

Once the chicken was done I decided to use a part of The Suburban Soapbox’s Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings recipe.

At the end of the recipe, it called for melting 4 Tbs of butter.  Pour it over the chicken.

Add the spice that was left over to it the bowl.  Toss to coat the chicken with the butter and spices.

Make a bowl of blue cheese dressing to dip them into and a side of crunchy carrots.

What beer pairs well with Dry Rub Chicken Wings?

The beer: Greenbush Brewing, Star Chicken Shotgun.

These sweet and smoky dry rub chicken wings pair great with my hubbies favorite style of beer, an IPA.

Poultry and IPA’s work well together but add the spice of the rub and crispy skin and you have a perfect combination.

And here you are……..

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing and a craft beer to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Dry Rub Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer or meal.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, peppers, coarse kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, cayenne powder and cumin in a small bowl.
  2. To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil. Sprinkled them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor. Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.
  3. On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack. Lay the wings out then put into a preheated 400 deree oven for 45 minutes.
  4. When chicken is done melt 4 Tbs of butter and add the remining rub to it.
  5. Toss chicken in butter mixture. Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Welcome to the first Mitten Movie Night of Spring! We are ready to settle in and start enjoying the warmer weather.  Today I am sharing a recipe that is inspired by a wonderful meal that we had while on our Spring Break trip to Florida, pulled pork mac and cheese.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A little more on the backstory of where this recipe originated from.  This year was the first year that we actually ventured out of Michigan for Spring Break. The Winter has been long and we were all in need of some serious Sunshine.  So we headed down to a place that I grew up going to as a kid – Venice, Florida. Right on the Gulf of Mexico we couldn’t have asked for a better place to get away from it all….well expect for the traffic with everyone else having the same idea…but I digress and do not want to complain because this was easily one of my favorite vacations we’ve ever had.  I mean look at this picture of the boys heading down to the beach.  A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

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While we were in Florida we visited my friend and her family who hosted us for Easter.  Visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter & Hope.  Then enjoyed lots of time at the pool, the beach and eating really good food.  On the suggestion of one of the residents at the condo we headed over to Darrell’s BBQ. It was a treat because anyone with kids and driving 24 hours to get to a location knows it means lots of fast food and we were ready for a sit down meal.  The husband had the pulled pork platter, Big A had a burger and Little A and I shared a big bowl of pulled pork mac and cheese with piles of pork and sweet BBQ sauce.  It was so good and one that I kept note of so I could make it as soon as we got home.

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Let’s start with the pulled pork.  For this pulled pork mac and cheese recipe, I made the pork in the slow cooker.  You can easily smoke the meat if you like but I ran short on time and really didn’t feel like pulling out the smoker so the slow cooker worked just as good.  Mix the beef broth and seasonings in the bottom of the crock pot and add the pork. Set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.

About 20 minutes before the pork is ready to come out start the macaroni and cheese. Boil the pasta according to package directions.  Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.  To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter.  Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk.  Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.  Now add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheeses.  Make sure you stir the whole time.  See how awesome this sauce comes out. The ‘pull’ of the cheese.  Thick enough to coat all the noodles.  Another word for it is ‘cheesetastic’.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.  Now set out a plate and add the mac and cheese.  Heap some pulled pork on there.  Drizzle with BBQ sauce (I recommend my Best BBQ Sauce).  Finish off this pulled pork mac and cheese with pickled red onions and jalapenos.

Even though most of this post talks about Florida I am a Michigan girl and happy to be home because we do have some of the best craft beer in the country.  Wouldn’t you know we came back just in time for the release of Hopsoulution Double IPA from Bell’s.  And here you are….

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has creamy homemade sauce and is topped with tender pulled pork and sweet BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when you're looking for cheesy decadence.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
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Instructions
Pulled Pork
  1. To a slow cooker add beef broth, onion powder, minced garlic and seasonings then set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.
Mac and Cheese
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.
  2. To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter. Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk. Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.
  3. Add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheese. Make sure you stir the whole time.
  4. Add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.
  5. To plate: Add the mac and cheese. Heap some pulled pork on there. Drizzle with BBQ sauce. Finish off with pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

PB&J Burger

For this Mitten Movie Night we are watching Stranger Things.  In honor of it I decided to go all out and try to make something special to coincide with a night of binge watching this awesome show.  If you follow my blog you know that I love recreating regional favorites.  Whether it’s Michigan or Memphis Hot Dogs or recreating a sandwich I had in Ohio, I’m in for taking a culinary trip with my taste buds.  So, why not make something from Indiana which is were the show takes place?  The Peanut Butter Burger.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger

Even though I live very close to Indiana I’ll be honest I’m not totally immersed in what foods are big there.  So off to the little ‘tell me what I don’t know’ box called the internet I went.  With some research I found 9 Strange Food Combinations Only People In Indiana Will Love from Only In Your State. Right at the Top #1-Peanut Butter and Hamburgers. Hmm…..this might just be interesting enough to try.  Never had it, but I’ll try it. The article said that it usually comes with jalapenos so of course this was going to be delicious with the sweet, salty and spicy flavors all working together.

I thought a Halloween themed beer would be good so Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale from New Belgium it is. While a more locally sourced craft beer would probably have been better this beer was purchased in Mishawaka at Costco so close enough!  Now on to this peanut butter burger that really was a delicious surprise.

Peanut Butter Burger

For the burgers we’re keeping it simple so mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.  I always cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet with some oil.  After a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives there was a restaurant that covered the burgers with a dish so they stayed moist.  I tried this trick and it worked great.

Place burgers in skillet and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes.  Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot!  Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes.  Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time.  Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.

Cap over cooking burgers in skillet

So the ‘PB’ is of course for peanut butter but the ‘J’ is for jam.  Bacon jam to be exact.  I thought this would be a good addition. I recently had a burger on it at a local brewery and now I’m obsessed.  In an effort to keep some in my house at all times now I made some using this Easy Skillet Bacon Jam recipe.

Bacon Jam going on hamburger bun

Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger.  Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam.  Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish.  And here you are…..

Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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PB&J Burger
This is not the peanut butter and jelly you grew up with. It's not your average burger. PB & J=Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam make this burger an all-out hit!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.
  2. To use the bowl method: Place burgers in skillet with a small amount of oil and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes. Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes. Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time. Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.
  5. Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish. Enjoy!

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos #SundaySupper

With football season we usually spend mornings at my son’s games then the afternoons back at home watching the big games.  Now I don’t watch but I do get my ‘Game On’ making food that I know my boys will love to snack on while they watch. They love the classics: burgers, wings and tacos.  This week I’m making walking chili cheese tacos.

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The great thing about these walking chili cheese tacos is that you can hit the store and grab a variety of chips for the base.  While I went for the traditional nacho chip for most of them I did pick up few surprise bags special for my 11 year old, spicy fries.  When we lived in town I knew he was getting older when a bunch of boys set off on their own to go to the convenience store up the road and pick out their own snack and pay with their own money.  Inevitably they would come back with one kind or another of these fries and with fingers as orange as the sun. Since moving to the new house he doesn’t get to walk to the store anymore so I figured I would pick them up and make his walking chili cheese tacos with them.

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Start with browning the beef.  To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power.  Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan.  Add to a bowl and then you are ready for the chili cheese sauce.  In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the bags I cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.  Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.  Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces. Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese of course.  Go ahead and set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like.  And here you are….

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Walking Chili Cheese Tacos
Packaged chips make the perfect plate for chili cheese, meat, and toppings. These walking chili cheese tacos are a great idea for tailgates or parties.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start with browning the beef. To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power. Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan. Add to a bowl for serving.
  2. In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes. Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.
  3. For the bags cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.
  4. Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces. Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese.
  6. Set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like. Enjoy!

Chicken Parmesan #SundaySupper

Here were are this Sunday Supper and already talking about Back To School! If your like my house back to school also means back to sports.  Busy weeknights of homework and practice call for a meal that can pull double duty-one night dinner, tomorrow leftovers or freezing half for dinner when dirtying dishes is the last thing you want to do.

Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This week I have been seeing TONS of back to school pics because we live very close to Indiana who start right now.  I’m saying to myself, ‘We still have 4 weeks!’. Did you know that in Michigan it is the law you cannot start until after Labor Day? Some schools are starting to challenge it and getting waivers but for us, I am so glad that it’s that way.  I really feel like it gives kids time to enjoy more of the warmer months. We are getting ready though because it will be here soon enough.  So with that, let’s get to the food.

Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Grease a 9×13 pan then cover the bottom with some of the spaghetti sauce.  Start to cook the egg noodles according to package directions.  These are the frozen kind that are found by ravioli in the frozen food section.  While they cook chop the chicken into bite sized pieces. Heat up oil in the pan and get ready to fry the chicken.  On a plate add the bread crumbs, flour and parmesan cheese.  One the oil is heated take the chicken and dredge in the crumb mixutre then add to the hot oil.  Fry chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side until thoroughly cooked through and super crisp.  This is the key to a great casserole.  Both the noodles and the chicken should take around 15-20 minutes to finish.

Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Drain the noodles and now it’s time to layer.  One layer noodles, one layer chicken, one layer cheese, one layer sauce.  Do it one more time then top with remaining cheese.  Yes, use the whole bag! Sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley for a little extra oomph.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  And here you are…..

Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host.  Check out all of the other recipes that will give your family a great start to the Back To School season.

Back to School Dinners

Beef and Pork

Pastas, Soups, Rice and Stews

Poultry

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

 

Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten #chicken #casserole #easyweeknightmeal
Print Recipe
Chicken Parmesan #SundaySupper
Layers of egg noodles, crispy chicken, spaghetti sauce and loaded with cheese. This casserole is great go to for busy weeknights. Makes plenty for leftovers to be reheated or frozen for later.
Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chicken Parmesan | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 pan then cover the bottom with some of the spaghetti sauce. Start to cook the egg noodles according to package directions.
  2. While they cook chop the chicken into bite sized pieces. Heat up oil in the pan and get ready to fry the chicken.
  3. On a plate add the bread crumbs, flour and parmesan cheese. One the oil is heated take the chicken and dredge in the crumb mixutre then add to the hot oil. Fry chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side until thoroughly cooked through and super crisp. Both the noodles and the chicken should take around 15-20 minutes to finish.
  4. Drain the noodles and now it's time to layer. One layer noodles, one layer chicken, one layer cheese, one layer sauce.
  5. Do it one more time then top with remaining cheese.
  6. Sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Heading out to a picnic?  These slider sandwiches are always a winner. The sweetness of the roll mixed with savory cream cheese and deli meats can be rich but also addicting. Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches are big on flavor and are perfect because they are very portable.   

A Cream Cheese Slider Sandwich with a bite taken out of it and blueberries off ot the side.

This week started 3 day work weeks for my husband.  Normally he already works 4-10 hour shifts so with enough saved up vacation time he took another day off every week until September.  Plenty of time to have fun in the pool and discover new places that we haven’t visited yet is on our agenda. This past week alone took Little A to his very first trip to SkyZone and a zoo that was truly amazing.

Are you looking for family fun in Southwestern Michigan or Northwestern Indiana? Here are some of our favorite places to visit:

See the area that we live in is coined ‘ Michiana’.  On the border of Michigan and Indiana.  Head to Kalamazoo or to South Bend in equal time.  Plus we are about equally 2-1/2 hours from Detroit, Indianapolis, and Chicago.

Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches in a tray ready to eat!

No matter where we head off to whether it’s a park or a cookout these sandwiches are always a special treat to take. 

For these sliders, I use sweet Hawaiian rolls to make them.  The slider buns come in a package that can be used to get them where they are going without worrying about extra storage.

How to make Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches:

First, let’s make the herbed cream cheese.  Take 1 block of cream cheese and make sure it’s softened.  Mix in garlic powder, oregano and parsley then stir to combine.

Cut the buns in half placing the bottom half back into the box that the rolls originally came in.

Spread half of the cream cheese on the buns.  Layer ham, sliced tomatoes then the turkey pastrami.

Taking the top half put the rest of the cream cheese on it then put on top.

Ingredients and steps of how to make Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches.

After the cream cheese slider sandwiches have been assembled here is a great way to transport them to your favorite picnic location:

  • Use the packaging from the rolls.  Since they were made right in the paper tray now just cover with two pieces of plastic wrap and put back into the bag. 
  • Tie with the plastic tie.
  • Place the sandwiches at the top of your cooler so they don’t get flattened. 

And here you are….

Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host Christie Campbell of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.  Check out all of the other recipes that will have your picnic table filled this Summer.

Best Picnic Recipes to Enjoy at the Park #SundaySupper

Starters, Skewers, and Sandwiches al Fresco

Stow-and-Go Sides and Salads

Drinks and Desserts for Outdoor Dining

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten #sliders #picnicrecipe #sandwich
Print Recipe
Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches
Sweet Hawaiian rolls spread with herbed cream cheese then topped with deli meats and tomatoes. A perfectly portable slider to take to your favorite picnic local.
Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take 1 block of cream cheese and make sure it's softened. Mix in garlic powder, oregano and parsley then stir to combine.
  2. Cut the buns in half placing the bottom half back into the box that the rolls originally came in.
  3. Spread half of the cream cheese on the buns.
  4. Layer ham, sliced tomatoes then the turkey pastrami.
  5. Taking the top half put the rest of the cream cheese on it then put on top.
  6. Just put them back into the paper tray, cover with two pieces of plastic wrap and put back into bag. Tie with plastic tie. Take to the picnic and enjoy!

The Best BBQ Sauce #CookoutWeek

When I signed up to be a part of #CookoutWeek I knew that I needed to share my Best BBQ Sauce Recipe for sure!  This is a sauce I’ve been making ever since we started smoking meat a few years ago.  So put some ribs on the smoker or chicken on the grill and whip up a quick batch of this tangy sauce.

Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Are you a sauce connoisseur?  My blog speaks for itself as to where I stand with sauce.  Here in the Bottom Left of the Mitten you can find me making slider sandwiches slathered in ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce or two different Wing Sauces.  Baked chicken casserole smothered in a Cream of Chicken sauce.  Sauce that’s smothered, dipped, smeared, drizzled any which way–I LOVE IT!  Now on to this easy BBQ sauce recipe.  I would be surprised if you don’t already have all the ingredients in your pantry already.

Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add all ingredients to a small size pot. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium so that the sauce is at a low boil. Let reduce by half, usually takes about 15 minutes.  Add to a jar or sealed container and enjoy up to two weeks.  See, I said it was easy right!  And here you are….

Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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As one of the bonus entries in the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post… what is your favorite dish to eat at a cookout?

 

Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten #bbqsauce #saucerecipe #bbq
Print Recipe
The Best BBQ Sauce
Raid your pantry and I'm sure you will find all the ingredients you need for this tangy sauce. Perfect for grilled chicken or pork.
Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sauces
Servings
servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sauces
Servings
servings
Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small size pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium so that the sauce is at a low boil. Let reduce by half, usually takes about 15 minutes.
  3. Add to a jar or sealed container and enjoy up to two weeks. Enjoy!

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