Thursday, July 06, 2017

How to Grill Beef Short Ribs Sliced Thin

Beef Short Ribs on the Grill

Crowd Cow recently sent me samples of some of their meat which is grass fed. A cow goes up online, and everyone can buy what they want.

The beef ribs were thin cut as you can see. The round circles are bones with meat around them.

First, to make these taste really fabulous, you want to marinate. I have so many marinades that it's rare that I ever make my own. In this case, I know the ribs are usually soaked in some concoction with soy sauce (which is a bit much salt for me).

I decided to go with Allegro's Soy and Lime with a little Horseradish. This has a little less salt and much more depth of flavor than the homemade recipes I've tried. Marinade time here was 20 minutes. You can go a little longer, but don't overpower the meat.

The smell was awesome when the beef short ribs were grilling. We didn't get to enjoy the scent long, because it only takes 5 to 7 minutes to grill these. Grill, flip, and you are done.  Just go for the color you see on our ribs.

The flavor was terrific. Allegro's was the perfect pick for the meat cut - beef short ribs. And, boy that meat was gone fast.

Monday, July 03, 2017

How to Grill Beer Burgers - Great Party Burgers

Grilled Beer Burgers 

Heat up some barbecue beer sauce, and give your grilled hamburgers some extra gusto. The barbecue sauce goes on after the grilling, so it is served on the side for those family members or party friends who enjoy spirits with the meat. The kids and the teetotalers can still enjoy the burgers sans the beer dip sauce.

How to Make Grilled Beer Hamburgers

The Patties
  • 2 pounds ground beef (1/4 lb. Per burger)
  • Worcestershire sauce (a tsp. or two per patty)
  • Seasoning salt (Lowry’s is very good)
Shape fresh or completely thawed meat into patty shapes. Press down in the middle with your thumbs to thin them a bit in the center, as burgers shrink a bit and plump up in the middle. Splash on the Worcestershire sauce and seasoning salt. A little pepper is also tasty, though some people like pepper and some do not.

The Beer Sauce
  • 1/2 can beer (your favorite)
  • 3 TBS steak sauce (the thick type like Heinz)
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt (same as used in the meat)
Stir all the sauce ingredients up in a sauce pan and then heat on low until you have a nice blend that is thickened and looks like slathering sauce. 

Ready to Grill

Put the burgers on the grill on medium heat. Cook 4 to 7 minutes per side or until done. Lather on some beer sauce right before taking the burgers off the grill. Serve on buns with the usual condiments.

How to Grill Banana with Chocolate on the Barbecue Grill

How to Grill Chocolate Marshmallow Bananas

If you love S'mores or if your kids do, then try this banana-based variation for a change of pace. Chocolate Grilled Bananas are fun to make and a yummy way to wrap up a meal. 

Ingredients You'll Need

All you need to make Grilled Bananas are bananas (of course), chocolate chips (semi sweet or sweet are fine) and miniature marshmallows. 

Easy Steps to Make Grilled Bananas 

Cut one side of the banana open without hitting the ends or cutting through to the bottom side.

Carefully edge the banana open and put in some chocolate chips and marshmallows. A banana will not hold a whole lot of either, so you’ll probably have some left over. Twist tie the bags and use them for another barbeque banana treat or baked dishes.

Wrap each banana tightly in aluminum foil. You can put the bananas right on the grill with no foil, but the skins blacken (which turns kids off), and if they tip, you have a mess. It’s also harder to heat evenly when you can’t turn the fruit. There are other recipes that use direct heat, but I would go with indirect heat and foil for this one.

Banana Grilling Time

Heat the Grilled Bananas for 3 or 4 minutes. Turn and cook another 3 or 4 minutes. You’re really just heating and making sure the chocolate and marshmallows melt. So, don’t cook these for too long. 

Cool and Eat

Remove the bananas from the grill and let them cool a bit especially if you’re serving these to kids. Once they’ve cooled a little, they can be served right in the tin foil. You probably want to provide plastic spoons, since these are rather messy. They can also be scooped out in bowls and served with ice cream.

Our local Boy Scouts enjoy these, and they get a little fruit with the dessert. The adult leaders like them too, but that’s our little secret. Grown ups can just say these are for the kids and then act like good sports and eat some too.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Full Moon Barbecue Products - Variety and Yummy

Full Moon Barbecue Pack

I'd never heard of Full Moon barbecue products before, but they got in touch to see if I'd see what I thought of their products. I had a bit of spare time, so I thought I'd see (especially since they have an Alabama white sauce).

The first thing I tried was the seasoning. It smelled really nice as I sprinkled, and I loved the flavor of wings before they were sauced. They would be fine with no sauce for those who aren't sauce fans. The flavor is mildly bold and would be good for any group.

Full Moon Barbeque Sprinkle Seasoning or Rub on Chicken Wings 

After the wings were close to done, I put the classic red sauce on and white sauce on just a couple. My boys have previously not been thrilled with white barbecue sauce even though I make my own which I think rocks. 

White Sauce on Barbecue Chicken Wings

The sauce goes on only the last 3 or 4 minutes with wings. You don't want to start out with the sauce on, or the sugars in it will burn.

My son and I tried out the white sauce. I found it a little tangy (vinegar I think), but my son loved it. Given he hates my white sauce, that is a good point for Full Moon there. They made a convert.

 Chicken Wings with Full Moon Barbecue Sauce

We dug in on the red sauced wings. They were quite tasty. You got tomato flavor with some seasonings and also the seasoning base from Full Moon. These would work for groups and kids. The flavors are not too hot or over seasoned.


The chow chow was great on pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Sorry I didn't get a photo. I think chow chow is more of a southern thing. It's a bit like a slaw but with more veggies. I like chow chow better than slaw, and this was a very nice chow chow.

This was a successful collection. It's not for the heat eaters or those who like really odd barbecue concoctions. It's just a good all 'round collection of products by Full Moon.