Simple Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders Recipe

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pineapple chicken tenders recipe

If you’re in the mood to fire up the grill and are looking for a simple recipe these Pineapple Chicken Tenders are really good. The recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is quick to put together. This is a mildly seasoned recipe so feel free to add to it as you see fit – I prepared the recipe as written.

Simple Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins or strips (chicken tenders save some time, but it is a lot cheaper to make your own chicken strips out of boneless skinless chicken breasts)
  • Skewers
Instructions
  1. If using wood soak skewers soap them in water for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better.
  2. in a small sauce pan mix together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Cook mixture over medium heat just short of a boil; remove from heat and allow mixture to cool enough to handle. Place chicken tenders in a 1 gallon food, grade disposable bag, and pour the sauce mixture over the chicken in the bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat and prepare grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil cooking grates.
  4. Thread the chicken lengthwise through the sewers and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

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Grilled Ranchero Onion Burgers

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Grilled Ranchero Onion Burgers recipe

I was in the mood to fire up the grill and these Ranchero Onion Burgers looked pretty good. This is a simple recipe that mixes salsa and shredded cheese into the burger before it is formed into patties resulting in a good juicy burger. I didn’t toast the buns for this recipe but I think that would be a nice added touch.

If you’re looking for a grilled burger recipe that’s a little different give this one a try; they’re really good.

Grilled Ranchero Onion Burgers
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground round
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1⅓ cups French fried onions
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
Instructions
  1. Preheat and prepare grill for medium high heat
  2. In a large bowl using your hand mix together burger, ⅔ cups French fried onions, garlic powder, salsa, cheese, and pepper; divide into 4 patties.
  3. Grill patties over oiled grate until slightly charred and no longer pink inside.
  4. Serve on buns topped with the remaining French fried onions.

Adapted from 100 best Hamburger recipes Cookbook

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

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whiskey sliders recipe

I was in the mood to fire up the grill until I ran across this Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders recipe. I had some whiskey I hand that I had purchased for some earlier recipes and I wanted to use it up. (I realize there are many ways to do this but I hardly ever drink any alcohol) anyway these Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders looked really good so I gave them a try. No disappointment here – they were well seasoned and delicious.

I didn’t prepare the recipe as written because I didn’t really need 12 of them, it was just my wife and I for supper so I cut the recipe in half.

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders
 
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Recipe type: Party
Serves: Makes 12
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef ( I used ground Chuck)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion (finely diced)
  • ½ cup whiskey
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite variety – I used open pit)
  • ¼ cup jarred jalapeno slices or more to taste
  • 12 slider buns or dinner rolls (split and lightly toasted on cut sides)
Instructions
  1. Divide the meat into 12 equal portions and flatten into patties. (I rolled the pieces like I was making meatballs and then flattened them out) season the patties generously with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook the patties in the oil until almost done – 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Cook in 2 batches if necessary and set patties aside on a platter.
  2. Drain all the oil from the skillet except for 2 tablespoons, add the onion to the skillet, and cook until onion is soft and translucent. Carefully add the whiskey to the skillet (if using an open flame shut the gas off before adding the whiskey to keep it from flaming up) cook 3 to 4 minutes until whiskey is reduced to about in half. Stir in the BBQ sauce and jalapeno slices scrapping any dripping from the bottom of the pan while mixing; pour in any juice that collected on the bottom of the platter.
  3. Reduce heat to low and work the burgers into the BBQ mixture turning to coat. Allow patties to simmer until burgers are heated through and the sauce is hot and bubbly.
  4. Serve sliders by placing each burger on a bun and spooning the BBQ mixture over the top of the burger.

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Adapted from http://thepioneerwoman.com/

 

 

Smokehouse Burgers with Salsa and Horseradish Sauce

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Smokehouse Burgers with Salsa and Horseradish Sauce

Almino has turned into a disaster for many parts of the country, but here in Upper Michigan it has created a spectacular winter. This has allowed me to fire up the grill more than I normally would.

This Smokehouse Burgers with Salsa and Horseradish Sauce recipe is simple to put together, has a unique smoke flavor, and cooks quickly so you can have them on the table in less than an hour. I used Applewood chips in this recipe but you can use what you prefer, or whatever is available.

The next time you’re in the mood for grilled burgers, give this one a try, the burgers turn out moist and are really good. Enjoy

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Smokehouse Burgers with Salsa and Horseradish Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredient for Burgers
  • 1 pounds 85 percent lean ground beef (I used ground chuck)
  • 3 tablespoons thick chunky salsa (I used Pace Medium - if you want to turn up the heat use hot)
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 cups wood chips (soak in water for 15 minutes)
  • Ingredients for sauce
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and finely minced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste
Instructions
  1. Directions for Sauce
  2. in a small bowl mix together the mayo, sour cream, horseradish, garlic, and mustard. Add the hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste; set aside.
  3. Directions for burgers
  4. Place wood chips on top of a piece of aluminum foil large enough to form a packet, seal, and cut slits in the top of the foil to release the smoke. Place the packet between the grate and primary burner.
  5. Preheat the grill on high heat with cover closed until wood chips are smoking; prepare the grill for cooking.
  6. While grill is heating, in a large bowl using your hands, mix together the burger, salsa, onion powder, and garlic powder until well combined. Divide mixture into 4 equal size burgers and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Place burgers on grill, close cover, (do not place any burger directly over foil packed) and grill on high heat until burgers are nicely browned and slightly charred on both sides. Turn of all heat except for the burner under the foil packet. Continue cooking the burgers with indirect heat with cover closed until done (150F.)Remove burgers from grill, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for about 5 minutes. While burgers are resting toast cut side of buns on the grill.
  8. Serve with you choice of condiments with sauce poured over the top.

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Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops Recipe for Two

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mushroom smothered pork chop recipe

This is another simple recipe to feed just 2 people. It does take a little bit of time because the chops are marinated for at least 2 hours, but if you plan your meals ahead of time you can start the marinade the night before. The chops are topped with mushrooms and pepper jack cheese.
(The weather wasn’t permitting, but if I make this dish again I will do it on the grill, I think the grilled flavor would turn them into a delicious treat)

Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Chops
  • 2 boneless butterflied pork chops (about ½ inch thick – 8 ounces each)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary (crushed)
  • Topping
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 slices pepper Jack cheese.
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together all the ingredients for the chops until well combined to form the marinade. Place the chops into a 1 gallon food grade disposable bag and pour the marinade over the chops. Seal, and using your hands on the outside of the bag work the marinade around the chops; refrigerate and marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight. (occasionally work the bag with your hands to thoroughly coat the chops with the marinade)
  2. In a small sauce pan using the butter sauté the mushrooms until tender; salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Remove chops from marinade allowing any excess marinade to run off; discard marinade. Place chops on a broiler pan and broil 4-5 inches from the heat for 6 to 7 minutes on each side. Cook until an instant read thermometer registers 145F, remove chops from the oven, and using a slotted spoon, spoon the mushrooms onto the top of each the chops. Top the mushrooms with the cheese and return the chops to the oven. Continue to broil until cheese is melted – serve hot.

Adapted from Taste of Home Cook Book

Sweet and Tangy Oven-Barbecued Chicken for Two

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Sweet and Tangy Oven-Barbecued Chicken for Two recipe

When cooking for just two people it can be kind of hard to find recipes that you don’t have to break into pieces, or freeze ¾’s of it so you don’t have a lot of waste. This recipe calls for 2 chicken breasts about 8 ounces each. If you don’t have that size available just add another to make up the difference in size. I used 3 in this recipe about 5 ounces each and there was plenty of barbeque sauce left over, plus some extra for dipping.
If you’re cooking for 2 give this one a try; the chicken comes tender, sticky, and delicious. Enjoy

Sweet and Tangy Oven-Barbecued Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each), trimmed and patted dry with paper towels
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Preheat oven to 325F, place rack in upper middle position.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F, place rack in upper middle position.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the ketchup, onion, Worcestershire, mustard, molasses, maple syrup, vinegar, chili powder, and cayenne. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  3. In a large oven proof skillet, using the oil, cook the chicken over medium high heat until lightly browned on both sides; cover and set aside to keep warm.
  4. Drain any excess oil from the empty skillet, add the sauce mixture, and cook stirring constantly over medium high heat until sauce thickens. (This only takes a few minutes)
  5. Place the chicken back in the skillet and roll them in the BBQ sauce to coat, spooning extra sauce over the top of the chicken to help coat.
  6. Place the chicken in the oven and roast until an instant read thermometer registers 130F. (about 10 minutes)
  7. Switch oven over to broil (I have a high and low setting – I used the low) and continue roasting until internal temperature reaches 160F. transfer chicken to a serving platter and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Mix any sauce together that is left in the bottom of the skillet, remove, and serve as a dipping sauce with the chicken.
  9. Enjoy

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Chinese Barbecued Pork Steak Recipe

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chinese BBQ pork steak recipe recipe

Wow!; these Chinese Barbecued Pork Steaks are really good. Those were the first words out of my wife’s move when she tasted them. These pork steaks are a little bit of work, but well worth the effort.
The pork steaks start out in the slow cooker, coated with a spice rub, consisting mainly of Chinese five spice powder. They are slow cooked to just fork tender, transferred to the boiler, and coated with the Chinese BBQ sauce to form a sticky and delicious glaze.
The next time you are in the mood for Chinese, give this Chinese Barbecued Pork Steak Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Chinese Barbecued Pork Steak Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 6 tom 8
Ingredients
  • 1 boneless pork butt roast (5 to 6 pounds (excess fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch slices crosswise to form steaks)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Chinese five spice powder (divided)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the salt, pepper, and ¾ teaspoon of the 5 spice powder. Rub the mixture into both sides of the pork steaks. Place the steaks in the slow cooker, and slow cook on low until fork tender about 5 – 6 hours (you don’t want them done to the fall apart stage because you need to be able to handle them)
  2. While the pork is cooking in a medium size bowl mix together the hoisin sauce, honey, sugar, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and the remaining ¾ teaspoon of five spice powder; set aside.
  3. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil, and pour about a cup of water into the bottom of the pan, and spray the grated top with cooking spray; set broiler on low with rack adjusted about 4 inches from the broiler element. Place the pork steaks in a single layer on broiler grate and brush each steak generously with the reserved sauce. Broil until steaks are lightly caramelized, flip, and repeat the process. (About 5 minutes on each side.) Coat the stakes again and continue cooking until the steaks reach a deep mahogany color, and are slightly charred on the edges. (I flipped them one more time during this process and used up all of the sauce.)
  4. Serve hot.

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Adapted from Cook’s Country

Oven Barbecued Chicken for Two

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Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe

We were in the mood for barbecued chicken, but it was really windy so I didn’t want to fire up the grill. This Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe looked like a really simple recipe that wound not take long to put together, so I decided to give it a try. The homemade barbecue sauce in this recipe is pretty basic, but I thought it was really good.
The next time you’re in the mood for barbecued chicken, but the weather doesn’t permit you to fire up the grill, give this Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe a try. Enjoy

Oven Barbecued Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 bone in chicken breast halves
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the ketchup, water, white vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  4. in a large skillet over medium high heat cook chicken in the butter until browned on both sides. Place the chicken in the baking dish.
  5. In the same skillet over medium high heat cook the onion until soft and lightly browned. Add the barbecue sauce mixture to the skillet, and continue cooking until mixture is slightly thickened.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and bake for 45 minutes or to an internal temperature of 165F.
  7. Serve chicken hot with any leftover barbecued sauce from the baking dish.

Adapted from TasteofHome Cooks who Care

California Barbecued Beans Recipe

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Out of habit we generally have fish on Friday, and along with the fish I like to serve a baked beans side dish. I decided to change this a little bit and prepare this California Barbecued Beans Recipe.

This recipe does take a considerable amount of time to prepare, but if you have the time, it is well worth the effort. The dominant spice in this recipe is cilantro, if you don’t care for this; just omit it. The BBQ beans are really good even without it.

Give this California Barbecued Beans Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Ingredients

1 pound pinked kidney beans (soaked in 6 cups water overnight)

4 slices bacon (cut crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces)

½ pound deli ham (finely chopped)

1 medium onion (finely chopped)

4 garlic cloves (minced)

6 cups water

8 ounces tomato puree

½ cup taco sauce

5 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)

1 tablespoon dry mustard

¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Directions

  1. In a large kettle or Dutch oven over medium heat cook bacon and ham until fat is rendered from the bacon and mixture is slightly browned. Add the onion and cook until tender. Add the garlic to the meat mixture and continue cooking until fragrant. Mix in the water and beans, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a medium simmer and cook for 1 hour or until beans are just soft.
  2. Stir in the tomato puree, taco sauce, sugar, dry mustard, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Continue cooking uncovered until mixture thickens and beans are tender; about 1 hour. (If mixture thickens before beans are done add extra water.)
  3. Mix in the cilantro and vinegar – serve hot.

Serves 4-6 or more as a side dish.

Adapted from Cooks Country cookbook

Texas BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Sandwich Recipe

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These Texas BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Sandwiches are a little on the spicy side; but really good. The combination of the BBQ sauce, bacon, and chipotle chili in adobo sauce along with the toasted onion buns create a delicious combination of flavors.

The other thing I like about this recipe is that it is simple and quick. You can have these Texas BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Sandwiches on the table in less than an hour.

Texas BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Sandwich Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 4 slices of bacon (cut in half crosswise)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Open Pit)
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce (minced)
  • 1¼ cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 deli-style onion rolls or buns
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F with rack in middle upper position.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook bacon until crispy; place bacon on paper towels to drain, and set aside.
  3. Drain bacon fat from the skillet leaving 1 tablespoon behind to cook the chicken. Pat chicken dry and salt and pepper each breast on both sides. Cook chicken until browned on one side, turn chicken, and then add the water, BBQ sauce, and minced chipotle chili in adobo sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to high simmer, cover and cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F. (While chicken is cooking toast top half of buns in the oven – set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside. Continue cooking the sauce uncovered until lightly thickened.
  5. Once chicken is cooled enough to handle cut chicken crosswise into ½ inch slices. Place the bottom half of the buns on a baking sheet and divide the sliced chicken on top of them. Spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken, followed by the cheese, and then 2 pieces of bacon.
  6. Bake until cheese is melted and buns are browned, top with toasted tops and serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

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