Pellet Smoked Corned Beef and Cabbage

Pellet Smoked Corned Beef and Cabbage

Are you ready to step up your usual St Patricks day meal? Why not try corned beef and cabbage on your pellet smoker? Nothing beats the delicious flavor of smoked brisket and you get even more flavor with a corned beef brisket! Add to that a smoked cabbage stuffed with bacon, onion, and jalapeño and you have a winning meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 1 large cabbage
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ rub
  • 2 tablespoons coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 corned beef seasoning packet
  • 4 tablespoons butter


First, remove the corned beef from the packaging and wash off the red liquid. Save the seasoning packet for later. Place the corned beef in a container and submerge it in water. Place the container in the refrigerator and allow it to soak overnight. This will draw out the salt from the beef. On the next day, remove the corned beef from the water and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the beef on a sheet of cellophane, then apply the garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Grind up the seasoning packet into a powder, then apply it to the corned beef. Finally apply the dried thyme. Flip the beef over and apply the same seasonings in order. Next tightly wrap the beef in the cellophane and place it back in the refrigerator for 1 more night.


On the third day, get your pellet smoker started at 275 F with cherry wood pellets. Remove the corned beef from the refrigerator and unwrap it from the cellophane. If you like, you can dust on more of the seasoning. When the smoker reaches temp, place the beef on the smoker fat side up. You should expect a 4 – 6 hour cook time and the beef should reach a finishing temp of 185 F. When the beef reaches around 150 F – 160 F you should wrap it in butcher paper or aluminum foil. This will help to make the beef tender. When the beef reaches 185 F, place it in a cooler and close the lid. Let it rest for 1 hour before unwrapping and slicing.


To prepare the cabbage, first remove the tough leaves on the outer layer. Next cut the core out of the center of the cabbage using a chefs knife. You want to get a nice sized cavity carved out, roughly the size of a can of soup. Next, place the cabbage in a foil pan, then roll up a sheet of foil to create a ring to hold the cabbage in place. Apply BBQ rub or salt and pepper to the cavity. Next add 1 tablespoon of butter to the cavity. Slice the bacon into bits then fry the bacon in a pan. Remove the bacon when it starts to foam. Remove most of the bacon grease leaving behind about 1/4 inch. Next dice the onion and jalapeños and fry them in the bacon grease until the onions begin to turn translucent. Stuff the cabbage cavity with bacon onion and jalapeño. Add the remaining to the foil pan. Add more seasoning and butter to the top of the cabbage stuffing. Place the foil pan in the smoker and cook for 2 hours. Next wrap the cabbage and extra bacon onion and jalapeño mixture in two sheets of aluminum foil. Cook for another hour then remove it from the smoker. Let the cabbage rest for 10 minutes to cool down, then open the foil and shred the cabbage.





Grilled Rotisserie Picanha

Grilled Rotisserie Picanha

Picanha is known as the king of meats in Brazil as it is the most popular and highest quality cut of meat. The meat is usually lean and capped with a thick layer of fat that adds a ton of flavor when cooked over a flame. In the United States, picanha is not widely known but it can be enjoyed at a Brazillian steakhouse such as Chima, Texas de Brazil, and Fogo De Chão. Outside of Brazil you may find picanha goes by other names such as sirloin cap or the rump cap, or culotte. If your local buthcer or grocery store does not carry picanha, you can always have it delivered to your door from a number of online retailers such as Snake River Farms.

This recipe is simple and all you need is meat, salt and fire! It does help to have an electric rotisserie for your grill however this is not required. The rotisserie method is a common way of cooking picanha and it self bastes the meat while the fat cap melts down. Eating the fat cap is up to you as it is less than healthy but can be absolutely delicious. Some people trim the fat cap to get an even thickness while others prefer to leave it as is. Salt is the only seasoning you need and do not be afraid by the amount used on picahna. The meat will not be ruined or over salty.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb top sirloin cap
  • ¼ cup BBQ salt


First you should trim away any silver skin on the meat side of the picanha. Remove any hanging bits on the sides to give the meat a nice edge. Next, as an optional step, use a sharp knife and trim away any excess fat from the fat cap. Try to leave behind an even amount of fat (about ½ inch) on top of the meat. Traditionally the fat cap should be left alone but some people do prefer to trim down the thicker areas. Next find the direction of the grain of meat and cut a shallow slice along with the grain. Turn the picanha so that the slice with the meat grain is running parallel with your cutting board. From one end of the picanha, measure a three finger width then slice off the first piece. Be sure to cut in a direction 90 degrees of the grain slice. Continue to slice the meat at a three finger width until it is fully sliced. Next season all sides of the picanha with a very coarse BBQ churrasco salt such as Sal Lebre. You can substitute with kosher salt however the grain is not large enough and the results will be different. Traditionally churrasco salt is the only seasoning required however if you are up for breaking tradition, add your favorite steak seasoning.


Next curl up a slice lengthwise with the fat cap facing outward. Push the meat onto the rotisserie spit through the center. Continue with the remaining slices keeping them in a uniform direction. Next preheat your grill with all burners on low. Place the rotisserie spit on the grill and adjust the counterbalance weight. Start the rotisserie motor and close the lid. The rotisserie cook will take anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes depending on your grill and how done you prefer your steak. Stay close to the grill with this cook and be ready to deal with any fire issues caused by the rendering down of the fat cap. Ideally your rotisserie spit will be high enough from the flames to avoid flare ups. Use a thermometer to check the temperatures on the outer edges and also in the thick center. For a nice medium rare center, pull when temps reach 135 F in the center and the outer edges will be around 140 F. Rest the meat for 5 minutes then slice thinly down the spit and enjoy.





Grilled Taco Burgers

Grilled Taco Burgers

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and we’ve got your BBQ party food covered! Why make traditional corn shell tacos when you can grill up some taco burgers! So try out this delicious recipe for grilled taco burgers and you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 6 keiser burger buns
  • 1/2 stick salted butter


Start with a large bowl for chopped veggies, and a medium bowl for the ground beef mixture. First dice half of a white onion and place it into the large bowl. Take out ¼ cup of the onion and finely chop it, then place it in a medium bowl. Next dice 2 plum tomatoes and add them to the large bowl. Next pick 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves and place them in the large bowl. Following this, finely chop ¼ cup of cilantro and place it in the medium bowl. Next slice 2 jalapenos and put them aside in a small container. Wash and shred one heart of romaine lettuce and set it aside in another container.


Next, add the ground chuck to the medium bowl. Mix the beef, onion, and cilantro for about 1 minute until it is well mixed. Add in one packet of taco seasoning and mix together for another minute. Form the beef into 6 equal sized patties and place them on a cutting board. Add salt and pepper to the tops of the patties.


Next melt 1/2 stick of butter and brush the butter onto sliced keiser burger buns.


Preheat your grill to 400 degrees and then turn down all burners to low temp.


When your grill is preheated, grease the grill area and add the burger patties. Cook the burgers for 8 minutes, then flip and cook another 8 minutes. After this, move the burgers to the top rack of your grill, then add shredded cheese to burger patties. Place the keiser buns on the grill and allow everything to cook for 2 minutes with the grill lid closed. Remove the keiser buns and burger patties.


Assemble the burgers starting with the bottom bun followed by guacamole, shredded lettuce, burger patty, sour cream, onion tomato cilantro mix, shredded cheese, then sliced jalapenos. Finally add top bun and take a bite and enjoy.





Beer Brats

Beer Brats

Beer brats are a super comfort food that’s easy to make and you end up with a bunch of them! If you like grilled sausage and you have never tried beer brats, then you need to try this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 yellow or white onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 – 12 brats
  • 2 bottles or cans of beer
  • 1 pack hot dog buns
  • 1 pack swiss cheese


This recipe assumes 2 packages with usually 5 or 6 brats. First, chop the onion, pepper and garlic and add to a dutch oven or an 8 quart pot. Next add the butter to the pot and turn the heat to medium. Cook everything for about 5 minutes or until onions start to become translucent, then add the brats and the beer. Bring everything to a boil on medium high, then reduce back to medium. Allow beer to reduce down until ⅓ is remaining. This will take around 3 hours. At this point place brats on the grill to add color and fire flavor. Grill for about 5 minutes per side. Add a few hot dog buns with swiss cheese on the top rack for a few minutes. Place brats back into dutch oven and set burner on low. The brats are now ready to serve on buns topped with the onion and pepper mixture. As an alternative, skip the buns and serve with mashed potatoes.