Create mouth watering Smoked Brisket on a wood or pellet smoker with simple techniques & delicious marinade, rub and wet mop recipes! My family has tested and perfected this recipe over the last three decades.
Growing up in Oklahoma, smoking meats was a regular occurrence at family get-togethers. My Grandpa owned an Oklahoma Joe’s smoker when I was growing up. He then passed it down to my Dad. When I started showing an interest in cooking, my Dad taught me how to smoke meats out on my Grandpa’s smoker.
For the past decade my Dad and I would smoke brisket, pulled pork and ribs whenever I would come home to visit in the summer. This last year I became the proud owner of my very own smoker, a Traeger pellet grill and smoker.
I spent the last year testing and perfecting my smoked brisket and pulled pork recipes. I’m still using the smoked brisket marinade, rub and wet mop recipes that my family has been using for years. But I have found a few techniques, tips and tricks to make my families smoked brisket recipe even better!
I was super intimidated when I first started smoking my own brisket. But now that I’ve got the recipe and method down, it’s so easy, I make it all the time!
One sip of this delicious cocktail and you’ll be hooked! The fresh flavors of peach and basil make this the perfect summer cocktail.
A classic Moscow Mule is made with just 3 ingredients, vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. For this recipe, I put my own spin on the classic! I swapped out traditional vodka for peach vodka, lime juice for lemon juice and added fresh basil leaves.
While today’s Moscow Mule is most commonly made with lime juice, the original Moscow Mule was actually created with lemon juice. So I guess you could say I’m just throwing it back old school in this peach basil variation of the drink!
This juicy turkey burger recipe can be cooked on the stove or on the grill. It’s easy to make and topped with the most delicious Tomato Basil Bruschetta for a healthy, flavorful meal!
Serve these burgers in lettuce wraps without the cheese to create a gluten free, paleo and whole 30 compliant meal! Without the buns, this turkey burger recipe is only 3 carbs per serving and perfect for those of the keto diet.
And once you try this Bruschetta Salmon recipe, you’ll never eat salmon any other way! Now for this turkey burger recipe topped with tomato basil bruschetta.
Turkey burgers get a bad rap for being dry and tasteless. But I can tell you that these turkey burgers are quite the opposite. They are so juicy and flavorful! I can guarantee you’ll be adding them to your regular grilling menu!
No grill? No problem! This turkey burger recipe can easily be cooked on the stove in a cast iron skillet, or heavy-bottomed pan.
This recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, but also perfect for parties and BBQ’s. The bruschetta topping and turkey burgers can both easily be prepped ahead of time. When it’s party time, all you have to do is toss the burgers on the grill!
Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado dressing make THE BEST pasta salad recipe! This BLT Pasta Salad is quick and easy to prepare. It’s delicious served warm or cold and the perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s!
I was never a big fan of potato or pasta salads growing up. Blasphemy, I know! I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise, which is the base for a lot of potato and pasta salad dressings.
I also found a lot of pasta salads to be boring. They were lacking in that delicious kick of flavor I was looking for!
But today, I’m here to introduce you to THE SECRET ingredient for making a creamy, flavorful pasta salad dressing without mayonnaise. Avocado! That’s right, the creamy avocado dressing in this salad packs a serious punch of flavor and the texture is deliciously creamy.
Bonus, it’s so much healthier than a mayonnaise based dressing! And you only 6 ingredients to make it, two of which are salt and pepper! Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and boom, you’ve got one tasty pasta salad dressing!
I love replacing mayonnaise with avocado on a BLT sandwich. So I decided to make a BLT Pasta Salad with my homemade avocado dressing. Who can deny the combination of crispy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy tomatoes?! I know I sure can’t!
This recipe will be your new go-to summer and BBQ staple! My family loves this recipe. And every time I make it for a party or BBQ, it gets rave reviews from all my friends!
Strawberry Bruschetta is made with fresh basil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar & goat cheese. It’s an easy recipe, made in just 10 minutes, perfect for brunch, appetizers or dessert! It’s wonderful as a Summer snack or the start to a Valentine’s Day meal!
To say I’m a huge fan of bruschetta would be a total understatement. Traditional bruschetta is an Italian appetizer that consists of grilled bread, rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Most commonly in America, it’s also topped with diced tomatoes.
I’ve also taken the base of bruschetta, grilled bread with toppings, and put my own spins on it. From Avocado Bruschetta, to Greek Bruschetta, to this delicious Strawberry Bruschetta. The bruschetta toppings really are endless!
This Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe is totally versatile and super easy to make. It can be served as part of brunch, an appetizer or dessert. It can easily be made for parties in just 10 minutes.
You can even make the strawberry mixture ahead of time. Place it in the refrigerator and simply toast the baguette and top it when guests begin to arrive!
Creamy goat cheese, fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a winning combo! Serve it all on top of a crispy baguette and you’ve got yourself one delicious recipe!
You’ll feel like you’re on vacation when you’re sipping on this Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri recipe! It’s easy to make at home & perfect for parties or poolside sipping! A delicious combination of basil simple syrup, strawberries, rum and lime juice create the perfect summer cocktail!
Do you ever sit at home wishing you were on vacation on a tropical island? While I can’t instantly transport you to Jamaica (man I wish that was a thing!) I can give you this delicious strawberry daiquiri recipe to whip up! Just close your eyes, take a sip and you’ll instantly be transported into vaca-mode!
Growing up, it was a real treat when my parents would let me order a strawberry daiquiri at a restaurant. (A non alcoholic one, of course!) Now that I’m a grown up (sometimes, haha!) I get to enjoy the same delicious drink, with booze!
For this daiquiri recipe, I added my own little spin with basil simple syrup. Simple syrup is easy to make by boiling a combination of half water and half sugar together until the sugar dissolves.
I love to make flavored simple syrup’s to add to cocktails. It’s as easy as adding an herb, vegetable or fruit to the simple syrup while it’s boiling. Strain the simple syrup at the end, then add it to your favorite cocktail.
I’ve made grilled jalapeno simple syrup to go in a Watermelon Margarita, it’s sweet, spicy and so delicious! I’ve also made mint simple syrup to add to this Frozen Coconut Mojito. So refreshing in a cocktail with that minty, fresh flavor!
The basil simple syrup in this cocktail adds just a hint of basil to this sweet strawberry daiquiri. After you whip up the simple syrup, all you have to do is toss all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and the cocktail is ready for sipping!
Chicken breasts are tossed in a basil pesto marinade, then grilled to perfection and topped with grilled tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese in this easy, healthy & totally delicious grilled chicken sandwich recipe!
The marinade for this recipe is basil pesto. It’s easy to make my homemade version or just pick up a jar at the store. If you’re buying store-bought, I highly recommend looking in the refrigerator near the deli section of the grocery store.
You can usually find fresh, refrigerated pesto in this section that’s much better than the stuff in jars near the pasta sauce. Some grocery stores even make their own pesto fresh daily!
After tossing the chicken in the pesto, simply grill it up, then top it with grilled tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. Place it on a bun with more pesto and fresh basil leaves and you’ve got a seriously delicious grilled chicken sandwich in just about 30 minutes!
Sous vide chicken is so easy to make and creates the most juicy and tender chicken you’ll ever eat! Vacuum seal the chicken with BBQ sauce and toss it in the sous vide for 90 minutes to create a delicious meal!
Today’s post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of FoodSaver®; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
These 3 ingredient Strawberry Watermelon White Wine Slushies are easy to blend up for parties, pool side cocktails or happy hour anytime! This refreshing cocktail recipe is made in just 5 minutes, so you can quickly get to sipping!
It’s summertime y’all and wine slushies are all the rage! I already shared a recipe for Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies and now I’m combining two of my favorite summer fruits, watermelon and strawberries, in this refreshing new slushie recipe!
A couple of weeks ago our awesome neighbors invited us over for the first neighborhood BBQ of spring and made these delicious grilled stuffed peppers with a Jalapeno Artichoke Dip from Costco.
I was inspired and came home to make my own Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Stuffed Peppers with an easy, homemade dip recipe! I then proceeded to make these peppers three different times in two weeks, in Oklahoma, on Cinco De Mayo and to make and share on the blog.
They’re such an easy summer party appetizer to prep ahead of time and toss on the grill when guests begin to arrive!
Red velvet cookie cups filled with cream cheese frosting are a delicious and adorable dessert recipe that’s also easy to make! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays or any day you’re craving a sweet treat!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no matter how you’re celebrating the occasion, these Red Velvet Cookie Cups should definitely be involved!
Having a “Galentines Day” dinner party with your girlfriends? They will love these! Celebrating with your significant other, yup, they’ll be a fan! Taking treats to a work or school party? These red velvet cookie cups will be the hit of the party!
Watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Serve it with tortilla chips for a vegan and gluten free snack or serve it over chicken, fish or tacos for a delicious meal!
I first made this watermelon salsa in the summer of 2015 to serve on top of chorizo tostadas, but after making it too many times to count this summer as a party and picnic snack, I had to give the recipe it’s own post on the blog!
I made this recipe three times 4th of July weekend and by the third time, I learned my lesson and doubled the recipe!
Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream is so easy to make without an ice cream maker! This no churn recipe only requires a couple of steps & a couple of ingredients!
Summer is here folks! Ok, well technically the first day of summer is in 2 days, but I’m getting a jump start on things because it’s warm outside, I’m rocking flip flops every day and the beach is basically my second home these days!
These scrumptious BBQ Chicken Salad Sliders are made with BBQ chicken tossed with cheddar cheese, bacon, corn & onions, served on sweet Hawaiian rolls!
This post was sponsored by my friends at King’s Hawaiian!
One taste of King’s Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce, and you’ll be wanting to put that sauce on everything!
It’s sweet, smokey, bacon-y goodness and I can’t wait to grill with it all summer long!
While this sauce is perfect for tossing on chicken, pork or beef and throwing it on the grill, today I’ve decided to use the sauce in my own little spin on chicken salad sandwiches.
Instead of tossing shredded chicken with mayonnaise, I used BBQ sauce for the chicken salad, and instead of sandwiches, I made sliders, perfect for sharing at summer BBQ’s, parties or afternoons by the pool!
Now I’m adding these Tomato Basil Chicken Skewers to the line-up. They’re so flavorful and so easy to make! In just 29 minutes you can give the chicken a quick marinade, skewer them up and toss them on the grill for a delicious meal.
Mediterranean grilled vegetables, pita bread & feta cheese are served with an assortment of hummus varieties on a delicious veggie & hummus plate!
For today’s post, I partnered up with my friends at Sabra Hummus to share this tasty Mediterranean platter filled with grilled vegetables and Sabra Hummus!
One of my favorite things about grilling is the camaraderie around it. You get your friends and family together, fire up the grill and spend all day outside soaking up the sun with wonderful conversation and great food.
Between the burgers and brats, it’s time for the “unofficial meal” of the day, and that’s where Sabra Hummus, and this Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Platter comes into play!
Berry Cream Fillo Baskets are a deliciously simple dessert, made in only 10 minutes, they’re perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Summer BBQ’s!
These berry cream fillo baskets are the perfect bite-sized patriotic dessert for a summer cook-out! I’m a fan of the popular “flag cake”, but after a huge plate of BBQ I thought something small and light would be better!
Whether it’s Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July, you can whip these sweet little desserts up in no time!
Red Wine Sangria is given a delicious twist in this refreshing cocktail recipe that features cinnamon sugar grilled peaches, apples, oranges and lemons!
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and what better time to bust out the grill and grill up a juicy, delicious cocktail! Wait, what, grilling a cocktail, are you crazy?!
Why, yes, yes I am kind of crazy, but we’re not actually grilling the sangria here, we’re grilling the fruit that goes in the sangria!
Two years ago, I created this Grilled Strawberry Lemonade and it was such a hit on the “Grill Your Whole Meal” segment I hosted on San Diego 6 News, that I couldn’t wait to find more drinks to grill up!
The Onion Fried Burger is a popular Oklahoma recipe combining half ground beef and half grilled onions for a deliciously flavorful burger recipe!
If you’ve never been to Oklahoma, you probably haven’t had an Onion Fried Burger. This delicious burger came about during the Great Depression when ground beef was expensive and onions were cheap. A burger joint in El Reno, Oklahoma created this burger, originally called “The Depression Burger”.
What was originally created as a means to survive the great depression, turned into one of my favorite burgers of all time!
This grill is packed with awesome features that make grilling so easy, including even distribution of heat, technology that prevents flare-ups and a one-touch surefire electronic ignition. With these features, I feel totally comfortable loading up the grill with several recipes knowing that they’ll each cook perfectly even, and my food will come out extra juicy!
To give you some ideas for how to use this awesome Char-Broil Grill at home, I’ve created my Top 3 Grilling Menu Ideas, starting with the Southern Style BBQ, filled with everything from lemonade (yup, grilled lemonade is a thing!) to bbq chicken, skewers, sides and dessert!
Boiled, then baked garlic, parsley smashed potatoes are tossed in basil pesto with arugula & green onions for a delicious twist on traditional potato salad!
Growing up, I was never a fan of potato salad. To be fair, I wasn’t a fan of a lot of foods. Blasphemy, I know! The food blogger that was a picky eater growing up, say it ain’t so, oh, but it is!
A few years after moving to California for college, I started trying new foods and recipes, and realized what I had been missing all of these years! Ahem, guacamole, the green stuff, freaking delicious! Fish, sushi, yes, please! But one thing I can say I’ve never really taken a liking to is potato salad. I’m guessing my aversion to mayonnaise might have a little something to do with that!
So today I’m making a potato salad that’s colorful, flavorful, sans mayonnaise and filled with tons of green goodness!
S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate indulgent weekend breakfast! All the flavors of a delicious s’more are rolled up in a sweet & flakey cinnamon roll in this quick & easy recipe made with a can of Pillsbury crescent roll dough!
It’s Sunday morning, and I know what you’re thinking, how can I justify eating S’Mores for breakfast today? Well, I’ve got the answer, make S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls!
This delicious recipe for Sea Salt Blondies combines a sweet dessert with a pinch of salt for a scrumptious treat by itself or part of an ice cream sundae!
It’s official y’all, I’m Stagecoach bound, and I’m taking the blondies with me!
That’s right, for the next 4 days I’ll be camping out, grilling burgers, and listening to some of the best country music by Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood!
I’ve wanted to go to Stagecoach for years. (For those that don’t know, it’s the country music version of Coachella, way more up this Oklahoma girls alley!) I’ve never had the opportunity to go until this year. Kurt and his friends have been camping out and attending the country music festival for 3 years, so I hopped on board. Of course, they immediately put me in charge of the food!
Grilled peaches and balsamic vinegar add tons of flavor to this delicious BBQ sauce, used to glaze the chicken in this BBQ Chicken recipe.
It’s officially prime peach season, and with every adventure to the farmers market or grocery store, I can’t help but take in the smell of sweet peach goodness as I walk by stacks and stacks of this delectable Summer fruit!
The delicious flavor of grilled pineapple, roasted jalapenos & homemade teriyaki sauce will make this one of your favorite hot dog recipes ever!
When it comes to hot dog recipes, there are a lot of fun ways to mix up the delicious dish traditionally served at BBQ’s and summer parties!
While ketchup, mustard and relish may take the cake as the “traditional” way to top your dog, this hot dog recipe featuring grilled pineapple, roasted jalapeños and homemade teriyaki sauce will have you ditching traditional and going “Hawaiian style” on your next dog!
Roasted tomatoes & blueberries add bright, delicious flavors to this gluten free & vegetarian summer quinoa salad recipe!
As a food blogger, whenever a holiday rolls around, you have one goal in mind, come up with something that’s festive, delicious and hasn’t already been done. And for me, something that doesn’t just involve throwing food dye in everything to make it color coordinate to the holiday.
Last week I shared my recipe for Gluten Free Dessert Cups that are naturally red, white and blue, and perfect for the 4th of July, but I still kept the holiday in the back of my mind over the last week to see if any more brilliant ideas would hit me.
Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!
Last night was “Taco Tuesday” so I decided to toss together healthy, grilled Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos for the occasion! These tacos are sweet, spicy and oh-so-delicious.
I couldn’t top such an amazingly flavorful taco with just any old salsa, so I whipped up this fresh mango salsa!
This mango salsa is so easy to make and not only is it perfect on salmon tacos, it’s also delicious on top of grilled chicken, steamed fish or served with chips for dipping!
Mango Salsa Ingredients
1 mango (diced)
3 roma tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup red onion (minced)
1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
1 lime (juiced)
Mango Salsa Instructions
Add the diced mango and diced tomato to a small bowl.
Add the minced red onion, minced jalapeño and minced cilantro.
Squeeze the lime juice over the salsa and mix everything together.
Easy as that, you’ve got a healthy, scrumptious mango salsa ready to go! This salsa has only 57 calories per cup, making it the perfect choice for a flavorful side that you can feel good about digging in to!