National Barbecue Day

Great day to celebrate. I have great grilling recipes on I will blog a new recipe for grilled salad this afternoon. Yes grilled salad!!

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National Barbecue Day

Five Food Finds about Barbecue

  • Grilling is no longer considered a male dominated activity. While 51 percent of males cha-cha with the charcoal, 49 percent of women flamenco with the flames.
  • 263,000 moist towelettes will wipe up BBQ sauce covering fingers and faces.
  • The most common ingredient added to barbecue sauce is garlic, followed by brown sugar.
  • The original barbecue sauce, dating back hundreds of years, consisted of vinegar and pepper.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1832 Philip Danforth Armour was born. An American industrialist, he was a pioneer in use of refrigeration and meat canning. Armour & Co. helped make Chicago the meatpacking capital of the world.

1861 R.I.P. John Stevens Henslow. This British clergyman and botanist was a mentor of…

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BBQ Chicken Pizza on Garlic Parmesan Focaccia

www.dadwhats4dinner.comLast night I grilled four large split bone-in chicken breasts for dinner. We only used two so I decided to use the leftovers to make this quick and easy BBQ chicken pizza. This recipe would also work great with store-bought rotisserie chicken. A quick stop at the store, 25 minutes, and you have a great dinner the kids will love. The only prep work is slicing the green onion and shredding the chicken. This would also make a great appetizer.

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Strawberry Ice Cream Cake


Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there who work tirelessly everyday to provide a happy home for their family. Thanks especially to my mom who has been a rock throughout a tough year. Also to my wife who is a wonderful mother to our three kids. Friday night the girls wanted to make a cake for Christie for mothers day. Christie was at a friends getting her hair done so we took advantage of the time to make a the cake. My girls enjoy cooking and I love to teach them. They had a recipe for an ice cream cake from a Pampered Chef kids cookbook. Since it was late, we improvised with the ingredients we had on hand, using what Christie likes.

This is just a basis for an ice cream cake. Make things easy on yourself and use what you have on hand.

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Grilled Bacon Jack Turkey Burgers

Guys here is a great easy recipe you can make for your wife or mother for Mothers Day. Serve with corn on the cob and baked potatoes.

Happy Mothers Day

Makes 6 (6oz) burgers
27 oz package ground turkey
3 slices bacon
1 egg beaten
1/4 light mayo
2 tablespoons A1 sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning (substitute season salt)
1 1/2 cups Colby jack cheese (finely shredded)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
A1 aioli (recipes follows)
Hamburger buns



Cook bacon until crisp ( microwave 3-4 minutes ) drain on paper towels and chop.
In large bowl combine turkey, bacon and next five ingredients. Do not over

Fold in cheese and
Gently make six (6 oz)
Chill burgers in fridge for 30 minutes.
As burgers chill, light grill on medium heat.
Clean and lightly oil cooking grates.
Cook burgers on hot grill, 7-10 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees.**
Do not overcook or turkey will dry out.
Remove from heat an let rest 5 minutes before servingIMG_1650

A1 Aioli
1/2 cup lite mayo
1 tablespoon A1 sauce
Combine and chill before serving.IMG_1654

**The USDA recommends cooking to a minimum internal temperature of 160°F (see Preparation Methods for details).

Roasted Veggie Hash

This a great side dish that my kids love. The prep is made easy if you have dice and slice chopper box. This helps keep the veggies the same size for even roasting. Goes great with my smoked pork shoulder.


1/2 cup yellow squash diced ( 1 small )
1/2 cup zucchini diced ( 1 small )
1 cup carrots diced
2 cups Yukon gold or new red potatoes peeled and diced (4-5)
2 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced (1 large)
1 head of cauliflower
Optional 1 small onion chopped
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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Smoked Pork Shoulder

I love smoked meats. I’m not sure what it is; the rubs, the meats, the flavors, or the way the smoke tantalizes the neighborhood with that sweet smoky wonderful aroma.
I have smoked just about every type of meat and seafood (smoked trout or salmon makes an awesome dip: upcoming post) over the years using many different methods and cooking styles. Today I usually just use my Weber gas grill with a cast iron smoker box. I prefer apple or alder chips with some hickory chunks thrown in for good measure. This is one of my recipes for pork shoulder. I hope you enjoy.

Serve with my roasted veggie hash recipe posted on the blog. The veggie hash is one of my kids favorites and a great way to get them to eat more vegetables.

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Mexican Cheesecake Flan Brownie

www.dadwhats4dinner.comThis is the final addition to my Cinco de Mayo series. Mexican desserts are not always easy to come up with even though many great recipes exist. My new recipe is a combination of two great Mexican desserts. Brownie and Flan. For the brownie I use a box of Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownie mix with the addition of cinnamon, Mexican chili powder and cinnamon chips. The flan is also a very simple recipe using only five ingredients. I also made some hard caramel glass as a decorative addition, but I think the dish would be great with a simple caramel sauce. Enjoy this with my other Cinco de Mayo recipes. Mexican Black Bean Dip and Mexican Ground Turkey served with Authentic Sopes.

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Makes 24 servings

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