Smoked Blueberry Pie

SBy Kevin Lavin / YS640s owner

 

 

Yoder Smokers pits aren’t just for brisket and chicken. Try your hand at smoking a fruit pie using Kevin Lavin’s recipe. It’s a simple recipe with a delicious outcome. 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup white sugar

3 tbs cornstarch

1/4 tsp Salt

4 cups fresh blueberries

2 premade pie crusts

Directions:

Mix the sugar, cornstarch and salt together and pour over the blueberries in a large bowl. Toss until coated.

Unroll the dough and roll it out a bit before placing into a 9” pie pan. Dump the blueberries in and pop the other pie crust on top (or cut into strips and weave like I did) and use a fork to crimp the edges.

Brush egg yolk on the crust to get that killer color.

Drop into your Yoder Smokers pit and smoke at 180° for 30 min to soak in that smoke, then crank the heat to 425° until the crust is golden brown and the fruit mixture is bubbling. 

Let it rest and chill for at least a couple hours before slicing. Enjoy!

Cajun Brine Solution for Turkey

 

By Will Turner

Brining infuses meat with flavor while tenderizing it so when cooked, it’s juicy, tender and delicious. Check out Will Turner’s recipe for a Cajun brine solution and his technique for brining a 20-pound turkey overnight.

Ingredients:

6 quarts Water

2 cups Sugar

1 cup Salt

½ cup Cajun Seasoning (Any Brand Works)

6 cloves of Garlic

2 stalks Celery

1 Onion

4 Bay leaves

1 Tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns

1 bundle of Fresh Poultry herbs (Rosemary, Thyme & Sage)

Juice of 2 lemons

Directions:

Combine 2 quarts of water with the sugar, salt, and Cajun seasoning in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients, including 4 quarts of water. Allow the brine to cool for about an hour before pouring over the turkey in a brining bag and refrigerate overnight.

 

Smoked Bacon Burger

By BBQ Brian Misko

Owner and Pitmaster at House of Q

Layers upon layers of flavor form this award-winning Smoked Bacon Burger by BBQ Brian Misko, owner of House of Q and a world bbq champion. To watch Brian craft this epic burger on the Yoder Smokers YS1500 go to: https://bit.ly/2XXEUcA

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 Tbsp House Rub
2 lbs bacon – thinly sliced
Green leaf lettuce
extra aged cheddar cheese – thick sliced
Buns

Optional but a perfect topping – Apple Butter Onions
1 onion – sliced
2-3 Tbsp butter
1/2-3/4 cup Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1-2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp White sugar
3 Tbsp House of Q Slow Smoke Gold BBQ Sauce (or mustard)

Directions:

Start the smoker at medium heat 300 to 350F. Smoke 6 or so strips of bacon on the smoker until cooked but not too crisp. Remove from the smoker, cool and mince on a cutting board. Place the bacon in a bowl and add the minced onion, garlic, soy sauce, House Rub and beef. Separate the beef keeping the mixture rather loose as it mixes with the seasonings. This will allow the flavors to mix throughout the meat. Measure out 6 even portions of the burger mix and form into patties. Place each patty on a lined baking sheet.

Using the remaining bacon, take each patty and wrap with 3 to 4 slices of bacon around the burger patty. Start on one side with the bacon in the middle of the patty and wrap the ends to the other side. This way all of the ends will be on one side of the patty. Place on the baking sheet and chill until ready to cook or even freeze for 20-30 minutes. This will help form the patties.

Place the burgers on the smoker at 350F and close the lid. Smoke the burgers to render the bacon onto the meat mixture. The tightening of the bacon as it cooks will create a outer layer or crust for the a great tasting burger.

As they cook, prepare the toppings and spread. In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and Slow Smoke Gold and set aside. Rinse and trim the lettuce leaves and if needed slice the buns. If you want, toast the buns as well for a nice crunch.

For the Apple Butter Onions, place the onions and butter in a skillet. Cook on low heat to soften the onions but not to brown them. Once soft, add the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce and continue to reduce and thicken the mixture. It will take about an hour or more to make this topping. If you make this ahead, keep the mixture in a fridge.

When the burgers reach an internal temperature of about 150-155 F and the bacon is almost done, cover each burger with a generous amount of cheese and continue cooking. The burgers are done when the cheese has melted and the internal temperature is at least 165 F. Remove the burgers from the smoker.

To assemble the burger so it doesn’t fall apart when you squeeze it, smear both the top and bottom bun with the mayonnaise mixture. Place lettuce on the bottom bun and then a burger patty. Top with Apple Butter onions and then the top bun.

Smoked Zucchini Rollatina

By Jeff Bishop / YS640 owner

I make this on the Yoder Smokers YS640. I set the pit up for a hot zone on the left side over the firebox by pushing the damper all the way in, place the Yoder Smokers cast iron griddle on the left side, ridge side up, and preheat to 450 degrees.

Ingredients:

2 medium Zucchinis

Noble cherry smoked salt – to taste or around ½ teaspoon

Cattleman’s Grill Italiano seasoning – to dust the top of the Rollatina

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

¾ cup smoked Parmesan (non-smoked would work as well)

2/3 cup Ricotta Cheese

1 egg

1 cup marinara sauce

Fresh ground Black pepper – to taste

Directions:

Whip the egg and combine with the ricotta cheese,  ¼ cup of fresh chopped basil (reserving the remainder for garnish), ½ cup of smoked Parmesan (which leaves a quarter cup for dusting Rollatinas when finished cooking) and the minced garlic. Season with the smoked cherry salt ¼- ½ teaspoon.

Prep a 9 X 13 casserole dish by spreading out ¾ cup of the marinara, reserving ¼ cup.

I use a mandolin, set for ¼” slices. Cut both ends of the zucchini and slice until you have 12 slices to roll. Salt and pepper the zucchini slices. By now the pit should be up to temp. Place the zucchini slices on the cast iron griddle. This is to help remove a lot of the moisture from the zucchini, plus add some nice char marks. You don’t want them completely cooked through, just long enough to create those marks, about 2 minutes per side. Once done pull the slices off the griddle, turn the pit down to 400 degrees and put the full top shelf in.

To assemble the rollatinas, lay the 12 zucchini slices out and put about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the filling on each one. I do this for all 12 before rolling in case I need to adjust the amount of filling to insure all 12 have equal amounts. Spread the filling out with a spoon, and gently roll starting at the narrow end. Once rolled, place in the casserole dish, evenly spaced, seam side down. Top each roll with the remaining marinara, mozzarella, and the remaining basil. Lightly dust with the cattleman’s italiano. Cover with foil, place on top shelf of the pit and cook for around 20-25 minutes. The cheese should be melted.

Pull, serve, and dust with remaining smoked Parmesan. 

Lollipop Chicken

Lollipop Chicken by Fire Therapy BBQ

Lollipop chicken is one of those fun looking dishes that makes a great appetizer or fun presentation for lunch or dinner.  The key is knowing how to prep the chicken legs for the cook and using flavors that will delight the palate.  Jason Wiljanen of Fire Therapy BBQ cooked up these lollipops on his Yoder Smokers YS640 and shows you how to easily do the same in your grill or smoker. Continue reading