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Tue Jun 3, 2014

Inihaw na Liempo

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Inihaw na Liempo

Going to my in-laws is like stepping into pork heaven. I didn't realize what an asset to my swine consumption marrying a Filipino would be, but now that I know, I highly recommend it—or at least befriending a Filipino family, especially around holiday time. My time spent in the muggy days in Houston are filled with tangy crispy fried spare ribs, crunchy pork belly, sweet tocino, tangy longaniza, and so many more gifts from the pig that the Filipinos have worked their magic on. So when looking for new pork adventures for myself, I tend to turn to Filipino dishes for inspiration and guidance. That's how I found Inihaw na liempo—grilled pork belly—which was another win for Filipino pork.

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Tue May 27, 2014

Balsamic Glazed Baby Back Ribs

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Balsamic Galzed Baby Back Ribs

I know most of us are not only fair-weather grillers, but still, there's something magical in the air after grilling season comes to a somewhat official start on Memorial Day. Everywhere I turn, I feel like the grilling gods are once again shinning down on us—stores pile bags of charcoal out front, butchers fill their cases with the best cuts for grilling, and pyramids of barbecue sauce await you at the entry of many groceries. This is our time, and I feel a need to make the best of it.


When it comes to kicking off the season at home, there's nothing that fulfills the desire more than ribs. Let everyone else have their burgers and hot dogs, for a man who loves smoking and is in it to win it, ribs are the way to go, and that's exactly how I celebrated Memorial Day this past weekend. If you're looking for a little extra inspiration this summer, I have a recipe that captures everything you'd want in a rib with a bit of a twist—balsamic-glazed baby back ribs.

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Tue May 20, 2014

Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

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Balsamic Galzed Baby Back Ribs

Throughout the winter I sometimes feel like I'm just trudging through grilling to fulfill my standing recipe commitments. Sure, I don't mind grilling all year round, but the cold doesn't really inspire creativity as much as finding items that don't require me to sit outside for long periods of time. By the end of winter, I often wonder if I'm really "that into" grilling anymore, but as soon as the days start to grow longer and warmer, a renewed enthusiasm is born and I'm 100% back into game. With my love affair with the grill completely reignited, an onslaught of recipe ideas begins to flow. These tend to be so massive that I never get through everything I set out to accomplish by the time the cold starts to sink in once again.

Barbecue sauce is just one small category within the larger scope of grilling, but even within those confines, I have so many variations I'd like to try out that it can be daunting and I end up only doing a few each season. Last year I wanted to get away from the regional sauces I've focused on in the past and do something completely different. I got what I was looking for in this balsamic barbecue sauce.

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Tue May 13, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

The world seems to love skinless, boneless chicken breasts. The world is against me. Why choose fatless, flavorless breasts when you can have juicy and flavorful thighs? That's my thinking, and so it was with a little dismay that I watched Pitmaster Chris Lilly grill up some chicken breasts for lunch while Kingsford hosted me at the Decatur Riverfest a couple years ago. I found relief that brisket and ribs were on the menu too and a satisfying meal was still to be had, but Chris is quite the cook, so I figured I should at least give those chicken sandwiches a try, no matter my misgivings.

Damn, those sandwiches were hella good.

The actual chicken meat still proved my point on the lack of flavor of chicken breasts, but Chris had built such a great array of seasonings and extras that the sandwich on the whole was incredible. So I was all too pleased when the recipe was provided to me and I had a chance to make these sweet and spicy grilled chicken sandwiches at home.

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Tue May 6, 2014

Grilled Cheese Tacos

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Grilled Cheese Tacos

Cinco de Mayo may be over, but my insatiable appetite for all things Mexican and Tex-Mex never ceases. So as a carryover, I bring you one more taco creation before I return to some more standard, All-American grilling. This particular taco came to light one day as I meandered through the grocery and came across a package in the Central American cheese section that was merely labeled "grilling cheese." The idea quickly struct me—how awesome would a grilled cheese taco be! So I grabbed a couple blocks of this grilling cheese, went home, and started a fire.

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