St Louis Pork Steaks

St Louis Pork Steaks

I’m not sure if anyone ever told me how to make St Louis Pork Steaks. When you grow up in Iowa (I know I just blew my St. Louis Pork Steak street cred – Missouri is one state south and Iowa is a huge pork producer) or the Midwest, there are certain dishes you just know how to make.

St Louis Barbecue Pork Steaks

St Louis Barbecue Pork Steaks

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Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken

Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken

I wish we all had time to stand in front of the barbecue and have parties on the deck (or by the pool if you’re so lucky) but man, sometimes we’re just busy and need to eat! That’s when this big batch of Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a lifesaver.

Corn Fritter Pancakes.Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

Corn Fritter Pancakes. Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

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Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs Smoked, Oven, Instant Pot

If there’s one thing I love every now and then, it’s a really good spare rib. A good bark, great flavor, juicy, tender and a NOT fall off the bone rib! See, ribs should have a sweet spot where they have a beautiful “bite” but don’t slide off the bone and slap you on the chin! These Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs deliver on all points.

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs with Cheers Boston Baked Beans

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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs - perfectly done, not falling off the bone tender

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

It IS possible to make great ribs in the slow cooker - one's that aren't cooked to death, limp soggy slap you on the chin when you try to take a bite ribs. These are succulent, juicy and have the perfect "bite!" And they taste great!

Does it seem you wait and wait and wait for Summer and all of a sudden it’s just too dang hot? And as we’ve all heard, “It’s not the heat it’s the humidity.” What exactly IS that supposed to mean, anyway? Don’t ever say that to me. I’ll be cranky when it’s too hot and give you a “look.” You know the kind of look I mean…the one that says “What in the H E double hockey sticks are you talking about?!”

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs - perfectly done, not falling off the bone tender

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs – perfectly done

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Sweet Bourbon Maple Brined Pork Chops with Old Time Corn Pudding

Sweet Bourbon Maple Chops

Not too long ago, I was eating at a restaurant and ordered a Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop. It was quite a workout, to say the least. Tough and dry.  I kind of think I might have looked/sounded a bit like this kitty, below. But I wasn’t saying Yum Yum – and I don’t know that this kitty is, either!

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I always love to make a Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. It’s so easy and there’s nothing like a set it and forget it recipe. Of course, this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork takes a bit of time but that’s pretty much time while you’re doing whatever you have to do. And then there is that tantalizing aroma filling your kitchen, driving you nuts, until the moment you open that slow cooker to this glorious pork and snitch that first bite before you even take it out. Don’t you tell me that’s just me!! I know you do it, too. Or maybe it IS just me?

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Essential Rub for Pork Ribs or Shoulder

Essential Rub for Pork Ribs or Shoulder

My Essential Rub for Pork Ribs or Shoulder might be the kitchen sink of rubs; there’s a bit of almost everything in here! This is not just your basic rub for pork ribs or shoulder. It has a complex, pungent and mildly spicy flavor and it’s perfect to cut through the buttery richness of your pork shoulder or ribs, no matter how they’re made.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Oven Roasted Burgers

Da Bomb Oven Roasted Hamburgers

When I told my lil’ Sis about how good these Bomb Oven Roasted Burgers are, she asked, “What magic is this?” I was skeptical at first, too, when my son-in-law made them for us. I’m looking over his shoulder, right. “You’re baking burgers? You mean broiling?” “No. Baking.” “Hmmm.”

Da Bomb Oven Roasted Burger

Da Bomb Oven Roasted Burger

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Filled Won Ton Cups turkey pork beef

Filled Wonton Cups

I started making these little Filled Wonton Cups as I call them many years ago. I and still make them because they’re fast, easy, make a bunch and most of all, they are strangely addictive. I promise you if you put these out on game day or bring them to a potluck, you’ll come off as an absolute genius. Seriously. People just can’t stop eating them.

Filled Won Ton Cups turkey pork beef

Filled WonTon Cups – these are filled with Pulled Pork and Cheese

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