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Peppered Beef Jerky

Posted by Traeger Service on July 25, 2015

It’s your right to eat meat, anytime—anywhere. Smoke this hearty Peppered Beef Jerky recipe low and slow then, sink your teeth into a pre-historic chunk of protein. What once was an ancient necessity can now be wood-fired on your Traeger for a gourmet snack. This tender beef is immersed in a sweet and spicy bourbon marinade, all night long, creating a savory and moist jerky that you will enjoy for days. Take a slice or 2 in your back pocket, just in case you get a hankering for meat. Never has jerky breath won you so many new friends.

PEPPERED BEEF JERKY

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
INACTIVE TIME: 8-24 hours
TIME: 2-3 hours
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. Top Round Beef (sliced 1/8" thick)
4 cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 cup Bourbon
2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 tsp. Sesame Oil
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Tender Quick
2 Tbsp. Traeger Cajun Rub

METHOD

  • In a large mixing bowl combine all the liquid ingredients, pepper, and tender quick.
  • Add the sliced top round to the marinade, making sure to completely submerge and marinade each piece.
  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 180°F and preheat, lid closed, (10 to 15 minutes)
  • Place the slices of beef on the grill grate making sure not to overlap, pat dry with a paper towel. Shake Traeger Cajun Rub on each piece and smoke for 1- 1 1/2hours, turn and repeat. Smoke until jerky is cooked through, but still moist.
  • Store in resealable plastic bag. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Peppered_Beef_Jerky_Traeger.pdf (41.13 kb)

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Know Your Beef Infographic

Posted by Traeger Service on July 24, 2015

Chuck caution to the wind and grab a hunk of beef. We love turf n’ turf just as much as you do, so whatever meaty marvel you crave, we’ve got your back. From brisket to delicious rump, t-bone to juicy porterhouse, any cut you yearn for, we’ve rounded up mouth-watering ways to smoke it low and slow, or grill it hot and fast. 

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Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps

Posted by Traeger Service on July 19, 2015

Traeger Grilled Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps are flawlessly refreshing on a hot summer evening. The light and tangy flavors collide with our wood-fired smoke to craft a fresh, vibrant, taste that you’ve never created in your kitchen before. Wrap these zesty meatballs in crisp, chilled lettuce and enjoy a burst of flavor that’s just what the doctor ordered. These satisfying orbs of grilled excellence are perfect for appetizers or a light meal, they slide down easy and satiate your summer appetite.

VIETNAMESE LETTUCE WRAPS

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
INACTIVE TIME: 3-8 hours
TIME: 8-10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory, Oak
SERVES: 8-10

INGREDIENTS

6 lbs. Ground Chicken
1/3 cup Cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup Green Onion, minced
1/4 tsp. Garlic
3 Tbsp. Oyster Saucec
2 tsp. Chili Paste (Sambal
Juice of 1 Lime
Lettuce of your choice i.e. Butter, Green Leaf, Iceberg

METHOD

  • In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except lettuce and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Shape the ground chicken mixture into golf ball sized portions and place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to High (450°F), and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Place the meatballs on the grill and cook them for 8-10 minutes or until meatballs reach an internal temp of 165° and are browned evenly on all sides.
  • Serve the meatballs with lettuce on the side to make individual wraps. Serve with white rice, brown rice, or quinoa.  Add extra Sambal on the side. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Vietnamese_Lettuce_Wraps_Traeger.pdf (55.37 kb)

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Scones with a Vanilla Bean Glaze

Posted by rkay on July 17, 2015

A little bit sweet and big on flavor, these bite-sized sidekicks are a must to accompany your morning beverage. Hot off the Traeger, reach for a fluffy, buttery, baked scone. One nibble of this vanilla glazed treat and you will think you’ve been transported to a British tearoom. Nah, it’s grilled right in your backyard on your very own Traeger. Let this barbecued Scones recipe be your Saturday morning guilty pleasure, they’re scrumptious.

SCONES WITH A VANILLA BEAN GLAZE

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 8 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Msple, Oak, Apple
SERVES: 2-4

INGREDIENTS

Scones:

2/2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 small box Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1/2 cup Butter, cold and cubed
1/2 cup Half & Half
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Vanilla

Glaze:

2 Tablespoons Butter, softened
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream, smoked

METHOD

  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 375°F, and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the cold butter and cut in until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the dry pudding mix.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the vanilla extract, egg, and all but 1 Tbsp. of the half & half. Bring dough together with your hands, mixing until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Place the dough onto a floured surface and form into small rounds, then cut into 8 triangles. Place the triangles on the parchment covered baking sheet, and brush them with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of half & half. Bake in the Traeger for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  • To make the glaze, beat the butter and sugar until crumbly. Add the vanilla and smoked cream, mix thoroughly. Frost the scones with the glaze and serve. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Scones_with_a_Vanilla_Bean_Glaze.pdf (43.56 kb)

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Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Posted by Traeger Service on July 13, 2015

Honey, it is hot! Dinner on the fly, it’s in the bag—marinating. 95% of Bourbon is made down the old Kentucky Bourbon trail, although KY has 37 dry counties. Our Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce is so good, you’ll sneak this hooch ‘cross county lines just to make this recipe. There isn’t a juicer bird than Traeger grilled chicken for miles. Quick ‘n’ dirty, wood-fired chicken is first rate. Whip that meaty bag of marinade up tonight and savor sweet and spicy kabobs tomorrow within just 20 minutes of firing up your Traeger. If you have too many irons in the fire, let your Traeger work its time-saving magic.

BOURBON BBQ CHICKEN KABOBS

DIFFICULTY: 2/5
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
INACTIVE TIME: 8+ hours
TIME: 8-10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Apple, Maple
SERVES: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs. Chicken Breasts, diced in 1" cubes
1/2 cup Traeger Texas Spicy BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Traeger Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup Bourbon
1 tsp. Garlic
1 tsp. Onion Powder
Traeger Skewers

METHOD

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a 2-quart zipper top bag, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Load the marinated chicken chunks onto skewers.
  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the Temperature to High (450°F) and preheat, lid closed (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Put the skewers on the front of the grill for a nice char. Then move them to the center of the grill and finish grilling, 8-10 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temp of 165°F. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

 

Traeger_Bourbon_BBQ_Chicken_Kabobs.pdf (50.80 kb)

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Every Day is Bacon Day

Posted by Traeger Service on July 10, 2015

“That’s too much bacon,” said no one ever. Achin’ for more bacon—that’s the only bad thing about it. Once you snarf up hot n’ crispy, fried pork belly, you just want more. (Keep calm, there’s more bacon). Come to the swine side. With Traeger, every day can be a bacon day. Get bacon-wrapped recipes at: http://www.traegergrills.com/recipes

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Tips from the Pro: Crouton Alternative

Posted by Traeger Service on July 7, 2015

For a healthy alternative to traditional croutons, try our effortless roasted garbanzo beans. These flavor chameleons sop up any unique flavor they touch. You won’t feel that you’re sacrificing taste by switching from your regularly programmed croutons to these crunchy, golden nuggets. Pop a handful in your mouth. As Chef Steve says—they’re yummy. See the video here!

To Traeger up some Roasted Chickpeas:

  • Start your Traeger on Smoke with lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to High (450°F) and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Distribute the garbanzo beans evenly on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place the baking sheet on the Traeger and toast the garbanzo beans for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crunchy. Remove from the grill and allow them to cool. Sprinkle them on salads as a healthier crouton, or eat them by the handful!

 

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Green Grilled Shrimp

Posted by Traeger Service on July 5, 2015

Jump in with both hands on the skewer and sink your teeth into a sizzling, 5-alarm hunk of plump crustacean. Normally, we think of burgers and brats on the grill for a holiday barbecue. No sir, we’re over normal; let’s throw some shrimp on the Traeger. Today we are going to revolutionize traditional shrimp with steamy, fiery cilantro, jalapeño, and lime marinated shrimp. Make sure you’re wearing your sunglasses; this vivid, sizzlin’ hot flavor could quite possibly cause a temporary eclipse of the sun. Every finger-lickin,’ seared spear will be a fiesta on your tongue. Share this green gift from the sea at your next neighborhood shindig to give it some Traeger BBQ, grilled zest.

GREEN GRILLED SHRIMP

DIFFICULTY: 2/5
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 6 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Oak
SERVES: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. Shrimp
1 bunch Cilantro
4 Jalapeños, seeded and roughly chopped
1 bunch Green Onions
3 cloves Garlic
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Cumin
½ cup Olive Oil
Juice from 2 Limes
Cilantro, for garnish
Traeger Skewers

METHOD

  • Slice the jalapeños and remove the seeds; coarsely chop the jalapeños, green onions and 3 garlic cloves.
  • Place the chopped ingredients into the blender; add cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin, and the juice of 2 limes. Slowly add olive oil, blending until smooth.
  • Toss shrimp in marinade, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  • Arrange the shrimp onto Traeger Skewers.
  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set temperature to High (450°F) and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes)
  • Place the shrimp skewers on hot, cleaned, and oiled grill grate. Cook 3 minutes per side with door closed.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, serve, and enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Grilled_Shrimp.pdf (40.22 kb)

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Sausage Shots

Posted by Traeger Service on July 1, 2015

Sausage Shots are the most entertaining party trick you will perform this weekend. Toss back your favorite smoky whiskey in a brawny, maple sausage beaker. Sink your teeth into that porky, grilled shot glass (yes it’s edible) and chomp down a smokin’ hot jalapeno and pepper jack cheese chaser. Try to remain standing; this will be pure, sizzling, liquid smoke all the way down your gullet. It’s meaty medicine for the weekend-loving, pre-hangover soul. Our Sausage Shots are just the beginning of a memorable weekend. Race to your Traeger BBQ grill to create this raucous dish for your friends.

SAUSAGE SHOTS

DIFFICULTY: 2/5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Maple, Apple, Oak
SERVES: 8

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. Ground Maple Sausage
2 Jalapenos, julienne cut
1 block Pepper Jack Cheese, julienne cut
8 oz. of your favorite bourbon or whiskey

METHOD

  • Form the meat around the outside of 8 shot glasses, making sure not to leave any open spots. Make the meat a little thicker than you think, it shrinks while cooking. Try not to work the sausage too much.
  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set temperature to 350°F to preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Place the shot glasses open side down on the grill for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove them from the grill and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Slide the meat off the shot glass.
  • Pour bourbon or whiskey into meat cups and garnish with jalapeno and pepper jack cheese. Take the shot, eat the glass, chase with cheese and rejoice in a burly deed well done!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Sausage_Shots.pdf (38.83 kb)

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Know Your Pork!

Posted by Traeger Service on July 1, 2015

Go whole hog with your 4th of July menu this weekend. From snout to curly tail, Boston butt to shank, and belly to fat back, whatever piece of pig you choose, it’s all delicious and Traegers up to hog heaven. We like pork butts and we cannot lie. Get pork recipes for your fireworks feast here

Through the 4th of July weekend, when you buy a new Traeger, you get a FREE cover to protect your grill. Paired with free shipping on orders over $100 through 7/7, you’ve got even more reasons to celebrate with fireworks.

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