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Smoked Salmon Charcuterie

Posted by Traeger Service on May 6, 2015

Charcuterie: it’s fun to say, fun to eat, and rich in history. Charcuterie is the art of smoking, curing, and brining meats, and originated from the need to preserve meats before modern refrigeration stepped in and changed the way we eat. Don’t be intimidated by the French name. It’s just a fancy way of saying “meat plate” while impressing your friends with your knowledge of fine dining. Many meats that you might select for a charcuterie board require lengthy processes to properly preserve them, but salmon is delicate meat that cures quickly and tastes amazing after a relatively short smoke session on your Traeger. Feel free to beef up your board with any number of salamis and prosciuttos from your specialty deli, or just let the salmon shine on its own.

SMOKED SALMON CHARCUTERIE

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 3 1/2 hours
COOK TIME: 1-1 1/2 hours
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory, Oak, Alder
SERVES: 8-10

INGREDIENTS

1, 1 ½ - 2 lb. Salmon Filet, skin on, pin bones removed
1 cup Gin
1 cup dark Brown Sugar
½ cup Kosher Salt
2 Tbsp. coarse ground Pepper
2 Tbsp. toasted Fennel Seed
1 loaf French Bread, sliced
1 Tbsp. Garlic, crushed
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
10 Radishes, sliced thin
3 Avocados, sliced
2 cups Arugula
1, 8 oz. package Cream Cheese
1, 4 oz. package Boursin Cheese (combine with cream cheese)

METHOD

  • Cure: Combine the Gin, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Pour the mixture into a resealable plastic bag along with the salmon. Place the bag onto a sheet pan, flesh side down, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • After curing, remove salmon from the plastic bag and rinse it off, just enough to wash away the salt, leaving some pepper, and fennel.
  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger 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 salmon on the grill and Smoke for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until it flakes with a fork. Transfer the fish to a sheet pan and refrigerate until it has completely chilled. Serve with all other accoutrements.

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Smoked_Salmon.pdf (44.82 kb)

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Smoked Bulldog Margarita

Posted by Traeger Service on May 4, 2015

Sometimes called a Corona-rita, a Smoked Bulldog Margarita combines everything wonderful about a traditional margarita, the smooth taste of Corona, and robust Traeger Smoked Salt for a visually impressive presentation and refreshing flavor. The grilled citrus garnish makes a striking finishing touch for this quintessential Cinco de Mayo/anytime drink. Pair with Traeger Carne Asada Tacos or chips and Smoke Blended Salsa for a truly memorable fiesta.

SMOKED BULLDOG MARAGARITA

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 24 hours (Smoke) + 15-25 mins (Grilll)
COOK TIME: 1 hour
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite for stronger smoky flavor; Alder, Maple, or Apple for a more subtle smoky flavor.
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

5 Cups Ice
1 Cup Tequila
½ Cup Grand Marnier
6 Limes
2 Oranges
1 cup Simple Syrup
6 Beer, Corona
⅓ cup Smoked Sea Salt

METHOD

  • A day before you need to make the Bulldogs, smoke your salt.
  • Start yout Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes).
  • Start with as much sea salt as you would like to smoke. Spread it out on a baking sheet and smoke on your Traeger for 24 hours, stirring the salt every 8 hours. Once done, let cool and store in the container of your choice.
  • Place 5 limes and 1 orange (which should be at room temperature) on the counter and roll them with your hand, back and forth, while applying pressure. This way, the citrus will yield more liquid when you juice them. Note: the other 1 lime and 1 orange will be used later.
  • Juice the limes and the orange in a large measuring cup, then add in 1 cup of tequila, 1/2 cup of Grand Marnier, and simple syrup. Mix together.
  • Pour 1/3 cup of the smoked salt into a shallow bowl. Using one of the juiced limes, swipe the outer rim of one of your glasses. Swivel the glass upside down in the smoked salt until the rim is covered. Repeat for each glass.
  • Cut 1 lime and 1 orange into slices to garnish the rim of your glass later.
  • 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).
  • Grill your slices of Lime and Orange for 5 minutes on each side.
  • Add a heaping cup of ice to the blender and just enough of the margarita mixture that the ice is not covered. Blend, adding more ice or margarita mix until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • Pour the frozen margarita into a smoked-salt rimmed glass, pop open a Corona, and place it upside down in the glass, submerging it into the margarita. Place previously grilled slices on the rim of the glass. Repeat for each glass. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Margarita.pdf (48.93 kb)

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Blueberry Citrus Bread

Posted by Traeger Service on April 28, 2015

Our Blueberry Citrus Bread bursts with juicy blueberries and zesty citrus flavor. Although technically classified as a quick bread, it is dense, sweet, and moist enough to be considered a cake. We baked it over fragrant maple wood and even added a glaze for a thin layer of sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth. All names aside, this dessert loaf makes a vibrant addition to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the best midnight snack.

BLUEBERRY CITRUS BREAD

DIFFICULTY: 1/5
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Pecan, Maple, Apple
SERVES: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups All-Purpose Flour + 1 Tbsp., divided
2 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Salt
½ cup. Canola Oil
2 tsp. Bourbon Vanilla
2 large Eggs
1 cup granulated Sugar
1 cup Sour Cream
Zest & Juice of 1 Lemon
1 cup Blueberries

Citrus Glaze:

¾ cup confectioners Sugar
1-2 Tbsp. Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Orange Zest

METHOD

  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open or until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with 1 Tbsp. of flour and set aside (this keeps the blueberries from sinking). In a large bowl, whisk together remaining flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, bourbon vanilla, eggs, sugar, sour cream, lemon zest and juice. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until smooth, making sure not to over mix your batter. Lightly fold in the blueberries.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, place in the center of the Traeger and bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean. Remove from the grill and cool for 10 minutes, then remove loaf from the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • While the bread cools, whisk together ingredients for the citrus glaze. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the bread. Allow the glaze to harden (about 10-15 minutes). Slice, serve, and enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Blueberry Bread.pdf (43.79 kb)

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Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Salmon

Posted by Traeger Service on April 28, 2015

This Mother’s Day salmon recipe combines spicy sriracha, sweet brown sugar, fresh garlic and ginger, and a subtle hint of savory chipotle into one magical marinade. We give the Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Salmon a quick sear on the Traeger over mesquite hardwood until it’s flaky with a slight caramelization—it’s a delicious way to say thank you for all the grief you put her through as a kid…and maybe an adult.

Accessories for the recipe: Traeger Chipotle Rub, Mesquite Hardwood Pellets, Salmon Spatula

SWEET & SPICY SRIRACHA SALMON

DIFFICULTY: 2/5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 10-12 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Oak, Alder
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

4, 4 oz. filets Wild Salmon
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Sriracha Sauce
1 Tbsp. fresh Ginger, grated
1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Traeger Chipotle Rub
1 ½ tsp. Sesame Oil
2 Tbsp. Scallions, finely chopped
1 tsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds

METHOD

  • In a large, plastic zipper bag, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Sriracha, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Add the salmon, toss to coat evenly, and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour. Remove the salmon from the bag. Discard the marinade.
  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open (4-5 minutes), or until the fire is established. Set the temperature to High (450°F) and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Place the salmon directly on the grill grate, skin down, for 8-10 minutes for medium well. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with white rice, brown rice, or quinoa and grilled baby bok choy. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Sriracha Salmon.pdf (41.34 kb)

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Traeger Fries with Chipotle Ketchup

Posted by Traeger Service on April 28, 2015

Grilling French Fries is not only healthier than frying them in oil, but it gives them a great, crispy texture, and infuses them with savory wood-smoke flavor that you just can’t get from an oven. We’ve paired these scrumptious, thick cut potatoes with spicy chipotle ketchup for dipping and topped them with Traeger Beef Rub for a bold pop of cracked pepper and a hint of zesty citrus.

TRAEGER FRIES WITH CHIPOTLE KETCHUP

DIFFICULTY: 1/5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 10-12 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Oak, Alder

INGREDIENTS

Fries:

5-6 Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut into thick fries
2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
1 Tbsp. Traeger Beef Rub
1/4 cup fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, finely chopped

Chipotle Ketchup:

4 canned Chipotle Chilies in Adobo Sauce
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 cup Tomato Ketchup
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Cumin
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
Juice from 1 Lime

METHOD

  • Chop the chipotle peppers, then combine them with the remaining chipotle ketchup ingredients in a mixing bowl. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to marry (making it one day ahead of time is even better if you can swing it).
  • 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 potatoes in a bowl, drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with Beef Rub, toss to coat.
  • Lay the fries on a Traeger Grilling Basket or a baking sheet and Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the fries reach your desired level of crispiness
  • Remove the fries from the grill, place in a bowl, and toss with parsley. Enjoy by the handful with plenty of chipotle ketchup for dipping!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Fries.pdf (41.58 kb)

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Traeger's Spring Cleaning: UPGRADE

Posted by Traeger Service on April 27, 2015

Your Traeger has treated you well over the years, smokin’ rack after rack of mouthwatering ribs and many a pork butt for your pulled pork sandwiches. Use Spring Cleaning as an excuse to show your grill some love. Introduce your trusty Traeger grill to enhancements, upgrades, and add-ons that will put the spring back in her step and keep her cookin’ barbecue for years to come.

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Grilled Chicken Fajita Skewers

Posted by Traeger Service on April 24, 2015

Marinating your poultry before grilling it over high heat serves two purposes: it helps the fiesta flavors penetrate deep into the meat and keeps each bite juicy in the process. This marinade contains Traeger Carne Asada, lots of cilantro, and lime, which gives the tender chicken cubes a bright freshness. The bold flavors of the marinade paired with fresh peppers and onions, and a hint of hickory smoke from your Traeger make for the perfect fajita bite—and the skewers make them portable.

GRILLED CHICKEN FAJITA SKEWERS

INACTIVE TIME: 1-5 hours
DIFFICULTY: 2/5
PREP TIME: 40 minutes
COOK TIME: 10-12 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup packed Cilantro, roughly chopped
1/3 cup fresh Lime Juice
1/3 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, peeled
1 Tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 ½ tsp. ground Cumin
3/4 tsp. Ancho Chile Powder
1 Tbsp. Traeger Carne Asada Marinade
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 ½” cubes
1 large Red Bell Pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1 ½” pieces
1 large Green Bell Pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1 ½” pieces
1 large Red Onion, cut into 1 ½” cubes and separated into 3-layer segments
Traeger Skewers

METHOD

  • Place cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, salt, cumin, and ancho chile powder in a blender, blend until smooth. Place chicken cubes in a large, zippered plastic bag. Pour the mixture over chicken cubes, seal bag, and marinate in the refrigerator from 1-5 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding leftover liquid. Thread the chicken onto skewers, alternating with pepper and onion squares
  • 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 skewers toward the front of the grill grate until you see grill marks, them move to the center until the internal meat temperature reaches 160°F (about 10-12 mins). Remove skewers from the grill. Serve and enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Fajita Skewers.pdf (61.17 kb)

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Smoked Banana Cream Cheesecake

Posted by Traeger Service on April 22, 2015

Cheesecake has a rich history (pun intended), dating back before the first century A.D., and was even served to the athletes that took part in the first Olympic games. Arnold Reuben is credited with perfecting the decadent dessert we enjoy today, in all its creamy deliciousness, way back in 1929. To achieve the next step in its velvety evolution, our Traeger chef smokes the cream beforehand to enhance the range and depth of the cheesecake’s sweetness with a distinct, robust accent. If you’ve never tried a smoked dessert, dive in with Smoked Banana Cream Cheesecake—the water’s fine.

SMOKED BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME:7 hours 30 minutes (6 hours cooling time)
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Alder, Oak
SERVES: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

20 Vanilla Cream-Filled Sandwich Cookies
1/4 cup Margarine, melted

Filling:

24 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
3 Eggs
¾ cup Mashed Banana
½ cup Whipping Cream (Smoked)
2 Tbsp. Vanilla

METHOD

  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).
  • Pour the cream into a shallow, 9x13 cake pan, place on the grill and smoke for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Use a blender to finely chop the cookie, add the melted margarine and blend until they are combined, press the mixture into the bottom of a 10” spring form pan and smooth it out. Refrigerate the crust while making the filling.
  • Turn the grill up to 350°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until it is creamy, followed by the sugar, cornstarch and eggs (one at a time). Next, add the bananas, smoked whipping cream, and vanilla. When all the ingredients have been combined, pour the mixture into the crust, and put in onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes on the Traeger. After 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 200°F and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes more, or until the cheesecake has fully cooked in the center.
  • Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. Tip: Before removing the pan run warm water over a knife and slide it around the edge of the cake pan to separate the cake pan cleanly. Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6 hours before cutting. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Banana Cream Cheesecake.pdf (48.02 kb)

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Traeger's Spring Cleaning: REFRESH

Posted by Traeger Service on April 12, 2015

Refresh your Traeger to ensure it operates in tip-top shape with replaceable grill parts. You can Traeger all year round, so a grill maintenance routine is key. Once you’ve got your grill cleaned and prepped using our Spring Cleaning Tips, make sure anything worn gets replaced. Periodically refreshing your grill will keep you in mouthwatering barbecue year after year and make this BBQ season truly epic.

 

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Amazing Salmon

Posted by Traeger Service on April 8, 2015

Many salmon recipes claim to be the best, but we’ll just lay down our recipe and let your mouth decide if it’s the best grilled salmon you’ve ever tasted. (Spoiler Alert: It will be.) Traeger’ing Amazing Salmon requires only three ingredients. You don’t want to overwhelm the delicate fish with too many contrasting flavors. Salmon is highly susceptible to over-seasoning, so take it easy. Your Traeger grill makes the real magic happen. Once you close the lid to the BBQ, rich, hardwood smoke gently caresses the salmon, lightly crisping the skin and making the inside flaky and irresistible.

AMAZING SALMON

INGREDIENTS

1 fillet Salmon
Zesty Italian Dressing
Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan

METHOD

  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established. (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 325°F and preheat, lid closed (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Brush salmon with Italian dressing and season with Blackened Saskatchewan.
  • Place salmon on the grill and cook for 20-30 minutes, until fish flaky (be careful not to overcook). Remove salmon from grill. Serve and enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Amazing_Salmon.pdf (37.04 kb)

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