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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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Traeger's Spring Cleaning: CLEAN

Posted by Traeger Service on April 10, 2015

As the winter chill leaves the air, we are drawn to the great outdoors for a much needed dose of vitamin D and mouthwatering barbecue. Cooking outdoors on your Traeger keeps food preparation simple, and some light upkeep will make cleanup a breeze as well. Prep your grill for an epic BBQ season with Traeger’s Spring Cleaning Infographic. Make sure your grill is well-tuned and ready to Traeger up a storm by following our tips and tricks to simplify the task—BBQ season awaits.

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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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Meet Your Final Four.

Posted by Traeger Service on April 2, 2015

They dry brined, tri-tipped, baby-backed, and nacho-ed their way into the Meat Madness Wood-Fired Final Four, but what inspired them to enter the competition? Read on to get to know the ‘cue competitors that have survived the Bracket by garnering the most public support for their mean protein. Our chefs Traeger’ed all four recipes, and each of them brings something special to the table. The Championship is almost here. Make sure to get your final votes in at traegergrills.com/meat-madness before April 4th at 7pm EST so that your favorite recipe makes the cut.

 

MIDWEST: MARY CRESSLER AND SEAN MARTIN

A BBQ and wine pairing duo, Mary Cressler, a wine writer and sommelier, and Sean Martin, insurance exec by day, pitmaster by night, joined forces to create a dish that showcases their long history of Traeger’ing: Smoked Beef Brisket Nachos with Brisket Chili. They submit their Meat Madness recipe in honor of their hard work perfecting brisket…and they did it on a Traeger. Our Traeger chefs reproduced their tasty submission. The meaty chunks of wood-fired brisket over a bed of brisket chili, cheesy tortilla chips, and traditional nacho toppings elevate this snack to a whole new level of delicious. They document all of their BBQ and wine-pairing adventures on vindulgeblog.com

SMOKED BEEF BRISKET NACHOS WITH BRISKET CHILI


INGREDIENTS

For the Chili:

1 small Red Onion, diced
3 cups leftover smoked Beef Brisket, roughly chopped into small cubes
1 medium Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, finely minced
1 cup Beer (we used a mild IPA)
¼ cup Coffee (whatever may be left over in the pot from your morning brew).
1, 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
2 small Chipotle Peppers in Adobo from a can, finely diced. (you can use 1 if you’re sensitive to heat. These can be very spicy).
1, 15 oz. can Pinto Beans, drained
1 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning
1 Tbsp. Cumin
½ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
½ tsp. Salt

For the Nachos:

Thick Corn Chips (they need to be sturdy enough to handle the weight of the toppings).
1 medium Tomato, diced
¼ cup Onion, finely chopped (more of less, depending on how much onion you like)
1 thinly sliced Jalapeno, shredded
Smoked Cheddar Cheese, or mixed Cheddar blend

Tip: Adjust the Post-Smoke Cooking Time of your turkey using Jeffrey’s handy guide found at the end of the recipe.

METHOD

For the Chili:

  • In a large saucepan, over medium heat, pour approximately 1 Tbsp. olive oil and add your onions. Cook about 3-4 minutes, and then add the chopped, leftover brisket and the jalapeno. Cook 1-2 minutes until warmed up.
  • Add the beer and let it come to a simmer (about 1-2 minutes to let the alcohol reduce). Then add the coffee, tomato sauce, tomato paste, pinto beans, peppers, all the spices, and mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer for a few minutes and then reduce to low heat, for about 20-30 minutes, until the chili thickens, the flavors are well combined, and you’re happy with the flavor. Adjust seasonings to your preference. This is all about finding a richness and flavor you like.

To make the Nachos:

  • Take your plate and create one layer with corn tortilla chips. Make sure they are thick chips so they hold the weight of the chili! Layer the chips with the chili and a layer of shredded cheese. Create another layer.
  • If you are using an oven-safe platter, you can place in the oven under broil. Broil until the cheese is melted (this won’t take long, just a couple minutes). Alternatively, you can microwave the plate in 30 second increments until the cheese is melted well. The risk when using a microwave is the chips can get soggy easily!
  • When the cheese is nice and melted, remove from oven or microwave and top with your favorite toppings (sliced jalapeno, tomatoes, diced onion, cilantro) and have you favorite dips to serve alongside: salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. The guac and sour cream also help tame the heat from the chili.

Notes: **Depending on how many nachos you plan to make, the chili will yield leftovers. Nothing wrong with that! Just use how much chili you are comfortable with on your nachos. BONUS, this also pairs well with a crisp rose wine from Spain! Drink away with your tasty nachos!

 

WEST: JEFFREY POTTS

Jeffrey Potts, a BBQ enthusiast from Spanish Fork, Utah, has always loved to cook, especially great meat on the grill. His Meat Madness submission, Dry Brine Traeger Turkey, combines his passion for cooking with his love of Traeger’ing. Dry brining a turkey for over 24 hours gives the aromatic mixture the time it needs to truly penetrate the meat. Dry brining also cures the skin, so it crisps while you roast it. We cooked up Jeffrey’s recipe in the Traeger kitchen, and the result was a juicy, flavorful bird with robust smokiness from the extended smoke session. Jeffrey was definitely not exaggerating when he said: “Eating out at nice restaurants has been ruined for us thanks to our Traeger grill. Everything tastes better on a Traeger.”

DRY BRINE TRAEGER TURKEY


INGREDIENTS

1 Organic Farm Fresh Turkey (Never Frozen)
1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt per/lb. of Turkey
Thyme
Rosemary
Sage
Parsley
Extra Large zip-lock bag or plastic wrap

METHOD

  • Combine desired amounts of thyme, rosemary, sage, and/or parsley with kosher salt.
  • Rub kosher salt and spice mixture over entire surface of the turkey, including the cavity. Place turkey in the bag or plastic wrap and seal tight. Place turkey in the fridge for 2 days.
  • On day 3, take the turkey out of the bag or unwrap plastic wrap. Place the turkey back in the fridge, uncovered for 24 hours.
  • On day 4, start your Traeger grill on Smoke with lid open until fire is established (4-5 minutes). Place the turkey on Traeger grill, breast up.
  • Smoke the turkey for 3 to 4 hours.
  • After 3-4 hours, set the temperature to 325°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes). Cook turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Post-Smoke Cooking Time:

10-13 lbs. | 1-1/2 to 2 ¼ hours

14-23 lbs. | 2 to 3 hours

24-27 lbs. | 3 to 3 ¼ hours

28-30 lbs. | 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours

 

SOUTH:MATTHEW HOLOPIREK

Matthew Holopirek recently moved to San Diego from Kansas City, the heart of barbecue country—so he’s no stranger to quality ‘cue. His love of smoking meats began by his dad’s side as a youngster, and has only grown through the years. His Meat Madness submission, Longhorn (Cowboy) Tri-Tip, may seem simple, but our Traeger Chef tried it out, and the end result was a delicious Tri-Tip steak with that signature smoke ring you can only get from a lengthy smoke session. The coffee gives the end product a good bark, and helps seal in the natural juices.

LONGHORN (COWBOY) TRI-TIP


INGREDIENTS

1 2-3 lb. Tri Tip Roast/Steak
1/8 cup Coffee Grounds
1/4 cup Butt Rub

METHOD

  • Start your Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 180°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Rub Tri Tip with Butt Rub and coffee grounds. Place on the grill grate and smoke at 180 °F for 3 hours. Remove Tri-Tip and turn the temperature to 275°F.
  • Double wrap the Tri-Tip in foil, return it to grill and let it cook for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, or until the internal meat temp. reaches 160°F. Once it is finished remove from grill, unwrap it, and let it rest for 10-15 minutes Cut and serve.
  • Tip: remember to cut your meat against the grain as it will be much more tender.

     

EAST: BILL GASTON

Bill Gaston bought his first Traeger 4 years ago, and spends his free time cookin’ up a storm for his wife and 2 children. As barbecue goes, his tastes are eclectic; he enjoys Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas BBQ styles. His Meat Madness submission, Baby Backs…The Simplest is the Best!, consists of 4 ingredients: Ribs, Cracked Pepper, Kosher Salt, and Hickory Hardwood. His recipe name is more than a title—it’s a challenge. Our Traeger Chefs whipped up a few racks of these simple ribs, and they did not disappoint. There’s something magical about the combination of meat, salt, pepper, and wood smoke that just tastes right.

BABY BACKS...THE SIMPLEST IS THE BEST!


INGREDIENTS

2-3 Baby Back Ribs (thawed)
Cracked Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
Traeger Hickory Pellets
No sauce is needed…or enjoy with your favorite.

METHOD

  • Peel membrane from backside of the ribs.
  • Lightly season with cracked black pepper and Kosher salt.
  • 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 225°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Cook at 225°F, meaty side up for two hours, then flip the ribs to meaty side down and cook for one more hour. Enjoy!

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Eggs in Smoked Portobello Baskets

Posted by Traeger Service on April 2, 2015

You’ve most likely eaten an omelet with mushrooms. This recipe flips that breakfast classic on its head—Traeger style. Portobello Mushrooms are great at absorbing flavor, and have a substantial, meaty texture. We kept the flavor profile simple with olive oil and fresh herbs so that the robust hardwood flavor really comes through in the dish. Eggs baked in their own little baskets make a delicious addition to breakfast, brunch, or brinner.

EGGS IN SMOKED PORTOBELLO BASKETS

DIFFICULTY: 1/5
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 35 to 40 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory, Oak
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

6 large Portobello Mushrooms
6 large Eggs
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. fresh Rosemary, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh Thyme, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD

  • 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 225°F and preheat, lid closed (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Wipe the mushroom caps clean with a damp paper towel and remove the stems. Use a spoon to remove the gills from the mushrooms and place them on the Traeger. Smoke the mushrooms for 30 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms are smoking, combine the olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and basil. After the 30 minutes have passed, remove the mushrooms from the grill. Turn the grill to High (450°F).
  • While the grill is heating up, brush the mushrooms with the olive oil and herb mixture. When the grill has come up to temp, crack an egg into each mushroom and place them back on the Traeger for an additional 5 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve.

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Eggs in Smoked Portobello Baskets.pdf (42.85 kb)

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Egg and Brisket Hash

Posted by Traeger Service on April 2, 2015

Breakfast Hash is a compelling combination of veggies, potatoes, and the protein of your choice—married in a cast iron skillet until crispy in some places and tasty everywhere. Alone, each ingredient is incomplete; together they become a magnificent way to start your morning. If you think hash turns out well on your stovetop, wait till you taste it fresh from the Traeger.

EGG AND BRISKET HASH

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Oak
SERVES: 4-5

INGREDIENTS

16 ounces Beef Brisket, cooked and shredded
2 cups Hash Brown Potatoes, cooked
3 fresh Eggs
½ cup Green Bell Pepper, diced
½ cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
½ cup Yellow Onion, diced
3 Tbsp. Canola Oil
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper

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 grill on High (450°F) and preheat, lid closed (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Once the Traeger reaches 400-450°F place a cast iron skillet in the grill and preheat it for 10 minutes.
  • Place the oil, Peppers and onion in the skillet and sauté until they are translucent. Add the garlic and cook 3 more minutes. Add the cooked potatoes and brisket and cook until the brisket is heated through. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper and stir.
  • When all of the ingredients are hot, crack the eggs into the skillet, being careful not break the yolks. Cook an additional 5 minutes, or until the eggs are done to your liking. Serve and enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Egg and Brisket Hash.pdf (43.62 kb)

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Baked Bacon and Egg Squares

Posted by Traeger Service on April 2, 2015

You’ll need to crack a few eggs to make these Breakfast Squares. Puffy pastry brushed with garlic and olive oil makes the perfect portable plate for bacon and eggs, and fresh thyme ties the whole package together. These little bundles of joy will brighten up any brunch plate, but feel free to serve them anytime you need something quick and tasty.

BAKED BACON AND EGG SQUARES

DIFFICULTY: 2/5
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 10-12 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Oak, Alder, Pecan
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

1 can Crescent Dough
6 fresh Eggs
12 strips Bacon, cooked
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 cloves fresh Garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. fresh Thyme, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD

  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger on smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the grill temperature to 375°F and preheat, lid closed (10 to 15 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, combine garlic and olive oil.
  • Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut them into six, 6-inch long rectangles. Fold the edges over ¼ of an inch then brush them with the olive oil mixture. Place the squares on a piece of parchment paper and bake for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove them from the Traeger and sprinkle them with the fresh thyme. Top with the cooked bacon, then crack an egg onto each rectangle, and place them back into the grill for an additional 5 minutes, or until eggs are done, but still runny. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Bacon and Egg Squares.pdf (44.13 kb)

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The On the Go Griller!

Posted by Traeger Service on March 31, 2015

On-the-Go Grillers are movers and shakers. They’re outdoor jetsetters with an appetite for adventure—whether it’s rock climbing after grilling some mean protein at basecamp, chilling on the beach with a plate of wood-fired fajitas, or enjoying Traeger Dutch-Oven Cherry Cobbler at their campsite after a long hike. They don’t sacrifice flavor for mobility. Grab your grill and go appreciate everything that nature has to offer with our portable Traegers.

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Traeger Potato Torte

Posted by Traeger Service on March 31, 2015

The word torte comes from the Italian word torta, meaning cake. When you think of a torte, visions of decadent, layered cake may dance through your head. A torte usually does have more layers than a traditional cake, and is usually denser, but is not always sweet. This savory Potato Torte incorporates thin layers of potatoes, garlic butter, fragrant rosemary, and parmesan. Baking it in your Traeger fuses all the individual flavors together with rich, wood smoke, creating a unified, scrumptious dish.

TRAEGER POTATO TORTE

DIFFICULTY: 3/5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 20-25 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Oak, Mesquite, Hickory, Alder
SERVES: 8-10

INGREDIENTS

6 Yukon Gold Potatoes, sliced thin, widthwise
2 sticks Butter, melted
3 cloves Garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. Rosemary, chopped
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

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 375°F and preheat, lid closed (10 - 15 minutes).
  • While the Traeger is heating up, peel and slice the potatoes (make sure to put them in water so they won’t oxidize). Melt the butter and combine it with the crushed garlic.
  • Grease a 12-inch cast iron pan with butter and start to layer the torte. The layers should go as follows, potatoes, butter garlic mixture, rosemary, parmesan, continue layering to the top of the pan, about 4 to 5 layers. Place it in the Traeger and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the potatoes are fully cooked. If the top of the torte starts to get dark before it is finished cooking, reduce the heat to 325°F. Serve hot and Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Potato_Torte.pdf (35.30 kb)

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