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Smoked German Rouladen (Rolled Steak with Creamy Pan Gravy)

Posted by Susie B. on October 12, 2014

Smoked German Rouladen (Rolled Steak with Creamy Pan Gravy)

This traditional German dish is filled with flavor (i.e. bacon) and made even more delicious by that special touch of Traeger's signature smoky flavor. Rouladen is a thinly sliced steak typically filled with dill pickles, mustard and bacon then braised in a flavorful broth until the meat is perfectly tender. The rich gravy is less traditional, but oh man is it good! Serve alongside some fingerling potatoes and red cabbage for a dish worthy of any Oktoberfest. Don't forget the beer!

Smoked German Rouladen

Prep Time: 25-30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2-3 hours
Serves: 4-6 people
Recommended Pellets: Hickory, Oak, Pecan

INGREDIENTS:
2 pounds beef eye of round (sliced 1/4 inch thick)
4 tablespoons German stone ground mustard, to taste
1 pound thick sliced bacon
2 large onions, sliced
1 jar dill pickle spears
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons corn starch
4 tablespoons cold water
1 cup heavy cream

PREPARATION:

Place each slice of beef in between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound thin using a meat mallet.

Generously spread one side of each filet with 1/2 tablespoon of mustard. Place bacon, onions and pickle slices on each steak.

Wrap the steak around the bacon, pickles and onions to form a tight roll. Use string of toothpicks to hold the roll together. Season with the salt and cracked black pepper.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes. Place the rolls directly on the grill grate and smoke for 30 minutes.

Remove the steak rolls from the grill, close the lid and increase the temperature to 325 degrees. Close the lid and allow the grill to preheat while you prepare the braising liquid.

In a large baking dish, combine the beef stock, worcestershire sauce, bay leaf and smashed garlic cloves.

Return the steak rolls to the grill and sear on each side (approximately 3-5 minutes per side).

Gently arrange the steak rolls in the braising liquid and place the pan in the grill. Cook for 1 1/2-2 hours or until the steak is very tender.

Remove the steak from the dish to a separate platter and cover with tin foil.

Heat the baking dish on the stove top. Combine the cornstarch and cold water in a separate bowl. Stir the cornstarch mixture and cream slowly into the juices in the baking dish. Bring the gravy to a boil, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes.

Return the rolls to the warm gravy and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Smoked German Rouladen (Rolled Steak with Creamy Pan Gravy)

Smoked German Rouladen (Rolled Steak with Creamy Pan Gravy)

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Traeger Tailgating: Cheddar Jalapeno Moink Balls

Posted by Susie B. on October 11, 2014

Traeger Tailgating: Cheddar Jalapeno Moink Balls

We are somewhat ashamed that it took us this long to develop a recipe for MOINK (moo+oink) balls. I mean, meatballs wrapped in bacon and grilled? It definitely sounds like something that we here at Team Traeger should master (and then consume). So after testing a few different ideas for the delectable meaty little morsels, we have finally come up with a recipe for the best. moink balls. ever. EVER!

Loaded with beefy goodness, then hit with the explosive flavor combination of jalapeno and cheddar, and then wrapped in bacon, grilled, and THEN smothered in tasty BBQ sauce, these moink balls are just layers of flavor stacked on layers of deliciousness. Sounds too good to be true? It's not. And with your Traeger, it's easy.

 

Cheddar Jalapeno Moink Balls

 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 8-10 as an appetizer
Recommended Pellets: Hickory, Mesquite, Oak

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb ground beef (20% fat content at least)
3/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
2 jalapenos finely diced, ribs and seeds removed
1 teaspoon Traeger Beef Shake
1/2 lb bacon, cut in half
1 cup of Traeger Texas Spicy BBQ sauce

PREPARATION:

In a large bowl, combine the beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, cheddar, jalapenos, salt and pepper.

Form the meat mixture into 1 inch balls.

Wrap each ball with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid and turn the temperature setting up to 325 degrees F. Allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Place the moink balls directly on the grill grate and cook for 20 minutes. 

Traeger Tailgating: Cheddar Jalapeno Moink Balls

Cover with BBQ sauce and grill for an additional 5 minutes to set the sauce.

Traeger Tailgating: Cheddar Jalapeno Moink Balls

Remove from the grill and serve immediately.

Printable Recipe:

Cheddar Jalapeno Moink Balls.docx (14.12 kb)

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Poco Loco Smoked Chicken

Posted by Mary M. on October 10, 2014

This is not just another chicken recipe. Oh no. This, here is a simple, scrumptious recipe cooked up by Nadine Nemecheck, using one of our favorite feathered fowl friends.

Pepper jelly is no longer reserved for a cream cheese spread. It's the top notch tool that we used to kick up some juicy smoked chicken.

POCO LOCO SMOKED CHICKEN

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: about 1 hour 30 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite
SERVES: 4 to 8

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken leg quarters
1 cup jalapeno jelly or red pepper jelly
1 cup water
Traeger Chicken Rub
Chili powder

PREPARATION

Combine the jelly and water in a sauce pan and simmer on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until it reaches a medium-thick consistency.

Season the chicken quarters with the Chicken Rub and chili powder.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to 300 degrees F, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 15 minutes, lid closed.

Baste the chicken legs with the pepper syrup.

Turn the legs over and baste every 15 minutes for 30 minutes. Switch the setting to Smoke and smoke for 1 hour.

Switch back to 300 degrees F for the last 15 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, to finish the glaze.

Remove and serve while they're hot and juicy.

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted by Mary M. on October 8, 2014

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

The crisp winds of fall are bringing not only those piles of crunchy, dead leaves covering the sidewalks but also wheelbarrows full of squashes, pumpkins and gourds. So let's Traeger those bad boys!

When we see squash we can't help but want to stuff it! We saddled up the buttery "meat" of an acorn squash with some real meat: sausage. With the addition of a few chunks of cream cheese on top to smooth it all out and soothe the heat of the smoked paprika and pepper, this cold weather feast is ready to warm the soul.

SAUSAGE-STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Any
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. turkey sage sausage or italian sausage
2 acorn squash, cut in half
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper, plus more for seasoning
Smoked paprika
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 c. shredded green cabbage
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
1 tbsp. minced garlic
4 oz. cream cheese (about 1/2 c.)
4 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)

PREPARATION

Scrape out and clean the seeds out of the acorn squash. (If you want, you can dry and roast the seeds and use them as a crunchy topping.)

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to High heat, lid closed, for about 15 minutes.

Place the squash halves cut side up on a baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil, and season with 1 tsp. of the salt and the pepper and sprinkle with the smoked paprika.

Place the squash on the Traeger and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden around the edges and a knife can be inserted easily into the flesh.

While the squash is cooking, get cracking on the stuffing. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and pour in the remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil. When hot, add the turkey sausage, making sure to leave large chunks. Let the chunks brown, then turn and cook through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Drain the oil from the sausage and in the same pan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the red, yellow and jalapeno peppers and onion and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onions are soft and the peppers are still a little al dente.

Add in the cabbage and cook until it starts to color and wilt, about 4 minutes.

Add the turkey back in along with the garlic. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes more to blend the flavors. Remove from the heat and add in the chopped parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika as needed.

Take the squash halves and divide the turkey mixture among the squash halves.

Cut the cream cheese into 1/2-inch cubes and evenly distribute it over the top of the stuffed acorn squash halves.

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Put the acorn squash back on the Traeger and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.

Garnish with a bit of parsley and serve immediately.

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

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Traeger's Awesome Grilled Green Goddess Chicken

Posted by Mary M. on October 6, 2014

Traeger's Awesome Grilled Green Goddess Chicken

Green Goddess salad dressing is the Clark Kent of dressings. It may appear unassuming and ordinary with its glasses and boring green sweater but if you look closer and throw in some additional fresh herbs and a hint of lime zing it becomes a super hero marinade of magnificent proportions.

The buttermilk in the dressing keeps the chicken moist while the fresh herbs pack it with flavor, making for some of the tastiest, crispiest skin north of the Equator!

GRILLED GREEN GODDESS CHICKEN

PREP TIME: overnight to marinate
COOK TIME: 20 to 25 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory, Oak, Pecan or Alder
SERVES: 5 to 10

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs skin-on chicken drumsticks (or other parts would work too!)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh chives
1 garlic clove
1 scallion, white and green part
Zest of 1 lime
1 cup Green Goddess dressing
Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a blender mix the basil leaves, chives, garlic, scallion, lime zest and Green Goddess dressing. (You could also make your own Green Goddess dressing or just substitute in buttermilk with salt and pepper to taste.)

 

Blend until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Place the chicken legs in a large resealable plastic bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of the Green Goddess marinade to use as a dipping sauce and pour the rest over the chicken legs.

Refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight.

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 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Drain the chicken legs. Arrange the legs directly on the grill grate and grill, turning once, for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the legs are golden brown and cooked through, registering 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

But be patient: Don’t go and flip the legs before they naturally release from the grill surface — otherwise, you’ll leave a lot of tasty, crispy skin stuck on the grate!

Traeger's Awesome Grilled Green Goddess Chicken

Serve those legs up at once with the reserved marinade and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.

Traeger's Awesome Grilled Green Goddess Chicken

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Grilled Green Goddess Chicken Recipe.docx (12.24 kb)

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Grilled Polenta with Roasted Corn Mango Relish

Posted by Susie B. on October 5, 2014

Grilled Polenta with Roasted Corn Mango Relish

Sometimes the meat we pull off of our Traeger is so amazing, we forget that people also occasionally like to eat side dishes. Not that we haven't been guilty of eating our far share of meals consisting of brisket with a hearty side of brisket, but for those in your crew who like a more rounded meal we've created this stellar recipe for grilled polenta with roasted corn mango relish. The smoky char on the outside of that warm, creamy polenta is the perfect platform for the bright, fresh flavors of the salsa. Bonus, it comes together in just a few minutes with hardly any effort. Grill this, chop that and boom! A side dish to remember.

 

Grilled Polenta with Roasted Corn Mango Relish

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 people
Recommended Pellets: Any

INGREDIENTS:
1 roll prepared polenta
1 ear of cooked corn
1 red bell pepper
1 mango, diced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon lime juice

PREPARATION:

Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid and turn the temperature up to High. Allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Put the corn on the cob and the bell pepper on the grill grate. Roast for 8-10 minutes, turning every couple of minutes. Slice the corn off the cob into a bowl. Remove the skin from the bell pepper and dice. Add two tablespoons of the diced bell pepper to the corn. Mix in the mango, cilantro, onion, and lime. Stir to combine.

Slice the polenta into 1/2 inch slices.

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place the polenta slices directly on the grill grate. Cook to 6-8 minutes, flipping once.

Remove the polenta slices from the grill and top with the roasted corn and mango relish. Serve immediately.

Grilled Polenta with Roasted Corn Mango Relish

Grilled Polenta with Roasted Corn Mango Relish

Printable recipe:

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Traeger's Homemade BBQ Calzone

Posted by Mike C. on October 4, 2014

Traeger's Homemade BBQ Calzone

Traeger family, I'm going to do you a favor today. A very easy, quick, delicious favor. We receive so many questions every day and two of the most common questions are, "What can I do with the left overs from my BBQ party" and "What's a quick and easy meal I can make for my family?" Never fear, the BBQ calzone is here. This is the perfect, quick dish for your leftover meat, and I mean any meat. Throw together a creamy bbq sauce, or a take on a BBQ remoulade, and you're dealing with a work of perfection. Adding a few store ingredients (or even a quick purchase from your local pizza place) and you've got a 15 minute meal with no effort. 

 

Traeger's BBQ Calzone

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Any
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb left over BBQ (we used sliced pork)
1 small pizza dough (Store bought or local pizza place)
1 egg (for eggwash)
3 slices white american cheese
2 tablespoons of your favorite Traeger BBQ sauce
Sprinkle of Traeger chicken rub

PREPARATION

As with anything we're going to start getting our items ready, while preheating our Traeger. Open your grill lid and place your setting to "Smoke". This will need to run around 3-5 minutes. I'm using some left over pork shoulder I had, I decided to slice it instead of doing a pull.

 

Get your meat all sliced up and ready. If you're using pork feel free to slice, chop or shred. Any other meat just treat it any way you want. 

 

I contacted a local pizza place and was able to buy a small pizza dough for $2. You can't beat that. Feel free to make your own of course, but if you're looking for a quick and easy meal this is the ticket. Take your dough and roll it out to a proper thickness. That will depend on you. I can tell you whatever size I want but some people like a thin crust, while some like it thick and chewy. Now would be a great time to set your grill to "High" as well.

 

Once you have your dough all rolled out spread your bbq sauce on the bottom half of the circle then you can layer your meat and cheese and fold the other half over to seal. 

 

You can get as fancy as you want with this. If you feel like making decorative folds, go for it. If you want to press it together as is there's no shame in that.


Now you can beat your egg and start to brush the top of your calzone with the egg wash. Then sprinkle on a generous amount of your Traeger chicken rub and we're ready for the grill.

 

Place your calzone on the Traeger for 15-17 minutes depending on your temperature. This is going to give you a nice golden brown and while you're waiting, we can throw a little sauce together! This is too easy, 1 part mayo to 1 part BBQ sauce. Tablespoon for Tablespoon. 1/4 for 1/4, however you see fit. In my case I did 1 tbsp of each and added a tsp of pickled pepper juice for an added acidity boost. I think it was a nice touch, feel free to add whatever else you'd like to make it your own.

 

Traeger's Homemade BBQ Calzone

Sauce is done, 15 minutes are up. Let's go see what we're working with.

Traeger's Homemade BBQ Calzone

There you have it. This nice crispy pillow is filled with soft, delicious smoked meat, a touch of bbq sauce and some nice melted cheese to top it all off. Dip it in your bbq remoulade and you're in quick dinner heaven. This was a big hit with my family and I'm confident it'll work for you! As always, take pictures and send them in to use on our social media and show us your take on our recipes! We love to hear from you!

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Smokey Blister Bombs

Posted by Mike C. on October 3, 2014

Smokey Blister Bombs

 

 This is a little thrown together appetizer I made while at my mom's house. She's pretty well famous in our family for her stuffed peppers so while I was in town I had to ask for some. These things have a tendency to be either really hot or not hot at all. I wasn't looking to have my mouth burned this paricular evening so as I was looking through her fridge I noticed a can of biscuits and decided to get creative. Thus, the Blister Bomb was born! I had the amazing opportunity when creating this recipe to make these blister bombs with Schmacon! For those of you who haven't heard of it yet, Schmacon is bacon made from beef. Of course you can substitute regular bacon, you're just not going to get all of that delicious, beefy goodness!

As if delicious wrapped jalapenos, dripping with amazing cheese isn't enough, just by reading this post you could win $25! If you recreate this recipe, take a picture and use #traegerblisterbombs and our blogger @foodiemikec on instagram or twitter, one photo will be selected as our winner and you win a $25 Traeger gift card! You have until 10/21/14 to enter. 


 

Blister Bombs

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8
Recommended Pellets: HIckory

INGREDIENTS:

8 jalapeno peppers

4 slices of white american cheese

4 slices Schmacon (or bacon)

1 can of 8 biscuits

Your favorite Traeger rub

 

PREPARATION:

I love to start out getting everything in it's placed. When you're organized in the kitchen it makes it that much easier to get things together smoothly.


 

Now that we're all ready we can go ahead and start hollowing out the jalapenos, removing the seeds and membrane from the middle. Not only is it essential to allow room to stuff with glorious, gooey cheese, but also this will make it so the peppers don't totally scorch your tongue.

 

 

Before we get our fingers all messy, let's go ahead and warm up the grill. Open your Traeger's door and turn it to the "Smoke" setting, allowing it to warm up for 3-4 minutes. While this is going we can get ready to wrap the peppers in our delicious Schmacon (or bacon).

 

 

Here comes the fun part, we get to wrap 1/2 piece our smokey Schmacon (or bacon) around each pepper, finishing it off by skewering it with a toothpick to prevent the Schmacon (bacon) from unraveling. 

 

 

Now is the perfect time to kick your Traeger up to "High", after you was those beefy (porky) hands of course. Once your grill is up around 400 degrees, you're ready to set your peppers onto the grill.

 

 

Let these bombs cook on "High" for 10 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes. This should allow the peppers to blister up, thus "blister bombs". Once they have a great amount of color, it's time to take them off and turn the grill down to 350.

 

 

Now that we have the peppers inside we can pull the toothpicks and fill each pepper with half of a slice of cheese. 

 

 

We're ready for the final step. Now we can take out our can of biscuits. One by one, take one raw biscuit, flatten it out, then wrap it completely around each pepper. Pinch each opening tight, so that the biscuit doesn't spread open while cooking. Once each biscuit is covered, dust the top lightly with your favorite Traeger rub. 

 

 

All of our Blister Bombs are ready and the grill should be sitting at 350 degrees, go ahead and put your bombs on the grill and set your timer for 15 minutes. Allow these to cook until a light golden brown.

 

Smokey Blister Bombs

It's finally time. Time to dig into these cheesy, smokey delicious pillows of heavenly goodness. They should have a bit of bite to the pepper still. I suggest cutting them open so your guests or family can see the delicious melted cheese oozing out.

 

Smokey Blister Bombs

 

Enjoy! We can't wait to see everyone's pictures! Make sure to tag @traegergrills and our blogger @foodiemikec on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a $25 Traeger gift card!

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Mash-it Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Posted by Mary M. on October 1, 2014

Mash-it Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

This dish is for the anger-impaired. It's a great way to release that aggression or even find it hidden inside of you. All you need to do is grab a mallet or even a cast iron pan and go to town.

Aside from the primal thrill of these skewers, they're also quite tantalizing for the taste buds. The thin flattened nature of the beef makes it a quick cook and gives them just the right amount of sear that they need to hold in those juices while remaining melt-into-your-tongue tender. And we love the combo of sweet and tart cherries with the rich, earthy beef. What's not to love about a cherry barbecue sauce?

Time to get to smashin'!

MASH-IT STEAK SKEWERS with CHERRY BBQ SAUCE

PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: about 4 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Cherry
SERVES: 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

Cherry BBQ Sauce:
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional

Steak Skewers:
1½-pound flank steak
Traeger Prime Rib Rub or kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil
Scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

PREPARATIONS

The cherry barbecue sauce is so easy to make and can even be prepared ahead of time.

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender.

Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until cherries are tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is cooking get started on the steak skewers.

Start by cutting your flank steak into about 16 pieces. First, cut the steak in half lengthwise (along the grain). Next, slice the steak in half across the grain, then in fourths and finally in eighths.

Carefully stab each slice of meat through the center, lengthwise, with a soaked skewer.

Now let out all of the pent-up aggression and grab a hefty meat pounder or small cast iron skillet, and smash each steak skewer until it’s about ½ inch thick.

Drizzle the beef skewers with olive oil and season on both sides with the Prime Rib Rub.

Start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open for about 5 minutes or until the fire is established. Preheat to High heat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the steak skewers directly on the grill grate and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side.

Let the meat skewers rest for 5 to 10 minutes before eating.

While the skewers are resting, use a spoon or a masher to mash the cherries in the sauce.

Brush the steak with the cherry barbecue sauce and finish with a sprinkling of chopped scallions.

Mash-it Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Mash-it Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe.docx (12.64 kb)

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Garlic Shrimp with Spicy Asian Barbecue Sauce

Posted by Mary M. on September 23, 2014

Garlic Shrimp with Spicy Asian Barbecue Sauce

Beautiful, bite-sized bombs of flavor. That is what we like to call shrimp. They quickly take on the dynamics of any marinade and grill up before you can blink the smoke out of your eyes.

For this recipe you can use any size shrimp but we always side with "bigger is better" theory. What will really knock your grill mitts off is the jalapeno-garlic-ginger combo on these shrimp that will have you begging for more before the end of Round 1.

Plus with a sauce this good, it's a deliciously, grab-some-wet-naps messy! That's just how we like it.

GARLIC SHRIMP WITH SPICY ASIAN BARBECUE SAUCE

PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 6 to 10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Pecan, Hickory or Mesquite
SERVES: 2 to 4

INGREDIENTS

Asian BBQ Sauce:
2 teaspoons canola oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Shrimp and Marinade:
1 pound peeled, large or jumbo fresh shrimp
1 stalk green onion, green part only, chopped
2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon finely minced jalapeno pepper (or to your taste)
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
1 teaspoon canola oil
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes

PREPARATION

In a large bowl add the shrimp and the other marinade ingredients: green onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, oil and salt and mix thoroughly to coat the shrimp.

Let the shrimp marinate while you prepare the asian barbecue sauce. (You could also make this the day before and let the shrimp marinate overnight.)

Start making that asian barbecue sauce. Heat the canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeño, and onion; sauté about 3 minutes.

Add soy sauce and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes or until onion is tender.

Cool mixture slightly. Transfer to a blender; add in the rest of the barbecue sauce ingredients and process until a smooth puree forms.

Get the grill started. Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat, lid closed, to High heat for about 15 minutes.

Skewer the shrimp on the soaked bamboo skewers (be careful not to overcrowd the shrimp). For jumbo shrimp, you may want to use two bamboo skewers for each.

Put the shrimp skewers directly on the grill grate and cook the shrimp about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until they are pink an opaque (depending on how big they are).

Garlic Shrimp with Spicy Asian Barbecue Sauce

Remove the shrimp from the grill and slather with the prepared asian barbecue sauce. Enjoy all that spice while they're still warm!

Garlic Shrimp with Spicy Asian Barbecue Sauce

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Garlic Shrimp Asian BBQ Sauce Recipe.docx (12.23 kb)

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