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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 (46.74 kb)

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 Sweet & Spicy Salmon.pdf (46.02 kb)

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 (45.27 kb)

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.

Traeger Digital Thermostat Lil' Tex/ Elite Stainless Steel Kit Lil' Tex/Elite Bottom Shelf Traeger Covers Traeger Accessories Traeger Wood Pellet Grills Image Map

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 (66.75 kb)

Give Your Grillin' Gal the Original, Get a FREE Cover

Posted by Traeger Service on April 23, 2015

A Traeger grill makes the best Mother’s Day gift, because it keeps giving all year long. Traegers grill, smoke, braise, roast, and bake, in addition to traditional BBQ—that’s six gifts in one. Give the gift of simple, flavorful outdoor cooking this year and get a custom fit All-Weather Grill Cover for Free. It’s our way of saying thank you to the women who light up our lives every day of the year. Give your gal the Original and get a free cover at traegergrills.com/shop/grills.

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)

Bacon Bleu Cheese Brisket Burger

Posted by Traeger Service on April 21, 2015

There’s nothing like a juicy burger, wood-fired until delicious on a Traeger, to usher in Grill Season. We chose to top our mesquite-smoked burger with crispy bacon and sharp Gorgonzola to offset the savory flavor of the beef and the sweetness of the barbecue sauce. Another standout in this dish are the delicate Tobacco Onions, thin slices of onions dredged in flour and spices and fried until golden brown. But the pièce de résistance is thick slices of Brisket, layered in with the lot to make this burger one massively meaty burger of monumental proportions. We’re taking Grill Season by storm, because anything worth doin’ is worth doin’ right.

BACON BLEU CHEESE BRISKET BURGER

DIFFICULTY: 1/5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 10-12 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite
SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS

20 oz. Ground Beef 80/20
4 slices Thick Cut Bacon, cooked
4 oz. Beef Brisket, cooked
8 oz. Gorgonzola Cheese
2 oz. Traeger BBQ Sauce
2 Hamburger Buns
2 oz. Tobacco Onions
Traeger Beef Rub

METHOD

  • When ready to cook, start the grill 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).
  • Form ground beef into 2, 10 oz. patties. Place them on the grill, shake Traeger Beef Rub on the patty. To get a good sear, place them towards the front of the grill grate. Once they have grill marks, move them to the center and continue to cook for 6-8 more minutes, or until the internal meat temperature is 155°F for medium well. Top the burgers with gorgonzola for the last 2 minutes to melt it
  • Build the burger as follows: bottom bun, beef patty, brisket, bacon, tobacco onions, BBQ sauce (we used Traeger Honey Bourbon BBQ sauce), then top bun. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger_Bacon_Bleu_Cheese_Brisket_Burger.pdf (43.55 kb)

The Ultimate Outdoor Fire Pit by Traeger Grills

Posted by Traeger Service on April 20, 2015

As the weather warms up, the outdoor beckons for cook outs, camping, and outings to the beach. It’s time to make the kind of summer memories that will warm you through the next winter. The Traeger Outdoor Fire Pit is portable, so you can grab it and head into the unknown, in search of your next warm weather adventure. Summer fun starts here: po.st/traegerfirepit.

Loaded Smoke-Roasted Potato Salad

Posted by Traeger Service on April 16, 2015

We combined all the things you love about a “loaded” baked potato and put them into an attention-getting, smoke-roasted potato salad. It’s perfect for a weekend barbecue, picnic, or a rich and flavorful side dish for dinner. You can cook all the ingredients on your Traeger—the potatoes, bacon, and the eggs, giving them a delectable smokiness. Pair this recipe with a meaty main course, or an assortment of grilled veggies.

LOADED SMOKE-ROASTED POTATO SALAD

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ - 3 lbs. medium-sized Yukon Gold or Red Bliss Potatoes, unpeeled
8 slices Bacon
4 large Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Pickle Relish or Dill Pickle, finely minced (optional)
2 tsp. prepared Mustard, or more to taste
2 tsp. Traeger Prime Rib Rub
2 tsp. distilled White Vinegar or Dill Pickle Brine, or more to taste
1 ½ cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 Scallions, thinly sliced
Paprika, for serving
Fresh Parsley, for serving

METHOD

  • If you prefer your potato salad with skin, scrub the potatoes under cold running water with a vegetable brush.
  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350°F and preheat, lid closed (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Lay the bacon slices on the grill grate, perpendicular to the bars. Arrange the eggs and potatoes on the grill grate as well.
  • In the meantime, make the dressing. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, pickle relish (if using), mustard, Traeger Prime Rib Rub, and vinegar. Taste the dressing, adding more mustard, vinegar, or Prime Rib Rub, as needed. Stir in the cheese and scallions. Set aside.
  • Cook the bacon until it is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes; it will crisp as it cools. With tongs, transfer it to paper towels to cool, then crumble.
  • Check the eggs when the bacon is done: Remove one egg from the grill and plunge it into a bowl of ice water. Peel and slice in half to check for doneness: The yolk should not have any rawness in the center. If the egg is cooked through, transfer the others to the ice water and let cool slightly before peeling and finely dicing.
  • Increase the temperature of the grill to 400°F and continue to bake the potatoes for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are tender, but not mushy. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.
  • Peel the still-warm potatoes, if desired, or leave the skins on. Cube the potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the crumbled bacon and the diced eggs. Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and stir gently with a rubber spatula to combine. Taste again for seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl, dust with paprika, and top with parsley. Serve and enjoy!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Traeger Potato Salad.pdf (44.05 kb)


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