FTB Pulled Pork

I may have been born in New York City but I’m a country boy at heart. It was nearing the time to “Feed The Beast” so I prepped my smoker to make my “FTB Pulled Pork”. Prep time is about ten minutes and smoke time is about nine hours. So what’s a country boy supposed…

The Beast’s Baby Backs!

Spring is here and smoke is in the air! With the start of the spring season, the first dish “The Beast” demands to be smoked is baby back ribs. As the servant to “The Beast” I must oblige him. So Baby Back Ribs it is. This is a favorite of those that I hold close…

Hot Diggity Dog!

“The Beasts” Spicy Red Onions! It’s that time of year to break out the grills, clean them up and get them going. One of “The Beast’s” favorite pastime foods made on a grill, is a hot dog. There are so many toppings that you can put on a them. The list can be endless. Some…

Coq Au Vin

Before I begin, a shout-out is warranted for the kitchen skills performed by my Sous-chef for this dish. “The Croc” did an amazing job when it came time to “Feed The Beast”. If you ever saw the film “Donnie Brasco”, this is the dish that Lefty Ruggiero is making for Christmas dinner. Lefty says to…

Pizza Rustica a.k.a. Easter Meat Pie

It is that time of year again. Easter is upon us and it has been tradition in my family since before I was born to make Pizza Rustica or as some call it, “Easter Meat Pie”. It is one of the two popular pies we make during this holiday. The second is Pizza Gran or…

Beast Braised Short Ribs

“The Beast” goes crazy over braised short ribs. The way the beef just falls apart and melts in your mouth is so satisfying. But what is braising? Braising is a combination cooking techniques. The two methods used are wet and dry heat. Generally you would first sear or sauté your food over a high heat….

Sous Vide Lemon Rosemary Salmon

If you are looking to make salmon that is completely infused with flavor, I would recommend investing in a Sous Vide. I have used my Sous Vide for many dishes but this salmon dish is at the top of the list. The salmon comes out extremely flaky and moist. This technique of cooking enhances the…

Chorizo Flambé

Here is a simple recipe that will wow your guests. Chorizo is a cured sausage that can be found throughout Europe, In Portuguese and Spanish cultures, chorizo is a pork sausage that is smoked using dried smoked red peppers which gives it the spiciness and the deep red color. This recipe adds a higher dimension…

Clams Vino Blanco

Looking for a quick clam recipe as an appetizer? Look no further! This recipe uses five ingredients and takes about ten minutes to make. Just make sure to have plenty of bread, because you are going to want to soak up all the juice and eat it.

Saint Patrick, Guinness Corned Beef And Getting Pinched

Wishing all, a very Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Even though I am including an easy recipe for “Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage”, this blog will focus more on the origins of Saint Patrick and how this meal became to be. First thing you need to know is “Corned Beef and Cabbage” is not a traditional…