Endless Grilling: 10 Easy Steps to the Perfect Butt

10 Steps to the Perfect Pork Butt

It’s grilling season, y’all.  So dust off that grill and make a show stopping pork butt to tantalize and amaze your friends and family.  With 4th of July around the corner, I can’t think of a more appropriate topic 😉

I, personally, am not a grilling expert, but after watching my boyfriend (who is basically an expert) prep and smoke this lovely pork butt, I kind of feel like I am…and you can, too!

This one actually won a contest and was dubbed the #1 Butt!!

Step 1: Buy a butt

Look for a butt for however many guests you are feeding.   I think ours was 8 lbs and it fed approximately 15  people.  You want some fat on the butt, but not a huge sheet of fat, because then it will be super greasy tasting.

Step 2: Make a rub

We made a rub using this recipe.  It tenderized the meat and gave it amazing flavor.

Mason Jar Shaker with Grill Rub

You can even make a shaker out of a mason jar!

Step 3: Make an injection

An injection keeps the meat moist throughout the long cook time.  We used this recipe here, featuring apple juice!

Inject your BBQ

You can find injectors in lots of stores, in a variety of sizes and materials.  We like this stainless steel one found on Amazon.

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Endless Poptails: Grilled Mango Smash

 

I’m going to be upfront and set this post up properly: I’m a baker, not a griller. I’m not saying that because I rock heels over flip flops for weekend outings.  Grill’n is just not my thing. As a result I’m the worst kind of griller. I’m always lifting the hood a few too many times and turning the heat up and down too much—I grill with self-doubt.

So for this recipe it wasn’t bravery that stirred me to action. Nope. It wasn’t even the Esquire article about this new breed of female master grillers, that is, until I got to the grilled margarita recipe. Grilled drinks?

Yeah, go ahead, I’ll wait while you grab your tongs.

Here’s what I made after grabbing mine: Grilled Mango Smash.  Think sweet mango grilled to the point when the sugar is sweated to the surface for a dark smoky carmelized flavor. Lighting up that sweetness is the fire from the tomatillo and quietly but confidently nudging its way in is a slight peppery bite from the basil. And finally, lying beneath all that is a layer of that belly-grabbing barbeque flavor. It’s awesomeness on a stick.

Grilled Mango Smash

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100 Ways to Cook with BBQ Sauce

Alright, we’re calling it: it’s officially summer as far as we’re concerned! All around the nation, loyal ESers are firing up their grills, cracking up a cold brewski (or two, or three, or ten…we don’t judge), and getting ready to devour their body weight in BBQ-sauce drenched goodness. We support this and want to help you in your summertime BBQ journey, so we’ve rounded up 100 of the most delicious ways to create and utilize delicious BBQ flavor. There are the usual suspects (read: meat, meat, and more meat) but we’ve got the vegetarians and vegans covered, too… BBQ tempeh burgers or BBQ pulled portobello quesadillas, anybody? What about BBQ in our pasta, on our pizzas, or glazed on our fruit? Don’t mind if we do!

Click on the photos for full recipes.

Strawberry BBQ Sauce Tempeh Sandwich Blue Cheese BBQ Chicken Pizza BBQ bacon-wrapped jalapenos Baked-In BBQ Sauce Onion Rings
BBQ Pulled Pork Cinnamon Rolls Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Meatballs Homemade Guava BBQ Sauce Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry BBQ Sauce
Pulled BBQ Brisket over Sweet Potato Waffles BBQ Chicken Burgers Pulled Pork Empanadas BBQ Green Beans
Grilled BBQ Potato Chips BBQ Caramelized Onions BBQ Chicken Quesadillas Smokey Bear Salad Dressing
Homemade Peach Jalapeno BBQ Sauce Calico Beans BBQ Chicken Chili Vegan BBQ Porter-Bella Sandwiches
BBQ Tempeh Tahini Citrus Salad BBQ Brisket Tacos Vegan Shell Pasta in BBQ Sauce BBQ Chicken Calzones
BBQ Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts BBQ Pheasant Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Espresso BBQ Sauce Eggs Benedict with BBQ Hollandaise
Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta Lil Texas Sliders Sweet and Sour BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Bahn Mi Burgers with Vietnamese Caramel BBQ Sauce
Smoky BBQ Hummus BBQ Lentil Sandwich BBQ Baked Beans, Barley, & Lentils Disheveled Joseph Sloppy Joes
Roast Cauliflower with BBQ sauce Pulled Pork BBQ Pasta Slowcooker Beef Shortribs BBQ Cranberry Chickpea Wrap
Pork and Apple Rolls with Peach BBQ BBQ Meatloaf BBQ Chicken Salad
BBQ Jelly Oven Baked Chicken Wings Turkey Apple BBQ Panini Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burger with Peach BBQ
Pulled Pork Breakfast Toast Pulled Chicken Sliders with Blackberry Chipotle Sauce and Cilantro Lime Slaw BBQ Spiced Sweet Potato Chips BBQ Mini Sausages
Strawberry BBQ Sauce Bacon, Sausage & Ham Breakfast Kebabs with Marionberry-Cinnamon BBQ Sauce BBQ Cream Cheese Chicken Dip Grilled Eggplant with Korean BBQ
BBQ Black-eyed Pea-Collard Rolls Creamy BBQ Pasta Salad Ginger Honey BBQ Pork Tenderloin BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad
Bacon Explosion BBQ Chicken Enchiladas BBQ Nachos Kansas City BBQ Bacon Shrimp
Tangy BBQ Tofu BBQ Chicken Soup Smokey Black Eyed Pea BBQ Chili Cornbread BBQ Sandwiches
BBQ Seitan and Broccoli Burritos with BBQ Sauce, Plantain, Sweet Potato, Broccoli Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce Ravioli with Pulled Pork and Pickled Onion
BBQ Chicken Baked Potato BBQ Jalapeno Poppers Loaded BBQ Fries BBQ Portobello Sandwich with Smoked Gouda
BBQ Pork Wonton Nachos BBQ Salmon Burgers Pulled Chicken Panini BBQ Goat
Roast Beef BBQ Sauce Grilled Cheese BBQ Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese Strawberry BBQ Pulled Pork BBQ Chicken Blue Cheese Slaw Wraps
Tofu Po’Boy with Barbeque Cole Slaw BBQ Flaxseed Crackers Hickory BBQ Meatball Sandwiches
BBQ Sauce Glazed Peaches BBQ Baked Beans with Brisket and Shiner Beer BBQ Tempeh Burger with Jalapeno Slaw BBQ Mac & Cheese Pizza
Brisket & Brie Quesadillas with Mango BBQ Sauce Oven-Baked Duck Leg in BBQ Sauce Bacon BBQ Grilled Cheese on Texas Toast Chipotle BBQ Corn & Bean Salad
Open-Faced BBQ Breakfast Sandwich BBQ Salmon Panini BBQ Glazed Sausage BBQ Portobello Quesadillas

 

All 100 Ways — 1,600 recipes and counting! — found here.


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Nachos Gone Wild!

With football season kicking into high gear, it’s about time for some serious snack talk. But you know us ES-ers aren’t gonna just crack open some Tostitos spicy cheese dip and call it a day. These 10 recipes are taking nachos to a whole new level.

1. Greek Nachos

Pita chips, ground lamb, and tzatziki stand in for the usual Mexican ingredients in this inventive Mediterranean take on Nachos.

Greek nachos recipe from elly says opa!

2. Chimichurri Nachos

It’s Argentina’s turn to get creative, topping their nachos with grilled steak and the country’s signature cilantro sauce.

Chimichurri nachos recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

3. Totchos

Yes, that’s tater tot nachos, and really, can anyone argue nachos wouldn’t be better when you replace the chips with crispy fried potatoes?

Tater tot nacho recipe from Riley J. Briggs.

4. Pasta Nachos

At San Francisco Italian restaurant Puccini and Pinetti, wonton wrappers serve as the base for Italian nachos topped with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil.

Recipe for pasta nachos.

5. Grilled Nachos

Once again proving that any food that tastes good tastes even better cooked over a grill.

Grilled nachos recipe from Jenn’s Food Journey.

Next: Potato chip nachos, dessert nachos and more

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Happy Grilling Season! Endless Simmer’s Top 10 Favorite Things to Cook Outside

Not that we wait until Memorial Day to pull out the grills, but the unofficial start of summer does mean it’s time to start getting serious about BBQ season. Need some help? Here are Endless Simmer’s top 10 favorite things to throw on the grill.

10. Grilled Pickles

Just trust us on this one, it works. Grilled pickles.

9. Grilled Pizza

Any pizza is better with a few char marks. Grilled pizza recipe + the perfect pizza dough recipe.

8. Grilled Ribs

Of course you already know if you have a beautiful rack like this, it’d be a sin not to cook it on the grill. But you don’t have our secret hoisin sauce BBQ ribs recipe. Now you do.

7. Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili Lime Butter

This one doesn’t need any sales pitch, does it? Grilled corn on the cob with chili lime butter recipe.

6. Grilled Sliders with Onion Marmalade

Why eat one burger when you can have 14 tiny ones? Grilled sliders with onion marmalade recipe.

Next: Our Top 5 Favorite Things to Cook Outside

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…And the Living’s Easy

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Gansie’s recent post about avocados, citrus trees, and Hollywood celebrity sightings had me envious of all that is SoCal, including the seemingly perpetual 75 degrees and sunny forecast. I woke up this morning and it was 49 degrees outside! You see, I live in a part of Pennsylvania where it also snows or flurries every day from December to March, so my envy was coming from the fact that summer is quickly coming to an end.

School buses are beginning to pop up on every block, some leaves are becoming slightly tinged with yellow, and political ads are everywhere. Fall does have its culinary benefits; things like pumpkin pie, green chicken chili, agave and cinnamon acorn squash, pumpkin ravioli with sage butter, fresh orchard apples and the roast chicken with sausage and apple stuffing that I make with those apples….OK so maybe fall’s not all bad, but I am getting off track.

It is still summer and in the hopes of filling the remaining weeks of it with delectable meals for all those in ES nation, I thought I would post my top 3 “summer” dishes. Summertime food to me does not have to be complex or have exotic ingredients.It is quick, simple, fresh, can often be cooked outside and pairs well with any adult cold beverage (my favorite lately has to be Flying Dog brewery’s Classic Pale Ale). Take a look and feel free to shout out your top summer dishes in the comments.

3. Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime butter

Variations of this have popped up more and more on many a cooking show, but for good reason; it may be one of the simplest and tastiest sides out there. Corn’s flavor doesn’t last long. As soon as it is picked, the sugars in each kernel start turning into starch, so the key is to get it fresh. Whether it is a farmers market or a roadside stand, you can find it almost anywhere during the summer. I have seen recipes suggest that you should soak the husks in water and other such steps, but I firmly believe that down and dirty is the way to go. Husk the corn, toss it on a hot grill and turn regularly until the kernels have a slight char. While the corn is cooking begin melting a stick of butter and add the juice of 1 lime. I leave the chili powder for everyone to sprinkle on themselves because some like it hot and some don’t. If you are feeling up to it, you can always make your own chili powder, which far outshines  any store-bought option.  For this dish, I recommend toasting dried chipotle peppers (smoked jalapenos) in a skillet for a few minutes on medium heat until they become nice and fragrant. After that, just grind them up, sprinkle and serve. If the citrus and heat doesn’t do it for you, make your own butter. Some ideas for flavors to incorporate could be roasted red pepper, green goddess, raspberry, almost any herb….the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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ES Presents: Presents

Chanukah is early this year, starting on December 12 and lasting for eight days. There’s not too much time to shop for those abiding by the light of the menorah. So while all you Jesus-folk can procrastinate and scoop up last minute sales, those celebrating Chanukah need to hurry it up.

And I have a present for the grill master in your family. I super, super hate cleaning. And when there’s a way to make cleaning just slightly more entertaining, I’m all about it. When the dudes behind Grill Daddy sent me some press info and a sample, I couldn’t wait to clean that damn, dirty grill. Fine, I actually could wait. I made DAD GANSIE clean.

Here’s DAD GANSIE on the Grill Daddy.

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