Our Surprise Trip and How We Ate Our Way Through the City!

Instead of the usual “3 Things that Work in the Kitchen” post, I thought I’d share about the surprise trips that my oldest daughter and I planned for each other.  This turned out to be one of the funnest things we’ve ever done!

Backstory

Earlier this summer I decided that after taking our son to college, it would be fun to go on a trip with just our youngest.  I wanted to kick off our “3 Musketeers Years” (when there will be just the three of us at home) with something fun.

There’s a website called Pack Up & Go that will plan a surprise three day trip for you.  Intriguing, but it was a little bit expensive.  I told our oldest daughter about the site and she decided that we should plan trips for each other – I’d plan a trip for Meredith and her husband and she’d plan one for Jim, Mia and me.

Their Trip to Pittsburgh

After checking the map for cities within driving distance of Lexington, KY that Meredith and Stephen haven’t been to, I settled on Pittsburgh as their destination.  I’ve never been to Pittsburgh either and had no idea what it offered, but that is a cool city!

I booked an Air BnB for them (their preferred way to stay and within their budget) and then set to work on an itinerary.  With the help of the blog Discover the Burgh, I was able to easily plan a great trip for them.  I gave them a list of restaurants and activities to choose from.

I made a folder of info for them that was not to be opened until they were in the car ready to leave.  So fun!

And they had a blast!

It was fun to plan a trip for someone else and I loved getting texts from them throughout the weekend about what they were doing.

Our trip to Memphis!

For our trip, Meredith had several envelopes to be opened at specific times.  The first one just told us which direction and which highway to get on.  We had one envelope that included a CD of an electronic mash up of weatherman vocals.  If you don’t know what that is – neither did we, but it was hilarious!  Our son has a friend who is studying to be a meteorologist and is currently a student at WKU in Bowling Green, KY. They used some clips of him saying “Bowling Green” to let us know that was the direction we needed to go.

At Bowling Green we opened another envelope that told us of a lunch stop in Nashville – Hattie B’s Hot Chicken.

The chicken was great, but the Pimento Mac & Cheese was awesome!  Such a fun stop.

After lunch we were instructed to go to the Parthenon in Nashville, where we’d open the next clue.  Lucky for us, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams had a food truck there.  I’ve wanted to try this ice cream for years and I finally got my chance!

I had Brambleberry Crisp ice cream and Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet.  Both were so amazing!  I didn’t even think to take a photo, because I as so absorbed in how delicious and intense the flavors were.

After ice cream we opened the envelope revealing our destination – Memphis!

To keep this post from being ridiculously long, I’ll use our meals to walk you through what we did.  We basically ate our way through Memphis.  I have no regrets!

We hit up Beale Street and the Rum Boogie Cafe for dinner.  We went early before things got crazy – and it did look like it would turn into a real party atmosphere later that night, which is not our kind of scene.

At the Rum Boogie Cafe we had Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Po’ Boys, gumbo and red beans and rice.

The next morning we started with breakfast at Brother’s Junipers – delicious!  Then we headed to Graceland.

What we didn’t realize until we hit Memphis is that we were there at the start of Elvis Week.  Elvis died 40 years ago and many, many people were coming into town.  Graceland was busy!

Later that evening we went to Central BBQ.  Oh. My. Goodness! That was the best bbq I’ve ever eaten.  And this is how serious they take their bbq:

The line was out the door.  An armed security guard – yes, he carried a gun – let each party in the door just a few people at a time.  But wow! That bbq was worth guarding!

The three of us shared ribs – half wet, half dry rub, a plate of bbq nachos and four sides.  It was all so, so good!

After dinner we went to the Pyramid that houses the Bass Pro Shop.  We’re not outdoorsy, but that place is so cool!  We rode the glass elevator to the top, stepped out on the lookout and took in gorgeous views of the city and Mississippi River.

Our last morning started with breakfast at Blue Plate Cafe.

Then we walked through the historic house district and headed to the Peabody Hotel to see the famous Peabody ducks.

We had such a great trip!  If you have someone in your life that you could swap trip planning with, I highly recommend doing it.

We never would have planned a trip to Memphis for ourselves, and Meredith said the same thing about Pittsburgh.  But it was so fun to explore a new place for a few days, to experience the surprise of it and to not have to do any planning for your own trip.

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3 Things that Work in the Kitchen – Giveaway – $150 Walmart card!

1.  Giveaway! A week’s worth of groceries!

Today on Facebook Live I’m giving away a $150 Walmart card.  That’s about a week’s worth of groceries, depending on your family size and what all you’re buying. If you’re only buying items from the Eat at Home Meal Plans, you’ll get two or three (or more) weeks out of $150.

How to win:

Click over to the Eat at Home Facebook page and look for the live video for today.  I’ll be going live about 10am Eastern, but you can also catch the replay.  Share the video and you’re entered to win.  Winners will be announced on the Facebook page.

You can also still enter to win an Instant Pot by sharing this video where Beth and I made 6 Freezer Meals in 1 Hour.  

And enter to win a set of Cuisinart knives by sharing this video where we made an easy sheet pan dinner.

I have to say that this screen shot is everything!  Embarrassing, hilarious and unfortunate!

Beth and I got a huge laugh thinking of possible headlines to go with that photo:

“Two moms busted for trying to save the dinner hour”

“You’ll never believe what’s in that bag!”

Save on Eat at Home Meal Plans

Eat at Home Meal Plans are on sale right now, so this is a great time to become a member. Get your dinners under control before school starts, so you can spend time with your family instead of figuring out how to feed them.  Use the code EAT25 to save 25%.  Today is the last day of the sale!

Click here for more info

 

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2. New knives that I’m loving!

This is the set of knives I’m giving away (entry info is above).  I needed some better knives for myself, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune.  This set came up in the Amazon search and has over 3000 reviews of 4 1/2 stars.  They are sharp and nice to use.  I love the colors too.  It’s easy to grab the right knife since each one has it’s own color.

3. I finished recipe testing for the cookbook!!!

I am so glad to be done with the recipe testing portion of the cookbook!  I feel like we have eaten ALL. THE. FOOD. this summer.  There were weeks when I made a dozen recipes, 3-4 or more in a day.

So much food!

I will say that I’m very excited about the recipes in the book.  I’ve already gone back to make quite a few of them, just because we loved them so much the first time.

I’m hoping to have the creative energy to start sharing recipes on the blog again soon too.  That has taken a back seat to the cookbook the last few months, but I have some great ideas for recipes for the blog that I’ve been rolling around in my mind.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – Plus Summer Reading

1. Fantastic salad (and a great, new dressing)!

The other day I made a big salad for dinner that had spring green mix, tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumbers, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and avocado slices.  That might be considered a Cobb salad, but what’s in a name, really?  It was great no matter what you call it!

I happened to see Newman’s Own Honey Apple Cider dressing in the grocery the other day and bought a bottle.  I highly recommend that dressing!  It’s very good, light tasting and not too sweet.

2.  Hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker

While prepping the big salad, I decided to try using a pressure cooker for the hard boiled eggs.  I used my Cuisinart and set the cook time for 5 minutes, then let them have another 5 minutes of natural pressure release.  Once finished, I rinsed them under cold water to stop the cooking process.

The pressure cooker worked great.  I hear people way that the eggs are easier to peel when cooked this way.  I’m not sure they were any easier or any harder to peel.  Mostly, it seemed about like cooking them on the stove.  The only difference was that on the stove, I time the for 10 minutes from the time they start to boil.  But sometimes I get distracted and miss when they start boiling.  The pressure cooker solved that problem.

3. Grocery shopping – all the ways to do it

I have bought more groceries in the last few weeks, as I’m working to finish recipe testing for the cookbook.  Last week alone I ordered groceries from Walmart, tried Instacart twice and did a big trip through Walmart myself.

Here’s what I’ve learned: ordering groceries is a modern day blessing!  I love the convenience of not having to go into the store.  It’s such a time-saver!

Walmart and Kroger both have online ordering with store pickup in our area.  I’ve used both and like both.  Instacart delivers right to your house and offers same day service, often within the hour.  I do like that, but Instacart is more expensive.

Do you use an online ordering service for groceries?

Coming this week…

I’ve got some great things planned for you this week and into next!  It all starts tomorrow with a Facebook Live where we’ll make 6 dinners in 1 hour to get your freezer ready for back-to-school.  There will be giveways involved, so you won’t want to miss it!  Look for me on the Facebook page around 10am Eastern or you can catch the replay.

What I’ve been reading

The Precious One by Marisa De Los Santos – I love all of her books for the way she portrays family and relationships.  Her characters are also interesting and like-able.

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel – Apparently this is also a TV series, although I’d never heard of it before.  If you like history, the space race and reading about women you will like this book.  I found it really interesting to read the things these women went through and the experiences they had.  This was also an interesting read after seeing the movie Hidden Figures.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that as well.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Recipes from Around the World

I’ve spent several weeks rounding up the best recipes for your slow cooker in every category I could think of. We started with sandwiches and side dishes and moved on to Tex-Mex favorites and breakfast/brunch options. The variety of flavors you can achieve with slow cooking is absolutely amazing, moving way beyond soups, stews and chicken. Today, I’m adding some international flavor to our series with slow cooker recipes from around the world that I’m sure your family will enjoy.

 

Africa, India and the Middle East

  • This African Pulled Beef Sandwich is based on a sandwich served at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And while it may not be as authentic as the one you would find in Africa, it’s  so flavorful you just might think you’re there!

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – It’s feast or famine around here!

1.  Recipe Testing – the feast/famine part

I’m working hard to get all the recipes for my cookbook done by mid-August.  That means that I’ve been testing about 12 or more recipes a week.  Some days we have a LOT of food!

If it’s a day I’m not testing though, we may have little to nothing.

Or we might have three or four main dishes and no sides.  Then once I hit the side dish chapter, we had meals that were all side dishes and no mains.

Now we’re in the dessert chapter, so it could be sugar overload soon!

2. NYC Trip

I took a break from recipe testing last week.  We went to NYC with our two youngest kids and a few other families.  We had a fantastic time!  Highlights include:

Seeing Hello Dolly! on Broadway

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge at night

Visiting the September 11 Memorial and Museum

And a lot more – I think we saw everything in New York, at least it felt that way from all the walking.  We had such great time!

3. Sale on Healthy Kickstart Plans – only through July 20

Last year I created a new meal plan that many of you have asked for – low carb, lots of lean meats and vegetables, low sugar, but still family friendly.  I called it Healthy Kickstart and launched it in December.  

Healthy Kickstart was only available for a couple of weeks.  It’s been closed since January 10th.  Until now! 

I’ve decided to offer the Healthy Kickstart Meal Plans again for a short amount of time.  These meal plans will only be available until July 20.  

Why Healthy Kickstart

I heard from many of you that you’re looking for meal plans that could be Whole30 friendly or paleo friendly.  Some of you wanted to reset your eating, some want to eat like this on a regular basis.  

The four weeks of meal plans included in Healthy Kickstart have the easy recipes you love from Eat at Home, but they’re among the healthiest we offer.

With Healthy Kickstart plans you’ll save several hours a week in planning, plus save money by not eating out and working from a plan.  

Once again, this is only offered for a short time.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever offer these plans again in this format.  As a bonus, if you choose to purchase Healthy Kickstart plans now, you’ll also receive an option of adding the 12 Month Meal Plan membership for a great price too.

Healthy Kickstart Meal Plans are available now through July 20 for just $14.  Click here to find out more and purchase.

 

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Slow Cooker Breakfasts for a month of weekdays

It’s a well-established fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some would argue that it’s also the tastiest. But many would also agree that it’s the toughest one to get on the table and actually enjoy before the demands of the day kick in. With the aid of your slow cooker and a little outside-the-box thinking a healthy make-ahead breakfast can be more than a possibility. Today I’m sharing enough slow cooker breakfasts for a month of weekdays. That’s an entire month’s worth of prepped the night before and simply scooped out and enjoyed in each morning.

Breakfast Casseroles

  • This Breakfast Casserole from Karen at 365 Days of Crockpot includes all the basics – sausage, eggs, hash browns and cheese. And you really can’t go wrong throwing in a few veggies too, like spinach or mushrooms.
  • This Easy Breakfast Casserole is perfect for a late morning brunch or cooking all night for an early breakfast. It’s a classic comfort food at it’s best
  • I’ve added a little trick to my slow cooker Hashbrown Casserole that allows you to enjoy some breakfast ham or smoked sausage with your hashbrown casserole and very little extra effort.
  • This Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole is not your basic cheesy potato dish. It’s been kicked up a notch or three compliments of my sister and her crowd-pleasing comfort-food recipe.

  • Frittatas are such a filling option for breakfast or brunch, and this Ham and Swiss Frittata is no exception. It’s loaded with wonderful flavors and it just looks pretty sitting on a plate, though it won’t last long there at all!

Grains & Sweets

  • Grits are a staple here in the south, but they do take a chunk of time in the morning. Unless you have this recipe for Slow Cooker Grits from Add a Pinch, that is. Then you can put your grits in the night before and they’re all ready for a hearty southern breakfast come morning.
  • This Cinnamon Swirl Pancake Bake from Dawn at Cutefetti only takes about an hour in the morning and it bakes while you get the rest of your day started. As opposed to stopping your routine to fix breakfast. How wonderful is that?!

Photo credit to Mary at Berefeet in the Kitchen

  • Peanut butter and chocolate chips and granola and a slow cooker? There’s really no need to convince you to try this Chocolate Chip Granola from Mary at Barefeet in the Kitchen now is there? Yum!

Oatmeal 6 Different Ways

  • If you’ve ever wanted a big slice of apple pie for breakfast, but just didn’t see it as a healthy option, then this Slow Cooked Apple Oatmeal recipe is for you. In an attempt to keep it healthy, I would recommend adding milk as opposed to ice cream as a side.

  • If hot spiced apple cider is more to your liking, then you’ll want to toss this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal into the slow cooker before you head to bed tonight. Waking up in the morning shouldn’t be a problem with the lovely scent that will greet you!
  • The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberry taste is a great way to start the day. Especially when it comes in the form of a bowl of Cranberry Orange Oatmeal as opposed to say a sugar-topped muffin.
  • It’s a good thing when your husband texts you mid-morning to tell you that breakfast was awesome. When he does that two different morning, then you know you have a winner of a recipe. You can find out what all the fuss is about this Gingerbread Oatmeal!

  • Peaches and cream for breakfast? Yes, please! You can add this Peaches and Cream Oatmeal to your slow cooker and set it to be ready in the morning. You’ll find the recipe and a sweet little tip to make your slow cooker programmable, just in case you didn’t purchase a programmable one.
  • Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is full of all the pumpkin pie spices we know and love, and you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, or October to enjoy it. It’s perfectly cozy and tasty all year round!

Fruits & Such

  • Scalloped Peaches would make for a wonderful weekend breakfast paired with a favorite protein and a tableful or family. There’s something about fresh fruit that makes you just want to slow down and enjoy a bit. It’s such a great tone to set for the day, don’t you think?
  • Steph’s Poached Stuffed Pears, from her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures, would make a fine dessert. But why not breakfast with their fruit, nut and sweet spice ingredient list. It’s definitely a sweet way to start your day!

Photo credits to Steph at 52 Kitchen Adventures

  • This Blueberry Butter is similar to an apple butter, but obviously with blueberries. Steph shared this on her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures and it’s such a great way to savor the flavor of blueberries all year round, on toast or pancakes or mixed in with yogurt. Yum!
  • Homemade Apple Sauce is super easy to make if you have an apple corer/peeler. And once you have the homemade apple sauce, you’ll be hard pressed to go back to the store-bought variety. Ever.

Photo credits to Kimberly at Daring Gourmet

  • Did you know that you can make Yogurt in your slow cooker using this recipe from Kimberly at The Daring Gourmet? It does take time for the yogurt to process, but the hands-on time is minimal and the result is a creamy Greek yogurt that you can top enjoy with pretty much all of the other breakfast recipes I’ve shared here.

Clearly, slow cookers are for much more than just dinner!

Try a few of these recipes this week and tell me if your morning coffee doesn’t taste just a little better when it’s accompanied with a hearty breakfast that you didn’t have to stress over as soon as your feet hit the floor! Which one will you start with?

 

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – June 26

1. So much recipe testing!

I’m determined to get the recipe testing portion of the cookbook done by the time school starts. That means doing lots of recipe testing.  This week I tested eleven recipes.  Ten main dishes and one dessert.  Plus I did a Facebook Live video showing how to make Peach BBQ Pork Sandwiches.

We had food coming out of our ears around here!  I gave dinner to our neighbors across the street three nights and shared some of the rest with other friends.

Favorites from this week included Autumn Chicken Skillet and a quinoa salad that’s packable for meals on the go.  My youngest said that is her favorite thing I’ve ever made.  She even ate it for breakfast one day.

2.  VBS snack planning

Our church is doing VBS this week and I’m doing the snacks.  We have a lot of kids come from the neighborhood and they don’t always get enough to eat, so I try to make the snacks fairly healthy and filling.

This year we’ll be having:

Snack mix with yogurt cups

Apples, cheese and crackers

Watermelon, cheese and turkey rolls, pretzels

Popsicles and granola bars

3.  Cherry Cobbler

We went to Ohio to see Jim’s family last Sunday and I took this Cherry Cobbler.  It’s not always easy to find tart cherries, unless you know someone with a tree, but I’ve been able to find them in Meijer freezer section recently.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – Plus the book everyone was reading at the beach

1.  Beach food!

We’ve been home from the beach for a week now, but I wanted to tell you a little about the food we had.  Fifteen of us rented a house on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  To keep costs down and to keep things simple, we always eat at the house instead of going out.

My mom is a fantastic cook and super organized.  She started cooking and freezing food in February – waffles, banana bread, lots of cookies, stuffed shells, bbq, chicken tetrazini….  There was so much food and it was all delicious!

She and dad packed it on dry ice in a giant cooler.  My sister and daughter talked me into doing a Facebook Live video of us unpacking it all.  You can watch it here.

One question people always ask is why would anyone do that?  Why cook and freeze all those meal?  We’ve been doing this for years (I should say that Mom has been doing it for years, the rest of us just eat) and it has saved so much money and time.

This year we were close enough to restaurants to go out if we’d wanted to, but restaurants for 15 people X 7 days = $$$$$$$

The last time we went to the beach we stayed very far away from anything and it wouldn’t have been convenient to go out to eat, unless we wanted to drive 30 minutes each way to do it.

And when we’re in Disney World, we try to eat dinner and breakfast at the house and eat lunch in the parks.

Saving that money is part of what makes the vacations affordable for us.

2. New sealing rings for the Instant Pot

The only draw back to the Instant Pot or any pressure cooker is that the rings can gather smells.  I’ve figured out how to reduce the smell, but I can’t get rid of it all the way.  To reduce it, I use 3 tabs of denture cleaner, like efferdent.  Weird, but it’s the only thing that helps.

Finally though, I ordered a set of new rings from Amazon (affiliate link).  They were around $10, but Amazon pricing changes quickly.  There are three in different colors, so I’ve designated one for main dish type meals, one for sweet things like apple sauce and one for neutral foods like oatmeal and rice.

3.  Dishwasher installed and it works!

We’re loving having a dishwasher again after 11 months of hand-washing.  This one is very quiet, which I’m happy about.

The most popular book in our group at the beach:

Several of us took books to the beach, but one book made the rounds.  Isaac decided to read all of Andy Andrews’ books this summer and he brought The Noticer with him to the beach.  He finished it. Our oldest daughter read it. My mom read it (she never reads!), and my niece read it and gave the copy to my sister to read.  My parents ordered copies for my dad to read and to give to their church library.

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.  The Noticer, The Noticer Returns, The Traveler’s Gift and The Little Things are all fantastic.

What works in the kitchen this week for you?  And what have you been reading lately?

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Eat at Home Habit #7 – Pantry and Freezer Challenge!

It’s the final post in our series on 7 Habits for Eating at Home.

If you are just joining us and would like to catch up on the other topics we’ve covered including topics planning meals around your calendar, quick and simple grocery shopping tips, stocking your freezer, the 15-minute meal, tools and tips for mastering time-saving cooking methods and a collection of dinner conversation starters. Today we have the perfect way to wrap up our series on healthy eating habits with a pantry and freezer challenge.

Habit #7 – Pantry and Freezer Challenge

One habit that needs to be in the rotation for all of us is the occasional pantry and freezer challenge.  We are blessed to live in a country where food is abundant and getting it in hand is easier than it ever has been before. We have the ability to buy and store all kinds of food to keep on hand whenever we want it. We can even have it delivered to our door in some instances!

But the other side of that coin is it’s easy to keep buying things we don’t need while letting ingredients we already have languish and spoil in the pantry and freezer. Of course, wasted food is not only sad but it’s not really great for the budget either. So I like to be intentional about taking a week or two every so often to go through what I have and make a plan for using it up in my meals. This means I waste much less food than before and still put great meals on the table for my family!

Here are a few tips for taking a week (or more) and using up the food that’s been hiding in your kitchen and turning it into delicious and satisfying meals for your family.

  • Go on a search and rescue mission in your pantry and freezer.  You need to know exactly what you’ve got in there.  Examine expiration dates, pitching what’s already past its prime.  Make a list of what you find.
  • Search recipes for meals that use the foods you find.  Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients and get creative in your cooking.
  • Grab a calendar and plot out your meals. You might surprise yourself and be able to plan several weeks or a whole month!
  • Commit.  Stay out of the stores as much as possible and keep to your plan.  One way to commit is to designate a way to spend or save the money you’re not spending on groceries.  If you budget a regular amount of money for the grocery, during your pantry and freezer challenge you won’t be spending that.  That means you can put that money aside for something needed or fun!

I think this pantry and freezer challenge is the perfect way to end our 7 Habits of Eating at Home series.  I’d love it if you took a moment and told me what you’re making from your pantry and freezer this week!

Here are a few more things that might be helpful in your pantry and freezer challenge this week

 

Next week we’re starting a new series on Summer Slow Cooking and Pressure Cooking. Let’s keep the kitchen cool together!

Read all the posts in the 7 Successful Habits for Eating at Home

  1. Plan Meals around your calendar and lifestyle
  2. Simplify Grocery Shopping to save time and money
  3. Stock up your freezer with easy meals and shortcuts
  4. Plan 15-minute meals for busy days
  5. Master time-saving tools in the kitchen–before you are in a time crunch!
  6. Create intentional conversation and connection with your families at the dinner table + FREE PRINTABLE!
  7. THIS POST: Use up what you already have by shopping from your pantry and freezer when you plan your menu at least a few times a year!
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Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

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