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BBQ Bacon Onion Burgers

Well, it’s been a busy week at my house.  With Easter week and all.  So I was thinking I’ll make something that everyone makes, but with a little extra.  This week is BBQ Bacon Onion Burgers. I promise the burgers well not disappoint.

Now let’s start by slicing the bacon and red onion into little places.  I like to use a half pound of bacon and half of a red onion, but you can use more or less of the two depending on your likes.  Now place them in a frying pan on medium heat.  As the stove starts to heat-up head outside and start the briquettes.  Now return to the kitchen and place the ground chuck in a dish that you can mix all the ingredients up in.  I then add J Lee Roy’s to the top of the hamburger along with one egg.  The egg is a binder for all the ingredients.

Don’t forget the bacon and onions on the stove.  That’s a funny thing to say because there is no way your nose is going to let you forget this mixture is cooking.  The aroma that fills your house will make everyone want to eat right now.  The mixture should take about 15 or so minutes to cook.  Make sure all the bacon is crispy this will help when the burgers are cooking.

I don’t like to add the grease from the bacon and onion mixture to the burger so I discard the grease.  Now I dump the bacon and onions on top of the burger mixture.  Now begin to mix with your hands the bacon and onion, J Lee Roy’s or your favorite BBQ sauce, egg and ground chuck together. Or you can teach your kids how to mix up the mixture.Once your done mixing the ingredients start making the Patties. I like to grab a hand full make them into racquet ball sizes and smash them to about a half inch thick patty. You should be able to make 7 burgers.

Your briquettes should be ready now. So spread them out evenly throughout the BBQ and place the grill on.  Now add your patties and wait 5 minutes then flip the burgers. Now wait 7 to 10 more minutes for these delicious burgers.  The last couple of minutes I like to add a couple of buns on the grill to make them a little crispy.  Add your garnish and enjoy a juicy BBQ Bacon Onion Burger. I bet you love them!

Easy BBQ Pork (without the bbq)

The weather here in Northern California has been rain, rain and more rain, so it has been hard to BBQ.  The inclement weather has made me turn to the crock pot for this post.  I know this is not true barbecue but when you are jonesing for BBQ this is a great recipe. That is also very easy to make.

Unlike my past posts this one is all made in the kitchen.  I have chosen to use a pork butt and when the weather is good you can use this recipe on the barbecue also.  You replace the crock pot with a tin foil pan.  You can use your favorite BBQ sauce and beer in this recipe.  If you don’t like the beer option you can use water or apple juice.  I am using Sierra Nevada Porter beer, Lodestar Farms lemon olive oil, Santa Maria seasoning, a half of a red onion and BB Specialties Smokey Jalapeño Honey Sauce (hot). The last two are exclusively sold at the Wagon Wheel Market in Oroville, CA.

Now let’s get to the meat. I spray the frying pan with Lodestar Farms lemon olive oil. While I’m waiting for the oil to heat up I spray Lodestar Farms lemon olive oil all over the pork butt.  This adds a little lemon flavor, and it gives the spices something to stick to.  Remember I like Santa Maria seasoning but if you don’t have it, you can use salt and pepper. If you would like to order it just go to and order your own.  When the oil is hot place the pork in the pan.  Using a spatula rotate the meat until all sides are brown.  This is easy and takes about 10 minutes.

Add a third of a cup of beer to the bottom of the crock pot.  Remember you can also use apple juice if you prefer.  Place the pork butt in the beer and then add seven ounces of your favorite BBQ sauce.  Today I have chosen BB Specialties from Wagon Wheel market. This sauce has jalapeños brown sugar and honey which are great with pork. This sauce has a hidden heat to it, all of a sudden you feal the heat of the peppers. Pour the sauce right on top of the pork. Place the lid on the crock pot, turn it on high and wait 4 to 5 hours. When barbecuing it takes 3 to 4 hours.

After four to five hours in the crock pot the pork is going to be very tender and you can pull it apart real easy with just a fork.  Once you have it all pulled apart add seven or more ounces of BBQ sauce.  Now place on your choice of bread or just eat it out of a bowl. I promise this recipe won’t fail you when you are jonesing for BBQ, but are unable to use an outdoor grill.

BBQ Fish

BBQ tilapia

Are you ready for BBQ fish?  You might be asking, “do you barbecue everything?” My answer is that I try to.  The whole BBQ fish thing started with fish Fridays at the McClure house a few months ago.  I don’t like baked fish and it just seemed weird to fry fish when we are trying to eat healthier.

The fish recipes I have chosen to share with you in this post are the two favorites in my house.  My personnel favorite is tilapia, because it does not have a real fishy taste to it. The salmon also gets top billing, because it is a favorite of my wife and oldest son. You my be asking yourself, “does he get his fish at the Wagon Wheel Market too?” and the answer would be, “yes”. I’m in there every Friday, because that’s when they get there fresh fish delivered. Fresh fish it makes a huge difference in flavor!  If you have access to a local fish market that’s the way to go.

So just like in the last two recipes I start with Kingsford charcoal and mix in a few small pieces of cherry wood. I then return to the kitchen were the fun of trying not to smell like a fish begins.  I start with the salmon because it takes about 10 to 15 minutes more to cook than the tilapia does. I begin by seasoning the salmon with sea salt because this neutralizes the fishy flavor I little bit.  Then I season the fish with Santa Maria seasoning from, yes you guessed it, the Wagon Wheel.  I also add lemon slices and rosemary from my yard. I top the fish off with lemon olive oil from Lodestar Farms.  Then I give the salmon a little more kick by adding dill and some capers. The capers are an important ingredient, because they are my wife’s favorite.  I add capers and dill to the tilapia, as well, but I wait until the salmon has been on the grill for ten minutes. I also like to dip my fish in J Lee Roy’s sea food sauce its has a nice heat to the fish.

Before you place the fish on the barbecue spread the coals in half with a space in the middle, so there is no direct heat on your fish. Burnt fish is bad fish.  Place a piece of tin foil on the grill that is big enough to accommodate all the fish. Then add Lodestar lemon olive oil to the tin foil before placing the fish on the grill.  If you can’t find Lodestar lemon  olive oil you can use a different high quality olive oil. Now place the salmon on the grill,wait ten minutes and then add the tilapia to the grill, as well. Once the tilapia is on the grill let both types of fish grill for thirty-five minutes. (forty-five minutes total for the salmon).  You will know the fish is done when it starts to split. The fish will have a crispy bottom side and a great moist and tasty center that you will love!

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