I spent ALL day cooking. ALL DAY!!
Smoked Jalapeno Dip
- 1 lb Jalapeno (I just cut the stems off, but if you do not like very spicy food, I would remove the seeds too)
- 8 oz Cream Cheese-Soften
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheese (I used a Mexican Blend)
- Cut stems off Jalapenos.
- Wrap jalapenos in aluminum and place on the smoker for 30 minutes.
- Remove from smoker and finely chop. I used my Slap Chop for this.
- Combined with Cream Cheese and Shredded Cheese.
I really did not think this dip was going to taste that great, but everyone loved it. Not bad for a last minute idea :)
Smoked Boston Butt
- 10 lb Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder
- 22 oz Coffee Stout Beer (I used Southern Tier Imperial Jah-va Coffee Stout)
- Pork Dry Rub
- Rub dry spices on meat and pour beer over meat. Marinate for 12-24 hours turning in beer a few times.
- Prep Smoker. If you don't have a smoker, you can use a slow cooker.
- Wrap meat in aluminum foil and place on smoker.
- Using leftover marinate, reduce over medium heat and brush on meat ever 1-2 hours.
- Cook meat 1 1/2 hours per pound.
- Let meat rest before slicing or chopping.
I have seen a few people marinate meat in coffee to add extra flavor and beer is a meat tenderizer, so I came up with the idea to us the coffee beer. I love to cook with beer. I have another blog, Beer Meet Food, with a few of my Food and Beer creations.
- 1 cup Ketcup
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Beer (I like IPA's or Stouts)
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 Onion- Fine Dice or grated
- Combined ingredients and cook over low to medium low heat until sauce starts to thicken.
Mini Pecan Pie
- 15 Mini Phyllo Dough Shells
- 1/2 Cup Pecans-Chopped
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 Cup Corn Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tbsp Butter-Melted
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Toast Pecans in oven for 5-7 minutes. As Rachael Ray says, Your nose will know when they are toasted.
- Remove from oven and coarsely chop. I used my Slap Chop, again.
- Place phyllo shells on foiled pan.
- Combined the nuts, egg, syrup, sugar, vanilla, and butter.
- Spoon mixture into shells.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool before serving.
My Grandpa's Girlfriend gave be a whole bag of shelled pecans to make pecan pie for the party, but I wanted to try something a little different then a traditional pie. I thought about using Puff Pastry, but then I seen the phyllo shells and thought it would make cool bite size desserts. It took every ounce of self control I have to not eat all of them before people arrived.
|My Dad, Sister, and Brother-in-law enjoying their food|
|Our great neighbors|
|My whole family|
|My Best Friend since 7th grade and her family|
|My baby sister!|