It seems like eternity since I’ve posted a new recipe to KCinAZ.  Originally, my posts were all about food and then I ran out of newly created recipes.  Sometimes, the old noggin just doesn’t think up new goodies.  But, leave it to the hubby, he requested that I smoke chicken for a dinner party and this recipe was the result.  Apple Wood Smoked Lemon Chicken stuffed with quartered golden delicious apples and white onion.

Take one 3-4 pound  whole chicken

Place herbs and dried lemon peel under the breast skin.
Place herbs and dried lemon peel under the breast skin.

Season Hen Under Skin:
1 teaspoon lemon peel fo season under skin
4 sprigs fresh thyme
salt & Pepper to season inside of hen

Have all your ingredients ready and season the inside of the hen.
Have all your ingredients ready and season the inside of the hen.

Season Inside the Hen:
1 teaspoon lemon peel to season inside of hen
2 small golden delicious apples (not ripe) quartered
1/3 yellow onion cut in thirds

I like plenty of seasoning!!
I like plenty of seasoning!!

Season Skin on Outside of Hen:
sprinkle outside of hen with lemon peel, garlic salt, Tuscan Style dried herbs

Removed from Smoker and Placed on Grill.
Removed from smoker and placed on grill.  Looks done but it’s not!

Smoke It First:
Pre-heat smoker with apple wood at 225 degrees. Place hen in smoker and slow cook for 1 hour. It will begin to turn brown. I put mine breast side up in a large pie pan to hold in the juices.  Remove from smoker after at least one hour.  You can then finish on your grill or in the oven.  I’ve finished mine on the grill.  If you prefer the oven then place the smoked whole chicken in a baking dish with enough room to catch any drippings.  Bake at 375 until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F.  This will probably take at least another 1-2 hours depending on the size of the hen.

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Slowly grilled for another hour. Let’s eat.

Finish on Grill:
Pre-heat your grill so that the hen will sear when placed on the grill.  Place the hen in the center of the grill breast side down and turn off or down those center burners so that it continues to grill with indirect heat.   Turn hen over every 15-30 minutes and check often to ensure that you have enough heat but not too much heat as to burn or over cook the outside of the hen.

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We had eight of our closest friends at our home to celebrate and ring in the New Year.  Cocktail and appetizer hour started at 7pm and dinner was ready to serve an hour and half later.  The twice baked potatoes were prepared the day prior and were ready to place in the oven for the final baking one hour before dinner.  The tenderloin smoked for 1 hour, grill seared for 15 minutes and then slow cooked in the oven (on and off) for the balance of the day before carving to serve at a delicious medium-rare.

Oh how I wish I were better at remembering to take pictures.  The appetizer table was adorned with so many good foods brought by our friends to share while we enjoyed each others company.  There was a splendid crudités platter.  I just learned this phrase when my friend who just returned home from living in Italy asked if she should bring crudités or humus and chips.  I had to asked what crudités was and learned that it’s vegetable tray.  Another friend brought smoked salmon served with several very tasty spreads and toasted French baguette.   We provided a cheese platter, beef and salami slices and an assortment of crackers for additional noshing.

The table was preset so that it was easier for serving buffet style and so that I was not so rushed at last-minute.  I’ve found that this makes life much easier, less stressful and then I’m able to enjoy the company of my friends without looking frazzled when they arrive.

Again, I forgot to take pictures of the food as it was set out  but did remember to snap on quick photo of my own dinner plate with the perfectly cooked beef tenderloin and twice baked potato served along with sautéed green beans seasoned with chipotle pepper and praline pecans.  The green bean dish was a quick change-up from my standard sautéed green beans with mushrooms and slivered almonds.  I’m still not sure which I prefer to serve.  The chipotle dish was a hot and sweet dish while the other is savory.

Beef Tenderloin:

Let the tenderloin set out on the counter until it comes to room temperature.  Remove all fat and sinew from the outside of the beef with a sharp knife.  Turn the small end of the tenderloin under and then tie the meat so that it cooks evenly.  Season the tenderloin liberally with a robust rub like the A1-Bold or Barbarian’s Steak Rub.  Liberally add ground salt and ground pepper.  Make sure to cover all the surface of the beef (top, bottom, side and ends).  Place in smoker uncovered at 225 degrees for 1 hour.  Remove from smoker and place on hot BBQ grill at 500 degrees and sear top and bottom for around 7-8 minutes per side.

Next, remove from grill and place in a 175 degree pre-heated oven to slow cook for 3-4 hours uncovered.  This will ensure that the tenderloin cooks to a rare – medium rare inside temperature.  If you want the meat to be rare then remove from oven at 130 degrees and let it rest for 10 minutes or so before carving.  If you want it at medium rare then remove from oven at 140 degrees.  The tender loin will continue to cook while it rests and then be perfect when carving.

Cooking Tip:  I had to keep turning my oven on and off  to make sure it didn’t over cook.  This did lead to the crust of the beef becoming a little soft instead of the normal crusty.  If this occurs (check it before serving) then place your oven on high broil and crust up the outside again before removing from the oven.

Entertaining Tips: 

  1. Set the table the day before if you will be having a large number of people.  This can take more time than you think and will cut into your cooking time if saved to the day of the party.
  2. Set up your cocktail bar the day before.  Place a plastic table cloth under any fabric cloth to protect the furniture’s surface if it could be damaged by the drinks or ice.  Set out a few bottles of tonic water, tomato juice, fruit juice and club soda for mixers.
  3. Prepare a cooler filled with soda pop and plenty of water.  Add ice the day of the party around 3 hours before the begin time.
  4. If serving the food buffet style you can set up the buffet table and serving dishes.
  5. Do any decorating and set out centerpieces and/or candles.
  6. Prepare cheese platters, meat platters and condiments for the appetizer table in their serving dishes, cover and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Set up your appetizer table with any table clothes and decorations.  Prepare cracker platters, cover and set on appetizer table.
  8. Make sure your champagne is in the refrigerator the day before so that it is chilled to perfection.  One bottle of champagne pours 5-6 glasses.
  9. Figuring out how much meat to buy; 1/2 pound per person to ensure there is plenty.  Allows for second servings and ample leftovers.
  10. Figuring out how many pounds of fresh vegetables; 1/4 – 1/3  pound per person.
  11. Use 1 extra-large baking potato for every two people.  Add 2 extra for those that like more or especially when making twice baked.  Often, many of your guests will share a baked potato or a large twice baked.  Bake in oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  If making twice baked allow to cool before handling.

 

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Fresh oranges in the relish pair to make a savory accompaniment to rich salmon fillets. Serve the citrus relish with any kind of fish, or with shrimp or scallops.  On a diet or NOT you still will enjoy this dish.  A vegetarian or NOT,  you still will enjoy this dish.

We live in Arizona and have our own orange tree so having oranges a plenty for the relish is easy.

Marinade:

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1/4 cup Orange juice
2  tablespoons Olive oil
1  teaspoon Dried thyme
4 Salmon filets; about 1 pound

Spice Rub:

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3/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoons Dried thyme
Salt & pepper Prior to baking

Orange Relish:
2   oranges seedless
1/2 teaspoon Orange zest fresh
1  tablespoon Honey
1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1  tablespoon Fresh Italian parsley chopped
1/2 teaspoon Ginger ground

Preparation–

MARINATE:

Mix orange juice, oil and 1 teaspoon of the thyme in small bowl. Place salmon in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.

BAKE:

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Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix brown sugar, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and salt in small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Rub salmon evenly with paprika mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon on foil-lined baking pan.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Or, grill salmon over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

RELISH:

Peel orange, section and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Cover.

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Thinking about smoking something for a New Years dinner.  Many of  the supermarkets have New York Steak roasts on special and they are great smoked and then finished on the grill or in the oven.  In the recipe, it calls for your favorite beef rub.  Mine is always, Barbarians Steak Rub from Barbarian’s Restaurant in Toronto, Canada.  What are you cooking up for the New Year?

Grilling and smoking most anything is a passion, especially steaks, chicken, lamb and seafood.  Grilling is a favorite way for cooking. Originally I had an electric grill because for some reason using gas frightened me. Chicken, and not the food type! Maybe it was because in my early years we had to light the pilot light and I was always afraid it would blow up in my face. Several years later my talented hubby was badgered into converting my electric cook top over to gas.  He took on the task and ran a gas line to the kitchen and installed a gas cook top. Hooray! There’s been no going back.

Mr. Hubby loves smoked foods and has been begging me for over a month to smoke something.  Well, since I am going to be deserting him for a long weekend to visit Oklahoma I decided to finally spoil him.  I’m off to see how my 97 year old aunt is doing and maybe do a few repairs around her house.  It’s amazing at her age that she still lives in her own home.  The hubby is staying behind.

So, back to that smoking beef.  It’s already been in the CookShack Smoker for an hour and half with apple wood slowly charring away at 225 F.   I don’t like as much smoke flavor as the hubby so it’s now been transferred to the heated 170 F convection oven to slow cook for another 1 hour.  After that just turn off the oven at let rest for 2 more hours until it reaches medium rare.  That will give me plenty of time to cook up some twice baked potatoes, another of his favorites.

This big chunk of meat is way too much for just two people but I figured he would nosh on it for the next few days and not think too much about me being away.  You see, he’s pretty much helpless when it comes to preparing food or cooking.  But he does know how to make a nice steak sandwich so he won’t starve.  Between that and a bagel in the morning at the local bagel café life will still be good.

Smoking is easy the way I do it because I kinda’ cheat.  My smoker is an electric Cookshack Smoker and that makes it much more simple.  While the roast was in the smoker I was able to go off and run a few errands and get some extra treats for the hubby to enjoy.  Now back at home it’s in the oven slow cooking away at 170 F for that hour.

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The recipe itself is quite easy.

1 (6 pound) New York Roast
Season liberally with your favorite beef rub
Season with fresh ground sea salt
Season with fresh ground pepper

Smoke at 225 F for 1 hour. Then roast at 170 F for around 1 hour.  Then turn off oven and let rest for 1.5 hours without opening the oven door.   For medium or medium well just let it cook longer at 175 and then rest for 2 hours.  Then for crisping up and searing the outside, just place on the hot grill for an additional 20 minutes.

Get ready for Memorial Day Weekend with these spice rubbed BBQ Baby Backs with homemade barbecue sauce.  This is one of our favorites for a summer barbecue just like Memorial Weekend.   Many BigOven reviewers have raved about how good they are.  One of my personal favorite reviews was from the crew of a fire station where they said, “THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT.”

These ribs are sure to please your family and friends this holiday weekend.   If you don’t want to make the sauce, just substitute one of your personal favorites instead.  However, the sauce is superb and simple to make.  Click Here for the full recipe.

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BigOven Reviews:

New Review just receive Memorial Day Weekend 2013:  Thanks for the recipe. First time making ribs and they were a hit!!! the whole family asked when we were having them again as they were eating them and licking their fingers! The sauce is WELL worth the time to make.  lisatracy

Without question the best ribs that I’ve ever had. Worth making the sauce. Wow..my wife and I were sucking the bones cause it was so good lol. Thx for sharing this recipe. My now staple rib recipe for sure. Patg73

These were a hit at the annual 4th of July BBQ. I had four different families tell me they were the best they’ve ever had. I’m definitely making these again!! Ncrisp24

Watch out Famous Daves. This recipe is awesome. Maderacopy

This is a GREAT recipe, everyone in the house loves it!  Very tender and a fabulous sauce.  I’ve made it again and again by request. NR

THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT

We loved these ribs!  We might reduce the chili powder a bit next time.  They certainly have a robust flavor.  I didn’t have the tomato sauce so pureed a tomato instead. You’ll notice our sauce looks a little chunky in the picture..but ohh soooo good!  cbigovenp

It’s late September and I just had to make this rib recipe again for Sunday dinner with friends. I still had sauce in the fridge from the last venture so didn’t need to make it up. That’s a time saver.

While the ribs are cooking, I’m doing a little house sprucing and now updating the recipe. Our friends will be here in a few hours and are bringing a side of macaroni and cheese. What’s great, too, about cooking ribs this way is that you can bake them the full 3 hours, turn the oven off and then finish them on the grill after your guest arrive. No stress about planning the cooking right to the second!!

The recipe appears to take a long time, but most of the time is in the oven baking time or stirring the sauce occassionally.  It’s worth the time.

Ingredients

2 large pork baby back or back ribs; full racks
=== RUB ===
2 tablespoons Carrol Shelby’s Chili blend; 2 T Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic; cloves, minced
2 tablespoons black pepper; freshly cracked
Salt to Taste
=== BASTE SAUCE ===
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1/4 cup fresh onion; minced
1/2 cup Water
1 can Tomato sauce
1/2 cup White vinegar
1/2 cup Light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Light corn syrup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 3/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon liquid Barbecue Smoke
1 teaspoon Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
1/4 teaspoon Cracked black pepper
1/4 cup Catsup

Preparation

To make the ribs, cut each large rack of ribs in half so that you have 4 half-racks.  Trim away any excess fat from ribs and remove membrane from under-side of the ribs.  Mix the dry spices together in a small bowl, except for the pepper and salt.  Then sprinkle a light even coating spice rub over ribs and press into meat.  If your spices are all in shaker bottles, the just sprinkle the desired amount of each spice.  Scatter the minced garlic over the top of the ribs.  Then press spice and garlic against the meat.  Add the amount of spice according to your desired level of hot and flavorful spice desired.  Top with fresh ground pepper and salt.   Wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for 3 hours.  I line the baking dish with a large sheet of foil that can then be folded over with the meat sealed inside. This makes for easy clean up.

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As the ribs cook, make the sauce by heating the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Saute the onions for 5 minutes or until they start to brown.  Add the remaining sauce ingredients, bring mixture to a boil; then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, uncovered, or until sauce thickens.  Check sauce every 15-30 minutes to stir and make sure not boiling.  Remove from heat and set aside until the ribs are ready.  Preheat your barbecue grill.

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When ribs are finished in the oven, the meat should have pulled back about 1/2-inch from the cut-ends of the bones.  Remove the ribs from the oven, let them sit for 10 minutes or so, then remove the racks from the foil and put them on the grill.  Grill the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes per side.  They should be slightly charred in a few spots when they’re finished.  Brush barbecue sauce on the ribs while they’re grilling, just before you serve them.  Don’t add the sauce too early or it will burn.

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This recipe yields 2 (full-rack) to 4 (half-rack) servings.

 

BigOven Reviews:

Without question the best ribs that I’ve ever had. Worth making the sauce. Wow..my wife and I were sucking the bones cause it was so good lol. Thx for sharing this recipe. My now staple rib recipe for sure. Patg73

These were a hit at the annual 4th of July BBQ. I had four different families tell me they were the best they’ve ever had. I’m definitely making these again!! Ncrisp24

Watch out Famous Daves. This recipe is awesome. Maderacopy

This is a GREAT recipe, everyone in the house loves it!  Very tender and a fabulous sauce.  I’ve made it again and again by request. NR

THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT

We loved these ribs!  We might reduce the chili powder a bit next time.  They certainly have a robust flavor.  I didn’t have the tomato sauce so pureed a tomato instead. You’ll notice our sauce looks a little chunky in the picture..but ohh soooo good!  cbigovenp

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Fresh oranges in the relish pair to make a savory accompaniment to rich salmon fillets. Serve the citrus relish with any kind of fish, or with shrimp or scallops.  The oranges were picked fresh from my tree yesterday and after peeling half the basket I’d seen enough orange peel to last a lifetime.  Then it came to mind, lets just peel a couple more choice oranges and make my Citrus Baked Salmon with Orange Relish.  My only mistake with this thought that the recipe is for four servings and there were only two servings of salmon to prepare.  After putting all of the spice rub on the salmon it came to mind that this looked like a little overkill.  After taking the fish from the oven it was obvious that there was too much spice rub.  A good portion of the rub was scraped off and the fish was then edible.  Too much Paprika had made it over powering.  So with that said, it is suggested to make sure to watch your portions and to always add spice rub according to the amount of meat spice.  The pictures that have been added are from when the recipe was originally made and posted on BigOven.com

Ingredients

Marinade: Orange Relish:
1/4 cup Orange juice    2 oranges seedless
2  tablespoons Olive oil 1/2 teaspoon Orange zest fresh
1  teaspoon Dried thyme 1 tablespoon Honey
4 Salmon filets; about 1 pound 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Spice Rub: 1 tablespoon Fresh Italian parsley chopped
3/4 teaspoon Paprika 1/2 teaspoon Ginger ground
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoons Dried thyme
Salt & Pepper Fillets Prior to baking

Preparation

MARINATE:

Mix orange juice, oil and 1 teaspoon of the thyme in small bowl. Place salmon in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.

BAKE:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix brown sugar, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and salt in small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Rub salmon evenly with paprika mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon on foil-lined baking pan.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Or, grill salmon over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

RELISH:

Peel orange, section and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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