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Smoked Chicken Rub

A Dynamite Smoked Chicken Rub

This smoked chicken rub is a simple seasoning for smoking chicken that is packed with delicious flavors and has crispy skin on the outside.

Smoked Chicken Legs

Simpled Smoked Chicken Legs (Drumsticks)

Smoked chicken legs are one of the simplest ways to make tasty, smokey chicken for a crowd. What makes smoking drumsticks such a great choice is how they absorb the flavors from the smoke and homemade dry rub while staying tender and juicy.

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A few of our favorite recipes, stories, and tips that celebrate the season.

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Apple Cider Smoked Pork Shoulder

This smoked pork shoulder recipe uses apple cider vinegar as a brine along with smoking to deepen the flavor to create an amazingly tender and juicy pork roast.

Great Summer Gazpacho

Great Summer Gazpacho

This Gazpacho recipe is one of my favorite soups to make during the summer. We usually have a big bowl of Gazpacho in the fridge all summer long because it is light and healthy and makes a great side dish for everything we eat when it’s warm out.

Roasted Sweet Corn

Three Recipes: The Best Way to Roast Corn on the Cob

To figure out the best way to roast sweet corn, we got a bunch of corn and spent an afternoon roasting it on the grill. What we were looking for was a side-by-side comparison of the most popular corn roasting methods.

Ancho Chili and Honey BBQ Sauce

Ancho Chili and Honey BBQ Sauce

With their dark color and rich smoky flavor, Ancho chilies are the perfect foundation for a great BBQ sauce. This Ancho Chili and Honey BBQ Sauce recipe uses dried Ancho, Chipotle, and Pasilla Chilies to create a sweet, smokey, sauce with a little heat on the finish.

Ancho Chili Rubbed Chicken

Grilled Ancho Chili Rubbed Chicken

Making ancho chili rubbed chicken on the grill brings its southwest flavors alive with crispy skin and a sweet tangy BBQ sauce that make this chicken truly finger lickin’ good.

BBQ Burgers On Grill 2021

BBQ Burgers

This BBQ Burger recipe is easy to make. The burgers grill up with great color and have a tangy BBQ flavor you can taste in every bite. The secret is to use a good BBQ sauce as the main flavoring for the burgers.

Better Eating with Bittman and Pollan

Better Eating with Bittman and Pollan

At the beginning of the year, I did what most Americans do; I made a resolution to clean up the food in my kitchen and to eat better. Over the next few months, I will be writing about the big ideas in Bittman and Pollan’s books and sharing how I’ve brought them into my kitchen.

Better than Sex Cake Recipe

Delicious Better Than Sex Cake

To make a delicious Better Than Sex Cake so good, your guests swoon with pleasure, use a rich devil’s food cake, scrumptious caramel sauce, and lots and lots of real whip cream.

Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn

What makes this easy creamed corn recipe special is how the roux and a little cream highlight the deep corn flavors in the dish and give it an almost luxurious texture.

Grilled BBQ Chicken

Simple Grilled BBQ Chicken

This sweet, tangy grilled barbecue chicken recipe is a simple way to make slow-cooked, delicious, barbecue chicken on the grill.

Smoked Chicken Quarters

Smoked Chicken Quarters with Crispy Skin

Smoked chicken quarters have a rich smoky flavor and warm buttery texture that melts in your mouth. This recipe includes a versatile dry rub and everything you need to know to get the chicken tender and juicy on the inside with crispy golden brown crispy on the outside.

Smoked Turkey Recipe

A Much Better Gravy and Lots of Thanksgiving Recipes

There’s a reason why people say “it’s all gravy” when things are going well. A truly delicious gravy brings a meal together, elevating the dishes it’s being served with, and giving people a reason to sop up every last morsel on their plate.

Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

A Perfect Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

What makes our Bloody Mary recipe so good is a killer homemade mix, some top-shelf vodka, and an eclectic group of garnishes that will satisfy anyone.

Oven Roasted Tender Roast Beef

Slow Roasted Mouthwatering Tender Roast Beef

This classic roast beef recipe uses fresh rosemary and garlic to create tender beef slow roasted in the oven that’s cooked to a perfect medium rare with a crisp crust so good every slice melts in your mouth.