July 23rd, 2014

National Hot Dog Day: Dos and Don’ts

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Today is National Hot Dog Day!

Let’s rejoice!

For funsies, our friends at the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council have created a rather serious hot dog etiquette guide. So let’s talk about some hot dog dos and don’ts on this very special day.

DO…

Eat a hot dog in a bun with your hands. This is a hands-only meal.

DON’T…

Put condiments between the dog and the bun — they should always go directly on the hot dog.

DO…

Use paper plates when serving hot dogs. Fine china? Uh, no.

DON’T…

Put ketchup on your dog after the age of 18. This is a hard and fast rule.

Want more hot dog etiquette? Check out this page and study up for your next cookout!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 21st, 2014

Movie Inspired Menus

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This summer is blockbuster movie time! There are some great flicks coming out this summer. And here’s a few movie inspired menus to help you enjoy the experience even more!

HERCULES

The man. The myth. The legend. With all those muscles you just KNOW he feasted on lots of steak! I’m thinking the boneless ribeye above would do the trick.

 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

These hairy guys like to eat. So I’d make ‘em some flat iron steaks with herbed butter with the grilled bananas recipe below for dessert. They like bananas, right? Delicious!

Grilled Bananas

Ingredients:
4 bananas peeled
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rum
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 tbsp. butter or margarine
4 pieces of foil
Directions: Soften butter and coat foil. Mix brown sugar, rum and lemon juice in a small dish. Coat each banana with rum mixture and wrap tightly in foil. Place on grill for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve on top of ice cream or angel food cake.Serves 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

22 JUMP STREET

These fictional guys are in college now and, well, college guys love burgers! Try the Hawaiian Steak Burgers recipe below to get you in the mood!

Hawaiian Steak Burgers

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 small red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 (4 oz.) Classic Steakburgers
Directions: Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey mustard, sesame seeds, minced red onion, and minced garlic. Whisk ingredients and pour into food storage with lid. Marinate Classic Steakburgers in container, refrigerate for 4 hours.Prep time for making marinade: 15 minutes

Type of Meat/Cut: Classic Steakburgers

Source: KC Steak Company

 

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 17th, 2014

Guide to Grilling Seafood

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One of my favorite seafood meals is a beautiful salmon plank.

But cooking it can be tricky. Overcooked salmon planks are simply yucky.

Want to grill it? Season it first (if it’s not already done for you), then wrap planks in foil, skin-side down. Place on grill until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F using a thermometer.

Yes, undercooked salmon is yucky, too! :)

You can also use a special seafood basket on your grill made especially for delicate meat. For me, the clean-up process is so much easier with foil and the meat seems to cook more thoroughly when wrapped.

But you decide!

And, hey, either way, you get to eat salmon when you’re done. Score!

Check out more seafood cooking tips here. Have fun exploring the world of seafood!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 15th, 2014

Grilling on the Go

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Taking your show on the road? At the beach, lake or campsite?

Don’t get caught up in making your grilling on the go experience too complicated. Keep it simple with this advice!

1. Marinade/rub ahead of time. Pack it up in a cooler, then just throw it on the grill when you get there. Prep before.

2. Bring seasoning (salt, pepper, etc.) that you can throw away. The less you come back with, the better.

3. Expanding on that theory, pack everything in things you can throw away – ziplock bags, foil.

4. Be sure to pack paper plates that are sturdy enough to withstand your meal. Nothing worse than looking forward to a beautiful steak, then trying to figure out how to cut it on a flimsy plate. Yick.

5. Bring trash bags!

6. Whatever power source you use for your grill, make sure to check that you have enough charcoal/propane/other BEFORE you leave.

7. Have lots of fun! Grilling in the great outdoors is one of the greatest joys in the world! :)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


July 14th, 2014

Recipes for Your Barbecue

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Are you barbecuing? It’s time!

Here are some of my favorite barbecue meal ideas – pick some and have a go!

ENTREES

I absolutely LOVE a good brisket. That smoky flavor makes me so happy. And ribs are a great go-to entree as well. Ever tried burnt ends? They’re boneless and not messy. Delicious! Try beef or pork.

SIDE DISHES

What goes with everything? Twice-baked potatoes! Cheesy, bacony goodness. Another great option my family loves is green beans in mushroom cream sauce. Delish!

BBQ SAUCES

You could buy those store-bought sauces but why not try something fresh? A little extra effort makes it taste that much better. Here are some awesome sauce recipes – give ‘em a whirl!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 10th, 2014

Grilling Recipes

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This month we’re celebrating National Grilling Month by – what else? – grilling!

You could just wing it, but why? Try some great grilling recipes and make sure your efforts come out just right!

Ribeye is my personal favorite steak cut. Follow this amazing recipe for perfect grilled ribeye steak every time:

Grilled Ribeye Steak

Ingredients:
Ribeye Steaks
Marinade:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbs. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic salt
Directions: Place Ribeye Steaks in shallow baking dish. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over meat, thoroughly coating both sides. Marinate 4-6 hours in refrigerator, turning once or twice. Place steaks on grill and sear both sides, then raise grill to about 5 inches from coals. Cook 15 minutes, turning once, or to desired doneness.Click here for our Steak Grilling Chart.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

Want more fantabulous grilling inspiration? Take a look at these recipes and you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Have fun celebrating National Grilling Month! I KNOW I will!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 8th, 2014

Baseball Tailgating Tips

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‘Tis the season to have a cookout in the parking lot! Baseball season, that is!

And to have a successful tailgating experience, you’ve gotta have a plan. So here’s mine…

THINK AHEAD

How many people will be joining you? After you figure that number, add 10. Making friends with other tailgaters is the norm, not the exception. So bring enough plates, napkins, utensils, condiments, drinks, food and fun for that many. Hey, leftovers are always welcome. Oh, and bring a cooler just for leftovers.

THINK COMPACT

Bring a portable grill (think camping style) for your chef. Plus grill supplies. Nothing that needs plugging in, unless you have a generator or other power source.

MAKE A MENU

Go with tried and true favorites – burgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, drinks and condiments. Anything unusual at a tailgate party and you might not have takers. Then what will they eat? And don’t forget dessert!

GET COMFORTABLE

Bring lots of folding chairs and at least one table. You’ve got to have a place to set all this stuff! Make it inviting for folks to hang around and talk about your favorite team. A tent to shade your group from the sun is also a great idea. Your relish and mayonnaise will thank you, too.

HAVE FUN!

Make lasting memories with your friends and family – all while eating your favorite foods! It’s a WIN/WIN!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


July 7th, 2014

Ball Park Inspired Menu

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Summertime’s baseball time! And one BIG reason we like to go to the ball park? Why, the food, of course!

Bring the excitement of the ball park home with a ball park inspired menu and it’ll be a home run for sure!

Start with …

HOT DOGS

I mean, how can you not start there? Hot dogs, franks, frankfurters – whatever you want to call them – make sure to have lots of condiments – sauerkraut, relish, mustard, the works! Just make sure it’s Kansas City beef for the best taste.

Then offer …

BURGERS

Hot dogs and burgers just go together. And at the ball park, you ALWAYS get a choice.

Then make sure to have …

BEER-BATTERED ONION RINGS

Absolute perfection. And they go with everything. Try this recipe for killer rings!

And finish up with …

GRAND SLAM CUPCAKES

Cupcakes in the spirit of baseballs with licorice laces. Adorable and delicious. Get the recipe here.

 

Have fun creating your own customized menu and bring the ball park to your house!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 3rd, 2014

Common Grilling Misconceptions

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It’s National Grilling Month, so let’s dispel some common misconceptions about our favorite pastime, shall we?

Okay, you’ve got your gourmet steaks ready, the grill is lit – should you leave the cover open or shut?

That depends on how quickly you want them finished. Thicker steaks should probably be grilled with the lid shut – especially USDA prime steaks. And if you are concerned about charred food you may want to leave the lid open so you can put out flare-ups quickly. They can happen with the lid closed and you won’t even know it.

So how often should the grill be cleaned?

The answer is simple. Before every new grilling session. Leftover particles may contain bacteria – and we don’t want any of that! Be sure to let the grill heat up nice and hot before putting your meat on to let the heat burn off anything you didn’t get with the brush.

Should you coat your grill with oil to avoid sticking?

That depends on your personal preference. But many of us don’t want the fat content associated with oils so layering with foil is a great alternative or use a grill basket. Baskets are fun to use, too!

Want more answers to your “burning” questions about grilling? Check out our friends over BBQMyths.com‘s advice. You’ll be glad you did!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 2nd, 2014

Most Popular American Foods

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It’s almost America’s Independence Day!

So let’s take a look a some of America’s most popular foods. Here’s an unofficial list compiled by ME. Make your own if you feel I missed something!

1. HOT DOGS

I mean, what do we eat while watching America’s pastime? Why, hot dogs! All beef, of course.

2. BURGERS

When people travel to America, they HAVE to stop and order a burger somewhere. It’s quintessentially American.

3. ICE CREAM

You know this one makes the list. We love this stuff!

4. PIZZA

It may have come from Italy, but we took it to a whole new level. Seriously. Top it with beef and it’s a homerun!

5. STEAK AND BARBECUE

Virtually every city/region in the United States believes that their barbecue and/or steak is the greatest. Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, Alabama, Nebraska. Just ask ‘em!

 

Maybe this week is the time to indulge in all foods American. If so, it might be the best week of your life!!! :)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 30th, 2014

Hot Dog Heaven: Make a Cookout Condiment Bar

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One of the greatest things about beautiful weather is the ability to have COOKOUTS!

Next time you’re grilling up hot dogs, try a Cookout Condiment Bar to make it even more special.

Really make it a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. It’s the secret all great restaurants know. :)

Separate all condiments into stainless steel or clear bowls – out of their original jars and squeeze bottles. Supply each bowl with an appropriately-sized serving spoon and line them up, preferably in a covered, shaded area.

Be sure to include all the traditional items like relish, mustard, ketchup, maybe onions, sauerkraut, and chili.

But why not add some non-traditional choices as well? Try including avocado, tomatoes, spicy condiments like sriracha, and then throw in a unique twist like sliced lemons. Have you ever squeezed lemon juice onto your hot dog? Try it! You might love it!

Have fun thinking up wild condiments that not only add flavor to your hot dogs, but color as well. A beautiful plate makes it taste that much better.

Be sure to start with all beef hot dogs (my must-have) and have fun with your own Cookout Condiment Bar!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 26th, 2014

Red, White and Bleu Cheese: 4th of July Ideas!

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It’s time to start thinking of fun things to serve on the most patriotic of holidays – the 4th of July!

Try these USA-inspired meal ideas and whoop it up this Independence Day!

BLEU CHEESE BURGERS

Color is of utmost importance with your 4th of July presentation. So try some colorful burgers with white onion, ketchup/tomato and a sprinkle of bleu cheese. You may have to hunt to see the blue – but, hey, that’s half the fun!

LAYERED PATRIOTIC DRINKS

For a fun red, white and blue-colored drink, start with ice cubes that will appear white, pour cranberry juice on the bottom of a clear glass or cup, then add blue G2 Gatorade on top. You’ll have patriotism in a glass!

DELICIOUS FLAG CAKE

Chef Ina Garten’s gorgeous flag cake (seen above) features all of the beautiful colors of the American flag. What better way to show your appreciation for our country? Click here to see the recipe and ingredient list for this beauty.

 

Then, have fun coming up with your own ideas using the red, white and blue theme. Get the kids involved, too. It’s more fun that way! Happy almost 4th, everybody!

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.


June 25th, 2014

Steakburger Toppings: It’s Personal

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Summer is burger time. And with that comes the age-old question — What shall I put on my burger?

Some folks have their tried-and-true favorite burger topping combo and they stick with that. Every time.

Mustard, lettuce, cheese.

Others get adventurous and try something different every once in a while.

Sriracha. Avocado. Maybe some Tabasco and bacon.

Possibly something like the BBQ Bacon Steakburger seen above.

Delicious!

But whatever you choose to top your burger with, it’s a very personal decision. Let no one force you into the same little box every time. Branch out! Do your own thing with your burger!

So next time you’re ready for a new burger experience, here’s a couple of fun burger recipes to try that definitely do not smack of the ordinary. Enjoy!

Honey-Mustard Dipped Steakburgers with Apple Relish

Ingredients:
4 (4 oz.) Steakburgers
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
3 tsp. honey, divided use
1 braeburn or red delicious apple; cored, quartered, and thinly sliced
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried
1 tbsp. sweet onion, minced
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
Directions:Before cooking steakburgers, make apple relish.For Relish:
Combine apple, lemon juice, basil, onion, grated ginger, and 1 tsp. honey; mix well. Refrigerate.Heat large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter. Season Steakburgerswith salt and pepper. Place in skillet and sear both sides. Cook until done (about 3 minutes per side). Remove and keep warm. Add garlic to skillet; stir and cook just until softened do not brown.Remove from heat. Stir in mustard and 2 tsp. honey; mix well. Dip steakburgers into mustard sauce; coating one side. Place on serving platter, coated side up. Place a tablespoonful of apple relish on each steakburger and remaining relish on platter around brugers. Drizzle any remaining mustard sauce over burgers.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

Hawaiian Steak Burgers

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 small red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 (4 oz.) Classic Steakburgers
Directions: Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey mustard, sesame seeds, minced red onion, and minced garlic. Whisk ingredients and pour into food storage with lid. Marinate Classic Steakburgersin container, refrigerate for 4 hours.Prep time for making marinade: 15 minutesType of Meat/Cut: Classic Steakburgers
Source: KC Steak Company

June 20th, 2014

Guide to Grilling Summer Ingredients

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We’re all out there grilling up a storm. After all, it’s summertime!

Delicious beef is a given, but what else are you complementing it with? We’ve got to take advantage of summery favorites at this time of year – things like summer squash, zucchini and corn on the cob.

To die for.

When putting these delicate veggies on the grill, we’ve got to be careful to treat them just right. For instance, cutting the SQUASH into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick horizontal slices will ensure they don’t fall through the grill. Start them off in a pan with olive oil, garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Then finish them off on the grill – about 5-10 minutes per side until they’re YOUR desired tenderness. Be sure to brush them occasionally with the oil mixture for great flavor.

On the ZUCCHINI, this recipe is a must for perfection every time:

Grilled Zucchini Medley

Ingredients:
1 lb. zucchini
1/2 lb. yellow squash
1 red pepper
1 medium onion, sliced vertically into thin strips
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
Directions: Cut zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper in matchstick size pieces. On one half of a 22” x 18” sheet of heavy-duty foil, layer vegetables in order listed. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and drizzle with oil. Fold top half of foil over vegetables to meet bottom edge. Grill over hot coals for approximately 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
Source: KC Steak Company

 

For great CORN ON THE COB, remove husks and silk, rinse with cold water and wrap in foil. Place on the grill for about 15-20 minutes until tender, turning occasionally. Create a butter mixture to your taste – add garlic, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, parsley – whatever your fancy. Then spread liberally on each ear of corn after grilling. YUM!

And then try these VEGGIE KABOBS…

Vegetable Kabobs

Ingredients:
Marinade:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp. minced parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, mincedKabobs:
2 large green peppers
3 small zucchini, sliced 3/8 inch thick
1 qt. fresh mushrooms
1 large red onion
Can of potatoes
Directions:Stir together marinade ingredients and pour over vegetables. Toss to coat. Cover and marinade several hours or overnight. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Put vegetables on skewers and broil 6 inches from source of heat for 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with marinadeServes 8-10 skewers.
Source: KC Steak Company

 

With these tips and recipes at your fingertips, you CANNOT go wrong at the grillside this summer! Enjoy!

Photo and recipes courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 18th, 2014

Planning a Cookout? Use This Checklist

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It’s COOKOUT time of year!!!

You want to invite the whole gang over to beat the heat and share some good, grilled grub.

With a little planning, your cookout can be the Greatest Cookout of All Time. And everyone – including you – will have lots of fun.

How does this happen? Follow this simple checklist for a fantastic cookout!

1. INVITATIONS

You can obviously just verbally invite folks over but if you do that you don’t have a concrete RSVP list. And that makes food and supplies hard to judge. My advice is good, old-fashioned invitations in the mailbox. Guests can RSVP by e-mail, but go all out and send ‘em some paper!

2. MENU PLANNING

Think about the number of people who’ll be there, but also WHO will be there. Does everyone like filets? Burgers? Chicken? Seafood? Make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. And load up on sides and desserts, too, like gourmet mac ‘n cheese and red velvet cake. Check out these recipes for inspiration. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

DRINKS

Don’t forget to quench their thirst! Make sure if you’re going to have alcoholic drinks, you also have non-alcoholic drinks. And have lots of water on hand. It’s hot out there!

DECORATIONS

You can really give your cookout a special feel if you decorate just for the occasion. Go Hawaiian or decorate with a down-home Southern twist. Really make it special!

ENTERTAINMENT

This can be as simple as setting out a game of horseshoes or croquet to play while the food is grilling. Or, even designating a DJ. Just give ‘em something to focus on before, during and after the food makes its grand entrance!

 

If you plan it all out ahead of time, you can just go with the flow and enjoy your friends and family at your cookout. And THAT is what summer’s all about!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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