Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cali and Aloha burgers

Cali Burger

1/2 pound of ground burger hand pressed to desired thickness
1/2 avacado cut into slices
1 slice of swiss cheese
Montreal steak seasoning

Place burger on medium heat bbq and season with Montreal steak seasoning cook between 4 to 8 minutes(depending on thickness of burger) then flip and cook for same amount of time.

Then place slices of avacado and swiss cheese, melt cheese then place on bun and top with desired toppings.


Then most of all ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aloha Burger

1/2 pound ground burger pressed to desired thickness
1 slice of pineapple or 6 chunks of pineapple
1 tablespoon of teriyaki glaze
1 slice of swiss cheese
Montreal steak seasoning

Place burger on grill, season with montreal seasoning and cook for 4 to 8 minutes ( depending on the thickness of the burger) Then flip burger and cook for same amount of time.

Then place pineapple on top of the burger,

add sauce

and melt cheese.

Then place on bun and add desired toppings. 

Once again the most important of all ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Monday, May 17, 2010

BBQ Ribs & Catalina Chicken

Had a great BBQ this weekend with friends and family to share this week's recipes, I hope you have as much fun trying them for yourselves.

We used St. Louis style pork ribs, but you can use any type of ribs that you prefer. 
Marinate the ribs for up to 3 days in your favorite BBQ sauce mixed with 2 tablespoons of honey per bottle of BBQ sauce.  Use enough sauce to cover the meat completely.  Use a container that seals tight for the marinading and store in a fridge. 

Hint:  If you have vacuum baggies or food saver you can marinade in one day.

Preferred cooking method is over charcoal.  Cook ribs for 12 minutes on each side.  Meat should be pulling away from the bone. 

Alternate Cooking methods:
Propane grilling over medium high heat.  Follow the same cooking instructions as the charcoal method above.

Conventional Oven...400 degrees.  Use a deep casserole dish and put the meat and sauce.  Cover with tin foil.  Cook for 30 minutes checking after 20 minutes. When the meat pulls away from the bone cooking is complete. 

Easy as that. Now enjoy..................


You can marinade the chicken from an hour up to 3 days.  In your local grocery store you can find Catalina salad dressing.

Preferred cooking method is over charcoal.  Cook chicken four minutes on each side.  You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken.  (165 degrees)

Alternate cooking methods:
Gas Grill: Over medium flames follow the same steps as charcoal grilling

Conventional Oven: Cook at 400 degrees.  Place chicken and sauce in a deep casserole dish and cover with foil.  Cook for 20 minutes.  Use a meat thermometer to check internal temp of chicken.  (165 degrees)


Clean up was taken care of by Gizmo who escaped the sun by hiding in the shade of the grill while waiting for anything to drop to the ground.. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pork Tenderloin

Thanks everyone that voted on the Facebook page "Life Behind the Grill".  Pork tenderloin won to be the recipe of the week. This is a great recipe to prepare for mom on mother's day too. 

What you'll need:
2 - 3 lbs Pork Tenderloin
Tin Foil
1 Carrot
1 Onion
1 Potato
3 Stalks of Celery
1 Apple (Optional)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Oregano

Step 1 - Rinse the TENDERLOIN and set aside. 
Step 2 - Lay down FOIL on a flat surface
Step 3 - Chop CARROT, ONION, POTATO, and APPLE.  These should stay in large chunks or slices.
Step 4 - Place veggies on the foil  and then put the tenderloin on top.

Step 5 - Drizzle the OLIVE OIL over the top of the tenderloin and veggies and then sprinkle with GARLIC SALT, PEPPER, and OREGANO.

Step 6 - Wrap it in the foil.  Remember that if your cooking it on the grill it will need to be turned during cooking so make sure you seal it well.

Step 7 - Place on the grill over medium flames.  Cook for 40 minutes rotating once after the first 20 minutes. 

NOTE: This can also be cooked in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes no need to rotate using this method.

We had a lot of tenderloin so you get a lot to choose from. : )  Here are 3 serving options for ideas.

Pork Tenderloin with a raspberry chipolte  sauce.  The sauce is a sweet and spicy blend that really brings out the flavor of the pork. The sauce can be found in most grocery stores or sometimes in member shopping stores. (Costco or Sams Club).

We paired it with cheesy mashed potatoes and edamame. 

Using the veggies that we cooked with the pork and some edamame.


Tenderloin with mashed potatoes and pork gravy.  Paired with edamame and apple sauce.  Pork goes well with fruit, be creative and pair it with your favorite non-citrus fruit.  Let us know how it turns out for you.

NEXT WEEK:  Two recipe's next week.  We will be making Ribs and Catalina Chicken.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


This week we made Citrus Fire Salmon with a Mahi Mahi version as well. The ingredients you will need are as follows.

2 lime sliced
2 lemons sliced
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning or chili powder (whichever you prefer)
2 - 6 to 8 ounce portion of Salmon or Mahi Mahi
2 pieces of tin foil big enough to wrap the fish
This recipe serves 2

Here are the steps.
Step 1: Place tin foil on counter
Step 2: Place several slices of limes and lemons on the foil

Step 3: Place the portion of fish on top of the lemon and lime slices
Step 4: Pour 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on top of the portion of fish
Step 5: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning

Step 6: Fold tin foil around fish
Step 7: Cook on your BBQ grill for 15 minutes with lemon and lime slices down on the grill side or cook in your oven a cookie sheet at 375 degrees.
Make sure to check often after 10 minutes do to the fact that ovens and BBQ's are never calibrated the same.
I have paired the fish with rice, a salad, and or steamed veggies.
Serve and enjoy.
Here is the breakdown:
Prep work: 5 to 10 min
Cooking: 15 min
Putting my first recipe together online: 4 hours 20 min.
Life behind the grill: priceless.
Please try it out and let me know how you like it.