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Basics For A Well Stocked BBQ Pantry

If you are into barbecue you know that there are so many many things you can grill and smoke. Your friends and family will expect great things from you and keeping a well stocked pantry will make you look like a pro! Here's a list of my essentials- start with these and add your own. 1. Canola Oil and Brush Use this light oil for brushing on veggies before grilling to help with those great grill marks everyone wants to see. I brush it on meats such as pork butts and ribs before putting on my rub. It helps with creating a great crust. A light coating on vegetables before grilling is essential.  Coat your grate with oil  before grilling to...

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Orange Vodka Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a party appetizer go to for game day. Orange Vodka Sauce goes so well with chicken wings everybody will want them! When you are cooking with sauces there really isn't much of a need for a recipe- that's what makes sauces so great!  My Orange Vodka Sauce is the perfect pairing with chicken wings and it couldn't be any easier to make these awesome game time chicken wings.  Here it is...ready? Open the package of chicken wings and place them in a 1 gallon zippered plastic bag. Next, and this is the important part- open the bottle of Orange Vodka Sauce and pour about half the bottle into the bag. Close the bag and swish around the...

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Wild Maine Blueberry Harvest

There are so many great things about August in Maine and in the food category wild blueberries and lobster are at the top of the list. Wild Maine blueberries are special, they are sweeter and richer in antioxidants than the bigger cultivated blueberries. They truly do grow wild and are a favorite of bears too! Ever make  Duncan Hines Wild Blueberries Mix? That can of blueberries contains these blueberry gems!    The process of harvesting blueberries is pretty straight forward. Using a special hand held rake with tines spaced close together you simply start low on the bush and work your way up, the berries falling into the back of the rake. Once your bucket it as full as you want...

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Smoked Potatoes With Apple Rum BBQ Sauce

Maine is a big potato producer and being from northern Maine, also known as The County, potatoes were everywhere. There are so many great ways to enjoy potatoes so of course I just had to try doing them in the smoker!  I've prepared potatoes many ways over the years but combining them with cheese, bacon and our award winning Apple Rum Sauce is one of my favorites.   Even though I did these in the smoker you could easily do them in the oven.  Here's how: Wash potatoes- I use either round whites or russets.  Cook 3-4 bacon strips, cook and chop. Microwave for 5-6 minutes, you want them to be just starting to soften.  When cool slice potatoes into 1/4"...

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Wild Turkey With Apple Rum Sauce

It's Spring and that means turkey hunting time across the country. Wild turkey is different from farm raised turkey. It's not gamey and if cooked correctly is moist and delicious. Most of the time we breast out the wild turkey and are left with a very large skinless cut of meat. After cutting the meat out I place the meat in a bowl with water and allow it to soak for several hours in the refrigerator. I don't add anything to the water.                                          So what is a good way to prepare your harvest? One of our favorite ways is to use...

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