Sweet Rub Coffee Crusted Ribeye Steak

I made these a while back but I wanted to make an official recipe for them. These steaks are so good, you may want to eat two. The method for my steak was very similar to the coffee crusted steak recipe that I shared in an earlier blog post

1 Ribeye steak
1 tbsp ground coffee 
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp seasoned salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp smoked paprika
More salt and pepper to sprinkle

Let your steak sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. After 20 minutes coat well with coffee rub mixture. 

The method for the steaks was a little different than my previous post.  The main difference is that I fired up my charcoal grill and seared them quickly over direct heat for 2 minutes on each side. I then placed them in a cast iron skillet and put them in a preheated 375 degree oven and then turned the oven OFF. I let them sit in the oven for 8 minutes. Take out and let rest for at least 5 minutes.

The asparagus was coated in olive oil, then salted, peppered, and sprinkled with garlic powder.  It was cooked in an oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

The Hollandaise sauce was a variation of a previous blog post, except I added 2 tbsp of butter.

Try this! It is delicious and not difficult to make! Printable recipe here.

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Peanut Thai Chicken

I took a variation of a recipe we found online and made it our own. It was a tasty dish. The peanut butter sauce mixed with heat of spices was great. Here is what we did.

1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 1/2 lbs chicken drumsticks and thighs
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix water, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes and ginger. Blend until you have a silky texture.

Place chicken flat in a fridge-safe container and sprinkle a small amount of salt and pepper on chicken. Pour 3/4 of  mixture over chicken. Let marinate for at least 3 hours. This will allow the flavor to get underneath the skin. I would recommend overnight.

In a cast-iron skillet on medium brown chicken on each side, cooking about 5 minutes per side. It should take about 10 minutes. 

Place skillet in a preheated 375 degree oven and cook for 10 -12 more minutes. On the last minute, turn your oven on broil and brown the skin.

Take the remaining amount of sauce and warm thoroughly.  Take chicken and plate. Place remaining sauce and put over chicken. 

And that's it! Serve with veggies and enjoy! Printable recipe here.

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Oven Rib-eye Steak


I found some rib-eye steaks on sale at our local market, so I decided to try pan searing and oven roasting them. I thought I had gone completely crazy when I said to myself I wasn't going to grill a rib-eye. However, the final result was a very tender, moist, juicy and flavor-filled steak. So good I would even dare say it rivaled a grilled steak. Yes. I said it. Begin throwing stones at me.

Before you do that you need to try this recipe.  Maybe once you try it, you will put the stones down.

3 rib-eye steaks
1/2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp smoked paprika

I took the steaks  a couple of hours before cooking and sprinkled about 1 tsp of kosher salt on them and wrapped them in parchment paper. I placed them in the fridge for about 2 hours. This will pull excess moisture from the meat.

Take the steaks out of the fridge an remove paper. Pat dry. Mix all dry spices and salt together. Sprinkle lightly on each side of steaks (about half of dry mixture) . Let set at room temperature for 20 minutes.

While you are waiting, take some whole mushrooms, sprinkle with olive oil and place in a toaster oven for those twenty minutes. On minute 10, season with salt and pepper, just a light sprinkle.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and heat up your cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Sprinkle remaining dry seasonings on steaks evenly. Sear each side of the steaks for two minutes per side. Place in the oven. Let cook in oven for 2 minutes, then turn oven off. Let steaks cook another 6 to 8 minutes.

Take steaks out and let rest.  While they are resting, take pan you seared the steaks in and turn on medium heat. Add 1 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp salt and pepper, and 1 tsp lemon juice. Add 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese. When all incorporated place 1 tbsp butter and turn heat off. Mix until butter has melted.

Plate steak and place mushrooms on top, then top with cream sauce.  Serve with veggies.

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Smoked Chicken Thighs

This recipe is very similar to my smoked chicken halves recipe I did earlier that smoked the chicken with the indirect method of grilling. It is pretty much my preferred method of grilling now.  Juicy, flavorful, beautiful, and easy; you can't go wrong!

1 package chicken thighs
1/2  cup Dale's marinade
1/2 tbsp black pepper
2 tsp  garlic powder
2 lbs any type of charcoal
 hickory chunks

Set up your grill for indirect method. I explained it here on my halves post. While your coals are getting hot put thighs in zip loc bag and put dales seasoning in. Right before placing on grill, sprinkle both sides with seasonings.

Place thighs skin side down and let smoke for 30 minutes. Turn and let the thighs smoke more for another 30 minutes. The skin will begin turning a dark amber color and look delicious.  After an hour take chick off and place in a 200 degree preheated oven for 1 hour. 

Remove, plate with some pan seared zucchini and some white rice, and enjoy! Printable recipe here.

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Oven Roasted Chicken

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Oven Roasted Chicken

This was a rather simple recipe that I didn't have to tend to very often. It is almost one of those "set it, and forget it" recipes. This is what I did:

4 chicken quarters
1/2 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tbsp aluminum free baking powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all dry ingredients together and  coat on all sides of chicken. Place in a greased cast-iron skillet and put in a preheated 275 degree oven. Cook for 2 1/2 hours.

The skin will be crispy on top and the chicken will be juicy due to the fat that rendered out.  It will be very tender!  We ate this with some cauliflower mash and cooked broccoli.

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