Homemade Bacon



Every now and then I make a discovery that brightens my day.  My wife and I had went to Sams and bought some pork butts that were relatively cheap. We decided due to the size, we would cut the butts in quarters and make 2 small roasts, and two batches of pork steaks.

As I was trimming the meat, I noticed a nice fat cap on one side. I usually remove this and discard it, but I noticed something. As I cut the cap off I actually cook a layer of the meat with it. So I ask myself the question, I wonder if I could slice it thin and make bacon? The result? You bet your bacon you can! This is what I did.

1 Boston butt
2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
grill, used for smoking and hickory

Take the fat caps from the Boston butt and remove them, but leave some meat on it. Then slice long -way down the cap and slice into about 1/8 of an inch pieces.Take your kosher salt and put generously on your caps and do the same with the brown sugar. Place it in the fridge, covered, over night.

After you have seasoned it, take the bacon out and rinse it off. You can store it in the freezer for later or you can go ahead and get it ready to cook.

On a smoker grill with hickory smoke,try to regulate your grill temp to about 200 degrees. Smoke bacon for about  1 1/2 hours.

Take back and place in a oven on 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

No joke, this bacon was better than store bought! This should yield you about 10-12 pieces. Try it sometime!

Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato and Vinegar Slaw



This is similar to a previous recipe I made, but decided to do a twist on the presentation. I promise you, I will never go back to beef since I have been cooking turkey burgers. The burgers are moist and delicious. The recipe will make three patties.

1 lb ground turkey
1 large sweet potato, cut in thin discs
1 cup coleslaw mix
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tsp Worcestershire
2 tsp smoke paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

Take salt,  pepper, garlic powder paprika, and Worcestershire and add to ground turkey. Mix well until all is incorporated. Shape into 3 large patties.

Place sweet potato discs on a cooking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Salt and pepper for flavor, about 1 tsp for each. Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Cook your turkey burgers in a large skillet on medium heat, turning every 3-4 minutes. They should be cooked in about 15 minutes, depending on the size of your burger. In the last 4 minutes place mozzarella on the top to melt.

For the slaw, I added 2 tsp of mayo, 3 tsp of white vinegar, salt, pepper to taste, and about 1/2 tsp of sugar.

Plate and eat. This is one of my favorites! Printable recipe here.

Breakfast Mushroom Melt



I don't know why I haven't done this one. This was a delicious sandwich. If I could give you a free sample I would.

2 pieces wheat bread, toasted
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 egg, fried
1/4 cup spinach
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp butter

Saute your mushrooms until soft. Medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes. Take mozzarella and place on on side of toast. place Sauteed mushrooms, spinach, then put top other piece of bread on top.

Take entire sandwich and put back into pan with 1\2 tbsp butter allow it to cook until mozzarella begins to melt. Remove from pan, take off top piece of toast and place fried egg on top. Place the toast back on top and cut in half. Eat. Enjoy.

Definitely a game changer for breakfast! Click here for printable recipe.