Hunk of Meat Monday: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

I am giving away my new favorite cookbook. Maybe it is because it is grilling season, and I love to grill on my Big Green EGG. Or maybe it is because I am making food that looks like this Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken.

Bacon wrapped BBQ chickenAnd just how do you get to this end beauty. Start with chicken tenders or in my case chicken breasts and then cut them in half.

Chicken breasts for bacon wrapped BBQ chickenI multi-task in the kitchen so before you start wrapping your chicken, get your special barbecue sauce going. Pick your favorite barbecue sauce and then add two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of onion powder.

homemade barbecue sauce

As the sauce simmers, get to wrapping up your chicken. I was able to use one slice per chicken. Some folks may want to hold the bacon in place by toothpicks. I had good luck keeping the bacon in place with the just the barbecue.

bacon wrapped chicken

Once it safely wrapped and completely covered with bacon, it is time to slather each piece with your barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Sauce Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I used a grill brush to put the sauce on but you could also use a spoon.

Brushing on Barbecue Sauce on Bacon Wrapped ChickenThen it is grill time! The bacon will put off bacon grease. So, if you a grilling over a gas grill, you may want to put the chicken a little in between the burners or a more indirect location on the grill.

Grilling Bacon Wrapped ChickenNow, don’t get flip happy. If you flip too much the bacon will fall off. And you don’t want to lose the bacon to the grill. Trust me. I cooked the chicken for about 10-15 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer and make sure you cook your chicken to 165 degrees. And plus, you want your bacon done too!! The barbecue and bacon will keep the chicken juicy.

If you want to enjoy a bacon wrapped meal, add some asparagus wrapped in bacon to the grill.

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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • 1/2-1 lb bacon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar and onion powder. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile wrap chicken breast with one to two slices bacon each. Set aside 3/4 cup sauce mixture. Brush remaining sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Place chicken on grill not directly over flames to prevent flare ups with a medium-high heat. Grill for 25-30 minutes, flipping twice, until nearly done. Brush chicken well with reserved sauce mixture.
  4. Cook until chicken juices run clear and sauce is caramelized. Always cook chicken to 165 degrees.
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Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

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Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Bowtie Pasta and Sausage

Have you ever become obsessed with something? So obsessed it makes the people you life with crazy. This bowties and sausage recipe brings to light two obsessions in the Beyer household: a pot and smoked sausage.

Bowties and sausage | Beyer BewareThe pot is my obsession. It is the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round French Oven in cherry. Big enough for a one pot wonder for a family of 4 but small enough that I can actually lift it up with a meal in it. Obsessed. You may remember if you follow me on Instagram when I lost my mind at the Le Creuset outlet.
Le Creuset Outlet in South CarolinaAnd the smoked sausge…that would be my daughter. She is a healthy eater who finds higher end meats more desirable. I can’t say I blame her. Except for smoked sausage. She could eat her weight in smoked sausage. So, when I saw this recipe in the Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, I knew that at least one person in my family would be simply in love. And boy was I right. Big hit at the dinner table and once again it was a quick prep.

smoked sausage with onion and pepper
Simple ingredients with the smoked sausage, onions and peppers. Slice them all up and get them going in the skillet. Notice I have cheese filled sausage. Use what you like. All beef, jalapeño, skinless, not skinless, all will work just fine. Slice the sausage, pepper and onion up and get sautéing.

Sausage with onions and peppers While the sausage and veggies are cooking, get your pasta cooking. I have a favorite gluten free pasta that I used. The original recipe called for bowtie pasta. Again, use what you have on hand.

My favorite gluten free pastaCook according to the package directions, drain and add to the sausage and veggies.

Gluten free pasta with sausage onions and peppersAdd beef broth to the pot and stir together. Serve to your hungry family with some buttered bread and big glasses of milk.

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Bowties and Sausage

Rating: 41

Bowties and Sausage

This quick and easy bowties and sausage recipe is one of my daughter's favorites. Serve with some buttered bread and fill your family's bellies.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of bowtie pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of Italian pork sausage or smoked sausage cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add sausage, onion and pepper. Cook until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are tender.
  2. Drain any grease or fat and return to pan.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions while sausage and vegetables cook. Drain.
  4. Add beef broth to sausage and vegetables and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta.
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Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

We can all pretend that we are always ready to whip up a meal for our starving kids. But, after being on the road or on a plane for a month straight, I would rather everyone just make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

When I came across the recipe for quick spicy beef burritos in my latest Gooseberry Patch Cookbook I am reviewing on the way home from a week on the beach, I knew even my kicking and screaming bad attitude towards cooking right now could handle it.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe great thing about this recipe is Beyer pantry friendly ingredients.

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos Recipe

Don’t we all have refried beans, diced tomatoes and chilies and taco seasoning in bulk? Or just me?

Taco Meat add ins

Of course, I always have literally hundreds of pounds of meat just laying around in one of my two chest freezers. I get the frozen pound of ground beef going with a quarter cup of diced onions.

Browning beef for burritosOnce the beef is browned, drained of any excess grease, add those tomatoes, beans and seasoning.

Quick Spicy Beef Burrito FillingsStir to combine and let simmer for several minutes. And I dare you not to steal a bite.

Beef Burrito FillingYou will notice my spoon is missing from my awesome Fighting Illini spoon rest.

Quick Beef Burrito filling with Illini spoon restNow, stop sneaking bites and start assembling. For a healthier option, grab whole wheat tortillas. If you are gluten free, go for the corn. If you are me and you are going with what you have, you will use run of the mill flour tortillas for the family.

Quick beef burritos

Add shredded cheese and roll up tortillas and serve.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasNotice, I have some corn tortillas in the mix. And if you like more filling in your burritos, go for it. Add some guacamole. It’s healthy!

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Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 1 burrito

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Lovers of Tex-Mex food looking for a change of pace from regular tacos will fall in love with these quick spicy beef burritos.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 1-1/4 ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef with onion.
  2. Drain off any excess grease and stir in the taco seasoning, beans and tomatoes and chilies. Simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Warm up flour tortillas or crisp up corn tortillas and fill with beef filling.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and then roll up and serve immediately.
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This recipe is from a cookbook given to me by Gooseberry Patch. The recipe commentary and opinions are mine.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Who loves ooey, gooey, cheese laden food? This girl.  And my children. Which is why they loved this loaded buffalo and chicken dish. Maybe they love buffalo sauce because I ate an insane amount of Hooters Wings while I was pregnant. After all, hasn’t there been some kind of research done to link what you eat while pregnant to what your kids like to eat. Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Obviously, it involves a few of my favorite things… bacon, cheese, buffalo sauce. Let’s start with the bacon.

frying baconReserve the bacon to the side and leave the bacon grease in the skillet. It is time to make chicken. buffalo chicken marinadeThe buffalo chicken marinade is simple…wing sauce and ranch dressing. That’s all people. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then just put in the skillet of bacon grease. Cook on each side for about five minutes and then remove from the pan, let rest for a few minutes then dice. Now the potatoes… Once again, I have to tell you, I microwave the potatoes to almost fully cook them. Who has the time to bake potatoes? And if microwaving food causes cancer, I would have been died from cancer a long time ago. I grew up in the 80’s. We microwaved everything. Because we could. And it was cool. baked ranch potatoesI microwave make the potatoes till their almost done. Dice them and toss them in ranch seasoning and butter and put in the oven on 350 to crisp up a bit. At this point I would also have the chicken cooking in the skillet. Then you just combine chicken and potatoes. Buffalo Chicken and PotatoesThen you drench in shredded colby jack cheese and that crumbled bacon from earlier. Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes with cheese and baconThen bake for 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees or until the cheese is melted and just beginning to crisp.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

We of course drench this all in ranch. Any remotely healthy thing about this got killed with the ranch dressing. But, it was so good.

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Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

If you are a chicken wing lover, then this loaded buffalo chicken and potato dish will become your favorite weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 Skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 4 potatoes, red or brown skinned
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup of ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing together and pour over chicken. Let marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Fry four pieces of bacon, crumble and reserve for later. Keep bacon grease in skillet.
  3. Bake potatoes till they are almost baked and then cube and spread out on a jelly roll pan. Toss butter and ranch seasoning on potatoes and finish baking potatoes on 350 degrees.
  4. Cook chicken in the skillet with reserved bacon grease for 5-6 minutes on each side or chicken is done.
  5. Cube cooked chicken and combine with baked potatoes. Cover in shredded cheese and then the bacon.
  6. Bake for another 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees till cheese is completely melted.
  7. Serve with ranch dressing.
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Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

I love creamy casseroles in the winter time. The problem now is for the most part they have flour in the sauce or the pasta. But, this chicken cordon bleu casserole creation can be completely flour free.

Chicken Cordon Bleu gluten free

Now, of course, the bread crumbs I put on part of it have flour, but almond meal can be substituted for the bread crumbs or completely omitted. The sauce is a creamy, cheesy sauce that doesn’t have a lick of thickener in it. Simply mix cream cheese, butter, milk or cream and parmesan cheese together for the base of the sauce.

flourless alfredo sauceNow start layering the casserole. Start with shredded or cubed cook chicken. This is about 2 cups worth or 4-5 boneless skinless chicken thighs. Followed by 1 cup shredded swiss cheese. You can use monterey jack or mozzarella also. Then layer ham. The next time I make this, I will cut up the ham. Feel free to use cubed ham or lunch meat. Just make sure you cut the lunch meat up. Followed by the incredible sauce.

chicken cordon bleu casserole layersNow, I am sure some of you notice breadcrumbs. Don’t want the carbs or can’t have the gluten, substitute almond meal. Or just leave off completely.

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu CasseroleRegardless, enjoy this comforting casserole.

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

This chicken cordon bleu casserole is full of flavor but yet low carb and even gluten free if you need it to be.

Ingredients

    Casserole Layers
  • 2 cups cooked diced or shredded chicken
  • 1 cup diced ham or sliced ham lunch meat
  • 1 cup shredded swiss, monterey jack or mozzarella cheese
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional Topping
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Layer the chicken in the bottom of a deep dish casserole pan.
  2. Layer shredded cheese on top of the chicken follow with the ham and then pour alfredo sauce over top of it all.
  3. To make the Alfredo sauce, mix the cream cheese, butter, milk, parmesan cheese and garlic powder together over a low heat in a small sauce pan.
  4. Stir constantly until it is all melted and just begins to bubble. Remove from heat.
  5. For added flavor and texture mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and butter together. Sprinkle over the alfredo sauce.
  6. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or casserole is bubbling.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

On Day 4 of the 30 days of #FarmsMatter, I am reminded why chicken farms are a gift from God. You see, I grew up gathering eggs at my grandparent’s house. And then butchering said chickens. When the chicken raising ended, I was sure I would never have to butcher a chicken again. WrONg! My dad then thought it would be a good idea to get a flock of chickens. That would require butchering. Let’s just say, I am grateful for Perdue and Tyson and all the other chicken farms for raising and processing the chickens that I can just buy at Kroger.

Chicen DrumsticksDrumsticks are the go-to chicken choice in our house when we eat chicken. I prefer dark meat any day of the week and of course the kids prefer eating legs over thighs! So, these packages literally can disappear quickly. The quickest recipe I have for baked chicken legs of course involves a few of my favorite things: garlic, butter, hot salt, and pasta sprinkle.

Spicy Garlic Chicken Leg seasoningOnce you have the butter melted, garlic added, follow up with hot salt and pasta sprinkle or some Italian herbs you have on hand. Then dip your legs in the butter. Dredge it through the butter and place on a jelly roll pan lined in foil. Then pour any extra over top of the legs.

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs on Baking SheetThen, because I am obsessed with garlic, I hit the chicken with some roasted garlic and herbs seasoning.

Spicy Garlic Chicken Legs Roasted Garlic HerbThen roast the legs on 425 degrees for 25 minutes or till the juices run clear.

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs seasonedThe legs are juicy, spicy and with a crunchy outer shell. There is something about crispy skin that makes it totally irresistible.

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken LegsNothing pairs with chicken legs like macaroni and cheese, so go ahead and go make some of the microwavable pasta in the last 12 minutes the chicken is cooking.

Spicy Garlic Chicken Legs

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

Chicken legs are kids approved meal at our house. These spicy garlic baked chicken legs are fun to eat and full of flavor. And yes, very garlicky!

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken legs
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Hot Salt
  • Pasta Sprinkle
  • Roasted Garlic and Herb Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a saute pan. Add garlic and saute for a minute or two.
  2. Once garlic and butter have infused, add hot salt and pasta sprinkle to combination and remove from heat. I added two teaspoons of each. Adjust to your flavor palette.
  3. Dredge chicken legs through butter mixture and place in foil lined jelly roll pan. Pour any extra butter over top of the chicken legs.
  4. Sprinkle roasted garlic and herb over the chicken legs and roast in 425 degree over for 25 minutes or till juices run clear.
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30 days #farmsmatter

This post is part of the 30 days series over on Prairie Farmer. Be sure to check out the five things Holly will be talking about all month long while you are there! Be sure to see all my 30 Days of #FarmsMatter posts.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

We all have the that swiss steak recipe that has been in our family for four generation. Onions and peppers and tomatoes all cooking slowly together. Well, sometimes I like to break tradition. And I have a lot of round steaks and steaks for swissing. So, I tried something new. French Onion soup inspired swiss steak.slow cooker french onion swiss steak I started with the cast iron skillet and ended with my crock pot.

swiss steaks and onionsFlour and steak seasoning. Butter and onions. This was a match made in heaven. The you just need to slow cook the beef to make it super tender.

But first, the gravy French onion goodness.

French onion cream sauceSimply mix a can of French onion soup and a can of cream of mushroom soup together. Pour over top of the steak and season generously with your favorite steak seasoning. And then before you are ready to eat, whip up some mashed potatoes. Or cook some noodles. Or do both. You will want to soak up the gravy.

French Onion Swiss SteakEnjoy your onion fix!

Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

A creamy, French onion soup inspired variation of slow cooked Swiss Steaks.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds round steak or steak for swissing
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Mix together flour and one tablespoon steak seasoning. Dredge steak in flour. Place steaks in hot skillet. Brown on both sides for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once both sides are browned, place in crock pot on a quarter of the sliced onions.
  4. Place remaining onions in skillet to absorb bits left in the pan for a minute or two and then transfer to crock pot.
  5. Mix soups together and pour over meat and onions. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of steak seasoning over the soups.
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