Thursday, August 25, 2005


With Labor Day weekend coming up soon, I thought a few more recipes for the grill might be in order.

Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breast - A few years ago, I had a LTR with a woman with four children ranging from early teen to young adult. Of all the things we did on the grill, this was her kids favorite. For Karen and Daniel:

INGREDIENTS (for each serving you need)
a boneless Chicken Breast fillet (half of a whole boneless breast)
1 slice Muenster Cheese, folded in thirds
1 pc thickly sliced Bacon (or, in the case of WC, SME, and Mr. A, Back Bacon)
a fruity BBQ GLAZE, like Teriyaki, Hawaiian, or Cherry

With a tenderizing mallet, pound breast thin and flat. Place the folded Muenster Cheese in center. Wrap like you would a burrito, ends first, and secure with toothpicks. Secure one end of Bacon slice to end of Chicken with a toothpick, and wrap around to other end securing with toothpick. Place seam side down, directly over coals. Cook about 10 min, or until bacon crisps a bit (you may want to keep spray bottle of water handy to control flare ups). Turn seam side up, spread with glaze, cover grill, and cook about 10 min more, or till bacon crisps.

Alternative recipe - prepare coals as for Pulled Pork BBQ. Flatten Chicken Breast with mallet. In center, place one slice Canadian Bacon (or for SME, WC, and Mr. A, Bacon) and folded Muenster Cheese. Wrap like you would a burrito, securing with toothpicks. When coals and chips are ready, place seam side up over drip pan, cover grill, and cook about 50 min. Pour on glaze, cover grill, and cook about 10 mins, or till sauce starts to carmelize.

Fabulous Country Ribs
I much prefer Country Ribs to their much less meaty cousins, Spare Ribs!

Prepare grill as described for Pulled Pork. Rub down ribs with KC Masterpiece Rub or Lowery's Seasoned Salt. Add a kettle of boiling water to the drip pan, and arrange ribs on grill over pan. Cover grill and cook until easily pierced with a fork, about 75 mins. Remove to plate.

Remove grill and empty the water from the drip pan. Return pan and grill and arrange ribs over pan. Liberally spread ribs with your favorite BBQ Sauce. Cover grill and cook until sauce starts to carmelize, 10-15 min.

Perfect Roasted Corn On the Cob
Soak unshucked ears in bucket of water for at least a half an hour. Place ears on grill directly over coals. Grill, turning frequently till outside leaves are thoroughly charred. Pull leaves off ear (the silk will amazingly come right off with the leaves). Serve with butter, salt and Parmesan Cheese.

Serve with Skillet Beans, Barb's Mexican Salad, and Mom's Strawberry Refrigerator Cake, and you'll have a Labor Day to really celebrate!


  • At 2:07 PM, Blogger Laura said…

    I'm more of a dry rub kind of person, I hate bbq sauce. The second step for the ribs is only necessary to cook the sauce, or do the ribs need additional cooking time regardless? I've always been afraid to cook ribs, but I'll have to try this.

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    I'm with you on Country Style Ribs; they're the BEST! That chicken sounds GREAT, will definitely try it.

  • At 2:57 PM, Anonymous mark said…

    I'd still remove the water from the pan, sprinkle a bit more seasoning on them, and finish them for a few more minutes, just to brown them a bit.

  • At 4:34 PM, Blogger Laura said…

    Cool, thanks. I'll have to try that and letcha know how they turn out. My favorite rib place in Chicago (and the only one to my knowledge that had dry-rub only ribs available) closed :-(

  • At 5:58 PM, Blogger mister anchovy said…

    In Canada, as I'm sure you know, nobody would ever say, "Canadian bacon".....I guess its the same stuff we call peameal, or back bacon. (then again, I bet you guys call toques, ski hats...)

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    Never could see what the big deal was with ribs. I guess I didn't grow up with them so they're not a part of my repertoire. Stuffed chicken breast, on the other hand...mmmmm....

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    Also don't get wings.

  • At 11:54 PM, Anonymous mark said…

    Nothin better than ribs, cept maybe wings!

  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger Laura said…

    Ooooooh, this worked so well! I'd never heard of putting water in the grill but man did they turn out great! I like 'em "memphis style" with just the dry rub and they turned out perfect!

  • At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Glad you like them!


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