Pan-Sautéed Black Rockfish Fillets

Pan Seared Black Rockfish Fillets

Pan-Sautéed Black Rockfish Fillets

Pan-Sautéed Black Rockfish Fillets - I've been an avid fisherman my whole life and learned so much from my Dad in my youth ... Thanks Dad. We were RVing in Brookings Oregon recently and decided to go do some deep sea fishing with the hope of getting some Black Rockfish and Ling Cod. I was lucky enough to get my limit (5) of Black Rockfish but no luck getting any Ling Cod (limit of 2 - greater than 22 inches).

Ingredients: Two Black Rockfish Fillets, sea salt & black pepper to taste, 2 tablespoons roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil, and 2 tablespoons salted butter.

Directions: Heat a seasoned cast iron or non-stick pan over medium high heat. Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil and swirl to coast the pan. Add the fish to the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes before flipping the fillets. Add the butter and spoon the melted butter on the fillets until the internal temperature of the fillets reach 145ºF or the fish flakes easily.

For a scrumptious low carb meal I served the sautéed fillet with a nice green salad. Doesn't get any better than fresh fish fillets - from the Pacific Ocean straight to the frying pan.

Black Rockfish Limit (5)
Brookings Oregon Scenery

Fireman Burgers!!

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Fireman Burgers!!

Joe Morrow, a longtime family friend and retired firefighter from California introduced us to his Fireman Burgers well over 30 years ago.  Joe and his beautiful wife, Joy are now living in Arkansas, and while we don't see them much; the firehouse tradition of his burgers has remained a timeless, family favorite!  Simple to make, these burgers are spicy and delicious!

Ingredients
Mixed Ingredients

Ingredients:

Burger Mix:

  • 3 lbs ground sirloin
  • 2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or more....  or lots more)
  • 1 can diced Hatch Chilies.
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more...)
  • 1 tbsp seasoning mix (your favorite blend; ours is Fagundes Famous Seasoning Mix)
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

For the sandwich:

  • Sourdough bread
  • Pepper Jack cheese slices (2 per burger)
  • Colby Jack cheese slices (2 per burger)
  • 1 whole chili
  • Sliced onion (pre-grill if preferred)

Now, depending on the size of your appetite, family, or party; adjust these ingredients accordingly.

Form your burgers in an oblong patty; about the size of the sourdough bread. Grill/smoke the burgers to your preference.

On a flat pan or griddle, lay a slice of buttered sourdough, then two slices of pepper jack cheese.  Place a cooked burger on top, then 1 whole chili, then two slices of cheddar jack cheese; finally, place the other slice sourdough (buttered) on top.  Grill the entire sandwich to perfection!

Serve the Fireman Burgers with your favorite side dishes!

 

Smoked Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

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Smoked Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Finger foods and appetizers are a must for any large gathering, sporting event, and holiday.  My Smoked Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs are always at the top of the request list, and I am sure they'll be a hit for any occasion you have planned.  From prepping, to cooking, to serving, the process is relatively simple and timely.  The blend of beef, pork, cream cheese, and Jalapenos is spectacular and I guarantee you can't just stop at one!  Stuffing the meatballs with cream cheese is only one of endless varieties you can go with; so, use your imagination and taste buds as your guide to what will become "THE" party favor of your get-togethers!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground sausage (breakfast)
  • 3-4 Jalapenos; diced
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese; shredded
  • 2 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes (add more to crank up the heat)
  • 2 tbsp. of your favorite seasoning
  • 4 oz cream cheese

 

 

 

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly.  Make small one inch meatballs, flattening the first to place 1/4 inch of cream cheese in the middle.  Roll meatballs ensuring cream cheese is covered.  Place the meatballs on a cooking sheet that is designed for direct cooking (holes or slats); you can find disposable ones at your local grocer.

The recipe should yield approximately 30 meatballs; depending on the size.  Double or triple the recipe for larger parties.

 

 

Configure your smoker for indirect heat and set your temperature to 225-250 degrees; heat range is dependent upon how long you want to cook for.  Smoke the meatballs until internal temperature is 160 degrees.  Remove from smoker and serve!  Use your favorite BBQ sauce for dipping; or if you wish, baste the meatballs with BBQ sauce prior to completing your cook.  ENJOY!

Smoked Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
Smoked Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Bacon Wrapped Onion Grenades

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Bacon Wrapped Onion Grenades

Some call these "Onion Bombs"; others may say "they are a twist to Moink Balls."  Call them what you will; but, no matter the name, they are delicious!  My family named these "Bacon Wrapped Onion Grenades".  Why a grenade for the name?  For you non-military type:  A grenade is a small bomb typically thrown by hand. Generally, a grenade consists of an explosive charge, a detonating mechanism, and firing pin to trigger the detonating mechanism. Once the soldier throws the grenade, the safety lever releases, the striker throws the safety lever away from the grenade body as it rotates to detonate the primer. The primer explodes and ignites the fuse (sometimes called the delay element). The fuse burns down to the detonator, which explodes the main charge.

The "fuse" in the Bacon Wrapped Onion Grenades is a combination of brown sugar, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; the "main charge is red pepper flakes!  You can take this recipe and adjust the seasonings to your preferences; but you've got to try these!

Ingredients
Mixed Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Onions (depending on size)
  • Thin bacon; enough slices to cover each onion thoroughly; about 4-5 slices each; again, depending on onion size.

For Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or more....  or lots more)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more...)
  • 1 tbsp seasoning mix (your favorite blend; ours is Fagundes Famous Seasoning Mix)

Onions:

  • Peel away and discard skin.
  • Cut each onion to the middle and remove the center (smaller pieces)
  • Separate the larger layers
    • Depending on the size of your onion, you will wind up with 3-4 layers.  Each layer should still be intact with one open side.

Mixture:

  • Using a large size bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Roll the mixture into balls that meet or slightly exceed the size of each layer.
  • Wrap each layer around; be careful not to break the layers.

Bacon:

  • Wrap onion/meatballs with bacon strips; alternating directions and secure with toothpicks.
Separated Onion Layers
Onion Wrapped Meatballs
Bacon Wrapped

 

 

  • Preheat your pellet grill to 225 degrees.
  • Place Onion Grenades on smoker and smoke until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  • For crispier bacon, towards the end of your cook, increase your grill temperature to about 300-350 degrees.

Smoked Tri Tip and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Smoked Tri tip and Broccoli Stir Fry
Smoked Tri tip and Broccoli Stir Fry
Hickory Smoked Tri Tip

Smoked Tri Tip and Broccoli Stir Fry

Smoked Tri Tip and Broccoli Stir Fry - Always working for new recipes to use leftover smoked Tri Tip. With just the two of us there are always plenty of leftovers needing to be used in imaginative ways. Took out a frozen vacuumed sealed package of Hickory smoked Prime grade sliced Tri Tip roast to use for this recipe. The Tri Tip was smoked, vacuum sealed and frozen about 9 months ago ... yup!! 9 months and it was just as good if not better than the day I cooked the Tri Tip. It was so tender that I was able to easily tear it apart with my fingers. Vacuum sealing really keeps the meat fresh.

When ordering Chinese I usually select Beef & Broccoli so it's no surprise that I decided to put my own twist on a Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry recipe. I didn't know what to expect but it turned out simply marvelous!! The key was waiting till the last minute to put the meat in the stir fry ...

Broccoli and Assorted Vegetables
Smoked Prime Grade Tri Tip

I used a Beef & Broccoli dry mix for the sauce mixed with ¾ of a cup of water and 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce. Used my wok to stir fry the broccoli florets, mushrooms, onions, and some zucchini squash. Throw in your favorite veggies but remember that the main dish is broccoli based. Stir fried the vegetables until al dente. Poured in the sauce and cooked for a minute or two allowing the sauce to thicken. As previously stated, add the smoked tri tip meat, broken up into bite sizes, and finish the thickening of the sauce. Serve right away over steamed white rice. Enjoy ... I will definitely be doing this again! I have lots of vacuumed smoked tri tip, chicken, pork roast, etc in my freezer and I'll be looking into using some of it for other stir fry recipes.

Smoked Tri Tip & Broccoli Stir Fry
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