Smoky Chicken Wings

Everybody loves chicken wings. This is a quick and easy recipe that works well on a Traeger wood pellet grill. Ingredients ~5 lbs of chicken wings Your favorite BBQ rub Your favorite glaze/sauce For the rub I just use the Basic BBQ Rub, but you can try something with more kick if you like. For…

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

These are outstanding as an appetizer. This recipe makes 30 poppers. Ingredients 1 package cream cheese Shredded sharp cheddar (big handful) 3 green onions chopped 2 packages Oscar Meyer bacon (18 slicer per pkg) 15 medium peppers Rub Brown sugar Raspberry chipotle sauce (optional) Instructions Mix cream cheese, cheddar, and chopped onions in a bowl….

Tender and Juicy Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is AWESOME! Easy to make, inexpensive, and it feeds a huge number of people. The following recipe is based on the boneless (de-boned) pork butts from Costco. You can also buy bone-in butts from Sam’s Club (or your favorite grocer/butcher) and then you don’t need to mess with the flaps of meat described…

Foolproof Smoked Ribs

The following recipe consistently produces fabulous ribs, but be sure to follow each step carefully. What you are looking for with ribs is tender meat, but still a little chewy. The meat should stick to the bone, but fall off cleanly with a little tug. There are two main kids of pork ribs: baby backs…

Texas-Style Brisket

We used to live in Austin, Texas and grew to love hill country BBQ, especially brisket. Here is my current technique for cooking brisket. I use the same basic method on both my Traeger wood pellet smoker and my Stumps gravity feed charcoal/wood chunk smoker. I am continually learning and tweaking my technique, but the basic…

Smoked Prime Rib

Hard to describe how much I love prime rib. The great thing is that you can cook a prime rib at home that rivals anything you get at a restaurant. Prime rib can be scary because it is an expensive cut of meat. Kind of intimidating to think you might ruin an $80-100 cut of…

Eugene’s Smoked Turkey

Turkey can be a challenge. A well-cooked turkey is fabulous, but it can be difficult to choke down a dry, tough turkey. In my experience, the best way to do a turkey is in the smoker. Great flavor and it will be tender and juicy if you do it correctly. I came to love smoked…

Smoked Salmon

  I have two main hobbies in my life: BBQ and fishing. Sometimes I come home with some trout or salmon and my hobbies collide. After a few years of experimenting, I have found a routine for smoking fish that produces great results. This recipe is designed for trout or salmon. For simplicity, I will refer…

Stuffed Salmon

This is a family favorite and is a great way to cook salmon in a Traeger pellet grill. Lots of fun flavors. Ingredients Salmon fillets (enough for 5-6 people). I usually use one large farm-raised salmon fillet from Costco. One six ounce package baby spinach 3 T basil pesto 2 T sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 2…

Creamed Corn

One of my favorite sides. Please don’t confuse this with the stuff that comes in cans. This is made with real cream and is an outstanding side dish. I got this recipe from my amigo Mike Lopez. I adjusted the quantities so that it works with a pint of cream. Servings: 4-6 Ingredients 2 T…

Pesto Butter Salmon

A Traeger wood pellet grill is perfect for grilling salmon. It leaves the salmon with a lovely wood-fired flavor, but the smoke is not overpowering. This is one of your favorite salmon recipes because it is incredible simple yet delicious. Ingredients 2-3 T Costco basil pesto 4 T Butter, melted 2 lbs Salmon filets Freshly…

Smoked BBQ Beans

This is slightly modified from a recipe I got from my good friend Bryan Proffer. Bryan is a BBQ expert and has probably forgotten more than I know. This is my favorite BBQ side dish. Easy to make, and the flavor is money. Even people who don’t like beans will love these. Trust me. The original…