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…

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 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…

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…

Basic BBQ Rub

This is my go-to rub for just about everything but brisket. It has a sugar base and it outstanding with pork (ribs, butts, etc.). It is modified from a recipe by legendary Kansas City pitmaster Paul Kirk. Rub can be expensive so this is a great way to save money. I buy my spices in bulk…