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Makes 8-10 servings

  • 5 lbs boneless pork loin
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 8-10 rolls or hamburger buns

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 1 12 oz can beer or 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  1. Preheat grill for indirect cooking over medium heat. 
  2. Sprinkle pork loin with pepper and garlic salt.  Place on grill and cook about 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 155°F to 160°F. 
  3. Allow meat to cool while preparing sauce.  Shred pork into small pieces, discarding any remaining fat.  Place pork in a large pot; stir sauce into pork and simmer 40 minutes.  Serve on warmed rolls.
  4. Sauce: Heat butter in a large saucepan.  Add onion and stir frequently until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
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Makes 9

  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup mixed fresh berries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease a muffin pan.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until pale, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the eggs and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add 2 tbsp cream, the vanilla and the salt and mix until combined, scraping as necessary.  Beat in the flour until incorporated.  Using a spatula, gently stir in the berries. 
  2. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, about three-quarters full.  Top each cake with a few berries and sprinkle the remaining 1 tbsp granulated sugar over the cakes.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs, 30-35 minuts.  Let cool in the pan, then run a knife around the edges and remove. 
  3. In a small bowl, whip the remaining 1 cup cream with the confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon until soft peaks form.  Serve with the cakes.

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Makes 6 burgers

  • 2 cups hickory or fruit wood chips
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green sweet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 cup mild or hot barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • Sliced onions
  • Barbecue sauce (optional)
  • Purchased pickle mix (optional)
  • Purchased barbecue beans (optional)
  • Creamy Coleslaw (optional)
  1. Soak wood chips in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Let cool slightly; crumble. Combine bacon, ground beef, beaten eggs, onion, sweet pepper, black pepper, seasoned salt, and sage in a large bowl; mix well. Shape into 6 patties about 1 inch thick.
  3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. Test for medium-high heat above drip pan. Add wood chips according to grill manufacturer’s directions. Place patties on a lightly oiled rack over the pan. Cover and grill for 18 to 20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers registers 160 degree F, turning burgers once. Brush with the 1/4 cup barbecue sauce the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  4. Toast buns on grill rack, if desired. Serve the burgers on buns with sliced onions and, if desired, additional barbecue sauce. Serve with pickle mix, barbecue beans, and Creamy Coleslaw, if desired.

Tip: Use a high-quality bacon, cooked just crisp enough to crumble easily.

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Makes 4 burgers

  • 2 to 3 Anaheim peppers
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 ounces dry Monterey Jack cheese, shaved, or Monterey Jack cheese, sliced.
  • 4 sesame hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • Assorted condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, catsup, tomatoes, lettuce, and/or pickles
  1. Place peppers on a grill rack directly over medium heat; grill, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until charred, turning frequently. Wrap peppers in foil or place in a clean paper bag; set aside until cool enough to handle (about 10 minutes). Peel peppers; remove and discard stems, seeds, and membranes. Finely chop peppers.
  2. Combine the peppers, onion, and soy sauce in a large mixing bowl; add beef and mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties about 1 inch thick.
  3. Place burger patties on the lightly oiled rack of the grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 18 to 23 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers registers 160 degree F, turning burgers once halfway through grilling. Top with cheese slices the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  4. Toast buns, if desired. Place burgers on buns. Top with avocado and desired condiments.

Test Kitchen Tip: Use ripe Haas avocados (with dark, pebbly skin). Avocados turn brown once cut, so use right after slicing.

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Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon purchased red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing or light mayonnaise dressing
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces peeled and cooked baby shrimp, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large onion or sesame Kaiser rolls, split
  • Lettuce (optional)
  • Sliced tomatoes (optional)
  • Sweet pickle slices (optional)
  1. To make spicy caramelized Mayo, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion in hot oil for 7 minutes or until browned (caramelized), stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallot and curry paste; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl; cover and chill. Stir mayonnaise or salad dressing into chilled onion mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  2. Combine ground beef, shrimp, dill, sea salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties about 1 inch thick.
  3. Place burger patties on the lightly oiled rack of the grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 18 to 23 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers register 160 degree F, turning burgers once halfway through grilling.
  4. Toast rolls on grill, if desired; serve burgers on rolls. Top with some of the Spicy Caramelized Mayo, and, if desired, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and sweet pickle slices. Makes 4 burgers.

Make Ahead: Make the Spicy Caramelized Mayo up to 3 days ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.  

Test Kitchen Tip:The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef patty cooked to 160�F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

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Serves 4

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large poblano peppers, roasted, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • Assorted condiments
  1. Mix the onion, poblano peppers, chili powder, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl; add ground meat and mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties about 3/4-inch thick. Place on a tray; cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Place patties on the lightly oiled rack of the grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 14 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers registers 160 degree F, turning burgers once. Top burgers with shredded cheese during the last 1 minute of grilling.
  3. Toast hamburger buns on grill rack, cut sides down, about 1 minute or until lightly toasted. Serve burgers on buns with desired assorted condiments. Makes 4 burgers.

Test Kitchen Tip:To roast poblano peppers, heat oven to 425 degree F. Halve peppers lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. Roast peppers, cut side down, on foil-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes or until skins are dark. Wrap in foil; let stand 20 minutes. Peel.

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Makes 16 servings

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 lb mild cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 8 oz Fontina cheese, rind removed, shredded
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 lb penne rigati pasta
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.  Meanwhile, melt 6 tbsp of the butter in a 2 qt saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, whisking.  Slowly whisk in milk; bring to a boil, whisking.  Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat; add cheddar, Fontina, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, whisking until sauce is smooth.  Whisk in mustard, salt and pepper. 
  2. Heat oven to 350°F.  Butter a large 3 qt baking dish with 2 tbsp of the butter.  Cook pasta 2 minutes less than the recommended time on package, until slightly undercooked.  Drain. 
  3. Combine pasta and cheese sauce; transfer to prepared baking dish. 
  4. Melt remaining 2 tbsp butter; mix with breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over pasta.  (If making ahead, place crumb mixture in a food storage bag; refrigerate; sprinkle over pasta before baking.)  Bake until top is golden and sauce is bubbling, about 40 minutes.  Garnish with parsley. 

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