Brunswick Stew

I can’t think of anything better than a hot bowl of Brunswick stew and warm cornbread on a chilly winter’s day. Packed with smoked meats and BBQ sauce, it gives you that BBQ/smoked feel but in a bowl. Plus, it allows me to make use of all that leftover smoked meat I typically have. Since it’s usually just the wife and I, we often have left over pork butt, brisket, smoked turkey and rotisserie chicken. We just save the bits and bobs – even ribs – to throw in a big pot of Brunswick stew. If you don’t have bits…

Homemade Canadian Bacon

Homemade Canadian Bacon

I tried my hand at making homemade Canadian bacon! Yes! It came out brilliantly! It’s the perfect recipe if you want to get into curing and don’t want a huge time commitment or if you just want the best damned Canadian bacon on the planet! Bold statement, but true. At least I think so. When I told my wife I wanted to make some homemade Canadian bacon, I saw her soul die a little bit. She hates Canadian bacon. But I finally convinced her to give up a little bit of room in the fridge for a few days to…

Tender, juicy carnitas in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker! Simple ingredients with a special ingredient to finish them off!

Instant Pot Carnitas

Crazy delicious and easy Instant Pot Carnitas will satisfy all your carnitas needs! Carnitas, carnitas, what is it about carnitas? They’re just so…delicious! The pork is just so tender and flavorful! That and they satisfy my taco cravings. But carnitas takes time. I like to do them outside on my disco when the weather allows or throw them in my slow cooker, but still…time. Now that the Instant Pot has seeped its way into your life and taken over everything, time is not an obstacle! These Instant Pot carnitas will forever change the way you eat. No, not really, but…

Corny cornbread dressing! The secret ingredient? CORN NUTS!!!

Corny Cornbread Dressing

Corny cornbread dressing? What the? You heard right. Dressing, stuffing, whatever you call it, it’s that deliciousness that sits up next to your turkey for Thanksgiving. Everyone has their very own version. Some make it with cornbread (hey my Southern peeps!), some make it with bread, or some make it with rice (those couyons in Louisiana!) but it’s necessary. I mean, you just have to have some sort of dressing/stuffing for Thanksgiving. Aside from my mom’s cornbread dressing, which she made with pure love, this corny cornbread dressing is my favorite. It’s way more “intensive” than my mom’s – she…

Crawfish etouffee is so easy to make at home. You don't have to get down to Louisiana to have this delicious treat. You can have it anytime! Be sure to find yourself some Louisiana crawfish!

Crawfish Étouffée

Get some Louisiana crawfish etouffee in your belly! It’s too easy and too delicious not to! Crawfish étouffée is one of those quintessential Louisiana dishes. You can find it in fine dining restaurants, mom and pop restaurants, and in your neighbor’s house. It’s everywhere and it’s beloved. Like most Louisiana dishes, crawfish étouffée can be really good or really bad. And to be honest, some of the worst that I’ve eaten is at fine dining restaurants and the best seems to be at someone’s house. Peasant food is best made by peasants, not fancy New York chefs, you know what…

Wendy's Chili - Instant Pot - Why go to Wendy's to get who knows what in your chili? It's too easy to make it at home with simple, whole ingredients!

Wendy’s Chili – Instant Pot

Wendy’s chili has been a go-to item for me since, well forever. As long as I can remember. (Which admittedly, with my memory, may not be as long as one would assume.) I’ve always been completely happy running to the corner to get a large chili and a couple packets of their salty, delicious chili sauce. That was before the wife became a fan. Just in this last year, she’s finally tasted the chili. How can one, in 43 years of life, never had Wendy’s chili? I don’t know, I digress. She got it on the taco salad, which is…

Cider vinaigrette glazed beets in your Instant Pot makes for a quick, nutritious side dish! Plus, it's covered with cheese, so yeah, nuff said.

Cider Vinaigrette Glazed Beets

Beets …. love em or hate em? If you’re on the hate team, these cider vinaigrette glazed beets may just turn your hate into love. I’m serious this time. I know I said it before about salisbury steak, but honestly, the hate felt for salisbury steak is not even close to the hate some feel for beets. And made in the Instant Pot? Fugettaboutit. Pressuring the beets is pure bliss. No peeling. Yes, you heard me right, no peeling! Just wash, trim and put them in the pot. When they’re done, the skins slide right off. Slick as greased owl…

Hot and spicy Italian beef sandwich is so easy in your Instant Pot! Few ingredients, but BIG flavor! Chuck roast, peppers, crushed tomatoes, beef broth.

Hot and Spicy Italian Beef – Instant Pot

Anyone else out there love a hot, shredded beef sandwich? I’m a sucker for a shredded beef sandwich, whether it be poboys, a French dip, or hot Italian beef. If I see it on a menu, odds are I’m gonna try it. But if you’re into beef sandwiches, you know, you KNOW they are not all created equally. Some are bland, some are just sliced deli meat, some are more like a beef fat sandwich, and some are so sopped up with juice you can’t even lift the damn thing, you have to use a fork. That’s why I like…

Instant Pot Pastalaya gives you all the flavors you love in jambalaya but substitutes pasta rice. This is perfect to feed your hungry tribe!

Pastalaya – Instant Pot

You want to know what I love about pastalaya? For one, it’s fun to say. It’s a weird word. Two, it’s the perfect “I got people to feed” food. It makes alot! Tailgating, church functions, whatever. This is there for you and your hungry tribe. Third, it’s got everything I love about jambalaya – well, except for the pasta part. And finally, it’s in the Instant Pot, so it’s basically effortless. I know some of you still haven’t found your groove with pasta. There are so many methods out there. I don’t know, I always use the same process and…

Greek green beans (fasolakia) in your Instant Pot! A vibrant mixture of green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and spices, Greek green beans will soon become one of your favorites!

Greek Green Beans – Instant Pot (Fasolakia)

Greek green beans or fasolakia is a hearty, vibrant mix of green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and onion. Oh and feta, let’s not forget the feta. Salty, crumbly feta tops it off. How can this not be delicious? Well, at least that’s what I thought when I first heard of it. (Took me forever to say fasolakia – fas-uh-la-kee-uh) The problem was that the recipes I saw were on the stovetop and that’s not my gig – not right now in this heat anyway. So, I took a cue from my southern green beans recipe, because it’s green beans and potatoes…