Crazy Mazie Grill Scraper Review

Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper Review

I’m always looking to review new grilling gadgets. This one is a pretty cool wooden grill scraper that comes with a thin tapered edge on one side, allowing you to burn in your own grill grate pattern for a custom and highly functional grill grate scraper. The other side has a solid and comfortable handle.  Most importantly this wooden grill scraper allows you to say goodbye to those cheap plastic scrapers with the metal bristles!

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about the dangers of metal grill scrapers and how there is the potential for the small metal pieces to get stuck in the grill grate and possibly become ingested if a piece of food comes in contact with it. The guys at Crazy Mazie appear to have a pretty cool solution to this problem.  Crazy Mazie grill scrapers are wooden so there are no sharp metal pieces involved.  I fired up the Big Green Egg and grilled some amazing T-bone steaks.  I cleaned up the grates very nicely with the Crazy Mazie grill scraper.  Check out this Crazy Mazie Grill Scraper Review.

First of all, look at these T-bones! Gorgeous!

Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper Review

When the wooden grill scrapers arrive they are perfectly flat on the tapered end.  It’s summertime so why not show off that flat edge with a picture of the pool in the background?

Crazy Mazie Grill Scraper Review

The flat tapered edge allows the scraper to be customized to your specific grill grate. I lit the Egg with a nice hot high heat and put the grate on.  After a few minutes I pushed the Crazy Mazie grill scraper all around the grate.  Immediately, and rather effortlessly, little indentations were formed that perfectly match my grill grate.

Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper Review

After a few minutes of pushing the wooden grill scraper along the grates, these perfect little notches formed. This allows the scraper to grip the grill grate and clean the gunk off the sides of the grate too. My first thought was that these indentations would keep getting bigger and bigger creating some sort of fork looking contraption. That didn’t happen, however! As the wood thickens away from the tapered end it is much harder to form these little grooves. I confirmed this on the Crazy Mazie website where they say that the wooden scraper lasts for years as the thicker wood up top is stronger and once the grooves form near the end they do not keep getting bigger and bigger.

Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper Review

Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper Review

Damn look at those T-bones. A rockin’ high heat on the Egg with a serious char.

T bone steaks on the grill after being cleaned with Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper

Those babies left some gunk on that grate.  Tested out the clean up and it worked great!

Crazy Mazie Wooden Grill Scraper Review

So far I’m impressed with this grill scraper. It’s high quality. No plastic is involved and most importantly no metal wire bristles. The scrapers have a nice little leather loop to help hang near a grill for easy storage. I think the coolest thing here is that the flat tip allows you to burn in your own specific grill grate pattern.  It will work on gas grills, smokers, charcoal grills of all sizes and grate patterns.  Very cool. The grill scrapers are a little on the costly side, at $25 on Amazon (shipping included for prime members) but I think the quality is worth it.  This is a nice product that works well.

 

Disclaimer: I was sent a few scrapers to try out for free.  Also, the Amazon affiliate link above will generate maybe 50 cents for me if you buy one through my site. However, if I didn’t think these were a cool product I wouldn’t be sharing this with you.

 

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Avocado Jalapeño Crema

I have partnered with El Yucateco as part or there “Go Native” 50 years of flavor summer series to make an avocado jalapeño crema. This sauce is poured over a grilled chicken fajita sandwich and is inspired by the first time I tasted the bold unique flavors of the El Yucateco Jalapeño hot sauce at my favorite Mexican restaurant. I remember ordering my favorite sizzling fajitas and topping them with sour cream, guacamole and a healthy dose of this incredible hot sauce. 

For this recipe I’ve brought the flavors of the restaurant to the backyard grill with fire roasted peppers, onions and marinated chicken seared before topping with cheese and and this tangy avocado jalapeño crema featuring “El Yucateco Jalapeño Sauce.” This version of the classic fajitas is perfect for any summer cookout using the jalapeño hot sauce to give the sandwich a bold kick. Each sandwich is loaded with all your favorite fajita flavors but without the hassle of making your guests build their own plate, Its Grab, Go, Bite and Smile!

Ingredients (for the sandwich):

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 mini bell peppers
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 4 buns (of your choice)

Ingredients (for the jalapeño avocado crema)

  • 2 Tablespoon “El Yucateco” Jalapeño Sauce
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 Avocado 
  • 2 tablespoon Avocado oil
  • ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp Tajin Clasico Seasoning 

Instructions for the crema::

  1. Rough chop cilantro, peel and remove pit from a ripe avocado and add to a blender.
  2. Zest and juice a lime into the blender and add remaining ingredients 
  3. Pulse blender until sauce is combined and smooth.
  4. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes before serving 

Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • ½ packet your favorite taco or fajita seasoning 
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • 1 tablespoon “El Yucateco” Jalapeño Sauce

Instructions (grilling the chicken and sandwich assembly):

  1. Combine all ingredients in a storage bag along with the thighs and massage the chicken until fully coated and store in your refrigerator until time to grill.
  2. Grill sliced onions and mini bell peppers over direct heat until charred, wrap peppers and onions in tin foil and set aside while preparing the chicken.
  3. Remove chicken from storage bag and grill over direct heat flipping every 2-3 minutes until you develop a crust and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Top chicken with cheese and turn grill to low or move to indirect heat, cover grill and let cheese melt for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Assemble sandwich by topping chicken with onions peppers and Jalapeño Avocado Crema. Add shredded lettuce and tomato to your bun and sink your teeth into a taste of summer “Go Native” Style.

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Avocado jalapeno creme recipe

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Avocado Jalapeno Crema

Avocado Jalapeno Crema

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoon “El Yucateco” Jalapeño Sauce
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 tablespoon Avocado oil
  • ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp Tajin Clasico Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Rough chop cilantro, peel and remove pit from a ripe avocado and add to a blender.
  2. Zest and juice a lime into the blender and add remaining ingredients
  3. Pulse blender until sauce is combined and smooth.
  4. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes before serving
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Kebabs and Russian Skewers

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

The following is a guest post from my friend Phil from www.love2bbq.co.uk. I hadn’t heard of Russian skewers before reading this. Sounds very cool and I will need to pick some up.

(Update:  I’ve been bombarded with questions on where to get these Russian Skewers. Here’s a link to Russian Skewers at Amazon.com.  Note that I get a small (think pennies) commission if you buy through that link- Thanks!)

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

Simple and Quick Grilling

When I cook on the grill, which is most days, I do try to find recipes that are both simple but pack maximum flavour. You can’t get much better than a kebab to help achieve this.

What I like about kebabs is that you can use different meats and different flavour marinades, whether you are wanting something sweet, spicy or just get your food full of your favourite flavours. 

Just do a search on Google for your meat and the flavour you are looking for and I will guarantee you will find something very close to what you are looking for. Even if you don’t you can find a base marinade and then experiment with your own ingredients.

They are then great to serve either on their own or in a flatbread or pitta, with your favourite dip on the side. 

Marinate! Marinate! Marinate!

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

Once you know what meat you are cooking, one of the key things to guarantee a good cook is to marinate. The longer the better, so I normally aim to marinate for 24 hours. You don’t have to do it for this long, but if you can plan in advance I would recommend it.

Marinating not only adds great flavour to your meat but also will help tenderize tougher cuts of meat. I also find that it helps when cooking on the grill as it helps the meat not burn, which is especially important when cooking directly.

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

Russian Skewers – a problem cured!

When cooking with normal skewers the food tends to sit directly on the grate. It often sticks and when you try to rotate the skewer, not only is it hot to handle but they typically roll over to a side that is already well charred.

Russian Skewers are a total revelation – simple but makes such a difference when cooking.

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

What are Russian Skewers?

Russian Skewers are long, thick skewers that easily span the circumference of the 57cm Weber Kettle BBQ. They are 70cm long, flat bladed, with twists towards the handle loop so that it is easy to position them exactly how you want them. They are commonly used in cooking across Russia, the Baltic and Scandinavia, often in Shashlik restaurants.

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

There are a few things that I personally love about cooking with these:

  1. They are not directly on the grill. I actually cook with these without any grate. They have a distance between the coals and I can still put the lid of the BBQ on and create a smoky oven environment.
  1. They really help with an even cook. It is really easy to make sure you can get the meat in the position you need. There is no trying to balance the meat on one side for it just to roll back to a ‘done’ side.
  1. They don’t need to be watched over every minute they are cooking, which I find I do with the thinner, shorter skewers.
  1. With the thinner shorter skewers I find I cut meat and veg to a small size. With these I cook larger chunks which I much prefer. It makes it easier to cook and not fully dry out the meat.

I would highly recommend you invest in a set of these. They are reasonably priced and have been a game changer for me when cooking kebabs.

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

What kebabs to cook?

As mentioned earlier in this article you can find so many kebabs online to satisfy your own personal tastes. Below are a selection of my goto favourites:

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

Kebabs and Russian Skewers

I would really encourage you to play around with the flavours of any kebabs you do. You will soon be making your own personal kebabs that your friends and family will love. 

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Grilling Thermometer Review – Thermapen Alternatives

Are there Thermapen alternatives?

It’s not a secret that I love Thermapen’s products. They are reliable, accurate and really slick looking. That said, I get a lot of questions about other brands and whether they are worth purchasing. I decided to take a look at two other brands of thermometers and see how they compare to the Thermoworks Thermapen products in this grilling thermometer review.

ThermoPro Instant Read Grilling Thermometer

First up is the “ThermoPro” TP03A Instant Thermometer. It’s an instant read thermometer from ThermoPro that is 4-7 second instant read grilling thermometer.

ThermPro Instant Grilling Thermometer Review

At first touch this thermometer feels a bit on the cheap side. Light plastic and the design isn’t very sleek. However, after using it in my ice bath test, warm water bath test and then using it for grilling some chicken that night I have to say that I am very impressed with it. For a grilling thermometer that is only $12.99 on Amazon, it works really well. The temperature it reported seemed very accurate and it read rather quickly. Did I mention it’s $12.99?  That’s 1/13  as much as the beloved Thermapen MK4.

Is the ThermoPro instant read thermometer equivalent to the Thermapen MK4?

No.  You get what you pay for.  However, I have been using the ThermoPro for a few weeks now and it has held up pretty well. It’s not waterproof like the Thermapen MK4 but I usually don’t dunk my thermometers in water and I am very careful with them.  It has done a really good job and I have been using it almost daily for a few weeks. Will it last for 5 years or so like my Thermapen? I’m not so sure. But I do know that if you are on a budget, you can buy 3 of these ThermoPro thermometers and still save a fortune, compared to the MK4.

If you are doing professional BBQ competitions, you’ll know that you should stick with the Thermapen. But if you are grilling outside a few times a month, just get the ThermoPro TP03A. You will be surprised at how well it works for only $12.99.

Char-Broil Instant Read Thermometer

When you think of Char-Broil you think of grills, not gadgets. However, they came out with a rather nice instant read grilling thermometer. It isn’t marketed with a specific speed for reading but for my tests I noticed that it gives a reading in about 4-5 seconds.  It also has a temperature alert feature where it will beep when a certain temperature is reached. This is rather ridiculous as it is an instant read thermometer. It isn’t for leaving in meat and then letting the alert notify you when the meat is done. It literally will beep when your chicken, for example, reaches 165F. Obviously you can just see that number and know its finished. As you’ll see in the video below, the alarm became quite annoying just trying to read the water temperature since it went off on me. It’s only $18 on Amazon, so even if you give it a try you won’t be set back too far. Other than the alarm, it’s a reasonable low end thermometer. I’m sure you can just turn the alarm off or set it really far away from what you want to read.

The high end winner for instant read grilling thermometers is obviously the Thermapen MK4. However, if you don’t feel like tossing out $100 for a grilling thermometer then I think the ThermoPro TP03A instant read grilling thermometer is the way to go.

I compare all three thermometers in this video below. When watching just pay attention to how fast they all read. All three report temperatures in a very reasonable amount of time.

 

Wireless Transmitter Grilling Thermometers

When I first tested out the Thermapen Smoke I thought it was the coolest thing ever (I still do). If you aren’t familiar, it’s a thermometer base unit that wirelessly transmits the temperature to a portable device that you can carry with you around the house. Imagine watching a game inside while your BBQ cooks outside in the cold. It’s brilliant.

Thermopro wireless grilling thermometer review

This ThermoPro dual probe wireless thermometer is a direct competitor to the Thermapen Smoke, which I reviewed on this youtube video.  The ThermoPro TP20 sells for about $60 on Amazon, which is about half as much as the Smoke. To be honest, it works really well. I tested for two long smokes and it never disconnected once. The alarm worked well and the temperatures that it reported seemed accurate and reasonable for the smoking conditions I used. It comes with a grate holder so one of the probes can be secured to the grate, reporting the actual BBQ smoker temperature, while the other can be put inside the meat to let you know when it’s completed. There are temperature alarms and a timer.  I think this is a pretty high quality unit for only $60.

Thermopro wireless grilling thermometer review

Does it compare to the Thermapen Smoke? I’d say again that you get what you pay for. It’s about half the price and the quality feels just a little cheaper than the Smoke. That said, if you aren’t using it for professional purposes and you want to save a few bucks, you’ll be just fine with the ThermoPro TP20. It works.

Are cheap BBQ thermometers worth it?

I think it depends on your goal. If you want something cheap to get the job done then I recommend the ThermoPro units. If this is a gift and you have $100 to spend, then by all means grab the ThermoWorks Thermapen or Smoke units. I’ve used Thermapen products for years and they never let you down. However, after using the ThermoPro units, I’m willing to say that if I was on a budget, I would be using their grilling thermometers much more often!

Questions or comments on this grilling thermometer review?  Let me know what you think.

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Disclaimer:  Above, I have some affiliate links  in this grilling thermometer review sending you to Amazon.com and Thermapen’s website. If you purchase a thermometer through those links I get a small commission.

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Keto Meatball Subs – Provolone Cheese Buns

Keto meatball subs using provolone cheese a the bun

Who doesn’t love meatball subs?  I know I do. But to keep up with the keto lifestyle that has allowed me to drop 35 pounds and be really happy, I wanted to make a meatball sub with a zero carb bun.  As mentioned in this keto cheesesteak recipe post, a sub roll is about 40-50 grams of carbs. So by avoiding that – I can stay within the low carb limits and still have the same tastes as a real meatball sub. Sounds crazy right?  Try it!  It’s amazing.

Previously I was making cheese taco shells, rather than the one full of carbs,  and I figured I can take that idea and use provolone cheese for a more Italian vibe.  I made a taco shell, aka “bun” with two slices of provolone microwaved for about 2 min on parchment paper. I slightly folded it and it became the perfect shell to hold the meatballs.

Keto meatball subs using provolone cheese a the bun

For the meatballs, we followed this low carb meatball recipe. It’s a normal meatball recipe with no bread crumbs.  No need for bread crumbs!  It’s loaded with Italian spices, egg and some cheese.  We decided to use some of our kids mozzarella cheese sticks and slice them up and stuff the meatballs. The same way you’d stuff a cheeseburger with cheese, you can stuff a meatball.

Slice up the mozzarella cheese sticks and form the meatball around the cheese.

Keto meatball subs using provolone cheese a the bun

Pour some avocado oil into a frying pan and fry the meatballs until they are cooked.  Once cooked, add in some crushed tomatoes.

Keto meatball subs using provolone cheese a the bun

Line a plate with parchment paper and lay two provolone slices slightly overlapping each other. Microwave for 2 minutes until the cheese starts to burn. You want it brown and burnt to be able to support the meatballs.  After the 2 minutes is up slightly bend the parchment until the shell is the curvature that you want.  Let cool.

Keto meatball subs using provolone cheese a the bun

Put 3 meatballs on a provolone shell and top with some parmesan cheese!  An amazing low carb keto friendly meatball sub recipe. It holds together quite well if you overcook the cheese appropriately.  I was even able to hold it, while taking a picture!Keto meatball subs using provolone cheese a the bun

 

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Keto Meatball Subs – Provolone Cheese Buns

Ingredients

  • Provolone cheese slices

Instructions

  1. Lay parchment paper on a plate
  2. Arrange two slices of provolone cheese so they slightly overlap.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes until it burns. If it doesn't burn it won't work.
  4. Carefully fold the cheese by holding the parchment. When the cheese comes out of the microwave it will be pliable for about 30 seconds and then it will solidify in the shape you mold it.
  5. Make meatballs anyway you like, or per the link in the text.
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Green Pepper Cheesesteaks – Keto Cheesesteak

Keto cheesesteak recipe using green peppers

I’ve been all about the no sugar no grains lately. If you want to read about how much weight I’ve lost and how great I feel doing a low carb lifestyle, please read this.  Regardless, if you just want a cool meal, check this keto cheeseteak recipe out. I replaced the bun with a green pepper. A keto friendly cheesesteak recipe made from green peppers, sliced sirloin and cheeses. Obviously this will taste good for anyone, you wont even miss the bun!

Slice the green peppers and pull out the insides.

Keto cheesesteak recipe using green peppers

My grocery store has sliced sirloin already cut up and it works great. I put some in a frying pan along with some pepperocini peppers.

Keto cheesesteak recipe using green peppers

Once the steak meat was cooked, I put it into the green peppers. You can be creative here.  Put some cheese on the bottom and on the top of the “keto cheesesteaks.”

Keto cheesesteak recipe using green peppers

I threw mine in an oven tonight at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until the cheese was melted. For grilling, set up and indirect heat and place the peppers there for about 15 min and then move them over direct heat to get some smokey char!

What a fantastic low carb cheesesteak recipe. Sub rolls are usually about 40-50 grams of carbohydrates so you can have a green pepper sub for about 6 (1 green pepper is about 6 grams of carbs).

Keto green pepper cheesesteaks

Green Pepper Cheesesteaks – Keto Cheesesteak

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

3

10 for 2 halves

A keto friendly cheesesteak recipe using green pepper buns.

Ingredients

  • Green Peppers
  • Cheddar cheese slices
  • Sliced steak
  • Sliced onion
  • Jalapeños or pepperoncini peppers

Instructions

  1. Cut peppers
  2. Fry sliced steak
  3. Fry onions and peppers and combine with cooked steak.
  4. Fill peppers with steak and cheese and drizzle with avocado oil if you want to increase the fat a little.
  5. Bake at 400 for 15-20 min or grill in indirect heat for 20 min and then put over direct heat to char.

1 serving would be two halves full of steak and cheese. The little bit of carbs from the onion on top of the carbs from the pepper would be under 10 for both halves.

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Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese

Bacon wrapped cream cheese

This might be the easiest thing in the world to make.  I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find it! Bacon wrapped cream cheese might be the perfect tailgate appetizer.

Preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Line up the bacon and bake until it is done (about 15-20 min). Add some black pepper to the bacon for some extra pop before it goes into the oven. Using a baking sheet in an oven will keep the bacon straight without having it curl up, which allows you to use it in this recipe. It might be harder to do in a frying pan, but you probably can still pull it off.

Once the bacon has cooked, let it cool. I line a big plastic container with the bacon, which keeps it straight in the fridge. Take some cream cheese and carefully smear it on the bacon. These can be transported to the tailgate for an appetizer or snacked on immediately! I bet adding some sliced Italian sweet peppers to the cream cheese would take this over the top.

Bacon wrapped cream cheese

Bacon wrapped cream cheese has the perfect nutritional profile for a ketogenic low carb diet. Moderate protein, high fat and almost no carbs. I believe I first heard of this bacon wrapped cream cheese idea on the 2ketodudes podcast.

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Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Category: appetizer

A simple appetizer with bacon wrapped cream cheese.

Ingredients

  • Thick cut bacon (preferably peppered)
  • Cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and line up bacon.
  3. Bake for 15-20 min until bacon is cooked.
  4. Cool bacon.
  5. Spread cream cheese on bacon.
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Simple Low Carb BBQ Sauce

Simple low carb bbq sauce - keto friendly

Please don’t panic. For those of you not interested in low carb recipes or the game changing ketogenic diet, this is STILL AN AWESOME BBQ SAUCE FOR YOU! Low carb only means that it is not swimming in sugar. That’s ok! This has spice and salt and delicious melted butter in it. That’s right a low carb bbq sauce with melted butter.  Mmmmm. It’s so easy to make and chances are you have all the ingredients already. This simple low carb BBQ sauce is perfect for pulled pork or brisket or any meat you can find.

Simple Low Carb BBQ Sauce – Keto Friendly BBQ Sauce

3 ingredients:  Melted butter, Salsa, and pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Simple low carb keto bbq sauce

Easy enough, right? Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. I use Kerrygold salted grass fed butter and microwave it for bursts of 9 seconds at a time to avoid splatter.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with spicy chiles in adobo

This is what pureed chilis in adobo sauce looks like. It’s amazing. Smokey, spicy and so rich with flavor. It usually comes in a small can with full size peppers floating in the sauce. Dump it in a small food processor and puree. This stuff keeps in your fridge for a long time so I always have some on hand to give some pop to any meal that is lacking.

Mix the melted butter, the chilis in adobo puree and the salsa together. If your salsa is too chunky give it a spin in the food processor to smooth it out. The salsa I used didn’t have too many chunks of tomato and pepper so I left it alone.

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Look how nice that looks! It’s full of rich and spicy flavor. Time to add it to the leftover smoked brisket.

Here’s the brisket prior to adding any of my simple low carb bbq sauce:

Simple low carb keto bbq sauce

This sauce did the job. It gave an amazing spicy bbq sauce flavor without any added sugar. No need for a sweet sauce when it can be rich and spicy.

Simple low carb bbq sauce - keto friendly

Clearly there is a bunch of flexibility here. If you want it hotter, add more chipotle puree. If you want it more tomato tasting, add more salsa. If you want it even hotter add some hot sauce in addition to the chipotle puree. You can’t really go wrong with smoked BBQ meat, melted butter, salsa and spicy chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The perfect simple low carb BBQ sauce!

Nutritional Macro breakdown: 1 Tablespoon of La Costena Adobo Sauce is about 5 grams of carbs (3 g of fiber in that 5 grams total). Grass fed butter has minimal carbs. Salsa can vary wildly, so buy a salsa with very low sugar added. An average salsa has about 2-4 grams of carbs per serving which is about 2 tablespoons. Regardless, with the give or take nature of this recipe, you are looking at a half cup of low carb bbq sauce that is under 10 grams of carbohydrates which is absurdly low compared to a normal sweet bbq sauce that might contain 20 grams of carbs for just a couple of tablespoons.

Simple Low Carb BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Category: Sauces

Cuisine: BBQ

Yield: 4

1/4 cup

5 g carbs

Simple Low Carb BBQ Sauce

This is a simple low carb BBQ sauce that is ketogenic diet friendly.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons of Kerrygold Grass fed Salted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (Pureed)
  • 6 Tablespoons of Salsa

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in microwave.
  2. Puree chipotle peppers in adobo.
  3. Puree salsa (if needed).
  4. Mix ingredients together and add extra hot sauce if you want it spicy!
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Keto Gingerbread Latte

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

I know I know, a grilling blog with a foo foo “diet drink” keto gingerbread latte coffee recipe. Let me justify by saying that a ketogenic diet has allowed me to eat meat with lots of fat and cheese and at the same time I lost over 30 pounds in 4 months. So that’s worth something.

One of my favorite things in the morning is a coffee blended with heavy cream and coconut oil. It’s not only delicious but it can carry you all the way to dinner without the hassle of figuring out breakfast.

A few years ago Starbucks made a fantastic coffee called a Gingerbread Latte. I loved it! Here’s a recipe that does a very good job at recreating this coffee but it also ups the fat with blended coconut oil. It’s a thick and tasty keto gingerbread latte coffee that is perfect for the winter. This probably doesn’t qualify as a true latte but making it this way tastes the same as what I remember from Starbucks, so I’m going with it.

The problem with flavoring coffees with spices like this is that you can’t just add the spices. That results in a beverage that has floating spices and it tastes gritty in your mouth. Awful. The way to do this is to use a French press and add the spices at the same time as the ground coffee. That way the flavor is infused into the coffee but the physical spices are left behind when the coffee grounds are strained out. It works!

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

The spices I used to recreate the gingerbread flavor of the gingerbread latte are: cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and coconut oil.

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

I like a strong coffee so I brew about 3-4 Tablespoons of grounds with about 1 and a 1/4 cup of boiling water. Add the spices at this step now. This is key! Add the boiling water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

While you are waiting for the coffee, add a tablespoon of coconut oil into a large cup along with a teaspoon of vanilla and about a tablespoon of heavy cream.

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Add the coffee when it’s ready.

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Use an immersion blender to give things a spin. This incorporates the coconut oil with some air from the blending process and gives it a thick and creamy feel.

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Keto Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Absolutely delicious. It has the flavors of gingerbread along with a rich and creamy fulfilling coffee. Next time I’ll be using the immersion blender to make some whipped cream to add on top!

Any other ideas for flavors?  Let me know, I’d love to try some other spice combinations.

Keto Gingerbread Latte

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Category: coffee

Yield: 1

20

0.5

Keto Gingerbread Latte

A rich and tasty keto gingerbread latte recipe. Coconut oil and heavy cream make this a rich and decadent coffee that fits perfectly into a ketogenic diet.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 scoops of coffee grounds
  • 1 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Boil water.
  2. Mix spice ingredients together.
  3. Add spice mix to coffee in French press and add water.
  4. Allow French press to sit for 5-10 min.
  5. Add coconut oil, vanilla and cream into a large cup.
  6. Pour coffee into cup and use immersion blender to mix.
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Seasoning a Cast Iron Skillet with Bacon Grease

Seasoning a cast iron skillet with bacon grease.

I love using my cast iron skillet. It’s amazing for frying eggs, bacon or peppers and onions on the grill and it’s also quite awesome for searing steaks. Certainly grilling steak over the coals is incredible but sometimes (maybe it’s raining?) you want to use the indoor stove top for your steaks. I find my main use of my cast iron skillet for weeknight steaks or burgers where my goal is to create that high end steak house experience or the greasy burger from a griddle.

The problem that I have always had is how to clean the cast iron skillet.  It can be a pain. Rules such as no soap and don’t scrub too hard are always in my mind. It turns out that a cast iron skillet is only annoying to clean if it isn’t seasoned well. By no means am I an expert with cast iron skillet cleaning and restoration but I will say this: I got my pan to look amazing and it was simple.  Just use bacon grease to cook a few times and lightly rub the grease on it before storage. If only someone told me that seasoning a cast iron skillet with bacon grease was the easy way to have a shiny and usable cast iron skillet.

Here’s what my skillet looked like a few months ago.

Chipped cast iron skillet with using vegetable oil.

I tried seasoning that thing, per these cast iron skillet seasoning instructions and I had no luck. Certainly I didn’t try the Lye or the battery charger hook up. I think if I was that down and out I would just buy a new pan. I was looking for something simple. If these skillets were fully in use back in the day, why in the world is it so hard to season this thing now!?

Here’s my guess. Back in the day, a hundred or so years ago, people cooked with real fat. None of the processed industrial seed oils were around back then. So when I was told to use vegetable oil I thought nothing of it. I coated my pan, baked it for a while in the oven, it smoked, set off the smoke alarms, then repeated the process over and over. It didn’t work. It was also really annoying.

After doing some of my own weight loss research (i.,e, I have been enjoying a low carb high fat ketogenic diet) I learned not only about saturated fats but also about the benefits of various oils, I learned that vegetable oils aren’t very good for you in terms of inflammation. The replacement for these vegetable oils is natural animal fats.  HEY SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. So in my kitchen there is a little cup of bacon grease that I have been cooking with (frying eggs, etc.).

Seasoning a cast iron skillet with bacon grease.

Have you ever baked bacon in an oven (375F for 15 min)? It’s easier and results in less mess and better bacon, in my opinion.  Regardless, after you pull your bacon off, just pour the grease into a cup. It can sit on the counter for a long time without going bad. It’s amazing how natural fats last long.

Seasoning a cast iron skillet with bacon grease.

A light bulb went off:  try lightly coating my pan with this and see what happens. So I grabbed a glove and put two fingers into the grease and lightly rubbed it around.

Seasoning a cast iron skillet with bacon grease.

It immediately looked so different. I cooked burgers and steaks a few times. After each cook I would lightly coat the pan with grease. It totally worked. Those chips in the above photo appear to be gone and now the skillet is really easy to clean. Hot water and a plastic spatula will get melted cheese and fried bits of fat right off.

Burgers cooked in a cast iron skillet for seasoning.

Cooking steaks in a greasy cast iron skillet.

Wow look at those burgers and ribeye steaks. After each cook these pans were rather easy to clean. A light coating of bacon grease and it’s ready to sit for my next meal.

Do you have any cast iron skillet seasoning tips?  Please share!

 

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