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How to Grill Chicken Legs

Ah the Mighty Drumstick. If you’re a fan of meat on the bone, then you’ve gotta be a fan of the chicken leg. They have a ton of flavor, are tender and juicy and just look really cool! They are also perfect for slow cooking on the grill over the open flame. Because of the bone itself, chicken legs...

How to Cook Beef Tenderloin

To cook the perfect beef tenderloin, it helps to know a bit about the cut of meat itself. The tenderloin is a long, cylinder shaped muscle that runs along the spine (one on each side) of the cow. It’s the muscle that Filet Mignon are cut from. Because of its location (far from the legs), is does...
Au Poivre Steak Sauce

Au Poivre Steak Sauce

The craving: I’m in the mood for steak, but am feeling a little French and saucy. The palate: rich with a spark. The dish: Filet Mignon with Au Poivre Steak Sauce. Found notably at French restaurants, Au Poivre sauce with its creamy, buttery texture, offset by the fiery notes of the pepper, is a...
Mushroom Brandy Steak Sauce

Mushroom & Brandy Steak Sauce

The craving: I’m feeling earthy and carniverous. The palate: smooth while piquant. The dish: Mushroom Brandy Steak Sauce on Filet Mignon (try it with any cut of steak) President Eisenhower’s diet prohibited him from too rich or exotic meals, according to a 1957 Times-News article. But he begged for...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fish Burger

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fish Burger

I’ve never been to Tampa, and so I didn’t know much about the regional specialties. Knowing the city is on the Gulf Coast, I figured seafood was a winner, and with just a bit of research I found the Grouper Sandwich - which is my inspiration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Burger. Yes, not a...
Miami Dolphins Cuban Burger

Miami Dolphins Cuban Burger

As I’m not going to actually cook a dolphin, the Cuban sandwich seemed like a great idea for my Miami inspired NFL burger. The Cuban is a beautiful art-like sandwich, made with tender, favorful cuts of pork....so, instead of a beef patty, I decided to grill off a ground pork burger, seasoned with...
Buffalo Bills Chicken Wing Burger

Buffalo Bills Chicken Wing Burger

For the Buffalo Bills the choice was pretty obvious, yes, you guessed it…a Buffalo Chicken Wing-style burger. In keeping with that flavor profile, I use ground chicken (turkey would work well too) instead of beef. I sear the burger with simple seasoning, and then drench it in wing sauce (see recipe...
Minnesota Vikings Juicy Lucy Burger

Minnesota Vikings Juicy Lucy Burger

I gotta say an idea for a Minnesota Vikings burger didn’t jump out at me immediately, and so I ended up doing a bit of research. It didn’t take long to find the Juicy Lucy – apparently a Minnesota tradition that’s morphed into dozens (perhaps hundreds) of variations. But the original was a stuffed...
Philadelphia Eagles Cheesesteak Burger

Philadelphia Eagles Cheesesteak Burger

It was pretty easy to invent an Eagles inspired burger – Philly is all about the cheese steak! I make mine with a thin beef patty, quickly seared on the stove top. Then, to fully capture that cheese steak vibe, I top it with sautéed onions and peppers, smother it in Cheese Whiz (Gotta use the real...
Arizona Cardinals Guacamole Burger

Arizona Cardinals Guacamole Burger

My burger for the Arizona Cardinals was another pretty easy choice. I love the flavors of the Southwest, and I bring them to bear in this burger. I start by fire roasting a Pasilla pepper (although you can use others), and then cleaning off the skin and seeds, leaving that slightly spicy, sweet...
Cincinnati Bengals Chili Burger

Cincinnati Bengals Chili Burger

There were quite a few viable options for my Cincinnati-style burger, but most of my research kept coming back to Cincinnati chili. So, let's go with it! For the Bengal’s burger I’m using a beef patty, which I grill to capture that smoky charred flavor. When cooked, rested, and placed on a bun, I...

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