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Flavored Bacon

How do you like your bacon?

Bacon is arguably the best addition to any meal. Dating back to 1500 BC, bacon is one of the world’s most enjoyed meats. With it’s salty and savory bite, it can be added to a variety of foods to enhance the flavor without having to add salt or drippings. Try adding bacon bits to your ground beef mix for the perfect burger, wrapping it around asparagus to mask the natural asparagus flavor, or add it into your carbonara for that perfect flavorful addition.

Try flavoring your bacon with:

Sesame seeds

Jalapenos

Maple Syrup

Red chili sauce

strawberry shortcake slice on a plate with a cake stand in the back

Layered Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry shortcake slice on a plate with a cake stand in the back

It’s National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Celebrate with this deluxe layered recipe that is nothing short of amazing. Sweetened strawberries and a warm rich dough come together for the perfect summer bite.

Filling Ingredients:

2 pints strawberries (rinsed, hulled, sliced)

1/3 cup sugar

Shortcake Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

Optional: 3 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter (cold)

5 tablespoons shortening (or use all butter)

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Garnish: whipped cream (sweetened with a little confectioners’ sugar if desired)

Instructions:

Prep strawberries in a large bowl by sprinkling them with 1/3 cup sugar. Cover and let stand for 1 hour before serving.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Use a medium sized mixing bowl and combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

Add in shortening and the 6 tbsp of butter until the mixture reaches a fine crumb consistency. Then add milk and stir with a fork until the flour mixture is moistened.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until just soft enough. 3 to 5 times should do the trick.

Divide the dough into two portions. Place each in a 8 or 9 inch round cake pan and roll them out to fit. Brush the dough with melted butter.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until browned. Then brush each layer with more butter while it sits there warm.

Place one layer and top with sweetened bowl of strawberries and juice from sitting. Place the second layer and add more remaining strawberries. Top with whipped cream, and slice into your piece of heaven!

Dad's BBQ sauce

Dad’s Famous BBQ Sauce

If your dad is awesomesauce, he will love this homemade BBQ sauce.

Ingredients:

4 cups Food Club® ketchup

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbs. salt

1 tbs. pepper

1 tbs. garlic powder

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.

Bring mixture to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes until thick. Store mixture in jar in fridge.

Custom Meat Marinades

Custom Marinades

Custom meat marinades

Your favorite meats are at steak this grilling season! Guarantee the best flavor and tenderness with these custom marinades.

Beef Marinade

Beef Marinade

4 parts Olive Oil
2 parts Lemon Juice
1 part Worcestershire sauce
1 part Soy Sauce
1 part Salt
1/2 part Pepper
1/2 part Garlic Powder

Poultry Marinade

3 parts Lemon Juice
3 parts Balsamic Vinegar
1 part Brown Sugar
1 part Salt
1 part Worcestershire sauce
1/2 part Garlic Powder
1/2 part Pepper



Fish Marinade

4 parts Olive Oil
4 parts Lemon Juice
1/2 part Basil
1/2 part Garlic Powder
1/2 part Salt
1/2 part Pepper

veggie and meat kabobs on a grill smoking

Build Your Own Kabob

veggie and meat kabobs on a grill smoking

Summer grilling calls for a variety of recipes, with kabobs coming in on top! Whether it’s a fajita style skewer or a veggie medley, these tips and tricks will make sure your kabobs are the talk of the BBQ.

Kabob Grilling 101

  • Preheat the grill until you reach a consistent temperature before placing any skewers on it. We recommend around 375 degrees.
  • Be sure to cut your meat and vegetables into similar sizes so they can cook evenly.
  • Assess the space on the grill, and cut your meat and vegetables larger than the space between the griddles so they have a larger surface area of heat.
  • Submerge your wooden skewers in water before cooking to avoid burning the wood.
  • In order to create the desired grill marks, be sure to let your kabob settle and cook long enough before rotating them.
  • Add some olive or vegetable oil onto your kabobs before placing them on the grill.
  • It is helpful to set a timer with each turn to ensure each side of the kabob gets even heat.
  • Grilling your kabob at a consistent medium heat than cranking the heat up too high. This will help you avoid a tough and burned kabob.

Average Cooking Times

  • Most meats cook for around 12-15 minutes.
  • Fish should take around 10 minutes.
  • Veggies should take around 8-10 minutes.

Build Your Own Kabob

Try some of our favorite kabob pairings!

  • Steak, Potato & Bell Peppers
    • Stack together seasoned steak, cubed potatoes, and bell peppers to make this delicious kabob.
  • Lemon & Garlic Shrimp
    • Add some citrus flavor to your shrimp skewer and top with garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Veggie Medley
    • Line up mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, zucchini and more for the ultimate veggie medley. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic to complete the palette.
  • Grilled Chicken
    • Cube chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces and pair with yellow bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion. Top with olive oil, soy sauce, honey and minced garlic medley. Top with salt and pepper.
  • Meat Only
    • Take your favorite meat and throw it on a skewer. Top with salt and pepper to taste and olive oil for browning. Pair with veggie kabobs as a side.
custom spices

Custom Meat Spices

custom spices

Make the most of your grilled summer meats with these custom meat spices. From the classic hamburger to your freshly caught fish, these spices will perfectly compliment anything grill-ready.

Beef spice mix

Beef Spice Mix

1/4 cup salt
2 TBS pepper
3 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS paprika
3 TSP onion powder
1 TSP rosemary


chicken spice mix

Poultry Spice Mix

4 TBS basil
3 TBS rosemary
1 TBS garlic powder
2 TSP parsley
1 TSP cumin
1 TSP thyme
1 TSP cayenne pepper
1 TSP paprika
1 TSP mustard powder

Fish spice mix

Fish Spice Mix

1/4 cup basil
2 TBS parsley
2 TBS rosemary
2 TBS sage
2 TBS thyme
1 TSP oregano
1 TSP celery salt


Nerds Painting

watercolor painting with nerds candy in cups with colors

Release your inner artist with this super unique watercolor technique! A delicious snack and your watercolor palette, the beloved candy Nerds is the base to your craft.

All you need is few basic supplies and you have yourself a fun afternoon full of sweets, pretty pictures and sunshine.

Supplies:

  • Nerds (preferably the small individual color boxes)
  • Cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper

Pour each color of Nerds into a separate cup. Pour water in each cup until Nerds are covered. The more water the more diluted the watercolor will be. Mix water and Nerds so the color candy coating is released into water. Grab a piece of paper and paintbrush and start creating your Nerd masterpiece. Have fun!

Food Club M&M Brownies

Food Club® Candy Coated Chocolate Brownies

Food Club M&M Brownies

Make a grocery list and choc(olate) it twice, because these candy coated chocolate brownies will change your life.

Ingredients:

1 box Food Club® fudge brownie mix

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup candy coated chocolate candies

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together and cook according to box instructions. Serve hot with ice cream or room temp as a traditional brownie. Enjoy!

Epic Milkshake

Epic Milkshakes

We scream for these epic candy and ice cream filled milkshakes and you will too. Sweeten up your summer nights with your own candy and cream concoction.

Ingredients:

4 scoops of your favorite ice cream

1-2 tbs. milk

1 cup melted chocolate

4 tbs. sprinkles

Your favorite candy

Instructions:

Melt chocolate and dip rim of cup into melted chocolate and then sprinkles.

Blend 2 scoops and milk until smooth. Pour into sprinkle-rimmed cup.

Top cup with 2 scoops of ice cream and add your candy favorites. Voila! You have yourself an epic milkshake.

Apple Dips

Dip it real good with these candy inspired apple dips.

Peanut Butter Cup Apple Dip

Peanut Butter Apple Dip with Peanut Butter Candies and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup peanut butter cups, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined

Add in brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract

Fold in chopped peanut butter cups

Serve dip right away or keep in refrigerator. Allow dip to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving if refrigerated.

Caramel Apple Candy Dip

Apple Dip with Chocolate and Peanut Candy and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons caramel syrup, divided

6 fun size caramel, nougat, and peanut candies, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix cream cheese, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons caramel syrup until well combined

Fold in half of the chopped Snickers.

Top with remaining Snicker pieces and drizzle on the remaining 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup.

Serve dip right away or refrigerate.

Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Caramel Apple Dip with Toffee Crumbles and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

3 toffee candy bars, crushed

3 tablespoons caramel sauce

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, add in powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

Mix in milk and vanilla.

Fold in crushed toffee candy bars and then drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Serve right away or refrigerate.