Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Just like the ones at Red Lobster, these drop-style biscuits go great with just about any kind of meal. Do NOT use margarine instead of butter.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
  • ¾ cup cold whole milk
  • 4 TBS cold butter
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup sharp or medium cheddar cheese, grated

topping:

  • 2 TBS butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp dried parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork until there are small chunks of butter that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don’t stir.

Using an ice cream scoop drop blobs of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet . Use the kind with a sweeping mechanism that clears out the scoop.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in garlic powder and parsley. Use a basting brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits.

Makes about a dozen biscuits.

Cheddar Biscuits

MOINKs

Part “moo” and part “oink” (beef+pork) MOINKs are beef meatballs wrapped in bacon. Simple appetizers like ABTs that can be used to fill in empty spaces in your smoker when BBQing.

  • 30 frozen pre-made beef meatballs, thawed
  • 1 (12-16 oz) package bacon
  • 1/4 cup dry rub

Wrap each meatball with a half slice of bacon. If you’re using thin sliced bacon you should use an entire slice. Use a toothpick to hold in place.

Uncooked MOINKs

Dust with dry rub and toss in your smoker until the bacon is done to your liking. I keep it in the smoker for an hour and then into the oven to get the bacon crispy. When they’re done, drizzle BBQ sauce over them before serving.

MOINKs

Makes 12+ servings as an appetizer.

Atomic Buffalo Turds (ABTs)

This creatively named appetizer can be made ahead of time and frozen before cooking, and they make great fillers when you’re smoking a big chunk of meat and have the corners of your racks going to waste.

I’ve seen many variations of this recipe but the basics are jalapeños, cream cheese and bacon. Most people include a Lil Smokie-type sausage as well. Probably 4/5 of the recipes you find online will instruct you to cut the peppers in half, but I prefer keeping them whole. It makes for better presentation and let’s face it, the things are named after poop and a whole pepper looks a hell of a lot more like dookie than one sliced in half like an oyster shell.

  • 20 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 10 mini sausages
  • 1 Tbs cayenne
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 (pound?) package thin sliced bacon

Start by cleaning the peppers. If you’ve never done it before it’s a good idea to invest in some latex gloves. I use a pepper corer that was included with the pepper rack I bought.

jalapeños, cored and seeded

Mix cream cheese and spices.

Cream cheese, cayenne, paprika and chili powder
ABT filling

To save yourself a LOT of work, invest in some el cheapo cake icing piping bags. With no plastic tip on the end, fill one with the cream cheese mixture.

Piping bag filled with cheese mixture.

Squeeze enough cheese into each pepper to fill it halfway.

Cut your sausages in half lengthwise and cram into each pepper. This should displace enough cheese to fill the entire pepper. If not, top off with any remaining cheese filling.

Filled Peppers

Wrap each pepper with a half slice of bacon, using a toothpick to hold it in place. If you live in the south, Winn-Dixie Hickory Sweet is the bacon of choice.

ABTs ready to cook.

I like to cover mine with dry rub right before cooking.

Put in a 225 degree smoker for two hours, or for crispier bacon smoke for one hour then move to a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.

Serve covered with your favorite BBQ sauce. I use a Raspberry BBQ sauce.

Atomic Buffalo Turds.

Servings: 10

Variations include:

  • Use no spices in the cream cheese for regular Buffalo Turds
  • Use a meat other than sausage such as pulled pork or even seafood
  • Mix other cheeses into the filling such as cheddar or bleu
  • Use habanero peppers instead of jalapeño to make Atomic Dragon Turds

(Know-it-all sidenote: Habanero is not spelled or pronounced habañero)

Red, White & Blue (Strawberry Creme) Pie

  • 1 package strawberry pudding mix
  • milk (varies but should be less than 2 cups)
  • 2 cups cool whip or whipped cream
  • 1 pie crust (ready made, or make your own)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 Tbs strawberry preserves

Start by preparing the pie crust as needed, and let cool. Prepare pudding using 1/2 the required amount of milk and pour into crust. This should fill the crust about halfway. Put into freezer for 30 minutes.

Strawberry pudding in pie shells

Remove from freezer and fill remaining amount of crust with Cool whip leaving at least 1/2 inch under the lip of the crust.

Cool Whip in pie

Put strawberries and preserves into blender and liquefy.

Strawberry puree

Pour over Cool Whip.

Almost finished

Garnish with whipped cream and blueberries. Chill until ready to eat.

Completed pie

Slice and serve.

Red, white and blue pie

Makes 6-8 servings, depending on if you’re a pig or not.