How to make Smash Burgers 101

Smash Burgers recipe is so simple

Smash burgers are so simple to make. They are basically the home version of greasy-spoon, diner style burgers.

Smashed thin on a flat-top griddle or cast iron pan, and dressed simply to your choice of toppings.

We will NOT criticize you for adding ketchup / catsup. Smash burgers are very personal so do what you like!

You will need:

Some ground beef – I like 85/15.

Some seasoning – I used Morton’s Nature’s Seasons which is basically a salt pepper garlic blend with added herbs and spices. (*any* seasoning will do)

Cheese is optional.

Sautéed onions are optional too.

Small squares of parchment paper or wax paper (foil will do in a pinch)

A quality bun (I like Maier’s Kaiser Rolls).

Technique:

– pre-heat skillet / flat top to medium high heat

– Season small pats of meat with your choice of seasonings

– roll small patties into balls slightly bigger than a golf ball

– place balls o’ meat onto skillet or flat top

– cover with paper and smash super thin

– remove paper

– cook until juices protrude through top of patties

– flip patties and cook until done

– assemble onto buns, add condiments of choice, and enjoy your 2am diner style burger!

Final Step:

Eat and enjoy!

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Dry rubbed chicken tenders on the Smokey Joe with Rayz Jerk and Spice Cave Wind rubs

Grilled chicken tenders with dry rubs are one of my favorite ways to play with new rubs and seasonings.
Today we’re using Rayz Hot Dry Rub (jerk style) and Spice Cave’s Wind rub.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub and Spice Cave Wind seasoning

I use a heavy hand when applying rubs to my meats – much to the chagrin of Marilyn.

But I will admit at times I do go a little overboard. But in this case, I think the rubs really shined.

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See how easy it is to grill up a quick snack with some chicken tenders, some nice rubs, and your favorite grill?

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Weber Smokey Joe 14″: Weber Smokey Joe Grill

The Spice Cave Wind Rub: The Spice Cave

Rayz Hot Dry Rub: Rayz Jerk Jam website

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Rayz Hot Dry Rub and Spice Cave Wind on Chicken Tenders

Rayz “Hot Dry Rub” and The Spice Cave “Wind” on grilled chicken tenders were both winners. Watch our video to see how good they look and taste!

Dry Rubbed Chicken Tenders with Rayz Hot Dry Rub and The Spice Cave Wind seasoning

You’ve surely heard Guy Fieri say “Winner, winner, chicken dinner”? Yup. When it comes to simple grilled chicken tenders over some good charcoal, you can do almost anything to them!

In this case, we’re using two nice rubs from our shelves.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub

Ingredients: rosemary, honey, allspice, scallions, brown sugar, vinegar, peppers, molasses, garlic, onion, thyme, nutmeg, salt.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub is a dry rub seasoning based on their popular Rayz Jerk Jam product ordered by the officials from PelamisWave.

The heat level is: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – just shy of 2.5 on our heat scale. Very spicy but enjoyable by all.

The Spice Cave Wind

Ingredients: dehydrated vegetables, garlic, onions, parsley, himalayan pink salt, spices,
orange peel, chili pepper flakes.

Part of a 4 pack of spices from Kickstarter… The Spice Cave has quite a selection of spice rubs.

“Wind is an herbaceous blend for anything that flies.” So, we’re putting it on chicken while also offering CarryOut Supplies paper coffee cup.

Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – No heat to speak of. It’s basically an “everything bagel” type of seasoning. But delicious!

HERE’S THE VIDEO OF THE CHICKEN TENDERS

Where to Buy:

Visit RayzJerkJam.com for the Rayz Hot Dry Rub

Visit The Spice Cave for their spice offerings

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

High Temp Ribs on Rec Tec Mini Pellet Smoker

High temp baby back ribs on the Rec Tec Mini Portable Pellet Smoker Grill

We pushed the temp to 275º and got these baby back ribs done in about 4 hours vs. the usual 6 hours.
These came out great!

How we cooked them:

– Rubbed the ribs with Rossarooski’s Honey Rib Rub from REC TEC Grills
– 1 hour at 245º to get the smoke going from the grill
– 1 hour at 275º – rotating rib racks
– 30 minutes more at 275º
– foiled the ribs and cooked for an additional hour
– removed from foil, sauced, and cooked for 20 minutes to set the sauce

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Let us know how in the Comments below…

Brats and Grilled Veggies on REC TEC Mini Smoker

We grilled some brats and veggies on the REC TEC Mini Pellet Grill recently – and they turned out fantastic!

The key to this success lies in the recipe. The brats were simmered in two bottles of beer and some onions for about 2 hours.

Then we cranked the REC TEC Mini up to 500º and grilled for about 20 minutes.

Don’t overlook the buns – the Johnsonville Sausage Rolls were amazing and helped make this cook a big success.

Grilled Brats and Veggies on the REC TEC Mini Pellet Grill

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REC TEC Mini Wood Pellet Grill Unboxing

The newest member of HotSauceDaily’s grills is the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill.

With their ease of use and the “set it and forget it” mentality of pellet style grills, we’ve been itching to try out a pellet style grill for a few years now.

Unboxing the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill

Here is a short video of our unboxing of the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill.

Up next we’ll show off the features of this amazing little workhorse of a grill.

We hope you’ll enjoy our journey into this new style of grilling and smoking with us.

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Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

This made in America “Jamaican” Jerk Sauce is true to the flavors, heat and spices that are jerk.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

Smoke & Spice Authentic Jamaican Jerk Sauce from Chef Karin Vickers

Let me say, right up front, that I think this is the best Jerk Sauce I’ve ever had from an American company.

My only complaint is that is only comes in a small 10 ounce jar. I wish it was available in larger jars, say 12 – 16 ounces.

This is NOT a jerk paste… I feel the requirements and qualities of a true paste are different. Jerk pastes are super thick and usually require some oil to be applied to help thin them out and spread the ingredients and flavors over the food (chicken, shrimp, pork) to be cooked.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Big hit of authentic heat. This will light you up! But with flavor, and the heat subsides fairly fast. It’s real jerk heat and flavor. Well balanced.

Overall Flavor: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our top rating! All of the flavors blossom nicely – a delicious jerk sauce. Amazing.

Ingredients: Soy sauce (water, soy beans, wheat flour, salt, potassium sorbate (less then 1/10th of 1%)), fresh onions, tomato paste, fresh scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, fresh ginger, cane vinegar, water, brown sugar, fresh garlic, soybean oil, allspice, thyme and natural spices.

Texture / Appearance:

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce texture

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce texture

Thick and coarsely ground, it’s a perfect consistency that sticks to your foods.

Marilyn is not the big fan of jerk sauces that I am, but she likes that it has “♫ no stems or seeds that you don’t need ♫”.

She’s referring to the tiny stems and twigs found in most dry jerk seasonings and some imported pastes and sauces (and to Cheech and Chong).

Taste:

Right up front, the soy sauce adds some dark flavor. I love the sweet warm heat of the Scotch Bonnet pepper (as compared to habanero). The onions and scallions add their sweetness to the mix along with some brown sugar. The required allspice and thyme are not over-bearing. What a fantastic blend that really delivers an authentic jerk flavor.

As I write this review, I’m eating the sauce straight up with a fork, and the fresh bright flavor and tempered heat are making me so happy to share this sauce review with you.

Final Thoughts:

Packaging: I mentioned the small 10 ounce jar. Perhaps Smoke & Spice will come up with a larger package someday. But no worries, it’s plenty for 3 or 4 dinners as it is.

On food: Chicken, chicken and chicken. I would have liked to show some pics of jerk shrimp, but that’s in my future. And besides, shrimp is so dense, it doesn’t really absorb sauces or marinate well… with shrimp you just grill it.

Chef Karin swears that her sauce makes a good dipping sauce or all purpose seasoning too. I’d love to hear your suggestions in the Comments below for using Jerk sauce this way.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on Chicken Tenders

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on Chicken Tenders

On chicken tenders it absolutely rocked. I marinated some chicken tenders overnight, grilled them up on the gasser, and they were fabulous.

We had them with some honey mustard sauce from our local restaurant (Seacrets) and enjoyed the best flavors and spice from Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on chicken parts

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on chicken parts

We also marinated some chicken parts and grilled them over some charcoal… another stellar jerk chicken dinner.

Smoke & spice Jerk Sauce on chicken

Smoke & spice Jerk Sauce on chicken

About Smoke & Spice:

At Smoke & Spice, we combine the authentic flavors of our Jamaican heritage with the ingenuity of our chef’s culinary training to bring the exceptional taste of Jamaican jerk cooking to your kitchen.
Our sauce is made with the freshest all-natural ingredients. It has a lower sodium content than our competition, and we never use preservatives or MSG.

You can find Smoke & Spice on Social Media here:

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Where to buy:

To purchase, visit Buy Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce

Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish sauce is not a “hot sauce” or a BBQ sauce. It is truly a versatile sauce that works on wings, makes a great dip for egg rolls or jalapeño poppers, and is a great glaze for pork. Think of it as a “liquid pepper jelly”.

chili dan's all purpose start to finish sauce bottles

Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce

The label says you can use this as a “Marinade, Glaze, Grilling or Dipping” sauce – and that is accurate. Simple is better, and Chili Dan’s is the epitome of a simple “start to finish” sauce. We tried Chili Dan’s on a variety of foods. [Read more…]