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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Hey, have you done ribs at a high temp? Pushed your grill or cooker to the limit to get some ribs done fast?
Let us know how in the Comments below…

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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~brian and marilyn

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Country Chef Grilling Sauces on Kickstarter

I’m a big fan of Kickstarter projects (I’ve backed over 30), but I’ve never featured one in a post on HotSauceDaily.

[vision_notification style=”warning” font_size=”14px” closeable=”false”] UPDATE 04/08/2014: Sadly, the Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled. Hopefully, Chef Mike will re-tool and do another one. In the meantime, there is still a lot of juicy good info in this post. [/vision_notification]


Country Chef Grilling Sauces on Kickstarter

So I’m doing my first one for Country Chef Grilling Sauces from Chef Mike Espey of North Carolina, because I really believe in the flavors and quality of sauces from him.

What is Kickstarter?

It’s a “crowd funding” website of “projects” for start-up companies (I favor the foodies, BBQ, & hot sauces projects), where you pledge dollars towards their goal, and for pledging you get “rewards”… which depend on the project.

If the project does not meet their goal, you are out nothing – you will not be charged your pledge.

If they do make their goal, you get the rewards for supporting them.


Who or what is Country Chef Grilling Sauce?

Chef Mike Espey created a line of grilling sauces back in 2011, and is now ready to branch out and go nationwide.

country chef grilling sauces trio

I’ve been a fan of Chef Mike Espey’s since 2011, where we first reviewed his Mustard Grilling Sauce. His lineup has grown to six flavors of grilling sauces – Original, Hickory Smoke, Honey, Mustard, Chipotle & Sweet & Spicy.

all 6 sauces from country chef grilling

All 6 sauces from Country Chef Grilling

How can you help?

So I’m asking our readers to visit the Kickstarter page for Country Chef Grilling Sauces and make a pledge.

You can make a pledge as little as $1 (One dollar) and up. Payments are handled easily via Amazon payments.

You can go here to make a pledge for Country Chef Grilling Sauces on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/494646113/country-chef-grilling-sauce

Here’s a video we made a little while back grilling some wings with Country Chef’s Mustard Sauce:

Good luck to Chef Mike and Country Chef Grilling Sauce!

Follow Country Chef Grilling Sauce on Facebook and on Twitter as @grillingsauce

Please support Country Chef in this project, even if you just do $1 – that way you’ll get all updates on it, and hopefully you’ll up your pledge later.

Are you a fan of Kickstarter projects?

What are some of your favorite Kickstarter projects that are looking for funding?

Tell us in the Comments below.

We reviewed Country Chef here: http://hotsaucedaily.com/smoke-grilled-mustard-bbq-wings/

Teflon® Outdoor Grill Pan Giveaway

We were sent this unique grill pan for review, and promptly set out to grill some brats and kielbasa OUTSIDE on our gas grill. Yes, this pan is designed for OUTDOOR use! And you can win one right here from HotSauceDaily! Read to the end for the Giveaway Details!

Officially called the Technique HardAnodized II Nonstick 18″ x 12″ Barbecue Pan – it features a durable Teflon® non-stick surface, and is heavily vented on the bottom for great heat distribution. It also features a handy pour spout on one corner. This pan is sturdy, hefty, and just made for the outdoors grill.

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Heartbreaking Dawns Grilling Sauces
North Star Honey Datil and
Meridian Serrano

A Review of Heartbreaking Dawns Grilling Sauces

We recently had the pleasure to do an exclusive review of Heartbreaking Dawns Grilling Sauces. Their North Star Honey Datil Pepper and their Meridian Serrano grilling sauces are two new entries into the world of gourmet style grilling and glazing sauces. These unique sauces have pros and cons, but ultimately both are winners.


Heartbreaking Dawns has some of the most innovative and unique flavors of sauces and condiments in the world of hot sauce today. And with the introduction of these two new grilling sauces, they have come full circle from their original hot sauces, to rubs and spices and preserves to these grilling sauces. Johnny Mclaughlin is a true innovator of flavors and heat, and has topped himself with these new additions to his line of products.

Heartbreaking Dawns North Star Honey Datil Grilling Sauce

Their label reads:

“Our North Star Blend combines all natural Honey and fresh St. Augustine Datil Peppers to create a mouthwatering marinade, finishing sauce, or BBQ glaze”

Ingredients: honey, tomato paste, cider vinegar, Datil peppers, garlic, carrot, water, molasses, brown sugar, sea salt, lime juice, onion, coriander

Heartbreaking Dawns Meridian Serrano Grilling Sauce

And on this label:

“Our Meridian Blend combines all natural Apricot Preserves and fresh Serrano Peppers, to create a mouthwatering marinade, finishing sauce or BBQ glaze.

Ingredients: Apricot preserves, tomato paste, cider vinegar, serrano peppers, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, water, garlic, onion, sea salt, soy sauce, lime juice

thick honey datil on left and serrano on right

We grilled some boneless chicken thighs and chicken tenders to test these new gourmet sauces out.

The chicken thighs got the North Star Honey Datil sauce, and the tenders got the Meridian Serrano sauce treatment. Wow! Both were so good. Read on as we break things down into each sauce as they came off the grill.

North Star Honey Datil Grilling Sauce:

Marilyn: My first taste out of the jar was of the North Star Honey Datil Grilling Sauce. I love the thick texture, the warm, smokey, dark flavor. It’s very sweet, and the heat comes on in stages. It’s a very “front of the mouth” heat at first, then it blossoms. We used this sauce on the boneless, skinless thighs.

The sauce was very thick for a grilling or glazing sauce. Brushing on a couple of layers onto the chicken worked out great as it caramelized nicely.

I loved the sweet smokey flavor, but after about 3 bites, the heat really built up. I’m glad we had some cole slaw on hand so I could cool off a bit, which allowed me to eat more. This sauce has a nice bite to it!

Brian: As you can see from the pics, the Honey Datil is the thicker of the two. It brushed onto the chicken nicely, but quickly thinned out, requiring a second, third, and even a 4th application onto the chicken to bring up the layers and thickness of the sauce. This is not a bad thing. I was happy it held up to the heat of the grill and gave the chicken a beautiful finish.

Both of these sauces looked awesome on the finished chicken, but this was definitely the hotter of the two. The honey was just right, and the Datil pepper shone through to give it a nice, spicy finish.

I’ve always been a sucker for the Datil pepper as it is another unique American pepper that is limited to the St Augustine Florida area. So I especially love the flavor profile of this sauce.

Meridian Serrano Grilling Sauce

Marilyn: I noticed as soon as I poured this into a bowl, I saw that it was a lot thinner than the North Star Honey Datil. You could see the bits of apricot and the serrano seeds in the sauce, which is great for those who like different textures, but I don’t even like walnuts in my brownies. That’s just me. My first taste told me it wasn’t as sweet and smokey as the Datil, but there was a great flavor profile from the fresher tasting serranos and apricots.

After finishing some chicken tenders on the grill with this sauce, I would recommend this as a grilling/BBQ sauce to keep on hand. I still had to spit out the seeds, but the heat level was much more to my liking. This is a sauce I could serve to anyone without “hurting” them and they would love it! My only complaint is the seeds from the serranos turn me off. I don’t like to have to spit them out. Maybe HBD can filter them out in the next batch.

Brian: I like bits of anything in my sauces, and this Meridian Serrano has tons of it. I like my sauces chunky. This Serrano sauce tastes of fresh green serrano chiles with the sweetness of the apricot fruit.

Now, having said that, I would like more serrano and less apricot. I wanted this sauce to be so much more – like a big hit of green chile. But it works, it’s fresh and pungent, it glazes well on the chicken – it’s gourmet.

Final Thoughts

Marilyn: Overall, I preferred the Meridian Serrano over the Northstar Honey Datil, because the heat level was more of what I like on my BBQ. But I loved the thicker, smoother texture of the Northstar Honey Datil, and the dark smokiness. If the Northstar had less heat while maintaining it’s other attributes, that would be my favorite. Hey Johnny and Nicole, give me the base of the Datil with the freshness of the Serrano (without the seeds), and I’m ordering this stuff by the case!

Brian: We love these sauces, but agreed that the heat was a bit much for glazing sauces. But then we are not fans of too much heat in our BBQ glazes or sauces. It’s a minor complaint, as the quality and overall flavor of both outweigh the heat. Heartbreaking Dawns has a couple of winners here with these gourmet grilling sauces.

Overall score: 4 out of 5

Where to Buy:

You can buy these great grilling sauces and all of Heartbreaking Dawns products at HeartbreakingDawns.com.

Enter the Coupon Code: “hotsaucedaily” to save 10% until Oct 31st, 2010 !

We interview Johnny and Nicole of Heartbreaking Dawns on episode 28 of the HotSauceWeekly podcast – our first repeat guests! Johnny Mclaughlin was our guest way back on Episode 14 of HotSauceWeekly when they were new and only had 3 sauces.

Pickapeppa Jerk Seasoning Chicken Recipe with Bone Suckin BBQ Sauce


Pickapeppa Jerk Seasoning, Bone Suckin BBQ Sauce on chicken legs, done on the grill, and eaten until our eyes rolled back… I can barely write this post. It was that good!

The Big Picture:

We smeared the Pickapeppa Jerk Seasoning onto the chicken, and put them in the Fridge overnight to get all happy. Then we grilled the chicken sloooowly over indirect low heat on the grill. Near the end of grilling, we slathered a bbq sauce made with Bone Suckin’ Sauce and Busha Browne’s Spicy Jerk Sauce to get a nice glaze and to add some sweetness to the mix.

Served with cole slaw and beer… this recipe was truly “food porn” and everyone was happy!

The Details:

We cut up the chicken leg “quarters” into drumsticks and thighs. This was messy and time consuming to me, but Wifey came to the rescue. Personally, I’d be happy buying the chicken
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