3 Appetizer Recipes on your Traeger!

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Would if we told you it was possible to cook 3 appetizers on your Traeger at the same time?  Let Ace's Grill Expert, Chef Jason, show you how to prepare 3 appetizer recipes for your Traeger.  Best part is they are cooked in the same time with the same pellets.

Appetizer #1 - Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sliders

It’s an any day treat that the family will love.  Smoked and grilled pork tenderloin glazed with honey and bbq sauce, then sliced and served on Kings Hawaiian Buns… Sign me up!

  • Yield: 6 people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 35-45 minutes cooking time

Ingredients

Measure   Ingredient                                                    Prep Notes      

2.5 lbs           Pork Tenderloin, Fresh                       W/O Solutions/brines   

¼ Cup           Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                    Season to taste

¾  Cup         Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary

¾  Cup         Happy Ending BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary

12ea             Buns, Kings Hawaiian                            sliced and separated

         

**** - Adjust seasoning to taste preference, use Oink, Bayou Dust, Rub A Dub, Garden, Thai Mojito or Prime Rib Rub A Dub.  They all offer a great flavor and a different flavor                            

 

Prep Directions:

  • Trim the silver skin off of the pork tenderloin and allow to rest for 5 minutes before seasoning
Cooking Directions: Preparation:
  • Place the chicken legs into the Kingsford Grill Pan SKU 8463135, Rub legs with Oink Rub  and let sit for 10 minutes
  • Turn Traeger grill to 180 degrees, load your RESERVE BLEND PELLETS and let pre-heat
  • Place the pork onto the grill grate and smoke at 180 for 25 minutes.
  • Turn up heat to 400 degrees and grill them, to finish — about 45 minutes
  • During the last 10 minutes of cooking time, baste with Fire Honey and Happy Ending BBQ Sauce (alternate between the 2) to glaze
  • Cook to an internal temperature of 155 degrees. Remove from smoker and let rest for 5 minutes
  • Once rested, slice into even slices, place onto the buns and serve
  • Serve with extra Fire Honey and Happy Ending BBQ Sauce on the side

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Appetizer #2 - Chef J’s Pimento Cheese Dip / Bake

I remember my days going to school in Charleston, SC very fondly.  I fell in love with many southern recipes, but the one that always had space reserved in the fridge was that ever so amazing Pimento Cheese Spread.  This recipe is great with pretzels, crackers, chips, toast, on a sandwich or even baked for warm taste of the south.  Enjoy!

  • Yield: 12-14 people

  • Prep time: 10 Minutes

  • Cook time: 20 minutes cooking time (IF DESIRED)

Ingredients

Measure   Ingredient                                                    Prep Notes      

24 oz            Cheese, Cheddar, Extra Sharp           Shredded         

8 oz              Cream Cheese, Softened                       Challenge Brand

½  Cup         Mayonnaise, Real                                    Best Foods brand – my fave

6 oz              Pimentos, Chopped, Drained well                          

1 tsp             Rub A Dub, 5280 Culinary

1 ½ tsp         Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary 

1  Tbsp         Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary                                                                              

Prep Directions:

  • Follow Prep Notes Above

Cooking Directions:

  • Place all ingredients into a medium stainless steel mixing bowl
  • Using a hand blender, mix well until just combined
  • Adjust seasoning as needed
  • Refrigerate until needed
  • Serve cold as a spread or dip
Or
  • Place into a 8” cast iron skillet
  • Cook at 400 degrees for approx. 15-20 minutes or until bubbly

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Appetizer #3 - Brined and Smoked Chicken legs

It’s early in the morning and you are craving something, but you just can’t quite figure out what IT is.  We know what it is… It’s Smoked Chicken Legs.

 
  • Yield: 6 people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes plus brine time
  • Cook time: 35-45 minutes cooking time

Ingredients

Measure   Ingredient                                                    Prep Notes      

2.5 lbs          Chicken Legs, Fresh                                               

½  Pkg          Bayou Brine, 5280 Culinary               Follow package directions         

¼ Cup          Rub A Dub, 5280 Culinary                   Season to taste

¾  Cup         Low Country BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary

¾  Cup         High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary

¾  Cup         Blue Cheese, Crumbles

         

**** - Adjust seasoning to taste preference, use Oink, Bayou Dust, Rub A Dub, Garden, Thai Mojito or Prime Rib Rub A Dub.  They all offer a great flavor and a different flavor                            

 

Prep Directions:

  • See above for ALL prep instructions
  • Mix the BBQ Sauces together and add the Blue Cheese.
  • Mix well, keep refrigerated and serve on the plate with the chicken leg.
    • A Great dipping sauce

Cooking Directions:

Roll out your Traeger and get to smoking! Follow this simple recipe to get delicious, smoked chicken legs. Preparation:
  • Using Bayou Brine, brine chicken in a bucket for 6-8 hours in your fridge (One package Bayou Brine will handle 16 pounds of chicken)
    • Brine directions (according to Bayou Brine instructions): Bring two quarts of water to a boil and stir in seasoning blend.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring to dissolve seasonings and to activate spices – about 5 minutes.  Cool and combine with 2 gallons of ice water in a large plastic bucket
  • After 6-8 hours, remove chicken from brine, do not rinse.
  • Place the chicken legs into the Kingsford Grill Pan SKU 8463135, Rub legs with Rub a Dub seasonings and let sit for 10 minutes
  • Turn Traeger grill to 180 degrees, load your RESERVE BLEND PELLETS and let pre-heat
  • Place chicken in the Traeger Wing and Leg Rack (SKU 8464281) and smoke at 180 for 45 minutes.
  • Turn up heat to 400 degrees and roast them, to finish — about 45 minutes.
  • Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from smoker and let rest
  • Serve wings with the BBQ Blue Cheese Sauce
  • Serve with a napkin, or 4

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