Simple Grilled Barbecue Chicken

A mainstay of the summertime is barbecue. We love barbecue chicken, ribs, and more; but we often don’t make the time to get it done. The one exception is Memorial Day—I usually get up at 7 am to start smoking ribs for dinner. That being said, we love chicken drumsticks and thighs. Not only are they a great meal, we can cook them in bulk and pack them in meals for the week.

This recipe uses the rib rub we put together for our Memphis Dry Rub Ribs, and is less involved than our other Split Barbecue Chicken recipe. You’ll love these alone, or with a side of our barbecue sauce. Happy grilling!

Grilled Beef Kabobs


Now that we’ve gone through what we hope is the last of the bi-polar transition to spring and summer, it is a perfect time to dust off the grill and enjoy some outdoor cooking.  Growing up in Wisconsin, weekend brat cookouts were common, even well into the winter.  We don’t grill as much as I did growing up, but I still love taking the time to be outdoors, and the smell of the grill.  

Beef Short Ribs


Short ribs are one of my favorite things.  They’re juicy and tender, and often fall off the bone.  We decided to pick these up shortly after coming up with our barbecue sauce recipe to celebrate the life of our friend Brian, and with it still on the mind, we slathered it on these short ribs and went to town.  

Beef Barbacoa


When in a pinch, I will occasionally visit the local Chipotle for a quick lunch; their carnitas or barbacoa salad with extra salsa, hot sauce, and guacamole is extremely filling, and not too hard on the wallet when it comes to healthy eat-out options.  The other day, I wanted to attempt to recreate some of what I love about barbacoa at home.  

Brian’s Barbecue Sauce

Just over a week ago, Heather and I received terrible news.  Our friend and former neighbor Brian had died suddenly at home.  We had seen Brian last at our house to watch a UFC fight and indulge on one of the most intense feasts of 2012: bacon-wrapped venison, steak, and sweet potato fries.  I was full for 2 days.  It was a great night of food and fights.  His wife had recently been relocated for work to North Carolina, and we were looking forward to hosting them occasionally while Brian continued his school and work up here in Virginia.  We were devastated when we heard the news, and have spent a good deal of time reflecting on our time together.