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We LOVE this beef jerky! We have made it several times ourselves in our dehydrator

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pound lean beef sirloin tip, sliced into 1/8 inch strips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
4.2/5 (44 Votes)

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This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe will be the star of your next party

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 jalapeños, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped and divided
  • Crackers, for serving
4.2/5 (46 Votes)

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Salty bacon, rich goat cheese, savory-sweet jelly, and roasted jalapeño--it takes teamwork to make the dream work

  • 2 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated red onion
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 medium jalapeno peppers, halved vertically and seeded
  • 3 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper jelly
  • 1 teaspoon water
4.4/5 (28 Votes)

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Oh my, these appetizers are great! Sweet chunks of pineapple are wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with a little brown su

  • 12 strips thick-cut bacon (16 to 18 slices per pound)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
4.4/5 (25 Votes)

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These steak satays are amazingly tender and flavorful! Perfect for a party!

  • 1 pound flank steak, sliced against the grain, 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh cilantro
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon spicy chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Peanut sauce, for dipping
4.5/5 (19 Votes)

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Spicy meatballs with the added flavor of the chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce are perfect alone, over pasta or ...

  • 1/4 cup masa harina
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 14-ounce can beef broth
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, seeded and finely chopped, from a can of chipotle chile peppers
4.3/5 (27 Votes)

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The ultimate Spicy Peanut Butter Bacon Sliders for any occasion

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespooons sriracha
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 12 whole slider buns
  • 12 slices pepper jack or cheddar cheese
  • 12 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 whole jalapenos, sliced
  • 2 cups crispy French fries
  • 1 whole purple onion, sliced
4.5/5 (4 Votes)

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Reuben Roll Ups! Makes the perfect snack, appetizer or lunch

  • 1 package crescent rolls, (8 count)
  • 1/2 cup thousand island dressing
  • 4 ounces corned beef
  • 4 ounces swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained and lightly squeezed dry
4.5/5 (21 Votes)

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This is a low-budget meal, because the cut of pork is very inexpensive

  • CILANTRO AND LIME SOURCREAM:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 -to 2 pounds pork butt roast (you can use pork sirloin because it's lean)
  • 3 to 4 fire roasted poblano peppers* or 1to 7 ounces can whole green chiles
  • NOTE: Or, use a quality brand of Chili Verde Sauce, about 1 1/2 cups or 12-ounces.
  • 5 to 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used non fat)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 large onion, cut into rough chunks
  • Dry Rub (note, measurements are approximate; adjust to suit your taste)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • DIPS:
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro and Lime Sour Cream
  • Additional Ingredients:
  • 12 (or more) corn tortillas
  • Shredded Mexican cotija cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • NOTE: I froze half of the shredded pork for a future meal because I had approximately 12 to 14 taquitos using just half of the mixture. You can make shredded pork tacos at another time, for a quick fix meal.
4.5/5 (16 Votes)

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Chicken wings prepared in an air fryer are hot, spicy and super easy to make using an air fryer! Perfect for a game...

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 12 wings and drummies
4.4/5 (21 Votes)

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THE BEST beef jerky recipe

  • 5 pounds 90% lean ground beef (90-92%)
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons non-iodized salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Accent seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons meat tenderizer
  • 3/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
4.1/5 (32 Votes)

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Chipotle meatball appetizers have a little heat and are good to eat! Nested in bite-sized pastry cups and topped wi...

  • 1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 3 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 12 frozen Italian-style meatballs (1/2-ounce each), thawed and halved
  • 4 (1-ounce) pieces mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, cut into 24 small slices
4.4/5 (20 Votes)

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