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Monday, February 27, 2012

Grilled Hawaiian Style Pizza Sandwiches

One of my favorite combos on pizza is Canadian Bacon and Pineapple, so I thought I would try that combo on a sandwich. With a twist. I added grilled chicken into the mix! The sandwiches were awesome and I can't wait to make them again. Heres what I did


Grilled Hawaiian Style Pizza Sandwiches

- Sourdough bread
- Butter
- Chicken - grilled
- Sliced Ham
- Your Choice Pizza Sauce
- Shredded Pizza Cheese
- Mild Yellow Peppers
- Crushed Pineapple

- Pre heat grill to a medium/high heat
- Grill your chicken. I used boneless Chicken breast strips
- Take your sour dough bread, spread pizza sauce and start adding your grilled chicken, a layer of ham, pineapple, yellow peppers, cheese and a little more sauce based on preference.
- Butter the outsides of the bread and place them on the grill
- Grill for a bout 4 minutes or the bread is a nice golden brown.
- Flip the sandwich and repeat until done.
- Enjoy

These sandwiches were awesome. Next time I think I will get big deli sliced Canadian Bacon instead of deli sliced ham lunch meat.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Cream Cheese Poppers

These things were rockin! If you love Buffalo Chicken, I would recommend trying these. I was a huge fan. They are super simple to make and loved by all. Here is what I did.


Grilled Buffalo Chicken Cream Cheese Poppers

- 1 Grilled Chicken Breast Diced Up
- Frank's Red Hot
- Celery - Not Finely Diced, but pretty small
- Cream Cheese - 4 oz
- Ranch Dressing Powder - 2 teaspoons
- 1 container of Pilsbury Crescent Rolls
- Corn Meal
- Ranch Dressing

- Pre heat Your Grill To A Medium to High Heat. Put your Pizza Stone on the grill so it heats up at the same pace as the grill.
- Grill Your Chicken and when done, dice up.
- Toss Chicken in Buffalo Sauce
- Mix your 4 ounces of Cream Cheese with your 2 Teaspoons of Ranch Dressing Powder.
- 1 at a time, lay out your crescent rolls flat and spread it out a little.
- Take a some of the Cream Cheese mixture and spread it on the Crescent Roll
- Add some of your diced up celery
- Top it with some diced Buffalo Chicken
- Bring up the sides of the Crescent Roll so everything is wrapped up and pinch it closed at the top.

- Repeat for the remainder of rolls
- Throw some Corn Meal down on your pizza stone so the Poppers don't stick
- Cook for about 12 minutes or until the poppers have a nice golden brown color to them.
- Serve with Ranch Dressing for dipping.
- Enjoy

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eelpout Festival 2012 Was A Success

With another year of my favorite festivity ever in the books, I can proudly say it was awesome! We had a awesome cabin, drank just the right amount of beer, the weather was perfect, good food, good friends, good times. I took a ton of pictures. If you have read my previous posts about Eelpout Festival or are just curios, you can check out all my pictures here

2012 Eelpout Festival Pictures


2012 Eelpout Festival Pictures Part 2

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Grilled Honey BBQ Lime Chicken Slammers

The other night I made some rockin awesome chicken sandwiches on the grill. They were so good, I ran to the store and bought some more chicken so I can make them again this weekend. Very easy to make. Heres how I did it


Grilled Honey BBQ Lime Chicken Slammers

- Boneless Chicken Breast or Thigh's
- Silver Dollar or smaller hamburger buns
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1 Lime or Lemon - Juiced and Zested - 1 Teaspoon of Zest needed
- 1 Cup BBQ Sauce - I used Famous Dave's Sweet & Spicy
- Garlic and Herb Pepper Mix
- 2 Tablespoons Butter

- Heat grill to a medium High heat
- In a sauce pan, melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter. When melted, add Honey, the Lime Juice, Zest, BBQ sauce and the Garlic and Herb Pepper mix and simmer.
- Place Chicken flat on the grill
- With a brush, brush on a generous layer of the sauce you just mixed. Flip the chicken and baste again. I like to baste quit a bit until its done.
- When the chicken is done, pull it off, throw it on a bun and enjoy!


Let me know what you think

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Extreme Grilled Pigs In A Blanket

I couldn't decide what to call these things. I was teetering between Extreme Grilled Pigs In A Blanket and Hotdog Calzone, but Hotdog Calzone makes it sound kind of gross! These things turned out super awesome! Way better than expected, and way better than I thought after the assembly process! They are super simple to make, and man were they good! Here is how I did it


Extreme Grilled Pigs In A Blanket

- Hot Dogs
- Pilsbury Pizza Dough
- Ketchup
- Cheese
- Pickle Relish
- Yellow Peppers
- Corn Meal

You can use anything you like on hotdogs. This is just what I like!

- Pre Heat your grill to a high heat and Place your pizza stone on the grill so it heats up at the same rate as the grill.
- Open the canister of pizza dough and roll it out onto a large baking sheet.
- Take a strip on the end of the dough the length of a hotdog. Smear on your toppings. On the dough I put Ketchup, Pickle Relish, Peppers, and cheese. Once you have your toppings, place a hot dog on top of the toppings.
- Start at the end and roll the hotdog up in dough just until it is completely wrapped. Pinch the edges together along the seam and at the ends so it is completed enclosed. (Remember, your toppings and hotdog are going to make this hard to handle without breaking. This where my comment of how they turned out better than I thought they would after the assembly process. They are going to look like a mess, but they will all come together.)
- After it is rolled up, cut the newly made hot dog roll off of the rest of the dough and then repeat the process.
- Your grill should be warmed up by now, so take the Pigs in a Blanket out to the grill with the corn meal.
- Spread some corn meal over the pizza stone and place your Pigs In A Blanket on the stone.
- Let them sit for a bout 5 or 6 minutes and then flip them over. The side that was on the stone should be a light golden brown and be nice and crispy. Once the other side is the same, and the dough doesn't feel to "doughy", pull them off and enjoy!
- These suckers will be hot inside, especially if you added cheese. Be careful!


I hope you enjoy these. Let me know what you think.

Buffalo Club

I have always thought I was on top of the cool party games and that I had played them all, but I was wrong. We were listening to LMFAO's song "Sorry For Party Rockin" and there is a line in the beginning of the song that goes "I got a drink in my hand and it just got Buffaloed". I had no idea what that meant so I looked it up. Thank you Interweb. I never heard of it before. This is what Wikipedia states



The history and origin of the Buffalo Club are obscure and many versions are in existence. A folk origin of the game states that Buffalo Club stems from the gunslinging days of the Wild West where the use of one's right hand (the shooting hand) was at times a matter of life or death. Thus, recreational activities such as playing cards or drinking were done with the left hand only to avoid severe consequences.



The rules are fairly simple, though widely varying, and involve which hand a player may use to drink. One version of how to play the game is as follows:

1. A player can hold their drink with either hand, but may only drink from it with their non-dominant hand. If any other Buffalo players spot them drinking with their dominant hand, they call Buffalo on the player and that player must finish their drink as quickly as possible. If the player hesitate to finish their drink, the other players will usually proceed to make a ruckus chanting "Buffalo!" and banging on the table until the player finishes.

2. If the player calls Buffalo on somebody when they are actually drinking with the proper hand (or have an empty drink or are not drinking an alcoholic drink), they may return with a call of "False Buffalo" and the player is obligated to finish their own drink. If the buffalo-er does not currently possess a drink, the False caller must drink the nearest alcoholic drink available. Special care must be made when drinking with left-handed Buffalos because of this rule.

3. Once a player begins playing Buffalo, they are playing it for the rest of their life.

Nobody needs to declare that the game is on. At least in principle, if rarely actually done, if the player spots a complete stranger drinking with what the player thinks to be their dominant hand, and the player calls Buffalo on them, they will either be confused or immediately know that they have transgressed the rules in the presence of another Buffalo player and are obligated to finish their drink or return a false Buffalo, if applicable.


With Eelpout this weekend, I think it is a prime occasion to try it out! Has anyone ever played this? Do I have it right?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Eelpout Festival 2012

And so continues the worlds most unproductive week! With Eelpout right around the corner, I am accomplishing next to nothing in anticipation of leaving Friday morning! Aside from the wandering around from encampment to encampment drinking, here is the itinerary for what all is happening this weekend.



- Opening Ceremonies - 5 - 10 PM - City Park
- Torch Lighting 7PM - City Park
- Coors Light Keg Castle - 5 - 10 PM - City Park
- Festival Goer's Appreciates - 6-7 PM - Coors Light Keg Castle
- LIVE BAND - Shirt N Skins - 8:30-12:30 AM - The 502 - Chase on the Lake



- Official Scale Times - 9 - 5 PM - City Park
- Coors Light Keg Castle Open - 10AM - Midnight - City Park
- Miller Lite Ice Palace - 10AM - Midnight - Chase on the Lake
- Mechanical Bull Riding Competition - 3 PM -7 PM - Miller Lite Ice Palace
- LAPHROAIG Tasting with Master Ambassador Simon Brookings - 5:30 pm - LAPHROAIG Lounge - Miller Lite Ice Palace
- Live Band – Rock Bottom - 8-Midnight - Coors Light Keg Castle
- Live Band – Billy D and the Crystals - 8-Midnight - Miller Lite Ice Palace
- EAT ‘TILL 2 at the 502 - 11am-2am - Chase on the Lake



- Official Scale Times - 9 - 5 PM - City Park
- Coors Light Keg Castle Open - 10AM - Midnight - City Park
- Miller Lite Ice Palace - 10AM - Midnight - Chase on the Lake
- Eelpout Fishing Show - 10:30 AM - Coors Light Castle
- UV Party Parade - 11:30 AM - In front of Chase on the Lake
- Eel Pout 500 “on-ice” Auto Race - Noon - Garfield Lake, Laporte
- Ice Auger Races - Noon - City Park
- Eelpout Rugby - Noon - City Park
- Polar Pout Plunge - 1PM - In Front of Chase on the Lake
- Eel Pout Derby - 1PM - City Park
- Miller Lite Bar Stool Ski Races - 2:30pm - In Front of the Chase
- LAPHROAIG Peat Parade and Bonfire - 3PM - Starts out in Front of the Chase, Ends...."on the rocks"
- Mechanical Bull Riding Competition - 3PM-7PM - Miller Lite Ice Palace
- Bikini Ice Fishing Team Fashion show - 4PM - Coors Light Keg Castle
- Bikini Ice Fishing Teams Main Show - 6PM - Northern Lights Casino
- KISS THE POUT - 7-8pm - Miller Lite Ice Palace
- Live Band - 8-midnight - Coor Light Keg Castle
- Live Band – FUZE - 8-midnight - Miller Lite Ice Palace
- EAT ‘TILL 2 at the 502 - 11am-2am - Chase on the Lake



- Award's Ceremony - 10:30 - City Park


This list doesn't include all of all the side parties going on, the different events all of the bars have and everything else going on. Until you go to Eelpout Festival, I can't really describe it. If you go, you'll get it! Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly and Banana Sandwiches

I love grilling, and I love making things that are simple yet still awesome on the grill. Sometimes you make some things that aren't so great, and sometimes I make things that are super sweet! One of my experiments this weekend was to make PB&J&B sandwiches on the grill. I have always loved them non grilled, so why wouldn't I love them grilled. Heres what I did


Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly and Banana Sandwiches

- Sourdough Bread
- Peanut Butter
- Jelly
- Softened Butter
- Banana's


- Crank your grill on to a medium heat.
- Make your sandwich as you always would. Peanut Butter, Jelly, and slice bananas on it.
- Butter the outside of the sandwiches
- Place on grill and flip after about 3 minutes or when the outside of the bread has a nice golden brown look.
- Flip the sandwich and repeat!


It can't get any easier than that to make a awesome grilled sandwich that everyone will love!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Grilled Ham And Cheese With Yellow Peppers

I have decided I am going to make all of my sandwiches on the grill from now. They turn out way better than I could of imagined. Way better than using a Pannini press or some other type of sandwich maker. My entire meal last night was made up of things I made on the grill. Check it out!


Grilled Ham and Cheese

- Sour Dough Bread
- Your Choice sliced Ham. I love Boar's Head Honey Ham
- Your Choice Cheese - I used a Sharp Cheddar
- Yellow Banana Peppers
- Pickles
- Butter or Olive Oil
- Salt/Pepper
- Dill Weed

- Pre Heat grill to around 400 degrees (Medium to High Heat)
- Take 2 pieces of bread, and based off of your preference, cover the outside of the bread with a light layer of either butter or Olive oil.
- Put a generous layer of ham down on the non buttered side of the bread. Sprinkle cheese on top of ham.
- Put a layer of yellow peppers down followed by a layer of pickles. How many or how thick depends on your love for pickles or peppers.
- Cover with another layer of ham and put the other piece of bread on top of the sandwich with the butter or oil side on top.
- Place of the grill for about 5 minutes and sprinkle the Salt/Pepper and dill on the sandwich then flip. The bread should have some awesome grill marks, a nice golden brown color and have a good crispness to it. Place on the other side for about 5 minutes until that side is toasted.
- If the cheese does not see melted at this point, push the sandwich to a not as hot part of the grill and let it sit until everything is melted.


Home Made Dill French Fries on The Pizza Stone

- 5 or 6 Large Potatoes - Or 1 per person you are prepping for
- Dill
- Seasoned Salt
- Pepper
- Olive Oil

- Place Pizza Stone on Grill so it heats up at the same rate as the grill
- Microwave the Potatoes for 5 minutes just to soften them up a little
- Slice the potatoes however you want. I like to cut them in half lengthwise and then slice them into flat thinner fries.
- Place in a bowl and toss with Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and Dil
- Place the fries in a single layer on the stone with little to no gaps between the fries.
- Leave them on the grill for a minimum of 50 minutes, longer for the crispier you want them.


Grilled Angel Food Cake With Fresh Grilled Strawberries

- Fresh Strawberries - Sliced
- Teaspoon Sugar
- Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Tinfoil
- Store Bought Angel Food Cake Or Pound Cake
- Butter
- Whipped Cream

- Place your sliced strawberries on a sheet of tinfoil.
- Sprinkle your sugar and pumpkin pie spice onto the strawberries.
- Fold the tinfoil up into a pouch with a small hole at the top
- Place the strawberries on the grill on indirect heat for about 10 minutes. Your just trying to warm them up, not cook them
- Cut the Angel Food Cake or Pound cake into about 1 inch slices.
- Put a light layer of butter on each side
- Place the slices on the grill for a bout a minute or 2 on each side or until they get a little crispier and brown up with good grill marks.
- Remove from the grill.
- Put a slice on a plate with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh grilled strawberries and enjoy!


Next, I am going to make Peanut Butter and Jelly And Banana Sandwiches on the grill. Tomorrow I hope! Stay tuned!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Top 10 Concerts Of All Time

Now, this list isn't every concert all time, just mine. But, in all fairness, I have been to a lot of live shows. I love going to live shows and I miss the days of the super festivals like X-Fest where there would be tons of bands over 3 days. Now I have to settle for individual shows. Here are my top 10

#10 - Korn 1996? 1st Avenue Minneapolis MN - This was when Korn was first coming out onto the music scene. I was still in High School and it was a loud rockin concert. It made become the fan of Korn that I am today.


#9 - Ozzfest 1997 - It was supposed to be held at the Apple River Amphitheater in Somerset Wisconsin, but Marilyn Manson was creating a stir and it was moved to the Metrodome in Minneapolis instead. We got there early (as did the other 30,000 people), and we were waiting outside patiently to get in. A voice kept coming over the speakers telling us "Welcome to Ozzfest, the doors will be opening shortly". After about 3 hours of waiting and listening to this announcement every 15 minutes, the crowd was getting agitated. When that voice came on again, I snapped. I took the bottle of water I had in my hand and I threw it as hard as I could.

It flew like it was moving in slow motion. It just spiraled through the air for what seemed like forever until it reached its target. The giant MN Twins sign above one of the gates. It hit with a loud thud and the crowd went silent. Then, as if someone flipped a switch on, the crowd exploded. There was bottles getting thrown everywhere, people screaming, bibles on fire (from the people protesting Marilyn Manson), a saw a wheelchair get body surfed across the crowd, and then the guy looking for his chair, it was chaos. I always thought I would start a riot someday, I just never thought I would accomplish it before I graduated High School!

The concert was alright! Sabbath ruled!


#8 - Rob Zombie - Mankato MN - 2004? - This was just one of those concerts where everything seemed to go crazy, we drank a ton of beer, girls were walking in vomit, it was a weird venue, we stole a giant road cone, we wandered Mankato looking for Erbert's and Gerbert's for a couple hours even though it was a block from where we started. I always love the chance of Seeing Zombie live.


#7 - A Perfect Circle - Pantages Theatre Minneapolis - APC is one of my favorite bands. I am a huge fan of Tool, so anything Maynard does is pretty awesome. When we went to this show, not only did they search you, but they confiscated everything they deemed dangerous to the theatre. They took my lighter, whatever. I had more in the truck. We went in, awesome place to see a show, APC rocked and we had a sweet time. When we were leaving, there was a woman in the exit with a big bucket. She was giving everyone that left their lighters back. Right as I got to her, she got swamped, frustrated, yelled at people and threw the bucket down on the ground and walked away. She threw the bucket right at my feet. Without missing a beat, I threw both my hands in the bucket, and like a giant scoop shovel, I jammed 2 ginormous handfuls of lighters, disposable cameras, knives, markers, and other stuff into my pockets. It was a good score!


#6 - KISS - This is in my top 10 because KISS was always one of those bands I wanted to see. I was always a huge fan of the music, and I really wanted to see them. Once there, I was not let down. Their stage presence is just as awesome as their music. If you get a chance to see them, check it out.


#5 - Cypress Hill & The Offspring - This was right when Cypress Hill released Skull And Bones. It was their Rap/Rock album. Both the bands played on stage together quite a bit during the show and they worked perfectly together. I am a big fan of both the n=bands so to see them together on the stage at the same time was pretty sweet.


#4 - Adema @ The Ascot Room @ The Quest in Downtown Minneapolis. This was a loud rockin intimate show. There was only about 200 hundred people at the show and for the most of it, I was 2 feet away from the band. If my top 3 weren't so awesome, this would for sure be higher on the list.


#3 - Tool - 1st Round of The Lateralus Tour - Excel Energy Center St Paul Minnesota - Lateralus was a awesome CD, Tool is one of the greatest bands ever, there was acrobats, crazy videos, and the energy of a sold out show. I have never missed Tool in Minnesota, and all of their shows are incredible, but this one blew them all out of the water.


#2 - Rage Against The Machine - Minneapolis MN Target Center during the RNC (Republican National Convention). Here is the equation, The Republican National Convention + 1000's of protesters + A loud politically charged rock band + 100's of cops in Full Riot Gear surrounding the Target Center + the anticipation of things getting crazy = a super charged show that blows every other concert out of the water. Rage is one of my favorite bands, and to see them during such a crazy time was intense. Seeing all the cops everywhere was insane. I have never seen rage play a more intense show!


#1 - Neil Diamond - Xcel Energy Center - St Paul MN. I know all my top concerts have been pretty heavy, and I know Neil doesn't fit that motif, but I love the guy. I screamed like a 14 year old girl for his 13 minute version of Sweet Caroline! I have tickets to see him in July and I can't wait. I wish I would of went to both his shows last time he was here!


Grilled Buffalo Ham And Cheese Sandwiches

I love Grilled cheese, I love ham, so naturally I love grilled cheese and ham sandwiches. But, I am always looking for a way to kick it up a notch. On a day I was bored, I threw some Frank's Red Hot on a ham sandwich I was making. I was nervous at first, but I was surprised how well the Frank's could compliment the ham. The saltiness of the ham and the spicy hotness of the Frank's went hand in hand. This time I used a different type of bread and a different type of cheese. I didn't like it. I will go back to my original way. I will put the way I did it this time in the description, and I will add notes for what I would change. If you want to give it a try, here is how I did it.


Grilled Buffalo Ham & Cheese Sandwich

- Ham - Any type works
- Bread - I used these kaiser rolls, next time I will go back to using a Panini Style bread
- Cheese - This time I used Pepperjack, but next time I will go back to Swiss
- Frank's Red Hot
- Pickles - I like the sandwich slices
- Lettuce


1. Pre Heat Grill to around 450 degrees. Place your pizza stone on the grill so it heats up at the same rate as the grill.
2. Make your sandwich as you would any other. Frank's Red Hot on each side of the bun, ham, lettuce, pickles and cheese.
3. Once your pizza stone is heated up, throw the sandwich on for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crisp.

I like to throw some mesquite chips in the smoker box while I make these sandwiches so they get a little more of that smoky grilling flavor.


I love making sandwiches on the grill and pizza stone. They turn out so crisp and awesome! I thought the Kaiser roll was to much and the pepperjack also was a little to much. I would use a Panini bread and Swiss cheese. Let me know how it turns out.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs & Grilled French Fries

To carry on with my quest to keep making different stuff, last night I made Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs with Home Made French Fries I cooked on the grill. Let me start by saying it was awesome! But sandwich ever! Maybe not ever, but it was pretty good! The fries were super good as well. I thin k this might be my favorite new way to make fries. Here is how I made everything.


Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs

1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning , divided
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, Ground
Sloppy Joe Sauce of Choice (The original recipe called for a packet of dry Sloppy Joe mix, tomato paste and water, but I used a old family recipe for Sloppy Joe Sauce but you can use whatever sauce you want)
4 submarine rolls (6-inch)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Mix ground beef, garlic salt, 3/4 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning and pepper in large bowl. Shape into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.

2. Bake meatballs at about 400 degrees until nice and brown and cooked through. Add meatballs to a large pan and add your Sloppy Joe Sauce and remaining 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning; stir until smooth. Simmer 5 minutes.

3. Toast your rolls. I placed them in the pizza oven for a couple minutes. Place meatballs in rolls. Spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle with cheese. Put back in pizza oven to melt cheese.

4. Enjoy


Home Made Fries on The Grill

5 large potatoes
Olive Oil
Seasoning of Choice


1. Pre heat grill to about 400 degrees. Place your pizza stone on the grill when you start it so it heats up at the same rate as the grill

2. Place your potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes.

3. Slice your Potatoes into wedges, or in whatever shape fries you want.

4. Once the grill is heated up, place all of the fries onto the pizza stone in a single layer with little or no gaps between all of the fries. Once they are arranged, use a basting brush and put a light layer of olive oil over the fries. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning. I used a equal part mix of Prime Rib seasoning and Lawry's seasoned salt.

5. Cook for about 1 hour or until your fries are nice and golden brown.

This way gets your fries so crunchy and awesome! Super Awesome!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A New Shot For Eelpout

Every year, we like to bring a shot specific for that year. Lately those shots have revolved around energy drinks and I am trying to get away from those. I feel like things such as Red Bull, while they have increased my drinkability by 40%, are stealing some of the fun drunk thunder. Its hard to explain. But, here are a couple of the shots I was thinking of making.



· 1/2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
· 1/2 oz. Root Beer Schnapps
· 11/2 oz. 7-UP®
· 1/2 oz. Margarita Mix

I use the double shot cup (see picture) and pour the booze into the center of the cup and the Margarita Mix and the 7 Up in the outer rim of the cup



· 2 oz. Crown Royal
· 2 oz. Sour Apple Pucker
· 2 oz. Cranberry Juice


And the one I am leaning towards (since we will be partying on top of a frozen lake)


Aqua Man

Equal Parts
- Vodka
- Blue Curacao
- Hpnotiq
- Orange Juice


2 weeks and counting! I can't wait!

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