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When you think of fall what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the brisk evenings under the falling leaves? Maybe the unveiling of new pumpkin spice creations. If you’re like me then fall signifies something even better – the start of football season!
By the end of August we are all riled up here, with pre-season games and anticipating the first kickoff of the season. Our tailgating and homegating adventures are memorable… and loud… to say the least. Everyone cheers for different teams and team spirit carries in the air! There is a lot of competition on and off the field.
While we may each have different teams to root for there is one thing we all agree on: food makes everything fun! Even those outsiders who don’t care for sports (gasp!) join us for the festivities and food. Since my teams first kickoff of the season is next week I wanted to create a special tailgating treat. I went to Walmart to get the ingredients for some spicy Grilled Stuffed Peppers. El Yucateco is my go to hot sauce so I picked up a couple of bottles that were just right for my recipe.
Everyone who we tailgate and/or homegate with is big on flavor. Heat is a must when it comes to food so I decided to use two different hot sauces in this recipe. I use green Habanero hot sauce for the added kick and red Habanero hot sauce because, well, it goes with everything! El Yucateco Hot Sauce has much less vinegar than other hot sauces so I know whatever I use it in is going to come out great.
To start, I cut the tops off of my peppers and cleaned the inside of veins and seeds.
I gathered my herbs, spices and other ingredients.
Then I mixed them all together. I added a tablespoon of each hot sauce. I didn’t want to go overboard since they would be available for added kick as needed (per preference). The little bottles make great table companions!
I stuffed the mixture into the hollowed out peppers and put them on my prepared (charcoal) grill. It’s important to note I used indirect heat by putting them on the veggie rack over the main rack.
My personal preference (when using ground beef) is to lay the peppers on their sides so any grease can easily escape.
Cook the peppers for 35 minutes (covered) and let them stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Easy, delicious, and perfect for any tailgating or homegating adventure!
This time of year everyone is talking about the meats they’re grilling. But what about the veggies?! Yes, meat is all kinds of awesome but a complete meal it does not make. Throw some greenery on the grill and now we’re talking.
That’s what we did when we were tasked with trying the Vegetable Griller from Wilton Armetale. We used it to make the best broccoli ever. That’s coming from a man and it’s thanks to the not so secret ingredient. I’m going to make you guess what the special ingredient is. Here’s a hint:
Most men enjoy it and it isn’t bacon (or sex… or cheese)
Okay, fine. I’ll just tell ya cause we know how hard it is to figure men out. The secret ingredient is beer. Now you get it! We were just sitting on the deck grilling the broccoli with butter, salt and pepper and thought “Hmmm… I wonder what it would be like with beer.” We poured about 1/4 of a bottle onto the Wilton Armetale Vegetable Griller and my goodness! It caramelized so prettily and the florets soaked up the flavor like a sponge soaks up water. For the complete recipe, see below.
This was definitely the best broccoli I’ve ever eaten, let alone made. It was so flavorful and so simple. The Wilton Armetale Vegetable Griller played a big part too. It helped make sure the beer had a place to sit while the veggies absorbed the liquid. It also gave us nice, even cooking instead of some being raw while the others were burning.
I’ve had that happen a lot over my years playing grill master.
I also used the Wilton Armetale Vegetable Griller to make some yummy Pico de Gallo Chicken Wings! They came out incredibly good too, so did the grilled Pico de Gallo. So much flavor!
I’m always happy to try out new items. I’m even happier when those items leave me speechless and/or in awe. That’s exactly what came from the Wilton Armetale Vegetable Griller. Not only does it look so darn cute, but it’s made with quality in mind. I’ve dropped it a few times and it hasn’t broke, chipped or cracked at all. The only downside is it isn’t dishwasher safe, but I coat it with cooking spray before I use it so clean up is super quick and effortless.
Something else that is awesome about the Wilton Armetale Vegetable Griller is its versatility. Take it from the freezer to oven to tabletop to fridge to grill… It goes everywhere (except the dish washer!) The price tag is something else I’m loving. You can get this veggie griller for under $40 – which is a bargain when you consider the quality and craftsmanship behind it.