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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple With Burnt Finger Smokey Kansas City Spicy Honey Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple With Burnt Finger Smokey Kansas City Spicy Honey Glaze

This is a crowd favorite created by none other than 2015 Food Network Chopped Grill Master Champion Stan Hays of County Line Smokers. Who doesn’t like bacon and pineapple then glazed with some spicy sweetness?




1 Whole Pineapple

1 Package thick sliced low sodium bacon

1 bottle honey

1 bottle Smokey Kansas City Spicy BBQ Sauce from Burnt Finger BBQ

1 Package Oakridge BBQ Dominator Sweet Rub

OPTION:  Add grilled jalapenos or cerrano chili strips to the inside of the bacon when wrapping for an extra Kick!




Core the pineapple and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks. Cut bacon in half. Dust the pineapple chunks with the Oakridge BBQ Dominator sweet rub. Use a half piece of bacon wrap it around the pineapple chunks and use a tooth pick to hold it in place. Dust the outside of the bacon wrapped pineapple chunks with Oakridge BBQ Dominator Sweet seasoning. Put in fridge while you make the glaze.

For tailgating, use a foil loaf pan to heat up one cup of the Smokey Kansas City Spicy BBQ sauce from Burnt Finger BBQ with two tablespoons of honey. This will be the glaze applied to the bacon wrapped pineapple chunks at the end of grilling.

Set up your grill for direct grilling over medium high heat. Or grill indirect over high heat to make sure the bacon gets crispy. Grill the pineapple chunks until the bacon is crispy on the outside and finish by glazing them with the Smokey Kansas City Spicy Honey glaze.


Bacon Wrapped Pickled Watermelon Rinds

If any food can handle the moniker “trendy”, it’s most definitely Bacon! Bacon has become all the rage as a versatile ingredient in just about everything from savory BBQ dishes to desserts! Here is a delicious appetizer for the next time you fire up your grill for your friends and family!




1 jar pickled watermelon rinds

1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ rub or spicy seasoning

1 lb. bacon

Simply cut your bacon strips into thirds or fourths so they will fit the watermelon rinds. Dust each watermelon rind with seasoning and then wrap each rind and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle more rub on each bacon wrapped watermelon rind and grill on medium high heat. Preferred temperature would be 350 degrees. Grill until the bacon is browned and crispy. Watch them closely because the fat from the bacon and the sugar from the rub can cause flare-ups and burning.

The tartness of the pickled watermelon rinds makes a great combination with a sugar based BBQ rub such as Oakridge BBQ’s Secret Weapon, Plowboys BBQ Yarbird, or Fast Eddy’s All Purpose BBQ Seasoning.



Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with rQ Ivory BBQ Sauce

If you haven’t tried rQ Ivory BBQ sauce yet, you’re missing some great opportunities to make some delicious BBQ sides! There are several “white” BBQ sauces on the market, but the rQ Ivory is the absolute bomb! The smooth and creamy texture with the perfect combination of BBQ seasonings make it fantastic in this grilled sweet potato salad!

Bobby Flay's Caramelized Onion Sweet Potato Salad



  • 3 sweet potatoes or jewel yams, each about 1 pound, peeled
  • 1 medium sized red onion
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup rQ Ivory BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives


    1.  Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-low heat (about 350°F) and preheat a perforated grill pan for about 10 minutes.

    2.  Cut each sweet potato lengthwise in half, and then cut each half into ¾-inch slices. Peel and quarter the red onion. In a bowl whisk the oil, salt, pepper, cumin and add the potato slices and onion quarters. Toss to combine.

    3.  Spread the potatoes and onions in a single layer on the grill pan and grill over direct medium-low heat, with the lid closed, until quite tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 20 to 25 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and cool to room temperature.

    4.  Dice the red onions.

    5.  Add the cooled potatoes and onions to the bowl with the rQ Ivory BBQ Sauce. Gently stir to combine. Sprinkle the chives on top as garnish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled.

Gremlin Grill Ivory BBQ Baked Beans

I’ve spent a lot of time searching the web for a good “Ivory” BBQ Baked Bean recipe. Closest I came was from Martha Stewart, not the “go-to” chef for BBQ recipes! So, after tasting a couple of the top white BBQ sauces in the country, including Big Bob Gibson’s, I decided to make my own recipe using iQ Ivory sauce! iQ is far and away the BEST white sauce I’ve tasted and has a smooth and creamy mayo base with a great BBQ “bite” to it. So, in honor of the iQ creators, Shannon Kimball of FireBug BBQ and Ron Rupp of iQ in Chicago, here’s your recipe for Gremlin Grill Ivory Baked Beans.

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Yeah… Here’s what they look like done!

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I used a half-foil pan because we’re always looking for something we can fix on the smoker for Friday night at contest! Here’s what you’ll need:

2   15 oz. cans of Great Northern Beans (drained but not rinsed)

1/2 cup Belgian White Beer (I cheated and used St. Pauli Girl because you never forget your 1st girl!)

1 cup of grilled chicken thighs cubed- Competition style Baby!

1/4 cup washed raw sugar

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 tsp Cumin

2 tbs butter

1 medium sweet onion (chopped and sauteed in the butter & bacon fat)

1/4 cup bacon fat

1/2 cup bacon (chopped)

1 cup diced, grilled potatoes (Par-boil yukon golds, then grill them hot and quick!)

1 Sprinkling of your favorite BBQ rub (I prefer Fast Eddy’s!)

Heat up everything except beans, taters, and bacon in a sauce pan. It will looks like this:

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After you grill and chop the potatoes, add them to the beans with the rQ Ivory BBQ sauce.

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Let the sauce pan mixture with the grilled chicken cool, and then fold it into the beans.

Sprinkle the top of the beans with the bacon and a light dusting of Fast Eddy’s seasoning! Pop that puppy into your smoker at high heat(300) and give it some BBQ love. Three hours later and you’ll have Gremlin Grill Ivory BBQ Baked Beans!!! I used two big red oak sticks and smoked the beans for about about three hours at 275 degrees. An extra hour will cook the beans down a bit more if you like baked beans “broken” down a bit more.

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I highly recommend them!