Jack Mancuso

Sloppy SmashBurger

By Jack Mancuso | September 19, 2022

What is a Smashburger? Well, the name is telling. My Sloppy Smashburger follows the process of creating a meatball, then smashing it on a seasoned, hot grill. The initial aroma and sound they make are very satisfying, particularly if you have someone around to go “oooh.”  I make Smashburgers this…

Thor’s Hammer Beef Shank

By Jack Mancuso | September 14, 2022

In Norse mythology, Thor, the God of thunder, carries an enormous hammer. And that size is how this Thor’s Hammer Beef Shank recipe got its name. Bone-in Beef Shank is truly impressive. It’s lean, so it smokes up beautifully. Shank thrives when you slowly cook it, braising or roasting. With…

Loaded Wild Boar Sausages

By Jack Mancuso | September 12, 2022

You may have never eaten boar in your life. Many people haven’t, but these loaded wild boar sausages make for a great introduction to this meat. Don’t be fooled. Boar is not similar to pork, even though it’s related to domestic pigs. The flavor profile is different. My best way…

45-Day Duck Fat Aged Beef

By Jack Mancuso | September 12, 2022

My 45-day duck fat-aged beef recipe comes out sublime. It’s good enough that I would swap the resulting steak for Wagyu any day. Prime rib is already tender and tasty, so the dry aging process serves to amp up the flavor profile. The Dry Age Difference I use a specialized…

Maple Bourbon Aged Steaks

By Jack Mancuso | September 5, 2022

There is no question that a great grilled steak begins with quality meat, like these Maple Bourbon Aged Steaks. When you can afford something a little better than normal, treat yourself! If you’re out on the town, you may come across dry-aged steak on the menu, and you’re in for…

Peaches n Cream Pork Pinwheels

By Jack Mancuso | September 1, 2022

When I look at a meat pinwheel, I found myself wondering about the first person who thought to hammer out a piece of pork or beef, then roll it up for cooking. No matter who it was, the resulting presentation is a feast for the eyes. Peaches n cream pork…

Buffalo Sauce Ribs

Buffalo Sauce Ribs

By Jack Mancuso | August 29, 2022

I gotta say, there’s a near and dear place in my heart for baby back ribs alongside chicken wings. Ribs give you much the same diversity! And, like wings, Buffalo Sauce Ribs are sticky, flavorful finger food.  We are going low and slow with this recipe using hickory wood. In…

Bacon Wrapped Smoked Shotgun Shells

Smoked Shotgun Shells

By Jack Mancuso | August 25, 2022

What on earth are “smoked shotgun shells?” If you think of traditional Italian-style stuffed shells, this recipe is somewhat like that. The big difference here is you’ll be preparing your dish on the smoker, wrapped in bacon (hey, everything’s better with bacon), and barbecue sauce in place of tomato sauce. …

Potato and Wagyu Picanha

Wagyu Picanha and Potatoes

By Jack Mancuso | August 22, 2022

Wagyu is the Cadillac of all meats, second only to Kobe. It’s expensive (approximately $60 for 8 ounces), with good reason. When you look at Wagyu, you’ll see lines of fat patterned throughout. This creates a steak that’s buttery and fork tender.In my opinion, you can’t beat the flavor, and…

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread with celery

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread

By Jack Mancuso | August 17, 2022

While you might think of Monkey Bread as a sweet treat, the basic concept lends itself to savory fare, too. My Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread recipe is an appetizer you may want to double. The little pull-apart pieces of flaky, stuffed rolls disappear pretty quickly. This is an ideal offering…

Beer battered fish and chips

Beer Battered Fish and Chips

By Jack Mancuso | August 15, 2022

Puffy. Crispy. Tender. Vibrant flavor. Those words sum up this beer-battered fish and chips recipe. The most pleasing fried fish dish is one that stays crispy beyond the cooking and serving time. So what are my tricks to make it so good? Basically, you’re starting with something akin to tempura,…

Nashville Hot chicken wings on grate

Nashville Hot Chicken Wings

By Jack Mancuso | August 12, 2022

Nashville Hot Chicken Wings is a local specialty of Nashville, TN. It comprises marinated chicken wings that can be cooked, air fried, grilled, or (in this case) deep fried. Of course, every chef has their own secret recipe. There are so many restaurants that offer Nashville Hot Chicken Wings that…

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