Monday, February 23, 2015

RECIPE: Dutch Oven Onion Bombs (These will blow you away!)

 Onion Bombs

Submitted by: Rob Kallam
12 inch Dutch Oven (4 coals on bottom, 18 coals on top)
Recipe & Photos submitted by Rob Kallam
I’ve used many different mixes to stuff the onions. I like to use meatloaf mix, and the mix that Rick came up with for the ‘Turtle burgers’ too. The onions turn real sweet when they are cooked.

1          large    White Onion
1          large    Red Onion
2          pounds ground meat
1          Tbls     taco seasoning
1          Tbls     Italian seasoning
8          oz        Monterey Jack cheese
4          oz        can of diced green chilies

1. Peel onions and cut them in half.
2. With half of the ground meat, mix in Italian seasoning, minced garlic, minced onion, parsley.
3. With the remaining ground meat, mix taco seasoning, minced garlic, minced onion, diced green chilies and Monterey Jack cheese. You can add diced peppers if you like to either mix.
4. Use one mix in white onion and the other in the red onion. Start with a 1” cube of Monterey Jack and make a meatball around it to fit in 2 half layers of onion. Now if you like, wrap with 1/2 slice of bacon and hold with toothpick.
5. cook for about 20-30 minutes

Original post:July 7, 2013

Monday, February 9, 2015

DIY: Charcoal BBQ Grill for less than $4.00

I recently visited Home Depot and they had a clearance on a two piece adjustable cooking grate in their BBQ section.  Originally these were just under $10.  The grates were on sale for about $2.50.   One section is about 6 inches by 10 inches.  The other is about 6 inches by 12 ½ inches.  I bought two sets.  I wanted 2 of the short sections so that I could fit them inside the foil trays I found.  This would allow fairly flat storage when not in use.  The two grates overlap each other to form the larger cooking surface.

I also found a multi-pack of foil drip pans in the same section of Home Depot.  These worked out to be about $1 each.  These foil pans are 12X8X2   .  I am sure you could find cheaper ones, and of a size to also use the longer section of the cooking grates.

So with tax each portable BBQ grill is under $4 including tax.

One layer of hot charcoal briquettes will do 2 to 4 hamburgers or 2 good sized steaks.  It’s a perfect size for two people.  I tested this out last night with 2 steaks.  I forgot how much better a grilled steak tastes done over charcoal.

Saturday, January 31, 2015



Here is an easy DIY project. The Lantern hook shown requires no assembly work at all.  I always set up a folding table right next to my trailer for cooking and my hot water stations for dishwater.  After several trial and error arrangements this has become my "go to" lantern hanger.  I like simple, functional, and something that requires little storage space.  The angle of the hanger I used allows for height adjustment of the lantern.

In the first image a lantern is shown hanging from a hanger temporarily attached to the rain gutter of a trailer.  The lantern in this image is further suspended via a hook assembly.

The Hook assembly is called a “Painters Bucket Hook” and can be purchased for a couple dollars at a paint store, Home Depot, or Lowes.  This hook is so handy I have one attached to each of several lanterns I carry.  The hooks can be used on a tree branch or in many other situations.  You can simply buy them and snap them on.  No assembly is required.  They come as shown.  I also use them with battery powered LED hanging lights inside from a clothes rod or hook. 

The other, long hanger looking device is made for a few common items:
(1)Grid Wall Display arm
(1)Rubber Equipment Foot (Appropriate thickness required)
(1)Bolt & Nut to attach the Rubber Foot (Appropriate length required)

Once the parts are gathered some minor fabrication is required.  The rubber feet I purchased have a recessed side that will hide the head of a standard bolt.  I carry a couple different thicknesses.  A hole of the appropriate diameter is drilled through the base of the Grid Wall Display arm.  The bolt is passed through the rubber foot, the display arm base, and the nut attached to complete the assembly.  A wing nut could be used to make assembly even easier. 

This arm can hook over a rain gutter of a trailer, or a vehicle that still has gutters.  It also hooks over the top of a car door.  In other situations you could attach a piece of hardware to an outside surface that would allow you quickly attach or remove the hanger assembly.  Simple and highly functional.