Have you ever had a St. Patty’s Day meal worth shaking your shillelagh over? Maybe it was a plateful of Sheppard’s pie or Dublin coddle. Or perhaps a smattering of soda bread and cheese spread. Either way, we’re betting that you never thought about celebrating an Irish holiday with bbq sauces. And that my friends, is hopefully about to change.

Irish cuisine isn’t all about corned beef and cabbage simmering in crock pots. Why there’s even an Irish BBQ Association. How’s that for proof that Irish lads and lassies love barbecue foods just as much as Americans? So what’s good for St. Patty’s Day barbecues? Anything really, but grilling meats and potatoes are preferred.

Slather the meats with barbecue sauce and don’t be afraid to tweak Bubbah’s best with a bit of Irish whiskey. The peaty kind generally works best but feel free to let your inner Irish muse guide you to another section of the liquor cabinet. Oh, and add just a nip at a time to the sauce, otherwise, the whiskey flavor may end up being too overwhelming. This may be particularly the case if you plan on making a whiskey or bourbon au jus.

Most au jus recipes call for one to one ratio of whiskey and stock. They also tend to include an equal measure of heavy cream and minced onions along with assorted flavor enhancers. Examples include, but are not limited to salted butter, peppercorns, mustards and hot sauces. The mustards, by the way, go exceptionally well with grilled corn beef and center cut pork chops.

As for the potatoes, why not make colcannon up ahead of time? And instead of adding different seasonings to it, go with A Spice Above’s Loaded Baked Potato dip mix. The mix will simplify things and add excellent flavor. To learn more about barbecuing on St. Patty’s Day, please comment below with menu suggestions and party tips.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Meat snacks are often served with stone-ground, garam masala mustard but did you know that the condiment has other uses? It’s spot on, heady mix of Ayurvedic spices truly makes it an ideal cooking companion as well. So don’t tie it solely to meat snacks and pretzels. Mix it into other, cold weather classics too. Here’s a thought:

Indian Meatloaf with Aioli

Why not make an Indian inspired meatloaf? Simply add ¼ cup of garam masala mustard to a liberal helping of traditional, meatloaf seasonings, like minced onions and thyme. Add the eggs, bread crumbs, some curry and ground meat of your choice to the bowl before working the mixture into a loaf. Bake it as normal but serve it with garam masala mustard infused aioli and the side dishes you love.

Marinated New York Strip Steak or Pork Chops

Let New York Strip Steaks and pork chops get chummy with your jar of garam masala mustard too. Combine two teaspoons with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, a dash of salt, black pepper and two tablespoons of lime juice. Then mix it up and use it as an Indian inspired marinade. And in passing, the same marinade could also be used as a salad dressing.

Indian Salad Dressing

So save some and drizzle it on to bowls full of winter greens or cold beans.  Guests should love tasting its warm, spicy undertones. Heck, it may just turn out to be their favorite salad dressing of the day! Oh, and don’t forget to put some in a bowl near crudities platters. It makes a superior, dipping option.

To discover other ways to use garam masala mustard besides pairing them with meat snacks, please contact us. We’ve got the best stone-ground, Indian inspired mustard on sale now along with grilling meats, meat snacks and other favorites.

Alright all you grilling meats aficionados, how well do you know your cuts of pork? Could you pin the fork on a rib-eye, blade or center cut chop blind folded? What about a porterhouse or America’s cut? If so, you’re going to love our center cuts. Made from the boneless section of the hog, they’re cut into thick, 7 ounce portions. So, they’re ideal for marinating and throwing together a hearty, quick meal.

Why Dive Into a Center Cut?

For those that might not be able to separate America’s cut from a porterhouse, don’t let it curl your pigtails. We’ll explain why they’ll blow your house down and leave the pack howling for more. Let’s begin with their origins shall we? All center cuts are traditionally taken from the area located directly underneath of the hog’s back fat and well behind its shoulders. As such, it’s usually very tender and lean, unlike other pork chop cuts.

Go Juicy or Go Home!

Because it’s boneless, most center cuts in our grilling meats section will cook in 7 minutes, or one minute for every ounce. For the juiciest chops, pull them off out of the heat when their internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit and let them rest for a few minutes. Or, if you hate even the slightest bit of pink, let the internal temp reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit but no more.  And stick to the two to three-minute resting period as well.

No Confusion Apple Infusion

Which marinades work best with our pork grilling meats? Many center chop faithful swear brining each portion is ideal, especially if apple cider is involved. To make apple-infused brine for our center cut chops, you’ll need:

  • 8 Cups Sweetened Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup No-Pulp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Allspice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 2 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 2/3 Cup Kosher Salt

Boil the brine first then add 36 ounces of cold water to the mix. It will help cool it down. Once the apple brine is at room temperature, add the grilling meats. Then place the whole kit and caboodle into the fridge. Let center cut chops marinate in the fruity brine overnight or for up to 24 hours. Afterward, take the pork chops out of the apple brine and cook them as you please. To learn more about delicious, center cut chops and other premium meats, please contact Deli Direct® today.

Let’s face it. It’s summer and sometimes it is just too doggone hot outside to cook a big meal. The next time that “I don’t want to turn on the stove” feeling washes over you, reach for the meat snacks, Wisconsin cheese, diced tomatoes and mushrooms. We’ve got a quick, easy and earthy recipe that you won't want to miss:

Choose a Meat Snack

Start by going through our online offerings and choosing the right smoked meat snacks or beef summer sausages for your family’s palate. Many folks we know love to go with the Smoked Pepperoni Curls & Sticks. Chop or slice up your selection and combine it with some diced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste before reaching for the Wisconsin specialty cheeses.

Pick a Wisconsin Specialty Cheese

Shred the Wisconsin specialty cheeses and place them into a big bowl. Next, wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Prepare an open-top, vegetable basket for the grill or choose a non-stick one. When you’re ready, place the mushroom caps, depression side up, in to the grill basket. Then carefully fill each one with a mixture of diced meat snacks, tomatoes and shredded cheeses from Wisconsin.

Achieve Grilling Perfection

Turn the grill on and let it reach anywhere from 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it reaches temp, place the prefilled grill basket on to the grates and let the meat snacks cook for roughly 10 minutes. Afterward, remove the grill basket from the grates and grab a flexible, metal spatula or a pair of tongs. Carefully remove the hot, stuffed mushrooms from the grill basket and place them on to a lovely serving tray.

Serve with a Robust Red

Serve them with a great bottle of wine. Reds like syrah, burgundy, sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon make excellent choices. The same may be said for champagne and dry Rieslings. We promise, you’ll love the way our grilled mushroom and meat snacks taste no matter which beverage you choose. To learn more creative ways to serve up Wisconsin’s best meat snacks, please contact us.

Did you know that July is not only National Grilling Month; it is National Horseradish Month too? So break out the grilling meats and horseradish sauce. It’s time to light a fire in the EZ Disposable Grill and put some sizzle into your life. We’ve got the perfect horseradish marinade and condiment recipes. Just be forewarned. They’re known to spark a round of kisses for the cook, so pucker up and get ready to enjoy one of the best meals of your life:

Horseradish Marinade

To make our National Grilling Month marinade, you’ll need equal amounts of horseradish sauce and Dijon mustard. One tablespoon of each should yield enough to serve four center cut pork chops, NY strip steaks or chicken thighs. Once you’ve got the horseradish and Dijon mustard in the bowl, add two teaspoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of high smoke point oil to it. Afterward, toss in some salt and pepper to taste before adding the grilling meats to the marinade and popping the bowl into the fridge. Let it remain in the fridge for one to two hours before removing the meats and placing them on to the EZ Disposable Grill.

Horseradish Mustard

If your list of grilling meats includes Polish kielbasa, seasoned bratwurst, jumbo franks or cheddar-jalapeno smoked bratwurst, you’re going to want to douse them with our horseradish mustard. Combine three tablespoons of salad dressing with equal amounts of Dijon mustard and horseradish. Next, mix in two teaspoons of both onion and garlic powder along with a ½ tablespoon of fresh parsley or another herb of your choosing. Once you’re done mixing, the horseradish mustard will be ready to go on to the grilling meats. If you don't want to go through the trouble of making a homemade version try out our horseradish mustard!

Horseradish Mayonnaise

Finally, you might want to swap out the plain mayonnaise for one infused with horseradish, sour cream and Dijon mustard. It’s great as a cold salad base and you can use it as a burger topping or veggie dip too. Simply combine 1/3 cup of unflavored or flavored sour cream with the horseradish mustard we mentioned above and that’s it. It’s dinner time! To learn more, please check out our collection of National Grilling - Horseradish Month products and contact us.

Adding Alfredo sauce into the mix is a fabulous way to dress up a pasta salad, potatoes, vegetable gratin, grilled pizzas and grilling meats. But what about people who love to bring the heat to their summertime tables? Will their taste buds light up over America’s beloved cream sauce? We’ve found that they will if you choose to add hot sauce to the creamy blend. We’re calling our versions hot Alfredo sauces:

Everyday Hot Alfredo

To make enough hot Alfred sauce for two to four people, you’ll need ¾ cups of your favorite Alfredo sauce and ¼ cup of hot sauce. Just mix the two together and you’ll end up with your garden variety hottie. If you want to add more ingredients to round out the sauce, feel free. Any number of Italian-American staples would make great, hot Alfred add-ons. For example, you might want to put those garden fresh peas and flavored bacon crumbles to good use. They’d pair perfectly with the salads, pizzas, grilling meats and the other dishes we mentioned at the top of the post.

Seasonal Hot Alfredo

Oh, and don’t just stop with the Italian-American staples. Try changing things up with a more seasonal version of our hot Alfred sauce. Instead of using store-bought, Parmesan cheese sauce, go wild with summer flavors. Start with a basic Alfredo sauce recipe but don’t use the Parmesan. Go with Perl Creek Harvest Vegetable Cheese Blocks instead. It is an American cheese that has been flavored with spinach, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, onions and celery. So, it will surely make any lunch or dinner dish taste like summer.

Simply shred the harvest vegetable cheese blocks first. Otherwise, they may not melt fast enough or evenly. Then continue making the meal as you normally would. To learn more about heating up your Alfredo dishes with our hot sauces and Wisconsin cheeses, please contact Deli Direct today.

Hurra! It’s almost time to break out the best grilling meats, kick up our kierpces and celebrate National Polka Weekend. Are you ready to eat, drink and polka for 72 hours straight? If not, let us help you prepare for the big weekend, which this year happens to fall on May 22nd. Because it’s also Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll certainly need one of our large, EZ Disposable Grills and several packages of Polish Kielbasa. They’re hickory-smoked and ready for the grill. Each package will be enough to make a dozen Polish Boys, Chicago-style

Of course no Chi-Town, Polish Boy sandwich would complete without a bun and three other items; vinegar based coleslaw, Chicago Hit Sauce and hand-cut French fries. And if you want to replace the hit sauce with Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce, we don’t think too many Polish Boy fans will complain. If they do, you can always point them in the direction of the appetizer table. Just make sure that you fill it with Polish kielbasa chips and a wide variety of hot sauces. The chips are easy enough to make.

Simply grill up some extra Polish kielbasa and let it cool. Then slice each link into bite-size rounds and put them into a decorative bowl. Squirt some of hot sauces or honey glaze into a second bowl and provide an assortment of toothpicks. Afterward, encourage the Polish Boy purists to spear the kielbasa chips with the picks and then dip them into one of the sauces before taking a bite. That should satisfy their hunger without stepping on to their Chi-Town pride. If not, provide heaping bowls full of sauerkraut, Polish coleslaw, garlic stuffed olives and pickles. In Chicago, they’re National Polka Weekend staples too. To learn more about the best grilling meats for Polish celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct.

Did you know that Meat Week and National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week both kickoff this month? It’s true. The first weekly observance normally begins on the 25th and the second one starts on the 26th. So why not stock up on grilling meats and other treats that are perfect for filling up your favorite cowhands’ saddlebags? We’ve got a list together for you filled with goodies sure to put even wily sidewinders on their best behavior:

NY Strip Steak

Tops on any red-blooded cowhand and meat lovers’ list has to be 8-ounce NY strip steaks. That’s why we’re starting our list off with them too. We’ve got 10-count cases of USDA Choice baby! They’re hand cut from the most juicy, marbleized sections of the cow and sealed at the peak of flavor. So don’t let your resident chuck wagon cook overdo it with the spices or marinades. As a matter of fact, we’d suggest preparing them with nothing but our signature charbroiled flavor seasoning.

Smoked Curls & Sticks

Next on our list are smoked curls and sticks. They’re perfect for urban cowpokes as well as those who truly live on the range. Plus, they come in two fantastic varieties, beef and pepperoni. Consequently, you can let them sit on a southwestern meat platter bareback or saddled with a smidgen of spicy Santa Fe Sauce.

Shredded Beef Jerky

Shredded beef jerky is another item that would be wonderful for cowhands on the run. The expertly prepared jerky comes in 3.84-ounce cans, which can easily fit in saddlebags, pockets and purses. Plus, the tins can be saved after the jerky is gone and repurposed as your family sees fit.

Center Cut Chops

Okay, so we know that many range riders prefer beef but we can’t leave beautiful, 7-ounce, center cut pork chops off of our list. After all, back in the day, cowboys and gals were known to eat wild or domestic hogs too. To add to the “home on the range” ambiance, top them with some of Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce and serve them with a side of beans.

Specialty Dips

Oh, and for a final flourish, don’t forget to break out the dips. Two great ones to consider serving this month are Gringo Guacamole and Western Ranch. They’d taste wonderful with everything from thick steak fries and tortilla chips to freshly cut vegetables. Hey, cowhands have to eat their greens too!

To learn more about these products and others that would be ideal for January’s more unconventional celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct today!

Take your taste buds on a wild rollercoaster ride to “flavor town” with our assortment of Party Dips and Seasonings! There are countless options with what you can do with our seasoning packets. You can make dips, create marinates and so much more! Can’t believe it can get better? Well it does! Our seasoning packets are free of gluten, MSG and preservatives. To top it off they are made from all natural ingredients! Below we have supplied you with a few of our favorite Party Dips and Seasonings recipes.

Hot and Spicy Dip

Makes: 7 cups 
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together salsa, chopped spinach, Hot Pepper Cheese, Garden Vegetable Cheese Spread, evaporated milk, black olives, red wine vinegar and Beat the Heat Habanero Dip. 
  3. Pour mixture into medium sized baking dish. 
  4. Bake mixture in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it bubbles 
  5. Serve immediately. 

Marinated Steak

Makes: 6 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. of Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp. of Cha Cha Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1 ½ Ibs. New York Strip Steaks 
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the oil, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic and Cha Cha Chipotle Seasoning. Place the meat in a shallow glass dish and pour marinade over the steak, turning the meat to thoroughly coat.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate for 6 hours.
  3. Preheat grill on medium-high heat.
  4. Oil grill and place steaks on. Discard the marinade. Grill meat for five minutes on each side or to your desired tenderness. 

Taco Dip 

Makes: 25 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese (softened)
  • 16 oz. of sour cream
  • 1 package of Tango Taco Dip
  • ¼ head of iceberg lettuce (rinsed, dried and shredded)
  • 1 cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 can of black olives (drained) 
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and Tango Taco Seasoning. Spread mixture on a 9 in or larger round platter. Top the mixture with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green pepper and black olives.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.

We know that you must be looking forward to this extended holiday weekend! You get an extra day to spend with friends and family to take America’s birthday. Mix up the day with some parade watching, pool playing, beer drinking, meat eating, and firework watching fun! To help make sure that happens for you we want to give you some quick tip must-haves for your 4th of July party!

Must-Have Number 1… Yummy Beverages 

Spice up the day with some delicious bloody mary’s! Obviously drink responsibly but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a couple while you enjoy America’s birthday! Here is the perfect bloody mary recipe for you:

Must-Have Number 2… Dips, Dips and More Dips 

This should be a must-have for all of your parties and not just for the Fourth. This American party classic is the perfect addition to your party. Make sure to have some variety for your guests to choose from so they can make their perfect choice. Pick some dips from our selection of over 20 different flavors! 

Must-Have Number 3… Meat Galore 

Tis the season for grilling! Is any party, let alone the Fourth of July complete without meat? I think not! It is America’s birthday after all so why not celebrate it with some good ole’ American grilling! Getting the perfect meat and cheeses to compliment are key! 

We know that everyone has their own way of topping their burgers. Some like the traditional lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, which of course is a great classic treat! Why not try mixing it up just a tid bit? Instead of the standard pickle why not try our Dick’s Perky Pickles. These are the horseradish lovers dream! Or you should try out our JoJo’s Kick N’ Hot Kosher Dill Pickles. This delicious, crisp dill pickle has a serious kick. It is the perfect combination of hot and flavorful. 

Now go out and enjoy your 4th of July party!!!
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