New Year's Party App Ideas

December 21, 2018
There are two essential rules when it comes to New Year's party app ideas, and that's easy clean up and even easier to make. With that basic idea in mind, we put together our own list of New Year's party app ideas that everyone can make and enjoy regardless of your cooking skill level.

Just remember, if you don't feel comfortable making any of these apps yourself, you can always order Shooter's direct from home using Food Dudes or Bite Squad.


Ultimate Party Chex Mix

No New Year's Eve party could be complete without a decent party mix. Buttery pretzels, whole cashews, Chex mix, and Cheese-Itz are all you need to create a party mix your guests will remember for a long time.

Super Easy Bacon Deviled Eggs

Everyone loves deviled eggs, especially your party guests after they try this unique recipe. Basically, for an extra kick to your normal deviled eggs routine, you can add tiny strips of bacon and whatever spices you love on top. The bacon strips really take this guest favorite appetizer over the top.

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Weenies

We've all had mediocre little smokies before, and they're typically nothing to write home about. What if you added bacon and jalapenos though? Well you're about to find out that it's absolutely amazing. Grab some toothpicks and drive it through the bacon, jalapeno slices, and weenies. Your guests will thank you kindly.

Amazing Guacamole Dip

Having a solid guacamole dip available for your party is a no-brainer. All you need are avocados, onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, salt, lime, and you've got yourself one of the best guacamole dips money can buy.

Classic Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are great for any party guests who want to eat healthy, and also don't eat meat. Pick up some premade stuffed mushrooms or mix together some cream cheese, parmesan, parsley, and thyme to stuff them yourself.

Extra Cheesy Mozzarella Sticks

Here's another option for the vegetarians. Look… we all love cheese, it's just a part of being human. Luckily mozzarella sticks are an easy appetizer to prepare for any cheese lovers if you're up to the task. With a little bit of flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese, and a few extras you're going to have plenty of sticks to go around.

If you've got the right cooking equipment to go along with your ingredients, and a good mozzarella stick recipe, then there's really nothing stopping you from creating this New Year's party staple.

Have Shooters Delivered!

Keep in mind, you can always order Shooter's from Food Dudes or Bite Squad if you don't feel like preparing anything yourself. We've got plenty of starters and appetizers that will go great with your New Year's party. Our starters include boneless chicken tenders, shooter nachos, cheesy bread, poutine, chicken aioli flatbread, sliders, Florentine flatbread, and a creamy artichoke dip to name a few. You can even order chicken wings for the whole event with your favorite sauces, BBQ, Asian zinger, garlic parmesan, mild, hot, thermal nuclear, extreme, and fiery mango.

So order Shooters today if you don't feel like making your own apps, and let us cook something special up for your New Year's party! Read More...

Winter Grilling Tips & Safety Measures

November 14, 2018
Yes it's true, winter is indeed coming, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop grilling altogether. While we all love grilling and hanging out in the summertime, there's something equally as special about grilling in the snow.

Plus, in the wintertime there's the added bonus of having no pesky bugs constantly around while you're grilling.

We've hand selected a few winter grilling tips & safety measures to help you better enjoy the grill this winter. Our tips may not stop you from accidentally burning the steak, but they'll definitely keep you from burning yourself.

Check Your Fuel
It's freezing outside, and that means your food is going to take longer than usual to cook. Be sure to check your propane tank and make sure it's all gassed up for the long winter ahead. It's also a good idea to keep a spare propane tank handy so you won't have to drive anywhere in the middle of cooking dinner in the cold weather.

Create a No-Slip Zone
Let's face facts, it's icy out there. It's best to clear out all the snow within 10 feet of your grilling area, especially if you're going to have friends & family outside with you while you cook.

Stay Warm
Winter clothing can be comfortable and stylish, but maybe ditch the scarf while you're grilling so it doesn't dip down into the flames.

Seriously, it's very important to stay bundled though, the last thing you want to do is catch a cold, all because you thought it was a good idea to grill outdoors in the winter time. Trust me, the Midwest is known for some seriously cold days in the wintertime, so it's best to stay bundled up while you're outdoors doing anything.

Prepping & Storing Your Grill
When you're finally done grilling in the snow, it's a good idea to prep your grill for storage. This is sometimes referred to as “winterizing” your grill, a term that is particularly cool in our opinion.

At the very least you should put a cover on your grill to protect it from the snow and ice. However, it's also important to completely clean your grill so that nothing is permanently stuck to it next grilling season. One good way to clear off anything stuck to your grill is to let the flames go full force for a few minutes, and then everything will be easier to scrub off.

Finally, unhooking & storing the propane tank in a safe location is also something to keep in mind.

Wear Grilling Gloves
Your regular mittens probably won't cut it. You might as well invest in a good pair of grilling gloves, that way you can handle hot cookware and iron handles. Wearing special grilling gloves will help you tackle any outdoor grilling session with ease, and they'll protect you from the snow at the same time.

Enjoy Your Favorite Grilled Meal
So finally, you've done everything you can to prepare for grilling in the winter, and now it's time to eat. If you by chance happen to be in the mood for steak this winter, you should check out our guide to all the different ways to cook a steak.

As long as you have enough gas though, you're dressed right for the season, and you kept your grill clean from the summer, then wintertime grilling should really not be much different than any other season.

Don't let anyone tell you you're crazy for wanting to cook outside in the winter. There's nothing wrong at all with winter grilling, as long as you stay warm and follow our tips.

If you do decide that you'd rather stay warm this winter and have someone else do the cooking you can always stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill, a Rapid City steakhouse, and experience our wood fire cooking from the safety of our cozy, warm atmosphere.


Fun Facts about American Football

October 10, 2018
For most of the world, the word “football” refers to a game in which two teams kick a spherical ball around with their feet and try to get it in the net of the opposing team. However, in the United States and Canada, “football” means something very different. In American football, two teams compete to get an oval shaped ball into the end zone by passing or running the ball with their hands.

American football started as a mixture of soccer and rugby and was first played in 1869. It wasn't until the 1800's that it was shaped into the game we know today, with the help of Walter Camp, also known as the “Father of Football.” Use these football fun facts to impress your friends and family at the next big game!


  • The American Professional Football Association wasn't created until 1920 and a couple years later changed its name to the National Football League (NFL).

  • In 1960, the American Football League was created to challenge the NFL, but ten years later in 1970, the AFL and NFL officially merged into one league.

  • The first televised football game was on NBC in 1939 between the Philadelphia Eagles and Brooklyn Dodgers.

  • Helmets didn't become a mandatory part of football equipment until 1939.

The Football

  • A Wilson factory in Ada, Ohio manufactures all of the official NFL footballs.

  • Footballs are actually made out of cowhide, even though they are commonly referred to as a “pigskin.”

  • The actual shape of a football is a prolate spheroid.

Super Bowl

  • The two leagues (NFL and AFL) resulted in the creation of one championship game known as the Super Bowl, which was first played in 1967.

  • Over 1.3 billion chicken wings and approximately 12.5 million pizzas are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Other highly consumed Super Bowl game day snacks are chips at around 11 million pounds, pretzels at 4 million pounds, and peanuts at 2.5 million pounds.

Other Fun Facts

  • The Green Bay Packers are the only team publicly owned by a corporation.

  • Deion Sanders is the only person to ever play in a Super Bowl and World Series game.

  • There have been 224 sets of fathers and sons and 348 sets of brothers who have played in the NFL.

As you're looking for a place to enjoy the next Sunday night football game, stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill to watch your favorite team play! We have 7 HD TVs and $1 off draft beer, well cocktails, and house wine during Happy Hour, which is every day from 4-6pm and 9pm-close. We also have delicious game day snacks, such as bone in chicken wings with 8 different sauce options, sliders, and chicharones. Read More...

Fall Flavors for Cooking

September 13, 2018
Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean that summer is coming to a close and the beginning of fall is just around the corner. At Shooters Wood Fire Grill, we love the beginning of autumn because it brings football season and delicious fall flavors. While pumpkin spice is debatably the most popular fall flavor, there are many other delicious flavors that you can use in your fall recipes.

  • Maple — Real maple syrup can be used as a flavorful sweetener in endless recipes, both sweet and savory. It's a tasty addition to buttermilk pancakes and waffles, maple flavored cakes and desserts, turkeys and hams, and much more!

  • Apple —Nothing quite says fall like apple orchards and apple cider. Apple is also another fall flavor that's good with just about anything. You can make a sweet apple pie dessert, pair it with caramel for a tasty snack, and even add it to pork chops for a sweet and savory mix. There are numerous fall recipe ideas, not to mention all the different types of apples available.

  • Butternut Squash — As one of the many orange foods associated with fall, butternut squash can be paired with a variety of flavors and spice profiles. An easy way to prepare butternut squash is to roast it with a little brown sugar. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also make it into a soup or mac and cheese!

  • Cinnamon — This spice can be paired with basically any flavor listed. It's a great addition to many things including carrots, apples, and pumpkin.

  • Pear — Similar to apples, pears can be mixed with a variety of flavors. They're perfect for baking into desserts like crisps or pies, adding to salad for a sweet and salty combination, or pairing with meats for a unique flavor.

  • Cranberry — Although this red dish is more of a wintery flavor, it can also be a fresh addition to your fall cooking. It's most well-known use is as a sauce for Thanksgiving meals.

  • Ginger — As a spicier fall flavor, ginger can be added to sweet and savory recipes. It's a tasty combination when added to carrots for a little extra flavor, paired with apples for a sweeter profile, and of course used to make delicious gingerbread cookies and cakes.

  • Gravy — It's good any time of the year, but gravy's an almost essential addition to any meats or roasts during the fall season.

  • Pumpkin — A list of fall flavors would be incomplete without pumpkin. There's not much that can beat a homemade pumpkin pie.

  • Nuts — Roasted walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews pair well with many fall flavors and are all tasty additions to many dinners and desserts, along with being a delicious snack year around.

  • Red wine — Any time of the year is good for drinking wine, but it's especially good during autumn for mulled wine punches and flavorful sauces.

  • Beer — Another drink that's great year around, however, fall is when the lighter beers of summer are replaced by thicker, darker brews with flavors of pumpkin, oak, vanilla, etc.

These are just a few examples of our favorite fall flavors and fall recipe ideas. Stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill this autumn to experience our fall dishes, like our braised pork chops with fried Portobello mushrooms, chicken fried steak with rich gravy, and chicken fried chicken with pepper gravy. All of our selections also pair wonderfully with our merlot, Malbec, or cabernet sauvignon fall red wine options. Read More...

History of Chicken Wings

August 6, 2018
Whether you like your chicken wings with barbecue sauce, garlic Parmesan, Asian zinger, or mild, you'll find the option that's sure to satisfy your palate at Shooters Wood Fire Grill. Wings are a great dish any day of the week and can be served with fries, vegetables, as a meal, or as an appetizer. But do you know how chicken wings first come about and why are they so popular now?


The first plate of wings was served in 1964 at a family-owned restaurant, the Anchor Bar, in Buffalo, NY. Teressa Bellissimo, the owner of the bar, needed to decide what to do with chicken wings that accidentally arrived at her bar instead of the chicken parts she requested. One night when her son and his friends were hungry and looking for a snack, she realized it was a great opportunity to use some of the chicken wings. Teressa prepared the wings by frying them and then covering them in a hot sauce to make the first Buffalo wings.

Chicken wings were once the least popular part of the chicken. They were only used in soups and stock or thrown away. After news of the wings got out, they became one of the most popular parts of the chicken. Chicken wings started out mainly being served using buffalo or hot sauce, but other sauces became more common as restaurants started to pick up on this food trend. The different sauces allowed restaurants to differentiate their wings from others.

But why celery and blue cheese?

When you order wings they're normally delivered with celery and bleu cheese. They not only help combat the heat of the hot sauce, but this was also the way that Teressa originally served them at the restaurant. And, bam, just like that, the iconic Buffalo wing dish was born!

A popular football fare

Wings can be eaten at any time and mostly anywhere in the US, but they are extremely popular during football games. Since the wings originated in Buffalo in the 60s, they gained a lot of attention when the Buffalo Bills played in the Super Bowl four years in a row.

Buffalo Wild Wings, founded in 1982, and Hooters, opened in 1983, became well-known restaurants for their chicken wings. Domino's and Pizza Hut both also added wings to their menus after the Buffalo Bills football team helped make wings become even more popular.

Now stop in and eat some!

Chicken wings are now served in almost every restaurant and sports bar. It's the perfect snack, or meal, if you're down for some great flavors and ultimately, like to get messy. Stop in to Shooters Wood Fire Grill today for some chicken wings and choose from our variety of delicious sauces and dry rubs!


Fun Facts About Wine

July 9, 2018
Health Facts About Wine

  1. For men and women who drink moderately, red wine lessens their chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 30%

  2. Wine is fat-free and cholesterol-free.

  3. 20 glasses of apple juice contains the same amount of antioxidants one glass of red wine does.

Geography Facts About Wine

  1. European wines are named after their geographic location while non-European wines are named after different grape varieties.

  2. Andorra, a popular ski destination that borders France and Spain, drinks the most wine per capita at 57 liters, or 76 bottles of wine per person, per year.

  3. California has more chardonnay grapes than any place in the world.

History Facts About Wine

  1. The oldest known wine cellar was found in Israel on a site called Tel Kabri. This site used to hold a Canaanite city that dates all the way back to 1700 BC.

  2. During medieval times, the host always drank his wine first to prove that is was not poisoned.

  3. The signing of the Declaration of Independence was toasted with glasses of wine.

Weird Fun Facts About Wine

  1. Michael Jackson was a private drinker and used to drink wine in Diet Coke cans because he didn't want his children to see him drinking.

  2. Benjamin Franklin was a huge wine advocate, stating that “wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”

  3. Some people actually have a fear of wine. It is called Oenophobia. For some it may be the fear of intoxication or fear of becoming addicted, but who knows?

Shooters Wood Fire Grill has a wide range of house wines available from Chardonnay to Moscato to Pinot Noir. Stop in and pair a glass of wine with a perfectly cooked Filet Mignon or Ribeye! Read More...

Unique Grilling Tips from Around the World

June 13, 2018
The arrival of summer usually comes with an increase in outdoor grilling and barbecues. Although grilling is often identified as being a popular United States pastime, many other countries in the world also use grills to cook their foods. Grilling techniques vary both within the United States and in other countries. Check out just a few of those unique grilling tips and grill ideas below.

Two of the most common methods of grilling in the United States are through a charcoal or gas heat source. Another common but less used method is wood fire grilling, which is used here by Shooter's Wood Fire Grill. Wood grilling adds a unique flavor to the food that is difficult to achieve through other methods of cooking. All three of the previously mentioned techniques can be used to simply cook meat, but also smoke meat to give it another layer of flavor. Within charcoal, gas, and wood fire grilling, there are also numerous different ways to cook and prepare food. A newer grilling trend is the infrared grill, which is a gas powered grill that uses infrared technology to actually cook the food. This technique helps provide uniform heat to the food and is ideal for searing meat.

Similar to the United States, international grilling uses different grills and grilling techniques. Starting in Asia, the Japanese use a hibachi grill, which traditionally is a container designed to hold burning charcoal. It is now more commonly used to refer to the hot iron plates that are used in many Japanese restaurants. China is known for their rotisserie style grilling. The roasting of various meats on an open fire or wood burning stove is known as siu mei in Cantonese. Korean grilling, or gogigui, uses gas or charcoal heat sources, but the grill itself is built into the center of the dining table.

Additional unique grilling tips from other countries include Germany's schwenker grill, or swinging grill. The swinging cooking grate hangs over an open wood or charcoal fire and various meats and other foods are placed on the grate to cook. Beech wood is the ideal heat source for its flavor, but other methods can also be used for a similar result. Last but not least is the Middle Eastern/Eastern European mangal grill, which uses charcoal or wood. The grill itself is similar to any open flame grill, but is rectangular shaped with holders to place skewers on instead of having a grate to set the food on.

You can use these grill ideas to spice up your grilling this summer and impress your friends with all of your international grilling knowledge. Also, don't forget to stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill and experience our delicious wood fire grilled Filet Mignon, Ribeye, New York Strip, and much more! Read More...

Tastes of Summer

May 30, 2018
The beginning of summer brings many great things, including warm weather and sunshine. During the hotter months it's hard to beat relaxing with a nice, cold drink in hand. At Shooters, we understand that everyone's taste is different and provide cocktail drinks and summer beers for any taste.

Summer cocktail drinks are often light and fresh, sometimes mixed with fruity flavors. Listed below are some of our favorite classic and specialty cocktails.

  • Bahama Mama — a blended combination of rum, coconut rum, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice, and crushed ice

  • Classic Margarita — served blended or on the rocks with a combination of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice

  • Pina Colada — a blended or shaken cocktail with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice

  • Classic Long Island — a combination of vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, lemon juice, and cola

  • Fuzzy Navel — a mixture of peach schnapps, vodka, and orange juice

Of course, a warm summer night is incomplete without an ice cold beer. Here are some of our favorite summer beers and ciders.

  • Bud Light — an American-style light lager with a clean, crisp taste

  • Shock Top Belgian White — a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon, and lime peels with a little coriander spice

  • Corona — a refreshing, smooth cerveza with fruity-honey aromas and a bit of malt, topped off with a fresh lime

  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple — a crisp and refreshing cider with a fresh apple taste and slight sweetness

Those are just a few of the summer beers and cocktails that are great for the hot weather. Stop into Shooters Wood Fire Grill for Happy Hour from 4-6pm and 9pm-close any day of the week for $1 off draft beer, well cocktails, and house wine. We have an incredible selection of summer beer styles and fresh cocktail drinks, including many of those listed above! Read More...

Different Ways to Cook a Steak

April 20, 2018
Steak is most commonly associated with grilling, but there is actually a variety of different ways to prepare a steak. The way that steak is prepared, seasoned, and cooked affects the taste more than one would think. Some methods take much more time than others, so keep that in mind when deciding which method to use and if you don't feel like cooking stop by your local steakhouse.

Grilling is many people's go-to method when it comes to cooking steak. It is a quick, simple way to prepare a steak that leaves a minimal mess to clean up. However, when it comes to grilling, the big debate is which type of grill to use. The main types of grills are gas and propane, charcoal, pellet, and wood fire.

  • Gas and propane grills are the most common in US households. They are easy to use and heat up fast, which is helpful when you're in a hurry. Many gas grills also include a variety of accessories which add to the grilling experience. The downside of using a gas grill is that there isn't as much flavor added to steak, as compared to cooking on a charcoal or pellet grill.

  • Charcoal grills are also a popular option and are easy to use. A benefit of using a charcoal grill is that it adds a smoky, rich flavor to your steak. Charcoal grills take longer to heat up than a gas grill, but the temperature can still be adjusted using the vents.

  • Grills that use pellets are a fairly newer cooking option. This type of cooking combines smoking and grilling for a unique hybrid flavor. These grills are most commonly used for longer cooking times, but are still a fairly quick option for cooking steak.

  • The final type of grilling is wood fire cooking. Grilling on a wood fire can be more difficult to get the hang of. It is important to not let it burn too hot or get too smoky, which can ruin the steak. Nevertheless, with some practice and full on attention to the wood fire, this can be a flavorful alternative to the other methods of grilling.

Other than grilling, cooking steak on the stove top in a cast-iron pan is an option. This is great when the weather is bad or you just don't want to go outside to cook. In the cast-iron pan, you can pan fry the steak in oil, or even better, butter. If you want more of a butter steak, add more butter while cooking the steak. Another method to cook steak on the stove top is to deep-fry it in oil.

A different grilling method that takes more time, but produces an evenly cooked steak is the reverse sear. This is a combination of slowly cooking the steak in an oven, or the cold side of the grill, and then moving it to a hot grill to sear it. This method reduces the moisture loss and creates a juicer result.

Other than the traditional coal grilling technique, you can even cook steak right on the coals. One method is to cook the steak in a cloth on the coals and the other way is to put the steak directly on the hot coals. This cooking method creates a robust and earthy char to the meat. Using only natural chunk charcoal is recommended when you put the steak directly on the coals.

The final method includes, but is not limited to, cooking the steak in the oven by broiling it. This can be slightly more difficult than searing it on a stove top or grill since the temperature of the oven needs to be extremely hot. Nevertheless, this is an easy and quick option.

All of these methods are possible to try out at home, and who knows, you may even discover a new favorite method for cooking steak. On the other hand, if you'd rather have someone prepare it for you stop by Shooters, a Rapid City steakhouse, and experience the wood fire cooking technique for yourself. Read More...

Different Types of Pasta

March 20, 2018
Originally from Italy, pasta is now one of the most well-known dishes around the world and served at our Rapid City restaurant. It is extremely versatile and can be prepared in a variety of different ways. However, not all pasta is the same. There are many different varieties, and the names may differ depending on where you are in the world. The various types of pasta each have their own flavor, culinary use, and regional origin.

All pasta can be divided into either dry pasta or fresh pasta. Dry pasta is made from semolina flour and water, whereas fresh pasta is typically made from white flour and eggs, instead of water. When the pasta is cooked, fresh pasta is softer than dry pasta. The three main types of pasta are long or medium length, short-cut, and stuffed. While there are a few categorizations, the pastas still vary significantly within those categories.

Long pastas are typically made by extrusion or by rolling and cutting. Extrusion is when ingredients are forced through an opening with a design specific to the type of food, or shape of pasta in this case. Here are some of the most common long pastas and their characteristics:

  • Spaghetti — It is long, thin pasta that originated in southern Italy and is typically served with tomato sauce.

  • Linguine — It has a long, flat cut and originated in the Liguria Italy area. This pasta is typically served with a pesto or seafood sauce.

  • Fettuccine — This pasta is thick and wide and came from central/southern Italy. The most common used sauces with fettuccine are a cheese or vegetable sauce.

  • Lasagna — It is characterized by thin sheets of pasta, sometimes with fluted edges. It originated in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and is commonly baked with a Bolognese sauce.

  • Pappardelle — This pasta is made of egg-based dough and has thick, flat ribbons. It originated in the Tuscany area of Italy and is typically served with game-based sauces.

Short pastas are cut using extrusion processes. Some of the short-cut pasta types are:

  • Penne — It has a smooth tube shape and is from central Italy. Penne is typically served with tomato or meat sauces.

  • Rotini — It is characterized by twisted spirals and originated in northern Italy. This pasta is usually served with either a tomato or vegetable sauce.

  • Ziti — This pasta is an even-cut tube shape that originally came from southern Italy. Ziti is commonly used for casseroles.

  • Gnocchi — It is a round shaped ball of pasta that originated in a variety of areas, but most notably Italy. Gnocchi is used with thick or thin tomato and mozzarella sauces.

  • Farfalle — This pasta is a bowtie shape and came from the northern part of Italy. It is typically served with tomato or light vegetable sauces.

  • Cavatappi — It is cork-screw shaped and originated in Italy. Thick meat sauces are usually served with Cavatappi.

Stuffed pastas are comprised of any type of pasta that has a filling inside. Here are some of the most common types:

  • Ravioli — It is shaped like a square and filled with various fillings. This type of pasta originated in northern/central Italy and is served with various sauces, depending on the filling.

  • Tortellini — This pasta is a ring shape with a variety of fillings. It originated in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and is most commonly served with a broth.

This is just a small snippet of the various types of pastas used around the world. If all this talk about pasta has made you hungry, check out the pastas and other delicious foods on our menu. Come stop into our Rapid City restaurant and try our take on Spaghetti and Meatballs and Chicken Alfredo pasta. We are open all week from 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-11pm on Friday, 7am-11pm on Saturday, and 7am-10pm on Sunday. Read More...

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