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Football Appetizers | Bacon Wrapped | Shooters Wood Fire Grill

September 23, 2013
The air is starting to cool, sweaters have been pulled from storage, leaves are changing from green to vibrant shades of warm colors, and it is your favorite time of the year. No, we are not talking about fall. It is football season! Football season is an exciting time for most Americans whether you are a fan of high school football, college level, or have a favorite NFL team. Shooters Wood Fire Grill not only offers 11 HD flat screens so you will not miss a minute of your favorite team but also, a full service bar, and the best wings in Rapid City.

Hosting your own football party? No worries, we have one of the best football appetizers that will fancy many taste buds while you rally for the game.  Bacon Wrapped Peppers are sure to be one of your feature football appetizers, that family and friends will rave about even after the game. Not only are these treats, bacon wrapped (who doesn't love bacon?!) but these bacon wrapped peppers only take about 5 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to bake! 

Bacon Wrapped Peppers

Ingredients

12 Jalapeħo peppers
1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
1 Brick of Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1 Green Onion
1/2 Green Apple
1 Pack of Bacon
Salt and pepper to taste.
*Toothpicks

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Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut the jalapeħos in half, long ways. You will then need to core and de-seed the halves.
3. Mince the onion.
4. Dice apple into small pieces.
5. Cut each slice of bacon in half.
6. Mix shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, diced green onion, diced apple, and salt/pepper in bowl.
7. Stuff peppers with mix.
8. Wrap one stuffed pepper with bacon piece and secure with toothpick if needed.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.

In less than 30 minutes, you will have one of the top football appetizers: Bacon Wrapped Peppers! While clean-up is minimal, we can guarantee there will be no left-overs of this favorite among football appetizers!

While this football appetizer is sure to turn heads at your next football party, stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill on game day to not miss any of the action. Shooters Wood Fire Grill offers top of the line steaks, tasty chicken wings, and awesome wood fire grilled flatbreads! With an extensive menu and a full service bar there is something for everyone at Shooters Wood Fire Grill.




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History of Barbecue | Barbecuing | Shooters Wood Fire Grill

September 16, 2013
Shooters Wood Fire Grill takes pride in serving only the best food from our family to yours. As masters of the wood fire grill we know a thing or two about barbecuing, but did you realize the lengthy origin of barbecue? With BBQ gracing our menus we want to bring you the history of barbecue so you can see the future of it at Shooters Wood Fire Grill.

What is it?
Whether you call it BBQ, barbecue, Barbie, “Q”, or barbeque there is no denying the rich history that barbecue has not only in America but our world. But don't get it twisted, grilling and barbecuing are not the same thing. Grilling is the process of cooking meat quickly with direct heat with the possibility of the flame touching the meat, while barbecuing is the processes of cooking meat slowly for several hours with indirect heat, where the flame does not touch the meat. Barbecuing results in a tender piece of meat that is fall off the bone tender and has a plethora of flavors from bold seasonings to a hint of smoke that will leave you asking for seconds.
The origins of the word barbecue are a little fuzzy but most agree that it roots from the word “barbacoa” the Spanish pronunciation for the way the Taino, or Caribbean Indians, cooked meats. After Spanish explorers introduced pigs to the Caribbean, they returned to Europe with a new knowledge of cooking, that they adopted from the native Caribbean Indians. They used to describe how the Caribbean Indians cooked the pig by placing it on a wooden frame above a fire cooking it slowly. Which allowed them to not only use the smoke as a way to infuse rich flavor to the meats but allowed the Taino people to preserve their meats longer. 

History of Barbecue around the World
To think that Caribbean Indians were the only influencers in the history of barbecue would be naŻve. Barbecuing has roots in China, India, Africa, and in various parts of Europe. According to many researchers, China had early kitchens designed for smoking meats, while in India they have been cooking meat in ceramic bowls over coals for centuries. South African barbecuing, or braai, comes from the Afrikaans word braaivleis, meaning “roasted meat”. A braai has continued with popularity over time and is still a top social event in South African culture where the head cook has top honors in their community. Exploration was key in bringing barbecuing over to Europe, but it quickly ignited as a way to serve many, create excellent tastes, and to preserve meat. Scholars believe that in Bath, England and surrounding areas it was not uncommon for a kitchen to have a dog help do the barbecuing. Many kitchens had a small dog run in a dog tread, something like a large hamster-wheel, to power the spit to turn in the fire.

Barbecuing | History of Barbecue | Shooters Wood Fire Grill

USA and the History of Barbecue

Cooking in colonial USA was one that depended solely on the fireplace which allowed for barbequing to be a great way to cook meats easily. Our first president, George Washington, was one of the first people in the Americas to build a home with a smokehouse and frequently invited guests over for barbecues. It did not take long for smokehouses and barbecues to spread like wildfire especially through Southern plantations where slaves cooked the smoked meats over large fire pits for special events such as Christmas, anniversaries, and birthdays. Upon the end of slavery and the invention of the charcoal briquette by Henry Ford, barbecuing spread past the Mason Dixon line and barbecue stands popped up on every street corner. The main areas of influence for the history of barbecue were in Memphis, Kansas City, the Carolinas, and Texas. The rest is history with the continual evolution like gas grills, barbecue sauce, and grills that can be attached to cars. Barbecues even have a place in presidential history with President Lyndon Johnson skipping his first formal state dinner and replacing it with a 300-guest barbecue at his Texas ranch. Today barbecue is a favorite of many, not just for large celebrating parties, and has even been the inspiration of cooking competitions, television shows, and week-long festivals devoted to the succulent piggy.

History of Barbecue in South Dakota

Although the history of barbecue has deep Southern roots, there is no denying that the history of barbecue has ties in South Dakota. In the 1800s with people flocked to the plains of South Dakota, learning quickly to use whatever means available to heat their homes and cook with since wood was scarce in the area. After harvesting corn, “corncobs” were found to be a great source of heat and worked well in the pot-belly stoves found in many South Dakotan kitchens. This led to the 1940s group, Norway Eaters, to host their own barbecue using corncobs which created a ripple effect of this barbecuing technique across South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa. While this tradition has binds to the area, with the advancement of farming, barbecuing with corncobs has taken the backseat to other ways such as using wood.

The history of barbecue is a unique one that has spanned time and spread throughout the continents. Shooters Wood Fire Grill aims to keep the history of barbecue alive with our unique recipes using barbecue over wood fire grills. Some juicy barbecue on Shooters Wood Fire Grill's menu include the BBQ Brisket, Double Pig BLT, Awesome Austin sandwich, and Shooters Famous BBQ Ribs. Stop on by Shooters Wood Fire Grill to see how you can make your mark on the history of barbecue and leave with a clean plate.
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Broccoli Casserole Recipe | 30 minute meals

September 9, 2013
Your mother in-law calls unplanned, letting you know that she is going to be over in 45 minutes for dinner. Quick what do you do? While you order your kids to rush around making sure the dog hasn't done his business in the house while you were at work, you scan the pantry for something-anything- that you could possibly make using ingredients you have and that she will not complain about. Breathe easy, this broccoli casserole recipe will not only do just the trick but become one of your family's favorite 30 minute meals.

This broccoli casserole recipe is one that you will love not only because you most likely won't have to go to the grocery for the ingredients but because it is just that good. Yes, we are talking about “scrape the pan and going back for double or triple helpings” type of good. We want to credit this recipe to Francine Clowers, who tinkered with the well-loved broccoli casserole recipe making it into one of the best 30 minute meals. 
Preparation time for this broccoli casserole recipe is around 5 minutes with an easy baking time of 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Now let's take a look at the ingredients for this broccoli casserole recipe.

Ingredients
2 cups Cooked rice
1 cup Chopped broccoli
1 can Cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup Mayo
1 cup Velveeta cheese melted
2 cups Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
6 oz French's fried onions
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Extra: *Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions
Since this broccoli casserole recipe is one of the easiest 30 minute meals you will ever get encounter there aren't many instructions, but the best part is the final product is even better!

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Coat casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray, so your broccoli casserole masterpiece won't stick.
3. Combine 3 oz of French's fried onions and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. For fun have the kids help you with this part of the recipe!
4. Pour mixed ingredients into casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Remove and add the remaining 3 oz of French's fried onions. If desired put back in oven for 5 minutes to crisp.

Voila! The best broccoli casserole recipe is finished and is sure to be one of your favorite go-to 30 minute meals!

Broccoli Casserole Recipe | 30 minute meals

Too tired for even a 30 minute meal? Pantry completely empty? Eyes crossing at the thought of having to cook? Stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill, a top choice among Rapid City restaurants and let us take care of you tonight. Our fun atmosphere, delicious food, and service that is bar none will leave your stomach full and your family happy. With new additions to our menu and an extended wine list, there is something for everyone at Shooters Wood Fire Grill. 
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