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Need some more suggestions for Appetizers I can make

Discussion in 'Beef' started by rbranstner, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am heading to my family reunion this week and my brother and I are going to be smoking a bunch of meat. We are already doing Butts, Ribs, ABT's, MOINKS and Stuffed Burgers but I am looking for any suggestions for another appetizer or two that would go good with Moinks for Thursdy night. This will be my first time making MOINKS. I wanted to try something new. I am basically going to make a meatball mix of meat, egg, crackers and spices then form a ball and put a piece of cheese in the middle then wrap in bacon and probably put some rub on the top or something. I don't know if I should finish with some BBQ sauce or not? Any suggestions would be appreciated as I want to try something new.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    only had moink 2 times no sauce on them.Serve sauce on the side for dipping.since moinks are finger food lets stick w/ that.Here is an appitizer we are asked to bring alot.Everyone calls them crack wraps .They are that addictive.totilla rollups 3 blocks cream cheese.1/2 lb cheap sliced ham.3 stalks green onions.1/2 cup pecans.1 tbsp cayanne pepper.1pkg. lg. flour tortillias.Directions:Let cream cheese soften, Place cream cheese in food processor and mix 1 block at a time.add ham onions and pecans after 2nd block of cheese. add 3rd block cheese and mix till you have a soft spredable mix.spread mix on a tortillia 1/8" to 1/4 " thick.Roll up tortilla .after you roll scrape excess from the edge and use to stuff the ends.Wrap each roll in wax paper and refridgerate over night. when you get ready to serve unwrap and slice in 1/2" slices. serve w/ toothpicks. use your favorite salsa to dip the slices in.
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Sorry about the way that posted
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I saw some hot dogs wrapped in bacon then smoked and sliced into pieces that looked pretty good I think it would go real good using some sausage links too.
  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Rbranster,do some fruit-Apples,Peaches,Pineapple(whole-canned doesn't do right),any fruit does well.Cut to fit grill or smoker and dip into Brown Sugar and cook till soft.A heavier smoke does good here as it is not there that long.I like garden Veggies smoked too,especially Squashes with Butter and Br,Sugar.

    Hope that helps and,
  7. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    As far as the meatballs go, smoke, then dip in 50/50 water and BBQ sauce/grape jelly (maybe some red pepper mixed in) and smoke for another 20 minutes or so.

    Search BLP meatballs.


    Or with some chips our favorite:

    Cowboy Caviar

    ¼ cup EVOO

    ¼ cup red wine vinegar

    2 garlic cloves pressed or finely chopped (when in a hurry garlic powder)

    ½ tsp pepper

    1 tsp cumin (tastes best when you toast the seeds then grind, but not necessary)

    1 can black eyed peas (I get one with spices and add it without draining it)

    1 small bag frozen corn

    ¾ cup cilantro (I go about ½ because I am still not the biggest Cilantro fan)

    ¾ cup green onions

    3 Jalapeños seeded and finely chopped (4 if you like it a little hotter)

    3-4 avocados chopped

    3 roma tomatoes chopped (I scoop the juice and seeds out of the center)

    Mix it all together.
  8. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    How 'bout my favorite Wedding Appetizers

    Scallops wrapped in Bacon !

    The last 5 Weddings I've been to had them. When my son got married, he actually told all of the appetizer serving girls to go to the big gray-haired guy in the Tux' first!

    Boy did I raise that kid right! [​IMG]

  9. tlzimmerman

    tlzimmerman Meat Mopper

    My favorite appetizer to go with ABT's is hot dogs, wrapped in bacon, rolled in brown sugar.

    My tips, get the thinnest cheapest bacon you can, slice the hot dogs in thirds, wrap in bacon and insert toothpick, roll in brown sugar.  Bout 2 hours at 225 normally gets em done, there is a perfect time in there where that sugar crisps the bacon just right, thats when they come off.  Alternatively if you are having a shortage of space in a smoker.....wrap the hot dogs the same and fill a crock pot with them, and cover them all with brown suger, which will liquefy and it will cook in the brown sugar.  Not as good as smoked, but still darn good.

    My friends have dubbed these "Candied Dogs"  I'm not a big fan of the name, but I can't come up with anything better.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  10. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks like the only thing not mentioned was home made sausage or seafood boudin.  Not sure how available fresh seafood is in your part of the country but you can get everything you need at Wallmart.

    You want to add flavor at every step so when you precook the seafood either saute with margarine, garlic, redpepper, salt, onion etc or lightly boil with a good shrimp boil.

    You want to stay with firmer seafoods.  Keep away from oysters and mussels but scallops and squid should work pretty well.

    Coarse grind together

    Seasoned cooked shrimp

    Seasoned cooked crawfish

    sauteed onions, green onions, bellpepper, garlic

    seasoned cooked fish  (more of an extender so go easy with the fish)

    any other seafood you enjoy

    cooked boiled (steamed) rice

    stuff into casings, let meld in fridge overnight, smoke

    Slice, serve with mustard, white remoulade, horsey sauce or tarter sauce.

    As mentioned earlier the rice just eats up the seasoning so make sure you season well or you will end up with a very bland dish.
  11. Hoinks someone on here called them.


  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now you are getting some good appetizers to create from alot of the good folks. Well here's my 2 pennies How about the chicken lollipops that Jacquie Pippin created in the video on de-boning a chicken. Using the wing parts and pulling the meat down to the bottom and then smoke then. I have done them a couple of times as apps for a catering gigs and they were very well received by the guest.
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those look great !

    Easy too!

    Add these RB, but make room for one more![​IMG]

    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  14. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ale, Thanks for calling the dogs wrapped in bacon Hoinks, any hot dog has to be better wrapped in bacon.
  15. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    RB, how about some pulled pork inside of soft shelled burritos with a dippin' sauce and some (they can add their own ingredients), cut up the burritos into small finger foods and then give them a shot of tequila or whiskey, I do believe they will be back for 2nd's or even 3rd's.

  16. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This works well with chicken tenders too.

    Give buffalo chicken cheese balls - you can make them ahead of time, freeze them, then smoke when you need them - so that's a plus in my book.
  17. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It is impossible for one thread to have too many pictures of hot dogs wrapped in bacon. [​IMG]
  18. richinct

    richinct Fire Starter

    Those hotdogs wrapped in bacon that tlzimmerman makes sounded so good that I went to the store to get some bacon, I have some in the smoker now, I also did a couple of red hots (or Georgia Hots as some call them). Of course while I was at the store there was a 7-1/2 lb pork butt for $1.49 lb. that called out to me,  Unfortunately I am going away for a couple of days so I had to freeze it since today was the last sale date for the piece of meat, that's why it was the price it was, 'managers special' . Even the regular sale price wasn't bad, $1.69 lb.
  19. richinct

    richinct Fire Starter

    Thanks for the recipe, they are very tasty, we gobbled them up.  The fatter ones in the pic are red hots. Quick and easy, I will be doing them for my next party

  20. new2que

    new2que Meat Mopper

    I did some armadillo eggs the other day after a post I saw on the great SMF... took a halved, seeded jap and overfilled it with cream cheese (that has some seasoning mixed in) and wrapped the whole thing in a layer of JD hot breakfast sausage... oh man those things were great!