Chef Perry’s Most Popular Recipes of 2016

Chef Perry Dragon Claws

Grilling up “Dragon Claws” at RibFest 2014

If there was ever a year that we needed to focus on what brings us together, on friends, family, and good food, it was 2016!

We cooked up a lot of great meals around here, discovered some amazing new ingredients, and had a minimum of epic fails…all in all, a great year in the kitchen!

Here are the top 10 most popular recipes from the blog this last year, based on your visits…

Au Gratin Haystacks

  10. Au Gratin Breakfast Haystacks

 Next time you make scalloped potatoes, or potatoes au gratin, and have leftovers (I know, that doesn’t happen often at my house either, so I make a bigger batch on purpose)…save the extra for my Au Gratin Haystacks the next morning.

 Salmon Poke at Home

9. Poke Stop’s Salmon Poke

Fresh and firm, the salmon plays nicely against the crunch of the raw onions. The combination of the furikake seasoning and the shoyu sauce create a perfect contrast of sweet, salty, and savory…my favorite combination.


Bratwurst Sliders with Maple Mustard

8. Bratwurst Pretzel Sliders with Maple-Mustard Caramelized Onions

THIS is comfort food, baby! Rich, juicy brats, sweet caramelized onions, the tang of mustard, all brought together, and complimented perfectly with a soft, salty, and delicious pretzel roll bun.


7. Perfect Oven Pork Ribs

These ribs always get rave reviews. Firm yet tender, they pull off the bone with each succulent bite. For the sake of disclosure, I learned the amazing method from an episode of “Restaurant Impossible” with Chef Robert Irvine.

 Easy Meatball Pho

6. Quick and Easy Pork Meatball Pho

Pho (fuhh) is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà).  A popular street and night food, pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam.

With the Vietnam war and the victory of the North Vietnamese, phở was brought to many countries by Vietnamese refugees fleeing Vietnam from the 1970s onwards.

This is one of my favorite dishes in the world, and it’s really good for you!


St. Louis dry ribs on Traeger

5. 3-2-1 Baby Back Ribs on the Traeger (Video)

Perfect baby back pork ribs, as easy as 3-2-1

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4. How to BBQ a Pig in La Caja China (Video)

Enjoy, and if you’re inspired to roast your own pigs (or lambs, briskets, turkeys, ribs…you name it), let us know and we can give you lots more tips and tricks!

 Best Traeger Steak Recipe

3. Amazing Traeger Steaks with Fresh Herb Butter

For my money, one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. The rich combination of the herb-butter and the smokiness in the meat is incomparable to any other method I’ve had.


Baby Dragon Claws

2. “Dragon Claw” BBQ Appetizer

Baby bell peppers stuffed with a combination of hot (or sweet) Italian sausage and ground turkey, onions, and peppers, wrapped in bacon, smoked, then glazed with a honey butter barbecue sauce.

Sticky sweet, spicy goodness…with just a breath of fire!

Oh, soooo good…

And NUMERO UNO…for the 4th year in a row…

 best pulled pork sliders

 The best dang pulled pork sliders!

Pulled pork is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Here’s my award winning recipe using your Traeger, gas grill, or even your oven.

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So, there you go…the ten recipes you enjoyed the most from 2016!

Thank you for hanging out with us last year, and I look forward to sharing many more great recipes and meals with you in the coming year.

Have a great 2017!

Chef Perry