Category Archives: Nueske’s

Nueske’s Ham Steak – Product Review

It wasn’t too long ago that Nueske’s had mentioned on Facebook that they had been trying new jerky and that prompted me to ask them if they were interested in my doing a product review. They immediately reacted and showed me a bunch of love and sent me not only the steak strips, but products I’ve never seen or tried. These included their bacon cheddar brats (which were awesome), along with some excellent bacon, and then their ham steaks. I’ve never seen the ham steak so I was very curious on how it was going to taste.  The ham steak by itself, warmed in the oven, was excellent. It was perfectly smoked and extremely addicting, and with that said I figured I would try grilling the next one, and lathering it in barbecue sauce.

Grilled Nueske's Ham Steak with Barbecue Sauce

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole Nueske’s Ham Steak
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

Start by heating your coals. You can do this on a gas grill if you prefer, but it has been so long since I last used my gas grill. Once the coals are heated, add to the outer, inside ring of your grill as we will cook the Nueske’s ham steak over indirect heat, and then lightly oil your clean grill grate.

Nueske's Ham Steak - Product Review

Place the ham steak on the grill over indirect heat, and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, and then start brushing on your favorite barbecue sauce. Cover, and cook another few minutes, then turn the ham steak over and lather more barbecue sauce on that side. Cover, and repeat until you are out of sauce.

The end result is nothing short of amazing, and everything I would expect from Nueske’s. The ham steak got some nice grill marks, and embedded some of that barbecue sauce into it that just made it even better.

I know I show all the love for Nueske’s and there is good reason for that as I haven’t found a better smoked product then theirs. If you are looking to try any of their products, you can find them online.

Denver Omelette Cups

I love breakfast, don’t you? It’s one of the first things I ever taught myself to make back in middle school (if not earlier), and it was the eggs that I started to master.  I still lean towards making eggs when I make breakfast for myself or for my family. Weekends are the best time for me to teach my kids how to make things like sausage egg mcmuffins or homemade egg mcmuffins, but recently I was sitting on some awesome leftover Nueske’s ham steak, and some fresh green bell peppers from my garden. This is when the light went off, to come up with a new twist on the Denver omelette.  I decided to create little Denver omelette cups, very similar to what I did in the past when making my taco cups.

Denver Omelette Cups

These Denver omelette cups were so fun to make, and super delicious. Did I mention they were awesome the following morning?

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 cup of thick cut, cooked ham, diced
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • muffin tin

Crack the eggs in a large bowl. Add the salt and pepper to the eggs, and beat the eggs until they are slightly frothy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly butter about 8 of your muffin tins.

How to make Denver Omelette Cups

Ladle the eggs into 8 of the tins, about 90% to the top.

Add in the shallots, ham, and bell peppers into each of the cups. Gently stir each cup. Top each cup with shredded cheese.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the eggs are set and the cheese is nice and melted.

Use a knife and run it along the outer edge of each cup and gently lift the Denver omelette cup out of the muffin tin.

Plate and serve.

These things were awesome. They were everything you could ever want in a Denver omelette but in great little bite size muffins. The great thing is that you can get as creative as you want with these which I am a big fan of. These were great as leftovers as well and perfect for a quick bite before heading out the door for work. Hope you enjoy!

 

Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza

Lately I have been tinkering with mastering my pizza dough. I’m sure you have all seen my postings, with all sorts of pizza creations. I think I am getting pretty darn close not only with the pizza dough, which is probably the most important, but also with the temperature, cook time, and well, the toppings.

A recent gift from Nueske’s yielded a package of peppered bacon. I was stoked to say the least, and as I quickly thought of making BLT’s, I decided to do something a bit different, and that was to make a chicken and bacon ranch pizza.

Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza

I had some leftover chicken that I wanted to use, and hence why this pizza came to what it was, not only that but I could not shake the package of bacon out of my mind. I used my KettlePizza on this one, but you can definitely use your oven as well.

Let’s get started.

  • Your favorite pizza dough,  about 16″ in diameter
  • Fine cornmeal for dusting
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 5 slices of bacon, partially cooked
  • Ranch dressing, to your liking

Start by lightly coating your pizza peel with light cornmeal. This will help slide the pizza onto your pre-heated pizza stone.

Preheat your oven to the highest temp, along with the pizza stone. I’ve found that around 575o-600 degrees is a perfect temperature to cook the pizza.

Next, lightly flour a wooden board, or clean counter, and shape your dough. I’ve learned to stretch the dough ever so lightly, but keeping the edges a bit thicker. Once stretched to about 16 inches or so, lay the dough onto the pizza peel.

bacon-chicken-ranch-pizza-ingredients

Next, ladle on the pizza sauce, ensuring the the pizza is covered, then drizzle on the pesto. Top with the mozzarella cheese, then top with the chicken, and then lay the slices of partially cooked bacon over the top.

Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza

Slide the pizza off of the pizza peel onto the pizza stone, and cook for about 7 minutes or until the dough has risen, is partially darkened on the bottom, and the bacon is fully cooked.

Remove, and slice. Drizzle your slice(s) with as much ranch dressing as you desire.

The result is nothing short of amazing. The crust is killer. It’s ‘airy’, slightly crisp, and the first thing you get is this whiff of awesome smokey bacon. Biting into it yields that great sourness from the ranch, the smokiness from the bacon, and the chicken, cheese, and pesto. It’s a knockout pizza for sure.

Give this one a try if you are looking for new pizza ideas. Hope you enjoy!

Nueske’s Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst – Product Review

A few years back, my colleagues and I decided to go to the Milwaukee Brewers game and do some tailgating. The theme of the tailgate was to really have a blind brat tasting contest. Yes, we Wisconsinites love our brats. We had an array of brats from local butchers to the ring leaders such as Johnsonville and Klements. Johnsonville brats came out the winner, but recently there is a new winner in town. Nueske’s bacon cheddar bratwurst.  I have always been a fan of their products and hands down they have some of the best bacon out there. I was fortunate to get the love from Nueske’s and they sent me a care package if you will. It was loaded with products I have never seen in our local stores. Products such as ham, beef sticks, and their smoked sausage. I was excited to say the least to try everything.

Nueske's Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst - Product Review

The brats themselves look awesome. The package consisted of 5 brats, fully cooked and ready to heat and serve.

I decided to heat mine on the grill. After I got the coals going, I placed the brats on the grill, and cooked them a bit low and slow as I did not want to burst the casing with higher heat. Once cooked, I plated them. I was excited (I know I live a boring life) to say the least, and my wife who does not typically like some textures of brats decided to have one as well.

Nueske's Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst

I served mine on a bun with a light coating of yellow mustard, and some chopped shallots on top.

First bite, was just this awesome taste. I loved the casing. It has this great snap to it, almost like you would get with a great weiner, and then the flavor of bacon and cheese just took this bratwurst over the top. My wife was in total agreement. I wanted another, but decided to hold back and save some for my kids. The following day, my sausage loving kid dug in, and was just was thrilled by the taste of these brats as well.

So a note to my local supermarkets, put these in stock. They are probably the best brats I’ve had to this date, and I’m not saying that because I love Nueske’s. I’m saying that because it is the truth. Head on over to Nueske’s and try them for yourself. I know you will not be disappointed by any of their products.