How to Grill Brisket

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Do you want to know how to grill brisket? I just grilled brisket for the first time this past weekend and I was so pleased with the results. Brisket is something I order from popular BBQ joints but now that I know how easy it can be I’m happy I can recreate this iconic BBQ recipe at home.

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I had several sources of help for this tutorial. First of all this KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub from Kroger is pretty awesome. The package included enough dry rub and sauce mix for my whole three pound brisket and allowed me to completely customize my sauce flavor. You can mix it with anything you choose: apple juice, fresh lemon or lime juice, soy sauce, beer, tea, cola… you can play chef with it right in your own kitchen. Since I’m just north of Kentucky and bourbon country, I chose a mix of bourbon and fresh grapefruit juice.

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And second, I found my guide for grilling brisket HERE but I changed a few steps. After letting the brisket warm up a bit out of the fridge and sit with the dry rub I grilled it just a bit directly over low heat to get that crispy exterior going. Burnt ends are the most popular part of the finished brisket with some people. Then I transferred the brisket to a foil pan (also purchased from Kroger) to keep it cooking low and slow and give me plenty of time to baste the brisket with my customized KC Masterpiece® Sauce. It worked and I couldn’t believe how tender the brisket was to slice through after it was finished. I would say this is my new favorite cut of beef to grill!

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If you’re going to try something new this grilling season, brisket rubbed and sauced with KC Masterpiece needs to be it. The BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub is located in the condiment aisle at Kroger and comes in both Original and Sweet Honey (I used the Original for my recipe). And between June 18th and August 31st you can get $1.00 off this new product thanks to this coupon HERE.

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This brisket is tasty all by itself or it makes an impressive sandwich – perfect for entertaining friends at all your cookouts this summer. How would you customize your sauce? I told you my mix – grapefruit and bourbon. I’m really curious what combination you would choose!

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How to Grill Brisket
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. One 3 - 4 pound brisket
  2. 1 package KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub
  3. 1/2 c. fresh grapefruit juice
  4. 1/4 c. fresh bourbon
  5. 1/4 c. water
  6. 2 disposable foil pans
  7. 2 cups wood chips
Instructions
  1. Open one envelope of the KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub and rub on both sides of the brisket. Allow the rubbed brisket to sit on a cutting board on the counter for 1 hour.
  2. Open the other envelope and mix with the grapefruit juice, bourbon and water and set aside.
  3. Pour the wood chips in one of the foil pans and add enough water to just cover the chips. Cover with foil and cut slits in the foil to allow smoke to escape.
  4. Light your grill and scrape the grates clean.
  5. Turn the burners on one half of the grill off. Keep the burners on the other half set to low heat.
  6. Place the brisket directly on the lit side of the grill, fatty side up and grill for 5 minutes. Turn the brisket over and grill for 5 minutes more.
  7. Place the brisket into the remaining, clean foil pan (fat side down) and move to the unlit side of the grill. Baste the brisket with the customized KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce and place the covered foil pan with the wood chips in it on the lit side of the grill.
  8. Cover the grill and allow the brisket to cook - approximately 3 - 4 hours. You want your grill temperature to remain at about 300 degrees which can be achieved by adjusting the grill vents. With my gas grill keeping one side lit on low and one side off, plus opening the vents, kept it at this temperature.
  9. Baste the brisket about every 30 minutes with the BBQ sauce.
  10. The brisket is finished when the internal temperature reads 195 - 205 degrees.
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Old Fashioned Root Beer Floats

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When I think of summer I think of ice cream floats. Specifically Old Fashioned Root Beer Floats – the kind that used to be available at every soda fountain on the corner when my parents were kids. We still have an old-fashioned root beer stand in Cincinnati but it’s a good 40 minute drive from our house so we maybe get there once in a summer. And I personally think ice cream floats should happen more often than that for a truly tasty season.

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Summer is the time where we unplug more often and luckily our home and neighborhood makes it easier for us to do that. When we’re home the kids are often found on the playset their dad built for them in our backyard. Or on the tire swing. Or in our woods. Or on their bikes. Or on the driveway with sidewalk chalk. Or tossing a ball. The point is our kids like being outdoors. And summertime gives them freedom to enjoy it without so many scheduled activities getting in the way. 

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So I can totally relate to Target’s Summer of Floats Cartwheel App and in-store deals to help celebrate summers past and present. I get nostalgic for the summers of my youth spent by the pool, swinging on swings and late night treats of soda and ice cream. Am I the only one who likes recreating those happy memories with my own children? What’s your favorite summertime memory that you always try and relive in the present?

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The Cartwheel offer HERE is good from June 26th through July 30th for 5% OFF 2L or Mini Cans of A&W®, Sunkist®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Dr Pepper®, and more! 

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Or take advantage of this IN-STORE deal, “Buy any two Archer Farms 48 oz Ice-Creams, Get a FREE 2L or 6PK Mini Cans A&W®, Sunkist,® 7UP®, Canada Dry® and More.”

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I can very enthusiastically talk about Target. I’m there at least once a week because I combine the weekly ads (and gift card deals) with my Cartwheel App and the Target Red Card which gives me 5% off my total. I have saved a couple of hundred dollars combining all those savings methods and we’re only halfway through the year. I am definitely a loyal Target shopper.  So grabbing all our summer essentials (sunscreen, an extra swimsuit, sidewalk chalk, etc.) AND all the ingredients I need for some spectacular ice cream floats? Sign me up!
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I’m not really sharing a recipe here so much as a springboard for your own creative floats. Tell me in the comments, what kind of floats would you create with the featured sodas? 

Sunkist®, Regular A&W®, Diet A&W®, A&W TEN®, Regular Sunkist®, Diet Sunkist®, Sunkist TEN®, Dr Pepper®, Diet Dr Pepper®, Dr Pepper® Cherry, Dr Pepper TEN®

Find more ways to celebrate the Summer of Floats HERE!

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Weekly Meal Plan

 

Weekly Meal Plan

Here’s our weekly meal plan and it’s looking decidedly summery! I’ve got a great S’mores Bundt Cake for you too that is a doctored up cake mix so it’s super quick to put together for your Fourth of July gatherings this weekend. What are you all doing for the Fourth? We have a family party with a pool over the weekend and both our kids will be participating in our local township’s parade. Enjoy your week!

Monday

Grilled Chicken Gyro Salad

Tuesday

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Wednesday

blueberry-burgers2

Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

Breakfast

Build Your Own Smoothie 1

Dessert

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This week’s meal plan was brought you to by:

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Tropical Overnight Oatmeal

Tropical Overnight Oats by Foodtastic Mom #overnightoats

My tropical overnight oatmeal will transport you to your favorite summer beach location and keep your hunger at bay until lunch time. But don’t let this particular combination of flavors limit you. Recipes for these popular overnight oats are based on a very basic formula: 1 part rolled oats, 1 part yogurt, 1 part milk. The fruit, nuts and flavoring options are totally up to your personal tastes.

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I haven’t done a lot of “new” cooking yet this summer. I’m relying on the most basic of food prep (fresh fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market, hard boiled eggs, tacos, a pizza night here and there, sandwiches and wraps) to get us through the week. Recipes for the blog are a little slow lately and I really was in the mood to create a beautiful bowl of food. So that’s why my version of overnight oats is tropical. Plus I really am wishing for time to hurry up and get us to the last week of July when we get to travel to my favorite beach. It’s my paradise and I wanted a small taste of it here in my Ohio kitchen.

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So take inspiration from this bowl. Or make one that is completely your own. Either way you should jump on the overnight oats bandwagon because they are so fast to prep the night before and then your breakfast is healthy and satisfying the next morning, even before you’ve had your coffee. And if you’re like me, you don’t do much hard thinking early in the morning and things need to be easy, breezy. That is what this bowl of tropical overnight oatmeal is for sure!

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Tropical Overnight Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  2. 6 oz. container of coconut yogurt (I used Liberte brand)
  3. 1/4 c. unsweetened coconut milk
  4. pinch of nutmeg
  5. 1 1/2 c. of fresh tropical fruit (banana, mango, dragon fruit, kiwi, strawberries)
  6. 2 T. macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. In a glass jar, mix together the oats, yogurt, milk and nutmeg. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning stir the oats and transfer to your favorite bowl. Top with tropical fruit and macadamia nuts. Close your eyes and pretend you are enjoying your breakfast on the beach.
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The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island

The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland

We just got back from the perfect family day trip to Mackinac Island and I have to share it with you. If you’ve never been to Mackinac the whole island is truly picture perfect – sometimes to the annoyance of my family because I wanted to stop for pictures about every 5 minutes. But the island is an ideal mix of scenic peacefulness, family adventure and tasty food. Just look and see!

The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland

Plan your trip during the annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland
The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island

We got lucky on this. Our day trip to Mackinac Island was part of our almost week in Michigan (we stayed in Petoskey and also visited Sleeping Bear Dunes on our way home). The Lilac Festival is very family friendly and included a free bouncy house area sponsored by Michigan’s Farm Bureau. Free bouncy houses and beautiful lilacs everywhere you turn. The Lilac Festival is the time to visit!

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The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland

Enjoy the Taste of Mackinac

I was in foodie paradise here. It’s a terrific and budget-friendly way to enjoy a sampling of all the local Mackinac Island food. Pulled pork sliders, tacos with an Asian flair, short ribs, super fancy white fish puffs atop cabbage gazpacho, strawberry shortcake, fudge, pizza, craft beer, wine and all the free bottled water and soda you could drink. The four of us left with very happy and full bellies that sustained us for our adventures in the Mackinac Island State Park. Be sure and purchase your tickets ahead of time as the Taste of Mackinac was sold out on the day of the event!

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Bring your own bikes

Average bike rental prices on the island (per person/per day) are $50. We brought our own bikes over on the ferry for just $10 per person, a huge cost savings! Bringing our own, especially since we biked for over 10 miles on some hilly paths, was the only way to go.

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Bike and hike until you drop

We explored mostly the whole island including all the scenic stops throughout the Mackinac Island State Park. That included hundreds of stairs. Including over 400 to the top of Arch Rock. The scenery at the top was always worth it!

The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland
The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland

Eat dinner on the patio at the Pink Pony

After our hours of adventure we were hungry again for dinner. The Pink Pony provided a gorgeous view and delicious food. I recommend the soft pretzels and onion rings for sharing plus the Michigan Apple and Goat Cheese Salad. We had sampled the pretzels with mustardy sauce earlier in the day at the Taste of Mackinac and liked them so much we wanted more. Plus the view alone is worth stopping in for at least a drink.

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We ended our perfect day with a little shopping on main street and some ice cream. I got cherry because it’s one of the things Michigan is famous for. It was delicious!

The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island

I can’t recommend a day trip to Mackinac Island enough and I have links at the bottom of this travel post for help in planning your own trip. The whole island is like a picture perfect postcard. My family of four had a wonderful time exploring, hiking, biking and eating our way across Mackinac!

The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland
The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland
The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland
The Perfect Family Day Trip to Mackinac Island by Foodtastic Mom #travel #mackinacisland

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Taste of Mackinac

Mackinac Island Bicycle Safety Rules

Star Line Ferry

The Pink Pony

Ryba’s Fudge Shops

 

 

Weekly Meal Plan

 

Weekly Meal Plan

Your weekly meal plan includes some really tasty looking food as always! Lasagna, Enchiladas, Turkey Burgers, Thai One Pot Pasta, Tacos and Mac and Cheese. I’m hungry, are you??

Monday

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Spicy Mustard & Sweet Potato Turkey x

Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

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Side Dish

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Dessert

This week’s meal plan was brought you to by:

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