ManBQue: Breakfast / Brunch Grilling Recipes

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By Marcus Leshock | WGN Morning News


It’s one of the most popular grilling weekends of the year – a fact you will be reminded of in almost every newscast on television today. Seeing that we’re on the air at 4am, I called upon the guys from ManBQue to give us some breakfast recipes on the grill.

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Here are the full recipes of what we’re cooking today….

Grilled Marrow and Bread
The Setup
Makes 6 servings
3 separate 3-inch lengths of marrow bone, split in half lengthwise
Peanut oil, to brush
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grilled sliced bread, to serve
1. Brush the bones with the oil and season with the salt and pepper to taste.
2. Preheat the grill to medium-high for indirect heat. Clean and oil the grate.
3. Place the marrow bones, marrow-side up, on the cooler side of the grill. Grill for 15 to20
minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
4. Remove from the grill, scoop out marrow with a knife, and spread on the bread. Serve
with a hoppy ale.
Deli Belly
Makes about 5 pounds of deli meat
The Setup
10 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup pickling spices
4 bay leaves
1 cup crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Prague #1 pink curing salt
1 1/2 cups kosher salt
1 5-pound pork belly, skin removed
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sweet paprika
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup minced garlic
3/4 cup cumin
1/2 cup Chili Powder (page XX)
4 tablespoons freshly groundblack pepper
1 tablespoon dried, ground chile de árbol
1. Place 4 quarts of water in a large pot with the garlic, pickling spices, bay leaves, and red
pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer, stirring. Cover, turn off the heat, and let the mixture steep for
10 minutes.
2. Add the pink salt and kosher salt, stirring to dissolve.
3. Place the belly in a large container and pour the brine over the belly until completely
4. Refrigerate the belly, completely submerged in the brine, for 1 week.
5. Remove the belly from the brine and rinse with cold water.
6. Combine the rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
7. Pat dry, brush lightly with oil, and apply rub generously.
8. Preheat the smoker to 225°F. Clean and oil the grate.
9. Smoke the belly for 5 hours, rotating frequently.
10. Remove and let rest at least 10 minutes.
11. Slice thin and serve.
Breakfast Beer Cheese
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of cheese
The Setup
1 cup (8 ounces) Belgian strong ale (like Goose Island’s Matilda)
1/4 pound 12-month aged Manchego, shredded
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Add 1/2 cup of the beer to a food processor with the shredded cheese. Add the honey,
cinnamon, mustard, and salt, and pulse to combine.
2. Add the remaining beer and pulse until well mixed. Serve with hearty crusty bread and
smoked breakfast meats.


One Night in Bangkok Steak (PHOTO ABOVE)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons finely ground dark coffee
2 teaspoons (preferably Thai) chili powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 Flank steak, about 2.5 Lbs
2 teaspoons peanut oil
1. Combine the sugar, coffee, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. Brush the steak with the oil,
sprinkle all over with the coffee rub, and press to adhere. Set aside.
2. Prepare the grill for high indirect heat. When very hot, bank the coals on one side of the
grill, leaving one side free of coals; if using a gas grill, turn burner off on one side.
3. Grill the steak on the hot side of grill until just seared, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
4. Transfer the steak to the side with no direct heat, keeping them as close to the heated
side without being directly over. Close the grill cover and cook until the steaks reach
desired doneness, 8 to 12 minutes for medium-rare.
5. Remove, rest steaks 10 minutes, and slice.
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