Steve Cylka

I live in Toronto with my wife and three kids. I love to grill, smoke, bake, roast, fry .... anything that allows me to make good food!

Smoked Salmon with Orange Hoisin Glaze

Smoked Salmon with Orange Hoisin Glaze-3

Smoking salmon is one of the most amazing recipes I make. I smoke salmon all the time and it seems like almost any time I have the smoker going, I am looking to throw in a fillet of salmon. I have prepared salmon many different ways before throwing it in the smoker. I have tried a wet brine and dry brine. …

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Crisp

Apple crumble aka apple crisp is one of my absolute favourite desserts. I love the fruity bottom and the sweet granola style top. It is best still warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The warmth of the crumble causes the ice cream to melt and ooze all over the dessert. Yup, I am drooling right …

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Smoked Beef Ribs

Smoking Beef Ribs Recipe Back

Smoking beef ribs is a simple a delicious task. I have used this recipe in both my electric smoker and pellet smoker and the ribs have come out amazing both ways. Beef ribs are not one of the more common cuts of beef. When it comes to ribs, people tend to gravitate towards pork ribs, myself included. Even though I …

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Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate chip banana muffins are an excellent way to use ripe bananas. We always seem to have a few bananas that have reached that level of ripeness where no one wants to eat them. It is at this stage when they are perfect for making muffins or banana bread. These bananas can even be thrown in the freezer and will be ready …

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Cheesy BBQ Sausage Bites

Cheesy BBQ Sausage Bites meatballs

Kingsford® has been around for a long time and their charcoal and briquets are used by lots of BBQ grillers. While they have lots of different types of charcoal, they have recently expanded their product line to include some BBQ sauces and rubs. The three BBQ sauces each have a great flavour, with a deep bold taste. These sauces are …

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Grilled Flank Steak, Watercress and Blackberry Flatbread

Grilled Flank Steak, Watercress and Blackberry Flatbread

During the spring, I love to create meals that have a bright vibrant flavour. Fresh greens are perfect for the spring and summer. So, I am excited for the opportunity to partner with B&W Quality Growers and share a recipe featuring their watercress! B&W Quality Growers is the worlds largest grower of distinctive baby leaves. They grow and ship green …

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Smoked Almonds

How to Smoke Almonds Recipe

Smoked almonds are one of those addictive snacks that are dangerous to put on the table. Over the years, I have smoked all sorts of nuts and they never last long. They are great on their own, or added to salads, candy brittle or other dishes. These taste so good and get gobbled up very quickly. Normally, I make smoked …

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Smoked Stewing Beef

Smoked Beef Stew

Crock Pot beef stew is easily one of my favourite recipes to make in the slow cooker. The slow cooking process allows the beef to break down and gets so tender. The Crock Pot is an ideal way to make stew. For this recipe, I did something different with the beef. Normally, when I make beef stew, I sear the …

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Pulled Chicken Pressure Cooker

Pulled Chicken Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Sliders

Pressure cooker pulled chicken is one of those recipes I just happened to try one day and, since then, it has become a family favourite. The Instant Pot is an ideal way to cook the chicken thighs so that they are moist, tender and very saucy. Each time I use my electric pressure cooker I become more in love with …

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Smoked Leg of Lamb – Boneless

Smoked Leg of Lamb Boneless

Smoked lamb leg is one delicious meat and could not be easier with this recipe. While it is possible to smoke a whole leg of lamb with the bone in, I find that smoking it boneless is far superior. Not only does it take less time smoking leg without the bone, I also do not notice much difference in flavour. …

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