Smoked Pigs on the Beach

       Smoked Pigs on the Beach

Three Little Pigs BBQ Sauce & Rubs 









  1. If the shrimp are frozen, place them in a colander and run cold water to thaw.
  2. Remove shells & tails.
  3. Place shrimp in a bowl with some olive oil & Championship rub , set aside.
  4. Cut the smoked sausage into ½” circles. Add seasoning and set aside.
  5. Take a shrimp and place down flat, then lay a sausage round right in the center of the shrimp where it curves into a “C” shape.
  6. Push a toothpick or skewer through the sausage & shrimp to hold them together. Repeat process on the remaining shrimp & sausage.
  7. Smoke at 250 degrees 30-45 minutes until warmed all the way thru
  8. Glaze with Three Little Pig’s Spicy Chipolte BBQ Sauce.

Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills


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Smoked Chex Party Mix

               Smoked Chex Party Mix
                (Three Little Pigs Style)










  • 3 cups corn chex cereal
  • 3 cups rice chex cereal
  • 3 cups wheat chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup bite size pretzels
  • 1 cup garlic flavor bite size bagel chips or fritos
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Three Little Pigs KC Sweet seasoning
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder


  1. In a large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips.
  2. Add melted butter and seasonings to cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Spread out on cookie sheet and smoke at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Turn every 15 minutes.
  5. Best to store in an air tight container

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Smoked Sausage Scotch Eggs

Smoked Scotch Eggs





  1. Boil & peel eggs then set aside.
  2. Mix  Three Little Pig’s All Purpose Rub  into sausage and mix well.
  3. (Keep a bowl of water to moisten hands with so sausage won’t stick to hands when forming balls)
  4. Divide sausage into ¼ lb balls and flatten out like a patty.
  5. Wrap patty around an egg.
  6.  Wrap piece of bacon around egg
  7. Smoke at 250 degrees or until the internal sausage temp is 160 degrees
  8. Dip Each Egg into Three Little Pig’s Competition BBQ Sauce


Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills



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Smoked Potato Salad

Smoked Potato Salad








  • 2 lbs boiling potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt and ground black pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or more to taste
  • 2 hard cooked eggs, peeled (we placed in smoker to get smoke flavor on eggs)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 dill pickle coarsely chopped
  • Three Little Pigs Championship seasoning (2 tsp)


  1. Cut any larger potatoes in half or quarters.
  2. Place all potatoes in a single layer in an aluminum pan.
  3. Stir in olive oil and Three Little Pig’s Championship Rub.
  4. Place pan of potatoes on smoker 275+ degrees and smoke until tender.
  5. While potatoes smoke, make the dressing.
  6. Combine the mayo, mustard, vinegar, chopped eggs, dill, scallions, pickles & seasoning. Cover & refrigerate.
  7. When potatoes are tender, stir the warm potatoes into the dressing.
  8.  Serve warm or cold.


Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills

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Smoked Stuffed Apples

Smoked Stuffed Apples

(Three Little Pigs Style)




  • 6 firm sweet apples, such as Honey Crisps or Galas
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of Three Little Pigs Touch of Cherry Rub
  • ¼ cup shortbread or gingersnap crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 marshmallows (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Core the apples using an apple corer or melon baller. Don’t cut all the way to the bottom. The idea is to create a cavity for stuffing.
  2. We had to end up pulling the core out then cut 1/3 off the core end and placed it back into the bottom of the apple to hold the stuffing.
  3. Cream the butter and brown sugar together and Three Little Pigs Touch of Cherry . Beat in the cookie crumbs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the apples. Stick a cinnamon stick upright through the filling of each apple and place a marshmallow on top.
  5. Cut sides down so marshmallow can seep inside.
  6. Place apples in an aluminum pan or on foil.
  7. Smoke apples until the sides are squeezably soft but not collapsing.  250 degrees for 1-1 ½ hours depending on size of apples.
  8. If the marshmallows start to brown too much, tent the apples with foil.
  9. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills


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Three Little Pig’s Moink Balls

Moink Balls are basically meatballs wrapped in bacon – and then rubbed, grilled and glazed. They get the name by combining MOO + OINK. These little bites of delicious are perfect tailgate Food because they are easy, quick and folks love them.





  1. Mix the Three Little Pig’s All-Purpose Rub & Kansas City Sweet Sauce with the 5lbs of Hamburger.
  2. Make the meat ball and stuff the cubed cheese square inside and roll.
  3. With ½ strip of back wrap around meatball.
  4. Smoke over indirect heat at 250 degrees for about 1 hour until the bacon is done to your liking.
  5. Five minutes before removing the balls from the smoker, baste them with Three Little Pig’s Competition BBQ Sauce. Serve immediately.












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Why is Low & Slow Cooking So Effective on Tough Meats ?


Meat – muscle tissues from animals used for food

What makes up meat?

Water – 75%

Protein – 18.5%

Fat – 3%

Carbohydrates – 1%

Mineral – 1%




Meat Structure: 








  • Each layer is surrounded by a connective tissue sheath
  • Typically, epimysium can be removed prior to cooking, however the other two are always eaten
  • Each sheath is comprised of primarily collagen


  • Collagen is a very tough connective tissue
  • Most abundant protein in the body
  • Compound most responsible for tenderness variation among muscles in the animal
  • Muscles high in connective tissue (collagen) are very tough and are subsequently less valuable


  • Collagen will turn into gelatin when cooked correctly
  • Collagen will, with moist heat, turn to gelatin at temperatures from 156oF to 185oF
  • However, this transition takes time, typically hours
  • Low temperatures are needed for cooking so that meats are not fully dried out during cooking
  • Thus, “low and slow” dry heat or moist heat cooking techniques are required for tenderization of tough meats



Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills

I want to Thank Travis Quinn PHD at Kansas State University for helping me understand the fine details of meat protiens.





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Smoked Paddle-Fish Recipe



 Smoked Paddle-Fish Recipe 

Paddle fish are a cousin to sturgeon and are also known as spoonbill, spoonbill cat and shovel nose cat.  Paddle fish seldom bite a baited hook, but on occasion are “snagged” accidentally by anglers using treble hooks.

Spoonbill is a great tasting fish – as long as you clean it right.  A fish under 65 pounds is the best tasting; smaller even better.

If you only keep the ones under 10 pounds, you usually do not have to trim the red meat.  At 15 pounds the red meat begins to get oily and needs to be trimmed (in the directions below).  The best ones yield three 4″ fillets from each side.

As soon as you land the fish you would do the following:

Tip 1:  Kill the fish as soon as you have it in the boat (hit it on the head), tie a line through it’s gill plate, cut both sides of the gills off and put the fish back in the water. Let it bleed out.  This will get rid of the soured blood taste.

Tip 2 Keep the fish cold.  This is very important.  If you have ice, put it down into the belly of the fish – you want to cool down the meat as soon as possible.

Tip 3 There are no bones in paddle fish, so filleting them are very simple.  The third most important step to guarantee great taste is removing the long fibrous “cord” (really looks like a spinal cord).  It’s the first thing you remove from the fish so the fillets are not ruined.

You can cut around the tailbone at the tail, then saw the tailbone/backbone off the ribs and pull the tailbone right out.  You cut off all the red meat and gray fatty tissue.  One speck of red meat will ruin the flavor.  Then you can cut into steaks.  Place in salt water for 30 minutes to cool.

You may soak them in buttermilk for a few hours to remove any smell or taste that is left over.  Guarantees great results.  Now on to the recipes!


SMOKED PADDLE FISH RECIPE (Smoked Spoonbill recipe)

Paddle fish, 2″ x 3″ x 4″ chunks or small fillets


Brine fish for 24 hours.

2 gallons’ water
2 cups kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup of Three Little Pigs All Purpose Rub


1) Dry on a rack in the refrigerator overnight.

2) Lightly cover spoonbill Filet in garlic infused Olive Oil

3) Lightly dust the Filet with Three Little Pigs All-Purpose Rub

4) Get Smoker temperature to 225 Degrees

5) Add Filet to smoker and then add your choice of flavor wood, I prefer Apple of Cherry.

6) Smoke filet to 150-155 degrees

7 ) Lightly glaze the filet with Three Little Pig’s Competition BBQ sauce for a nice finish.


Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills


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Simple Reverse Sear Prime Rib Technique

Three Little Pig’s Simple Reverse-seared Prime rib recipie 

Prime rib is and perhaps always will be the king of holiday roasts. There is nothing so primal, so celebratory, so downright majestic as a hunk of well-marbled beef, served medium rare with or without the bone, with a crackling, well-charred exterior.

Start with bone-in or out, well-marbled beef. Bones don’t add flavor, but they do regulate temperature, increasing the amount of tender, medium-rare beef you’ll get in your finished roast. And, of course, you get to gnaw on those bones when you’re done. Marbling is intramuscular fat that appears as a white, pattern within the meat. The more marbling, the richer and tenderer your beef will be. Though most guides recommend a pound per person when you’re shopping for prime rib, this is for very hungry eaters: You’ll most likely get away with three-quarters of a pound per person, or about one rib for every three people. The Prime Rib to the Right is a 16 lb CAB (Certified Angus Beef) roast.


Season it well, and season it early if you’ve got time. Prime rib has plenty of flavor on its own, so there’s no real need to add much more than a good heavy sprinkling of Three Little Pig’s Memphis and All Purpose BBQ Rubs. If you’re able to plan, it’s best to season your prime rib with the rubs at least the day before.  Letting it sit on a rack in your fridge uncovered. This will allow time for the rubs to penetrate and season more deeply while also drying out the surface, which will lead to better crusting during smoking and grilling.

Start it in the Smoker. Here’s where the “reverse sear” part kicks in. Traditional prime rib recipes will have you start your meat in a very hot oven, based on the premise that searing meat can “lock in juices.” This has been proven time and again to be false. If you want the juiciest, tenderest prime rib, your best bet is to do the opposite: Start your prime rib  in the smoker at 250 degrees, while applying your favorite flavor wood once the roast is set on to the smoker, I prefer  couple of pieces of Pecan , let it reach about 120-125°F measured in the center of the roast for medium rare.











Finish on the Grill.Remove the roast, from the smoker and move down to the charcoal grill of the smoker, set the beef back inside for just a few minutes to crisp up the exterior, while rotating top and bottom every 2 minutes.  Do have a good set of heat gloves to move the roast.










The result is prime rib that is measurably juicier and tenderer, with a crackling crust and the biggest expanse of rosy interior.

Three Little Pig’s Simple Reverse-seared Prime rib recipie 

Ingredients for Prime Rib Recipe:

7-15 lb Beef Prime Rib, you can use larger or smaller roasts
¼ Cup of Olive Oil
½ Cup of Three Little Pig’s Memphis BBQ Rub
½ Cup of Three Little Pig’s All Purpose Rub

Smoke/Grill until the thermometer registers:
115-120˚F for rare,
125-130˚F for medium rare,
135-140 for Medium,
145-150 for medium well

Also, the meat temp will continue to rise 5-10 degrees even after it’s out of the oven so don’t cook it. You can always put it back in the smoker/grill if you want it more done

Chris Marks  CBBQE (Chief BBQ Expert) Three Little Pig’s Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills


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Smoked Venison Tenderloin

Smoked Venison Tenderloin

Smoked Venison Tenderloin: The back-strap runs along the spine of the deer and contains very little connective tissue or fat. It is lean, has a texture like filet mignon and because of its thickness, is excellent for smoking. Smoking is by far my favorite preparation method for this cut of meat. Without question, the key for tender and flavorful smoked wild game is to incorporate a brine into the preparation. A brine is essentially a marinade with a high salt and sugar content that elicits a specific reaction within the meat.


Two main processes are at work in brine:

 1) First, meat is largely devoid of salt, so when immersed in a salty water solution the process of osmosis kicks into action and the area with less salt concentration (the meat) pulls the saltwater solution into the meat and hydrates it. This helps to keep the meat juicier over the several hours smoking process.

 2) Second, the introduction of salt into the meat causes a breakdown of certain proteins within the meat. This breakdown makes the extremely lean venison much tenderer than it would be without this process.

Here is a basic brine recipe to try to make one-gallon of brine for venison tenderloins. This should be adequate to cover one whole back-strap.

  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • ¾ Cup of Salt
  • ½ cup of regular (not reduced sodium!) soy sauce
  • ¼ Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of molasses
  • 1 tbs. rosemary
  • 2 tbs. pepper


Put this mixture in a zip lock bag along with the back-strap such that the meat is completely covered in the brine. Let this stand refrigerated for at least 12 hours but no more than 24. Once you’re ready to smoke the venison, liberally apply Three Little Pig’s Memphis rub across the entire tenderloin, and prepare several strips of thick cut bacon to wrap the back-strap. As the meat smokes, the bacon fat will drip down over the meat and keep the venison from losing valuable moisture. Place the venison tenderloins on the Smoker with (2) chunks of Wild Cherry flavor wood and smoke at 250 degrees for around 2 hours or until the tenderloin reaches your preferred cooking range, but a good gauge is to shoot for 140 internal meat temperature.

Chris Marks (CBBQE) Chief BBQ Expert Three Little Pig’s BBQ Rubs & Sauces and Good-One Smoker/Grills

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