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Cooking a Pre-Smoked Turkey Leg!

Do you have a couple of tasty Pre-Smoked Turkey legs calling your name but are unsure of how to cook them properly? The good news is that most commercial pre-smoked turkey legs found in grocery stores are considered fully cooked! All you really have to to is reheat them without making them tough and making sure they hit the right temeprature.


Kent's Root Beer Chicken & Seasoned Grilled Potato Slices

Root Beer Chicken? A newspaper in Tennessee wrote an article about me after I was on the Emeril Live television show. The article consisted of my contest winning barbecue cornbread recipe that Emeril and I cooked together. The article also had a picture of me standing by the grill and mentioned in a caption, "As Kent grills his famous root beer chicken." Well, let me tell you how many times my phone rang from people wanting the root beer chicken recipe.

People called for weeks wanting to know what it was and how to make it. I spent many nights emailing food lovers this simple recipe. In fact, I received an email back from one nice lady who accused me of leaving out a secret ingredient because it seemed too easy. In fact, I've heard that Elvis loved a version of this chicken dish!


Tennessee Whiskey and BBQ Sauce

Tennessee Whiskey, Ribs & BBQ Sauce

If you've ever visited the great state of Tennessee, known as the Volunteer State, then you've probably seen a couple of restaurant menu's featuring menu items with Jack Daniels as an ingredient. There are Jack Dainel ribs, burgers, chops, drinks and more. Ribs seem to be the hometown favorite!

Well Deck Chef fans and foodies - There's some good news for all those who enjoy adding a splash of Old Number 7 into one of your recipes... Tennessee has several whiskey's to choose from if you're running short on Jack!


Pabst Blue Ribbon Cookbook

Free Download - The Kent Whitaker Pabst Blue Ribbon cookbooklet
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with one of my favorite brewers. Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Ice Cold PBR & Barbecue! Ya Can't go wrong!

I've enjoyed PBR since I was seventeen... um, eighteen. Remember, the drinking age when I was growing up was eighteen.

Pabst has a wonderful heritage in the United States as not only a classic ale that is seeing a resurgence, but also as a proud backer of American service men and women. During World War Two Pabst Blue Ribbon was one of the brews sent across the globe to thirsty Allied Troops.


Talladega Superspeedway by Kent Whitaker

Talladega, NASCAR and SPEED! The racetrack in central Alabama known as Talladega Super Speedway, originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, was built on the site of a World War II–era Air Force base in the heart of Alabama. NASCAR founder Bill France and his family envisioned a race track that would be faster, larger, and more exciting than any track built to date. Construction began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The end result is the most modern speedway ever built. Often simply referred to as “Dega,” the track is 2.66 miles long, its high-banked turns are nearly three stories tall, and race cars have reached speeds over 200 miles per hour. It is so popular that it is said to become one of the largest “temporary” cities in the state every race weekend. 

Author Kent Whitaker tells the visual story of Talladega Superspeedway, from its origins as farmland and then a military base to it becoming the most thrilling race track in motorsports. The images are from the collection of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Talladega Superspeedway. That's not the only place pictures and information came from.

"Many of the pictures came from race teams and former drivers, crew chiefs, fans, other museums and more," Kent Whitaker said in an interview. "It was amazing being able to work with a driver from the first few years of Talladega in the morning, then be working with one of the largest teams in NASCAR today only a few minutes later."

Racing meets History

  • The track was built on the location of a World War Two Airbase.
  • The WWII Era runways, and one hanger, are still on-site. Many of the roads around the track are from the airstrip.

Red, White and Blueberry

Sometimes you just have to go with the pros!
blueberrycakeAlly and I were tossing ideas around for our upcoming holiday weekend. We’ve been blueberry crazy the last several weeks but have been limited on our annual handpicking adventures.

Two things happened at about the exact same time that sealed the theme for this article. I was researching some facts on blueberries when I came across the perfect Fourth of July recipe. At just about the exact same time Ally walked into the kitchen and suggested that I call our friend Louis Varnell.


Salute to my Grilling Dad


Diary Of A Comfort Foodie:
Father’s Day Easy Flavor

as appeared in the Chattanoogan.com 
 by Kent Whitaker

Happy Father’s Day weekend! Can you believe it’s Father’s Day? It seems like only a year ago that I was still convinced that I could become half the grilling guru that my dad is. Everything my dad ever slapped on a grill tasted like a million bucks. He does it with ease and swagger, like a dad should. I think if I try hard enough I’ll master the secrets of Eli Whitaker and his magic grill. Wait, maybe it wasn’t magic. Maybe my dad just believes in simple things when it comes to grilling.

A picture revealed a grilling lesson to me. My mom and I were digging through family photographs in search of pictures of family dinners, mountains and southern life. It was for a project that I was working on. The seach provided us the opportunity to relive some fun family times as we flipped through the pictures.


How to Grill Memorial Day Ribs!

Yep, it's time for some quick and easy ribs on the grill using hickory wood chips for added flavor. Hope you enjoy the video!

Brawts for the Daytona 500

Are you looking for a few foodie ideas for the Daytona 500 weekend? The race is an American classic and considered the "Super Bowl" of racing! So, why would you not have your tailgate and race day foods ready to go? Here are a few race day recipes inspired from my book Checkered Flag Cooking starting off with some easy BRAWTS!. These can help with your race day chow!

Also check out these tasty race day dishes.


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