Grillmaster Russ Faulk’s Favorite Recipes From His Cookbook Food + Fire

June 10, 2020
By Jen Ling, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Looking for fresh recipes to celebrate the start of grilling season with friends and family? Grillmaster and Chief Designer, Russ Faulk compiled a few favorites from his cookbook, Food + Fire that’ll help kick off your summer. No matter your equipment—there is something for everyone.

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1. Grilled Peaches with Burrata, Thai Basil and Chile-Infused Honey

“This recipe is a simple combination of ingredients. Each bite combines sweet, spicy, herbaceous and creamy elements. Grill the peaches directly over the fire until their natural sugars caramelize. Serving this dish on a Himalayan salt block subtly amplifies those flavors.”

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2. Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebabs with Garlic Butter

“I love this recipe because these kebabs are quick and easy to make, and absolutely perfect for a casual summer barbecue. The cilantro, lime, garlic and tequila creates a fresh combination of flavors.”

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3. Grilled Zucchini Ribbons

“I love grilled zucchini. It is my go-to summer vegetable to accompany grilled meats of any kind. Making ribbon skewers out of them is my new favorite method, hands-down. The ribbons are lightly buttered, seasoned and then coiled up on skewers, before being grilled over a hot charcoal fire. They look great and taste even better.”

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4. Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“The secret weapon in this recipe is the sauce–which I find many Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipes falling short on. I like to make the creamy sauce using a great pizza oven hack: the high heat of the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven quickly transforms whipped cream into a thickened sauce that melds beautiful with the mild blue cheese flavor.”

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5. Chile and Morel Dusted Baby Back Ribs

“I’ve recommended this recipe to many clients and the reviews always come back positive. The dried chiles and morels make for an earthy and complex barbecue rub on these baby back ribs. You won’t even need a sauce.”

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6. Chipotle Salmon Burgers with Cilantro Lime Cream

“This recipe is a great change of pace from traditional beef burgers. I enjoy the lingering spice from the chipotle chiles, and the texture is wonderful. The key is taking the time to carefully combine diced salmon into the patty. ” 

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7. Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin with Apricot Mustard and Vermouth Sauce

“This is an impressive summer grill out dish to serve your guests. Fruit and pork can be a perfect pairing, and the apricot mustard filling in this roast is a delicious example. Slice the roast before serving with a generous drizzle of the vermouth sauce.”

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8. Smoky Bourbon Peach Cobbler

“I like this recipe because it brings me back to my childhood. One of my father’s signature dishes when I was growing up was peach cobbler. I remember he never used a recipe, he simply threw it together. It was one of my favorite summertime treats. The Shokunin Kamado Grill is perfect for recipes that you would normally bake in an indoor oven. The hint of smoky flavor works beautifully with peaches.”

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