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Poultry and Pork Brine

Poultry and Pork Brine

A tasty versatile brine recipe that works well with pork and poultry. Soak a turkey in if for 2-3 days for an amazing roast bird, or drop a pork loin roast in the brine for a day and be blown away by the flavor.


  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sauce Goddess Super Chunk spice rub
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 3 Tbsp dry)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 20 whole peppercorns (or 2 Tbsp black pepper)

    Brine Recipe
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Once warm, taste it. It should be salty, slightly sweet, and have the flavor of the spices and herbs.
  3. Let cool completely.
    2-3 Day Roast Turkey
  1. Remove the wrapping from your mostly thawed turkey.
  2. Remove the neck and internal organs of giblets, heart and liver. Cook those or discard - it's up to you.
  3. We're going to brine it while it thaws the rest of the way. Place turkey in a cooler large enough for the turkey and the brine.
  4. Pour cooled brine over turkey and add water to cover if needed.
  5. Place something waterproof and heavy on top to hold the turkey under the liquid. A cookie sheet with a couple of cans of soup or a heavy cutting board should do it. The turkey MUST be below the liquid.
  6. Keep adding ice to the cooler as the turkey thaws. You want a slow thaw.
  7. Brine for 2-3 days until the turkey is thawed out. Once the turkey has thawed and has soaked in brine for at least one day it is ready to roast.
  8. Remove it from the brine and rinse completely with fresh water.
  9. Pat dry and roast as usual.
    Pork Loin
  1. Place up to 10 lbs of pork loin roast into brine. You can also cut the brine recipe in half for one 3-4 lb roast.
  2. Soak in brine for 1 day.
  3. Rinse in clean water and roast as usual.

Food Safety Note: It is very important that you check your turkey while it's thawing and soaking in brine. - The cooler needs to STAY AT 41 degrees. Add ice over the turkey as needed to keep that temperature cold. - ALL meat MUST BE COVERED while it brines. Air and temperature issues can cause bacteria to grow.

Prep Time: 1 hour ; Yield: 1 gallon of brine

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Cherry Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

The marinade in this recipe can also be made with cranberries, pomegranate or dried cherries (re-hydrated). It's a wonderful light dish that is very flavorful.


  • 2 cups cherry juice (or pomegranate)
  • 1/2 cup +2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Sauce Goddess Moroccan Twist spice rub
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 pork tenderloin, cut into 2" thick "filets"
  • 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted steams removed

    Making the marinade and finishing sauce-
  1. In a blender, combine cherry juice, balsamic, lemon juice, 3/4 cup of the sweet cherries, 2 Tbsp of oil and Moroccan Twist seasoning.
  2. Blend on low to puree the cherries.
  3. Pour half the mixture into a storage container for basting.
  4. Add 1/4 cup cherries and refrigerate the finishing sauce until ready to cook.
  5. Pour the other half of the blended sauce into a zip top bag.
  6. Add remaining olive oil.
  7. Add pork to the bag.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Overnight is better.
    Cooking-
  1. After 6 hours, remove pork from fridge. Let sit while you heat the finishing sauce.
  2. Remove storage container of sauce from fridge and pour into sauce pan.
  3. Heat on warm until it starts bubbling to a simmer.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup into a basting bowl to use at the grill.
  5. Reduce the remaining sauce by continuing to simmer for 20 minutes on low to thicken.
  6. Heat your grill on medium.
  7. Remove pork from marinade bag and discard the marinade liquid and bag.
  8. Place pork filets on the grill.
  9. Cook pork, for 5 minutes per side.
  10. Then begin basting and flipping every 3 minutes until it feels firm and measures 165 with a thermometer.
  11. Cover pork with finishing sauce and serve.

The combination of Moroccan spices and cherrie or pomegranate is really delicious.

Prep Time: 45 minutes - Cook Time: 30 minutes ; Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 3 filets

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Apple Pie Crumble

Apple Pie Crumble

Add a little zest to your pie by spicing up the crust. Our salted caramel corn adds a new flavor dimension to an all American favorite.


    Filling:
  • 6 apples, peeled, sliced (whatever apple you like, juicy and firm)
  • 1/4 tsp Moroccan Twist spice
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (maple sugar is delicious if you can find it)
  • 1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine apple filling in a bowl.
  3. Butter pie pan.
  4. Mix together crumble and crust ingredients completely.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 crumble into pie pan.
  6. Spread evenly with your hands around the bottom and a small amount up the sides.
  7. Place pie pan in the oven and warm for 10 minutes. This will make the caramel corn sticky.
  8. Place apple filling over crust.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  10. Uncover, top with remaining crumble and bake for 20 more minutes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes ; Yield: 1 pie

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Gluten Free Snack Mix

This is a variation on that famous “Chex mix”. To make it vegan, don’t use Worcestershire sauce and use olive oil instead of butter.

Gluten Free Snack Mix

  • 1-12 oz box Rice Chex cereal
  • 1-12 oz box Corn Chex cereal
  • 1-12 oz bag Gluten Free Pretzels (Glutino or Snyders)
  • 1-15 oz can Planters Mixed Nuts
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/3 cup Gluten Free Tamari or Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tbsp BBQ Sweet Heat

  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Melt butter, sauce and Sweet Heat.
  3. Place all cereal, pretzels and nuts in a large roasting pan.
  4. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture.
  5. Stir gently.
  6. Bake for one hour, stirring gently ever 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: 30 cups

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Date Pinwheel Cookies

This recipe is a family favorite that anyone can make their own. Change out the dates for apricot jam or other fruity flavors. The nuts are optional or try one you like better. White sugar can be used in place of the brown sugar depending on your sweet tooth.

Date Pinwheels

    Dough:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp Moroccan Twist
  • 1 tsp baking soda
    Date Filling:
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 1/2 cups chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp Moroccan Twist

    Date Filling:
  1. Start with the date filling since it should be cool when you spread it on the dough.
  2. Combine all filling ingredients, except the nuts, in a sauce pan. Cook over medium low heat until dates are moist, liquid is absorbed and the mixture has thickened (20 minutes or so).
  3. Add nuts, mix and remove from heat.
  4. Place all cooked ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate to cool faster.
    Dough:
  1. Mix sugar and butter until creamy.
  2. Add eggs and mix again.
  3. Combine flour, spices and soda in separate bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet. Mix completely.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll dough into rectangles about 6 inches x 10 inches.
  7. There should be enough dough to make 5 rolls.
    Rolling Logs:
  1. Divide filling into 5 portions.
  2. Spread carefully onto dough.
  3. Roll dough lengthwise into a 10" long by 1" round log creating the pinwheel look.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and chill for 1 hour.
  5. When the dough is cold slice into 1/4 thick rings and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees.

Using the refrigerator helps make working with this dough easier. The colder it is the easier it slices.

Prep Time: 2 hours - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: 200
Serving Size: each

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Moroccan Chocolate Monsters

This recipe is adapted from a recipe my sister gave me. She found the original version on Food Network. It’s gluten free and super easy. The recipe makes a lot gooey goodness and will freeze well if you end up with extra.

Moroccan Chocolate Monsters

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Moroccan Twist Spices
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 stick of butter softened (or coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups gluten free oatmeal (not instant)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a very large mixing bowl combine eggs and sugars. Mix well.
  3. Add spices, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well.
  4. Stir in chips and cherries, baking soda and oatmeal.
  5. Spoon golf ball sized scoops into a cookie sheet about 2" apart.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake.
  7. Let stand for 3 minutes, then transfer to cookie sheet to cool.

Some easy substitutions: SunButter or other nut butter if you have issues with peanuts. White chocolate chips in place of or mixed with the chocolate chips. Raisins or cranberries in place of cherries. Chocolate colored candy or marshmallows works if you're not a fan of fruits.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: 60
Serving Size: one cookie

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Spiced Apricot Bars

This shortbread cookie is great with any jam. The apricot goes great with the cardamom and cinnamon in the spices. It can easily be made with gluten free flour. Simply add one more egg yolk to the dough.

Spiced Apricot Bars


  1. Blend together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolks and vanilla.
  3. Blend in flour.
  4. Reserve 1/3 dough and refrigerate while you assemble the rest of the bars.
  5. Pat remaining dough onto a 9x13 un-greased cookie sheet.
  6. Mix Moroccan Twist spices with apricot jam. Spread mixture carefully over dough.
  7. Remove 1/3 dough from fridge. Crumble over the top of the jam.
  8. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
  9. When cool cut into bars.

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 30 minutes ; Yield: 24
Serving Size: 1 bar

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Bacon Caramel Bread Pudding

This is not your Grandma’s bread pudding. This dessert is a delicious combination of salty bacon and sweet caramel sauce. It’s the perfect ending to a meal for bacon lovers and those with a sweet tooth alike.

Bacon Caramel Bread Pudding-Gluten Free

  • 1/2 lb. bacon, diced
  • 10 oz. Udi's Gluten Free Bagels or Hamburger Buns - approx 3 buns/bagels
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 ea eggs, large
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, fresh grated
  • 1 Tbsp Sauce Goddess Moroccan Twist spice rub
  • 1 cup Mrs. Richardson's Caramel Sauce (or any other gluten free caramel sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

  1. Cook bacon until barely crispy (about 10 minutes). Remove from the pan and pat dry with paper towels. Break into pieces and divide into 6 portions for each ramekin.
  2. Butter six 4"-5” ramekins. You can use larger or smaller ramekins but will need to adjust the cook time accordingly.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and vanilla. Add milk and whisk until completely combined.
  4. Mix in Moroccan Twist, nutmeg, and caramel sauce to the egg mixture. Set aside.
  5. Break or dice the bread into 1 inch cubes (crust on).
  6. Gently combine the bread and eggs. Do this carefully and quickly so as to not break apart or over soak the bread cubes.
  7. Place soaked bread cubes into ramekin until one third full.
  8. Place a few pieces of bacon on top.
  9. Repeat with another layer of bread then bacon and finally bread until all the ramekins are full.
  10. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly on each.
  11. Pour very hot water into a large roasting pan 1" up the sides.
  12. Add the 6 ramekins carefully so you don't get any water into the pudding.
  13. Cover loosely with foil so the top doesn't burn.
  14. Bake until slightly firm and done in the center. Approximately 40-50 minutes.
  15. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

If you want to use regular bread, pick one that dense and firm and soak it for 15 minutes. The softer the bread the mushier the bread pudding.

Hot water bath is used to keep the pudding moist. Using a large roasting pan allows for plenty of room around each ramekin. Make sure you test and all your ramekins will fit in one pan.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes ; Yield: 6
Serving Size: 1 ramekin

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Spicy Chocolate Sauce

This spicy chocolate sauce is awesome for ice cream sundaes or even mixed into a cup of coffee to create a mocha. For an added kick add some Devil’s Bite Salted Caramel Corn.

Spicy Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate (1/4 dark chocolate bar)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp Habanero chile powder (or cayenne if you don't want it super hot)

  1. Use a sauce pan over medium heat (no higher).
  2. Melt both chocolates, milk and sugar. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn or scorch.
  3. Add butter and chile pepper.
  4. Stir to combine. The butter will give the sauce a glossy smooth appearance.

Prep Time: 2 minutes - Cook Time: 8 minutes ; Yield: 1 1/2 cups (12 oz jar)

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Cheesy Spread

This cheesy spread is awesome to use on wraps or in panini.



  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine.

This spread is a mixture of two or more cheeses.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 2 cups

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