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Fun “finger” food for the big game

These meatballs can be served warm or left at room temperature safely for 2 hours. The recipe was a suggestion from one of our retailers, Jeanne at Siesel’s Old Fashioned meats in San Diego. The thumb is a finger and as we always say, *if you don’t lick your fingers, someone else will!

Thumbprint Meatballs

    The Meatball:
  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, pork, turkey or veal)
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice (or dry bread crumbs or crumbed crackers)
  • 1 XL egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Sauce Goddess spice rub (Latin Heat, Sweet Heat or Moroccan Twist)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Brush oil on a cookie sheet or use non-stick.
  3. Combine the meatball mixture in a bowl using your hands to completely mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Roll into a 1-1 ½” balls.
  5. Press the center of each gently with your thumb creating a pocket for the filler.
  6. Fill the pocket with a small amount of pepper relish (or other filling).
  7. At this point you can close the meatball and not see the filling or leave it open so it looks like a thumbprint cookie.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until meat is cooked. Please on a paper towel to absorb any excess grease.
  9. Plate and enjoy.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: about 12-15
Serving Size: one

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BBQ Bacon Fatty

Known as the breakfast on BBQ competition mornings, it’s perfect for a group with a good appetite. When made with ground turkey it’s known as the “skinny fatty”. No matter what meat you choose it’s super delicious.

BBQ Bacon Fatty


    Meat Roll Prep
  1. Preheat the oven or smoker on 250 degrees.
  2. Add seasoning to ground turkey.
  3. Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a cutting board.
  4. Spread out the ground turkey into a square about 8-9".
  5. Sprinkle cheese over meat.
  6. Drizzle half the sauce over the cheese.
  7. Roll up into a 9" tube. Should be about 4" around.
  8. Press the ends closed to seal in the cheese.
    Bacon Lattice
  1. Again, on plastic wrap lay half the bacon side by side.
  2. Place the other half of the slices across the first set, alternating top and bottom to create a lattice with the bacon slices.
  3. Remove the plastic wrap from the meat roll and place it on the bacon lattice.
  4. Use the wrap to help close up the entire BBQ bacon fatty.
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 250. Or feel free to use your smoker.
  6. Baste with sauce once the bacon has begun to get crispy.
  7. Use a meat thermometer to make sure it's 165.
  8. Slice and enjoy!

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes ; Yield: 10 servings
Serving Size: 1 slice

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Jerky 2 Ways

I used to make jerky all the time. It’s easy and a great way to always have a healthy flavorful snack. These 2 recipes can be made with any of our spices. I chose my favorites based on the type of meat used for the jerky. Now you can also skip this recipe entirely and just buy jerky made with our spices and sauces.

Jerky 2 Ways


  1. Make sure you evenly distribute the seasoning throughout the meat. The key is to fill every bite full of flavor.
  2. Shape ground turkey into small patties. Make sure they are very thin and flat in order to cook thoroughly.
  3. Once the meat is completely seasoned you’re ready to dry it out. You can use a dehydrator or the oven for this process.
    Oven Method - Heat oven to it’s lowest temperature of 180 degrees. Place meat on parchment paper or a cookie cooling racks, not touching each other. Cook for 8 hours or until completely dried.
    Dehydrator - Place meat on racks not touching each other. Dry on hi for 8-10 hours or until completely dried.

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 10 hours

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Latin Heat Chorizo Burger

Looking for ways to spice up burgers on the grill? This recipe creates a southwest flavor flair using fresh vegetables and a splash of Sauce Goddess Latin Heat.

Latin Heat Chorizo Burger

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp Latin Heat Spice Rub
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • oil to coat the burger
  • 4 buns
  • 4 slices cheese, pepper jack is nice with this burger
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 beer

  1. Mix Latin Heat and grated cheese with ground turkey.
  2. Form into patties.
  3. Oil both sides and place into your freezer for 30 minutes, flipping once so both sides freeze the same.
    While the burgers are freezing...
  1. In a saute pan, place 1 Tbsp oil, onions and peppers and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat, add beer along with Latin Heat and continue to cool until soft.
  3. Butter and toast buns if you like.
  4. Slice avocado and get everything ready to build the burger.
  5. Heat your grill on high.
  6. Remove burgers from the freezer, add more oil to prevent sticking as needed.
  7. Grill until cooked throughout.
  8. Top with cheese, let it melt and remove from grill.
  9. Top the bun with the burger, then add pepper, onion and avocado toppings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 20 minutes ; Yield: 4 burgers

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Cajun Roast Turkey (or Chicken)

A tasty Cajun recipe that will work with any fowl and makes a juicy bird dish. Slice and enjoy with mashed cheesy garlic potatoes.

Cajun Roast Turkey (or Chicken)

    Turkey Prep
  • 1 8 lb chicken, capon or small turkey (this would be great for duck too)
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 Tbsp butter
    Sauce Goddess Cajun Blend
  • 2 Tbsp BBQ Sweet Heat seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp dry thyme
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika (Hungarian hot if you want it spicy)
  • 1 tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Use the lowest rack in your oven, so you may want to remove one rack before you heat the oven.
  2. Mix dry rub together in a small bowl.
  3. Place 1 tsp of spice blend under the skin of each breast.
  4. Liberally rub the skin of the entire bird with the butter.
  5. Rub remaining spice all over the entire bird and sprinkle a bit into the cavity.
  6. Slice lemons in half.
  7. Place lemons and smashed garlic into the cavity.
  8. Place bird on a roasting rack BREAST SIDE DOWN, taking care to make sure the lemons don’t fall out. You may need to orient the opening up more depending on how your bird was butchered.
  9. Fill the pan with one cup of water (this helps steam the bird a bit and make for easier clean up.
  10. Bake until a thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 160. Remove from the oven and cover with foil to rest until thermometer reads 165. This resting time helps with the juiciest bird you can have.

Cooking time will be 2 - 2 1/2 hours depending on the size and temperature of the bird at time of prep.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 2 hours ; Yield: 6-8 servings

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Smoked Turkey Enchiladas

Smoked Turkey Enchiladas

The smoky flavor of the turkey really adds an extra dimension to a traditional enchilada. This isn't spicy hot, so if you want to add a little heat throw in some jalapenos.


  • 4 cups smoked or cooked turkey (or chicken)
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 3 cups of cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 large can of enchilada sauce (green or red)
  • 1 Tbsp Latin Heat spice rub

  1. In a large bowl combine ½ cheese, turkey, sour cream and Latin Heat.
  2. Pour ½ cup of enchilada sauce in a 9x13 baking dish. Spread to evenly cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place one tortilla on a flat surface (cutting board or prep space).
  4. Across the middle of the tortilla, place 1/6 of the turkey mixture, like a log end to end.
  5. Spoon 1 Tbsp of sauce onto the turkey mixture.
  6. Roll tortilla up like a tube and carefully place in the 9x13 pan, folded side down in the sauce.
  7. Repeat until all tortillas are filled and in the pan.
  8. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.
  9. Cover and bake for 20 minutes at 350.
  10. Remove cover and bake for another 10 minutes to brown the cheese.

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 30 minutes ; Yield: 6 servings

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Turkey Vegetable Soup

This isn’t the chicken soup that inspired Andy Warhol. A flavorful recipe that works for either chicken or turkey, so try it out with both to see which is your favorite.

Turkey Vegetable Soup

  • 3 cups diced turkey
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup green onion, diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 cups kale (or other greens)
  • 6 cups chicken or turkey broth (made from your turkey carcass)
  • 1 Tbsp Original Super Chunk
  • 1 small sprig of fresh rosemary, thyme and/or sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large soup pot sauté veggies (except corn) for 3 minutes in olive oil and Original Super Chunk.
  2. Add broth, herbs and continue cooking.
  3. Add turkey and corn.
  4. Continue cooking. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Remove herbs and serve.

Options- add noodles or more veggies as desired

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour ; Yield: 6-8 servings

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Smoked Turkey Chili

Smoked Turkey Chili

This tangy chili recipe is chock full of veggies and flavor! Great with turkey, chicken or your favorite meat substitute.


  • 2 cups smoked turkey, diced (you can use regular turkey or chicken too)
  • ½ cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch green onion, diced
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or canned
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 - 13 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Latin Heat spice rub
  • 1 jar Big & Tangy Sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Vegetable oil for sauté
  • Salt to taste

  1. Sauté all veggies except corn and tomatoes until slightly cooked.
  2. Add Latin Heat spice.
  3. Add chicken broth.
  4. Continue to simmer. Taste for salt.
  5. Add black beans, tomatoes, and Big & Tangy sauce.
  6. Add turkey and corn.
  7. Simmer 1 hour.
  8. Serve with cheese, sour cream, jalapenos or all three on top.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes ; Yield: 6 servings

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Big and Tangy Turkey Black Bean Chili



  1. Chop and cook onion and bell pepper over medium heat until tender.
  2. Combine ingredients all ingredients in pot and warm on low for 30 minutes.

- Cook Time: 45 minutes ; Yield: 6-8 servings

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Sticky Sweet BBQ Turkey Melts

Try this leftover turkey inspired creation instead next time you are craving a grilled cheese.


  • 4-6 slices of bacon (cooked)
  • 1 cup of Sauce Goddess Sticky Sweet Grill Glaze
  • 2 cups of chopped turkey
  • Small amount of butter
  • 4 slices of your favorite sandwich bread
  • 1 sliced medium tomato
  • Several slices of your favorite cheese

  1. Chop up cooked bacon slices.
  2. Mix Sticky Sweet Grill Glaze with chopped turkey.
  3. Combine BBQ turkey with bacon in sauce pan and cook on low about 10 minutes.
  4. Butter one side each of two pieces of sandwich bread.
  5. On non-buttered side of one piece of bread layer BBQ turkey, tomato and cheese then top with other piece of bread with butter side facing out.
  6. Cook in a skillet, grill pan, or Panini press until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 25 minutes ; Yield: 2 servings

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