The Grass is always Greener

This past Friday I was emailing some friends of ours in Belize who live 6 months there and the other 6 in Minnesota and we were exchanging BBQ recipes and Ruthie said that she can not get Jalapeno Peppers down in Belize as they ask frequently at the markets but have no luck. Now everyone has heard the old slogan “Grass is always greener on the other yard” and when we vacation down in San Pedro you accept that you have to change your preferences and either adapt or starve as what was available here in the US isn’t that easy on an island. I always tell our friends who travel with us to SP that are Belize virgins that they need to understand that there are no Golden Arches and the main choices for meat are chicken, pork and fish as beef is a little pricey. One of our friends who went with us actually had never eaten fish before as she is from Iowa and totally had a blast till midweek when she was jonesing for a burger so we sent her to Celi’s Restaurant for their hangover burger and she was good to go after that. So do I feel sorry for those who are on the island and don’t have access to some things that are readily available here in Memphis? -Hell no, they are living in a place that has a great climate all year long, they are willing to make sacrifices and adapt, are a fun loving people and they love it!
Therefore Saturday morning it was a triple header as we had 2 football games and a Tiger Basketball game and since I had mentioned it the day before with ChunkyRuth I decided I would make my bacon wrapped poppers and try a new dish that my dad served for Christmas eve. So I may be able to make this recipe but would I be willing to trade it in if I could grill something with a view of the reef and while wearing no shoes? You bet your sweet arse! Ok onto the pictures.
Isn’t that a crappy view that Chunky and Ruth have down in Belize? Bacon + Jalapeno Peppers = Love
Bacon wrapped Artichokes marinating in Eye-talian dressing

De-seeded and de-veined peppers

Cream Cheese love (wait isn’t that the winning BBQ sauce Ruthie?)

Stuffed, wrapped and ready for the smoker!

Perfect weather for duck hunting, I so need San Pedro! Oh they are happy!

Finishing off in the oven (ran out of time before the game)

Same goes for the artichokes

Oh look at the Bacon wrapped love!

Popper (the person) pouring some wine and Didi

I guess Weather doesn’t like being in the Blog
Now if you want to check out the exploits of Chunky&Ruth down in Belize log onto www.belizesnowbird.blogspot.com as I am trying to get them up to Memphis for BBQ fest, I think that they would go into a pork coma! They are good people and I look forward to sharing the grill with Chunky soon!
TTK!
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6 comments

  1. Yowza…all that smoky bacon goodness! Not to mention those gorgeous crisp, green jalapenos.You know you are always #1 guest pitmaster at the Rinehart Coral Bay Q. Maybe we’ll give growing jalapenos a try! Already working on the mint.

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  2. Yowza…all that smoky bacon goodness! Not to mention those gorgeous crisp, green jalapenos.You know you are always #1 guest pitmaster at the Rinehart Coral Bay Q. Maybe we’ll give growing jalapenos a try! Already working on the mint.

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