Our Top 10 Recipes for the Perfect Grill Out

Independence Day is the perfect time to get together with friends and family to celebrate freedom, liberty and justice for all. It’s also a great time to cook your favorite summer foods!

Before you set your party menu, pick one of our 10 favorite recipes to help you pull off the perfect 4th of July celebration. We have everything from salads to hot dogs and ribs. You’ll even find a home-made barbecue sauce and rub recipe to impress your friends with whatever cut of meat you choose.

These recipes are also great all summer long!

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Uncle Rich’s Plum Glazed Ribs

Every spring I look at last year’s homemade plum jam in the cupboard and think of how I’m going to use it up to make room for this year’s harvest. One of my favorites is this plum jam glaze for pork. I like to serve these ribs with fried rice.

Have fun and feed someone you love,

Uncle Rich

An Odd Food Pairing: Chili with Cinnamon Rolls

farm shotIt’s a gorgeous fall day here in rural Iowa; a brisk coolness fills the air. As the temperatures dip our menu at home changes a bit too. We turn to roasting, slow cooking and begin making more soups and stews. All of which creates great dishes to eat as well as warm up the house and fill the air with comforting aromas.

This season makes me recall fond school- time memories, surprisingly of my school lunches- even though we probably complained about them at the time. We were lucky because the cooks at my school actually cooked our food. Regardless, the school lunch menu was always predictable.

Here is where my odd food pairing began: if we were having chili at school, we always had a cinnamon roll to go with it. This has ruined me! I can’t seem to enjoy my chili unless it’s served with a cinnamon roll. Yes, the pairing is not traditional – saltines, corn chips or even spaghetti – but I love to dip this sugary, cinnamony treat into my steamy, spicy chili. It’s just the perfect way to eat it.

Here’s the recipe I make at home. My trick is adding Niman Ranch ground pork. It gives the chili a wonderful rich and savory quality- give it a try.

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Think Outside The Bun

Americans love hot dogs.  So much so, July has been declared National Hot Dog Month.

We consume nearly 7 billion hot dogs, or 818 hot dogs every second, between Memorial Day and Labor Day alone. They’re topped with everything from ketchup and mustard to more exotic ingredients like Siracha and Sweet Onion Aioli. Hot dogs grace the tables of backyard barbecues and family gatherings across the country, regardless of the season.

But how often do people think outside the bun? Yes, everyone loves a classic hot dog, but there are so many more ways to enjoy this American favorite. We found these five creative yet simple hot dog recipes for the next time you bring out some juicy Fearless Franks.

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Cooking the Perfect Pork Chop

Uncle Rich's Pork ChopI’ve met many people who’ve had an amazing Niman Ranch pork chop at some fine establishment and wish they could make it at home. Most folks hesitate to purchase thick cuts like this, however, so they end up having to enjoy their favorite pork-centric dish in a restaurant.

You may be one of those people who’s intimidated when it comes to cooking a pork chop up to two inches thick, but figuring out the right way to cook it is well worth the effort. Though this may not be the same way great chefs are doing it today, this is a sure-fire way to get the job done with great results.

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Memorial Day Made Easy

Celebrate the memory of all those who have courageously served our country by enjoying what our farmers and ranchers work so hard to provide. When celebrating any holiday, though, you may find yourself staring at a list with a million tasks.

Getting your house ready takes enough time, why not take searching for the right recipes off your list? The best memories in life are forged over food, so let us take away the worry of what to cook and just enjoy yourself!

We’ve put together a list of a few tried and true recipes to help you create the perfect Memorial Day menu. Some are Niman Ranch originals, some come from our farmers’ kitchens and others come from our friends cooking in restaurants across the country. But almost all these recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less!

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