There’s something about cold weather that makes a person crave hearty dishes full of savory ingredients and satisfying hunks of flavorful meat. The urge to hunker down and fortify your defense against the cold with a tasty homemade meal is relentless and pressing. You want something simple, but gratifying; a recipe that doesn’t take hours to make or involve too many ingredients.
We have three recipes that you can whip up without much to-do when what you really want is to huddle up by the fireplace after an active winter day. We’re talking slow-smoked, handcrafted, bursting with flavor meats that are certified humane and get-in-my-belly good.
Taking the Hassle Out of Keto Meal Prep with Three Easy Meals
Whether your goal is to feel good in your body or lead the pack at your next CrossFit class, eating keto is the current king of diets. From weight loss to managing various health conditions, keto has many proven benefits. Before you dive into that bacon-filled can of worms, hang on! Keto eating can be time-consuming - first ask yourself, is this way of eating right for you?
Keto, aka, the ketogenic diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that’s designed to help you burn fat more effectively. The goal is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis where your body burns fat - not carbs - for energy. This way of eating may not be right for everybody, though, and it’s advisable to talk to your doctor before trying.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Football Season. What’s not to love? You get to invite family & friends over and fill up on snacks. But that bowl of greasy chips and jar of queso dip just isn’t going to cut it if you’re a true flavor guru, and you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen because, hello, the game is ON!
Upping your munchie game doesn’t have to require much effort. We spend hours handcrafting our meats and smoking them low and slow for big, intense flavor, so you can spend more time cheering on your favorite team. Our ideas all pass the Sports Snacking Golden Rule: Easy to grab, share, and savor. Check out some of our favorite ways to take Football Sunday classics and make them bold, smoky MVPs.
Pizza with a Punch
It happens every year. Back-to-School season sneaks up and brings with it lots of time-consuming activities, like forms for filling, clothes for buying, and sports practices for shuttling to and from. After the slower days of summer, it can be hard to adjust. When it comes to question, “What’s for dinner?” are you fighting off the temptation to yell “Every man for himself!” in response? The answer is simple: Snack Dinner.
You heard right. Here’s our take:
Step 1: Prepare a few simple snacks. Make them delicious. Ingredients are the key here.
Step 2: Set everyone loose to fill their plates with what they want.
Step 3: Bask in the bit of extra time you have from no cooking and way fewer dishes.
The beauty of snack dinner is
Paleo is one of the biggest diet trends at the moment and for good reason: people are getting great health benefits while eating really good food. The paleo philosophy and diet plan revolve around the idea that our bodies have evolved to handle certain foods: namely vegetables, healthy fats, and animal protein. (Read: Fantastic! All the bacon you want!) Who wouldn’t love this diet? Bring on the meat tornado.
Before you jump on the bandwagon, though, you should know about the flip side. The diet guidelines also suggest that our bodies haven’t adapted to digesting certain food groups and should be eliminated. On this list are: grains, dairy, sugar, and processed oils, just to name a few. If you’ve tried the Paleo lifestyle before, you know those restrictions can make it tough to pick healthy foods that are still delicious and packed with flavor
A Breakfast with Bold Flavor
We're all about simple recipes that bring folks together at breakfast table. Bacon & eggs belong together.
- 1 small white onion, sliced thin
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red tomato - chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced fine
- 2 slices sandwich bread, cut or torn into small pieces
- 2 links North Country Smokehouse certified humane, Chorizo with Brandy sausage - diced
- 8 eggs
- 4 oz. diced cheese (we used Jack but any firm cheese would work)
- 1/3 C olive oil, divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
2. In a large cast-iron pan, heat ½ of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the
The shift towards locally sourced ingredients is real. Our customers want to know where their food comes from and trust the people who produce it. Enter - North Country Smokehouse.
We’ve been smoking meat for a long time, and we pride ourselves on the diverse flavors our products bring to the table. We live in a region that’s made a name for itself with the local flavors of sweet maple syrup, creamy cheeses and the very best in craft beer. It’s only right we partner with other local purveyors to develop two, all-natural, certified humane links; just in time for Memorial Day.
We began collaborations with Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company as part of our ongoing commitment to the local food movement, crafting recipes with fresh ingredients from our own backyard. These partnerships were made in sweet, meaty heaven – pairing our savory sausages with these regional, fan favorites was a no-brainer.
A New England staple with locations in Windsor, VT., an
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of grills firing up across the country. Eager to take the party outdoors, grilling season means gracing your table with the fresh flavors of the season.
At North Country Smokehouse, we believe everything tastes better after it’s spent some time over an open flame. Nothing signals the arrival of summer like smoked meats sizzlin' on the barbie.
We've launched 2 new, local products just-in-time for Memorial Day. Our new Jalapeno Cheddar sausage and Harpoon IPA Beer Bratwurst are sure to turn your run-of-the-mill meals into a scrumptious celebration.
Find these and other feast-worthy flavors inside this Ultimate Guide to BBQ Season and remember... Stay Low. Stay Slow. Stay Smoky.
Hearty & Full of Flavor
Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day. For the Irish, March 17 is a day of cultural celebration. For meat lovers all over the world, it’s a day of flavorful possibility. Yes, you can brine a brisket and slow-cook it in a Dutch oven for hours…But we’re quite happy dressing our Irish Brand Banger Sausage—a traditional Emerald Isle blend of pork, spices, and bread crumbs—with onion gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes for a traditional feast that takes less than 30 to fix.
History has it that the name “Bangers” comes from the fact that these sausages used to burst (bang!) while cooking due to the inclusion of bread crumbs (otherwise known as “rusk”) in the meat.
Just like any simple dish, Bangers and Mash is all about the ingredients, so most