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  1. Dress Up Your Holiday Meal (With Bacon)

    Dress Up Your Holiday Meal (With Bacon)

    Up here in Claremont, New Hampshire, we roll steadily through the year with four very distinct seasons: Short green summers, even shorter autumns, long white winters, and unpredictable springtimes. Given how long our winters can be, we tend to treat “the holidays” as an unofficial fifth season when we dig out candles and hang lights pretty much everywhere.

    Straight out of a storybook, the holidays in New England are jolly and jammed with sights, smells, and tastes that cannot be imitated during any other time of year. When it comes to home cooking, you can’t beat the tried-and-true recipes of the season. 

    Unless, you add bacon.

    Call us predictable, but here at the smokehouse we’re dreaming up ways to make our holiday feasts just a smidge tastier and that exploration led us right here, to three smoky spins on our favorite holiday side dishes.

    Here’s hoping tha

    October 31, 2019
  2. Smoky Football Snacks for MVPs

    Smoky Football Snacks for MVPs

    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

    September 26, 2019
  3. Short on Time, Big on Flavor. Snack Dinner.

    Short on Time, Big on Flavor. Snack Dinner.

    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

    July 30, 2019
  4. Spicy Chorizo with Brandy Frittata

    Spicy Chorizo with Brandy Frittata

    A Breakfast with Bold Flavor 

    We're all about simple recipes that bring folks together at breakfast table. Bacon & eggs belong together. 

    Serves 4 

     Ingredients:

    • 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


    Instructions:

    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

    July 02, 2019
  5. Beef Bacon Sliders: Smokehouse Style

    Beef Bacon Sliders: Smokehouse Style

    A popular alternative to basic burgers. This July 4th declare your independence from flavorless, dry sliders!  This recipe is modeled on the White Castle square sliders and results in a juicy burger that fits all the way to the edge of the buns, which are held in place with melted cheese. 

    Serves 16

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. all-natural, ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
    • 1 small white onion, finely grated
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. black pepper
    • ½ tsp. white pepper
    • 2 TBS cold water
    • 1 package of slider buns or dinner rolls, connected in a single sheet (we recommend Martin’s potato rolls or King’s Hawaiian Bread)
    • 1 lb. sliced cheddar cheese
    • 1, 12 oz. package of North Country Smokehouse Certified Humane Fruitwood Bacon


    Instructions:

    Measure your buns! Using a tape measure

    June 11, 2019
  6. Make This Father’s Day a Smoky Celebration

    Make This Father’s Day a Smoky Celebration

    With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s only right that we pay homage to the ultimate grill master. We’d bet that what he really wants is a relaxed day spent with his family, preferably in the backyard standing over a charcoal grill. Most definitely, he wants to be consuming the greatest, most delicious grilled meats he can get his hands on. To make it simple for you, we spend hours slow-smoking our meats and infusing them with deep, rich flavor.

    What better way to show dad how much you love him than with juicy, slow-smoked sausage? We’re dishing out ways to make your Father’s Day meal extra special, so Dad knows how much you care.

    Go for the Gold

    June 07, 2019
  7. The Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

    The Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

    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.

                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                     

    May 03, 2019
  8. Kielbasa, Pepper & Pineapple Skewers

    Kielbasa, Pepper & Pineapple Skewers

    Perfectly Portioned, Sweet & Savory Kabobs

    Made with 3 fresh ingredients and a few flavorful pantry staples, the samoky sausage does the talking with this winning dish. 

    Serves 20

    Ingredients:

    For Skewers

    • 1 12oz package of North Country Smokehouse Natural Polish Style Kielbasa, sliced into ½ inch coins
    • 10oz fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
    • 2 red bell peppers, cut into large chunks


    For Marinade:

    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tsp sriracha
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 15-20 toothpicks or small kabob skewers, soaked overnight


    Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together in

    January 31, 2019
  9. Cheesy Baked Andouille Dip

    Cheesy Baked Andouille Dip

    Creamy with Bold Cajun Flavor 

    Break free from your usual party food ideas and take your menu to the next level with this fan favorite. 

    Serves 8 

     Ingredients:

    • 1 (12 ounce) pkg. North Country Smokehouse Andouille Sausage
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, split
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded, split
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, well drained
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 4 green onions, sliced, split

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

    2. Chop the North Country Smokehouse Andou

    January 29, 2019