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  1. Smoky Summer Staycation Recipes

    Smoky Summer Staycation Recipes

    Our smokehouse sits smack dab in the middle of New England, located in the same lush countryside we’ve been doing business on for more than a century. Like most New Englanders, we lean into seasonal ingredients and find ourselves drawn towards the flavors our region is so well known for. From sweet maple syrup to buttery cheese, our passion for provincial flavor is apparent in every handcrafted, small-batch we smoke.

    Summer is the perfect time to break out of your meal-planning rut and try new recipes with local ingredients. Gardens are bountiful and farmers’ markets can be found on almost every corner. So, turn off the stovetop and take it outdoors – it won’t be difficult, our fully cooked sausage, ham, and hot dogs make meal prep a breeze - all you have to do is heat & serve. Be it family meals firmly planted at the picnic table, or carefree campfire cookouts, summer dining with friends and family in your own backyard is the stuff sweet, smoky dreams are made of.

    August 05, 2020
  2. Hearty Meals Put Winter in its Place

    Hearty Meals Put Winter in its Place

    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. 

    January 30, 2020
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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. New Local Flavors Just in Time for Summer Grilling

    New Local Flavors Just in Time for Summer Grilling

    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

    May 14, 2019
  8. 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
  9. 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