Large Calzone 14″ with Ham and Cheese

14″ Calzone with Ham and Cheese with fresh grated Parmesan and chopped Parsley.

The Best Calzone

Make no mistake about it, I have cracked the code to making the most amazing Calzones and it all starts with this Pizza Dough Recipe. Anyone that has used this dough has raved about it so, you should definitely start with that. This Calzone recipe, however, is a basic guide to teach you how to make the best Calzone through and through. Feel free to add or substitute anything you want for the filling but, I highly recommend that you stick with the Ricotta, the Mozzarella and EVERYTHING else about this recipe, so your Calzone will be amazing, too.

Be sure to check out my Stromboli Supreme and, if you’re interested all of Pizza recipes including: Nacho Pizza, Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza and my famous Margherita Pizza. I’ve even got recipes for Ramen Pizza , Pizza Tacos and Italian Cheese Bread.

If you like Chicken Wings with your Pizza, check out my classic Buffalo Chicken Wings, Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings, Wasabi Chicken Wings and/or my Ranch Chicken Wings. These recipes are easy and they’re the best!

YouTube video for a Large 14″ Calzone with Ham and Cheese by PoorMansGourmet.

Ham and Cheese Calzone Ingredients:

1 Pizza Dough, 14″ pizza
4 pc Ham, thinly sliced
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese, grated
2 tbsp Ricotta Cheese
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste the Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese.

Egg Wash
1 egg, beaten
Kosher Salt and Pepper the outside of the Calzone before baking.

Topping
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 pinch Kosher Salt & Pepper

1 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Be sure to follow the instructions in the Calzone video tutorial and bake at 475° Fahrenheit for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, then slice and serve.

Smoked Boston Butt Roast on a Gas Grill

Smoked Boston Butt Pork Shoulder Roast hot off the grill.

The Best Boston Butt Roast

One of my all time favorite recipes is pulled pork and my go to recipe is normally Kalua Pork but if you’ve ever had a Smoked Boston Butt Roast, you know it’s amazing. I’ve got a really great rub to share with you and, for those that don’t have a smoker, I’m going to teach you how to smoke your butt’s on a gas grill and still get the same results.

One packaged and tagged Raw Pork Butt Shoulder Roast, 7.55 lb, $9.66.

What is a Boston Butt

Some people confuse and automatically assume that a Boston Butt Roast is exactly what it sounds like, the butt or bottom muscle of the pig, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s actually the front shoulder above another famous roast portion, the picnic. So, the difference is, the Butt roast is more square and has the shoulder blade bone cut into each portion and the picnic is more like the bicep and forearm(ham hocks) of the front legs. Both cuts of meat, however, make excellent pulled pork.

Apparently, butts are named after the barrels the pork was stored in during the revolutionary war in New England. The barrels themselves were indeed called butts. New England is comprised of six states in the northeastern united states and Boston Massachusetts is considered it’s largest city, Hence, the Boston Butt.

Seasoned Boston Butt Pork Shoulder Roast ready for the grill.

Seasoning a Pork Butt

There are many different ways to prepare a Smoked Boston Butt and no one recipe is the right way. When I think of pork roasts, though, I tend to lean towards my Latin taste buds which pull me towards a spicier more flavorful seasoning. Sure you could go with a classic salt and pepper rub and you would, most likely, get fantastic results. Me, on the other hand, prefer Barbacoa and Chipotle style recipes so, I put together a rub with a little more flare. I use yellow mustard as a binder and several sweet and savory ingredients for color and flavor.

You also have to consider whether or not you want to add any Barbecue Sauce. If you do want to add it, it’s best brush a thin layer over the roast at the time of wrapping in foil. It’s also fairly common unwrap the butt, when it’s done cooking, and glaze it with a thinner sauce. Common glaze’s are generally a mix of barbecue sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar and sometimes blended fruits like apricots or peaches. Once a glaze is applied, the Boston Butt Roast is placed back on the grill, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to caramelize.

Smoking on a gas grill

Thanks to cooking shows on TV and cooking channels, like mine, on YouTube, Barbecue and smoked meats have gained extraordinary popularity. I think that most folks already love a good BBQ but, I’m not really sure that everyone has ever really experienced great barbecue. It was years before I ever really appreciated it. Any meat that came out of my Mom’s kitchen was never grilled and it always chewed like leather or an old shoe. Sadly, other than fish, I had no idea that meat could melt into your mouth until I was literally a full grown man and slow and low is the way to go.

On a gas grill, unless someone is burning the food, there isn’t the luxury of smoke. Without the added flavors, that burning logs, chips, pellets and nitrates the smoke provides, you’re not going to get that infamous “smoke ring” grill masters brag about. The smoke, however, on a gas grill, can still be achieved and I show you how to do it in this video tutorial. What I don’t mention, though, is an alternative.

First know, to achieve smoke, all you have to do is introduce and burn wood chips or pellets inside the barbecue grill itself. I purchased a cheap Smoker Tube from amazon that, very easily, fills with pellets and accomplishes this task. You can, however just wrap wood chips or smoking pellets in a hand made aluminum foil pouch and, with many poked holes in the foil, get the same if not similar results.

Smoking Boston Butt Roast on the grill with thermometer probing the meat.

The Boston Pork Butt must cook over indirect heat. This means that there mustn’t be a gas burner directly under the meat. My grill, for example has 3 burners. I turn the front one on low and leave the back two off to place the butt over indirect heat. I also add a bowl of water, to regulate humidity and help to keep the roast from drying out. Another step you can take is spritzing the roast, once every hour, with apple juice or apple cider vinegar or a mix of the two in a spray bottle.

I try to maintain a temperature around 275° F on my lowest setting but, on hotter days, sometimes the grill will heat up as high as 325° F so, don’t freak out if yours does. The look of the outside and the actual internal temp of the pork butt is what really matters.

Half of a Smoked Butt Roast shredded into pulled pork with Au Jus.

The smoker tube, on average, lasts 2 to 3 hours before more wood chips or pellets need to be added. I only add them once. When the tube burns out the second time, there’s no need for further smoke.

I probe the center of the roast with a thermometer after 4 hours. Once I’ve reached 160° F internal temp, I wrap the Boston Butt in foil and roast until internal temperature reaches 195° F. Then I remove it from the grill and let it rest 20 to 30 minutes before I shred it.

Shredded pulled pork from a 7.5 lb Boston Butt Pork Shoulder roast.

If I wrapped the the butt properly, there won’t be any leakage and there will be a puddle of roast juice in the bottom of the foil when I unwrap it. This juice or Au Jus, if you will, is essential for the pulled pork to reach maximum flavor and it provides a ton of moisture in the meat that keeps it from drying out so, don’t throw it out. If you want to chill it first to remove the heat, that’s fine but poor the whole thing over the shredded pulled pork and turn the pieces over a few times before serving.

If you’re interested in making pulled pork sandwich’s with this recipe, check out my Coleslaw recipe.

Smoked Boston Butt Roast on a Gas Grill by PoorMansGourmet.
Smoked Boston Pork Butt Ingredients:

7.5 lb Boston Pork Butt
3 tbsp Yellow Mustard

Pork But Rub

1/2 cup Smoked Paprika
3 tbsp Kosher Salt
2 tbsp Black Pepper
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Coffee grains
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder

Apple Cider Vinegar to Spritze

275° Fahrenheit for approximately 8 hours, total cook time. Wrap in foil at 160°, approximately 4 to 5 hours and cook for an additional 3 hours or until internal temperature reaches 195° F, then remove from the grill and let it rest. After 20 minutes, shred into pulled pork, add the leftover juice from the roast and serve. For more flavor, shake the rub seasoning into the shredded pulled pork.

Leftover Meatloaf – Grilled Mushroom and Swiss

Half of a Leftover Meatloaf, grilled Mushroom and Swiss sandwich.

The Best Mushroom and Swiss

In the last post, I gave you my recipe for a Grilled Meatloaf. Well, now I’ve got leftover meatloaf and you know what that means… It’s sandwich time. But not just any old meatloaf sandwich will do. I’m going to show you how to make the best Mushroom and Swiss sandwich, ever, and it’s going to be grilled.

Half a loaf of Artisan bread.

Grilled Bread

I’ve recently discovered my love for grilled Artisan bread. It add so much more depth to a grilled cheese or any sandwich for that matter. Use any bread you want but, if you’re going to grill it, I highly recommend using Artisan bread, buttered and seasoning with an all purpose seasoning and garlic. Another benefit to using this bread is that the shape is consistent with a slice of meatloaf.

Cold, sliced leftover meatloaf.

Cold Leftover Meatloaf

This meatloaf is the exact same meatloaf I filmed in the last post and video recipe, Grilled Meatloaf. It marinated in the refrigerator for a few days so, the flavor is going to be off the hook, once it’s reheated. I generally just cut off a half to 3/4 inch slice off the loaf and sear both sides in a pan. That’s just enough to reheat the meat, all the way through, with out over cooking what’s already been pre-cooked.

Sliced Button Mushrooms and grated Swiss Cheese.
Mushrooms and Swiss

I keep this recipe simple with some standard sliced Button Mushrooms and some grated Swiss Cheese. I saute the mushrooms in butter and olive oil, a clove of garlic, a few herbs, salt and pepper for approximately 5 minutes. Then I remove the mushrooms from the heat and top them with the grated Swiss Cheese.

A hot pan with sauteed sliced mushrooms.
Grilled Mushroom and Swiss Ingredients:

2 Slices Artisan Bread
6 oz Mushrooms, sliced
4 oz Swiss Cheese, grated
1 slice Leftover Meatloaf, 1/2″
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Butter
1 Clove Garlic
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper to taste

I also use a few shakes of Goya All Purpose Garlic Seasoning on each buttered slice of bread before grilling. Be sure to watch the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this Leftover Meatloaf, Grilled Mushroom and Swiss sandwich.

Grilled Mushroom and Swiss with Leftover Meatloaf video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.