Hormel Weekend BBQ Challenge & Giveaway

This month's Hormel challenge was a BBQ one, which was completely perfect while we were in Canada, since my dad was happy to assist in the grilling part of it all. The mission--host a delicious barbeque feast for friends or family! You must use at least three products as ingredients for your meal from the Hormel Foods portfolio.

Sounded like a plan to me, and my parents have a big garden in the backyard that was already started to produce tomatoes, zucchini and peppers. And my dad did recently buy a pineapple for the kids. All this, plus a barbecue, means kebabs, of course!

Since we were in Canada, I headed over to Buffalo for a little bit of grocery shopping with my product list. My key plan being a) kebabs and b) must go well with pineapple and zucchini (two of Ben's favorite things). On my meal planning days, I usually have a solid list, but I wanted to see this time what inspiration I could find at the store.

After a bit of shopping, I settled on Hormel pork tenderloin and Jenny-O turkey sausage for the kebabs, along with two types of House of Tsang marinades, Classic Stir Fry and Korean Teriyaki to baste the meats and veggies with.

I had a plan in my head for how I wanted the kebabs to look and, other than the pineapple, the veggies are extremely locavore, right from my mom's garden. I sliced the tenderloin into four long quartered sections and cubed those to make the pork pieces, then sliced the sausage into rounds. The meat is alternated with a combination of pineapple, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onion and red pepper, which started out just-so, and ended with a really odd last skewer of random things that were still on the plates.

My dad fired up the grill (since I will NOT turn on a grill) and brushed it with olive oil. The skewers fit perfectly into the grooves and we opted to baste them with the House of Tsang Teriyaki marinade. It is seriously good and I'm sorry I had to leave the rest of it at my parents' house (couldn't take it on the airplane, buying my own bottle at Kroger asap!).

We served the kebabs over steamed rice with soy sauce (something F&B learned from Shaun). We also debated stir frying fresh beans from the garden with the House of Tsang Classic Stir Fry sauce, but it would have been a bit too much food, so that was tabled for a different meal. It's definitely worth trying too!

Hormel has sent me a variety of their non-perishable products to try out, along with coupons for the items that cannot be sent through the mail. I have the chance to offer a reader prize pack as well, including:
  • A reusable Hormel Foods grocery bag
  • Hormel® chili with beans
  • CHI-CHI’s salsa
  • Hormel® turkey pepperoni packs
  • Hormel® Always Tender coupon
To win, leave me a comment below telling me one of your favorite summer grilling ideas! Since it's going to be well over 100 degrees in Dallas for the foreseeable future, turning on my oven is NOT a plan!

Winner will be selected next Monday night (August 8th) via Random.org!

ETA: Winner was post #8, Cathy!

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.


  1. I have no fun grilling recipes. Would love to try grilling Kabobs or some veggies on the grill or even a desert recipe, but everytime I even try, my Husband throws a major tantrum and informs me that the grill is for men, the stove for women and God doesn't want the grill contaminated with anything but good old fashioned meat. If I am lucky I can get him to grill potatoes and corn on the cob maybe once a season. He is so outspoken and bad about this that even on the very rare occasion where I manage to sneak something onto the grill, the girls will follow his lead and refuse to try it.

  2. I love marinating chicken and tofu (tofu for the vegetarians in the family)and tossing those on the grill along with Zucchini, summer squash, onions, and mushrooms. It makes for a delicious and fresh dinner.
    Ooh, Salsa is one of the prizes? I LOVE salsa, it's great as a dip, marinade, or a dressing on a salad. I could have a Garden salad with grilled chicken (Made with a taco seasoning spice rub) and salsa dressing on top. That would be yummy!

  3. I love dessert on the grill. Grilled fruit over ice cream is such a yummy treat!

    j_wilson04 at yahoo dot com

  4. Love steaks and roast cooked on the grill... Also love to fire up the grill and grill enough meat for the week that all I have to fix when I get off work is sides. :)

  5. My little one's favorite on the grill is grilled pizza. We grill individual sized pizza dough brushed with a little olive oil. When the bottom's done, brush the top with olive oil and flip over onto a cookie sheet and she can "decorate" her own pizza. Then slide it back on the grill other side down with the grill lid closed 'till it's all melty and delicious.

    leslie dot beaudry at palmer dot edu

  6. I love to maranate salmon steaks in a ginger soy marinade and then grill. I also love to grill apples and peaches (reeeally good with ice cream!)

  7. We love grilling fruit for dessert and topping it with ice cream. Plums and pineapple are both delicious!
    mommastaci33 at yahoo dot com

  8. We love Pizza on the grill - french bread with pizza sauce and the kids pick their toppings. We also love Peanutbutter Chicken - chicken marinated in a Thai Sauce - yummy


  9. When I was a kid my dad would make his fried zucchini on the grill. Nobody makes fried zucchini like my dad. And on the grill... well. It is a whole lot healthier.

    He slices the zucchini lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices, dips in milk, and then in a cornmeal/flour mixture with spices that I can never replicate. On the grill until they are tender and golden and I can eat a whole garden's worth!

  10. My fave is asparagus on the grill! I create a foil pocket and coat the asparagus in EVVO, parmesean cheese, and italian herb seasong. So yum!

  11. I absolutely love any kind of seafood on the grill. The last thing I did was salmon, marinated in pesto. Yum! I also love corn on the cob grilled. The charred parts are so yummy and then you can make all kinds of flavored butters, or go the Mexican route and make a spread of mayo, melted butter, cheese and cilantro to go top when it comes off the grill.

  12. We like to grill big bella mushrooms on the grill! Brush them with any kind of marinade and grill until tender. We eat them on sandwich buns or sliced up with veggies and rice :D

  13. We love fresh veggies from the garden grilled with a little dale's seasoning - anything really, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, asparagus, mushrooms (bought not grown), eggplant.
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  14. My friend from Spain taught me this recipe...you cut up chicken breasts into bite sized pieces, add some lemon juice, garlic, cilantro,pepper, salt to taste, and thin onion slices. Marinate for a few hours. Cook on sprayed aluminum foil on the grill, I usually throw on some cherry tomatoes and zucchini sprinkled with Mrs. Dash. Add a side of mango salsa, and it 's a yummy meal...and I'm in the DFW area too...I refuse to turn on my oven...it's too hot!!! Here's to some rain coming soon and temps below 100! Cheers!

  15. I'm a big veggie on the grill person. Usually after marinating chicken in some vinaigrette I put some tin foil on the side, and grill up some asparagus, zucchini or whatever veggie is taking up space in my fridge. I like to maximize my grill space!

  16. Our family loves to grill meats (pork tenderloin, teriyaki chicken, burgers, steaks and of course hot dogs.) But for the first time the other day, we grilled corn on the cob. It was soooo good and my kids devoured it. I think we will be grilling vegi's a lot more now!