Eating our Way Through Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Competition in Sanford, Florida

This past weekend my mama and I decided to have a mommy daughter day date at the Central Florida Zoo for the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown BBQ Competition. Over 40 different meat-loving teams from across the country came together to beat out the competition with the possibility of winning a $20,000 Grand Prize!

Of those 40 teams, there were over 150 competitors battling for a total of $68,000 and some serious bragging rights! These competitors came from all over the country to prove that they made the best chicken, brisket, ribs and pork, and/or a mystery meat! And we came to eat it all!

sonnys smokin showdown grilled cheese social mackenzie smith

As soon as we walked up to the park entrance, we were greeted with the intoxicating smell of smoked meat wafting through the air. There was live country music playing, people dancing, and kids drinking out of sweet tea cups as big as their heads! But after our drive from New Smyrna, all we could think about was tasting some of the food because were starving! So first things first, like the food loving gals that we are, we headed straight to the Sonny’s tent to indulge in their pit masters specialities. Continue reading

Tropical Paradise Grilled Cheese with Habanero Mango Gouda + Mojo Pulled Pork

Mango Habanero Grilled Cheese with Mojo Pulled Pork

Ok, so yeah, still not cold here in Florida. Not even a little bit. But since all of the rest of you are suffering in mother nature’s frigidness, I figured I’d make y’all a sweet and spicy Grilled Cheese to transport you tropical paradise. Sounds pretty good right? One bite of this sandwich that’s loaded with mojo pork, mango habanero gouda, cilantro, refried black beans, butter and whtie bread, and you’ll be whisked away to warmer times.  Continue reading

Honey Sriracha Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Bread Bowl

honey sriracha grilled cheese bread bowl with tomato soup

Why are bread bowls so much fun? Ummm, BECAUSE CARBS! Correct me if I’m wrong but eating a bowl made of hot and toasty bread is pretty much the best thing ever. Especially when it’s all cold outside and you can live inside a giant sweater and not care about having a little extra winter chin to keep you warm.

And yes, you might have heard that it’s like freakin’ summer here in Florida, but that doesn’t mean I’m not acting like it’s winter. Bring on the cold weather foods. Load me up with roasted root vegetables. Bathe me in rich cheese. Lather my face and hair in butter. Pet my winter chin. Tell me that I look like I’m eatin’ good and that my pasty complexion compliments a fine brie.  Continue reading