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Texas-Style Beef Brisket

A friend tried this recipe and liked it, so I thought I would try it, too. When my husband told me how much he liked it, I knew I'd be making it often. —Vivian Warner, Elkhart, Kansas
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Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Grilled is a different and fun way to prepare whole turkey. My mom has served this main dish for special occasions, "Christmas in July" and weddings at her home.

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Cilantro, lime and hot pepper sauce lend south-of-the-border pizzazz to boneless pork chops in this recipe from Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. "Pretty enough for company, these chops are tender, juicy and delicious," she says.

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

I like to marinate this moist chicken entree overnight, then pop it on the grill for a breezy taste of the islands that family and friends really go for. —Vicki Roberts, Jacksonville, Florida

Marinated Pork Strips

Marinated Pork Strips

Marinated Pork Strips

Meet the Cook: Especially if you're having company, this is a good recipe. While it looks like you spent time on it, it's actually easy. Married 6 years, we have three little ones. Technically, I'm not working, but I've never worked so hard in my life! -Karen Peterson, Hainesville, Illinois

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

"When my son and his wife were married in our backyard, I served this special roast at the rehearsal dinner," writes B.J. Wall from Lanexa, Virginia. "It can be prepared on the grill or in the oven, but grilling enhances the flavors. The fruit salsa perfectly complements the pork's tasty herbal rub."

Lemon and Herb Fryers

Lemon and Herb Fryers

Lemon and Herb Fryers

With its slight hint of lemon and variety of herbs, this chicken disappears quickly. I'm not sure where this originated, but I've passed it onto countless friends.

Marinated Teriyaki Flank Steak

Marinated Teriyaki Flank Steak

Marinated Teriyaki Flank Steak

Warm days are the perfect time to get out the grill. And this tender grilled steak and marinade of teriyaki, ginger and orange from Sandi Poznanski of St. Howard Beach, New York makes a refreshing main course.

Zippy Strata

Zippy Strata

Zippy Strata

The taste of this sandwich bake will remind you of pizza. Red tomatoes add color...the cayenne delivers the zip. -Jean Pare`, Vermilion, Alberta

Zesty Breakfast Burritos

Zesty Breakfast Burritos

Zesty Breakfast Burritos

My husband grew up in Mexico and prefers his food extra spicy. Special seasonings added to ordinary ground pork give a little life to standard sausage and eggs.

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Perfect for a backyard barbecue or an afternoon tailgate, these cheesy chops from Marcia Obenhaus of Princeton, Illinois will hit the spot at any time and any place!

Herbed Pork and Apples

Herbed Pork and Apples

Herbed Pork and Apples

Whenever I make this dish for friends and family, I'm reminded of the wonderful scent of the Maine orchards where we picked our own apples every fall until we moved to Missouri last year. The aroma of the pork and apples certainly takes the chill out of crisp autumn air. -Louise Keithley, Columbia, Missouri
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