Cinnamon Chipotle Crinkles

Sweet Heat Fajita

Sweet Heat Fajita Rub has sweet, smoky and warm notes that will have you salivating for a fajita or taco.  The full flavor marries well with a multitude of applications.  This product may have become by accident, but it is a favorite of anyone looking for that authentic fajita flavor. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fajita, sweet heat
Servings: 8


  • 1 lb ground beef/ground turkey/cubed chicken
  • ¼ C Shot in the Dark Sweet Heat Fajita Rub
  • ¼ C Beef/Chicken Stock
  • 8 Tortilla shells
  • Various toppings


  • In a medium skillet brown protein. Drain off excess grease. Add protein back to skillet add rub and stock. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Meanwhile warm tortilla shells. Add protein to tortilla shells and top with desired toppings.


French Toast Sprinkle Casserole

Here is a yummy breakfast treat that is sure to be a sensational pleasure for the kids and adults alike.  Make this breakfast casserole the night before and place it in a preheated oven the next morning and watch everyone get out of bed with their nose in the air.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Come to room temperature30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: French Toast
Servings: 10 servings



  • 10 cups bread cubes cut homemade Brioche into about 1-inch cubes
  • 1 8 ounce package maple pecan cream cheese
  • 3 -4 tablespoons Shot in the Dark French Toast Sprinkle
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 6-8 drops Vanilla Extract Flavoring
  • 8 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 1/8 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • powdered sugar


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1/3 cup milk 70º to 80ºF
  • 3 tablespoons water 70º to 80ºF
  • 3/4 teaspoon Fleur de Sel Vanilla salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast



  • Place the bread cubes in a buttered 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • In a bowl beat the softened cream cheese with Shot in the Dark French Toast Sprinkle, sugar, vanilla extract at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined.
  • Add in eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  • Add in half and half cream, maple syrup; beat until well combined.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the bread cubes in the baking dish, using a fork or spoon gently lifting the cubes so that they coat evenly with the egg mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.
  • Next morning set oven to 375°F.
  • Remove the dish from the fridge and let sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Bake uncovered for about 45-50 minutes or until set and a golden brown color.
  • 10. Pour more maple syrup over and sprinkle with French Toast Sprinkle.


  • Measure all ingredients into bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer.
  • Process on sweet or basic/white bread cycle; use light or medium/normal crust color setting.
  • Remove bread from pan; cool on wire rack.



Sautéed Bacon Brussel Sprouts

This side dish compliments a wide variety of main meals.  The flavor is second to none, leaving your taste buds wanting more.   
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, brussel sprout
Servings: 4 servings


  • ¼ C extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs Brussel Sprouts trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 ½ t Shot in the Dark Bring Home the Bacon Rub


  • In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add Brussel sprouts, season with salt and pepper and cook stirring frequently until caramelized. Sprinkle bacon rub over Brussel sprouts and continue to cook for one minute. Remove from heat and serve warm. Add bacon rub to desired flavor profile.

Grilled Pineapple Slices

This grilled fruit is a crowd pleaser for good reason.  It is versatile enough to complement a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert or be eaten by itself.  This sweet and earthy pleasure will leave the taste buds wondering "Where have you been my whole life?" 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: party, pineapple


  • 1 Fresh Pineapple
  • Shot in the Dark Pineapple Party Tropical Rub


  • Directions
  • Preheat grill/oven or desired cooking device to 425 degrees F.
  • Carefully cut away the pineapple skin from the top to the bottom. Core pineapple and slice into ½” thick slices.
  • Place pineapple rings in a single layer on baking sheets. Generously cover with rub, flip and repeat on second side.
  • Cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat source and top with rub once again. Serve warm. Recommendations to compliment vanilla ice cream, salads, hamburger topping, chicken or fish.


Pork Steaks

A common staple in the central part of the United States, the pork steak is a summertime bbq right of passage.  Cooked perfectly, the meat should be complimented and not overpowered by the rub, smoke or sauce.  
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Rest at Room Temp.20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple, pork steak
Servings: 1 pork steak


  • 1 ½ Inch thick cut pork steaks
  • Shot in the Dark How ‘Bout Them Apples Rub

Aluminum Foil Wrap

  • 1/4 C Apple Juice
  • 4 TBSP Brown Sugar
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Butter


  • Coat both sides of pork steaks with apple rub, let set to room temperature (about 20-30 mins.). Grill/smoke pork steaks to 145 degrees internal temperature. For wrap layer 1 Tablespoon of Butter, half of brown sugar and bbq sauce on foil, mix together. Lay pork steak on mixture, repeat mixture on top of pork steak. Add ¼ C of apple juice to each wrap, not pouring over the pork steak to ensure mixture does not wash off. Wrap tightly and return to grill. For Steam until tender (175-180 internal temp, or desired tenderness)

Candied Bacon

This sweet and salty finger food will make you a hit.  Simple and easy with great flavor.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, candy
Servings: 8 Slices of Bacon


  • 1/3 C light brown sugar
  • 1 t Shot in the Dark Candied Bacon Rub
  • 8 Slices of Apple Wood Smoked Bacon


  • Preheat oven at 325 degrees F.
  • Mix the brown sugar and Candied Bacon Rub. Dredge each bacon slice on both sides through the sugar mixture.
  • Line pan with aluminum foil then place the bacon on a baking pan with sides. Place a second baking pan on top of the bacon. This will help keep the bacon flat and ensure even baking. Bake for 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon. Place on a paper towel or baking wire rack to drain the excess fat.


Just Add Protein Sliders

Bring out the kid inside with this flavorful treat.  This is not your everyday slider, the flavor explodes in your mouth leave you wanting more.  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: just add protein, slider
Servings: 8 Sliders



  • 1 lb Ground Chuck
  • 2 T Shot in the Dark Just Add Protein
  • 8 3” buns or rolls split in half Hawaiian Rolls work well


  • 2-3 T Mayonnaise
  • 1 t Shot in the Dark Tomato Horseradish Dip Mix


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine mayonnaise and dip mixture, mixing well, place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and place the ground chuck in the middle of the pan. Cover the meat with a large sheet of plastic wrap. Roll meat with a rolling pin until it covers the surface of the pan; it should be very thin. Remove the plastic wrap, and sprinkle the meat with the Shot in the Dark Just Add Protein. Fold the meat in half, from side to side, using the parchment paper. Use a pizza wheel to cut the meat into 8 even squares.
  • Wrap the buns in foil and place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the burgers on the griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove the buns from the oven. Spread a small amount of mayonnaise on each bun and top with the burger and any other condiments, as desired. Serve immediately.


Just Add Protein Slider

Just Add Protein


Strawberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, glazed, strawberry
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 chicken breast thin sliced boneless , skinless
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ½ T Shot in the Dark Strawberry Fields Rub
  • Sprinkle Shot in the Dark Small Caliber Rub
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T honey
  • 1 T Dijon Mustard
  • 3 ½ T Shot in the Dark Strawberry Fields Rub
  • 2 cups strawberries tops stem chopped off and sliced
  • 1 tsp corn starch



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl whisk together the 2 ½ T Strawberry Fields and balsamic vinegar.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a pyrex baking dish. Sprinkle them with the Small Caliber rub. Then pour the marinade over the chicken breast. Turn the chicken to coat. If you have time let the chicken marinate for up to 2 hours.
  • Place the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the glaze.


  • In a medium sized sauce pan combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon and Strawberry Fields. Bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer about 10 minutes, uncovered.
  • After ten minutes you may find the mixture is still thin not a syrup like texture. In a small cup or bowl add a dash of water to the teaspoon of cornstarch (almost like a tablespoon of water) and whisk it together before adding it to saucepan. Once you add the cornstarch to the saucepan whisk to combine. Let it simmer another 2 minutes you will notice the mixture will get thicker.
  • Add in the strawberries. Let it simmer another 3 more minutes. You will see the strawberries start to break down a bit. Then turn off the heat.
  • Add baked chicken to a platter or a plate. Spoon the strawberry glaze over the chicken. Serve with greens such as spinach or kale.


Cinnamon Chipotle Crinkles

This is a cookie that has a perfect blend of sweet, smoke and spice.  Perfect for those cold evenings curled up on the couch with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Refrigerate1 hr
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Chipotle, Cinnamon, Cookie


  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder Askinosie
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon Vietnamese
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 TBSP Cinnamon Chipotle Rub Shot in the Dark
  • powdered sugar for rolling


  • Add the chocolate chips and butter to a small saucepan set over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla and set aside.
    Beat the sugar and eggs until thick and smooth. Add the melted chocolate; mix to combine.
    Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon chipotle and baking powder. Mix until combined. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until firm – about 1 hour.
    Heat oven to 350ºF. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pour the powdered sugar into a shallow dish.
    Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll the balls in the powdered sugar, coating them completely. Arrange the balls on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until just set.


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