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Weekly Drool Recipe: Bacon-Cheese-Barley Burgers

Summer time means grilling time! When you fire up the grill for you and your family, don’t forget Fido! Best Bully Sticks knows these Bacon-Cheese-Barley Burgers are going to have your pup’s sniffer going crazy well before they’re ready to eat. Your dog will feel truly apart of the summer time festivities with this great, drool-worthy burger recipe!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pearl barley (If you don’t have barley, substitute 1-cup white or brown rice.)
2 cups fat-free chicken broth
2 slices lean bacon
1 large egg
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:
1. Over high heat, bring barley and chicken broth to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until barley is tender (about 20 minutes.) Drain excess liquid and let cool in a medium bowl.

3. While the barley is cooking, cook the bacon over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet until bacon is crisp (about 4 minutes). Keep bacon fat for cooking the burgers.

4. Finely chop bacon and add to the cooled barley.

5. Mix in egg, bread crumbs and cheese.  After mixture is evenly combined, divide into 4 patties.

6. Reheat the bacon fat and cook the burgers for 4 minutes per side on medium heat.

(top image and recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray)

Check out all the great Weekly Drool Recipes on the BBS Blog! Summer recipes are a-plenty every Wednesday throughout the season! Fresh Watermelon Salad, Bully Stick Popsicles and Blueberry Pie Dog Treats are just a few great summer recipes that are sure to please your pup this summer.

 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Bully Stick Popsicle

Summer is fully upon us and many areas of the country are going through early heat waves! Best Bully Sticks headquarters in Richmond, VA has experienced first hand the hot and humid temperatures and we’re soaking up every bit of air conditioning and cool drinks as we can!  Now imagine this: what if you had to deal with all the heat, and you were covered in a thick layer of fur! Sounds pretty uncomfortable right? That’s what your pup is putting up with right now!

To help your pup beat the record setting heat this summer, make sure you give him plenty of water, keep him indoors and to be extra nice, make him a cold treat! This week’s Weekly Drool Recipe comes from an ingenious reader and customer, Deb Eldredge! Deb, a DVM, lives with three Belgian Tervurens, with whom she participates in just about every dog sport! She writes about Belgians for Examiner.com, which is where her recipe first appeared. Thank you so much Deb for sharing this recipe and the great photos of your Belgians! Deb used this recipe for her Belgians, but any dog will love this icy and tasty Bully Stick Popsicle recipe!

“This recipe is easy to make with ingredients you may already have at home and gives your Belgian the added benefit of some chewing exercise. By using organic yogurt and bully sticks from grass fed South American or US beef you are also providing a chemical free treat.

Make up 2 cups of low salt beef bouillon. Because Belgians tend to cool off by panting and only sweat via their paws, they don’t lose the large amounts of electrolytes that people and horses do when sweating. Low sodium is healthier for your Belgian.

Mix this in a large bowl with about half a large container of organic low fat plain or vanilla yogurt. The low fat version is healthier than the no fat versions that generally contain some additives. Stoneyfield is a good and readily available brand. You can add more or less yogurt in the future as you see what consistency your treats end up and what mix your own Belgian prefers.

Put about 1/2 cup of the mix into small bathroom cups. You could also use popsicle molds. Then add a four-inch bully stick (Best Bully Sticks is a favorite brand). Put the cups into a pan to hold them upright and set on a shelf in your freezer. Leave overnight.

The next day, the cups will have hardened but aren’t as hard as ice cubes. It may be easiest to simply cut the cups and pull them off before feeding. Ideally your Belgians will eat these in their bowls but that is not always the case, so be prepared for a little mess. This makes a great “cooling off” treat for Belgian of all ages from seniors to puppies.”

Thanks, Deb!

If you have your own version of a bully stick recipe, we’d love to hear more about it! You could be featured in the BBS Weekly Drool Recipe as well!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: 4th of July Blueberry Stars With Blueberry Icing by Yuki + Rocket

Happy Fourth of July! Today we celebrate the independence of our country, barbeque with friends and family, and have a day off work! As you’re preparing to go to your family get-together or barbeque down by the lake, don’t forget Fido! Today’s drool-worthy recipe comes from Yuki + Rocket, and of course their mom, Melissa. She’s shared this perfect blueberry cookie recipe that is perfect for your pooch’s taste buds! We know your dog will enjoy this star-spangled dog treat!

Blueberry Stars
Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp flaxseed
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened or naturally sweetened)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, defrosted (preferably organic)
1 tbsp honey
Non- fat milk 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, flaxseed and oats. Add the applesauce, blueberries (setting aside the blueberry liquid that forms after the defrosting), and honey. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just begins to hold together.

3. Knead the dough on a floured surface. Roll out the dough to desired thickness and with whatever cookie cutter shape you have chosen, cut out the cookie.

4. Place cookie cut-outs on a silpat or lightly greased baking sheet. Put in oven for about 30 minutes. You need to flip the cookies over halfway through the baking time and also rotate the pan. Let cookies cool completely before icing.


Blueberry Yogurt Icing

Ingredients
One 4 oz., individual serving of non-fat yogurt (I used an organic vanilla yogurt, sweetened with organic sugar)
Reserved blueberry liquid

Recipe Note: If you don’t use a sweetened yogurt, you might want to consider adding a little honey to the yogurt.


Directions

1. With a small whisk, mix the yogurt until there are little to no clumps. Slowly add the blueberry liquid, teaspoon at time. Careful not to add too much, you don’t want it to become runny.

2. Pour yogurt into some sort of icing decorator. I spooned the yogurt into a plastic squeeze bottle.

3. Store cookies in the refrigerator, icing will set better if left in for a few hours.

Recipe Note: I suggest feeding your pup the cookies the same day they are made or you can store the cookies and yogurt icing separately, if you want to feed them to your pups the next day. If you leave the cookies with yogurt overnight, the yogurt will dry up.

Your dog is sure to see fireworks with these festive treats! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and the photos with us, Yuki + Rocket!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Mint Chicken Jerky

Homemade with a twist of lemon and a sprig of spearmint and it’s just for your dog! Best Bully Sticks is sharing Doggy Dessert Chef’s Mint Chicken Jerky recipe with you today! Chicken is an all-time favorite flavor for dogs and along with the lemon and mint, you can’t go wrong. The lemon flavored chicken will be a yummy treat and the mint will help freshen your dog’s breath! Try out this easy, homemade Mint Chicken Jerky recipe on your dog!

Ingredients
3 Chicken Breasts
2 cups Water
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon dried Parsley
2 tablespoon dried Spearmint

Directions
1. Combine water, lemon juice, parsley and spearmint in a bowl.

2. Clean the chicken breasts, then carefully slice them into strips, removing all the fat you can from the meat. They are easier to cut if allowed to freeze slightly.

3. Place chicken strips into the mint marinade and let marinate for at least an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

5. Place on a cookie sheet 1/2 inches apart.

6. Dry in an oven, with the door slightly open to let out moisture, for about 3 to 4 hours, until meat is dry appearance and texture.

Cool and store in an airtight container.

(Recipe & Photo courtesy of Doggy Dessert Chef)

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Tuko’s Cookies, A Guest Blog from Shelly West’s Vegetarian Ventures

Last week, Best Bully Sticks stumbled upon a great treat recipe from a vegetarian blogger, Shelly West. Shelly is the proud Boxer mom of Tuko, who just turned 6 months old not too long ago and in honor of her boy growing up, she decided to make him a simple but yummy ½-year old treat: Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits. With only 4 ingredients, these little dog cookies are the epitome of easy and all-natural.

After seeing Shelly’s great blog and the adorable Tuko, BBS just had to feature this recipe!  Here is Vegetarian Venture’s (a.k.a Shelly’s) original post.

“Although we have only had Tuko (also sometimes referred to as Taco, Teekee, and Tofu) for 4 months, I can hardly remember not having the little guy around. He is always right there whimpering for attention, sleeping in my lap, licking my face, or begging to go outside. Although he was a real handful at first, he has already mellowed greatly since the bewildered puppy that first arrived at our door step from the farm-like upbringing he was born into.

Although this is a bit late, he turned 6 months last week and I felt like we had to celebrate his excelled maturity in some way….so I made him some dog biscuits! I thought about cutting them out with cookie cutters and finding a frosting recipe but he was whimpering for me to play with him the whole time I was making these things. Needless to say, I figured my attention to him was more important than making his next snack look pretty.”

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/3 cup all natural peanut butter
1 cup warm water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add in the peanut butter and slowly add in the warm water while mixing together.

3. Roll out into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for an hour to firm up.

4. Feed to your puppy as a reward, for a snack, or just to see the excited tail wag!

Thanks for sharing, Vegetarian Ventures! To find out more about Shelly, Tuko and their vegetarian ventures, visit their blog, vegetarianventures.com

 Make sure to check out all of BBS’s Weekly Drool RecipesBone Appétit

Weekly Drool Recipe: Cool As A Cucumber Gazpacho

Since the heat and humidity has ramped up recently, Best Bully Sticks has been sharing lots of great “Beat The Heat” recipes on Wednesday’s Weekly Drool Recipe blog. This week we wanted to still give our readers a recipe to chill out to, but as a main dish, not a treat. Hearty & cool, Rachael Ray’s “Cool-as-a-Cucumber Gazpacho” is guaranteed to please! (“Please give me more,” that is!)

Ingredients

1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 small tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper (for people portions)

 

 

Directions

1. Using a blender or food processor, pulse all of the ingredients together.

2. Thin with 1/2 cup to 1 cup water as desired.

3. For people portions, season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes:
Makes 6 servings.

Enjoy & Bone-Appétit!

(Recipe & photo courtesy of Rachael Ray)

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Blueberry Pie Dog Treats

Imagine this: A warm, fresh, pie that just come from the oven, cooling in a windowsill.  You can almost smell it and taste it, right?  Best Bully Sticks knows that it’s almost un-American to not like pie! We also think that Fido shouldn’t miss out! That’s why this week we’re riding on the coattails of Memorial Day once again and bringing your pups an All-American Treat! Fresh from our friend Doggy Dessert Chef, Best Bully Sticks gives you Blueberry Pie Dog Treats.

Ingredients

1 cup Blueberries
1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
2 tablespoons Butter (room temperature)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

3. In a large bowl combine the butter with the milk, eggs and lemon juice until well blended.

4. In another bowl mix the whole-wheat flour and cinnamon then add to wet mix.

5. Once all ingredients are combined fold in blueberries until well mixed.

6. Drop the dough in 1 tablespoon mounds 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before serving and refrigerate.

Thanks Doggy Dessert Chef! Now we can share the blueberry pie goodness with our favorite pups! Check out all of BBS’s Weekly Drool Recipes

BBS Weekly Drool Recipe w/ Spoon Fork Bacon: Doggy Fro-Yo

This week’s Drool Recipe comes from our new friends Teri & Jenny over at Spoon Fork Bacon! We’d like to thank them for this exclusive recipe and their beautiful photography. Just look at that food styling! This is one that you and your pup will equally appreciate! Thanks again ladies!

Hi All! When the lovely folks over at bestbullysticks.com invited us to do a guest post, providing one of our homemade pet treat recipes we eagerly said, “Yes!” Pets are incredibly important to both of us and hold a very special place in our hearts. We both have pets (Teri has two cats and Jenny has a little min-pin mix) and can acknowledge as well as appreciate the endless loyalty and unconditional love we get from our furry little friends. Since we’re coming up on everyone’s favorite season, fro-yo season this is, we thought that our little babies need some fro-yo love too! We’ve created a quick an easy fro-yo treat without weird additives and preservatives. This treat is all natural and made with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, a banana, and a touch of honey! Before you begin fretting about the use of dairy and your pets sensitive little bellies, here’s a fun little fact: All natural Greek yogurt is actually good for your dogs! The natural live cultures in the yogurt actually help flush all the bad bacteria out of your pooch and help maintain the good ones!…neat right?! I thought so! Anyway, if you’re as crazy about your pets as we are then we urge you to make them this super, simple and tasty treat. They totally deserve it, don’t they?! Oh and if you want more pet treat action, come check out our recipe for “Bacon Bark Sticks”…my little Dexter thinks they’re awesome!

Doggy Fro-Yo
Makes 12 (2 ounce) treats

Ingredients
2 cups of low fat, all natural Greek yogurt (no sugar, no additives)
1 medium banana
1/3 cup all natural, organic peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey

 1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Pour mixture into (silicon or paper) molds of your choice, place on a baking sheet and freeze, at least 1 hour.
3. Remove fro-yo pops from molds and serve.  

From everyone at Best Bully Sticks & Spoon Fork Bacon: Bone Appetit! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Beef-Glazed Green Bean Treats

“Psst! Hey, you want some?” We dog lovers have all spoken these words and treated our pups to a little treat here and there. Would we be loving puppy parents if we didn’t? However, Best Bully Sticks knows that not all snacking is good snacking! That sole reason is why our company is dedicated to all-natural dog treats. But even then, doggy mom’s and dad’s take “treating” your dog too far. In fact, 23% to 41% of dogs are overweight with about 5.1% being obese. If your vet tells you to stop feeding any excess food to your dog in an emergency effort to help loose weight, you should absolutely do so. However, if your dog is just a little pudgy and needs to loose a few pounds, we suggest baking up a quick batch of these treats for your pup!

Beef-Glazed Green Bean Treats are loaded with nutritious things your dog needs. They don’t help your dog loose weight, but they do give a great, healthy alternative that will help Fido feel spoiled while not adding on extra pounds.

Ingredients
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, low or fat free

3 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup green beans, mashed (see note below)

1 cup beef broth, reduced sodium, plus 1/4 cup for glaze

1/4 cup milk, low or fat free

1 tbsp olive oil read more…

Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipe: Honey Carrot Treats

If you’re a seasonal shopper you know that the freshest fruits and berries are showing up at a farmer’s market near you. However, Best Bully Sticks wants to hang on to those last few ground root veggies that are fixing to pass out of season! Lettuce, potatoes, radishes, onions and best of all: carrots! Carrots are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals not only for you, but for your dog. Carrots are chock-full of beta-carotene, which is transferred into Vitamin A once consumed. Vitamin A supports health vision, skin, hair, bone development and can even be a cancer preventative.

Here’s a great recipe to treat your dog to some yummy and healthy carrots! The carrots paired with tasty chicken, honey and parsley, you’re dog is sure to drool over this one! Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for another great recipe contribution!  

Ingredients
1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped

2 Carrots, grated

2 tablespoons Honey

1 teaspoon dried Parsley

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/4 cup Water

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

3. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.

4. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place dough balls 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the tops with a fork to flatten.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned at the edges. Cool and refrigerate.

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen rounds

Recipe and photos courtesy of Doggy Dessert Chef

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