Last Summer, we were in the middle of a family brainstorming session when someone called out "Ice Cream Contest!" It was an idea that stuck. The only problem was following through with our fun idea. We have the beautiful General Store, we have the resources, but time to plan was something that we lacked. As some of you know, running a small family business is a busy job in which everyone performs many different tasks and duties. Time is something that we did not have an abundance of. So, what did we do? Well, dim the lights, cue the music! This is where we bring in our secret weapon, Stormy Nickerson. Stormy is new to Bear Creek Smokehouse but has been a family friend, supporter, and even a customer for many, many years. We adopted her in to the Bear Creek family knowing she was the woman for the job!
We began throwing all of our ideas her way and she handled them in stride and did a fantastic job of implementing them! Fast Forward to this past Saturday...
July 13, 2019 turned out to be a record day for us. We have never had a Saturday in July like that! As you can imagine, selling turkeys and hams can be difficult in the heat of the Summer so we have never had a strong July. We saw over 700 people in our new General Store on Saturday. We were beaming with joy as the people rolled in! Saturday's agenda included: Ice Cream Social & Contest, Lunch served from 11-1, Western Shootout, Book Signing, and a Farmer's Market.
Ice Cream Contest & Social
Man! Yall know how to make some ice cream now! We had some wonderful entries and so much fun watching everyone make their ice cream. We had Most Unique Flavor, 5th Generation Favorite, and Favorite Flavor. Cooper Shoults was beyond thrilled to have her own category and to participate in the judging. She enjoyed tasting all the ice cream. That's a dream come true for a seven year old! Unfortunately, we were informed by the health department that the participants weren't allowed to hand out samples of their ice cream to the public. That was a bummer. Hopefully next year we can find a way around that. Other than that, the Ice Cream Social was a success! We had a bounce house and foam machine along with live chickens to pet. And of course we had our longhorns and turkeys present so the kiddos could feed them! Here are some photos from the Ice Cream Contest
Judges of Ice Cream: Brian Hoyle, Stacia Shoults, Hunter Shoults, & Cooper Shoults
Winners of each category.
We also had two real live (fake) outlaw shootouts! This was so much fun for the kids and the grown-ups too!! Our friend Buzz that works in the store has a gang out outlaws that show up and entertain our guests. It is always a riot when they are here!!
In addition to all of that, we opened up a Farmer's Market with local produce right here in our store. This was a huge success and we ran out of several items. We will replenish and continue the Farmer's Market until the end of the season. This is something that Robbie has wanted to do for some time. We are glad we did it!
Once the dust settled from a busy day at the store, we had to switch gears. We cleaned up and rearranged just in time to host our very first wedding at the new store. The bride was so beautiful and her guests enjoyed themselves. We will update this post with photos of the newlyweds once we have those!
All in all, we had a wonderful turnout and an amazing weekend. Thank you to everyone that came out to our "little" store on the hill. We had folks from far and wide! Stay tuned to our Facebook as we announce upcoming events!
Bear Creek Smokehouse General Store
10857 State Highway 154
Marshall, TX 75670
Lunch is served in the store daily from 11-1!
Written by: Stacia K Shoults Read More
It's too hot to not have a big 'ol bowl of Ice Cream in your hand!
What's better than an Homemade Ice Cream makin' contest??
July 13, 2019 10-1 at Bear Creek Smokehouse General Store located at 10857 SH 154, Marshall, TX 75670!
Open to the public! Come out and buy some lunch and get some free ice cream for dessert!! No ticket needed if attending.
We are having our first ever Ice Cream Social & Contest!
We want to invite you out to our neck of the woods to make your best homemade ice cream! There is no fee to enter but we ask that if you plan to enter your ice cream in the contest, shoot us an e-mail so we can know how many participants (and how much electricity) we need!
All Ages Welcome to enter the contest!
Weather permitted, we will have a bounce house and a foam bubble
Show us your best flavors and you can take home the bacon!!
-The judges will choose their favorite ice cream overall. Winner will get a six month supply of Bear Creek Bacon.
Most Unique Flavor
-Judge's pick the ice cream that that tastes the best using the most unique ingredient! (Examples: Lavender, BACON....) Winner will get a $50 Bear Creek Gift card and a bottle of San Saba Ice Cream Topping
ALL AGES WELCOME TO ENTER!!
Rules: Read More
Ice cream must be made at Bear Creek General Store
The decisions of the independent judges will be final.
Bear Creek will provide tasting cups, spoons, plenty of electrical outlets, and extra ice as needed for contestants.
Hand crankers are appreciated!!
Event may be rescheduled due to weather.
We hope that you can come out to our new store and join us for lunch one day! We have lunch daily in the store from 11-1. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, we have a full meal. The month's menu is below! You can call ahead to get a to go order at 903.702.7946. Read More
Hunter Shoults, 5th generation of Bear Creek Smokehouse, hops in the kitchen with his wife, Stacia, to demonstrate a recipe straight out of our family cookbook, Bear Bottom Bliss.
The recipe is below:
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size cubes
12 slices bacon (We use Bear Creek Smokehouse Bacon), cut into thirds
Salt and pepper
Chili powder, if desired
2/3 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder (if using).
Wrap each piece of chicken with a strip of bacon and secure bacon with toothpick. Place the brown sugar on a plate then roll each chicken piece in the brown sugar. Place the chicken pieces on the greased cookie sheet.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the bacon is brown and crispy.
Grab a copy of our cookbook by clicking THIS LINK where you can find this recipe and 100's more like it!
To catch Robbie and Hunter cooking this recipe on The Rachael Ray Show, follow THIS LINK! Read More
Robbie and Tracy Shoults hopped in the kitchen to whip up pot of this Poblano Bacon Beans!
These beans are super easy to make and the recipe is extremely versatile.
To see the video:
The recipe is:
1 can of black beans (drained if smoking, not drained if using in crock pot)
1 can of pinto beans
1 can of white beans
6 slices of Bear Creek Smokehouse bacon, diced
4 links of Bear Creek Smokehouse Jalapeno Sausage, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 poblano peppers, diced
1/4c brown sugar
1/4c Bear Creek Smokehouse BBQ Sauce
1 TBS dijon mustard
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Render bacon, add onion and poblano and cook until onions start becoming translucent. Read More
Stir in remaining ingredients and smoke for 2 hours at 225' or simmer on the stovetop for an hour.
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cans drained whole kernel corn
4 ounces chopped green chilies
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9"x9" baking dish with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and milk until well-blended. Add butter, and stir until combined.
Add remaining ingredients, and stir until well blended. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until well heated throughout.
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If you opened up your package and there wasn't an instructional card within, we apologize! Sometimes the boxes make it out of our facility without an instruction card. Please refer to the guide below on how to warm up your Turkey or other Smoked Meat....ENJOY!!!
:: SALT PORK ::
We have noticed that many of our lovely customers have searched our website for our Salt Pork! As you can see, we do not offer this product on our website.
There are several grocery store chains that carry the Salt Pork and these include but are not limited to:
We hope you find what you are looking for! If your local grocery store does not carry this product, request it at the Meat Market. We would love to be in your neighborhood.
Please feel free to share your favorite recipes that include our Salt Pork! Read More
WATCH: Robbie on KLTV- Jalapeno Peach Cobbler
Jalapeno Peach Cobbler Recipe
- 6 peaches
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter
- 1 seeded, sliced jalapenos
- 3 tbs of cold water
Cut peaches and add to pan along with water, sugar, butter and jalapeno.
Cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup and a tbs of Crisco
- 3 tbs cold water
Mix thoroughly and flatten with hands or rolling pin.
Add the peaches to various-sized skillets and top with the crust. Add several slices of butter on top and bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. After removing from the oven, sprinkle a small amount of sugar and cinnamon on top. Read More