Plenty of Southern classics, including fried shrimp, pimento cheese, tomato sandwiches, and bourbon cocktails, made the list of most-viewed recipes on gardenandgun.com in 2022. Here are the twenty our readers loved the most, plus a few popular cooking tips and tricks.
A sweet-and-salty dessert from a treasured cafe in Round Top, Texas.
Fried Shrimp the Lowcountry Way
The lightest, crispiest shrimp you’ve ever had, from Emily Meggett, the matriarch of Edisto Island, South Carolina.
Southern Comfort: Chicken and Dumplings
Cousin Rosie draws on her Cajun and Creole Louisiana roots to make what she calls her “Best Damn Chicken and Dumplings.”
Chef Rob McDaniel reimagines the Southern summer classic.
A Southern coastal staple prepared by Edisto Island’s Emily Meggett.
Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Benton’s Bacon Dressing
Chef John Ondo at the Atlantic Room on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, makes one of the simplest—and most delicious—holiday sides.
How Mason Hereford Makes the Ultimate Tomato Sandwich
The Turkey and the Wolf chef takes you step by step through his summer original.
A Butterscotch Pudding I Won’t Soon Forget
Featuring Scotch, brown sugar, and a customer who ate three in one sitting.
A post-hunt bourbon libation with a touch of the swamp.
The Popeyes Founder’s Other Fried Chicken
A fall-off-the-bone favorite from the Copeland family.
Corner store malt liquor adds a surprising kick to this creamy spin on a Southern staple.
DIY Hard Seltzer with Topo Chico
Transform the sparkling refresher into the cocktail of your dreams.
Crispy, nutty, buttery sweets tie back to centuries of Southern and African history.
Cooking from the Bar Cart: Rumrunner Chili
A splash of booze added at the end of simmering elevates the flavors of this game-day chili.
Red Truck Bakery’s Saturday Morning Bestseller
Gooey cinnamon rolls get a citrus and pecan upgrade at the rural Virginia bakery.
An easy, comforting supper that’s full of classic Southern flavors.
A Scotch Old-Fashioned Inspired by Julia Reed
Donald Link’s New Orleans outpost raises a glass to the late Garden & Gun columnist.
A New Orleans Nana’s Tomato Sauce
Elizabeth M. Williams’s cookbook invites readers to pull up a chair at her grandmother’s Creole Italian kitchen table.
The agave spirit brings the smoke to this seductive queso fundido borracho, from our Cooking from the Bar Cart series.
A Tailgate Dip with a Smoky Twist
This smoked fish dip made with Southern staples like Duke’s mayo and Old Bay is a Texas pitmaster’s game-day MVP.
Other tips for your Southern kitchen
How to Assemble the Perfect Southern Charcuterie Board
Nashville’s Cheese Gal breaks down the basics of a charcuterie spread that’s as tasty as it is beautiful. Read more
How to Make the Best Grits of Your Life According to Kevin Gillespie
Six tips from the star Southern chef. Read more
Nail Crispy Chicken Wings Every Time
Cook twice and don’t forget the baking powder—chefs spill their secrets for perfectly cooked wings. Read more
Southern Kitchen Essentials According to Nathalie Dupree
In her downsizing move from Charleston to Raleigh, the celebrated Southern chef got down to the basics. Read more