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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs If you’ve ever made BBQ ribs before, you know it can be a long process if you want fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, meat.  Thanks to Instant Pot, you can shave 4-5 hours off this process now!  Using the pressure cooking component of the Instant Pot, you can pressure cook your ribs for 30 minutes and get the same effect you would have if you had slow cooked your ribs in the oven for 4 hours.  I seasoned my ribs with a dry rub, and refrigerated
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Making Things Sweet In Tennessee!

14 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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While walking through town we came across this really unique shop filled with wine glasses, stoppers, and many other wine related items. Little did we know we had actually walked into the wine shop of Sugarland Wine Cellars. Once inside we found the tasting room to be in full swing with plenty of wine to go around!

These wines were a true surprise as we didn’t expect Tennessee wines to be as tasty as they were.

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We preferred their white selections over the reds. The servers also informed us that any bottles you purchase can be taken into a few of the local restaurants and uncorked for free. Since we didn’t know about this location in advance we were unable to book a tour but we highly recommend that if you visit Gatlinburg, TN you book a tour at Sugarland Wine Cellars to see all the behind the scenes stuff.

-Sara

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Wine Made By Bootleggers!

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Bootleggers Home Made Wine is a small wine shop and winery that are located right next to the Ole Smoky Moonshine store in Gatlinburg, TN. Upon our visit we found out that this winery was founded by two sisters who use everyday stuff you find in the kitchen to make their wine.

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They bottle every batch by hand and truly put their hearts and soul into their wines. They are only distributed in East Tennessee so be sure to stop in their shop for a free tasting. Our favorite from this stop on our trip was the Redneck Reserve Dessert Wine. Not only does the name make it our favorite but the sweet scent and warm finish make it just perfect for after a meal.

-Sara

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Davy Crockett Makes Whiskey?!?

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Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN the Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey distillery offers up free tasting and a great shop filled with souvenirs and product to purchase onsite. We stumbled across this shop on our way through town and the sound of bluegrass music lured us in.

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A live band played in the front while the store workers conducted tastings in the back.

Our favorite product at this location was the Wild Fire Cinnamon Whiskey. This creamy cinnamon flavored whiskey went down so smoothly with just the right amount of kick. We bought ourselves a bottle and enjoyed some later that evening over rocks and declared it the best souvenir of the trip!

-Sara

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Smoky Mountain Brewery

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While in Gatlinburg, TN be sure to swing by the Smoky Mountain Brewery for some beers and pizza. This family style micro-brewery and restaurant was packed when we arrive on Saturday night at 8pm. We got ourselves some of their hand crafted beers.

The favorite of the group was the Windy Gap Wheat Beer which they describe as a refreshing light ale, light gold in color, with a natural cloudiness. It is very comparable to a Blue Moon and was the perfect addition to our Margherita Pizza. 

This restaurant is located in an old ski lodge and has a fantastic atmosphere. It overlooks both the town of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Be sure to ask for a seat by the large floor to ceiling windows for the full experience. We were lucky enough to come in for a late dinner which led right in to a full night of live music from a local band.

Overall the service, beers, and food were all wonderful but the atmosphere, views, and music put this restaurant over the top and onto our must visit list!

-Sara

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A Visit To the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

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In the heart of Gatlinburg, TN, Ole Smoky Moonshine makes its home. Upon arrival you are greeted with the sounds of bluegrass music being played in the courtyard.

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When you enter into the open air store you will pass by shelves of many great products, most made with moonshine. Some of these items include Pickles, Pickled Okra, BBQ Sauce, Hot Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Garlic, and so much more. These items are made with less than 1% Ole Smoky Moonshine.

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After passing through these products and an assortment of fun souvenirs you will reach the tasting area. Be prepared to show your ID and have a taste of all the products they make. Over 10 different flavored moonshines can be tasted during your visit. Some of our favorites were Apple Pie, Peach, and Blackberry.

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Ole Smoky Moonshine is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. They do all the distilling right at the shop in downtown Gatlinburg and you can even see them making it while you visit. This is a must see when passing through East Tennessee and you will not be disappointed.

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-Sara

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