Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Traeger & cook area

Below you see my cooking equipment, my Traeger 07E, to the left is a gas cooker w/cast iron skillet & to the right is a fish friar on the cabinet.
Since this photo I have added a Weber Q100 gas grill. Below that you see a photo of me & my faithful companion. Click on any photo to view larger size it opens in a slide viewer with all the photos in the post.

My Smokin Deck,I can cook rain or shine.

Set up for winter weather

Summer Kitchen 2015
My new Camp Chef single gas burner, a Weber
 Jumbo Joe that I got last year, a Weber Spirit 
2 burner gas grill and my Traeger pellet smoker 
on the deck

All covered up

Monday, January 2, 2017

Let's Talk BBQ, One Great Forum

Let’s Talk BBQ; no matter what you cook on this is one great forum for discussing BBQ and learning about BBQ. Whether you use a grill, smoker, or other type of cooker, using gas, wood, charcoal, or electric for fuel there is a place for you there.

Their rules are pretty simple; just treat others the way you want to be treated. Leave your ego at home and have fun learning and discussing cooking and food in a family way.

Most members are from the USA but they are slowly getting some international members. I know of two from Australia and one each from Germany and S. Africa. There may be some from England. I like this since we can learn about other recipes and ways to do BBQ than in our own country.

The forum is laid out well; there are different sections for each style cooker, a recipe section, a general section, a place for sausage making and a place for other hobbies. There are a lot of knowledgeable members there now.

If you are interested in Sous Vide cooking there is a section on it with some knowledgeable members using the method.

I do most all my BBQ on my Traeger wood pellet smoker; but can adapt most recipes from other types of cookers. I use it year around and do most all of the cooking for my wife and I.

So; if you want to talk BBQ get over there sign up and join in the fun of cooking and eating some good BBQ.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Leftover Beef Fried Rice

Oct 20 2016

It has been raining here for 24 hours; had over 2 inches last night! It’s colder too; I think fall is here. Lowes delivered my new kitchen range today so was anxious to try it out. It’s a GE glass top 5 burner with convection oven. The thing I like is the oven has the bottom element hidden under the metal for easy cleaning.

I usually have chicken or pork fried rice but I had leftover beef rib meat to use and veggies to use up. I like it best done in a wok but skillet stove top is about as good and you can do it at a slower pace; more suitable for my old age!

I first fried two eggs beaten to chop and add to the stir fry. I heated my CS skillet with a couple turns of extra light olive oil on medium and added some chopped carrots and celery. Cooked a few minutes then added some thin sliced cabbage, for another 2 to 3 minutes and then added the chopped beef and sliced green onions after a few minutes I added in the rice and stirred all to let heat through. I  then added some soy sauce and the chopped eggs. As soon as all was heated through I was ready to serve.

A pretty good supper for just throwing things together!


Fried eggs

Celery and carrots in

Beef and green onions in

Soy sauce and rice in

Eggs are in

My supper

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cabbage Meatloaf & Steamed Veggies

Oct 20 2016

Last night’s supper was pretty simple but thought it was worth sharing since I used cabbage in a meatloaf. I thought of it and searched for recipes to get an idea of how much cabbage to add. I couldn’t find any so I winged it.

The meatloaf was 1 ½ lbs. of ground chuck, a good cup of fine shredded cabbage I did in a food processor, 1 package of Lipton’s beefy onion soup mix, 1 egg, ¼ cup half & half cream, and a half sleeve of crushed saltine crackers.

I am getting a new kitchen stove and the kids wanted my 18 year old Amana glass top that still looks new. That was with at least 10 years using cast iron on it too.

I did up the meatloaf early on my Traeger to an IT of 160 deg. I steamed some cabbage, carrots and baby Dutch potatoes in my Instant pot and had supper ready at 6:00 when the kids came to get my old stove.

I liked the meatloaf and so did our son who doesn’t like cabbage that well; he had two slices of it. The wife said she liked my old style better. We had some garlic knots with the meal.

For the meatloaf

Ready to mix

Ready to smoke

Done on my Traeger

Cabbage, carrots and potatoes

My supper

Monday, October 17, 2016

Beef Ribs, Fries & Grilled Romaine

Oct 17 2016

I very seldom buy any meat from Walmart since my butcher is so close by; he doesn’t have beef rib racks out very often. When I saw some at Walmart they didn’t look bad but had a 2% solution added. I was hungry for them so bought a pack. I had some Ore Ida fast food fries left and some Romaine so I did them on my Weber Spirit when the ribs were about done.

I rinsed the ribs well and dried then added a little Penzey’s BBQ 3000. I had some Stubbs beef marinade to mop them with. I heated the Traeger to 190 deg. and got the ribs on at 1:15; I planned to get them done by 6:00. After a half hour I eased it up to get 235 deg. at grill level for the rest of the cook. An hour & half in I mopped with the Stubbs.

At 3:30 I double wrapped in foil along with about 2 oz. of the marinade and two pats of butter for each pack. At 5:00 I unwrapped and placed back on the grill. I checked temp with my thermopen and had 185 to 190 deg.

At 5:40 I got my fires on the Weber at 400 deg. for 20 minutes and grilled the Romaine I had drizzled some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I placed them cut side down for a couple minutes then turned and added some parmesan for another 2 minutes.

I 5:45 I had pulled the ribs to take inside and rest. I was not prepared for the temp drop I had; they were at 175-180 deg. I knew they were not done right but went with it. I should have left them wrapped and all might have been good.

They were a little tough but had good flavor. At least we got full!



Ready to foil wrap

Marinade and butter added


Sides on the Weber

Slicing the ribs

My salad

My supper

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cajun Brats, Pierogi & Spaetzel

Oct 16 2016

It was a pretty easy meal tonight. I had some of my butcher’s fresh Cajun brats thawed and had some pierogi and spaetzel with them.

I smoked the brats on my Traeger at 190 deg. for an hour and threw the pierogi on for the last half hour to thaw and cook some. The pierogi were Mrs T’s which are pretty good and the spaetzel was Bechtel’s.

I got the spaetzel on boiling and brought the brats in to brown in a skillet with a little olive oil about 3 minutes per side then removed and browned up the pierogi and removed. I drained the spaetzel and added a couple pats of butter then in the skillet. I added the brats and pierogi back to warm up and cooked a few minutes to brown the spaetzel a little.

Tasted great along with some bread and butter!

Brats & pierogi in my Traeger

Browning the brats

Browning the pierogi

Spaetzel is in

I had served the wife before I too this

My supper

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chicken Divan & Skillet Cornbread

Oct 13 2016

This dish was our kid’s favorite; I haven’t fixed it in a long time. Our daughter was coming home to stay the weekend so I fixed it for her.

My wife went to the doctor Tuesday for a rash on her forehead. She has shingles and got started on her meds. By today it had spread some and her eyelid was swollen so back to the doctor. She called me at 4:30 and was on her way to see an eye doctor to make sure it wasn’t in her eye. The daughter called and said she would be late so I delayed cooking. I am glad it was an easy dish to delay.

It turned out good; the shingles are not in her eye. We ate about 7:15 and the daughter warmed hers up when she got here a half hour later. It tasted great and the skillet cornbread was good with it.

I was glad I had a couple slices of bacon to use and will be a part of my recipe now.  Bacon does seem to make everything a little better!

Yesterday was our daughter in laws birthday and today is the grandsons. We are all going out to eat tonight to celebrate!

Click Here for printable recipe

My cornbread

Came out of the skillet nice

Chicken done on my Traeger


Broccoli and sauce added

Cheese, chicken and more sauce added

More cheese, sauce added to broil

Ready to serve

My supper