Friday, January 2, 2015

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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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.

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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My New Weber E210

Apr 15 2014

I just bought a Weber Spirit E210 two burner gas grill. Our son and wife are buying the house they now rent so for a house warming gift I am giving them my Weber Q100 gas grill. It’s only about 3 years old and has served me well and still in new condition.

Before I bought my Traeger smoker I had a Weber Spirit 3 burner and gave that one to my oldest daughter and husband. I didn’t think I needed a gas grill but then found it was nice for some quick BBQ so I bought a little Weber Q100.

Even though I can do some good steaks and burgers on my smoker using grill grates a gas grill is handy to have when I decide I want steaks or burgers at the last minute. When you love to cook BBQ outdoors you need all the equipment you can afford!

I bought the grill from Lowe’s and it was already assembled. I sprayed all the inside with Pam and got it seasoned this afternoon and now it has a new home next to my smoking deck.

I think I am pretty well set now with my Traeger 07E pellet smoker, Weber 210 and the Weber Jumbo Joe when I get hungry for some charcoal BBQ. I am now a happy barbecuer!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tatonka Grilled Sirloin Salad for Two

Apr 15 2014

It did get above freezing enough to melt most of the snow today. It was windy and felt a bitter cold since we had some nice spring weather. I wanted a steak salad for supper tonight.

I got two small pieces of sirloin from my butcher that was just a pound. I didn’t look close enough and the larger piece was tapered to on the thin side but it would work. I went to the grocery and got some Italian mix salad, asparagus; extra sharp white cheddar and some take home and bake garlic knots.

After lunch I made some Italian dressing for the salad. I cleaned the asparagus and nuked for 2 ½ minutes to get crispy done. About 2 hours before cooking I seasoned the sirloin with some porcini mushroom powder and Tatonka dust then covered and in the fridge. I sliced a large sweet onion thin and caramelized in a little butter, olive oil, a pinch of sugar and sea salt. I left them in the skillet and reheated some while the steaks were resting.

I made up the salads with the Italian mixed greens, asparagus and some thin sliced extra sharp cheddar. I baked the garlic knots and made a side of canned pear halves with a little organic coarse brown sugar sprinkled on.

I had the Traeger at 380 to 390 deg. grill level and did the steaks on grill grates 7 minutes on each side. I had placed the thinner one on the colder side. I trimmed some of the fat and sliced the sirloin thin on a bias and placed about half on each salad, I poured some of my Italian dressing over and topped with some caramelized onions.

My wife and I both loved this dish; the steak was tasty and melt in your mouth tender. My wife said the pears are good what did you do to them, I said sprinkle on a little brown sugar! Sometimes it doesn’t take much to impress her!
Seasoning the steaks

Asparagus for the salad


Steaks were just turned here

Resting for 5 minutes


My supper

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tortilla Corn Dogs and Smashed Potatoes

Apr 13 2014

I have had these in mind for a long time. Growing up in the 50’s the County fair was a yearly highlight. A deep fried corn dog painted with mustard was my favorite treat. I get hungry for one once in a while.

I thought why not just wrap them in a corn tortilla and do them on the smoker. It was just the wife and me tonight. I had potatoes so I used a weber foil pan, just right for small helpings; I sprayed with some olive oil and covered the bottom with sliced sweet onions. I nuked the potatoes the smashed and added to the pan. I had room for some carrots so I sliced two small ones with a veggie peeler and added them.

I melted some butter and poured over the potatoes and seasoned with some WOW, salt and pepper. They went on my Traeger I had heated to 225 deg. grill level. I eased the temp up to 370 deg. over the next half hour.

I had slashed the dogs on both sides and they went on grill grates about 10 minutes per side. I folded each with a corn tortilla, folded over the dog then some egg wash brushed on half, rolled up and secured with tooth picks. I then brushed on more of the egg wash. I had a little problem with the tortillas tearing. I did them for 5 min. on each side and they were ready to serve.

Well they were not the same taste as deep fried corn dogs but pretty darn good. I smeared on some good mustard for my two dogs. My wife said she only wanted one dog but went back and ate her second one. She will not eat deep fried corn dogs.

Onions, potatoes and carrots ready for the smoker

Dogs ready to wrap

All done

My supper

Grilled Shrimp and Spanish Rice

Apr 12 2014

It is nice to get outside finally and get some work done. I vacuumed up some leaves Mother Nature keeps dropping at my back door every windy day. I started my war with the birds too, trying to seal up all the roosting spots under my covered deck. Our son had to work so his wife and the grandson were coming for supper at 6:00.

I had some wild caught gulf shrimp thawed for grilling on my Weber Q100. My sides were Zatarain’s Spanish rice done in my rice cooker, mini veggie spring rolls done in the oven, and some kale done on the stove top. The kale was some pre-packed w/bacon butter you could nuke or do stove top. The only hard part was to get it all done at once.

I marinated the shrimp in some red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic flakes and Penzey’s Cajun seasoning for about 45 minutes. I did them on my grill grates and over cooked a little. Tasted good though and I had some Mae Ploy’s sweet chili sauce to dip the spring rolls in. I love that stuff, sweet with some kick.

This is an easy meal to cook and tasty if you don’t overdo the shrimp! I liked the sautéed kale but could not taste any bacon!

Shrimp ready to grill

On the grill

Ready to serve

My supper

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sandman's Chorizo and Pinto Beans

Apr 10 2014

I went through Sandman’s, a friend and fellow LTBBQ member, carryout to replenish my beer supply. He said wait I have a sample for you, some of my chorizo. He handed me a plastic bag with a link of the chorizo and said it just came off the smoker not long ago. I didn’t see what a nice red color it had until I got out in the sun. He said he had used African meats recipe and used his pineapple vinegar in it.

When I got home I sliced a piece off and tasted it. Just about the best chorizo I ever ate! It was almost too hot for me but it was heat with flavor and you got the pineapple vinegar taste. I ate another bite then thought I got to save the rest for supper; just enough to make me something.

We had planned on eating my leftover chicken casserole; I had another can of pinto beans and the half can of fire roasted tomatoes left to use. Chorizo is great with beans so I would eat beans again.

I sautéed some chopped onions and garlic in a little olive oil then added the sliced chorizo and cooked awhile. I then poured in the can of drained pinto beans and tomatoes with juice. I would have liked some diced green chilies or green peppers too but was all out.

This looks almost like my last post but the chorizo beans was the star of this supper. The beans were great; with the chorizo they didn’t need any other seasoning for me. That was a super supper!
The chorizo


Onions, garlic and chorizo getting happy

Ready to serve

My supper