There are not many blogs out there dedicated to cooking on a pellet smoker. I have been cooking, grilling & smoking over 35 yrs now. I recently bought a Traeger Lil Tex Elite pellet smoker & have cooked on it over six yrs. now. I would like to share recipes & info I have gained from cooking on it.
Update 2014: I have plenty of recipes here for the pellet smoker so I am now including other outdoor cooking and some of my indoor cooking too.
Lately I found a new food and recipe site, food52.com,
viewers and a lot of good chefs post recipes there. I found this Romanian
recipe for a sausage made without stuffing into casings that sounded good. I
liked the seasonings and a little different was it called for sparkling water
and baking soda!
I was going to get some carry outs for supper tonight but
decided to take the time to have these sausages. I enjoy home cooking better
than anything else I can get. I bought some cheese rolls that are like hoagie
buns for my sandwich. I have done a lot of sandwiches lately but there is a
reason; a lot less dishes to do up! I will be glad when my dishwasher gets back
I mixed up the sausages and formed them after a visit to my
wife and lunch. It said sparkling water but I didn’t buy any so was going to
use plain water. Then I thought about the Ice my wife had bought. I checked it
and it was sparkling water and I chose the black raspberry. I was not sure it
would work but raspberries are used in a lot of meat sauces and glazes so I
tried it. It worked and can’t really say I could taste it. My sausages would
have about 4 hours in the fridge.
After my evening visit to see my wife I heated my Traeger to
300 deg., 325 deg. at grill level. I
have done hamburgers on the grill grates at that temp with good luck. I had
some Ore Ida olive oil and sea salt potato wedges I put on 10 minutes after the
sausages. I did the sausages for 20 minutes; flipped and another 15 minutes. I
put my bun on for 2 minutes to heat up. After I put the sausages on I caramelized
onions for my sandwich.
I served my sandwich with mustard and the onions, the
potatoes and a small tomato on the side. I loved the sausages and will do them
again. I can see more sausage flavors done this way. Those of you who like to
grind your own meat and stuff the sausages you might want to try this recipe.