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.
Ever since I cleaned and re seasoned my Lodge 12 inch cast
iron skillet I have wanted to fry chicken outdoors on my gas burner. I have had
the gas burner a long time but never fried chicken on it.
I wanted to do a good meal for my wife since Monday she will
be getting two new knees. We both love fried chicken so I would fix it for her.
I just happened to see one of Tricia Yearwood’s shows and she did fried chicken
and some Crockpot Mac & Cheese. I printed out her recipes and followed
I got my chicken cut up and in brine early this morning. It
would be in the brine about 5 hours and then air dry in the fridge about two
hours. After lunch I did some cornbread muffins on my Traeger that came out
real nice. I used my favorite mix, Miracle Maize sweet style.
I got the mac & cheese mixed and in the Crockpot for a 3
½ hour cook on low.
I got my skillet on the burner with a good ½ inch of
vegetable oil and a couple pats of butter at 5:00 PM and figured on eating at
6:00. It was coming up to temp slow so I figured I had time to get all the
chicken dredged in flour and ready to fry. When I went out the oil was too hot;
just over 400 deg. When I finally got it cooled down to 380 deg. I put the
chicken in. The recipe said 375 deg. and 15 minutes on a side.
I had partially covered it with the lid but ended up taking
it off. The temp was a little harder to keep controlled than I had thought. I
removed the chicken to a wire rack and drained while I served the wife and me. We
had some sliced red beets for a side.
It tasted good, moist and crispy skin even though I had some
a little burnt. I think I can do better the next time. The mac & cheese was
good and easy enough I will be using her recipe again.