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.
I used the pulled pork I did yesterday and some of Sandman’s
coffee bacon for a great sandwich; made some slaw and a new potato dish for the
first time, salt and vinegar potatoes.
I did the bacon after lunch on my Traeger at 300 deg. It
took about 40 minutes to get it nice and crispy the way I like. After I did the
bacon I took a short power nap and then sliced up some cabbage for slaw.
The salt and vinegar potato recipe I found on Food52.com by
melissav. It sounded good and looked like it was easy to make. It called for
two pounds of gold potatoes sliced ¼ inch thick; boil them in white vinegar for
5 minutes then set off the burner for 20 minutes. I used red potatoes. Thinly
slice about 2 cups red onion in a bowl, I used Vidalia onions. Drain the
potatoes over the onions and set aside to marinate. Return the potatoes to the
pan and coat with about 2 TBS. olive oil.
Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and
brown up under the broiler. It took about 6 minutes and then I turned them for
another 6 minutes. Place them in a bowl and pour a dressing mixed up from ¼ cup
olive oil, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 TBS. Dijon mustard, 1 TBS. capers, 1
TBS minced chives, 1 TBS capers, salt and pepper. Drain the onions and add them
in stir to mix well. Let it sit at least 20 minutes for the potatoes to soak up
the dressing. Serve or set aside for later use. I didn’t add the capers since I
am the only one that likes them.
I made up some sauce for my sandwich with 1 TBS each of
brown sugar, smoky horseradish sauce, ketchup, Dijon mustard and 4 or 5 drops
of Cholula hot sauce. I wanted something a little sweet to balance the cider
vinegar in the pork and I knew the potatoes would be sour.
It took a little prep but making our supper only took about
15 minutes. I toasted some buns sprayed with olive oil on my griddle and
reheated the pork in the microwave. I made the sandwiches with two slices of
the bacon and a generous pile of pulled pork. My wife had Kah’s BBQ sauce on
hers and I had my sauce on mine. My wife ended up adding the slaw to her
sandwich, she likes big ole messy sandwiches.
The potatoes were good and we both liked them but a little
sour for me, may add some brown sugar to the dressing next time. For me the
addition of the bacon to the sandwich just might be the ultimate pulled pork