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.
BBRibs and Grilled Za'atar Chicken for Father's Day
Jun 21 2015
I tried to get my ribs as good as Old Dave’s but didn’t do
too great! He had given my some pointers at the Ohio Gathering. The main
problem was they were ready way too soon and I lowered the temp to hold them
while I got the other food cooked. They were fall off the bone but still had
I started this am making some buttermilk ranch dressing for
over a bistro lettuce mix. Then I baked some potatoes for twice baked potatoes,
adding some sour cream, buttermilk, seasoning salt, sharp cheddar to the
filling and mashing them up. I added more cheddar to the top and reheated in
the smoker the last hour.
I sliced some chicken breast, and marinated in a little
olive oil, juice of one lemon and the Za’atar seasoning for about 3 hours. I
gilled it on my Weber Spirit. For another side I sautéed some shitake and some
baby bella mushrooms with onion and a few garlic scapes in olive oil and
butter. I did the chicken for our daughter in law.
I sliced some tomatoes and had olive oil, balsamic vinegar
and fresh Thai basil for over them.
Our daughter in law made a beautiful fruit pizza for dessert,
with a cream cheese mix, strawberries, kiwi fruit, white grapes and blue
berries. It looked like a work of art.
Every one though it was all good and we got filled up! Like
David (Dr. Holly) I had more fun staying home and cooking for the family on
Father’s Day than I would have going out to eat! When you cook for Family it
includes a little Love!
Buttermilk ranch dressing
Stuffed potatoes made
Ribs ready for the grill
In the marinade
Foiling ribs after 3 hours at 265 deg. F
Added agave, honey, brown sugar, and a
1/4 cup apple juice