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 am a happy 74 yr. old kid today; I got my new Stargazer
10.5 Cast Iron Skillet in the mail. It is a beauty!
Peter Huntley and two friends started the company in 2015.
Their goal was to make a quality cast iron skillet 100% made in the USA. I
ordered mine back in June or July and was supposed to be shipped in August. My
skillet would be from a second run.
They ran into problems with the foundry supplying the raw
castings on time so had delays in shipping. I was glad to finally get mine and
looks like it will be worth the wait. They since have went with a different
foundry and should be getting caught up with the orders.
You can get the skillet bare or seasoned and I got a bare
one wanting to season it myself. It came lightly coated with their seasoning oil
for protection. It also included a Crisbee seasoning puck; I had already bought
some Crisbee sticks and planned to use it. The inside was perfectly polished to
a smooth finish and the back side was a pretty smooth surface with nice detailed
writing and their logo.
I didn’t waste any time getting the first seasoning done. I
first washed it in hot soapy water and rinsed well to get rid of the oil on it.
Don’t grimace about me using soap; if you have a Lodge the last step they do
before seasoning theirs is a soapy water bath and then a rinse. I heated my
oven to 400 deg. with the skillet in it. When it got to 200 deg. I took it out
and applied the Crisbee; I wiped it all off with Scotts blue towels; which are
highly absorbent. I left it in for an
hour then shut the oven off. I let it set a half hour before opening the oven
to cool down.
The Crisbee seasoning contains beeswax and oils that they
claim will help keep CI from rusting when stored along with a good nonstick
I just got it out and it took on a step of darkening. I plan
to do three more seasonings the same way before I use it. Mt first cook with it
will be a batch of bacon and some eggs. I will update this post through my first
In the box
Smooth on the back too
Cleaned and ready to season
Applying the Crisbee
In at 400 deg. for an hour
Shown with my well used Lodge skillet
Fourth seasoning, ready to cook
I did a fifth seasoning of the inside
Nov 05 2016
I did the first cook on my Stargazer skillet tonight. I am
more than pleased with it! Our daughter was here and we had breakfast for
supper. I had to get some bacon in the skillet first! I did bacon, cornmeal
mush and eggs. I fried some breakfast links for the daughter; I did them in my
Lodge CS skillet so it all was done timely.
I fried up two skillets of bacon, about a half pound with
some olive oil spray in the skillet. I left the grease in to fry the mush; I
had dipped the mush in flour, it keeps it from popping so much. When I put the
mush on I started the sausage links. I did the mush about 8 minutes per side on
medium heat. When both were done they went into a 200 deg. oven to keep warm
with the bacon. The bacon never stuck at all; even my old cast iron it will stick
I poured off all the grease but about a tablespoon and fried
two eggs for the wife and daughter and served them. I then did two eggs for
myself, the cook got two! I covered the skillet with a glass lid that fit to
self-baste. None of the eggs stuck at all, came out easy. We had some English
muffins with all.
It all tasted great and I was very happy with my skillet!
After supper I cleaned it as usual with hot water and a blue Scotch pad. After
I dried it I noted some light spots and rubbed it some more, I thought some of
the egg whites had stuck. I had some 0000 steel wool and rubbed a couple of the
spots. They didn’t come off but neither did any of the brown around them. I
placed it on a hot burner and rubbed with some grape seed oil and heated until
it smoked and wiped well.
The light spots are still there but I will continue to use
it and if it cooks as well as did tonight I won’t worry about it. Maybe the
spots are just part of the seasoning process and either from the egg whites or
the flour I had on the mush.
I would sure recommend this skillet. You will not find one
of better quality at this price.