Saturday, August 10, 2019

More Smokin', still no Meat

My boss inspired me to do some more smoking today.  He allegedly smoked a pork butt for a soccer party for his son yesterday.  Rumor has it, however, that he just threw some liquid smoke and ketchup on some chopped up bologna, though, and called it "pulled pork".

We're also attending soccer parties today, as I attempt to show Gavin "what's what" on the pitch today during our annual alumni games... I thought if there was any year that I could take him, it would be his Freshman year, but I'm afraid he may have already surpassed his old man in speed (maybe not quite in skill yet)

I smoked the ever-popular cajun crackers on my dad's Traeger this morning and I'm sure they'll be a hit tonight.

The second picture is a meal I cooked for mom and family two Wednesdays ago. My wife cooked spaghetti and I grilled Italian chicken on my Blackstone...throw in some garlic knots and it was a pretty decent meal from this average cook.  Just warming up, more to come soon.


- Smokin' J

Sunday, July 28, 2019

To honor my father, I smoked cajun crackers and pistachios for a 'celebration of life' after his memorial service yesterday. I hate that I didn't get pictures, but I didn't get the idea to mimic one of his posts until this morning.

As many of you know, these simple smokes are a huge hit with all friends and family.  I'm going to try my best to get more adventurous and add meats, etc. to my smoking repertoire. 

While I will never be close to as good as my dad, I want to give it a good shot to carry on his legacy of providing damn-good comfort food on a regular basis.  Stay tuned.

~Smokin' Jason~

Thursday, January 3, 2019

My Traeger & cook area

Below you see my cooking equipment, my Traeger 07E, to the left is a gas cooker w/cast iron skillet & to the right is a fish friar on the cabinet.
Since this photo I have added a Weber Q100 gas grill. Below that you see a photo of me & my faithful companion. Click on any photo to view larger size it opens in a slide viewer with all the photos in the post.

My Smokin Deck,I can cook rain or shine.

Set up for winter weather

Summer Kitchen 2015
My new Camp Chef single gas burner, a Weber
 Jumbo Joe that I got last year, a Weber Spirit 
2 burner gas grill and my Traeger pellet smoker 
on the deck

All covered up

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Let's Talk BBQ, One Great Forum

Let’s Talk BBQ; no matter what you cook on this is one great forum for discussing BBQ and learning about BBQ. Whether you use a grill, smoker, or other type of cooker, using gas, wood, charcoal, or electric for fuel there is a place for you there.

Their rules are pretty simple; just treat others the way you want to be treated. Leave your ego at home and have fun learning and discussing cooking and food in a family way.

Most members are from the USA but they are slowly getting some international members. I know of two from Australia and one each from Germany and S. Africa. There may be some from England. I like this since we can learn about other recipes and ways to do BBQ than in our own country.

The forum is laid out well; there are different sections for each style cooker, a recipe section, a general section, a place for sausage making and a place for other hobbies. There are a lot of knowledgeable members there now.

If you are interested in Sous Vide cooking there is a section on it with some knowledgeable members using the method.

I do most all my BBQ on my Traeger wood pellet smoker; but can adapt most recipes from other types of cookers. I use it year around and do most all of the cooking for my wife and I.

So; if you want to talk BBQ get over there sign up and join in the fun of cooking and eating some good BBQ.