Breakfast burrito

This is my daily go to breakfast during the work week. It is made with two of the recipes that I have detailed here.  Ingredients are 1 jumbo egg = 2 SP fat free cheese = 1SP turkey sausage = 1 SP salsa = 0 SP Extreme Tortilla = 1 SP I start with the egg and scramble…

Easy smoked chicken thighs

I have been down for a while fighting bronchitis, and have not smoked in two weeks. Even though it was cold, in the 20’s, I decided I needed to smoke something. Chicken thighs have become my go to easy smoke lately. The price is right, only $6 for 10 thighs. I seasoned with garlic powder,…

Smoke-free Turkey Sausage

While in diet mode, I have been making turkey sausage patties that we eat for breakfast on a daily basis. It is a an easy way to add protein the diet. I purchase the Italian ground turkey and then jazz it up. The product is cheap, under $3.00 for a pound, and I measure out…

Smoked, a Smoked Ham

I decided to mix it up this year for Thanksgiving. I have smoked a turkey for the last several years but decided to smoke a Sam’s brand Honey Baked Ham. The price was right it was only $16 and it is was close to 9 lbs. I used apple wood ( a light smoke wood)…

Smoked Tri-Tip

Some of the smoking sites that I follow are always posting about cooking Tri-Tip, which is something that I have never seen the stores in TN. This is popular on the West Coast and also goes by the name of Santa Maria cut of beef.  Much to my surprise, I found Sams was now selling…

Cracker Barrel Cold Smoked Cheddar – for the Holidays

Cold smoking cheese is a pretty easy process, but some planning is needed depending on when you plan to eat it. I have found that it requires at least 3 weeks of rest time after the smoke. So, since we are a little over 1 month away from the holidays, I decided to smoke some…

Smoked Salmon

I was all beefed out, after my trip to Austin, so I decided to mix it up and smoke some salmon. I was concerned about keeping it together on the smoker, so I purchased some cedar planks to cook it on. I purchased a 2 lb fillet, which in hindsight was too much. I started…

Smoked Chili

It was time to make chili for a church event. I decided to smoke the jalapenos and the ground chuck. I wanted a strong smoke flavor so I used mesquite. I had a 4 1/2 pound package of beef and I used a cast iron pan that would barely fit on the Weber.  I was…

Trip to Austin – Beef Barbecue Holy Land

I had to go to Austin for a week of training for work, and planned to try to sample some local barbecue. I would  have loved to have been able to go to the World famous Franklin Barbecue, but being in class from 8-5 for Monday through Friday it was impossible. They only open for…

Smoked Prime Rib

My local Kroger has Rib Roasts on sale for $5.99/lb. I decided it was nice price point to try one smoked. I purchased this one that was just under 5 lbs.         I decide to not do a heavy seasoning and only seasoned it with pepper, garlic and salt. The smoker was…

Reverse Seared Strip Steaks

I purchased some nice looking steaks at Sams and decided to do a reverse sear. To accomplish this you really need good thick pieces of beef and then you cook or smoke at low temp to a specific internal temp. Once you reach that desired temp you then allow the meat to rest and then…

Teriyaki Smoked Chicken

Another Saturday, time to smoke something. I decided not to tackle anything too tough today so purchased some chicken thighs and some Italian sausages. This time I marinated for 4 hours in Teriyaki, Soy sauce, lime juice and garlic. I then hit if with my standard seasonings, (garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, paprika and oregano)….

Sunday – smoked wings and brats

It was a short week coming back from vacation and decided I need to smoke something, since it has been two weeks since I have fired up the smoker. I continued on the garlic, tequila, lime theme. I thawed about 30 wings and gave them the drunken bath for 4 hours. I then sprinkled, oregano,…

Smoke free Pico / Salsa

I have been making my own fresh Pico / Salsa for a couple of years at this point and figured I would share the recipe. I typically make it once a week and we eat it with chips or on eggs or vegetables. I prefer Roma tomatoes as the base. I typically use 6 decent…

Drunken chicken

I decided to re-try my recipe from last week with a few modifications.  I purchased a package of 10 chicken thighs from Sams for $5. I rinsed them then threw them in a zip-lock bag with some fresh lime juice, several shots of tequila, and squeeze bottle minced garlic and  fresh cilantro. I let it marinate for approx…