Smoked Pork Belly

I have only tried to smoke pork belly once, and at that time I did pork belly burnt ends with minimal success. This time, I tried to just do a standard smoked pork belly. I purchased the skinless pork belly from Sams and it was approximately 4 pounds and was under $15. I sliced the…

Tuffy Mat – sponsored post

As I am building my blog and social media presence, I was contacted by Dan from Tuffy Mat. He offered to send me a sample of the product, if I would write a review of the product on my website. I received the product several weeks ago, but really have not had an opportunity to…

And then there was 3

I have been smoking for 10 years. My original purchase was an 18″ WSM and it has delivered time after time. I had been watching Craigslist for a deal on 22″ for a long time and never could find one. I stopped in my local Lowes for a small purchase and as my normal tradition…

Smoked Cheese time in TN

As the holidays approach, I decided it was time to smoke some more cheese. This will be the first of several batches. I purchased the cheese from Sams, and they were variety packs of three different types of cheddar. It came with a standard Sharp Cheddar, the Vermont Sharp White, which I prefer and new…

Sous Vide Chops

My obsession with the Sous Vide cooking process continues. One of my favorite things to cook has been thick cut pork chops. To complete this I purchased a pork loin on sale that was close to 4 lbs and was just over $6. This was a great buy, but even when not on sale, pork…

Smoke Free Sous Vide Chuck Roast

It was a washout of a weekend so instead of smoking something, I did a long Sous Vide cook. I purchased a large thick Chuck Roast, over 5 pounds. I did do a light sear prior to the Sous Vide and then seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I then vacuum sealed it ,…

Fall Brisket

Although the calendar says fall, the temps still stay feel like summer.  Brisket prices have finally comes back to earth, and I was able to purchase this brisket for just under $26 from my local GFS paying $2.49/lb. I did trim some of the hard fat off of the brisket which removed about 1.5 lbs…

Cherry Smoked Cinnamon Almonds

While the smoker is hot after cooking the main courses, it is easy to get some additional use from the smoker. I have smoked nuts on multiple occasions, and actually prefer smoked cashews, I know the almonds are a healthier choice. I purchased a 3 Lb bag of raw almonds from Sams and wanted to…

Best Ribeye Ever

Decided to mix it up a bit and with my new Sous Vide. I purchased a couple of thick Ribeyes on closeout, nothing special, about $15 purchase. After doing some research I decided to cook it 2.5 hours in the water at 129.  Normally this would then be removed and seared, but I decided to…

Eye Round – the French Connection

I am still playing around with my Sous Vide and purchased a Eye Round on closet out to try something new. The best I could figure out, the best way to prepare this via Sous Vide is 24 hours in the water. I added salt, pepper and garlic and bagged it.        …

Smoke free – Sous Vide – Strip Steak

I finally got around to trying my new toy, I purchased the Anova Sous Vide – bluetooth edition. I have been doing a little research on this method, which is labeled as precision cooking. You take the product you want to cook and you season it, and it pick the target temperature that you want…

Smoked Cashews

While the smoker was still warm, I decided to smoke a container of cashews. This is an easy smoke, with great result. I purchased the container from Sams. I added a small amount of olive oil as a binder. I then stirred and added my normal seasonings of paprika, onion powder and garlic powder, and…

Pork belly burnt ends – first attempt

I decided to try pork belly burnt ends, since I was finally able to find some to work with. I noticed recently that Sams was now selling uncured pork belly. The price was reasonable (under $15) so not to bad on the risk reward scale.                 The recipe I was…

Brisket Sandwich

Plenty of brisket left over from a recent cook, decided to make a “special” sandwich. I took a couple of slices of red onion and some mushroom and I sauteed them. I then took some sourdough bread and buttered it and placed it in a medium pan and cooked to the consistency of a completed…

Brisket time in TN – Midnight Smoke

I completed a midnight smoke on the Sunday night heading into Memorial day. I started the smoker a little after 7pm and got the brisket in the smoke about 7:30 PM. I completed the cook using the minion method as follows:             I filled the chamber a little over half…

Love the smoked cheese

Smoked cheese is a pretty easy process, that I do every couple of months. My family and friends really enjoy it, but it takes a little planning. Plan to start eating it about 3 weeks after smoking it, so plan ahead. Give it a try it is an easy process, with great results. Below is…

Patio Ribs….

My typical go to cook on mothers day is ribs. My wife headed out to California this mothers day to spend some time with daughter #2, but the tradition continued anyway. I smoked the ribs doing the 3,2,1 method. The ribs were reasonable priced and only $8 each at $2.88/lb. I removed the membrane from…

Smoked Chuck Roast

I picked up a prime chuck roast from Kroger the other day and decided to smoke it today. I was in a time crunch, since the weather had predicted storms late in the afternoon. I lit about 40 coals in the chimney started and added some fresh coals to what was left over from last…

Smoked Margarita Chicken and Smoked Mac and Cheese

It was a beautiful Master’s Sunday and I decided to smoke something since it has a couple weeks. I purchased some chicken thighs and small package of mild Italian Sausages. I decide to go with a marinade only and never applied any seasoning to the chicken (first time ever). For the marinade I used Tequila,…

Burnt ends… 2nd attempt.. nailed it

I used the lessons from my first attempt at burnt ends last weekend to improve the process this weekend. I started with the same product, a packer from GFS that was 11 lbs. I cut it about 2/3 of the way down and used the point and some of the flat.        …

Burnt Ends

Decided to try to cook burnt ends for the first time. The normal process would be to cook a full brisket and then separate the point and use it for burnt ends. In this situation I used a fresh brisket and cut the point and some of the flat out and smoked it. I determined…

Smoked Chocolate

Decided to try something new, at the suggestion of a friends daughter. Completed via a cold smoke, used cherry and oak pellets. I have found that the easiest way to light the pellets is by using my gas grill. It only takes 3 or 4 minutes to get them going. The idea is generate a…

Smoked Cheese, how much smoke is too much?

I love smoked cheese, and was now running low. I decided to smoke some more. My favorite is white cheddar, and I also added some sharp cheddar, Colby jack and a wedge of un-smoked Gouda and Swiss. I decided to use Hickory pellets in my pellet smoking tube this time. It was cold out so…

Smoked NY Strip Roast

My Kroger had a deal on whole/half NY strips this week. A bargain at $4.99 / lb. I purchased a 7 lb slab and cut 6 steaks off and vacuum packed them and froze them. I took the remaining portion about 3 1/2 lb and covered it in olive oil and then seasoned with garlic…

4 Smoke Sunday

Decided to smoke several different things today. I had a 3 lb pork loin and a couple of small turkey breast that I smoked first. I did not plan to do these low and slow, so I started a fill chimney of charcoal, and spread it on top of some additional charcoal. I gave it…

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…