Thought I'd start a thread where everyone can just quickly mention what they're makin' on their cookshack equipment. Any model, any method, any type of grub, etc. Pictures encouraged!
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I currently have an overabundance of fresh peppers from my garden, so I stuffed and smoked some last nite on my PG500. Some were hot, some were just sweet peppers.
Stuffing was hamburger, cheese, rice, tomato soup concentrate and some simple seasoning.
Turned out very good although a couple of the hot peppers kicked my butt...
I just finished a Bologna Blunt that needs to be sliced. I am doing Johnny Trigg style ribs today. I have to pick up a Chuck roast and get some smoke on it so it can go in the crock pot on Tuesday. This will be for tacos. The weather here is too hot to cold smoke so am waiting to salmon, cheese, summer sausage, and bacon.
Well, for the holiday weekend, not much. Green chile cheese sliders on the grill last night, wings tonight (my preferred technique of grilling with the Amaz-n tube smoker alongside putting out lots of apple wood pellet smoke) tonight, and tomorrow hasn't been determined yet, but I'll do a batch of almonds while I think about it. Happy Labor Day!
Just threw an eye of round on the pellet grill... Going for a sear then smoke.
Will probably end up tossing on some okra for a side dish.
Weather was beautiful here yesterday, so did all my oven cooking outside on my PG500...
Cooked up some bacon in the morning and did some roasted diced potatoes and some baked tilapia for dinner.
I haven't been really happy with my smoked almonds until now. I use raw almonds from BJ's (about $7 for 11 or 12 oz, just enough for one level of frog mat in my SM066). I've tried various flavors and combinations, knowing you need a liquid "wetting agent" to let the dry spices or herbs adhere. I finally found a really good version! I used (for 11 - 12 oz of raw almonds) 1 tablespoon of Sriracha sauce, stirred well to coat every nut, followed by one teaspoon of sea salt, also stirred well. Placed in the smoker on a frog mat on one level, used a one oz hickory chunk, and smoked for about 2 hours 15 minutes at 225 F.
The result was fabulous smoked almonds, good smoke flavor, enough salt to make them addicting, enough time to make them crunchy, and enough Sriracha to make them just spicy enough to be interesting. Will do again!! Simplicity is good!
Today I smoked my last batch of wild salmon for the season - 6.5 lbs of Coho (from Costco, a real find). That makes about 25 lbs total for the summer, a bit low since wild Alaskan sockeye salmon was not available until July this year vs early June most years, and Copper River sockeye was not available at all. I used Mr. T's brine as always and cut the salmon to three pieces per side (I try to get sides about 1.5 lbs each), so 12 pieces on two racks in my Amerique. I used 2.5 oz of alder (two small chunks) at 200F for about 55 minutes, for an IT in the thickest piece of 145 by the Amerique probe.
We use smoked salmon all year from the freezer (it freezes great in Foodsaver vacuum bags), mostly for breakfast, but over the holidays we make lots of smoked salmon spread with cream cheese and sour cream for bagels and toast in the morning or on crackers for a snack. A freezer full of home-smoked salmon is a beautiful thing. Try it!
jobiewan - yes, I leave the skin on while I cool the pieces to room temp on racks and then freeze them individually in foodsaver bags cut to size from the roll. I think (without real evidence) that it helps retain moisture in the freezer. I've found that if the freezer bag vacuum holds, the pieces can go well over a year and still be great. I'm currently eating a batch I made in July last year.
Did a pork shoulder last weekend. Got a late start so cooked at 300. Turned out just as tender and juicy as going low and slow. Decent bark and decent smoke flavor...
Had to strip the vegetable plants yesterday bcuz we had our first hard freeze last night so I've got a bunch of hot peppers that I'm going to smoke this weekend. Will dehydrate some and make some chipotle sauce out of the rest.
Hoping to give jay's smoked salmon recipe this wknd too!
Thanks for the mention jobiewan, but I have to make sure the credit goes to Mr. T. It's all in the brine!
got a smoked meatloaf going right now and gonna grill up some asparagus to go with it!
I mixed up 30 pounds of sausage yesterday I need to get it stuffed and smoked of the next couple of days.
I did a "smoked pot roast" yesterday, adapted from a recipe from andyj here a few years ago. Got a angus chuck roast (about 3 lbs, about 2.5 inches thick) from Shoprite. Coated lightly with Smokin' Guns BBQ rub (thanks again, cal!), and used about 2 oz of pecan at 225 for about 2 hours, to an IT of 140F. Removed and placed in a dutch oven over one sliced red pepper and 1/2 sliced vidaia onion, and poured over one can of stout and 1 cup beef broth. Into a 300F oven for about 3 1/2 hours (covered) until pullable with a fork. Removed the meat to a pan and covered with foil back in the warm oven while I used a stick blender to puree the sauce and reduced it down for about 10 minutes. The sauce (now a great gravy) can be pretty intense if you don't go lightly with the rub in the beginning. Served with mashed Yukon golds and steamed green beans. A real weekend treat! My SO says "don't ever do pot roast any other way."