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What's Cooking? / Adult BLTs
« on: July 23, 2017, 06:52:19 AM »
Who doesn't like a good BLT? Very few I'd imagine. We didn't feel like cooking up a big meal tonight so we went diving in the freezer and pulled out the pork belly we smoked not so long ago.




The better half decided that she wanted to make BLTs out of it so that's what she did.

She took some ciabatta and toasted it in the oven and cut some thick slices of that pork belly and crisped them up in a frying pan. The sandwich was built as follows : bottom bun spread with sun dried tomato pesto (good stuff!), pork belly, garden tomato slices, lettuce, provolone, fresh sliced avocado, just a little mayo on top bun. I had mine sans avocado but she and my son had it on theirs. Served with some hand cut sweet potato fries.





It was a simple, easy meal that hit the spot!


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Anything Goes!! / Let them eat cake!
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:50:01 AM »
Supposedly that's what Marie Antoinette said (it's a fallacy, google will tell you all you need to know, lol)

Since I am not Marie Antoinette, I can say it with conviction! Last year, the wife and I took a little trip to Chattanooga to go to the Tennessee Aquarium among other things, it was a little getaway for a few days to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. During this trip, we ate at a diner called "City Cafe Diner". I got a burger and don't really even remember what she got to be honest. The burger was fairly good, it was HUGE, that much I do recall. On the way in, we saw this display cabinet full of the most beautiful cakes I'd ever seen, spinning around on a carousel, so after dinner I ordered a piece of the "Seven Sins" cake to go. It by itself was $7.00! We got back to the hotel room and I took a bite and was floored! It was THE BEST cake I had ever tasted, bar none. My wife, who is not even a sweet eater, took a bite, then another, then another........she was in love, lol.

We returned back to the diner the next morning because she heard the breakfast was excellent. I got some pancakes and sausage, not a fan. Humongous portions but it was just meh. I came real close to buying a whole cake to bring home but didn't. The whole ride home I was thinking about that cake though :P

As luck would have it, my wife made a trip to Ohio with my Daughter to visit a friend and on the way back home decided to route herself through Chattanooga to get a cake. That's just what she did, she called ahead a day before and ordered a whole "Seven Sins" cake and brought it home. This thing is enormous and could easily feed 25 people. I have eaten my share as has my wife and son, we've given some away and still have half a cake left! It costs $71.00 but to be honest, it's worth every penny! I now need to find a way to freeze this thing. I am sick of eating cake but I don't want to toss it out from not eating it either.

This is what the fuss is about :

The Box


The Choices


The Cake






Prior to eating this cake, my favorite chocolate cake actually was from the Publix deli. Their Chocolate Ganache  cake is excellent, or so I thought. After eating the Seven Sins cake, it makes the Publix cake taste like a Little Debbie (no offense Debbie, I still like your snack cakes too!).

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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It seems that I went a little overboard this time. Hard to really even apologize because it was indeed premeditated :)

For some reason, every time my wife goes out of town, I cook some really good stuff. I guess it's my way of punishing her, lol! This time I had planned to make a sub. I already had some ham in the freezer from when I cured that pork loin and smoked it not too long ago. I also had some Duroc pork belly bacon curing in the fridge that I smoked yesterday morning. This lead to me buying a turkey breast and brining it and smoking it on the Traeger after the bacon was done. While the turkey was gettin' jiggy with it on the Traeger, I took an Eye of Round that I had marinating in a dry rub overnight in the fridge and threw it on the new toy, the Weber Rotisserie.

Once all meats were done, I vacuum sealed them up (once cooled down) and let them chill in the fridge overnight. After that I made the dough for the sub rolls and let them proof in the garage fridge overnight. I baked off the rolls this afternoon and sliced the meats and put them in the fridge to chill while I shredded a head of lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions and green peppers. I took out all of the condiments and toppings and made a build your own sub type of deal out of it.

I made mine by not fully splitting the roll and coating both sides of the bread with mayo. Next was 3 slices of Swiss, 3 slices of Provolone, 8 slices of Med Rare Roast Beef, 8 slices of Smoked Turkey Breast, 8 slices of Ham (all were thin but not shaved (super thin), 8 little slices of bacon. Next was zesty dill slices (sandwich stackers), tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, black olives, mustard, lettuce,salt & pepper, oregano, oil and red wine vinegar.

It was hard to fold over but I accomplished it! I was able to eat half and I might take a stab at the other half in a little while, lol!

Take a look at my creation won't you?
















Now THAT was a Club Sub! I am biased of course, but this was the best sub I've ever eaten. Too bad it costs about $100 to make, lol! Just kidding, it was a lot more expensive than going to a sub shop would be, but it was a fun project. My son loved it so that made it worth every penny ;)

Thanks for looking :)

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What's Cooking? / Spicy Sicilian Pizza
« on: June 09, 2017, 10:23:02 AM »
I'm back with something good y'all! I made a Sicilian pizza for dinner recently and it rocked! I made up some fresh dough and some spicy garlic sauce using San Marzano tomatoes. I put some spicy pepperoni and hot Italian sausage on there with over a pound of fresh grated mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheese. The dough basically gets fried in olive oil as it bakes. It is some righteous stuff! Crispy and chewy.

I used This Recipe for the most part. I added some honey and a little basil to the sauce and for the pizza I used less olive oil than it called for in the pan. I originally used what it said but ended up pouring some off after the dough was risen. I also used  more cheese than called for. It's pizza, you make it how you want. I added sausage and it was a good addition. I par cooked the sausage before putting it on the pizza.

Enough talk, take a look!






I have made this again since making the first one shown in this post. The second time I made it I used butter flavored crisco in the tray with just a smidge of olive oil. I wanted a buttery crust and it did the trick. It is out freaking standing! I suggest y'all give it a whirl.

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LASAGNA! Full of meat and cheese. She ate a can of vegan soup, bleh!










It was a new recipe I tried and it rocked! I used This One

The only thing I did differently was use cottage cheese instead of ricotta and I amped up the sauce a little with some crushed red pepper flakes and I also topped it with some smoked provolone slices.


Good stuff!

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Anything Goes!! / Maxine's Makeover!! Pic Heavy
« on: April 09, 2017, 02:23:10 AM »
 I know I haven't been very active on here as of late. I lurk and don't post because frankly, I've had nothing to post! I don't cook nearly as much as I used to, on any of my cookers. I go through phases. Now that it's warm I am sure that I'll be more involved with cooking. What I HAVE been doing lately is tinkering with motorcycles. I made a post about getting my wife and I some bikes : http://smokinitforums.com/index.php?topic=6026.0

As I stated in that post, I wanted to "clean" my bike up a bit. Compared to hers it was really dull. So I slowly did what I wanted to do. I got most of it done yesterday (Saturday 4/8/17) and today I will install the exhaust I bought for it. It's REALLY quiet to be such a brute of a motorcycle. Around where I live, the old adage "Loud Pipes Save Lives" is apropos. The only thing I will have left after installing the exhaust is to install tank emblems back on the bike and a little rubber "seal" that goes between the tank and the instrument cover. I have to find it first, it seems to have come up missing for the SECOND time, I think my wife may have tossed it out mistakenly  ::) Then it'll just a detail session to bring out her new found exuberance :P

Here's what she looked like before, not bad really, just had some finish issues with the rear wheel and the fenders and tank also had damaged finishes due to the previous owner applying some very harsh stuff to it in the name of waxing it. I couldn't take it anymore!



I have since installed a mini windscreen, powder coated the side scoops by the tank, powder coated the sissy bar the same color as the scoops, powder coated the wheels a cool charcoal metallic color, painted both fenders and tank, installed new bearings in both wheels, new "wave style" rotors, new tires, new tail led tail light, a cell phone/gps holder/charger, and lastly (for now) will be the full exhaust. It's hard to tell from garage photos, but she is shiny as a new penny! Once she gets the exhaust, I will detail her with some Top Coat F11 and take some glamour shots out in the sun so the metallic in the paint and powder coating POP.

Here are some pics to bring y'all up to speed AND serve as a way for me to document my little project.

Here she is after being torn down. I ended up taking the other part of the seat off as well to run a cable to the battery for the cell phone holder.


Here's what the sissy bar and scoops looked like prior to powder coating, the scoops had some minor blemishes but the sissy bar's clear coat had worn totally off and looked fuzzy.


Here the scoops after powder coating


Sissy bar assembled and back on the bike after powder coating


Wheels after PC


New "wave" rotors installed


New Rubber



Front fender and tank at my painters



Various pics (in poor lighting) of Maxine in her new clothes, lol (Minus new exhaust)







I will edit this post once I get her "DONE done". Thanks for letting me bore you with this, lol.

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Model 3.5D - The Next Step / So....I see that this must be a sign.........
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:49:34 PM »
.....of a new SI?

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Anything Goes!! / Any Bikers here?
« on: February 14, 2017, 07:19:16 AM »
I know we all love cooking and smoking but do any of y'all ride? Years ago I was into Dirt Bikes but haven't had one in a LONG time and sometimes wish I had an enduro to go offroad with.

For years my wife has talked about us both getting a motorcycle. Sometimes she would talk about dirt bikes, other times she talked about street bikes, lol. She had seen other ladies riding Harleys and whatnot and has just always had it in the back of her mind that she wanted a bike. I never put much stock into it as it would always pass. Recently it has been the topic of discussion again as she has some friends on Facebook that ride and we have some friends that we met through other friends that both ride so.......guess what? Now she was more convinced than ever that she wanted a motorcycle.

As luck would have it, one of those friends has been wanting to get into outdoor cooking and when he would come over for the Falcons playoff run to watch the games, I would always cook something and he's very interested in my grills, so much so that I offered to sell him one of my kegs. He seemed interested so I reached out to him over the weekend and asked if he wanted it, I told him I was looking to get a little money up to buy my wife a bike. He then told me that his girlfriend has an unused bike in the garage "getting in the way collecting dust" so.....one thing led to another and I got a STEAL of a deal on a bike for her. It's not a Harley but it is a nice bike. It's an '07 Honda Shadow and she loves it! Low seat height and light enough that a lady can ride it easily.

Here's her bike, black and chrome like she wanted :)


Picture is not that good, taken with my crappy phone but you get the idea.

The cool thing about this is that not only does she get a bike, I am getting one too! She wants us BOTH to ride, lol. So I'm not really a laid back, arms in the air, sitting low type rider. I like to be be more "up" so I picked out a bike I've wanted for years. It's kind of old school, some get it, some don't. I chose a Yamaha V-Max. It's a bike that has enough power and torque to pull both of us through mountains if we chose to just take one bike plus I like the way they look, lol. I have yet to take delivery, I am going Friday to pick it up and I can't wait!



We had gone up to the local Harley dealership to check out their bikes, she was interested in an 883 Sportster but for about half the price, I got a bike for both of us with very low miles on each. Plus I didn't have to take out a loan and make payments so I like the route we chose better!  I told her that this bike was going to be her Valentine's day AND birthday present (her bday is in March) and mine would be MY vday and bday present, lol.

I am going to sign us up for a 3 day riding course that will also get us our "M" endorsement on our license plus save us on insurance. I am looking forward to putting down some back country roads and sight seeing with her. We are both excited!

One last thing for me to brag about on my wife. She is a sicko like I am when it comes to grills/smokers. She told me Saturday "I want a Weber". So we go to Lowe's Sunday morning, she sees the 22" Performer and we came home and ordered it, it'll be here today. She wants to cook bacon wrapped shrimp and filet mignon on it for me for Valentine's Day Dinner! Wow! I am blown away by this woman! She's the best thing to EVER happen to me, I married WAY out of my league. God is good and I am so very blessed. I am truly undeserving but I'll take it ;)

Sorry for the long read, y'all know I get carried away sometimes, lol!

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What's Cooking? / Chicago Deep Dish
« on: February 05, 2017, 05:50:20 AM »
My Wife made us a Chicago Pizza for dinner. I have to find ways to keep this girl happy! If she ever realizes I've outkicked my coverage, I'm screwed :P







Hard to see what's on there but it's about a pound of cheese, sausage (sassidge), pepperoni, home made sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Good GREAT stuff!

After spending most of Saturday cooking and prepping for the Super Bowl guests we will be having on Sunday I didn't figure she'd want to make this, it takes a while to prepare but when I saw her start to make the dough at about 2:00 I knew what she was up to ;) We don't make these often, maybe twice a year, but man alive is it good!

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What's Cooking? / Chili Cheese Dogs
« on: February 03, 2017, 01:43:58 PM »
Last night felt like a Sahlen's night so I had Stephanie (Mrs. RG) go by Publix and pick up a pack of Sahlen's and some split top buns. While she was there she spotted a bag of Nathan's Crinkle fries. These fries are like double cut, fat crinkle fries. I've never eaten at a Nathan's Hot Dog so I guess maybe this is the type of fry they sell? I deep fried them in Crisco and seasoned them with Lawry's Seasoning Salt. For the dogs, Steph Kegged them and I earlier today made some hotdog chili by winging it, turned out excellent and along with a little mustard, ketchup, cheese and onions made a darn good dinner! Take a look!





Because we both were cooking, this came together quick! I like it when we both pitch in. I'm a lucky man to have a wife that likes to grill, I can't deny that!

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Gadgets and Gizmos / Have a Kamado? Like Pizza? Look here!
« on: January 29, 2017, 08:10:35 PM »
My good buddy Nate was looking out for me Friday when he ran across a post on Broil King's Facebook Page looking for a Keg owner in Atlanta to try out a device for cooking pizzas on the Keg. Being the pal that he is, he tagged me in the post and it led to me getting in touch with the inventor of the Pizza Porta. I was able to go meet him and his wife, both very nice folks, at one of Atlanta's 3 Restaurant Depot stores. We talked a bit about this crazy obsession we all have, he gave me a quick tutorial on how to use it and off I went. When I got home yesterday evening, I made a batch of dough in order to prepare for today's guinea pig session.

Cortlandt (the inventor) has made varying versions of this device but has only used it on BGE and KJ Kamados, hence the reason to see if it would also work on the Keg. Luckily for me, that's where I came in. I have 3 versions of the Keg but for this test, chose to use my BSK2000 since it is somewhat covered. It was windy and was acting like it might rain so it was the right choice even though all 3 are basically the same.

First challenge was to see if the Keg's hinge assembly would work with the Pizza Porta, if this was a no go, then I'd have to cook pizzas on the UUNI 2S, or just keg them without the Pizza Porta. I was a little nervous oddly enough, I REALLY wanted this contraption to fit. Not so much as for my own benefit but rather I didn't want to give Cortlandt any bad news. He's a super nice guy and I really want him to be able to expand his product's reach. I love success stories! He and his wife are genuine folks so I can't help but root for them :)

So, walk with me while I take you through this afternoon's testing session. I will warn you, there are a LOT of pictures and even a video. I am nothing if not thorough, lol.

Ok, here we go. First things first. Did it fit? If so, how well? I was pleased to see that the Keg's hinge was compatible. The top gasket fits perfectly but I will say that there are some small gaps on the bottom portion. I feel that a changeable felt gasket on the Pizza Porta would help things nicely, on Kegs and other Kamados. With that said, maybe it's not such a big deal.

Placed on Keg before lighting the lump. Various angles to show fitment.












Time to make some pizzas! First one up is double pepperoni. On the last picture of it in the box, you can see that the top is nice and browned. I achieved this by taking the pizza and rasing it up into the hot dome for browning just before removing the pizza from the Keg. This is called "Doming" according to the instructions Courtlandt gave me. Works great!





The next pizza is a Pepper Stout Beef pizza. We LOVE these!



As you can see, the Keg and the stone stay hot since the dome is never raised!



Time for a BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pizza



More Glamour shots of this one since it was the last one I did, I had the time to go a little crazy with the picture taking :P







Here's a video of it in action if you want a little more inside information on it!
https://youtu.be/ydqDZRJGoCA


So......what do I think of it? Overall I like it. Mainly due to being an admitted gadget freak. I like that the Keg stays closed, eliminating losing heat while adding pizzas or rotating them. This is a clever idea. Here's the realist side of things, hey you didn't think I was going to only give you the good without the bad did you? It's geared for those that are going to cook more than one pizza. If you're just doing one pizza on your keg then this is more of a novelty than something that is practical. If doing one pie, you're not going to benefit from having this, even though it IS a cool contraption. If you do, however, cook more than one pizza at a time then this may be something you want to add to your arsenal! It IS fun to use!

I enjoyed trying this out for the inventor and I seriously hope all of you on here and in Kegland in general consider supporting this guy. The Pizza Porta is American made right here in Jawja, in the A-T-L no less, so you're getting a well built unit. You can learn more about it HERE


If you have any further questions for me about the Pizza Porta, post them here!







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What's Cooking? / Cheezeborger Cheezeborger!!
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:39:25 PM »


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZMds-QA95A

I didn't exactly make any double cheezeborgers, I did make some sliders. I also didn't do fries (no fries, chips!) and I did have a Coke, albeit Diet :P

My Wife has been feeling wonky due to some meds she's taking and hasn't had much of an appetite so rather than make a big honking burger, I made sliders. Pull up a chair at the counter and let's have some Cheezeborger Cheezeborger!











I ended up eating 3 and she ate 1. There's 2 left for either the dogs or our son, lol!

Thanks for looking at my cooking!

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What's Cooking? / I LOVE days like today!
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:09:57 PM »
First of all it's one day closer to the weekend, in particular Saturday. The day that I am having friends over to watch the Falcons put the hurt on Seattle and eat some 'cue. Another reason I loved today was that it felt like spring here in my neck of the woods, mid 60's after being 12 over the weekend! That's Atlanta weather for you, crazy! While that's all fine and dandy, the main reason was that I was home most of the day and that allowed me to be here when FedEx dropped off my Camp Chef Flat Top Grill!

I was already outside tending the KBQ. I bought a TINY butt to smoke to make some Brunswick Stew for my guests. Anytime I can get a jump on prep or cooking when I do these big cooks, I take it! I put the grill together just in time to make dinner. Nothing fancy and I didn't even take the "final" plated pics, but you get the idea. I made some Bacon Cheeseburgers. The bacon curled up since my stinkin' bacon press was rusty (I didn't use it) but otherwise I'll say it was a successful cook! I love the crust you get from cooking burgers this way! Also, the buns seared on there are excellent, adds a nice dimension to the burger I think.

Ready for the maiden voyage, got a little grapeseed oil on there


Here it is in action










And....last but least (lol) the micro butt!


As you see, I have some leaves to blow out from under the deck, I was half hoping that the KBQ would send some embers over on them to burn them away :P

Saturday I'll be griddling up some marinated chicken boneless breasts on the FTG, can't wait!

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What's Cooking? / Pepper Stout Beef PIZZA!
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:13:32 PM »
Last night, my Wife made our version of Pepper Stout Beef (the original recipe but add Stubb's Beef Marinade and Better Than Bouillon Beef Base). Last night she toasted up some nice rolls, added the PSB and provolone and we had that with Jalapeno Kettle Chips. She made a huge batch of PSB so I had an epiphany at 3:17 this morning to make a PSB Pizza in the UUNI today for lunch. I had some Jim Lahey's no knead dough sitting out on the counter overnight, made that and sauce yesterday. Sounds tasty eh?

Here's the PSB my better half made on the Traeger last night


We make Larry Wolfe's wonderful creation every so often and it's always a big hit. This round we doubled up on it and I am going to portion it and freeze it later. When we make it, we follow the recipe of his but add Stubb's Beef Marinade after the meat has smoked when it goes into a pan with the veggies. We also add Better Than Bouillon Beef Base to amp up the richness. Good stuff!

I made a total of 3 pizzas, 2 of them were classic Margherita pies and the last one being the PSB one. I used Greg's no cook sauce and a mixture of provolone, fresh mozz and a finely shredded Italian cheese blend. This was another one of my experiments and it was excellent! I searched the interwebs to see if some other hack like myself has ever used PSB for a pizza and saw no evidence of it. I am shocked by this! I urge any of you that like Pepper Stout Beef and Pizza to marry the 2 and try it. If you're like me, you'll like it better than the sammich! The wife wants shrooms on it next time I do it.

One of the 2 Margheritas


Lots of pics of the New Creation!






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Anything Goes!! / Merry Christmas!!
« on: December 25, 2016, 11:40:00 AM »
I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus (for the rest of us) or whatever else you feel like identifying with!

-Jason

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