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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Getting started!
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:54:40 AM »
Looks like you have some great help there!
Best Greg

Jerky / Re: First try was easy and delicious!
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:11:23 AM »
Will the jerky looks great!
I will have to give this a try when my grand kids come out this summer.
Best Greg

Introductions / Re: Hello from Alexandria, VA
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:09:35 AM »
Welcome from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia!
Smoke on!
Best Greg

Model 3 & 3D - The Big Brother / Re: Output status indicator
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:07:26 AM »
I have not auto tuned my 3D (about 1.7 years old) smoke times all spot on.
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Pickled Eggs Sweet and Spicy
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:13:00 PM »
I also use leftover pickle juice for eggs. It's already seasoned. I often add beet juice too. Sometimes some sugar. A couple tips for hard-boiled eggs. To prevent eggs from cracking, using a push-pin (like you use in a bulletin board), put a small hole in the wide end of the egg (where the air pocket is). This eases the pressure buildup. Learned that from Julia Child. For hard to peel eggs, put the egg plus 1 or 2 tablespoons of water into a jelly jar, or some other small container with a lid. Shake shake shake hard enough to thoroughly crack the shell all over, but not so hard that the egg breaks apart (you will hear when the shell is done cracking). This helps get the water under the membrane. It should peel much easier.

Thanks I will have to give the push pin a try, looks like the easiest way is to do this is in the carton.
Best Greg

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Cincinnati
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:03:27 PM »
Welcome Greg from the Blue Ridge mountains in Georgia!
Can't wait to see what you smoke first, please post some photos.
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Pickled Eggs Sweet and Spicy
« on: January 10, 2018, 02:25:33 PM »
You guys know that the next evolution of this is going to involve cold smoking the eggs first, right?
A bit of smoke would be good!
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Pickled Eggs Sweet and Spicy
« on: January 10, 2018, 02:24:25 PM »
Well it has been four days since I put the eggs in the brine. When I first put the eggs in the brine they floated for the first two days and then settled in the jar. I figured after four days it was time for a taste test!

The results were even better than I expected. The eggs had taken on the sweet/heat pickle juice and they tasted great. Not to sweet and not to much heat (in fact a bit more heat would work for me). No salt needed for these eggs, just good to eat.

These would be great at Easter (notice how the egg picked up the color of the pickle juice). If you wanted another color you could add some beet juice :)

Give them a try and let me know, I will be making these again, once I polish this batch off.
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Pickled Eggs Sweet and Spicy
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:28:21 PM »
The search for the perfect boiled egg......
In our house hold we like to keep it simple.
Place eggs in a pan with cold water with at least 1" extra water.
Bring to a boil cover, turn off the heat and let sit on the burner, electric/gas for 15 minutes.
Place in an ice bath and allow to cool (20 minutes or so).
Next crack the top and the bottom of the egg and lightly roll the egg on a hard surface.
Place back into the ice bath and allow it to sit for a few minutes, then peal.

Best Greg
Here is what we do and it works pretty well

Pork / Re: Fresh Ham
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:13:41 PM »
Keep us posted Bob!
Best Greg

Cold-Smoking / Re: Cold Smoked Cheese Set UP
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:12:26 PM »
Cool idea, you could even cut a large hole in the top of the box and then using duck tape (use as a hinge). This way when it was to hot just open up the vent :)
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Pickled Eggs Sweet and Spicy
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:07:58 PM »
Yep it has been a long time, used to get them in bars up north. I never really cared for them, to sour, at least the ones I tried. With the sweet and the heat of this pickle juice, I am looking forward to giving them a try.
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Smoked Pickled Sauage
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:06:16 PM »
Greg, that brand also makes a Jalapeno flavor sausage.  Have you tried that one?
I have not, but I have tried the others and really like them. Next time a bogo happens I plan to pick up a pack!
Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Pickled Eggs Sweet and Spicy
« on: January 07, 2018, 04:37:01 PM »
Last month I bought a gallon gar of Famous Dave's Signature Spicy Sweet and Hot Pickles. Found them at Costco for less than $6.00 and they are the best. They are sweet and have just a touch of heat. Heck I am using them instead of pickle relish and they are excellent for grilled cheese sandwiches.
The juice is also excellent and really good for you, I have been using pickle juice for brisket, but thought hey what about using it for pickled eggs.

Any way I saw a few recipes on internet that used pickle juice to pickle eggs and thought, wow how about sweet and spicy pickled eggs....

Note the picture only shows 9 eggs, I had to boil a few more.

Here is the recipe:
1 Liter Jar (32 oz size)
12 medium - large eggs (boiled and peeled)
2 cups of Famous Dave's pickle juice

Add eggs to jar, add juice, put in the refrigerator and wait a week for the first test!

*Note when you first put the eggs in the brine they will float. But after two days, as they start to take on the brine they submerged completely.

Best Greg

Appetizers and Side Dishes / Re: Smoked Pickled Sauage
« on: January 07, 2018, 04:29:57 PM »
It has been a week, so I decided to try the sausages again. The taste pretty good, but I think they need more time in the solution. I am thinking that they need a bit more sugar so topped off the jar with some pickle juice. I may also add a bit more crushed red peppers, but I will give it another week.
Best Greg

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