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Christmas Smoke w/ Qview Heavy--Spiral Sliced Ham, Venison Loin, Celebration Roast (VEGAN!!), ABT's and Smoked Salsa--First Smoke in my MES 40

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Hey Guys,

 

Hope everyone had a great holiday and had some good eats....I know my family and I did. So since this was a special occasion, I decided to fill my smoker up to the max and try and impress the folks icon_mrgreen.gif That being said, here was the menu:

 

Spiral Sliced Ham

Venison Loin

ABT's

Celebration Roast (For my brother who doesnt eat delicious meat)

Smoked Salsa

Homemade Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Pasta Salad (Made by my mom)

Redskin Potatoes w/ EVOO, S&P, Rosemary and Garlic (Made by my bro)

 

Let me start off by saying the MES is incredible. That was the most relaxing smoke I have done to date. With my Brinkmann, I was in and out every 45 minutes to an hour tending to the fire and adding wood. On another awesome note is the A-Maze-N Smoker. I got a solid 4 hours of nice Cherry and Hickory smoke. Not having to tend to the smoker and being able to spend that time with the family was priceless.

 

Set the smoker to 220 degrees and loaded the AMNS with 2 rows with Hickory and 2 rows with Cherry dust.  Once we were up to temp and had a nice TBS, I loaded the box up for the maiden voyage.

 

On to the Qview:

 

Ham ready for some rub. I used Jeff's rub on this ham.

Ham Mustard.jpg

 

Ham Rubbed 2.jpg

 

Here's the venison loin--Trimmed and rubbed with EVOO, fresh Garlic, S&P and wrapped overnight.

 

Venison 2.jpg

 

Venison Spiced.jpg

 

Veggies for the Salsa--Light drizzle of EVOO and some S&P

 

Salsa Veggies.jpg

 

ABT's wrapped and ready--Stuffed with Extra Sharp Cheddar and Cream Cheese.

 

ABTs.jpg

 

The Ham smoked for 4 hours. After 3 hours, I glazed the ham with half of the packet of glaze that comes with the ham and half of Jeff's BBQ sauce mixed together. The glaze turned out great. I was a little skeptical of putting BBQ sauce on a ham, but man o man it was tasty. The Venison took about 2 hours and I pulled it at 150 internal temp. I smoked the veggies for 2.5 hours. Both the ABTs and the Celebration Roast smoked for 1.5 hours. Ill tell you what, the Celebration roast was great. It is made out of Lentils and stuffed with squash, apples and mushrooms. Here is the grub all smoked and ready to eat.

 

Ham Smoked.jpg

 

Venison Smoked.jpg

 

ABTs Cooked.jpg

 

Beans Potatoes.jpg

 

Salsa 1.jpg

Salsa prepared. Added fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice and some tomato paste after the tomatoes, red pepper, jalapenos, garlic and onions were pulled out of the smoker and chopped up.

 

Celebration Roast.jpg

Here is the vegan roast rubbed with some of Jeff's rub and smoked for 1.5 hrs.

 

Venison Sliced 1.jpg

 

Venison Sliced 2.jpg

 

Ham Sliced.jpg

 

All in all, food was great. The family really liked the ham and never having eaten or cooked Venison before, I think it was good. I went a little heavy on the garlic but you live and learn right? 

 

I am really looking forward to using my MES again. And for those of you who have not purchased an A-Maze-N Smoker---DO IT!!! You will not be disappointed. I have to give props to Todd, what a great product! Next up.... a Brisket (I hope wink.gif)

 

Thanks for looking at my smoke, I look forward to looking at all of yours!

 

Best,

 

Chris

post #2 of 17

What can I say but WOW!!!!! Well done

post #3 of 17

Awesome food nice job I'll bet there were lots of full people at your house  beercheer.gif

post #4 of 17

Wow!

 

Chris,

I'm impressed!

You did a whole bunch of stuff on this Maiden Voyage, and they all turned out great!!!!

 

You did your new MES 40 proud !!

 

Great Qview too,

Bear

post #5 of 17

Man it looks like you had one heck of a feast!!!!!!

post #6 of 17

looks awsome! that was a nice win on the MES

post #7 of 17

Congrats on the new smoker and the success of a huge spread!  It all looks great and the only thing missing was my invitation neighbor!! (LOL)  

 

Great smokin'!   points.gif

post #8 of 17

WOW!!! what a great bunch of food!  that salsa is as pretty as it gets - and I'd really like to know more about your lentil roast. Could you do a post on it, please??  but, man! I'd be going for that venison, with a side of ham!!  that's a 10-Star meal!!  congrats!

post #9 of 17

KICKA$$$,AWESOME...congrats my friendyahoo.gif

post #10 of 17

Wow what a spread!!  Well done!

post #11 of 17

Great Job PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by TheBarbeQueen View Post

WOW!!! what a great bunch of food!  that salsa is as pretty as it gets - and I'd really like to know more about your lentil roast. Could you do a post on it, please??  but, man! I'd be going for that venison, with a side of ham!!  that's a 10-Star meal!!  congrats!



I wish i could take credit for that Celebration Roast, but I cant. I am not the most skilled in making vegan foods, especially "fake" meats. Got the roast from Whole Foods....here is the link to the companies website if you'd like to check it out.

 

http://www.fieldroast.com/products.htm

 

Thanks for looking at my post.

 

 

Chris

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by DeanNC View Post

Congrats on the new smoker and the success of a huge spread!  It all looks great and the only thing missing was my invitation neighbor!! (LOL)  

 

Great smokin'!   points.gif



HAHA! We should have a get together of some sort, maybe when it warms up a little bit?? Id like to drink some cold ones with the NC crew beercheer.gif

 

I think that we can make all of NC jealous with some killer BBQ.

 

Chris

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Bearcarver View Post

Wow!

 

Chris,

I'm impressed!

You did a whole bunch of stuff on this Maiden Voyage, and they all turned out great!!!!

 

You did your new MES 40 proud !!

 

Great Qview too,

Bear

Thanks Bear! I figured why not fill that bad boy up and really give it a test run. The MES performed beyond my expectations. A really great smoker!
 

post #15 of 17


I'm coming, We'll show em how to do some proper carolina pig.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by DeanNC View Post

Congrats on the new smoker and the success of a huge spread!  It all looks great and the only thing missing was my invitation neighbor!! (LOL)  

 

Great smokin'!   points.gif



HAHA! We should have a get together of some sort, maybe when it warms up a little bit?? Id like to drink some cold ones with the NC crew beercheer.gif

 

I think that we can make all of NC jealous with some killer BBQ.

 

Chris

post #16 of 17

Nice spread.  Man O Man that is a lot of food.  Did you rotate items in the smoker?

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cole View Post

Nice spread.  Man O Man that is a lot of food.  Did you rotate items in the smoker?



For the most part I let them be. In my MES on the top rack was the veggies and the Celebration Roast. 2nd rack removed so the Ham would fit and then on the bottom rack were the ABT's and the Venison. My original plan was to have the venison on top but I didnt want the drippings from the Ham to get on the veggies so my bro could eat them.

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