Moikel, I'd think about become a vegetarian if my meals looked like that! Delicious!
Okay, thought about becoming vegetarian long enough. Back to my carnivorous nature. Hickory wood is my favorite to smoke on beef. My wife's favorite is mesquite. For that reason I switch back and forth between the two for moo'ers. Last night I hickory smoked a couple 3.5 lb tri tips on the Smokenator equipped Weber Kettle. They came out looking and tasting wonderful. My wife, a born Texan with mesquite sap in her veins, said the words I thought I'd never hear. I was feeding her pre-meal bites of the tri tip while she was chopping sweet carrots. She looked at me and said "I may be disowned by my West Texas homeland, but I think I like hickory better than mesquite!" Almost brought a tear to my eye.
As you can see, I didn't take pics. I really need to try and develop that habit of pic'ing my food. I've been cooking so long it just doesn't cross my mind.
Wish I could send some of the sunny weather we're having out here back East and to Australia. Under my breath I'll whisper that we had to run the air conditioner the last two days. But hey, it's the weekend and family is visiting! Our daughter and her fiancé will be here in about 3 hours. They always bring wine because his family is the one that belongs to the co-op winery. No telling what they'll bring but it will be red.
I almost never buy commercial wine for that reason but I did pick up a bottle of inexpensive "Pacific Redwood Organic Red" table wine at Costco the other night. Made in Mendocino County, the smoke capital of the West for another reason entirely. The wine has no date, no sulfites, and is labeled much like the co-op winery. I'll serve it with lunch today with the tri tip we'll be eating with flour tortillas, avocados, grilled green onions, and fresh salsa. We also have some lavash and tzatziki that will be on the table too, another of our daughter's favorite with tri tips.
I'm also putting a couple of orange juice brined whole chickens on the WSM later today for dinner tonight. We'll bust out a rare co-op Chardonnay for the poultry.
Leah, only 7 more days of your Lent sacrifice, 6 if you use Australian time!
Happy Weekend Everyone!