Once again, it's that time for our annual Picnic for our stroke members (est. 40+) in our group. I'm doing the cured and smoked turkeys plus the smoked cheese.
Bought 3 turkeys yesterday, 18-20 lbs. each at WinCo in Fort Worth.
Also bought 6 slabs of longhorn cheddar at Bassham's.
Started the cheddar this morning at 5;30 am, cutting them into quarters, laying them out on Q-Matz (www.amazenproducts.com - Todd Johnson) and filled up the A-Maze-N pellet tray with a combination of Maple pellets and Corn Cob pellets, about half'n'half. Put into a plastic coffee can, heated in the microwave for 2 minutes, then scooped them out into the pellet tray and took the propane torch to them for about 4 minutes to get at least an inch of pellets burning. Then, let the flame go out and immediately placed them into the smokehouse, closed the door and watched for the nice flow of thin blue smoke coming out of the back upper vent!
Hard to capture the faint wisps of smoke coming out of the top vent, but they are - accentuating the power of thin blue smoke! Of course you can see the smoke inside the smokehouse, as when I open the door the smoke comes out. And it is definitely blue and not billowy - just thin, doing it's job! Congratulations to Todd Johnson for his wonderful products!
It finished at 2:30 pm. Bagged it back up, 6 pc. per bag, 4 bags total. Will let it mellow until May 18th, day of the party!