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  1. graystratcat

    Brisket, Cowboy Pintos and Special ABTs...

    Hey y'all, Haven't posted in quite a while, just been too busy with work... but had a chance to throw a flat on the smoker this w/e... so I thought I'd post up some pix.  Also did a little experimenting with my ABT recipe...put a little more kick in them rascals....see below So here we go...
  2. graystratcat

    Quick Question re Chicken Cordon Bleu Rolls

    I'm trying the chicken cordon bleu rolls for the first time and was trying to find some estimates as to cooking times.  Was hoping someone could help me out.  I have each roll wrapped in bacon and plan to smoke at 275*.  Just looking for a rough estimate of what the smoking time might be so I...
  3. graystratcat

    Rytek's recipe and Cure #1

    I've been making smoked jerky now for more years than I care to admit and through the years have tweaked my favorite recipe to exactly how I like it, but it was originally based on Rytek's recipe from his 'Revised Edition' which I believe came out after revision 1.  Well, today, I went back to...
  4. graystratcat

    Dry Cured Belly Bacon (A Semi-Tutorial, B-View Heavy)

    Well, I wanted to give dry curing bacon a try since I typically wet cure using Pops brine.  I ran across Todd Johnson’s recipe for dry cured bacon so I thought I’d give it a try after reading the reviews.  Since I was using this recipe for the first time, I thought I’d document it in some...
  5. graystratcat

    Quick Tip... Quick Clip...

    I was smoking some bacon yesterday and since I was hanging the sides in the smoker didn't really have a place to run my digital probe.  I usually just hang it over one of the sausage sticks holding the porks sides when I'm using smoking sticks. Well not sure why but I was walking past my...
  6. graystratcat

    Just FYI re the Kitchner #8 being on sale at NT....

    Thought I'd pass this along.  I just got an email blast from Northern Tool.... http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422328_200422328 -Salt
  7. graystratcat

    Leerdammer?

    Just wondering if anyone has smoked any Leerdammer cheese before?  I have a little over a pound in my smoker right now with some Sharp Cheddar, Asiago and Pepper Jack.  I've never even tasted Leerdammer before today - and I'm a cheese lover! - so this is a new one to me. -Salt
  8. graystratcat

    Had a small oak fire... only one thing to do....I think I have it bad...

    I have to admit, I've been at this smoking, grilling, outdoor cooking thing for many, many years... but man... I still love it.... Well, the wife wanted the chiminea fired up this afternoon to keep a little chill off....haven't had it lit in a long time...problem is the chill disappeared pretty...
  9. graystratcat

    Rib Experiment... some good... some not so good results

    Well, I had a  nice rack of spares rubbed and sitting in the garage fridge ready to be smoked yesterday.  Well, as luck would have it, something came up and I wasn't going to have 6 hours to smoke them in the smoker... but I was dead set on ribs for dinner... so I decided to go with the Weber...
  10. graystratcat

    What to do with left over Italian Sausage Seasoning....

    Well, earlier this week I made about 7 pounds of fresh Italian sausage and when I got done mixing and doing the fry test (before stuffing) I had about 2/3 of a cup left of my super secret Italian sausage seasoning left.... (not really a secret....typical suspects:  GP, OP, FCBP, roasted Fennel...
  11. graystratcat

    Been a long time since I did a Tip roast....(q-view heavy)

    Well, a local grocery chain had beef sirloin tip roasts on sale and I said to myself.... self, it's been a long time since you smoked one of these bad dogs... so... only one thing to do..I picked up a nice one just a tad under 3 pounds.  Decided to smoke it with the au jus method (pan under meat...
  12. graystratcat

    Bacon Hangers... Question about fab'g my own

    Hey y'all, being a guy that likes to fab as much of my own kit as possible, I'm thinking about making myself some bacon hangers.  I'm leaning toward aluminum instead of SS but thought I'd bounce the idea of y'all before making a decision.  Does anyone see any reason I shouldn't use aluminum rod...
  13. graystratcat

    What to do... With left over Q... Part Deux.....

    Well, there were a few good handfuls left of that last smoked butt... so what to do.... So since it's winter and a little on the cool side, how about a little stew/soup with pintos, black eyed peas and cannellinies.  Toss in some left over Q, homemade smoked kielbasa and fresh endive from the...
  14. graystratcat

    What to do.. with left over Q.....

    How about on a nice roll with some vinegar slaw and a splash of picante..... Was working out in the yard today and the wife brought me one of these.... not sure what I did to deserve such treatment... but life if good! Glad I smoked that butt yesterday! -Salt
  15. graystratcat

    Tough decision....

  16. graystratcat

    Time to Roll...(and stop leaking on my concrete!)

    Well, had some time today so decided once and for all to put an end to my gasser leaking grease, mop spray and other nasties on my concrete....and also make it a tad more mobile... Simple 2x4 frame held together with pocket screws (man, that is one neat tool for any woodworker out there that...
  17. graystratcat

    Sand in the water pan

    Wasn't quite sure where to put this since I've seen folks using sand in the water pans of MES and other electric units as well as gassers....anyhow.... I want to give the sand in the pan a try.  Quick question:  Did you guys 'burn in' your sand before throwing any food in the box or did you...
  18. graystratcat

    FYI Re: Northern Tool Inv. Reduction Sale on Food Processing Items

    I'm assuming it's OK to post this.  If not, Mods, please feel free to delete the post.  (I am by no means associated with NT) Just got an email blast from NT and they're moving out quite a bit of food processing equipment.  Just thought I'd pass this along... some decent prices...
  19. graystratcat

    Cold Smoked Cheese w/ the AMNPS

    Well, my AMNPS showed up the other day and I thought for it's first trial run I'd try cold smoking some cheese.  Decided to go with some sharp white chedar and provolone smoked with a 50:50 mix of Apple and Maple. I broke out the AMNPS did the necessary prep to it and we were off.  I have to...
  20. graystratcat

    A Few AMNPS Quesitons If I May...

    Greetings y’all! I have to tell ya, I’ve read enough on this forum about the AMNPS and about Todd to know that I now have to have an AMNPS.  Seems like an extremely versatile addition to the smoking tool kit.  Wanting to ask a few questions though and pick the extremely knowledgeable collective...
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