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    Some fermented hot sauce

    I got to make some fermented hot sauce this year using thai chiles that I grew in planters on my deck. The first sauce I made was month ago but I ended up getting a bit more peppers so I started a second smaller batch. The second small batch just finished up so I figure I would show both...
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    Lazy Chicken Tinga Tostadas

    I wanted to switch things up for Taco Tuesday last night but didn't feel like going all out either. Searched for a few chicken tinga recipes online but ended up taking the easy way out. These tostadas required few fresh ingredients but the flavor more than made up for it. Chicken Tinga is...
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    Italian Wedding Soup

    Yesterday, I made some Italian Wedding Soup with homemade meatballs to eat for dinners this week. I knew it was going to be a pretty dreary couple of days, so soup sounded perfect. I was pleased with how the meatballs came out. These are almost up there with my Gram's meatballs. I'll never make...
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    Filet Mignon on the 560

    Yesterday, I got the chance to crank up the Masterbuilt 560 to max and sear off some filet mignon for dinner. Being able to smoke on low and turn it up at the end for the sear made a pretty awesome steak! This was one of the better steaks I have done. Since it was a steak and potato kind of...
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    Chuck Roast Tacos Using 2 New Toys.

    Last week, my brothers and my wife chipped in and got me a Masterbuilt Gravity 560 for a birthday present. I assembled and seasoned earlier in the week so the first chance I got to use it was Labor Day. I decided on something simple so I could develop a feel for the new smoker. I figured a chuck...
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    Chorizo con Papas Tacos

    The other day @Sowsage made some ABT tacos with leftover Chorizo. Well that put me in the mood for them so I ended up making Chorizo with Potato Tacos. This recipe is very straight forward. I used the Rick Bayless recipe for inspiration when making them, especially by par boiling the potatoes in...
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    Lotsa Tomatoes!

    Been up to my ears lately with homegrown cherry tomatoes and some great produce from a family’s farm. So we’ve been eating them up, here’s a few things I made. Bruschetta Tomato, ricotta and spinach penne Roasted tomato and red pepper soup Bruschetta artichoke flatbread with grated Pecorino...
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    Jerk Pork Kabobs

    Here's another simple one I like to do and with all the recent jerk threads, I was in the mood for something easy and different from all the chicken I've been eating lately. Jerk Pork Kabobs it is. 2 pork tenderloins were cubed and marinated overnight in Jerk marinade. 2 green bell peppers...
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    Shrimp and Grit cakes.

    Ever since I made these Shrimp and Grits and fried up grit cakes with the leftovers, I've been wanting to fuse the two. They came out delicious but I felt the extra step of making the grits, cooling them, cutting and then frying them up was too much effort for what it was. I'd prefer to just...
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    Halloumi Cheese and Veggie Skewers

    Did a simple and quick meal of Halloumi cheese and veggie skewers last night. For those who don’t know, Halloumi cheese is a high melting point cheese that can be grilled, fried, griddled etc etc. It’s very good heated, I would describe it as a more intense, flavorful and saltier version of...
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    Asian Inspired Ground Beef Tacos.

    My apologies because this meal was meant for the Blackstone Griddle but with rolling T-Storms, I didn't want to be standing on my uncovered porch watching hot oil and water mix. I ended up doing this on the stove inside. That's all a griddle is, a big flat pan right? Started off with a quick...
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    Italian Sausage Skewers

    Been wanting to do this one for awhile. Ever since @tx smoker cut up some sausage for skewers, I just knew I had to try my hand at them. I always made kabobs with cubed up beef, pork and chicken...the thought of cutting sausage links up never dawned on me. I originally planned to add halloumi...
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    Chili-Coffee Rubbed Tri Tip

    I had two tri tips in the left in the freezer that were just jumping at the opportunity to get smoked. I ended up dry brining with a bit of salt and then applied a coffee based rub. I did this in the morning, the TT sat in the fridge for about 8 hours. The Rub: 2tsp. Freshly ground Coffee 2tsp...
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    Griddle Pastrami Hash

    I've been using my new Blackstone griddle a lot lately. Since I woke up late (hey I'm on vacation) I decided to make a heavier breakfast and call it a brunch. I had some baby Yukon potatoes that I need to use up so I whipped up a quick and hearty hash on the griddle. Sliced potatoes were nuked...
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    Jerk Chimichurri Chicken

    My herb garden has been overflowing as of late so I decided to trim up some parsley and oregano for a fresh chimichurri. I already had two chicken breasts thawed in the fridge so I decided to combine a jerk style chicken with it. Two chicken breasts dry rubbed with Island Spice Jerk seasoning...
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    Taqueria-style Pickled Carrots and Jalapenos

    Here's one I've been wanting to do for a while. I didn't follow any one set of recipe. Taqueria-Style Pickled Carrots and Jalapenos. 6 Carrots peeled and sliced 10 Jalapenos sliced 1 Onion halved and sliced into half-moons 5 whole peeled garlic cloves 1 & 1/2T. Pickling Salt 1/2T. Sugar 1...
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    Jerk Shrimp Tacos

    I ended up making some Jamaican jerk shrimp tacos for Memorial Day weekend. I’m just getting around to posting these now. I used 1 pound of large shrimp, marinated with Wegmans brand Jerk marinade paste. After tasting it off the end of a spoon, I didn’t have high hopes for it. It reminded me...
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    Mesquite Chuck Tacos w/ Homemade Tortillas

    I thawed a chuck roast out the other day in anticipation for shredded beef tacos today. This is a very straightforward smoke because I'm not worried about time or temperature because the meat will finish in a braise in the oven. The night prior, I rubbed the chuck roast with SPOG, ancho/pasilla...
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    More Easter Ham

    This was the first Easter my wife and I didn't go anywhere due to the quarantine. Usually Easter is spent at family and inlaws. So since we were by ourselves, we made our own dinner and we also fixed up a couple of big plates to take over to the neighbors so they could enjoy it too. A lot of...
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    Reverse Seared CPB Tomahawk Ribeye w/ Bloody Mary Cucumber Tomato Salad

    Recently, @tx smoker and I talked about working out a trade involving Certified Piedmontese Beef Tomahawks, some other goodies and a "player to be named" like in the old baseball days. Well, I had this weekend off since I'm partially laid off due to the coronavirus, guess I got to make the best...
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