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  1. richard cameron

    Follow up to my trip to Germany

    I got back from Germany the first part of June. Unfortunately the day after I returned, my computer crashed. After two weeks of waiting, I got my computer running again. It took me this long to get caught up. I didn’t find much BBQ activity in Germany. The one place that I did find was in...
  2. richard cameron

    My trip to Germany

    I am leaving on a 15 day trip to Germany next week. I will be traveling down the west side of Germany from Cologne down to Fussen, traveling east over to Salzburg, north through Munich, up to Leipzig before returning home. I want to find out for myself what German BBQ is like. I will take as...
  3. richard cameron

    My first fishing trip of the year

    Last Saturday my wife and I went trout fishing at Fuller Lake here in northern California. We fished from the shore using power bait. The highlight of the day happened when I caught a 15” German Brown trout. We ended the day with 8 trout between us. When I got home, I froze all but two...
  4. richard cameron

    Cooking on the offset smoker

    I had some friends from out of town show up for lunch. I was told by my wife it’s time to smoke some salmon for them. Since I was already cooking some food on my smoker, I said no problem. The first thing in the morning, I fired up the smoker and started cooking a couple racks of ribs, a pork...
  5. richard cameron

    I bought some meat

    The Costco in Citrus Heights has Pork Bellies available for $2.99 lb. The one I bought is going to take a 14 day rest in my refrigerator while allowing some cure #1 to work its magic. When the 14 days are up, I get to make bacon! Pork Loin’s are on sale at Food Maxx for $1.38 lb right now...
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    I took the skin off a pork picnic shoulder, what do I do with it?

    I am cooking pulled pork tomorrow and I started by skinning the picnic shoulder and applying some dry rub to it. What do I do with the skin? Is this what you make crackling out of? If so, how do I go about making it? Of all the years that I have made pulled pork, I have never used the skin...
  7. richard cameron

    Pulled Pork for 40 people

    I have been asked to cook enough pulled pork for 40 people this Sunday. My church is celebrating its 2nd anniversary this weekend. I have three picnic shoulders in my refrigerator defrosting as I write this. I start tonight with applying some dry rub to the shoulders and let them soak in the...
  8. richard cameron

    Using AMNPS in the fog

    How well does the AMNPS work in fog? I have an offset stick burner and need to cold smoke some bacon. The bacon has been curing for 13 days now, and the weather forecast is for overnight fog for the next few days. How do I proceed?
  9. richard cameron

    New Year’s Resolutions

    2017 was a year of mostly bringing up SMF and reading all the new posts. I haven’t logged in very much. In 2018 I will start logging in more and making more comments on the posts that I read. I hope all SMF people have a blessed and safe New Year’s. Richard
  10. richard cameron

    My Brisket

    The one piece of meat that I have been afraid to cook is a brisket.  I finally took the plunge and bought a 12 lb brisket at Winco for $2.97 lb.   After reading many posts, I finally decided to wash, trim the fat, and notched the corner where I need to slice before applying some SPOG and...
  11. richard cameron

    My take on ABT’S

    I’ve been wanting to cook some ABT’S for some time now.  The peppers that I have been growing finally came in, so I am now ready to try my hand at cooking some ABT’S. I started by cutting the peppers lengthwise, cleaning out the vain, and removing the seeds. I then added some pulled pork...
  12. richard cameron

    My weekend of smoking

    Hello everyone, It’s been a while since I was last on this site.  It’s been a busy weekend for me.  My wife hurt her knee and she has to use a walker for the next two weeks.  This means that I get to do all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. I found time however to fire up my smoker. ...
  13. richard cameron

    Smoked Trout

    Yesterday I took the day off of work to take my wife fishing.  We went to Lake Amador near the town of Ione.  Together we caught 6 Trout, the largest weighing over 2 lbs.  Last night we cooked the smallest one on the grill for dinner.  Today I am smoking the other 5 Trout in my smoker.
  14. richard cameron

    Home Sick

    I’ve been sick for the last week now it’s my wife’s turn. Neither of us feels like cooking dinner.  What to do?  Thankfully having a freezer full of smoked meat comes in handy.  Smoked chicken thighs, microwave baked potatoes, and a salad never tasted so good!
  15. richard cameron

    My Big Butt(s)

    The church that I go to has a luncheon on the first Sunday of the month.  This month, I am cooking Pulled Pork.  It all starts with two pork butts prepped and ready for the smoker. I was up at 5 am to light the smoker.  It took an hour to bring the temperature up to 250 degrees.  After 3...
  16. richard cameron

    Need help with buying a Sous Vide Cooker

    Has anyone have any information on the Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and 6 Quart Slow Cooker?  The Target that I work at has them on clearance for 50% off right now.  I have thought about trying Sous Vide cooking and this looks like my chance to get in the game at a good price.  Any...
  17. richard cameron

    Cooking and cleaning

    Spring has arrived in northern California.  It’s time for some yard work and cooking.  The overnight temperature Friday night was 45 degrees.  I fired up my AMNPS, and started to cold smoke a pork belly that had been curing in my refrigerator for 12 days. Saturday morning, I fired up the smoker...
  18. richard cameron

    Company’s coming

    My wife’s brother and his wife are coming for a visit this weekend.  I was informed by my wife that I am cooking something on the smoker for dinner.  With that in mind, I went to the freezer and pulled out a 3 lb chuck roast.  I also bought three pork loin fillets, and two steelhead fillets...
  19. richard cameron

    Cooking for a friend

    A good friend of ours has come down with stage 4 breast cancer.  My wife announced to me at dinner time last night, I am going to cook dinner for her and her husband tomorrow.  I was told that I needed to supply some smoked meat for them.  I didn’t have anything to offer, so off to the store I...
  20. richard cameron

    This weekend’s smoking adventure

    I had a lot going around the pit last weekend.  I cold smoked some bacon for 11 hours Friday night. Saturday morning I cold smoked three different types of cheese, some salmon, and a whole chicken for a couple of hours.  I then hot smoked the salmon and chicken.  My neighbor came by and had me...
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