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  1. cornman

    New Year’s Turkey Breast

    For the family New Years Eve get-together, I smoked a 7.5 turkey breast using this self-made rub recipe I found online: Smoked it in the WSM using hickory and apple for approximately 4.5 hours running around 275ish. Sorry, I only got one picture as it was a hectic day but I loved the taste...
  2. cornman

    One big shoulder

    We had a get-together with work friends this past weekend and I made some pulled pork. Picked up an almost 10 lb. picnic since porkbutts are going up in price. Put the shoulder on right before 4 pm Friday afternoon using Apple and hickory chunks on the WSM, no water in the pan (I used my home...
  3. cornman

    Pork cheeks, how did I not know?!?!?!?

    A restaurant/butcher in our area that we frequent (if you’re in the central PA area, check out Cabalar in Lancaster…awesome burgers) had pork cheeks for sale. I decided to pick some up and smoke them. Four pieces at about 1.25 lbs seasoned a few hours before the smoke and then on the WSM...
  4. cornman

    Helping out with wife’s family dinner

    My wife was having her family (my in-laws) over for dinner and was making beef quesadillas. I offered to smoke the meat since we were using a top round and I haven’t smoked anything in a while. Disclaimer: my wife did most of this meal, I won’t make any bones about it. Some salt, pepper...
  5. cornman

    4th of July Ribs (as a side to father-law’s shrimp)

    My father-in-law made shrimp for the family 4th get-together. Generally, I make some kind of alternative protein/meat for the non-shrimp eaters. I decided on some St. Louis ribs with no wrapping. I coated the three racks in rib rub from a local market in our area the night before. Cut the...
  6. cornman

    My first 3-2-1 ribs...sorta

    Got the chance to try making ribs with the 3-2-1 method today on my WSM. Seasoned them up with some rib rub and a chunk of hickory and I was off. With the July-like weather in central PA, I was constantly checking to make sure I wasn’t running hot (as I’m typing this, today might have been...
  7. cornman

    1st Smoked Prime Rib

    Picked up a prime rib on special discount and decided to smoke it as I had never done one before (my wife does a mean salt-encrusted prime rib and I’ve been wanting to try my smoking prowess on one). It was about 7lbs and I rubbed it down with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Fired up the WSM...
  8. cornman

    1st serious wing attempt

    With all the shutdown crap in my state, I want to master my own wings the way I like. We picked up a bag of wings on the super cheap and today I gave it a go. Smoked the wings with a mix of apple and hickory on the WSM, no seasoning. After approximately two hours, the few wings I checked were...
  9. cornman

    Semi-fast picnic shoulder

    My father-in-law normally does a shrimp feed for the family around the holidays and this year, our house is the meeting place. My niece also requested something smoked as well as my wife’s potato salad. Picked up a 9+ lb. picnic shoulder and tried a making a Carolina-style rub I found on the...
  10. cornman

    1st beef ribs (and chicken too with pics)

    So I found a pack of beef ribs on clearance the other week for $3 and picked them up to try smoking them...never did beef ribs before. I also had a pack of chicken legs around and thought they might make a nice complement to the ribs so they were prepped as well. The ribs were rubbed down with...
  11. cornman

    More poor man’s brisket

    I know there have been a fair amount of chuck roast posts lately, but when you can pick it up on clearance, you gotta go with it. Seasoned with SPOG, used some hickory chunks in the WSM, and we were off to the races. I got the smoker up around 250 with no water, and in about 2 hours, I was...
  12. cornman

    Who am I to so no to turkey in July?

    The grocery store had turkey breasts on special plus you could add a coupon...thus we were able to pick one up for $5. It’s been hot in central PA but I went for it today since the temperature is only in the low 90’s instead of near 100. The turkey was rubbed down last night, and used a mix of...
  13. cornman

    Pork chops after a long day

    I posted last week how my father-in-law is helping me with a sizable project at our house and today was another work day. We picked up a pack of bone-in pork chops on clearance the other week and that made for a perfect meal this evening. 9 chops in the pack, many of them large. Seasoned and...
  14. cornman

    Working lunch

    My father-in-law has been helping me fix up our three season room, and part of the deal for his help is to feed him. Today I put on some chicken thighs I picked up for pretty cheap. Half were rubbed with McCorrmick’s bbq rub and the other half were rubbed with Barnyard Dust. The thighs went...
  15. cornman

    It’s been a while...

    It’s been a good while since I actually posted anything and yesterday I did a picnic shoulder so now is as good a time as any. 9 lb picnic shoulder in the WSM from 6:45 am until 8:30 pm with a mix of apple and hickory chunks. This is my second shoulder not putting anything in the water bowl and...
  16. cornman

    Need some advice please

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I’ve been debating whether to do this with my 14 inch WSM. I’m thinking of putting sand in my water pan but was curious how it’s worked for others. On long smokes, I hate having the pan go dry resulting in temperature spikes. I also hate...
  17. cornman

    This weekend without the Mrs.

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and this past weekend my wife went to see our daughter in Long Island, leaving me and the dogs to fend for ourselves. Friday, I found some tuna steaks on clearance, seasoned them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and gave them a quick sear on the...
  18. cornman

    Chuck Steak Question

    its been a while since I posted and have a question about Chuck steaks. Can they be smoked or would they be better grilled? I’ve done chuck roasts for smoking and they have been great, but I’m not sure because of the thickness factor. Any insight is appreciated!
  19. cornman

    Much improved chuck roast thanks to you guys

    We had a chuck roast we picked up on clearance and with more snow in the forecast, I decided to do some smoking today. I also smoked a corn beef for pastrami, but my focus is on the chuck. Got the WSM going with hickory and a small amount of apple. Had both pieces of meat seasoned (pepper for...
  20. cornman

    Belated Christmas Meal

    We didn’t see our son until 12/26 so we made a giant dinner for then. Picked up a rib roast on clearance a few weeks back and had a turkey breast too. I started with the turkey and then on to the rib roast. Both were on the WSM at separate times but used a mix of hickory and apple for both...
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