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  1. foamheart

    Ham hock smoke

    A week? all depends upon you. do you like your meat heavy cured or lightly cured? I would think more like 2 weeks. This is something I got long ago and has helped me alot. Curing Times ********************** “Curing times vary with meat, but generally overnight to 2-3 days for chickens and...
  2. foamheart

    Ham hock smoke

    Just some pictures I have a good butcher, in Mid Novemeber I had him fix some hocks for me. Shanks come in 50 lb boxes. he cuts each into three slices and keeps the litle nubs that are all bones and sells 'em. That leaves me about 30 lbs of good looking hocks. I cure and smoke half and put...
  3. foamheart

    Ham hock smoke

    https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/fresh-green-beans-new-potatoes-cured-smoked-hocks-foamheart.280089/#post-1881308
  4. foamheart

    What not to do with your smokehouse

    Don't ya just hhate it when someone puts beans in the chili?? LOL
  5. foamheart

    Chili Recipes

    First ya gotta figure out what type chili ya wanta make. Texas red, Green, White, or with beans (and that right there is always a good argument). You grinding or choppin? Dried or fresh peppers? ETC, ETC, ETC. I have back in the olden days, cooked for CASI points, and have a couple of...
  6. foamheart

    Freezing Fog is interesting..

    Snuggle up next to the fire and think about that Air Conditioner not running and not using electricity! Nice hot toddy, and remember back when you had to work out in that weather...LOL
  7. foamheart

    Dutch Oven Recommendations

    I know she bought one now, just another idea. I know not everyone is as luckly as me and have a family full of hand me downs. Andother advantage of CI, they never wear out. But you should check your paper for estate sales, Lots of folks don't know whaat they have andd in an estate sale they...
  8. foamheart

    Is this safe?

    That was always my understanding. Ince the crystline structure is gone it have the ability to promote bacteria.
  9. foamheart

    Is this safe?

    I believe the USDA says that when it no longer has a crystline structer it can not be re-frozen. When in doubt show the dog how much you love him.
  10. foamheart

    Storage Cabinet

    I use plastic storage conrainers. They stack, come in various colors and sizes to accomdate what ever you want to store. They also keep all the dirt and humidity. There are lots of manufacturers. Below is just an idea. BTW I also have a container for each of my different pellets. And my pecan...
  11. foamheart

    I am just a little bit country ~ Foamheart

    Nothing else to do but sleep and eat. LOL
  12. foamheart

    I am just a little bit country ~ Foamheart

    I am not quite up to making biscuits and gravy yet. But thought about it first.
  13. foamheart

    I am just a little bit country ~ Foamheart

    Thank you, You just can't get over country.
  14. foamheart

    I am just a little bit country ~ Foamheart

    Thanks Heck ya, good for a whole day of chopping cotton or laying in the hammock on the porch. LOL NP, get this man a glass of cold milk! I always like breakfast for supper. If I ate it for breakfast it sort of slowed me down all day. LOL
  15. foamheart

    I am just a little bit country ~ Foamheart

    Thank you I am now miserible, Again showing my age. I feel like the old Alka selzer commercial, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing".
  16. foamheart

    County Fair BBQ Comp... Help Needed !!!! New Plan

    Thats how I have done it, smoke it low until you are happy with your smoke, then finish it as needed. BUT remember there is such a thing as too much smoke. I also stayed away from hard smoke woods. Corn cob and apple is good IMHO. Here like your house Tri tip just hasn't caught on, I think its...
  17. foamheart

    I am just a little bit country ~ Foamheart

    I just ate this , for supper. Its cold out and this was outstanding! I even used the good china. Grits and eggs, sliced fresh tomatoes, grilled pork chop and fresh hot buttered bread. Big mug of hot coiffee. OMG! I don't care where you live in the country, thats a country boys meal!! Go...
  18. foamheart

    School me on why I need cast iron frying pans.

    Cracklins has the meat and fat cooked down with it. Fried Pig skins has just the skin processed and fried. If you are making bacon, you will not be making cracklings. Pig skins is just too much trouble for me to make and I value the smoked pig skin too much for that (they are just made for a...
  19. foamheart

    School me on why I need cast iron frying pans.

    A couple have asked how they turned our, This was a couple a years ago, but ain't nothing finer than fresh cracklings, a back porch & cold long necks.
  20. foamheart

    School me on why I need cast iron frying pans.

    Because nothing heats or cleans easier. Its like the "Ron-co-Matic" slicer, or knives, they are fine for a starter set if you are in a bind. Sooner or later you'll replace them with the good stuff. BUT now my number one reason for loving cast iron is listening to the Nephew and Nephew-in-Law...