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gumbo.. its finally time!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by webowabo, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Which =
    Combined with this fresh
    Which.. when I wakie it will smell soooooooo good in my house.. and gumbo for breakfast. ..
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  2. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    haha gumbo for breakfast brings back so many early 20's single memories
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There is no bad time for gumbo, and with most having a slight nip in the air....... The only bad gumbo is the one you run out of.

    I really like smoked chicken and sausage gumbo. Its just such a rich and satisfying flavor.

    <chuckles> I had left-over gumbo today for lunch.

    It looks like you made enough to make some friends too.

    Its Looks great man!
  4. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Man it smells so good in my house! I burned my tongue last night tasting the broth.. so I can't taste anything now.. bummer. Its alittle on the soupy side. . But I will be serving this at a bar so maybe it will last a little longer.
    If I split the batch.. whats a good way to thickin it?
    I believe I have enough okra..
    I dont have any file.
    I think its fine as is.. just wondering what ways people use t thinking up gumbo...or just let it role when we serve with some rice?

    Anyways... Happy Sunday everyone!
  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Oh yes.....Hubby wanted chili yesterday....sigh.  I want GUMBO!!!!

    Gumbo is great anytime of the day!

  6. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

  7. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    yeah it will be just fine once you put it in with some rice
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    To thicken there is a lot of ways. You can add okra, add more roux.

    Most chefs will bake off a roux seperate for gumbo and then add it to the ingredients boiling in water during the cooling process. Just never similars. Roux to water or water to roux must always be opposites as hot to cold or cold to hot. Hot to hot breaks the roux and gives a grainy taste, and I guess cold to cold can't work for obvious reasons...LOL

    So just pull out a cast iron skillet, make a roux let it cool and then stir it into the hot gumbo. Remember a roux has not reached it full thickening capacity until its reached its boiling point.

    If you go with okra, slide in a little tomato also. The two just go together, like peas and carrots. Then add a small pinch of sugar to offset the tomatoes acid. Not even a 1/2 teaspoon , a for real pinch.

    Last but definately not least, don't burn your tongue silly! LOL
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  9. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gumbo for breakfast? You, sir, are my hero.

  10. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    thanks foam. After letting it cool down in the crockpot it thickened up enough.. but good to know for future. My luck I would ruin a whole pot trying to thickin it. And that would anger me something serious!

    My tongue still raw feeling .. lol!
  11. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great mike, Love the detail on the recipe and need to try this, A little confused on the third + though and am requesting just a hair more detail on that one!
  12. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    The third + .. looks to me like the trinity + the roux..
    After chicken was smoked on the uds...
    I deboned the chicken.. made a stock with left over veggies and bones and set aside the strained broth
    I made a roux ( 3 times the charm) and once it was the color I liked I added the trinity (bell peppers..onion. .celery) to the roux and let the veggies take the roux color as they wilted...
    Then added the the pulled chicken and sliced sausage to the roux/veggies mixture on low heat..

    Cranked the heat in the D.O. up and added the chicken stock....
    Brought that to a boil and added some bay leafs.. more salt and pepper.. some cayenne to taste..
    And turned the heat down.. Once at a simmer I transferred to the crockpot for an over night low cook.
    Added the okra in the morning and turned crock to warm...
  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Instead of rice bowl up ya gumbo and then add a scoop of tater salad in the middle of the bowl.YUM!
  14. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the idea Bob! Its just butter and potatoes sautéed in a foil package on the grill . But.. its potato salad.. with gumbo... ;)
  15. There's an episode of "Good Eats" where Alton's focus is gumbo. One of his topics is a brick roux. He says it doesn't add any thickening but it does add tons of flavor. I have yet to try this since watching the episode but am curious what everyone's thoughts are about brick roux.
  16. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    A rule of thumb is that the lighter the color of the roux, the greater it's thickening power. A lighter roux also has much less flavor than darker rouxs. A brick roux, the color of a dark red brick, is a tiny step away from being burnt (ruined) has a deep nutty flavor and no thickening power to speak of.
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  17. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ahhhh Mikey...you will be 'da man' of the hour with your bar chums. It looks awesome and gumbo is good anytime as they said. As far as the consistency, isn't the age old question 'Gumbo, is it a soup or is it a stew?'. I prefer mine a tad thicker than soup but not thick like a chowder. Regardless, like pizza and sex there really is no 'bad' gumbo. I always saved the smoked turkey carcass from Thanksgiving to make at least a gallon + of stock for my batch of leftover turkey gumbo. It's a great way to maximize mileage out of the bird and get rid of all those scraps of turkey floating around in the fridge and the smoky flavor and aroma is heavenly wafting through the house.....Willie
  18. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dis1 is right on about the thickening power, you have to adjust the roux amount you make by the color that you intend. Its sort of funny around here that most that like darker rouxs like thinner gumbos usually because that is how Momma made it for 'em.

    Also the potato salad in the gumbo, it was originally a regional thing. But now most of the finer resturants do it. The potato salad really is good with the gumbo, although I never though of it as a thickening agent. Clever useage there Eman. I was in my 30's the first time I ever saw a potato salad scoop on the side of a gumbo bowl and a childhood friend had to convience me to try it at that. LOL

    To me the Culinary Arts have really taken off the last 15/20 years. People are becoming more creative and learning more about the interactions of foods. We see more Chefs and less hash throwers, more resturants and less greasy spoons. We see more chefs learning what the greasy spoons were really selling and how to make it even better.

    Anyway......  We want to know, did ya have any left overs Webowabo? Did ya make 'em all happy, did ya add extra salt to sell more beer? LOL J/K
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  19. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    I agree with you all yhe the way around! Bar chums ate it up!
    Something I dont remember ever coming across. . Ill try a lighter color roux next time... I always go as dark as I can... but I like the less nuttier flavor personally. Just always made a dark caramel. Thanks for the tips!
    Foam... I was able to grab the last 2 bowls worth to take to my mom and dad.... I realized I never even had a bowl myself. .. other than sampling with my burnt tongue. ..

    I made bigger than usual so I could freeze some individuals for myself... that didnt work... guess illl make another batch with yalls tips for me only :)

    Thanks everyone.. Hope yall have a great week!
  20. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey Mikey,

    I'm sorry that I missed this post from the weekend! It looks awesome, and great pictures too!!

    Thanks for sharing!!