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Monterey Chicken and Smoked Bourbon Pecan Pies

TNJAKE

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Happy Independence Day to the Americans and good evening non Americans. Bittersweet holiday for me. I'm a combat vet and love America but with severe PTSD I cower to fireworks. Hate them. I got out of Army in 2008 and haven't shot fireworks with my 4 kids since. So 2 sons and one daughter are at friends tonight so they can get their freedom on. Oldest daughter is a loyalist and won't leave dad to suffer alone. She's my favorite. So just me, wife and Shelby today. We had Monterey chicken, smoked bourbon pecan pies and loaded tater salad. I'll start with the pies.

Wife made these up and I smoked them at 350 for an hour using pecan
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i sipped some makers mark after she opened it
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after an hour off the smoker to cool
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smelled and tasted heavenly

Afterwards got the chicken seasoned
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and onto the smoker to grill. Also put on 2 cast iron skillets my wife recently bought me coated in bacon grease to get heated while chicken grilled
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Once chicken hot 155 IT I put 2 in each cast iron pan and added half cup each of Puckett's spicy BBQ sauce in each skillet( it's a local restaurant in Nashville)
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Let that go till they hit 165. I gtated fresh Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar. 4oz each. Cooked 10 slices of thick cut apple wood bacon and cut up some green onions. Took them off and added cheese and bacon and back on the grill to melt
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just a couple minutes later and we were ready
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Wife made some loaded tater salad. Taters, sour cream,cheese,bacon, onions. Maybe more I didn't ask. Plated up
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Was a delicious meal. Now I'm off to drink until my hearing doesn't work
 

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MJB05615

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Looks great again Jake! Happy 4th to you as well. So sorry you have the issue with fireworks. Thank you for your service. Glad you had that awesome meal. Enjoy!

Mike
 

desertlites

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Looks excellent Jake and very colorful. Good way to break in the CI pans. I always have a bottle or two of tajin on hand as a garnish on fresh fruit but have never used as a seasoning on meat I think I'm going to have to give it a go. Happy Independence Day my friend and thank you for protecting our freedoms.
 

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Man that looks great!!
Thank you for your service. Most of us will really never understand what that must be like.
 

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Really a nice piece of work Jake, Like! Bob and I crawled into bed right when the fireworks started, didn't hear a thing. RAY
 

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Looks good Jake.
How did you like the new CI pans?
 

TNJAKE

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Looks great again Jake! Happy 4th to you as well. So sorry you have the issue with fireworks. Thank you for your service. Glad you had that awesome meal. Enjoy!

Mike
Appreciate it mike
 

TNJAKE

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Looks excellent Jake and very colorful. Good way to break in the CI pans. I always have a bottle or two of tajin on hand as a garnish on fresh fruit but have never used as a seasoning on meat I think I'm going to have to give it a go. Happy Independence Day my friend and thank you for protecting our freedoms.
Thanks Bob. I've used it on beef, shrimp and fish. It's great all around
 

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Wow Jake. Simply a beautiful meal. No doubt it tasted great but from a visual perspective it just kinda jumps off the screen into your lap. Excellent job and kudos to the family that stuck with you.

Robert
 

TNJAKE

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Wow Jake. Simply a beautiful meal. No doubt it tasted great but from a visual perspective it just kinda jumps off the screen into your lap. Excellent job and kudos to the family that stuck with you.

Robert
Thanks Robert it sure was delicious.
 

Blues1

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Happy Independence Day to the Americans and good evening non Americans. Bittersweet holiday for me. I'm a combat vet and love America but with severe PTSD I cower to fireworks. Hate them. I got out of Army in 2008 and haven't shot fireworks with my 4 kids since. So 2 sons and one daughter are at friends tonight so they can get their freedom on. Oldest daughter is a loyalist and won't leave dad to suffer alone. She's my favorite. So just me, wife and Shelby today. We had Monterey chicken, smoked bourbon pecan pies and loaded tater salad. I'll start with the pies.

Wife made these up and I smoked them at 350 for an hour using pecan
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i sipped some makers mark after she opened it
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after an hour off the smoker to cool
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smelled and tasted heavenly

Afterwards got the chicken seasoned
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and onto the smoker to grill. Also put on 2 cast iron skillets my wife recently bought me coated in bacon grease to get heated while chicken grilled
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Once chicken hot 155 IT I put 2 in each cast iron pan and added half cup each of Puckett's spicy BBQ sauce in each skillet( it's a local restaurant in Nashville)
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Let that go till they hit 165. I gtated fresh Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar. 4oz each. Cooked 10 slices of thick cut apple wood bacon and cut up some green onions. Took them off and added cheese and bacon and back on the grill to melt
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just a couple minutes later and we were ready
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Wife made some loaded tater salad. Taters, sour cream,cheese,bacon, onions. Maybe more I didn't ask. Plated up
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Was a delicious meal. Now I'm off to drink until my hearing doesn't work
Inspiring!
 

mike243

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Looks great as always, had a drill Sargent in79 while in boot camp that had been in Nam, thunderstorm popped up out of no where, first time I ever seen somebody that suffered with it, broke my heart to see it, anybody that sez its not a real deal hasn't any common sense imo.
 

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