This Is Gonna Be Fun!!

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This really isn't about smoking meat but it goes along with meat that has been smoked so hopefully it won't be considered inappropriate
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  As with so many of the folks in this forum I'm constantly looking for new ways to cook, new styles of cooking, and new recipes to develop based on ideas I get from a variety of places. I recently got hands on a magazine that featured a couple hundred recipes for Ranch Style Cooking...basically right off the chuck wagons from the cattle drives out west. A large number of those recipes recommended using a Dutch Oven. After reading through a bunch of them the cogs started turning. My Christmas wish list was a full array of cast iron cookware, which included a large Dutch Oven. My wife, God bless her, made my wishes come true. Due to the fact that about 97% of the meals we eat are cooked outside, I had to conjure up a way to work this into my arsenal on the patio. Went on line and ordered a 25" tall, single burner cooker from Wally World. While waiting for that to arrive I took some measurements at one of the hard piped gas drops on the patio because I needed to re-configure it for the cooker to work. The entire gas line was changed around and a micro-adjustable needle valve installed for temperature control. As soon as the cooker arrived I had to convert if from the factory 4" high pressure burner to a 6" low pressure burner, which took a bit of modification to the frame of the cooker itself. I'd played with it a bit before yesterday but the wind had been fierce so I really couldn't get a feel for cooking on it. Yesterday was very cold but calm so I made my first run. We had a bunch of friends over for a brisket, which was done on the BGE. On the new cooker, made in the Dutch Oven, I did a big batch of baked beans. Nothing fancy compared to all of the incredible things you can do with a DO but a good start.

Here is a pic of the cooker with the Dutch Oven going and loaded with baked beans

 
The beans bubbling gently. I probably should have stirred them before taking the pic because all you can see is the gravy. Oh well...I'll be more on-the-ball next time.


All in all I'm REALLY looking forward to a ton of great stuff to crate to go along with the array of foods created on the smoker....and grills of course :-)  I have a feeling that this is going to be a lot of fun!!

Thawing out in Lago Vista,

Robert
 
I set my Dutch oven on my propane deep fryer burner...Had to modify a ring to raise it a little from the burner but it worked like a champ for beans soup chilies etc...And with care I can bake in it...
 
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