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Smoked Corned Beef

This is the day for smoking corned beef! My parents are in town and it’s almost St Patty’s Day, so corned beef is the perfect thing to make. It’s easy and we all like it. Normally I boil it or bake it, baking it being my favorite way to make it so far… This time we’ll try smoking it, to which I’ve heard makes it fantastic. 0845: started corned beef on the smoker at 225℉…

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More Brisket

This brisket was 16.6 lbs, $3.49 per pound, from Costco. 0730: started trimming. I’ve separated the point and flat again, so I expect this to be done around dinner time, although I’ll probably have to pump up the temperature around 1300. 0815: 4 tbsp salt, 4 pepper, 2 garlic powder 0830: on the smoker at 225℉. 1230: 173℉ and 177℉, which I would guess is past the stall 1400: 174℉ and 178℉, so still going slow.…

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Smoking Lamb

4.13 lbs, $5.99 per lb, from Costco San Antonio I’ll use almost the same setup as last time but .5 Tbsp less salt (only 3.5 Tbsp), I only have 6 cloves of garlic, and I don’t have fresh rosemary so I’m using the dry stuff. Plus, I’m using apple wood. 1120: started smoking! 1420: meat is at 157℉ according to the probe, and Thermapen says that’s my lowest temperature in the meat… Time to come off!…

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Thanksgiving Brisket

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Time for a very COVID-19 Thanksgiving, and that means a break with family, a break with friends, a break with tradition. That means - Thanksgiving brisket! I’m not sure why but almost everyone I ask is doing brisket instead of turkey. Ok, I am sure why… If nobody is coming over that expects turkey, then why make it? I don’t love turkey. I love chicken. I love ostrich (no joke, ostrich steaks are great).…

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Pulled Pork and Salmon and Mmmm

14lbs pork butt at $1.89 per pound from Costco. 5.9 lbs salmon from Costco at $6.99 per pound. Ready for the rub! 2025: started the smoker, with apple chips this time, at 225℉. 2050: salted and Memphis dusted the pork, 1.5 cups dust, .5 tsp salt per pound (2 1/3 Tbsp). Rubbed and ready 2110: it’s on the smoker! Marked probe on bottom.…

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Brisket and Salmon in Texas

I’m back in Texas! And Sarah’s living here for the first time. She had only visited, previously. I’ve already taken her to a local BBQ place that was great, she tried the brisket as did I. Her standards are set high! I’m pretty confident about how this first Texas brisket will turn out though so I’m not worried 😉 I picked up a 15.65 lbs brisket, $2.98 per pound from Sam’s.…

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Late Lamb

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I was ready for lamb at Easter, but we’re a couple days past that now. It really snuck up on me, so the lamb was still frozen day-of. Well, we’ll make it today. I’m using a recipe similar to last time (recipe here), because after writing that post I realized the smoked lamb was really fantastic. Maybe it just needed some time in the fridge, but it was really fantastic later.…

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Quarantine Brisket

Well - the world is on lockdown - it’s COVID-19 time. We don’t have any toilet paper at the store, but there’s plenty of meat. Don’t ask me why there’s such a disparity - I guess folks are stocking up on other things…

The shelves at Broulim's - a few bags of all purpose flour remain, and a ton of large 25 lb bags remain on the bottom shelf.

Not much left…

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Idaho Pork Butt

I’ve smoked a couple things here in Idaho, and learned that it doesn’t really matter where you’re making the meat, as long as you have a good starting point. Costco, in MD, and Sam’s Club here, have both provided excellent canvases on which to add smoke. Here in Idaho, though, I haven’t done pulled pork yet. Sam’s had a 10.8 lbs’er, $1.98 per pound. Well, it’s time. We’ve got a baby coming any day now, and it’ll be nice to have a ton of extra meat in the freezer.…

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Smokin a Turkey

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Alright! It’s Christmas! I meant to do this a week ago, but the turkey was still frozen, so we’re doing it today. If it turns out terrible we’ll be eating Chinese for dinner. I got a pre-brined 12 lbs turkey for less than $1 per pound, put olive oil on the skin, then sprinkled on the rub I use on pork butt because it’s similar to what this person recommends anyway.…

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