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    Alpha-Gal Syndrome

    Not sure where to post this - so i stuck it in the most popular forum. Feel free to move it elsewhere. As a member of TVWBB, I enjoy all the insight, techniques and recipes for smoking/grilling all types of meat. Particularly BBQ pillars of Meat, Pork and Chicken. I'm a serious BBQ...
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    Gator Country

    My oldest son and his fiance live in Baton Rouge, where he goes to LSU's law school. He came home for Christmas and said to me don't look in the freezer. My response, "you bought me an alligator for Christmas?" He did. Put the prehistoric beast in a buttermilk brine. Dried the creature...
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    10 Cornish Hens on RK

    It has been awhile since I have posted a cook, but i've been too busy smoking and grilling to take pictures:) Brined the 10 birds in water, salt and sugar for 5 hours. Spatchcock. Cavender's Greek seasoning. rosemary. thyme. Made a ring around one chimney for indirect cooking. Basted w/...
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    Cornish Hens

    Had 4 Cornish Hens from Costco. Simple brine for @ 4 hours (water, sugar, salt). Air dried in frig before a rub of Cavender's Greek Seasoning and some Lemon Pepper. I was trying to decide whether to smoke in WSM or WSM no water pan or Indirect Smoke and sear on Ranch Kettle. Go Big or Go...
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    HS Graduation Pork Shoulder

    I've got 4 kids and the youngest is graduating from HS this Friday. I foresee the future and it is an 'empty nest'! My wife and I decided to throw a graduation party this past Sunday along with another couple whose kid is a buddy of my son. I was hosting. I was in charge of 4 - 10 pound pork...
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    Cluck Cluck

    Kicking around the house Sunday and thawed out 2 whole cluckers. 2 pack from costco. Brined for 3 hours in salt/water/sugar. Rubbed down with generic McCormick Chicken Rub. Get the fire going hot: WSM Chugging along nicely next to it's big and little brothers. One of my dogs smells...
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    JJ + upside down GG = Burgers

    It has been pretty chilly in VA over the last month and tonight it warmed up to 29degrees. Fired up the JJ for some Bubba Burgers. Here is the JJ chugging along next to its brethren: WSM and Ranch Kettle. JJ likes the company of it's bigger siblings. JJ always has something to prove as...
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    Been Awhile

    This is from the Packers Playoff game against the Seahawks. Entire family was home since it was the holidays along w/ numerous young adults. Drove back from sister-in-laws house Friday. Got up at 0330 Saturday to put on the Pork Butt. Two 10 pound butts from Costco. Time was of the essence...
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    Ranch Kettle in Action

    NFL playoffs and a few friends coming over. Brined some skinless breasts and wings. Breast with roasted garlic and wings with Cavender's Greek seasoning and Montreal steak..... wings on the perimeter and breasts on grill grates for a fast direct cook.... after a bit of time wings on direct...
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    First Time Tri Tip

    Holidays. All the kids come home. My oldest son arrives last night with a 'new' girl and wants me to grill. The local Wegmans was out of flank steaks and he arrives with Tri Tip. I've read and seen posts on this flank steak on steroids and got a bit excited to take on a new cut of meat. No...
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    Hang em' High Ribs

    Broke out the hanging rack for Baby Back Ribs this past Sunday. Dry brined the ribs overnight and hit them with some cavender's greek seasoning and some Dizzy Dust coarse. WSM at 250. Too busy eating them to take a photo after they were done! Spritzed with apple juice every 50 minutes...
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    Mine as well post my turkeys: One Fried. One Smoked.

    Turkey Day. My wife bought 2 12lb Butterballs which had a label on it stating "5% water". I did not know if this meant it was brine or not? Regardless, I dry brined both for 24 hours uncovered in the fridge. Turkey day I rubbed them down: cajun on the one destined for hot oil and a combo...
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    Last Saturday Cook: Turkey; wings; and, salmon

    Haven't posted in awhile and I've been traveling and gone a lot of weekends and I was itching to smoke. All four kids rolling home on Saturday so I hit the local harris teeter and picked up a 9 pound turkey breast; 2 packages of wings; and, one fresh salmon. Breast was pre-brined or enhanced...
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    Happy Birthday USMC!

    No pictures. Just a shout out to all the Marines on the Board. OOO-RAH!
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    3.5 lbs Brisket Flat: Tough. Dry. Bad meat or bad technique?

    I unfroze a 3.5 pound brisket flat purchased from Costco. It was in the freezer for about 2 months. Thawed it out entirely and seasoned with Montreal Steak. It was very lean looking cut of meat with a small amount of fat on one side. Put on WSM 22.5" at 1000 at 225 - 250 degrees fat side...
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    Fast Tuna on Grill Grates

    I've seen others turn their grill grates upside down like a griddle. It was just the wife and I at home Sunday and she picked up a tuna steak, which i marinated in OJ and garlic for an hour. Took it out and seasoned with Old Bay Blackened Seasoning. I scraped the bottom and the grill grates...
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    Sulking in Defeat, finding solace in WSM

    Started off Saturday busting my butt to get my yard work done in time to watch the Va Tech game against East Carolina University. After the first quarter, I was shell shocked as my Hokies go down 21-0! Hokies tie it up at end of 4th quarter only to give up a touchdown in the waning seconds of...
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    Weber Grill Restaraunt

    Not sure where to post this, but figured Photo Gallery was as good as any. I was in Chicago on Business last week and driving into town to the hotel I pass this curious looking sign: My hotel was about 4 blocks away so when it came time to go out for dinner the Weber Restaurant was in order...
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    WSM after fishing

    Spent Saturday on the Shenandoah river 'fishing' for smallies with my cousin's husband. My wife and 3 of the 4 kids out of the house, so we have an impromptu WSM session on the deck. Fortunately, i had taken out chicken breasts and a Costco pork sirloin roast the day before. Chicken marinated...
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    Lonely Ranch Kettle

    Had a few people over for dinner and did bar-b-que chicken, various sausages and a flank steak on my go to Ranch. Shows how lonely it can be on the grill with not a lot of food: flank steak on my JJ grill grates; 3 chicken breasts and six sausages. The beauty of the Ranch with one charcoal...

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