Try tea-smoking as an Asian alternative to boring roasted turkey this Christmas. It’s a style of cooking meat that hails from China’s Sichuan (formerly Szechuan) region, which is known for its hot, spicy cuisine.
Usually when you hear the word “tapenade” spoken while watching football or basketball, it’s grounds for removing one’s man card. This tradition goes back to the cavemen, who, not having olive spread handy, never used it on charred mammoth. Thus, a tasty sammich spread never found its way into the manly lexicon of acceptable condiments (unlike ketchup and mustard, which as we all know, occurred naturally in large pools back then—I saw that on Fox News, so it must be true).
Although time-consuming because preparation includes brining and air-drying, smoking a turkey breast is pretty straight-forward and easy to do with either a gas or charcoal grill.
Fall brings not only Halloween but also football and basketball with it. I thought I’d bring sports and the Halloween spirit together in this post thanks to Sizzlin’ Sauces’ Howlin’ Hollar, my tabletop grill, and a package of chicken drumsticks.
Basically, pastrami is what you get when you smoke a side of corned beef, instead of boiling it. After doing some research online and talking to German friends who had attempted it, we decided to give pastrami-making a try.
Barbecue cooking isn’t rocket science nor, however, does two plus two equal four on the grill. Barbecue is low and slow cooking not baking (that’s more chemistry than cooking). The meat is done when it’s done; you can guesstimate so many minutes per pound but you’ll rarely be right on the money.
Chorizo sausage is a great idea on paper, but it’s often a lousy idea in plastic. You’d think Mexican (or Spanish) spices and ground pork would be hard to mess up. Yet every time I bite into the grease-laden, second-class meat product from a plastic wrapper that passes for chorizo at my local supermarket, the maker finds new and exciting ways to disappoint me. That’s part of the reason I got my mitts on a Cabela’s Pro Series motorized meat grinder. The other was so I can make my own pepperoni, Christmas breakfast sausage, and ground bacon burgers, but that’s at least two other stories.