I gave up smoking meat a few years ago because it was getting to be too much trouble. First I had to locate the wood, which meant calling firewood lots and asking if they had any pecan or fruit woods around. And then, during the smoking process, was the constant adding of the wood to the firebox, which interrupted anything else I was trying to do. The best time to smoke was during a football game when I could add wood during the timeouts for commercial breaks. But football isn’t on during the summer, which is the traditional time for smoking. Finally, I gave it up and just went to the Pork and Brew Cookoff and bought a year’s supply of pulled pork and brisket from my friends, the Texas Rib Rangers.
Right about now, Dave DeWitt is doing his best impression of a chicken missing its noggin. Not because he has a weird sense of humor (although he does), however. No, this is the time of year when we at Sunbelt Media run around in final preparation for the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show at the Sandia Resort & Casino. Having said all that, he took the time to post the guest chef list and event schedule for the 25th anniversary of this hottest of events. Here’s the deal, straight from the Pope’s keyboard:
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.
Injecting is the way to get flavor into the meat, especially with large cuts such as a pork shoulder or brisket. Chef Mike Stines shares his favorite injection formulas.
What is called “Canadian Bacon” in the U.S. is not the same as the Canadian bacon made by Canucks. Here’s how to make your own American-style Canadian bacon.
I’ve made corned beef, sausages and pastrami but never did bacon until a couple of weeks ago. The results were fantastic! Once you make your own bacon you’ll never buy its lesser store-bought cousin again.
Selecting a knife is a lot like choosing your life partner…make the right decision and you’ll be together for a lifetime! Make the wrong choice and your life won’t be all that great…at least in the kitchen. And you may end up bloody, to boot.