Celebrating Edward’s 2 year birthday and a special note from Grandpa to Marcella.
Build your own pizza. Had a multitude of toppings to choose from. Was going to cook them all on the grill but only managed to do one as it looked like we were going to get a pretty good storm.
Getting the stone heated up (scrap piece of soapstone)
Getting the crust rolled out and brushed with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
First pizza and the only one done on the grill was pepperoni for the kids
The rest were done in the oven at the highest temp (550)
Picked up a sirloin tip roast last night. I split the roast into 2 and rubbed one with mustard, cut some slits for garlic, and Oakridge BBQ Black Ops.
The second half I coated with the same black-ops, but then covered it in a basket weave of bacon.
Got the fire ready. Using hardwood.
Smoked until internal temp was 140.
Fire is already going. I have hickory and cherry chunks for smoke. Brisket is just salt, pepper, and garlic.
At the 3 hour mark, brisket was 130 degrees internal. Smoker is running around 225 degrees.
It is getting there. The brisket hit a stall 7 hours in. Bumped up the smoker temps to 300.
It was done in about 9 – 9.5 hours. Internal temp was 192 or so. Let it rest for 45 minutes while I cooked the remaining items
Sliced flat then point.
Table with sides
Picked up some beef ribs at Walmart the other day. Rubbed them with Oakridge BBQ Black Ops, oil, a little extra salt, and a few dashes of worcestershire sauce. Waiting on the smoker to come up to temp right now.
At about the two hour mark. Going to mix up a little spray to keep them moist.
A while later, ready for sauce
Checking the sauced ribs after 20 minutes, almost done
Gave them another 15 minutes and removed
Some cut shots
I had them on the smoker for about 4.5 hours with temps ranging from 250-300 using lump charcoal and hickory. I think they could have used another 45-60 minutes before getting sauced but they were good, but just not as fall off the bone as I would have liked.
Wash and prep your cucumbers.
– Use cucumbers bred for pickling. They have a firm crisp flesh and a good skin
– Pick them at the proper size. If they get too big the seeds can be obtrusive
– Trim the vine end from the cucumber. It contains an enzyme that will cause soggy pickles, a small slice off is good, no larger than quarter inch.
– Make sure they are clean
– I like to slice them in quarters so I can pack them tight
You do not have to slice the cucumbers but it can take a bit longer for them to ferment and they will not pack as tight which will require more brine.
For the brine, you do not want to use city tap water because of the additives can cause texture and color issues. Likewise unless you have tested using your well/mineral water I would avoid it.
– 1 pint bottled purified water. The cheap stuff is fine.
– 1 TO 1.5 table spoons pickling salt
– 6-8 cloves of garlic slightly smashed or diced
– 8-10 whole peppercorns
– a head of dill or some of the braches
Clean your jars thoroughly. Place half your amount of garlic at the bottom then add your cucumbers. Pack them tightly but not so much you crush them. Depending on slicing you may have to pick and choose what fits best where. Put in your dill head or dill then the remaining garlic cloves. Add the salt and water to top the pickles. Water level should be about a half inch under the cap, but I have gone a bit higher when needed. Put the top on and shake to combine and distribute the salt. I like to shake them periodically throughout the first day or two. Loosen the cap slightly and place on the counter under a cloth or in a cabinet for 24-48 hours. The way I tell how long is by smell and color. You can tell pickles are starting to ferment by the white bubbles that form and by the flesh of the cucumbers changing. The longer they are kept at room temperature, the more fermented and sour they become. This process does not stop when they go into the refrigerator but slows.
After 48 hours I put them in the fridge for at least a week and check on them daily to make sure nothing unusual happens. After a week I taste them to see how they are progressing. Sometimes they are ready in a week, sometimes two.
In the fridge they keep for a couple months.
In the picture below, the larger container is the wide mouth 64 ounce ball container and the two smaller are 32 ounce. The smaller ones are just packed and the larger is a week old.
It has been awhile since I cooked some steaks. So picked these up at Sam’s club. Seasoned with oil, pepper, salt, garlic, and a dash of red wine vinegar. Skewered some mushrooms seasoned with oil, salt, pepper, and balsamic. Fried up some salt pork for some brussel sprouts and red onion.
Used frontier brand lump charcoal and hickory.
Moved over to direct for final sear. Maybe a minute per side. Fire was really hot.
Some tater tots
Also used my new knife
Some pictures from my camping trip to Pymatuning.
Got back on Monday. I managed to get some pics but a lot of the food went fast. No fish was cooked cause we probably had one keeper out of the bunch.
The fatty consisted of, italian sausage, ground lamb, cheese, onions, mushrooms, bratwurst, and wrapped in bacon and seasoned with Old Thompson steak and burger seasoning.
The chuck was seasoned with Oakridge BBQ black ops.
The wings were done with Oakridge BBQ habanero death dust and cayenne hot sauce.
It was good
Koshered the meat for 10 hours
Marinated overnight in italian dressing, worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha.
Direct heat on very hot grill 8-10 minutes per side (internal temp 140-142). Rest in foil for 20 minutes
Gentile’s is finally going to open in their new location!!!!!
Going to be making pizza using their dough on Saturday.
I was not going to make the seeds this year, but did not want to waste them. So I ended up making a bunch (we had 5 pumpkins). Made them the normal way by rinsing, salting generously while wet and then putting them in the oven for 10-15 minutes at around 275. Found this method though to boil them slightly first before roasting to break down the outer shell a bit. May try that next time.