Saturday, January 21, 2012

His and hers

Tom thought it would be a good idea to buy 5.5lbs of St. Louis style ribs, even though he's the only one who eats them. He made a creole inspired dry rub and cooked them low and slow.

The finished product.

Served with salad and Heinz beans (from the UK). Tom had the happiest look on his face while he was eating these ribs. They were so juicy and perfectly seasoned and cooked.

Since I don't eat ribs, I got hickory smoked chicken sausage. It went really well with the beans.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Year of Pictures - Part 1

I've been a lazy bum and I haven't posted anything, here's a quick view of some food!

Amish grown tomatoes, Amana bacon - McCarthy cut, 8 slices to a pound - and lettuce.

Taco Salad!
Butter lettuce, ground turkey with taco seasoning, jalapenos, mexican cheese blend, and sour cream! YUM!

New York Strip, lightly seasoned, cooked rare on the grill. Shoestring fries. Millimeter squared potatoes flash fried. SO AMAZING. SO SO AMAZING. Crisp and yummy!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Boilermaker's Special" Chicken

The injection marinade was bourbon, soy sauce, olive oil, rosemary, brown sugar, salt, and white pepper. I found out in initial testing that butter gives a slightly better flavor to the dish, but unless the chicken is at-or-above room temperature the butter will congeal in the needle. With this many big flavors it only takes a small amount of marinade and a short time to achieve a balanced flavor.

I cut the last 3.5 inches of cooking grid off (and saved for future use) to place the smoker box. The chicken steams over the drip-pan filled with beer while hickory chunks in the smoker and high heat keep the "grilled" flavor going.

Natural gas was piped out of the house to the grill - no more tank changes! I also modified a landscape light to mount on the fence and light only the cooking area. Of course, it is on a dimmer switch.

The corn prep is shuck, butter, sea-salt, and pepper. It really is just that simple... the corn cooks on the right side of the grill over direct heat roughly 2 minutes each "side." Don't let anyone feed you boiled corn ever again.

The tomato was sliced, sprinkled with white balsamic, olive oil, and kosher salt.

The detail view shows the flavor penetration of the injection marinade - the rosemary particles show where the needle was, but with the acids in the marinade it really only took as long as the grill heated up for the flavor to be distributed throughout.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



Fried pizza dough topped with butter, pasta, and homemade sauce.

The fried dough makes a bowl for the pasta.

Finger food!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Leftovers and football

We are still eating leftovers from the Labor Day get together. Pork with homemade peach mustard BBQ sauce and homemade cole slaw.

But it is also football season, so of course it is time for wings! Tex mex dry rubbed and slow roasted on the grill with mesquite smoke.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day

Labor Day cookout: Boston butt with peach-mustard sauce ("York, SC Style") or bourbon-and-balsamic sauce (Texas style); Turkeyburgers with chipotle peppers, onion, and garlic; creole cole slaw; Pesto pasta salad; and fresh tomato salsa. (Plus a few things I didn't make)

We had lots of leftover veggies, Tom made veggie soup.
Now we have lots of leftover veggie soup.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I have been a complete blog slacker this summer. Not that I'm so good at it anyways, but this summer I keep taking pictures and not actually posting them. So, here is our summer food so far.

The problem with taking so long to post is that I have to remember the dishes! This was a ground turkey, tomato, onion, and mushroom dish. Served over rice. I remember it was awesome, we should have it again soon.

Caprese salad with basil from our yard

Grill food. Grilled chicken and potato, and cucumber salad. The cucumber salad was not grilled.

Breakfast! Fritatta with homemade soft herbed cheese (Tom blended the herbs in, we didn't actually make the cheese), onions, smoked turkey...I'm drooling.

Grandma's homemade tomato soup with everything.

More grilled food...New York strip, grilled corn, and grilled zucchini

Roast beef - from the grill

Dinner from Meg. Mozzarella, artichoke hearts, and sundried tomatoes stuffed this chicken breast.

More caprese salad, with fresh tomatoes and basil!