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Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:10 AM Post
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CheezWizHed said:
But I'm also thinking about buying a Pit Barrel Cooker.


Go up north and you can find some opinions on something like that. A lot of folks make their own barrell cooker. I have had some good tasting meat made in one, but then again they are usually pros at it.


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Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:06 PM Post
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Where is "up north"?


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Posted: April 10, 2017, 11:48 AM Post
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The PBC was just about as easy as advertised. It was my first attempt this last weekend, so I tweaked a few things as it went along. But it held its temperature very steady for hours without adding any charcoal to it.

The ribs turned out better than I've ever done in the past (with complements from my family).


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Posted: April 17, 2017, 11:08 AM Post
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I decided to clean up my freezer and smoke 4 of my old salmon. I tried a dry brine this time instead of my usual wet brine, and now I don't plan on going back. Simple, easy, and great results. Mix 1 cup of non-iodized salt with 4 cups brown sugar. Cover the fillets with the mixture, stack additional fillets on top, putting more dry brine mixture on the fillets. It draws the water out of frozen salmon, making for a good firm fillet. Just rotate them in the juice and scoop it over the fillets once or twice a day. I brined mine in the fridge for 4 days and that turned out just about perfect. Smoked for 10 hours on alder chips in the Little Chief smoker, then brought up to temp in the oven.


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Posted: May 01, 2017, 12:08 PM Post
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Eating at Famous Dave's, I've had brisket a few times but didn't understand the big deal about it.

Last weekend, I just made my first and it was excellent! In fact, I've eaten the leftovers the last two days! [smile]

I dry brined it with salt (AKCheeseHead, once I discovered this, I don't bother with wet brines), seasoned it, smoked it in the barrel for 4 hours. Then I poured some Texas mop sauce on it and wrapped it in tin foil for another hour. Then put it in a hold for another hour. It came out cut-it-with-a-fork tender and juicy! I was so pleased.

Technically, I only had a 1/4 brisket with so my times were probably quicker than normal. The barrel also seems to cook much quicker than traditional, which is a nice benefit. [smile]

I wasn't confident in how it would turn out, so I made burgers along with it. My kids started on the burgers, but a couple took the brisket for seconds. And my wife went back for seconds (despite her diet).


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Posted: May 01, 2017, 1:20 PM Post
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Instead of foil, you can also try out a wrap of unlined butcher paper. I've never seen it in a store so I got a whole bunch online for about $15. Works the same way as foil to keep more heat in and speed up cooking time, but paper doesn't trap in moisture as much, and so your bark won't end up as soft.


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Posted: May 02, 2017, 6:45 AM Post
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Yeah, I've read that, but didn't have any on hand. [smile]

Although, since I'm adding moisture at that point, I'm not sure if butcher paper would work well there. But I did lose my burnt ends. [wink]


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Posted: July 26, 2017, 9:55 AM Post
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Only mildly related, but I'm starting to do research on making sausages and curing meats at home. I think it would be a fun hobby. Building a curing chamber seems easy enough, though finding a cool place for long-term storage will be a challenge.


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Posted: July 28, 2017, 9:13 AM Post
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CheezWizHed said:
Where is "up north"?


North of Campbellsport [smile]

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Posted: July 28, 2017, 9:16 AM Post
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CheezWizHed said:
Eating at Famous Dave's, I've had brisket a few times but didn't understand the big deal about it.

Last weekend, I just made my first and it was excellent! In fact, I've eaten the leftovers the last two days! [smile]

I dry brined it with salt (AKCheeseHead, once I discovered this, I don't bother with wet brines), seasoned it, smoked it in the barrel for 4 hours. Then I poured some Texas mop sauce on it and wrapped it in tin foil for another hour. Then put it in a hold for another hour. It came out cut-it-with-a-fork tender and juicy! I was so pleased.

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Speaking of brining....I discovered/tried brining for the first time this April. It was like I had eaten chicken on the grill for the very first time. I just never thought to do it before. Granted I have only really been grilling a lot in the last year or so as previous apartments didn't allow it or I didn't have the room to do it. Literally had never had a juicy chicken breast on the grill before. They always turned out chewy or over done. Brining literally changed my life for the better.

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Posted: July 28, 2017, 9:28 AM Post
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Chick Fil-A brines their chicken with pickle juice.


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Posted: August 06, 2017, 4:29 PM Post
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homer said:
CheezWizHed said:
Where is "up north"?


North of Campbellsport [smile]


Its not "up north" when over half of the state is north of there... [wink]


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Up north is north of Stevens Point or Wausau

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Yes, I'd say my definition of up north, is north of highway 29 or so. My family has a cottage on Long lake, north of Campbellsport. I like it over there, but it's nothing like northern WI.


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I never understood the terms up North and down South. We live on a round planet which makes up and down meaningless in that respect. Even if we add an arbitrary meaning to it we have it backwards. If anything it should be down North and up South. After all, it's warmer in the South and we all know heat rises.

There needs to be a King Thames version of the bible.


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Posted: August 11, 2017, 8:11 PM Post
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North and south are defined by the poles one which the planet rotates. East and west are arbitrary.


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Posted: August 11, 2017, 8:28 PM Post
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Yes, I'd say my definition of up north, is north of highway 29 or so.

Yeah,Wausau.

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Posted: August 12, 2017, 12:47 PM Post
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CheezWizHed said:
North and south are defined by the poles one which the planet rotates. East and west are arbitrary.


Yes but which pole is up and which is down is arbitrary.

There needs to be a King Thames version of the bible.


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Posted: August 14, 2017, 8:33 AM Post
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Thurston Fluff said:
CheezWizHed said:
North and south are defined by the poles one which the planet rotates. East and west are arbitrary.


Yes but which pole is up and which is down is arbitrary.


This is getting deep. I don't want to think about this too hard or my mind will explode.


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Purchased a couple Ribeye Cap Steaks from Costco this weekend. Wow! I was pretty sure just by looking at it (from the marbling), that it would be good, but I was blown away. Highly recommend.


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