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February 2014

Getting Back on Track

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This blog documents my cook last Monday night, where I made JAMBALAYA-STUFFED BELL PEPPERS. I also made a concerted effort to turn around my recent streak where I've had some problematic cooks. I have been extremely lucky. Even though the cooks have been problematic, in all cases the end results were very good. Getting to those good results was quite the adventure. Struggling with my grill is not my idea of fun, and hobbies are supposed to be fun. The primary reason for this cook was to try out this recipe to make sure it wasn't going to be too hot for some of the people I would be serving it to this coming Saturday. The second reason was I wanted to get a sense of time for how long it would take to make. On Saturday I would be making something on my second Egg and I wanted to know how long these stuffed peppers would really take. The third reason, and equally important to me, was I wanted to do a cook on my own time. One where there was no set schedule and I could get back to basics and focus on good grilling practices. Read More...
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Comedy of Errors - 2014

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The cook I did this past weekend looked like it was going to be a rocking chair cook. Instead I made a mistake that started a chain reaction of missteps and bonehead plays. I always say that we learn more from our mistakes, than we do from our successes. If that's the case, this was one of my biggest learning experiences. This included some things I'd rather not have had to learn. But since I suffered through this "learning experience" I figured I'd share it with others so they could benefit too. And please, unlike me, learn from these mistakes I made so you don’t make the same silly mistakes. Read More...
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Wicked Good Charcoal-2014

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The title of this review also sums up my review of this charcoal and is the short name used for this charcoal. The long name is Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Hardwoode Lump Charcoal. It is often referred to on barbecue related message boards as WGWW It is my lump of choice for use on my Big Green Eggs. He tends to be more costly than some of the other widely available on charcoal. But it has several virtues that cause me to not even think of the price difference. I just tend to feel when you're dealing with food, you very often get what you pay for. So I don't like to scrimp on things that contribute to a meal I'm making. Read More...
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Everything is Coming Together

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Some of the other blogs I have written lately and some of the things going on in my grilling life, have gotten me thinking about the BIG picture and how much has changed in the last year and a half. I have come to realize that I have reached a high point in my grilling life where everything is coming together. I have all of the equipment and tools and support facilities available to me to make my pursuit of this hobby friction free and really enjoyable. I can focus on the food more and the technical issue less. While some folks enjoy the technical aspects of grilling and smoking, for me it is about the food. I enjoy the technical aspects too, and I always try to be the best I can be technically, but for me the final product is the food. The technical aspect is still there, but it is in the background. I still need to address those issues, but I am really able to focus on the food. I will be talking about all of the items that have come together and the joy I have been feeling lately. I am truly having the best time of my life with this hobby. Some folks may want to move on to the next blog entry, but there may be some ideas here for others or items that get you thinking about your own situation and how you might improve it. Read More...
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Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer

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This blog discusses my first impressions and what I have learned so far about the Splash-Proof ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen instant read thermometer. This is the thermometer of choice for many chefs and others in the food service industry and serious non-professional cooks. I was always a bit skeptical due to the high price of this model ($96.00), but even after a short time using it I am a convert. I will attempt to explain why this thermometer is worth every penny, in a way that a skeptic like myself will understand. Read More...
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I See the Light

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This blog entry is going to try to make the case for using permanent lighting for your grill if at all possible. You will notice I am using the term grill, not Big Green Egg here. This blog is not at all grill specific and is written for all grills. There are a few times I will mention specific types of grills and it won’t be just the BGE. This past spring I added two light fixtures to my grill gazebo to replace the portable grill lights I had been using up until this point. I expected it to be somewhat more convenient, but it has really made a HUGE difference much to my surprise. I never knew what I was missing and so may you. I recently had the realization that grilling at night had now become no different for me than grilling in the day. Prior to this the experience had been a compromise and you had to “work harder” to achieve the same results. Let me make some points for your consideration. Read More...
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Are Two Eggs Better Than One?

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The answer to that question is a big YES. But before you say thanks Captain Obvious and move on, you might want to read more. Some of the reasons may surprise you and if you are on the fence about purchasing a second Egg definitely read on. Reading about my discoveries during my first year may push you to one side of the fence or the other. The things I discovered that never occurred to me, may not have occurred to you either. Also the items that were important to me, may or may not be as important to you. Read More...
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The Adjustable Rig - First Impressions

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Work has kept me very busy lately and it has been a double edged sword for sure. Things have been too slow for too long. The extra hours have meant some extra income which has allowed me to Eggcessorize some more. But they have also kept me away from the Egg. This blog will be about a purchase I made back in October that took me two months to get around to using: The Adjustable Rig by the Ceramic Grill Store. This is a modular system capable of giving you multi-level grill grids and/or your choice of grilling heights. Read More...
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