The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke


FAVORITE FOODS - Soups & Stews

  Date: October 2, 2014
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  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 1 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  Cook's Country TV show
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  April 13, 2014
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I am a pushover for Guinness beef stew. Anytime I see it any restaurants menu. I usually have to get it. This recipe was sent to solve several problems you can have cooking Guinness beef stew. I made it on the Big Green Egg because I thought it would taste even better with a little smoke flavor introduced. I was right about the smoke flavor and the folks at Cook's Country did indeed solve the problems with this stew. This version was the best Guinness beef stew I've ever had. That claim lasted all of one day until I heated up the leftovers. The leftovers were even better.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 2 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  Big Green Egg Cookbook
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  October 16, 2012
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This was a very complex to that took nearly 4 hours to make. Among the more unusual ingredients were wheat beer in citrus fruit. There was quite a bit of prep involved with making the stew and many stages of cooking on the Dutch oven. But this was an excellent stew. Any doubts I had about whether people like that were quickly put to rest as everyone had seconds and some had thirds.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 3 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  my website
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  January 29, 2011
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This classic stew is certainly an everything but the kitchen sink type recipe. It is often served at barbecue joints down south. Traditionally it was made with whatever meats and vegetables people had around that time including things like squirrel or possum. I stuck to a more conventional chicken breasts and pork roast for the meats, but I did smoke them. There were so many different ingredients used no two bites ever tasted the same.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 4 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  The Essential Wok Cookbook
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  October 24, 2015
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This is one of my favorite soups. I used to drive out of my way to go to a Sichuan restaurant that had the best version of this I have tried. This recipe was easy to make with few and simple ingredients. The resulting soup was the best Egg Drop soup I have ever tasted. I had no idea how easy it was to turn out this tasty and rich soup.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 5 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE: website
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  May 5, 2012
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Gazpacho is typically A soup that is made cold and served cold. After trying many grilled soups and stews I became curious if there are any recipes for a grilled gazpacho. The first recipe I found was a Stephen Raichlen recipe which gave me great hope that this would be a successful experiment. For this gazpacho all of the veggies are grilled. This dish had a great flavor and I like it better than the traditional non-grilled gazpacho recipes I had made to date. As an experiment I didn't tell people that there was something different about this. Everyone immediately picked up on the extra flavor imparted by grilling the veggies. This grilled gazpacho is the best one I've made so far.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 6 of 7 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  The Essential Wok Cookbook
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  October 31, 2015
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I really like Hot and Sour Soup, but until this version it was not one of my all-time favorite soups. This version was tastier than any version I have had. It was also very spicy, at least the first spoonful. Somehow by the second spoonful my taste buds had acclimated to it. One mystery was how this could be called a vegetable soup when chicken and chicken broth were two of the ingredients. But what’s in a name. Call it what you will, this was an excellent soup.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 7 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  Serious BBQ
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  January 20, 2012
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This smoked lamb stew was amazing. The lamb was rubbed then cooked low and slow on the smoker. The lamb is smoked for around an hour and then goes into a Dutch oven with all of the other ingredients where to simmered for three hours. Just before serving some lemon juice, parsley and cilantro are added in. The student tasted unlike any other stew I have had. My dad, who is not a lamb lover, asked for seconds both time she tried it.

  BEST SOUPS & STEWS - 8 of 8 Unranked-Alphabetical Order:

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  SOURCE:  Cook's Illustrated Soups and Stews 2011
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  February 12, 2011
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The folks at Cook's Illustrated wanted to create a genuine Hungarian goulash recipe, and at the same time solving some of the inherent problems in making it. I made the recipe as written with the exception of smoking the meat on my smoker. This was an excellent recipe that absolutely loved. It was surprising because there were lots of complex flavors, but there was a relatively small ingredients list. This is one of these recipes that gets better if you refrigerated overnight and reheat it 24 hours later.


People are always asking me what my favorite recipes are. This section had it's origins in a seven part BLOG entry I wrote in 2011 called A Few of My Favorite Things. I have made many great dishes since then and also started making other types of foods such as Stir Fries. This section needed to be updated and expanded to stay current or be dropped. I chose the later and you have the results of my reworking the section in the Fall of 2014
  Soups & Stews Info:
There is nothing better than a soup or stew enhanced by cooking some or all of it it on the grill or smoker. This page lists 6 items from the SOUPS & STEWS section of the site. There is no ranking, they are listed alphabetically.

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