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A nice uneventful overnight smoke

Hi B.B.-
Yes, you hear all the raves about the WSM and I have to tell you that they're true. It really makes smoking very simple. I've had the smoker for 3 years now so it's been through enough smokes to be "gunked up" which makes it good and tight. I'll give you an idea, I started the smoker at 2:00 p.m. on Friday with 20 lbs. of KB charcoal and 4 chunks of wood. I took the pork off at 10:30 this morning and it's now 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and the temp on the smoker is still 150 degrees.

Jun 27, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

A nice uneventful overnight smoke

Thanks T&B

Jun 27, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

A nice uneventful overnight smoke

My personal rule is never to set a clock to check the smoker during the night but rather if I do wake up at some point (it never fails that I do wake for "something") I'll check it. I came back to bed and my wife said, "I can't wait for lunch tomorrow". Nothing like the smell of smoke.

A nice uneventful overnight smoke

Started with 2 butts totaling 23 lbs.
I used peach and maple smoke wood on my 22 WSM.

Jun 27, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Fresh Moz, $10/lb> in N.J., Does that sound right?

Hi Ferret, thanks for your input. I get your point that when you freeze anything there's some degradation when thawed and consumed. On the other hand it's worth trying to see how freezing affects the texture and taste.

As for your example using sushi, most if not all fish that's served at sushi bars in the U.S. has been frozen at some point in the process (by law). Here's an article from the NY Times from 2004.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/08/nyr...

Jun 26, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Fresh Moz, $10/lb> in N.J., Does that sound right?

Thanks Motosport, I'll head there today. I never realized that fresh moz would freeze well.

Jun 26, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Whitefish Salad

I would be surprised if the salad from both stores weren't now the same and that the scallions have replaced the onions. I'm guessing that the salads aren't made fresh in each store but come from a central location.

Jun 23, 2015
jnk in Manhattan

Fresh Moz, $10/lb> in N.J., Does that sound right?

It was good, it wasn't great but it was definitely good. It was also Sunday so my options were somewhat limited. Again, thanks all for your comments.

Jun 23, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Fresh Moz, $10/lb> in N.J., Does that sound right?

I know they have vacuum sealed "fresh" moz in some supermarkets but I don't consider that fresh. This was at a farmers market. Thanks all for your responses.

Jun 22, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Whitefish Salad

When I have company (many people) I buy the container from Costco and then
buy a large whitefish and add chunks to it. The best of many worlds.

Jun 21, 2015
jnk in Manhattan
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Fresh Moz, $10/lb> in N.J., Does that sound right?

It's been a while so I was somewhat shocked whenI got the bill.

Jun 21, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Need Best Pizza, Union county

Casa di Pizza in Westfield
Capri Pizza in Kenilworth
Gennaro's n Westfield

Probably in this order

Jun 21, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

This brings back fond memories from the 70's. I flew Laker Airlines to England from N.Y. (JFK) since they had such reasonable fares. One of the reasons for the low cost fares was that you had to pay for your meal separately (sound familiar?) and the food wasn't worth whatever it was they were charging (sound familiar?). Between my families apartment and JFK was a famous deli called "Pastrami King" so you can imagine what kind of sandwich I brought with me. I felt terrible when I opened the bag and the smell of pastrami and half sour pickles wafted through the plane, but what the heck!

Jun 18, 2015
jnk in Food Media & News

Costco Customer Service and Why it Pays to Shop There

Zackly,when did you make your exchange? I would love to buy the same style table again.

Jun 17, 2015
jnk in Chains

Costco Customer Service and Why it Pays to Shop There

Three years ago we bought a patio table with six chairs w/cushions from Costco. We had been looking everywhere for something we liked that didn't look like every other patio set. We came across a large, very heavy set at Costco that had a slate veneer top and "Sunbrella" cushions for the 6 chairs for $1300. There happened to be a coupon good for $300 at the time so we figured why not. Two years into owning the table one of the pieces of slate veneer came off but we figured no problem as what was beneath it didn't look too bad. When we took the cover off the table this spring there were 5 more pieces that popped off. We went shopping there one day and I stopped at the customer service desk to see what we could do. They asked if I had my original receipt to which I answered no so they pulled it up on their computer and printed it out for me. The woman then told me to bring everything in and they'll give me a FULL REFUND which I did and they did! This is why I never have qualms about buying something a Costco.

High end range, Thinking of bluestar

I'll try it!

Jun 17, 2015
jnk in Cookware

Your best Egg Plant recipe

I just tried it and it worked.

Jun 12, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking

Your best Egg Plant recipe

This looks fantastic. Can't wait to try it.

Jun 11, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking
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What did Y'all Grill this Weekend?

My son and his friends grilled burgers and dogs ALL weekend while yesterday I made some of the best grilled and smoked boneless chicken thighs. I grilled them on my Weber gasser but threw in a piece of apple wood for the smoke. Fantastic.

Jun 08, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

backyard bbq for 80 people

When we have large parties, I'll smoke all my meats ahead of time. My pork butts I'll cook until done, pull them and the vacuum seal them with whatever juices I have from the cook and add some apple juice/cider too.

For my brisket, I'll cook until done, slice, add juices and then vacuum seal.

Day of party all I have to do is put the bags in simmering water until warmed through. This way I only warm what's needed.

Forgot, try going to www.tvwbb.com or www.bbq-brethren.com to find out how much meat cooked and uncooked to start with.

Have a wonderful party.

Jun 03, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

lol

Jun 01, 2015
jnk in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

We bought their wings since the change over. The wings are now much smaller in size, there were a different nbr of pieces in each pkg and the wing and drumette are separated and there is no wing tip (which I would save for making stock.

Jun 01, 2015
jnk in Chains

Advice re: 36" Gas Range - what to buy?

Here's another posting about the Blue Star.http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015057

May 30, 2015
jnk in Cookware

High end range, Thinking of bluestar

We've had the Blue Star RNB 30 for the past 2 years and have been very happy with it. The only issue that we've had to come to terms with is that the knobs do get hot when the oven is on for an extended period, other than that we've taken full advantage of the ability to use our wok without a ring and with the very hight BTU's. As the previous poster stated, the oven is a good size for a 30" range.
Good luck with your decision.

May 30, 2015
jnk in Cookware

Smoking Pork Butt BBQ and Time Management

I realize it's now 8 hours later, but I would have wrapped it and put it into a 200 degree oven. Please let us know what you finally did.

May 24, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Country Style Ribs Help (need to cook tomorrow or they will go bad)

This is my favorite preparation for CS ribs, Ig you don't feel like making the marinade, you can buy a jar of it from your local Asian market. You can also make this directly on the grill grates instead of anging. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX95B...

May 21, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

What do y'all do with dried pasta odds and ends?

I take them all and add them to my baked mac n' cheese.

May 20, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking

Montclair NJ or Verona NJ restaurants for dinner Tues?

Blu in Montclair, if they're still around.

http://www.restaurantblu.com/menu.html

Apr 30, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

1st Brisket - Help!

Also look for "Woodburner's" posts about the fuse method.

Apr 16, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

1st Brisket - Help!

Hi Duffy, first of all I know we all read about how difficult it ias to smoke a brisket, but don't worry about it. It's a piece of meat that you're going to cook slowly and it will taste great.

The 1st 4-5 times I made brisket I used my 22" kettle with he fuse method and it worked great. I would get a few chunks of hickory or cherry or peach or pear or oak or whatever wood you want (NOT PINE>>>EVER)and place them on top of you fuse to add the smoke flavor. It will taste good w/o it too but the smoke adds a great flavor. Also, you only need to use the wood for the 1st 2 hours as a rule of thumb as that's as long as the meat will accept the flavor.

How long should it take? You never know. A guide is 1-1.5 hours/lb. but again that's just a guide. you know when you brisket is done by taking a skewer and running it into the meat. if it "goes in like butter", your brisket is good.

Should you use a pan beneath the meat? Sure. and Put the brisket directly on the grates.

Fat up or down? Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 answers. It really doesn't matter.

Shmear the brisket with yellow mustard (doesn't add any flavor ) to hold what ever rub you use on it and yes if you have time to put it on the night before that would be better. Don't forget to put some more on before you put the meat on the grill. I put the rub on liberally.

What you want for your finished product is a chunk of meat with a crust (bark) on it. It will looked totally burned...again, don't worry as long as the interior is tender.

Again, enjoy the process. I enjoy the process almost more than eating the finished product. Feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

Apr 16, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling