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A nice uneventful overnight smoke

I usually set my alarm clock for 3 and 6 am when I do overnight cooks. I usually don't need to, because I usually wake up (often after paranoid dreams about things like the smoker blowing up or falling apart) on my own. The Egg is great for heat retention, and it usually goes 12-16 hours at a steady 250 with little or no adjustments, but I still have to check it just to make sure.

Sugar causes cancer!

Brawndo has electrolytes. It's what plants crave!

Jun 25, 2015
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BBQ Season Is Upon Us!

It doesn't exist for me. I own a Big Green Egg and use it (for barbecuing AND grilling) all year round.

What did Y'all Grill this Weekend?

Pork belly kebabs. The meat was cubed and marinated overnight in soy sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, sesame seed oil, rice wine vinegar and chili-garlic sauce. Cooked direct on the Big Green Egg for about 10 minutes. Finished with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and served with black bean salad and curtido (Salvadoran slaw, from the same Latino market bought the pork belly from.)

Jun 22, 2015
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

This discussion reminds me of the final scene of Hannibal (the movie).

Jun 18, 2015
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Chicago Taco Bell first to sell alcohol in U.S.

Vincent: All right. Well, you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don't mean just like in no paper cup; I'm talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald's. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?

Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.

Jules: What do they call it?

Vincent: They call it a "Royale with Cheese."

Jun 11, 2015
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What did Y'all Grill this Weekend?

Costco choice NY strip steak, rubbed with salt and pepper, seared on the Big Green Egg for about four minutes per side. Came out perfectly medium rare.

Jun 08, 2015
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

I grill corn with the husk on. It's a simple way of cooking it, and it always turns out great.

Jun 08, 2015
4X4 in Not About Food

Where can I get rabbit meat

Lexington Market in Baltimore.

Jun 08, 2015
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

There are still ice cream turcks in my suburban neighborhood. I'm not sure if they're Good Humor. For some strange reason, one of them usually plays Christmas music.

I grew up in the 70s and the ice cream truck was an essential part of spring and summer. And, being a teenager in the 80s, Eddie Murphy's ice cream man bit was an essential part of my developing sense of humor.

Jun 04, 2015
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What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

BLT's. Not the sandwich, the cocktail made from bourbon, lemon and tonic water.

May 29, 2015
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Popeye s VS KFC

The book Bluegrass Conspiracy, by Sally Denton, includes a bit about how Sanders sold his restaurant. It's a great book, especially if you're a fan of Justified - part of the plot of season 4 is loosely based (or inspired by) one of the events the book discusses.

My father told me that he once sat next to Colonel Sanders on a plane, and he was dressed the same way he was in the commercials. I believed that back in the 70s. Now I think he might have been pulling my leg.

May 29, 2015
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André Soltner on Mother Sauces

Johnny "Guitar" Watson would probably say, "That's a real mother saucer..."

May 29, 2015
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Popeye s VS KFC

They have pretty good subs too, but not as good as WAWA.

May 29, 2015
4X4 in Chains

Popeye s VS KFC

For me it's a tie between Popeye's and Royal Farms. Haven't been to KFC in years.

May 29, 2015
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What did Y'all Grill this Weekend?

I cooked a whole brisket in the Big Green Egg Sunday (started it Saturday night and cooked it overnight.) It wasn't the best I've done, but it was okay. The flat was kind of dry but the point turned out very jiucy.

May 27, 2015
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Country Style Ribs Help (need to cook tomorrow or they will go bad)

I like to cut them into cubes, marinate them overnight (or a few hours), put them on skewers and grill them. It's a great, cheap cut of met for pork kebabs.

May 21, 2015
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NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

More importantly, did he call what he was selling a sandwich?

Apple pie with cheese? Really?

"May 26th. Four o'clock p.m. I took Betsy to Charles Coffee Shop on Columbus Circle. I had black coffee and apple pie with a slice of melted yellow cheese. I think that was a good selection. Betsy had coffee and a fruit salad dish. She could have had anything she wanted."

-Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver

May 20, 2015
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Rail Drinks: what in tarnation is it?

This reminds me of an old joke:

A giraffe, a skunk, and a deer go into a bar. The Bartender comes over and takes their order, comes back and says, "Okay, which one of you is paying?" The skunk says, "I've only got one cent on me." And the deer says, "I've only had a buck on me since last Thursday." So the giraffe says, "I guess Highballs are on me!"

May 18, 2015
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Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

That's how I do it too. I only have one set of tongs and I have never gotten sick from eating anything I've grilled.

May 18, 2015
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Do any cultures eat owl?

I think a more appropriate topic would be "WHO eats owl?"

May 13, 2015
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Is it ok to eat many eggs?

Am I the only one here who saw the discussiobn topic and immediately thought of Cool Hand Luke?

May 13, 2015
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Acme to phase out self checkout

I never knew they had self checkout. I assumed from the Roadrunner cartoons that they only did mail orders. :)

May 11, 2015
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McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

Apr 28, 2015
4X4 in Chains

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

There were some recent discussions here about not being able to get Cadbury in the US (or maybe not getting real UK Cadbury, I'm not sure) and how much Hershey's sucks. I disagree with that. :)

Apr 27, 2015
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LIGHT sides with ribs

Black bean salad. It's really easy to make. Drain and rinse a large can of black beans and pour it into a bowl. Add some chopped red bell pepper and onions (scallions work well too.) Make a dressing from fresh lime juice, olive oil salt and pepper. You can also add some cilantro and other diced vegetables if you want to. Add the dressing, stir it in, and let it chill for a couple of hours before serving.

Apr 23, 2015
4X4 in Home Cooking
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Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Hershey's chocolate. I don't care what the chocolate snobs say about it, Hershey's taste fine to me. And it doesn't make me thirsy, like Cadbury does.

Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

I've never watched it, but I'm watching Daredevil on Netflix and that show takes place in Hell's Kitchen. :)

Horrible Restaurant Names

I drive by this place every time I go to Baltimore Blues Society events in Rosedale. I really should stop in for a beer there some time.

Apr 14, 2015
4X4 in Not About Food