This was my second smoking attempt with my WSM Mini. I put a ring of lump charcoal and a couple of chunks of plum wood around the outside of the basket in the smoker. I lit up 3/4 of a chimney of lump charcoal and put it into the center of the unlit coals. I put the mini together and opened the vents. I was able to get the temperature up to 300 F in the mini. Continue reading Smoked Pork Sirloin Strips
I had made my WSM Mini and it was time to give it a try. I started by putting a layer of lump charcoal in the basket of the mini. Then I lit about 1/3 of a lighting chimney with coals and lit them. I poured the lit coals on the unlit ones in the basket and put the mini together, opening all the vents. Continue reading Mini Smoked Pork Loin
I make my own bacon. It is very good and I have fun making it. The problem is that I like maple and pepper bacon. The stuff they sell in the stores mostly has artificial flavours in them. Continue reading Maple Pepper Bacon Sausage
I made a batch of breakfast sausage using Hi Mountain’s Original Mountain Man Sausage Seasonings. Continue reading Homemade Breakfast Sausage, Easy and Tasty
It is finally spring. It is still cool and there still large areas of snow in the yard. However, we have been able to do some outside work so there was less time to cook. Continue reading Quick Barbecue Pork Dinner
My recipes for Sweet and Sour Pork call for putting a cornstarch batter on the pork and then shallow or deep fat frying it. This is messy and not particularly good for you. So, I decided to modify it and make a recipe where you just stir fry the pork.
• 500 grams/1 pound boneless pork loin or pork sirloin cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch chunks.
• 1 can (398 ml/14 oz) pinapple chunks
• 50 ml/1/4 cup white vinegar
• 50 ml/1/4 cup brown sugar
• 50ml/1/4 cup ketchup
• 50 ml/1/4 cup light soy sauce
• 30 ml/2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 375 ml/1 1/2 cup green pepper, 3/4 inch cubes
• 375 ml/1 1/2 cup onion, 3/4 inch cubes
• green onion, chopped (for garnish)
I started by mixing the sweet and sour sauce. I mixed the liquid from the canned pineapple, the vinegar, the brown sugar, the ketchup, the soy sauce and the cornstarch together. I then heated over medium heat, stirring until it thickened. Set aside.
Next, I cut my pork, onions and peppers to size.
Then I heated a tablespoon of oil in my wok and cooked the pork in two batches until browned and cooked through. I took the pork out and put it on a plate. I stir fried the peppers and onions for 2-3 minutes and then added the drained pineapple and the cooked pork. I stir fried another 2-3 minutes. I added the pork and sauce and lowered the heat to simmer until the sauce was heated through.
I sprinkled chopped green onion over the top and served it with rice.
This was OK. It really reminded of the bland sweet and sour pork served in westernized Chinese restaurants. The sauce had the sweet and sour counterpoints but could use some jazzing up. However, there was no problem with not frying the pork in fat. I won’t from now on.
So, this was a good meal but I can do better with the sauce.
The Old Fat Guy
She Who Must Be Obeyed wanted spareribs. She threw a frozen rack on the counter first thing in the morning. You intrepid hero took things in hand and put the ribs on a heavy pot that has been turned over. This is a quick way to defrost items as the pot is an excellent conductor of heat and has a large surface area. Continue reading Smoked Spareribs, No Foil
I had meetings in town. I was going to a Toastmaster Meeting in the evening. We needed a quick meal.
We took some loin chops, sprinkled on some Cabela’s Open Season Pecan Honey Seasonings and grilled them. Continue reading Barbecued Pork Chops, A Quick Meal
I love Pork Chop Cordon Bleu but it is like trying to stop the tides to keep the cheese in the chicken breasts so I decided to try something different. I would use thin slices of cheese on top of the chops and keep it back from the edges. I hoped by doing this, the cheese wouldn’t be thick enough to flow off the chops. Continue reading Quick Pork Chop Cordon Bleu
This is just a sandwich. But it is a sandwich with home smoked pulled ham. I had it in the freezer and it or something like it is always available. It is way better than the plastic sliced meat they sell at supermarkets and is way cheaper than the products from a good deli. All the while, it tastes great.
So, if you want to have great food, eat better, save money and be healthier, cook your own food. Prepare meats, breads and other foods for your freezer.
The Old Fat Guy