I am an old guy who likes to cook. I am not a metal worker and I am not handy. However, my Bradley Smoker has one weakness. It doesn’t get to a very high temperature and some dishes smoke better at high heat, like chicken. So, I was inspired by Smoking Meat Forum and built a WSM Mini. It is a small charcoal smoker built from a tamale pot and a Webber Smoky Joe charcoal barbecue. Neither are particularly expensive. Continue reading Make Your Own Smoker
I make my own bacon. It is very good and I have fun making it. The problem is that I like maple and pepper bacons. The stuff they sell in the stores mostly has artificial flavours in them. Continue reading Maple Pepper Breakfast Sausage
A local supermarket had Pork Picnic Shoulder on sale for $0.98 a pound! At that price, you have to make pulled pork. Continue reading Pulled Pork, Trying a New Method
I got a coupon that gave me a discount on cheese. With that coupon, it only cost me a portion of the national debt to buy some. Continue reading Time To Smoke Cheese!
There was a sale on Sirloin Tip Roasts at the supermarket. It is not exactly the tenderest cut of beef but if slow cooked to no more than medium, is quite tasty. By the way, here is an example of survival. I like my beef cooked to medium rare. She Who Must Be Obeyed likes medium. A smart husband cooks to medium to survive. Continue reading Smoked Sirloin Tip Roast, Canadian Rockies Smoking
Sometimes you just need a smokey, gooey barbecued chicken. This was one of those times. Continue reading Pecan Honey Barbecued Chicken, MMMM Good
The cost of wild salmon is very high these days. So, when the local supermarket had a sale on frozen pink salmon fillets for less than a king’s ransom, I bought some and made smoked salmon. Continue reading Smoked Salmon, Experimenting
If you have a way of cold smoking, a real treat is smoked cheese. You can use any relatively firm cheese and it isn’t complicated. Continue reading Smoked Cheddar
I have blogged a lot about how easy it is to cook good food. However, some projects require time and effort. The results are usually worth it and I have fun in the process. Back bacon is one of those projects. Continue reading Molasses Back (Canadian) Bacon
This is a special occasion dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed and me. It is like smoked salmon but sweet and peppery. I knock most of the peppercorns off before eating. They give a nice flavour to the salmon but that much pepper is hard on a fat old guy’s constitution.
The missus leaves them on but she is tougher than me.
I have posted how I prepared the dish in my smoker at Smoking Meat Forums. The link is:
You can also make it in your barbecue by cooking it over indirect heat with wood chips in a smoker box or soaked and sprinkled over the coals or burners. If you use a barbecue, it will take a lot less time and won’t be as smoky.
You can also make it in the oven by matching the temperatures I used in the smoker. It will still have a nice flavour from the brine, honey and peppers but the lovely smokiness will be missing.
The Old Fat Guy