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Bacon, Pork and Cream Cheese Rollups

Bacon, Pork and Cream Cheese Rollups

That’s right – these appetizers have bacon, and pork, and cream cheese! Pure decadence, but oh so good!!   We decided to grill some boneless, thin sliced pork chops last night and had a few slices of pork left over. A quick look in the refrigerator to see what else we had on hand yielded some bacon […]

Grilled Okra with Lemon Basil Dressing

Grilled Okra with Lemon Basil Dressing

  Grilled Okra with Lemon and Basil Dressing   It’s time to fire up the grill!! After a soggy week we finally have had a few days of sunshine! The arrival of spring and warmer weather seems to just beckon everyone to spend more time outdoors – taking the dog for a long walk, doing […]

Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking Smoke results from the incomplete combustion of VOCs in wood.  (VOC) volatile organic compounds are released from wood at room temperature.  The release of the VOC is accelerated around 480°F and we begin to see smoke.  Smoke particles are formed when unburnt volatiles condense against cooler air just near ambient tempertaure.   VOCs are […]

Grilling Steak

Grilling Steak

Grilling Steak My answer to a request concerning how to cook an excellent steak – Everybody has their own preference and I will share mine. Many more elements to cooking the best steak than temperature and turning it over on the grill. Most of the steaks I see going bad are 1) because of the procedure […]

“Green” Chunks

“Green” Chunks

“Green” or “Dry” Chunks?   Is it a big deal?  Yes ma’am it is a matter of flavor, maximum taste. I looked around the internet and found a lot of discussion concerning chunks, chips and whether  green or seasoned wood is better for smoking food.  Folks involved in the discussions I saw were smoking everything from […]

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Light the Bottom Edge of Starter

Starting the Charcoal Pile

Starting the Charcoal Pile There are many ways to light or start the Charcoal Pile:  electric, butane, pressed sawdust and wax, alcohol, I know a guys who uses a wad of toilet paper to light his Charcoal.  My favorite is solid wood charcoal starter. We only use Lump Charcoal at my house.  Lump Charcoal is natural […]

Dad chose lump charcoal

Dad chose lump charcoal

“Gas smells like a Fart, Why would you put it on your food?”  Dad quote A couple months ago my dad came up with a good one.  We were discussing the taste of all natural lump charcoal.  Most of the talk concerned our decision to use real wood charcoal instead of the gas grill.  My dad […]

Lump tastes Best

Lump tastes Best

Lump tastes best. The difference between All Natural Lump Charcoal and the bag of briquettes is remarkable. The only ingredient in our all natural lump charcoal is Real Hardwood.  Lump is prepared in a kiln, the process heats the wood while starving the fire for oxygen.  When the wood gets around 486 degrees Farenheit the […]

Weather is Breaking!  Beat the Winter Time Depression

Weather is Breaking! Beat the Winter Time Depression

Beat winter time depression Weather is breaking!  The dreary days of winter are passing.   How appropriate for the winter time blues to be named (SAD) seasonal affective disorder.  A lot of us feel it during the same time of the year starting the fall or into winter-after football and possibly the Holidays.  Vacation is […]

Cold Morning-thank you starter

Cold Morning-thank you starter

Cold Morning, Damp Wood!    Cold mountain morning and the wood is damp means a smokey fire.  Our Firestarter has a powerful flame to get the wood going quick.  Something about that chilling cold after a freezing night.  Seems like I can stand the cold morning on my face and nose, but as soon as […]