It's time to reward yourself with some "GOOD EATS"

Friday, December 6, 2013

Boned and Tied

The local market had these boneless and bagged pork butts on sale. $.99 pound. Now you know I can't pass up a good deal so managed to buy several (6) I have cooked couple just as an oven roast, turned out pretty good. Moist and tender. Decided to do one in the smoke house. It was OK but nothing to write home about. I am thinking it was because the weather was cold and the smokehouse is outside. So had some trouble keeping my temp up to 250°. Trying to cook it slow hoping it would be still moist and tender. Anyway we ate it, no choice that was supper.
Rubbed with Hog Waller Seasoning:
Supper Time:

Tripped and fell

Not really cooking but will be soon. This young hog tripped and fell right in front of my bullet. Not to big I am thinking maybe 50-60 pounds. Didn't get to weight so am guessing. Dressed out nice. I can't understand why more people don't eat these wild hogs. Yeah, they are some trouble to dress and get ready for the freezer. I am going to bone this one and grind the whole thing into sausage meat. Will make several kinds I am sure. Right now she is resting  in my freezer. I don't any pictures of the dressed product. I was just to cold by the time I finished dressing her out. Here is the photo of the fresh harvest.
Bleeding Out: 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Texas Smoked Hot Links

I love a good Texas style hot link sausage, in my area of Texas really good ones are hard to find. Now if I lived closer to the Texas Hill country things would be different. There are many German sausage makers located there. So whats up, I made my own. I have made lots of sausage but never hot links. I will admit I need to hone my sausage stuffing skills. I didn't take many photos Just forgot until I was almost finished.
These were pretty good but something was missing. So if anybody has a hot link recipe you are proud of and don't mind shearing it, please post it. Here are the photos I did take, and the recipe. I finished with 20 pounds of links mostly already gone. Thanks Bill

Out of the Smoker:
Packaged Freezer Ready:
The Recipe:
Genuine Texas Hotlinks

5 pounds Boston butt
2 pounds lean beef
1 bottle ice cold beer
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons ground thyme
6 teaspoons Morton's Tender Quick

Mix all the spices, cure, and garlic into the beer and place in refrigerator while you cut up the meats into grinder sized pieces. Pour the spiced beer on the cut meat and mix it up good. Run spiced meat mixture through the grinder coarse or medium plate and stuff into medium hog casings. Smoke or slow grill till they are done

Monday, November 4, 2013

Venison Sausage

This was one of those projects that was sure to bring some rewards. GOOD EATS !!
I thought why not I have every thing I need. So I kept busy in the pantry for a while gathering all the spices I might need. Now to bring out all the equipment, I have to keep it in the garage. (Wife's instructions)
Not really true, we just don't have room in the kitchen. Someday I hope to have a smoking and sausage making space just for me.
Anyway, got the venison and pork fat ground. Mixed the spices with water and poured over the ground meat. Added Red Chile Flakes and Cheese.  Began the mixing process but the meat was pretty dry, added more water. Stuffed into 3" collagen casings. Got my son to help, our stuffer is not motor powered. Enjoy Bill

Ready for smoke:
Ready for some good eats:
The Recipe:
 Beef or venison Sausage
This recipe is for 5 pounds meat plus fat. Fat content should be at least 20%

5 pound of venison or beef
1 pound of pork fat
5 teaspoon table salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon ground marjoram
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 Tablespoon red Chile flakes
8 oz. high melt cheddar cheese (can also use grated cheese)
½ cup cold water
* 1 teaspoon of cure #1 if sausage is to be smoked
Option: whole pepper corns can also be added

Cube and grind the meat through medium size plate.
Place ground meat into a large container.
Add all spices with the water and mix well. Add cheese and spice mixture to the ground meat.
Mix until well blended.
Reminder: Be sure and add the cure #1 if sausage is to be smoked.

This recipe makes great links or can be made into logs or patties. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Rib Roast

I have never cook a rib roast before, so this is something new to me.
 Our Mexican store runs bone in rib eye steak on sale ever now and then $3.99 pound. There meat is always select grade.
Anyway, I asked the butcher if he could cut me a roast, no trouble he says. Brings out a whole frozen rib eye bone in. I have him cut me off 3 bones from the small end. Total cost about $23.00, I am thinking man I hope this is good.
 Here is the way it went, I didn't trim it at all left the fat cap on. I rubbed it down heavy with salt and black pepper. Left it to sit until room temp. I wanted a little smoke flavor, so headed to the smoker (400°) seared on all sides using some pecan wood. Coming off the smoker with a nice bark and some smoke flavor. I had my oven set to 325°. My new ovens also have a meat probe. Set the internal temp to 145°. (med rare) Cooked with the bone down leaving the fat cap up, thinking the rendered fat might keep the meat moist.(it did) After several hours the alarm goes off and the oven turns off. I am thing this is pretty nice device to have.
Remove from oven. Sure looks great here is the finished product. One of the best roast I have ever cooked. Came out med. rare just wonderful tender and moist.  I am now wondering if this same process might work on any beef roast
Bone in Rib Roast:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

More Sausage

Well its pan sausage this time. Those Jalapeno Cheese links didn't last long. We needed some breakfast Sausage, we were out. And Pork Butt was on sale again, $.88 pound I picked up several. Some for this sausage and some for the freezer. I didn't trim the butts, the fat content looked just right to me. So I set to cutting out the bone, and cutting the meat ready for the grinder.
Ground and Ready: 21 pounds
I divided the meat into two batches, One will be Sage flavor and the other will be Maple flavor.
Didn't get any photos of the mixing, its not interesting to watch anyway. The first batch was the Maple, I had never made this one before. It was good but a little to sweet for me.Here is the recipe I used.
Jarheads maple Sausage.
8.8 pounds ground pork butt (1/2" grind)
1-2/3 cup Maple Syrup (the REAL stuff)
2 Tbsp + 2-1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes

1 Tbsp + 1-1/2 tsp MSG (such as Accent) (optional)
2-1/4 tsp coriander

The method to my madness:
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Form the sausage into patties and cook in a skillet over medium heat until brown. Makes 9 pounds of sausage.

Bulk pack into 1# packages. Refrigerate (max 3 days) or freeze.
If I can find small hog casings, I will do some Breakfast Links. (looks like sheep, 20-22 or 26-28)

Add 1 tsp of Cure #1 per 5 pounds for stuffing and smoking sausage links.
Frying up a test patty:
I did have to add more salt, The taste was good. I think it needs to be cooked slower so that the syrup doesn't burn.
Recipe for the Sage Sausage, I have made this one before and it is more good eats.

Jimmy Dean Sage Pork Sausage


1 pound ground pork
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon MSG (can be left out)


Combine all ingredients.
Form the sausage into patties and cook in a skillet over medium heat until brown.

Test run on the Sage Sausage:
Didn't need to add Add a thing, just right.
All done and freezer ready. I can see that there will be good eating coming soon, like tonight.
Freezer Ready: 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Jalapeno Cheese Smoked links

Yeah I know I am a little slow, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Mostly just cooking the same ol'
Ribs, Pork Butt. But tried something new, or at least a new recipe (to me).
Jalapeno Cheese smoked Sausage.  I think the taste is really good. I made some patties and some links. Just used one 6 pound Pork Butt. If I had a clue that it would be this good I might of made more. Needless to say it hasn't lasted very long.

I started by boning the Pork butt, cutting it up for the grinder. Using a 1/4" plate into the grinder it went. The fat to lean ratio looked good to me. I ground everything but the bone. After boning there was 5.5 pounds of meat. I also ran the Jalapeno Chiles through the grinder. Mixed all the spices and jalapenos with the water.
Added the mixture to the ground meat, along with the cheese. Mixed all ingredients well. Made a test  patty. yep good sausage. I was thinking I would chill over night to let the spice and meat get to know each other better. Covered and into the refrigerator. Next morning stuffing time, I really needed to add more liquid at this time but didn't (wrong move) The sausage was really hard to pass through the stuffer. I also didn't have green Jalapenos but had some red ripe ones, these worked out really well.
Here is the photo of whats left. Make some they are Good Food !! Bill
Jalapeno Cheese Sausage:
Jalapeno & Cheddar Sausage
1.5 cup chilled pork stock
3 Tbls sea salt
1 Tbls paprika
1 Tbls course ground black pepper
1 Tbls onion powder
5 cloves fresh garlic
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp ground marjoram
1 tsp ground sage
1.5 tsp Insta-cure or Prague Powder if available or desired
12-18 jalapenos, ground
8 lb boneless cubed pork shoulder or sirloin
1.5 lb grated cheddar cheese
Combine spices and stock in a blender, mix well, and re-chill.  Grind the pork through a fine plate then mix together well with the spice/stock mixture and ground jalapenos.  Add the cheese and mix well just before stuffing into hog casings.  Cook to 152° F is cured with Insta-cure or 165-170°F without the cure.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Beef Brisket

 Beef  Brisket was on sale, hard to believe but I bought Choice Brisket at Wal-Mart for $1.49 pound.
I got six in my freezer right now. So am good for a while. No, I really only have five left because I smoked one. Just used salt, pepper and a very small amount of Mexican oregano. The Oregano was not a good choice. Won't be doing that again. The Brisket was good, it was just that the oregano flavor did not belong on a Brisket. Not a Texas Brisket anyway.
Smoked on the UDS (ugly drum smoker) Man I love that smoker, easy to use and holds the temperature really well. I used hickory and red oak for smoke. Smoked at about 225° for 8 hours. The internal temperature was 190° when I pulled and wrapped it. Let rest for 2 hours then sliced. Good eats!!!

Beef Brisket ready for smoker: 

Smoked and ready to enjoy:

Loin Back Pork ribs

Loin back pork ribs, I don't buy these very often because of the cost per. pound.
But boy are they meaty. Makes spare ribs look like scraps. Well maybe they are,  but we sure eat a lot of them. So for us loin or baby back ribs are something special. And these were special.
I cooked them in my smoke house, I love that smoker. Its kinda set and forget it. Really easy to cook in. Although I built it to smoke my bacon and sausage with.
Anyway if you can get you some loin back ribs, try them you will be pleased.
Loin Backs rubbed and ready for smoker: These are rubbed with Hoochie Mama rub from Sucklebusters.

Loin Back Ribs in the Smokehouse: Pecan Smoke

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Smoked Pork (again)

Well was gonna smoke another Pork Butt, though as it turned out the choice from the freezer was a fresh picnic ham. So I says what the heck, I am here and so is the meat. It turned out a Little dryer than a pork
butt. (less fat) Smoker at 250-275° using hickory wood for smoke. Smoked until internal temp was 190°. covered with foil for about an hour. Total cook time was 6 hours. I tried some new rub. The recipe for the rub comes from a book by 
Cheryl and Bill Jamison "Smoke And Spice"
Here is the recipe: Says chicken rub although it does work super on chicken it also worked really good on the pork. Thanks Bill
Chicken Rub

This is a great all purpose poultry rub. It works well on grilled chicken wings or even deep fried turkey. Use Hungarian Paprika if you can find it because it has a much richer, sweeter flavor.
Yield: Makes about 2 cups
·                             3/4 cup paprika (Hungarian if you have it)
·                             1/4 cup black pepper, freshly ground
·                             1/4 cup celery salt
·                             1/4 cup sugar
·                             2 tablespoons onion powder
·                             2 tablespoons dry mustard
·                             2 teaspoons cayenne
·                             2 tablespoons lemon zest
Mix everything together. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Lasts for about 4 to 5 months.

Looked and taste Great:

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Beef Ribs

Yep, its been a long dry spell for cooking. We have been rebuilding our kitchen among other things. I am so tired of fast food. Nothing like home cooking.
 But I am now back in the swing of things. Well almost.
I was shopping our local Mexican store again the other day and saw these beef ribs (with meat on the bones). That was a rear find as most that I find are shiners, the only meat on the ribs is what is holding the bones together. Anyway just had to have some, listed below is the results of the Beef Rib cook.
Meaty Ribs:

Believe me this kind of  Rib is hard to find.
I started my trim by removing most of the fat, for some reason I just don't like the taste of the fat on ribs. The taste is real strong to me. Next all the silver skin and the membrane has to be removed. The membrane is located next to the bones. On beef it is kind of heavy. Get it started coming and grasp with a paper towel and pull. It is  harder to remove than that found on pork ribs.
After the trim job I just used salt and pepper as my seasoning. Rubbed both sides with a 50% mix.
Had the temperature on the UDS (ugly drum smoker) up to 275°. Placed a cover over the fire basket, just to defuse the heat around. And to catch any drips that might happen to fall. Placed the Ribs over to one side, bone side down. Replaced the lid and let her cook. And after about 5 1/2 hours we have this.
Tender, moist and wonderful tasting ribs:

For some reason they shrunk more than normal, but they sure went down easy. More good eats !! Bill

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pork its whats for dinner.

We eat lots of pork BBQ, not because we don't like other meats. Its because I don't like the price. I watch for meat sales, and beef cuts just hasn't been on sale lately. But you can bet I am watching.
 Anyway, cooked another nice pork butt over this last week end. A friend of mine who has been very sick asked if I would cook some for him. And I was pleased to do it, made us both happy.
Seasoned up with a nice dry rub (Hog Waller) pork rub from sucklebusters.
Ready to eat:
Used Hickory wood for smoke, Cooked at 325°. Took about 6 hours for internal temp to reach 190°.
Turned out really tender and moist with that wonderful smoked flavor.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pastrami Time

Yeah, Yeah, I know I have been talking about making pastrami for some time now. But have been waiting for beef brisket to go on sale. It looks like that isn't going to happen any time soon. I got to digging around in the freezer and found a small part of a brisket. Of course it was the point end, not the best for pastrami. The point is kinda fat. One should really use the brisket flat, it is much more lean.
 Anyway I did trim all the outside fat I could. I will say here and now, not the best I have ever made but was pretty good. Although there is still some left. Here is the recipe I used.
Recipe Link:This is also a very good site for all kinds of sausage and smoked meats.
So if you are interested in making homemade Pastrami, this is the best recipe I have found.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Its time to cook

Well I am still above the grass. Doing much better.
Haven't done much cooking. It has been cold and wet with much wind. I wish I had a nice place to get my pit and smoker out of the cold wind. Being cold sure makes things tough when cooking outside. Keeping the temperature up is harder than one might think.
 I have smoked a few pork butts, using my UDS (ugly drum smoker). They turned out pretty well, at least everyone said they did and there wasn't any left. Always a good sign. Bill
Pork Butts:
Seasoned and ready for the pit

                                                      Ready to pull and have some good eats
Butts were seasoned with Sucklebusters Hog Waller Rub, You can get it here This just happens to be my choice because its good stuff.
Pit temp was 250-275 deg. I am thinking that the weather being cold didn't help. Cook time was almost 7 hours. Internal temp was 190 deg. when finished. Wrapped in foil and let rest for couple hours.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

No recent post ??

I am really sorry that there have been no new post. OK here is my reason, I have been so sick. Pneumonia, has had me completely down, but things are looking better. Man I have really missed not smoking anything. And not really wanting to eat, things are changing. I am feeling like wanting some good BBQ ribs or just something. So maybe in a few days this will happen. But hey, I have lost 12# of pure fat. That is the only good thing that has happen for quite some time. Thanks for your support, comments welcome. Bill

Friday, January 4, 2013

Summer Sausage Recipe

This is the recipe I am thinking of using. Most summer sausage is kinda dry, this recipe has some fat. I am sure it will be more moist.  How about adding some cheddar cheese and  jalapeƱo Chiles. I will be smoking it with some pecan or hickory wood. If you have a better recipe or ideas please let me know. Bill

15 pounds venison
10 pounds 50/50 pork trimming
2/3 cup salt
1½ tablespoons cure
2½ tablespoons mustard seed
½ cup black pepper
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 tablespoon monosodium glutamate (optional)
3 tablespoons garlic powder

Mix salt and cure with coarse-ground product.
Pack in shallow pan and place in cooler for three
to five days. Mix in remainder of spices, regrind
and stuff in 3-inch fibrous casings. Smoke at
140°F for 2 hours; raise temperature to 160 °F
for 2 hours, and finish product at 170 °F until
internal temperature reaches 155 °F. NOTE: Can
substitute lamb or beef for the venison.