Friday, June 26, 2009

Brewski Bob - Shows How to Use a Smoker!

The pulled pork off is scheduled and I can hardly wait ... maybe he can overnite some to Florida!

How to use a smoker ... let's see what the judges say!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

How to Use a Smoker to BBQ Ribs .. or something ...

When you learn how to use a smoker you also can keep in mind that you don't need to use a traditional smoker. Every now and then I use my regular grill, on low with a foil packet of soaked wood chips.

So Here goes ... one of my all time favorite how to BBQ ribs recipes .. the video shows the last portion on grill the , but not the 4 hours before and all the prep involved. Let me tell you this, I spend more time preparing my ribs for the grill than I did dressing up for the Senior Prom ... LOL!

You'll notice that I always keep my copy of the Competition BBQ Secrets close at hand ... it is my "smoker Bible"!

Find the meatiest baby back ribs ... Costco has been selling some "dandy" ones recently. I like to cut them up into manageable slabs then rinse in cold water and pat dry. Now for the dry rub .. you can throw some spices in from the cabinet ... like cumin, Caribbean jerk, cinnamon, cayenne or whatever floats your boat that day or Carolina Sauces makes an awesome Bone Suckin' Rib Rub

I like to throw the rub into a large Ziploc, then shake the slabs to evenly coat and sear them in a hot cast iron skillet ... quickly and without burning them transfer in to a shallow glass baking dish ... once in the baking dish pour in a full can of beer, any kind will do ... this adds great flavor and keeps the ribs mighty moist ... then layer some fresh basil leaves from your herb garden and slices of sweet vidalia onion ... cover and pop into a 325 degree oven for 3-4 hours ... no peeking , now!

BigAl takes over from there .. it seems he uses beer in his portion of the BBQ, also ... but mostly for drinking and occasionally putting out a fire ... OH MY!

You have to see it to believe it ....

We used apple chips soaked in water for the smoke and some of Freddie Mitchell's famous Barbeque sauce that we bought when we visited Freddie Mitchells Brothers BBQ restaurant up in Lakeland.

When it came time to eat, the ribs literally fell off the bone. The meat was moist and exploded with flavor in your mouth ... even Houdini Clarke got in some major tongue action whipping it around the bone. Once you learn how to use a smoker ... you will never go back!

Monday, June 8, 2009

How to Use a Smoker - Tips from Freddie Mitchell, Pro

How to use a smoker ... it is always a lot of fun to get barbeque tips from a "pro" .... in this case, from Freddie Mitchell, former Philadelphia Eagle Wide receiver, number "84"!

Freddie is the proud owner of Freddie Mitchell's Brothers BBQ restaurant in Lakeland Florida and he really knows how to BBQ Ribs. He was even there when we came by helping out behind the counter and charming all the guests ... he even had time to come over and smooze a bit with Houdini Clarke, our Maltese and BBQ expert!

What can I say about "Brother's BBQ" well, the barbeque sauce was amazing ... it had a mustard base for sure, but the depth and richness of the sauce ... oh my! Right now, they sell it in the restaurant, but they are unable to ship it at this time. We bought a quart and plan on driving back to Lakeland to get more!

Succulent ribs and awesome chicken ... I'm drooling while I write ... LOL! Freddie told me that they do a lot of catering and will bring the smoker right to your event ... how cool is that? Talk about having fun in your own backyard!

Now for all of you that can't just drive up to Lakeland Florida to visit Freddie Mitchell's for his BBQ, you can get a great taste all your own with Bone Suckin' Sauce Gift Set - Mild the dry rub for pork ribs is KILLER!

Happy Smokin'