Category Embers

Smoked Corned Beef, And Not A Leprechaun In Sight

It doesn’t have to be this way, you know. Certain foods for certain days, seasons, or times of the year. You know what I’m talkin’ about. No ice cream for breakfast. No wine or whiskey before, what, like noon or so? Taco Tuesdays. Brown sugar and pineapple glazed ham for the Easter holiday. A big, […]

Char Siu Pork With Pan Fried Pot Stickers. Street Market Eats

Ironically, I can see it only by closing my eyes. The Chinatown vendors in their colorful selling spaces, bustling about while visitors move up and down the street looking over their wares and food offerings. The aroma on the street is enticing, like a sirens song to a wayward sailor. Nose lifted upward, it leads […]

Early Morning Smoke: Pulled Pork With A Side Of Sunrise

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Until the predawn peace was broken, meaning a few choice words were uttered after running into a small stool or something in the yard. Then I’m pretty sure the creatures were all stirring, including this years garden nemesis, our new backyard chipmunk. I’m sure he was out […]

Weeknight Quickie: Southwest Style Stuffed Peppers With Guacamole Salsa

When the sun decides to stay up longer, so do the people who enjoy the benefits of those extended hours. This time of year brings renewed energy and hopes of open windows, budding flowers, greener grass, and more productive gardens. Having a less than stellar garden season last year, I thought it best to clean […]

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I Grilled Tofu And Liked It: Now I Don’t Know What To Think Of Myself

Yep, I grilled tofu…and I liked it. Now all my beliefs are being questioned. For a day, I visited my own version of bizarro world. What’s up was down, what’s down was up, and I was stuck somewhere in between, eating grilled tofu and thinking that this is something I would eat again. Not that I will ever […]

Salt Block Grilled Cod With Verde Sauce

It began with an unexpected beauty of a day. The sun was up and seemingly fully charged, showing improved strength on this, the official first day of spring. “Possible record breaking heat today” the voice of the weather forecaster muttered in the background. After giving the television the ol’ side eye, I meandered out in […]

Cherry Smoked Guajillo Pepper And Mexican Vanilla Ribs

Cherry Smoked Guajillo Pepper And Mexican Vanilla Ribs

It must’ve been almost noon when I decided to mosey on out to fire up the smoker. Shorts and a t-shirt were the dress of choice, as the impending storm and dropping temps were still a ways away from once again changing our seasons within the same 24 hour period. Complemented by hickory chunks and […]

Smokehouse Style Chicken Wings: The Holy Grail of Wings

Call me crazy, bu…”Hey, that’s a little quick over there buddy. It’s an expression, that’s all, just an expression. It wasn’t a request, you know“. It’s just that, unlike most people, I find, whilst thinking of the perfect chicken wing, it is indeed smoked rather than fried. Yep, that’s right, I prefer smoked chicken wings […]

Chargrilled Oysters With Grilled Trout And Baked Crawfish Bread. Aiyeee!

The normal, mesmerizing flow of the rolling stream was shattered by the trout duo, simultaneously busting through the surface while taking our lines. When two of these beauties are netted at the same time, it guarantees a delicious grilled or smoked trout dinner sometime in the near future. A few weeks later, about 770 miles away, fresh oysters were being packed […]

Chicken Quarters, In The Spirit of the Retro Cookout

Chicken Quarters, In The Spirit of the Retro Cookout

I don’t pretend to remember a lot about my younger days, but occasionally seeing certain things will trigger a memory or two. A small fishing pond, a country road lined with hardwood fence posts and barbed wire, and then, well, there’s that whole can of spam thing, haha. But whenever I spy a pack of chicken leg […]