Tag Archives: Applewood Smoke

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 […]

Smoked Trout Chowder, Nature’s Bounty

We could hear it before we were actually there. The cool, crystal clear, rolling stream of Montauk State Park, making its way through and around fallen trees and rock structures, circling around in pools that reflect the beautiful surrounding landscape. The stream was loud, and seemingly, calling to us. Anticipation grew as we heeded the call, walking the path […]

Crusty, Barky and Delicious, Smoked Pork And Pulled Awesomeness

It was early. I remember the eyes in the garden flickering in the low light, small varmints likely wondering what the heck I was doing out pre-dawn, during what I assume is their active hours. Our garden is small, but by the appetites that ravage our meager yield, the inhabitants, I think, are numerous.  By […]

BBQ Goodness, Family Get Togethers, and a T-Rex After Party

It was in the tradition of an old school “Sunday Supper” at Grandma’s house, complete with too much food, stories of the past, and plans and dreams for the future. When our family, that is currently spread out literally from coast to coast, was able to meet in the middle and sit down for a […]

Sweet Tea Brined Chicken With Lemon And Herbs

One glance at the window let me know what I was up against. The morning dew was thick, and heavy against the window, as if it wanted to come in, trying to escape the high heat and humidity that was already in place. It immediately brought to mind one of those sultry, southern days, complete with […]

Slow Smoked Stuffed Pork Roast

Winter can be a lonely time for a backyard pit jockey. The surrounds are barren, nature’s activity and the sounds associated with them are muted, only available in short, fleeting bursts. Greenery has given way to the expected dormancy. And the usual backyard conversations and laughter are all but non-existent. All of these better weather accompaniments […]

Sampler Sundays. Ribs, Chicken and Black Bean Burgers.

Twas a generous sunrise. One of those early morns that alerts your senses to the fact that it’s going to be a glorious day. Glorious indeed, for a pit jockey to think about smoking and grilling a good sampling of tasty bites. And folks, that’s exactly what happened. I sparked that smoker up like a boy […]

Sundae Ribs, When Sweet Meets Heat.

The meat-on-grill smells were free and plentiful this day. The mixture of apple and cherrywood provides an ever-changing smoke shape billowing from this backyard, wood eating beast like America’s first steam engine chugging down the rail to the next scheduled destination. That destination would do well to include ribs, my friend, and they will be a might […]

Thoughts Become Things, And I’m Thinking About Ribs…

I suppose if a person had their druthers, everyday would be like this one. The sun smiling down on the spring garden, the sound of water following its gravity fed life down the walls of the fountain, and a slight breeze, just enough for the grape leaves to offer a gentle morning wave as I walked […]

Glazed Boneless Pork Rib End

I opened the refrigerator and stared aimlessly into the light. It may actually have turned into a Poltergeist-like situation had I not been distracted by the big hunk of pork staring back at me. A large, dense boneless rib end, just waiting to be pampered, rubbed, sauced and smoked. An that’s just what I planned […]