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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 […]

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Hickory Smoked Meatloaf with Sweet Potatoes On The Grill

I walked outside to see what I already knew to be true. Mother Nature, in her normal, yearly ways, rendered our backyard a cold, barren shell of itself. Every breath was now visible, like a small materializing ghost flurrying in front of my face. The greenery was all but gone, and any vegetative growth had long […]

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 […]

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 […]

“It Is What It Is…Until It Isn’t” Such are the Days (And Ways) of a Grill Jockey

“It is what it is” Trying to be the organized sort, I’ve been tagging and marking the packages of meat that make their way into our freezer. A good problem indeed, when there are choices to suit one’s momentary, tasty desires. And so when a package is taken out to thaw, marked very proudly as a […]

Paella On The Grill, Sangria In The Glass

I woke up to the sounds of Flamenco music, complete with the strumming of acoustic guitars, the snapping of fingers in the air,  and the clatter of stomping heels on the hardwood floor. How they got in my bedroom I’ll never know, but what I did know was that was a sign. A sign that today would […]

Bacon Wrapped Pork Steak Stix

It was one of those ideas that just wouldn’t go away. Stuck like a peanut butter nugget on the roof of a puppy’s mouth. “What if?” I asked myself. I get different and sometimes unusual ideas on a regular basis, and somewhere between those ideas that I wouldn’t dare say out loud, and those that […]

Two Timin’ My Tri-Tips. #TrueConfessions

  It was a bit like opening a gift you didn’t expect. Unraveling that butcher paper, my eyes stared at that package like a zombie eyeballin’ a slow moving protein. What I expected to be a nice piece of tri-tip turned into a set of twin hunks o’ beef, presenting themselves to me as if to […]

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 […]