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@Insight posted:

Nice!  Never thought of trying to smoke clod.  But now that Costco has the Prime grade commodity brisket priced at $4.99/lb nowadays, clod is looking like an appealing alternative.

I smoked bone-in chicken thighs from Costco Business Center over the weekend. As usual for Costco, the quality of the meat was really good, and a great deal at 95 cents per pound for a 40 lb box (split it with a few buddies).

I've found that the business Costcos typically sell meat for a little less than the regular ones. You're lucky to have one near you.

@csm posted:

Do you notice the cherry wood impart any flavour?  I notice a significant amount of nut flavour when using pecan, but the differences with other woods i've used are minimal.  

I don't notice so much the flavor when I use cherry, but I do see a marked difference in color. It seems to bring out a mahogany hue in everything I smoke, including bacon and beef.

Will be smoking a couple chunks of corned beef tomorrow that I'm turning into pastrami, after soaking to remove some of the salt. I have a great seasoning recipe that I borrowed from another smoke enthusiast. I really recommend it. Best I've tasted, outside of a NYC deli.

2 T. each of Turbinado sugar and black peppercorns

1 T. each of coriander seed, dill seed, dry minced onion, and dry minced garlic

1 t. each of allspice berries, mustard seed, dried thyme, and juniper berries

3 bay leaves, crumbled

Toast spices (except for sugar, onion, and garlic) in dry pan until fragrant. Let cool and grind until less than coarse.  (I use a small, electric coffee grinder.) Add sugar, onion, and garlic and pulse a few more times. Apply the night before and refrigerate. Smoke the next day in a pan, with a separate water pan, at 240°, until internal temp reaches 190°-200°, or until wooden skewer slides in easily.

Pork babybacks were on the menu last Sunday. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans, in the form of a crazy windstorm.

This was one of two 80' Poplars that crashed into my yard. Took out both my back and front fences, but spared the house and back deck, fortunately. That day we also had sleet, snow, and hail, in that order. Welcome to Spring.

Anyway, given the choice of ribs or ham for Easter tomorrow, my wife opted for ribs. But for tonight, Costco had some big tubs of garlic-marinated chicken legs for a ridiculously low price, so that's what's going on the GMG.

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@mneeley490 posted:

Pork babybacks were on the menu last Sunday. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans, in the form of a crazy windstorm.

This was one of two 80' Poplars that crashed into my yard. Took out both my back and front fences, but spared the house and back deck, fortunately. That day we also had sleet, snow, and hail, in that order. Welcome to Spring.

Anyway, given the choice of ribs or ham for Easter tomorrow, my wife opted for ribs. But for tonight, Costco had some big tubs of garlic-marinated chicken legs for a ridiculously low price, so that's what's going on the GMG.

Glad to hear that no one was hurt and only the fences (and that poor wheel barrel) were damaged.

@mneeley490 posted:

The wheelbarrow didn't take the brunt. Those white things next to it was a plastic outdoor chair that was obliterated. What you also can't see in that pic is my wife's wishing well, flattened underneath the tree.

Hopefully you've got a good set of neighbors and at least one good chipper shredder in the neighborhood.  That's an expensive clean up otherwise.  Fences I don't mind so much, I can fix them and the insurance money is always more than the materials.  Just annoying.  I have a saying though: "Just when you think you're all caught up on projects, a tree falls down".

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