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My Thanksgiving

GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697
edited November 2012 in EggHead Forum

<?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" />I know everybody is probably sick to death about Thanksgiving by now, but I'm finally back and behind a computer for the first time where I could get a look at my pictures of Thanksgiving and share some of them with you guys. You may (or may not recall) that we headed down to the ranch this year for Thanksgiving. We took off Tuesday around 1:30. Traffic was bad until we got to the tollway going around Austin where it opened up to 80 mph. Then we turned off towards Lockhart on the newly finished tollway. @Mickey - 85 mph sure is nice, but a bit scary when people are still flying by you! We opted to skip Lockhart for BBQ and instead travel 15 minutes further to try and hit Luling City Market. I had called ahead and they told me they were open till 9. We pulled up right before 6 and low and behold...they were out of everything but cold sausage (not fully cooked). And they only take cash (but they do have an ATM). We opted to continue on with empty stomachs, and finally hit the ranch a bit after 7:30. Let the drinking and festivities begin!

 

I won't bore you with all the day to day activities, feeding horses and donkeys, fixing fences, making sure deer feeders were full and working, driving around on the ranch checking it all out and consuming beverages, yahda yahda yahda.

 

Wednesday night, I was in charge of cooking, somehow, not sure how. Kept it pretty simple. You may recall that we took the mini along with us. WellWednesday night was a small group of people. We started off with nibbling on some jalepeno cheese venison sausage.image

 

Then moved on to cooking some chicken legs. Apparently you can get right around 6 on there with no problems (although it does make turning them a bit difficult, gotta make sure none roll off. Or nobody sees one roll off, get rinsed and put back on. 5 second rule in effect.) Somehow no finished pictures were available. I won't say it was because of the bourbon, but I won't say it wasn't either.

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Thursday was a busy day with over 30 people, plus kids and dogs expected to show up. Unfortunately, there was no room for us to take the large down to cook a turkey on what with luggage, dogs, cooler and guns, so I had to resort to frying 2, while the M-I-L baked one. Guess which one disappeared first?

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So many people we had to dine alfresco. How many outdoor cooking devices can you count?

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While we were there, we also cooked some of the homemade brats we made a month or so ago.image

 

And some of my Brother in Laws Jalepeno cheese venison sausage.

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Friday night, I finally shot my first deer! I shot a doe because there weren't any bucks out. I had seen one Thursday, but he didn't come back and was too small anyway. Took it from about 100yds out with my .270 and then with my brother in law's help, I gutted it, skinned it and quartered it up. Unfortunately, we forget to bring along a camera and when Mrs. G came to get us out of the field, she forgot to bring one too. That night, we had pizzas done on the MINI. Mrs. G actually fired up the MINI for the first time, got it stablized and had everybody rolling out their dough and getting them prepped while we were still out in the field cleaning the deer. By the time we got back they were starting to cook them. I was so exhausted and dirty and had to shower that no pictures of the pizzas were taken, but by my count we cranked out at least 8 or 9 were done. Wish I had some pics of that.

 

 

Trimming the backstrap up Saturday morning. Had to do it outside. The Mother in law wouldn't let me trim it in the house. LOL. Oh well, it was a pretty day...and a bit messy.

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Final haul.

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All in all it was a great Thanksgiving. We finally pulled back into Dallas around 5 Sunday night. So exhausted nothing got cooked and I actually burned a sick day yesterday so I could rest up a bit more. Fun, but tiring. Looking forward to going back for New Years.

Richardson, Texas

Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,249
    Sounds fun...glad you had a good one. Any good egg stores in Dallas...be passing thru soon.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697

    Is it me, or are my pictures not showing up? I did it the same way I always do? Did something change over the holidays?

     

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • I've heard a lot of people that use Photobucket complaining.  I think they changed something.  However, if I copy/paste the URL of your pictures, they show up.  Why don't you use the picture icon and put in the URL address?
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697
    That's exactly what I did, @Village_Idiot. Used to work for me when I did it that way. :-/

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,947
    edited November 2012
    Hmmm.  My next suggestion is to get your own domain name with an ISP.

    I use these folks and am very happy with them.  You are way too much into posting pictures on the internet to still be using a free service.  You could move your blog over there too.  

    Just a suggestion.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Gateway to the Hill Country

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697

    Well here they are. Out of order. If it works.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697
    Mrs. G took these on her new iPad Mini and played around with them. The first is a picture of the four flag poles you see when coming down the road into the ranch. We need to get another one for the American Flag. And the other is just a tree.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • RACRAC Posts: 1,309

    Jason

    Look's like you had a great time. Let me know when you chicken fry those backstraps.

    :))

    Ricky

    Spring, TX

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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 2,196
    Looks like a terrific Thanksgiving was had! Congrats on your deer. I'm looking to bag another one before the end of the season myself.
    2014 Co-Wing King
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,905
    Looks like a fun Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,475
    That's a beautiful area.  What I miss about texas - the hill country and mesquite.  Food looks great!
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 6,908
    edited November 2012
    That looks like y'all had a great meal! :)

    The pic of the turkey legs has a bag that reads "charcoal briquettes". What's up with that? :P
    Just a hack that makes some **** BBQ...
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,475
    You know what we do to briquette users and horse thieves around these here parts?!!!  :D
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • cazzy said:
    The pic of the turkey legs has a bag that reads "charcoal briquettes". What's up with that? :P
    Git a rope.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Gateway to the Hill Country

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697
    cazzy said:
    That looks like y'all had a great meal! :) The pic of the turkey legs has a bag that reads "charcoal briquettes". What's up with that? :P

    That would be for the offset smoker and another grill that Mrs. G's grandfather built by hand. He used to be a pipeling welder. That guy could make anything out of metal.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697

    Edited a picture for you. You can only see the smokestack of the offset hidden behind the wall. Then there's a home made vertical smoker, a home made grill, an open pit stone grill/fireplace thing and the Mini egg. And if you drink enough liquid courage, you can go up and sing karaoke later on.image

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    I Like the little red car in the back, is that transportation to get everyone home?

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697
    That's for people who have consumed too many beverages.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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