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It feels as though we’ve waited forever for college football to start, and finally the wait is over! Check out our tailgating page for recipes that are sure to become fan favorites. As an added bonus, the day before Labor Day is National Bacon Day and we don’t know about you, but we like putting bacon on anything and everything, so we’ll definitely be celebrating that. It's time to think about getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here

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  • Thanksgiving - whatcha cookin?

    I'm feeling uninspired for this year's Turkey Day.  I'll certainly smoke a turkey on the LBGE, but what else is everyone eating for Thanksgiving?   Roasted veggies?   Rhubarb pie?   Popcorn, Toast and Jelly Beans like Snoopy?

     

     

     

  • My table (finally)

    I finally had a chance to take a shot of the table I built for my LBGE.   Obvious inspiration (and thanks) to RallyEgg who gave me the idea of using burnt cedar to build the table.   The basic frame is built of 4x4 posts and the remaining supporting structure is 2x4s and 1x6s.  I used Tite-Bond and a Kreg Pocket jig for all construction.  All wood is cedar and was burnt with a basic propane torch and wiped clean with a stiff bristle brush.   The table top is composed of a layer of 1x6 cedar boards, a 3x5 sheet of backer-board glued to the wood and finally about 15 square feet of glass tile sheets I found on clearance at Home Depot.   The glass for the doors is actually acrylic sheet (home depot) sprayed with a "frosting" Valspar aerosol paint. The egg is elevated on terra-cotta plant raisers which are sitting on slate tile.   The slate, handle, door knobs and european hinges are all left over from a kitchen remodel from a few years ago.   I'm really pleased with the final outcome, and have been cooking on this thing like crazy.  I've even had success with cold smoking and want to try a dutch oven and wok next...
  • Re: Let's see some Christmas dinner pictures !

    I pecan smoked a ham for Christmas lunch yesterday (sorry, no pics) along with sautéed spinach, tortilla soup, grilled asparagus, cranberry sauce, grilled sweet potatoes, homemade rolls, etc etc.   I also tried my hand at cold smoking.  For whatever reason, I didn't have much luck with the soldering iron technique and finally made the paint can/dryer hose contraption as seen on the nakedwhiz site.   I cold smoked a side of salmon and it was awesome.  Lessons learned 

    1) Make sure you have a steady stream of good smoke.  You don't want to be fighting with the smoker in the middle of this
    2) This is a time intensive process
    3) If you're going to do this, you might as well do a lot of it. Smoking 5 pounds of salmon takes as much time as smoking 8 ounces
    4) a good filet knife really helps

    My wife and Rosie my 5 year old would eat it all at once if I let them.   Can't wait to try this again!