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How to Make Your Own Pastrami on the Smoker

How to Make Your Own Pastrami on the Smoker

I think I just gave myself the motivation to do a whole series of “make your own lunch meat” recipes. Other than the temperature control issues I just fought all day with my aging smoker, this smoked pastrami turned out amazing. Luckily, smoking a pre-brined corned beef to make pastrami is forgiving and I can…

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  November 3, 2014
5 Tips for Better Grilled Chicken Breasts

5 Tips for Better Grilled Chicken Breasts

I figured I better write this before the poultry boycott at my house fully propagates throughout the family. You see, I have overdone in. At least 3 in every 5 meals in this house features boneless skinless chicken breasts as the main feature. As a result, my 9 year old son has proclaimed that he…

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  October 7, 2014
How To Build a Mini BBQ Smoker

How To Build a Mini BBQ Smoker

So there I was, having lunch with champion BBQ chef Harry Soo, in the hospitality tent of what is pretty much the Super Bowl of BBQ (the Kingsford Invitational). You know, just another day of sampling world class BBQ, no big whoop. Just kidding, it was a big whoop, it was an awesome weekend of…

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  January 28, 2013
Altoids DIY Grill

Altoids DIY Grill

Ever since I built my own smoker, I have been obsessed with DIY cooking projects.  Here’s another cool project from Instructables.  Technically, it isn’t one of their documented projects, it was just included in comments on their page.  The body, lid and coal (fits one briquette) holder are made from an Altoid tin.  The grate…

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  December 13, 2009

How to Build a BBQ Smoker, An Ugly Drum

It’s a manly urge that none of us can control.  The urge to create, to build, to justify buying tools…it runs deep within our manly souls.  Pair that urge with our deeply rooted desire to play with fire and you’ve got enough motivation to build a cooking vessel such as a smoker.  As you can…

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  October 20, 2009