Smoked TRISKET Roast
What you ask is a "Smoked TRISKET Roast"? Unless you've read the LetsTalkBBQ Forum you probably have never heard of a TRISKET. You won't find this cut of beef at any Butcher shop or grocery store meat counter.The reason being is that a TRISKET is a Tri-Tip roast cooked to perfection like a Brisket. Therefore the Tri-Tip becomes a TRItip and briSKET. I first saw a TRISKET recipe when Forum user muebe took a Tri-Tip roast and cooked it like a Brisket to an internal temperature of 200ºF.
Many, including myself, normally think that it's sacrilegious to cook a Tri-Tip roast past medium-rare (135º to 145ºF). But after seeing multiple postings of TRISKET photos and write-ups about how delicious the results were I followed suit.
It was an unqualified success. I will say that SWMBO gave me the evil eye when I pulled the Tri-Tip at 140ºF to wrap in foil cause that's the sweet spot for me - when my Tri-Tips are so tender you can cut them with a fork and it practically melts in your mouth. I was somewhat skeptical but the results are delicious. Very moist and tender results. Sure is a lot easier to cook than a brisket and to me tasted a lot better than a brisket. Also since there's only the 2 of us it's a lot cheaper to smoke/cook a TRISKET than spend $30 - $50 for a brisket. Plus, there is no stall to worry about!
Prep the TRISKET like you would any other Tri-Tip roast using your favorite Tri-Tip roast seasoning or Pete's Western Rub (page 169 of my cookbook - The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook)
- Trim any excess fat and silver skin from the Tri-Tip roast
- Rub the Tri-Tip roast with an extra virgin olive oil and Pete's Western Rub
- Wrap the roast with plastic and refrigerate overnight
- Configure your wood pellet smoker-grill or your Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett for indirect cooking
- Preheat your grill to 225ºF using CookinPellets.com Premium Perfect Mix
- Smoke the TRISKET for approximately 2 hours till the internal temperature reaches 140ºF
- Double wrap the TRISKET in heavy duty foil and return to grill
- Increase the pit temperature to 275ºF
- Remove the TRISKET when the internal temperature reaches 200ºF
- Rest the TRISKET in the foil for 15 minutes before carving against the grain
For planning purposes: Total time ~ 4 hours - 30 min preheat/2 hours @225º/hour & 15 min @275º/Rest 15 min
Smoked Kansas City Strip Roast
The Kansas City Strip and the New York Strip are the same cut of beef. Restaurants in New York City in the 1930's decided they couldn't sell a fancy steak named after Kansas City (where the stockyards and slaughterhouses were located). So, they just started calling it a New York Strip. For the purposes of this post I am choosing to call it a Kansas City Strip even though when I bought the 8 pound Choice grade strip at Costco it was labelled as a New York Strip. The strip is cut from the larger end of the top loin from a cow. It consists of a muscle that does little work, the longissimus, making the meat particularly tender.
As previously stated in my Trimmed New York Strip Roast post, I took an 8 pound strip and cut it into two 2½ pound roasts and the remainder of the strip into 1½ inch thick steaks.
Removed the fat cap and trimmed away any silver skin of a 2½ pound Kansas City Strip Roast. By now, you should have read/learned that I prefer to rub roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil on all sides of my meats to use as a glue for the dry rub. Liberally seasoned all sides of the strip roast with Pete's Western Rub (page 169 of my cookbook - The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook). Wrapped the seasoned Kansas City Strip Roast with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.
Preheat your wood pellet smoker grill to 240ºF using CookinPellets.com Premium Perfect Mix hard wood pellets. For a roast of this size I like to use my Green Mountain Grills WiFi controlled Davy Crockett grill. Smoked the Kansas City Strip Roast on a Teflon grill mat for approximately 2 hours until the internal temperature reached 135ºF. Rested the smoked roast loosely under a foil tent for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain. The results were a succulent , tender, full flavored medium-rare Kansas City Strip roast. Served with some fried potatoes and steamed broccoli ... Enjoy!
Smoked Half Chicken
I can't remember the last time I smoked a whole or half chicken because Costco rotisserie chickens for under $5 is just too good to pass up. You literally can't buy a chicken and cook it yourself for that kind of money! Obviously, Costco is not making anything from those rotisserie chickens but they certainly are delicious. Unfortunately, right now it's not that conducive to shop at Costco because due to the Covid-19 issues you will have to wear a mask and stand in lines just to enter the store. During our last visit we found large Foster Farms chickens for 99¢ a pound and decided that I needed to have to have some chicken in my freezer besides just chicken thighs. Even last week there was a limit of 1 package of 2 per person. Times are changing but not necessarily for the best!
Carefully peeled back the chicken skin and rubbed the half chicken under and on the skin with Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Then liberally seasoned under and on the skin with Jan's Original Dry Rub (see photos below). You can find the recipe for the rub on page 168 of my cookbook, The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook. Wrapped in plastic and refrigerated the seasoned half chicken in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Poultry is very porous and doesn't need much more than 4 hours.
Preheated my Green Mountain Grills WiFi Controlled Davy Crockett Portable Wood Pellet Grill to 225ºF using 100% hard wood CookinPellets.com Premium Perfect Mix wood pellets. Placed the half chicken in a foil pan on a small wire rack to keep the half chicken out of the grease/drippings and to keep the Davy Crockett clean. I prefer not to have to have to clean the grease pan after cooking poultry. From past experience, I know it's going to be a greasy mess.
Smoked the half chicken at 225ºF for 45 minutes before bumping the Davy Crockett pit temperature to 350ºF. Finished cooking the smoked half chicken until the thickest part of breast reached an internal temperature of 170ºF. Rested the Smoked Half Chicken for 10 minutes loosely under a foil tent before serving ... For planning purposes only -> About 2¼ to 2¾ hours from start to finish (Preheat, smoke, roast, rest). Served with roasted red potatoes & onions with a side of green salad.
Smoked Pork Sirloin Roast
During these troubling Covid-19 times with reports of meat packing plants closing there are many ways of smartly and economically filling your freezers with your favorite cuts of pork, beef, and poultry. I prefer buying meat in bulk, custom cutting the meat, and vacuum sealing the cuts in portions for the two of us. Saved a nice chunk of cash by buying whole boneless pork loins at Costco. Yesterday I smoked a 2½ pound Sirloin Roast. I highly recommend you buy whole pork loins - all you need is a freezer, sharp knife, and a vacuum sealer. I just learned this morning that Costco is limiting people to only 3 meat items. Looks like a meat shortage may soon become an issue. Here's hoping that this doesn't turn out to be like the manufactured toilet paper shortage.
Trimmed fat cap, excess fat, and silver skin from a 2½ pound Pork Sirloin Roast. Rubbed all sides of the Sirloin Roast with Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and liberally seasoned all sides with my Pork Dry Rub. The recipe for the Pork Dry Rub can be found on page 169 of my cookbook, The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook. Used Silicone Hot Cooking Bands to shape and bind the seasoned roast for even cooking. Wrapped the seasoned Pork Sirloin Roast in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.
Preheated my Green Mountain Grills WiFi Controlled Davy Crockett Portable Wood Pellet Grill to 180ºF using 100% hard wood CookinPellets.com Premium Perfect Mix wood pellets. The Davy Crockett is perfect for smaller meals, for on the road in our RV and for a small family or two people.
Placed the Pork Sirloin Roast on a Teflon grill mat and smoked at 180ºF for an hour. The Teflon grill mat keeps the meat from sticking to your grill grates. After an hour of smoke I bumped the Davy Crockett pit temperature to 350ºF and cooked the roast until the internal temperature of the Pork Sirloin Roast reached 145ºF. Rested the smoked roast loosely under a foil tent for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain ... For planning purposes only - took a total of about 2½ hours which includes the preheat time - Always cook to internal temperatures!