Jan’s Dry Rub recipe

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Jan and Larry (known as KyNola on many BBQ/Smoking/Cooking Forums) live in Kentucky and here in Larry’s words is how Jan developed her Dry Rub …

My friend has a commercial BBQ restaurant and gave me some of his rub. He would not however give me his recipe so I put my wife on a mission to find something very similar on the internet and then we would tweak it to match his. Here is the best effort. It only has 14 ingredients and makes a bunch.


  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 cup onion salt
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 2 tsp dry ground sage
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dry ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well blended. Store in a cool area away from light in air tight jar or sealable plastic bag.

I salute Jan, and everyone else who designs, creates, and perfects a Rub, Cure, Brine, Marinade, Sauce, etc.  I wouldn’t know the first place to start.  Without them, it would be a very bland around here  Grin Grin

Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters using Johnny’s Garlic Spread

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I was having smoking withdrawals so I decided to check out my local SaveMart for something to smoke.   Ran across some fresh Foster Farms Chicken Leg Quarters for $4.  Figured it was too good to pass up!

For my impromptu smoke I rubbed some EVOO and Johnny’s Garlic Spread.  Preheated OBS to 250º, vent wide open, and used 2 hours of 2-1 smoke using Special Blend/Apple mix.

3 hours later, I pulled the leg quarters when thigh IT hit 180º and rested in foil for 20 minutes while I fixed the rest of the meal.  OBS never did get back to 250º.  Hovered around 235-240º.  I need to get off my a** and install that second heating element.

Quick and dirty … Made a little Chicken & Garlic Rice-a-Roni and salad.  The $$shot …

I think I’m starting to become a ‘smoke eater’ cause the chicken turned out scrumptious but it was a little mild in the smoke department.  I know some smokers swear by hickory on just about everything but I have yet to use it much on anything.  How does hickory work on chicken?

Hickory Smoked Corned Beef and Cabbage

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First let me say that I love Corned Beef and Cabbage and have always simmered my Corned Beef for hours before preparing the cabbage, onions, carrots, and potatoes.  I have never cooked a Corned Beef in the oven so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose to smoke my first Corned Beef.

Soaked the Corned Beef in water for 3 hours.  Changed the water every hour.  The Corned Beef had a pale appearance.  Dusted a small amount of spices just for grins.

PID @ 250º / 2 hours of hickory / pulled when Internal Temperature reached 158º. It  took 4 ¼ hours (it was 3.77 lbs).  It sure looked and smelled great!!  So far so good …

Here is the Corned Beef brisket after resting in foil for 20 minutes.  Certainly had a great smoke infused flavor and was quite moist … BUT as I sampled a slice I found it to be very tough, leathery, to the point where I could have used it for stick of gum cause I chewed, chewed, and then chewed but it kept it’s consistency.  Wasn’t anything like the boiled Corned Beef that I have enjoyed for so many years.  But it sure smelled and looked great.

Popped it in the oven at 450º for 20 minutes to see if it would become chewable.
Here is the $$shot served with some boiled cabbage, onions, carrots and steamed potatoes.

Alas, it was still tough!  Tried my best to chew a few pieces of Corned Beef but to no avail.  Since I love vegetables I decided to turn this into a vegan meal.  My thoughts are that I don’t think I did anything wrong since the Corned Beef was certainly cooked.  For now I will just revert to simmering my Corned Beef for hours on the stove.  Maybe those that have smoked a Corned Beef for immediate consumption might share their thoughts on the subject.  Should I have smoked the Corned Beef and placed it in the fridge overnight and served it tomorrow?  For clarification, I was not trying to make Corned Beef Pastrami.

Pecan Smoked Pork Loin Roast

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Snelly’s pork loin smoke inspired me to smoke one using my new Frog Mats.  Even after doing a little research on the forum I was still a little reluctant to pull the loin at 150º – 155º.  A few have suggested an IT of 140º – 145º  Shocked Anyway, chose to follow everyone’s lead after reading some convincing data on the safety and pulled with an IT of 156º.  Old habits are hard to break! Undecided

Swung down to WallyMart and found me a nice little Boneless Pork Loin and dusted it with a little of my favorite seasoning

Preheated OBS to 225º with my PID and applied 3 hours of smoke – 2 to 1 ratio with Pecan and Special Blend.  Pulled with an IT of 156º after a total cooking time of 3 1/2 hours.  The Loin was only 3.75 lbs.  I was curious to see if the pop-up thermometer would blow it’s top signaling that it was done but it never did  Sad

FTC for an hour and hacked off a few slices.  Very moist and tender with a nice smoke flavor

The $$shot … served with some scalloped taters and steamed cauliflower/carrots/broccoli.  Got to have those vegies!!

I believe I’m going to like these Frog Mats.  Maybe it was just me but it appeared that cleanup was a lot smoother or maybe it was that the Loin didn’t drip as much as other meats.

Smoked Chicken Tetrazzini

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Had me some smoked chicken laying around the fridge after running my skin up or skin down spatchcock chicken test so I decided to try using it with a Tetrazzini recipe from “The Good Housekeeping Cookbook” that I have been using for a couple of decades now when I have leftover turkey.

Figured what the heck … got nothing to lose.  Here’s the chicken leftovers

The Smoked Chicken Tetrazzini casserole out of the oven

The $$shot …

It turned out to die for.  The smoked chicken gave it that extra notch which we all can relate to. I prefer to use Angel Hair instead of Spaghetti and I use Knorr Caldo Con Sabor de Pollo (chicken flavor bouillon) for the stock in the sauce.  If you’ve never had or made Tetrazzini it’s a great blend of flavors and a delicious option for leftover turkey or chicken.

The recipe I use is from the 1973 Edition of “The Good Housekeeping Cookbook”.  The year after SWMBO and I got married  Grin Grin

I use it as a guide for my leftover Turkey (will also use it for Smoked Turkey), Rotisserie Chicken, and now Smoked Chicken Tetrazzini.  I modify the recipe to fit our personal tastes.  First let me say that years ago I used to cook my own broiler-fryers like the recipe calls for but over the years I have just used leftover turkey or it’s a lot easier and flavorful to just get a couple of rotisserie chickens from Costco or a local supermarket.

Here is the original recipe (before my personal modifications) – Note: omit steps 1 and 2 when using leftovers

Smoked Chicken Tetrazzini à la Smoker Pete

  • Cook spaghetti or your favorite noodle.  SWMBO believes spaghetti is best but I like Angle Hair.  The updated recipe STC found calls for linguine
  • While spaghetti is cooking:
  • Saute a large onion, 1/2 to 1 pound of sliced fresh mushroom, and squirt some lemon juice.  Set aside for sauce – I often substitute a couple small cans of drained mushrooms
  • Make 4 cups of chicken broth using bouillon or canned broth.  Make 3 1/2 cups of broth if using 1/2 cup dry sherry (optional)
  • Tetrazzini Sauce:
  • I use a large pot to to make the sauce cause I think it’s better to mix everything together rather than spooning the sauce over the noodles
  • In large pot, melt 1/2 cup of butter or margarine on high
  • Stir 1/2 cup all-purpose flour to create a roux
  • If desired, add salt, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp paprika, and/or 1/2 cup of sherry to roux
  • Stir in 4 cups of hot chicken broth using a whisk until smooth and slightly thickened
  • Remove from stove and whisk in 1 cup of half-and-half (I use fat-free half-in-half – gotta watch my weight)  Grin
  • Add sauted onions and mushrooms to sauce
  • Add 5 cups or more of large pieces of Smoked Chicken to complete the sauce
  • Add spaghetti, angel hair, or your favorite noodle to the sauce and mix well
  • Use a 13″ by 9″ baking dish – Greased or sprayed with PAM
  • Pour Tetrazzini mixture in the baking dish
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and cover
  • Place Tetrazzini in a preheated 350º oven
  • Bake Tetrazzini for an hour.  Recipe calls for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly
  • Serve with your favorite vegetable or salad and garlic bread
  • Makes 8 servings
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