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 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!
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
FTC for an hour and hacked off a few slices. Very moist and tender with a nice smoke flavor
The $$shot … served with some scalloped taters and steamed cauliflower/carrots/broccoli. Got to have those vegies!!
I believe I’m going to like these Frog Mats. Maybe it was just me but it appeared that cleanup was a lot smoother or maybe it was that the Loin didn’t drip as much as other meats.
Had me some smoked chicken laying around the fridge after running my skin up or skin down spatchcock chicken test so I decided to try using it with a Tetrazzini recipe from “The Good Housekeeping Cookbook” that I have been using for a couple of decades now when I have leftover turkey.
Figured what the heck … got nothing to lose. Here’s the chicken leftovers
The Smoked Chicken Tetrazzini casserole out of the oven
The $$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
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)
- 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
Is it Saturday yet? Is it Saturday yet Close enough … As I type I am smoking 2 spatchcock chickens – 1 w/skin Up and 1 w/skin Down.
Here they were after I rubbed them with Roasted Garlic EVOO and some Fagundes seasoning from my local butcher.
The verdict is in … It’s “INCONCLUSIVE” … I now believe it boils down to personal preference. Although when doing more than one spatchcock chicken I think I will be placing the skin side UP so that drippings from anything above it will not collect in the cavity.
Here are the spatchcock chickens after 4.5 hours with 3 hours of 2 to 1 Apple/Special Blend smoke. PID @ 250º with vent wide open
You can see that both chickens are equally done and I could not find any difference in flavor or moisture. For me it boils down to presentation and I would not hesitate to sever either chicken
And now for the $$$hot
Thanks to all those that participated in the poll. Course, like any other poll, this one has a + or – error margin of 50%
Got down to a few servings of Kenai River Silver Salmon I caught this summer at Centennial Park, Soldatna, Alaska so I decided to smoke them
Naturally I opted to use Kummok’s Smoked Alaskan Salmon recipe for the task. Kummok is from Homer, AK. Here is a photo overlooking the famous Spit in Homer. Imagine having to live with this kind of scenery!!
Here I am on the Kenai River holding one of the Silver salmon
One of the many breathtaking sunsets on the Kenai River. Using roe and light tackle. Talk about fun!!!
Smoking these beauties as I type. Should be ready in about an hour
You gotta love it … from the Kenai River to my Bradley. The finished product. Used Alder
Like Kummok says “… I personally believe that you’d have to try REAL hard to make a batch of smoke salmon unpalatable by over smoking/cooking …”
Picked up a growler of Amber yesterday from my local brewery (man does not live by Jim Beam alone) and needed something to smoke with it. Decided on a turkey breast since that would take longer and give me ample time to put a dent in the growler
What the hell is a growler? We’re not talking about the USS Growler, a small iceberg, a four-wheeled hansom cab from England, a sexual offender or any of the other slang phrases associated with the word – there are many. We’re talking about that which carries fresh beer from a brewery to your house. Growlers are filled straight from the tap, sealed with a twist-cap. Almost all brewpubs sell growlers these days, as do many breweries. And regardless of its true origin the growler is a great way to take home some fresh brew from a local brewery or brewpub.
Here’s the growler and the breast rubbed with a little Roasted Garlic EVOO and some spice
PID set to 250º, vent wide open, 3 hours of smoke (1 to 1 pecan/apple)
Turkey breast was only 6.4 lbs and took 3 hours to reach IT of 162º
Since it only took 3 hours, my bad, wound up with a 3 hour FTC instead of my preferred 1.5 to 2 hours.
Here’s the growler minus a couple of pints and the breast after FTC.
The $$$$ shot … plated with some steamed tatters, green beans, gravy and washed down with a pint of Amber
This is fun!!! I should pick up another growler
Here’s a shot of the growlers I collected this summer while visiting British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Alaska.
Best part is all that great beer I got to taste before getting one filled and then drinking the one I chose