Making Bacon From Pork Belly – How To Cure Your Own Bacon

Makin’ Bacon There’s nothing like a thick slice of smoky deliciousness that is bacon. Sure you can go to the supermarket and buy all the bacon you desire, but there’s something special about creating your own version of this delicacy at home. Finding a whole pork belly can be a challenge. The best option is to check with your local …

competition ribs on smoker

Competition Rib Recipe

This past weekend I had the chance to cook on a pellet smoker for the first time. If you’re not familiar with pellet cookers, they run off small, compressed “pellets” of 100% wood. There’s no filler or other junk to worry about, so what you get is pure, clean smoke. I have to admit that I was a little leery …

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Smoker

Let’s talk about everything you need to know about upgrading your equipment more specifically purchasing a new smoker. Here’s some things to think about before pulling the trigger: What is the smoker going to be used for? Are you buying your first smoker, or is it time to upgrade to a larger cooker? You first need to identify what the …

Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork Tenderloin is a great, easy recipe that is perfect for dinners with your family and friends. It doesn’t take long and it feeds several people. I start with: 2lb whole pork tenderloin placed in a ziplock bag. Pour in about 1/2 cup of Worcestershire Sauce 1/8 cup Soy Sauce and 2 TBS of Molasses Squeeze out the excess air …

Western Premium Wood Products

The next time you are strolling down the charcoal isle at your local store; make sure to keep a look out for the name Western.  This company is by far the innovator when it comes to cooking wood and charcoal.  Western Premium Wood Products manufacturer and distribute just about any type of wood you can imagine from chunks, mini logs, …

Curing My Own Bacon

Curing and smoking a fresh side of bacon is on my to do list for the next few weeks. I like to use a maple brown sugar cure and soak the fresh pork belly for 4 days. Once it comes out of the brine it needs to to sit and air dry for 30-45 minutes. Then it’s ready for the …

Smoked Turkey Legs

I had a request for this recipe not too long ago, and since everyone’s mind is on Turkey this time of year, I thought it was a perfect time to share it. Smoked Turkey legs are quick and easy to prepare plus they’re inexpensive. You’ve probably seen them for sale at fairs, carnivals, or even sporting events because they make …

More UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker) Questions

I get questions about building a UDS all the time… and I love it because they are pretty simple to make, they are very inexpensive and work like a machine. I’ve got several of them and always have a few lent out to friends and family. But for my backyard smoking, it’s all I use. So here are a couple …

Heading To The American Royal

This morning me, Waylon and the luckiest girl in the world were up and on the road by 4:30 AM to make the drive from Memphis to Kansas City. I’ts our first time at this world championship bbq contest… and we’re documenting it all! Mostly because we’re excited to be here. This is the first time I’ve ever cooked 2 contests back-to-back, …

Cooking for Benefits and Fundraisers

  Lately I’ve had a lot of people asking me about cooking full loads on their smokers for benefits and fundraisers. And I’m happy to help out with information here. Especially when you are raising money for someone in need or to help kids raise money. It will take a little longer to cook a full load on any cooker, …

KCBS Chicken

The 2 biggest questions about cooking KCBS Chicken 1. Does it matter if the thighs are bone-in or de-boned? I’ve done it both ways; the bone-in thighs score higher for me and I’ve always said that meat cooked on the bone just has better taste. The de-boned method produces a good looking entry, but I’m seeing a lot of judges …