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 …

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 …

Sausage and Cheese Plate… a Memphis Tradition

If you’re looking for a quick appetizer that can be prepared on a smoker or grill, then this recipe is perfect for you. The Sausage and Cheese Plate is a staple at just about every BBQ joint in Memphis; it’s one of my favorite things to order when I’m in the mood for restaurant Q; and it goes perfect with …

My BLT Burger

We’ve been getting some great tomatoes this past month from family and friends that are growing them. And homegrown tomatoes are the best tomatoes you can get. So we’ve been eating a few BLTs this month. But the other day, I wanted to try something different, so I decided to make a BLT Burger. It’s really just a grilled burger …

How to Cook Beer Bath Bratwurst on the Grill

At BBQ contests we are always cooking something… even on Friday nights. This past weekend at Variety Club, we cooked some brats in a beer bath, grilled them off to give that great color and flavor and then served them to a few quests. I even cut some onions and peppers and simmered them on the grill too… Watch the …

BBQ Bologna… or as I like to call it, “Mississippi Prime Rib”

This past weekend was Memphis In May – and we spent 4 days on the banks of the Mississippi cooking every kind of BBQ you can imagine… Pulled Pork, Brisket, Baby-Back Ribs, Sausage… plus all the fixins’ But the one thing I kept hearing everyone talk about was the BBQ Bologna. They just couldn’t stop eating it. One guy on …