Beer Can Chicken

Over the weekend I attended the Food and Wine Festival at the National Harbor. While I was there I met a few guys from Pork Barrel BBQ. We chatted for a bit about barbecuing and about their business.  I love BBQ and I am always looking for a short cut.  They make BBQ rubs and I must say it is pretty tasty.  Spices are expensive and when you can purchase a single spice instead of 15 for barbecuing, that is the kind of short cut I am looking for.  Before I left they gave me a can of their All American Spice Rub to try.  So I went to the store looking for something to BBQ.  In the fresh meat department they had chickens on sale.  Ninety-nine cents a pound, you can’t beat that.  So I decided to make a beer can chicken.  I had the beer and the rub, so this was a pretty easy choice.

Perfectly Cooked and Ready to Eat
Perfectly Cooked and Ready to Eat

There is no need to purchase any apparatus to make a beer can chicken.  There are a ton of products out there that are available to help make a beer can chicken.  As the name states, all you need is a beer can and a chicken.  The chicken legs and the beer can balance the chicken perfectly.  Plus, once it is on the grill you are not going to move it till you remove it.  So my tip of the day, don’t get scammed by beer can chicken holders. 

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Barbecue Sans Barbecuing

In the last two weeks I have been getting a lot of emails regarding my rib recipe. The number one question is, “How do I do this in my apartment”. To get the real deal, there really isn’t a shortcut. However, I do have a great rib recipe for making ribs in the oven. Yes, barbecued ribs without a barbecue.

These ribs are fall off the bone tender with a nice smokey flavor.
These ribs are fall off the bone tender with a nice smokey flavor.

Besides being really tasty they are quite easy to make.  Plus, they only take about 3 hours to make.

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Memorial Day Cookout

Since today is Memorial Day I decided to create a couple of dishes that are perfect for grilling out.  I am going to make a Pepperjack and Jalapeno stuffed burger topped with a spicy mayo and a quick pickle of onions and jalapenos.  I call it my “Two Steps From Hell Burger”.  The burger is very spicy.  Since corn is in season and the local Giant has 12 ears for 1.88, I figured I would grill up some corn.  Grilling corn sounds easy but to get it right takes some work.  Most people don’t grill it for long enough, or else they grill it too long and it becomes chewy.  Neither are good eats.

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Ribs Ribs Ribs

My parents came to DC this weekend and my father loves to barbecue. So I decided to go to restaurant depot and grab some ribs. The ribs at the depot are amazing. They are cheap, they are untrimmed, and they are meaty. Remember to ask your butcher at your local supermarket for untrimmed meat when … Read moreRibs Ribs Ribs

How to start your grill/smoker without lighter fluid

When I started grilling I grabbed a bag of kingsford charcoal and lighter fluid.  I doused the charcoal with the fluid lit a match and watched as my eyebrows dissapeared in mushroom cloud.  I knew that there had to be a better way. Adding lighter fluid causes crazy fires and further adds unpleasant flavors to your food.  Today I want to amuse you with my barbecuing hijinks and teach you a better way to start a grill/smoker.

Look at the perfect coals.
Look at the perfect coals.

The first step to perfect coals is having the right equipment.  You need a charcoal chimney to start the perfect fire.

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Review: 25 Essential Techniques for Smoking

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing 25 essential techniques for smoking by Ardie A. Davis. I love barbecuing and this seemed right up my alley. Artie A. Davis Artie is an award winning expert with his own barbecue university. … Read moreReview: 25 Essential Techniques for Smoking

Pulled Pork

Nothing says summer more than firing up your smoker, sitting in the sun and drinking some beer.  Last sunday it was 65 degrees and sunny so I decided that I wanted to make some pulled pork.  I went to the butcher and of course, he was on vacation.  So I had to choose from the meat in the case.  They had a pretty good selection including full picnic shoulders, 9 pound briskets and boston butts.  I chose a small 6 pound boston butt as I was only feeding myself.   I know 6 pounds is a lot.  But on the other hand it is still better than barbecuing a 14 pound picnic shoulder for myself.  Although, I probably would have eaten it all.  Pork is amazing!

Pulled pork

Above is some freshly shredded pork, you can see the nice pink smoke ring.  Doesn’t it look delicious.

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Cowboy Baked Beans

As you can see I am prepping this week for barbecue.  Yesterday was some awesome potato salad.  Today we are making cowboy baked beans.  I wanted to make beans from scratch.  Just a word of warning.  Making beans from scratch takes longer than barbecueing a whole hog.  The end result, was totally worth it.  And to my frequent reader Bond, yes, there is bacon and beer in this recipe.

Delicious Cowboy Baked Beans

The baked beans were soft, tender and delicious.  As you can see from the picture above the beans are laced with smokey bacon and some of the trimmings from my pulled pork.  Pork and beans is the best combination in the world.

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How and where to get good meat for BBQ and Sausage Making

Honestly the title says it all.

When I started BBQ’n and making sausage I had no idea where to find good meat. I started by going to the Safeway grocery store by my house and picked up prepackaged Pork Butts and Briskets. Then I went to a specialty butcher which cost two to three times as much. I decided to call the butcher up at the Safeway and order the best cuts from him. 

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Modifying your Smoker

Old Bessie

It has finally reached 60 degrees out here in DC and yes, it is time to BBQ. This winter I have made a few modification to Old Bessie (Yes I named my BBQ). I was searching all over the internet for good mods to make to the Char Griller Smokin Pro and I have found a great website DeeJaysSmokePit.net. Over on the forums there you can find a great PDF document by Phil Lee that has great mods for the Smokin Pro.

After scrolling through the mods I found a few that were easy to do and did not require too many tools.

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