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Covid Cooking- Culinary Cuisine

Discussion in 'Prepper Forum' started by Redbeard U812, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 WDX-1030 / U812 South Texas

    Jul 14, 2018
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    I aim for 200. But try not to let creep up above 225. The fluctuation in temperature is what toughens the meat. I did a quick job on a brisket last time, had good flavor but one half, I cut it in two, was tough. What I did was a short smoke, then wrap no bark. Tasted good, but some tough, the fire got a run away.

    I usually take the time to get good heavy bed of coals from selected wood. May take hours to do that. Prep the meat, however it happens, brine, salt rub, however. Put in refrigerator or cooler with ice. Before putting on smoker, get the brisket out to warm to ambient temperature. Then in the smoker. Just swat the flies off, don't worry, no evidence of fly poo will be apparent by the time you are done.

    Smoke tha puppy for 6 or so hours. Getting barked up. Once that yummy seasoned crust is there, hiding the fly poo flavor, wrap it up baby. Aluminum foil, double wrap. Move to cooler section of pit, not anything below 150. Let that go for another 7 to 8 hours. I have done 24 to 27 hours with multiple briskets at one time. Anything less than 12 to me is not good. Some say 8 total, but every one done 8 just seems tougher.


  2. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

    Feb 17, 2015
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    1). A portable cooker. Add that smoke flavor. Anywhere God takes a Texan. We remember our burnt offerings and the portion set aside.

    After a few hours smoking brisket it DOESN’T get better, it can get worse. Arguing about, “the bark”, gets to sounding funny when it’s not the point. Chicken doesn’t take near as long to “smoke”. Nor sausage. Brine the birds; coat the sausage; rub the brisket.

    2). Finish in household oven. Time & temp easy. Foil and or containers. It’s too easy to dry out any meat with any method.

    Next meat batch (different) goes into portable cooker. (The refrigerator and freezer storage are going to get some provision added).

    3). Out in the field without the RV or electricity or bottled gas?

    Monitor the burn more closely. Temp probe placement is key.
    Charcoal at one end, meat at other. As temps change, ready other dishes to place onto double interior racks with fuel re-charge. Move meat, and proceed. Adjust double lower vents and double upper vents to have heat/smoke circle differently.

    Experience counts. (Cooking container size, generally).

    Steaks are easier. Thick ones.

    Time to cook has a limit. 8-12/hrs in a smoker isn’t better, per se. It’s a way of cooking determined by volume. Cheap fuel to cook a cheap & tough cut by the half hundred-weight. At a temperature low-enough to melt versus roast problems in eating, away. Commercial concerns.

    The cooker needs to have the thermal mass to come to op-temp and maintain it. Short acceleration phase onto The Big Road, and then economical at cruise.

    I’ve done the whole, start the night before then get up at 0300 to have meat ready for guests at around 1600, thing. Big smoker. Separate firebox. Two chamber cooking. Great for a really big crowd. (Volume).

    Ritual is fun until it isn’t.

    Pretty much everything tastes better from a wood-burning kitchen stove. I had no idea my mother could handle one until at my grandparents 1880s Colorado mountain cabin she revealed a drill sergeant side I’d never suspected (Ha!). Mister, young man you'd best have my kindling and firebox wood done up shortly, kinda thang. (“Yes’m!”). She’d learned as a girl on that stove.

    No question breakfast, dinner & supper had a tang produced no other way. Biscuits to soups to casseroles. Unexpected pleasure.

    Anyone here got a wife kvetching for a kitchen wood stove?

    I’m not knocking any method. After all, time in South Texas gives one a grudging respect of those who’ve dug the pit and brought it to temperature — based on long experience — and then RIGHT ON TIME start cooking the butchered goat, pig, or chickens stolen from a neighbor. An operation — as a whole — running its components on different clocks.

    And finished eating the evidence before the Deputy Sheriff arrives a couple hours past sun-up.

    You’d hear such a story at work. The teen boy of years ago who’d come home and found his fathers & uncles digging a long shallow pit. And, on asking the purpose, was greeted with knowing look and complete silence re his part.

    357magnum and Shadetree Mechanic like this.
  3. snow bird

    snow bird Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2017
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  4. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

    Feb 17, 2015
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    Who’s been transmitting recipes via Radio?
    The outback denizens in Oz find no limits.

    Is the Covid Cookery Channel up and running?

    “Inquiring minds” (and all that).

    357magnum likes this.

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