Sunday, November 29, 2009

Weekend Report...

I finally got to fire up R2D2 (on left) yesterday and I like it.

Of course chicken was the first sacrifice to R2D2 and it came out great. Leg quarters cooked for 2 1/2 hours at 275 to 250 - rested for 15 minutes.

The smoker would jump to 275 when the access door was opened to add wood or charcoal, when the door was replaced it took about 10 minutes to settle back down to 250 and hover there just chugging along. I never lifted the lid to look at the chick until 2 hours in. I figured it would take 2 1/2 to 3 hours cooking time.

Big Momma cooks leg quarters at 3 hours at 250 so I based this on that theory and checked the temperature of the leg quarters at 2 hours in because of the smoker being smaller and closer to the heat. They were at 170 degrees steady.

I knew from experience that it would take another 20 to 30 minutes to reach 180 degrees at this stage of cooking at 250. So inside I went to start up the sides and check the score of whatever game was playing at the time.

Leg quarters came off, rested, plated, and devoured.

These were some of the BEST smoked leg quarters that have ever come into this kitchen. I've done some Righteous smoked chicken plenty of times but this was the most Righteous chicken that has ever walked through that door.

I can't wait to do some beer butt chicken, some ribs, Boston butt, brisket, anything I can get my hands on. This little WSM will fit right in with the repertoire of cooking gear I have.

Welcome aboard little buddy...


Saturday, November 28, 2009

This & That...

You know B.D. we just realized you don't have a beard anymore, how come?

Too much gray my friend...

Julie said it made me look old (older than I am) so I got rid of it, plus it was a hassle to fool with. I tried to keep it in line by not looking like Beards Gone Wild but it was a hassle.

If I kept it short it would itch like a hound dog with fleas.

So back to shaving...

I clean up pretty good for a white boy. I use to have hair (back in the day) that I would let grow long in the winter to keep my ears warm.

Then the best thing since sliced bread came out...ear muffs. Just in time too as my hairline receded into nonexistence.

Maybe that's why I grew the beard in the first place. To grow long enough so I could rap it up over my ears and head to stay warm in winter like some guys do comb overs to keep their heads warm.

Ya think?

Probably not...


Friday, November 27, 2009

Simply Friday...

We headed out from the Grill yesterday to spend the day with the family.

As always, Mom and Mish laid out a pretty good spread for all of us to chow down on.

And as always the food was great. Here are just a few pictures that were taken. I'll post some more later on down the road...

Big Daddy & lovely wife Julie

Uncle Dale & Robyn

Uncle Dale, Brother Tommy (behind dale), Dave (aka) Honey, Big Daddy, Brother Rob & Peggy Sue

Outside enjoying the fire

Barb (aka) Mom & Granny

Thanks to the family for the food because they have all been under the weather and feeling puny for awhile especially Mom & Mish. They could have said "sorry everybody fend for yourselves this year." But we have a saying...

Love me, love my germs. We'll see...

On a sad note:

It's my sad duty to say that one of our friends and my girl Vicky, lost her husband Steve O yesterday. Steve O, leaves behind a loving wife, children and many heartbroken family members and friends.

I don't know what else to say, so I'll just leave it there...


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekend Report...

Every year our local county paper will print local holiday recipes. I just thought I would share some of the names that these recipes are so eagerly called.

Everyone has a recipe...but it has to work for one thing and it must have a decent title for the other thing.

Let me put in my two cents...

Christmas Champagne Punch: nothing wrong with that
Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch: Okay
Holiday Cranberry Sangria: interesting
Santa's Suit Punch: ??
Apple Cider Punch: traditional
Egg Nog Simplicity: yuck, I hate egg nog!
Malt-Peppermint Chocolate Shake: I'd have to think about that
Autumn Fruit Mocktail: ??

OK, enough of the drinks...let's move on to bread.

Praline-Apple Bread: ??
Walnut-Swiss Cheese Focaccia: gross
Pina Colada Bread: has possibilities
Spinach-Parmesan Loaves: ??
Holiday Healthy Pumpkin Pomegranate Muffins: try saying that fast three times
Pumpkin-Filled Crescent Rolls: why mess up good crescent rolls
Holiday Pumpkin Bread: traditional
Banana Nut Bread: my favorite

Ok, let's move on to salads.

Deluxe Layered Taco Salad: simple enough
Cherry-Pecan Tossed Salad: Okay
Spinach Salad: simple enough
Artichoke Salad: standard
Festive Potato Salad: Okay
Crunchy Cauliflower Salad: duh
Deviled Egg Salad: yummy
Pistachio Pudding Salad: some of that there fancy stuff
Frozen Cranberry Banana Salad: sounds like a smoothie
Harvest Moon Salad: whatever

All right, let's move on to veggies.

Tabouleh: ??
Potluck Lima Bean Bake: yup i'm a cheap date
Stuffed Vidalia Onions: who don't like these?
Artichokes Pembroke: ??
Fall Pumpkin and Rice Pudding: wrong category guys
Pasta With Peas: i can cook woo-hoo!
Broccoli-Spinach Casserole: green goop and green poop

Let's get to some meat.

Christmas Turkey with Herbs and Citrus: traditional
Mimi's Chicken Cordon Bleu: Okay
Pomegranate Honey Roasted Game Hens: yuck
Walnut Crusted Chicken with Pumpkin Sauce: say what?
Hawaiian Chicken: that's simple enough
Chicken with Champagne Sauce: f-a-n-c-y

Oven Barbecued Spareribs: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

You don't BARBECUE in the OVEN, you BARBECUE SAUCE in the OVEN. Jeez come on people! You don't BARBECUE in a slow cooker, you BARBECUE SAUCE in a slow cooker.

It should read: Oven Cooked Spareribs with Barbecue Sauce.

How hard is that?

If you're going to cook or publish recipes at least get your method right and your title right.



Thursday, November 19, 2009

Simply Thursday...

Work, work, work...

These morons can dig a hole in the yard faster than a dog can. I've never seen anything like it. I've asked myself how much more stupidity these guys can spit out and it just amazes me that the supply seems limitless.

They dig the hole faster than we can fill it up...and they just keep digging.

Maybe it's a good thing I never went to college. If that's what Henry Ford College turns out to send down here, I'd want my money back.


One of my girls' husband is in the hospital, so we are thinking about them and we hope and pray for the best. Some of my in-laws are moving this weekend and just so happens, I have to work Saturday.

How convenient, was the response from one sister.

In a way yes, in a way no. I had plans you see...and going to work wasn't one of them. But for the past two years my plans have never worked out so why complain now.

The Gods of Stupidity have spoken...I must obey.

Silly me...always thinking the weekends belong to me. Bad doggy...


Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy B-Day...

Today is my brother-in-law Tommy's birthday.

So from all of us here at MacDaddy's Grill we wish you "Happy Birthday" brother.

We love ya, and we hope you have a great day!!!


Monday, November 09, 2009

Simply Monday...

My buddy Jay from work sent these pictures to me and I thought I would share them with you.

Jay, buys my rub and BBQ sauce and the man is an avid grilling machine. Dude loves good food.

Ain't nothing wrong with that...

Looks like some dang fine eatin' my brother.

Of course, I taught him everything I know...and he took the ball and ran with it.

I love Jay, he has that passion for top quality and top notch food and he's a big old country boy and a good friend.

Ain't nothing wrong with that. That's my kind of brother...


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Weekend Report...

Man -oh- man, the weather is perfect this weekend. I fired up Big Momma yesterday as we had some friends come over and enjoy some dang tasty grub.

Slab ribs
Short ribs
Chicken thighs
Chicken wings
Smoked beans

I made some hot sauce for the wings, but it just wasn't the same...

Why? Did you pull out the lab coat and shoot yourself in the foot again?!

Jeez Jethro, cut me some slack.

No...I did not shoot myself in the foot. A key ingredient that is part of the mix is no longer sold in Tennessee.

Yes, let us stop shipping this fine product to Tennessee so Big Daddy will just have to go back to the drawing board and find something else that will no longer be sold in stores after he finds the replacement for this product.

Not to worry...

We've got it covered. Found it on the Internet, thank you very much.

Problem solved...unless they go out of business, then the lab coat will come back out again.


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Simply Thursday...

Just a quick post. I've been working overtime for the Masters of the Universe this week, so that's why I haven't been chewing the fat of late.

Tomorrow, is a regular work day so I'll be back on track. When the Master beckons, we peons must obey. Stupid rule if you ask me...but I haven't won the lottery yet.

Lord, please let me win the lottery.

Buy a ticket...