Today I smoked a brisket in my Weber Smoky Mountain Smoker. It turned out DELICIOUS!
Most of you already know how much I have enjoyed my Weber smoker. I enjoy sitting by the smoker, enjoying the outdoors. . . people walking their dogs, the Cardinals and Robins coming by for a visit (when Bailey and Morgan are not in the backyard!) And when the dogs are in the backyard, watching them chase each other and fight over sticks (as if that is the only stick in the whole world). It is a time when I can put aside the craziness going on in the world and look forward to a great tasting piece of meat at the end of the day.
I belong to the Weber Smokers facebook page and someone asked me for recipes. Here are two of my favorites:
Marinade for Brisket
1 pint orange juice
juice from 2 limes
juice from 1 lemon
3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 T. black pepper
1 cup oil
Just before smoking rub with:
3 T. paprika
2 T. black pepper
2 T. salt
1 T. sugar
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
After the above preparation, I let the brisket sit at room temperature (about 45 minutes), while I prepare the smoker and get the charcoal heated. The last half of the smoking, I spray with apple juice about every hour or so.
The next recipe for Mesquite Smoked Roast is another real crowd pleaser!
1.5 to 2 gallons water
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Worcestershire
2 T. garlic salt
2 T. molasses
2 to 3 large roasts
3 cloves chopped garlic
coarse ground pepper
McCormick's Sweet and Smoky dry rub
Garlic powder or salt
Set aside two cups of the brine
Soak roasts overnight
Remove from brine and rinse
Coat roasts in chopped garlic and pepper
Coat well with dry rub
Use reserved brine and inject the roasts
Let stand at room temperature at least half hour
Place in smoker (225 to 230 degrees)
Smoke about 5 hours.
Let stand about 30 to 45 minutes covered in foil to allow juices to redistribute.
Where would our lives be without Facebook??? I have come to accept the fact that with Facebook, it really is "the good, the bad, the ugly."
For the good: Most of the time, I do enjoy Facebook. I have connected with friends from my "way back" past that I may never have connected with in any other medium. Case in point: there is a Facebook page for my high school Class of 1966. I truly have enjoyed that. . . none of us look like we did on graduation day!!! Recently, on my annual trip South, I met up with Elizabeth, someone I hadn't seen in over 50 years. That was a very enjoyable evening and oh, the laughs we had!
The bad: There have been a few (very few) people that I have unfriended and some that have unfriended me. One example: Someone I knew from work who suddenly and totally unexpectedly lost her husband. He died without warning. She is left with two small children to raise. Now anyone can have deep sympathy for that. But as the months turned into years, she still flooded facebook with tales of woe. I refused to play along with her pitty party and she dropped me and several others. I wish her well, but she needs to learn to pick up the pieces and move on. Few, if any of us, pass through this life without being struck by tragedy and life altering events. I'm no exception. But you don't dwell on it and eventually you find ways to be happy again. At least I did a little over two decades ago.
The ugly: Well, sometimes I am too lenient. Generally, I won't accept a friend request unless it is someone I know, or at least someone who has mutual friends on Facebook. A man requested to be my friend. His Facebook page had very little information. I assumed it could be because, maybe he was new to Facebook and was trying to build up his page. WRONG! He insisted on "conversations" with me, which I kept to a minimum and only gave out very general information. All of a sudden I got a message from him, "Based on our conversations and mutual understanding (what???) I want to send you a package. Please send me your real name, street address, phone number,. . ." and I'm not sure what else he asked for. NO THANKS! I unfriended him.
Occasionally, I run across people who are not on Facebook. Usually, this is because they are computer illiterate. Others, due to the nature of their jobs (one person I know is a psychologist in a prison - that's good enough reason!) have to avoid any social media. So, my bottom line, enjoy the jokes on facebook and the interactions with friends, but be careful!
Born and raised in Pensacola, Florida (Escambia High Class of '66), I have lived in Rochester, NY since 1974. Throughout my blog, in pictures and words, I will share my journey through life. I am a person with many interests, traveling, bicycling, kayaking and canoeing, sporting clays, target shooting, spending time with family, friends, and my Labrador Retrievers, Morgan and Bailey, smoking meat in my Weber smoker, to name just a few. I am a Conservative Republican and a strong believer in Second Amendment Rights. Feel free to stop by often and leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from those who find their way to my blog and through blogging, I've made friends all over the world.