You all know how I love smoking and grilling meat. Tonight I brought home a large order I had placed with my farmer that includes beef, poultry, and pork. There is a cost savings in a bulk order. But more important, it is nice to have a particular cut of meat when I want it rather than, "Oh, I really wanted baby back ribs tonight, guess I'll have to wait till my farmer makes another run to Rochester."
It was a lot of work getting all that meat down the basement stairs and into the freezer. I may not be able to move tomorrow morning! But as I put it away, I was thinking of all the wonderful recipes I use - briskets in the smoker, baby back ribs, whole chickens to put in the smoker, oh, and those great tasting tenderloins that I have so many recipes for. The stew meat that makes delicious crockpot stews. . . roasts to cook with baby red potatoes and carrots (an easy and delicious meal). Then there are the breakfast meats that I can't live without - cottage bacon and breakfast sausage.
Last summer I smoked a large rack of baby back ribs. I cut off a part of it and gave it to my neighbors across the street. Their oldest child, as she was eating it, said, "I feel sorry for vegetarians!"
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