Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Great Smokeout of 2006

This has been in the works for a while. I've had a Brinkmann Smoker/Grill combo for a little over a year and had yet to smoke anything. When the rumrunners moved in across the street we started talking about grilling and smoking and things like that. We decided one day this summer we'd have a great smokeout with ribs, chicken, and whatever else would fit on the grill. Summer came and went, and fall was around but we were still determined as all hell to smoke some shit before it got too cold. Last weekend ribs were on sale at the BiLo here in town so I bought them out, and called C to say "Hey man, the great smokeout is Saturday. Ribs are on sale." The response was a simple "Bitchin. I'll tell the wife." The plan was to buy whatever looked good at the BiLo, then go check out this new butcher in town. This new butcher was highly recommended so we headed that way. The shop was huge on the outside, and it's complete with a bakery. Not sure why, but it's there. Inside there was a lot of vacant space, but plenty of meat. The butcher is an old hippy looking guy, but his selection was pretty good. We made the mistake of asking his advice on what to smoke. He pointed to the beef and said beef would be good, then we asked what one of his cuts was. His response started with "Have you ever broke beef before?" Clearly we had not. If we knew how to break beef or carve up cows, would we be at the frickin butcher? No. I think not. After explaining the anatomy of a cow and somehow not answering the question of "What is a Tri-Tip?" he went in to "I was a paramedic Fireman for 27 years you know..." Roughly 30 minutes of our lives now gone, the word Tri-Tip is mentioned again. Somehow we went away from that and in to him having AOL. If you're wondering, a tri-tip is kind of like a roast, but it's also kind of like brisket. We had to draw our own conclusion on buying it, so we did. Here we are thinking we're close to done and he goes "My God guys...I gotta go to the office," and runs off. He comes back a few minutes later and says "Sorry guys, when the good Lord tells you to go-" I'll spare you the rest. It wasn't something either of us wanted to hear. Then, the fattest dude I've seen in recent years comes over breathing heavy like Darth Vader from walking across the floor and tells us to buy a couple pounds of bacon to smoke because he fries up at least a pound every day. We didn't take his advice, but from looking at him he wasn't lying.

So we started early Saturday morning...actually we were supposed to start early Saturday but we ended up starting right around 11 by the time we both woke up. The prepping of meat started, which was an insanely messy process. The ribs were rubbed twice over with Sticky Fingers Rib Rub, as was our new tri-tip roast. The roast was injected with Rum for extra flavor. I'm not sure if it worked or not, but we put about three shots of rum in to it anyway. The chips are supposed to soak - smoking chips that is - in water for at least a half hour before they go on the fire. I read something online that said you could soak them in something else for more flavor so we chose beer. Our original choice was rum, but that would have been expensive. While Pabst did win a blue ribbon once upon a time, it's cheap and gave everything a great flavor. Then came the fire. The fire is a story I probably shouldn't tell you, but it's funny all on it's own. My wife asked why I'd blog something like this, but somehow I don't think the great smokeout of 2006 will be remembered for anything else. The coals were loaded in to the firebox as any person that wants to smoke would do. After the coals were loaded and lit, they burned for a minute and we closed the lid and started preparing to bring the meat to the grille. One more check to the fire showed the fire was out...completely out. So I thought. So I hit it with some lighter fluid and tell C to stand back. With the handy aim-n-flame I attempt to light the charcoal again. Getting the lighter near the grill made an explosion of fire that came out the side, the top, the smokestack, and I think even underneath. What did I do wrong? I didn't open the top again so all the oxygen had to come from the same place I was standing. Yes, I got burned. Nothing serious, but the flash took a chunk of hair out of my extremely hairy arms, most of it off my hands, a little trim of the bangs, and my eyelashes. Yes, somehow I burned my eyelashes almost completely off and can still see. The hair that got burned is still breaking off even today and just generally looks funny. My wife made it a point to stand in front of me and shake her head in disapproval for at least an hour. It might have been less than that because I finally sent her across the street to see M. The jokes for the rest of the day (and even yesterday) somehow managed to come back to me and the fire. You might have had to be there for that to be funny, but I can assure you if you're not amused, C laughed hard enough for everyone that wasn't there. Laugh all you want, but the fire was lit and we didn't have a problem with it for the rest of the day.

At any rate, the food (and fire) was a success. The ribs might have been a little overdone, but the turkey (made for sandwiches) rocked, and the tri-tip roast was awesome. Maybe because it was the furthest from the fire, but wow it was good. Our friend E came over as well, but he doesn't eat ribs so I smoked him some hot dogs. Amazingly, smoked hot dogs don't taste bad at all. If you're in the area and you want to take part in the next great smokeout, shoot me an e-mail and we'll let you know. We can pretty much guarantee a good time, and great food.


Sounds like a good time. We had some ribs earlier this year, but nothing as of late. Maybe it's time to BBQ some up.

and what happened with the great phone blowing up?
posted by Blogger Chris D. at 7:25 AM  
The phone will likely get destroyed this weekend. I'm on fall break when I get done today so I'm sure the cell phone will meet a painful doom tomorrow or the next day.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 8:52 AM  
Awesome...can't wait to hear about it!
posted by Blogger Chris D. at 7:33 AM  
I take it you're not vegetarian :).
posted by Blogger Chas at 11:12 AM  
Dude...I never knew you liked to grill out and smoke stuff. You must really like Bobby Flay huh? Maybe you should do a throw down?
posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10:02 PM  
Throw Down with Bobby Flay? That might be interesting.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 12:26 PM  

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