• Big Green Egg Fired up
    Equipment,  Fish,  Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    How to Choose Wood and Fuel for Your Smoker

    Choosing the type of smoking wood and fuel for your smoker doesn’t have to be difficult. Probably the most frequently asked question we get is do you smoke with lump charcoal or briquettes? Honestly, our answer is, “it depends.” Both have their benefits, however, both have disadvantages as well. More importantly, what type of charcoal you use depends more on what type of cooking vessel you are smoking with. Here are our thoughts on barbecue fuels. Pitmaster precautions First of all, never, ever, never use lighter fluid on lump or briquettes. Not all charcoal is created equal, nor do all grilling product manufacturers have a commitment to producing natural, healthy,…

  • close up big green egg lid leaking smoke
    Big Green Egg,  Equipment

    How to Replace a Gasket Seal on a Ceramic Smoker

    If you own any brand of ceramic smoker, such as a Big Green Egg, Primo, or Kamado Joe, you will eventually need to replace the gasket seal. Our pitmaster, Doug, has done this several times and now wants to show you how to do it on a Big Green Egg. If you are smoking your favorite protein, only to discover smoke seeping out around the seal of your ceramic smoker, it is time to change it. Tools You Will Need to Replace Gasket A new seal for your corresponding brand and size smoker Summary instructions on how to replace the gasket seal Make sure to watch our accompanying video. CLICK…

  • purple 7th place ribbon at Sip and Swine
    Competitions,  Event Summary,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Walking Onstage at Sip and Swine

    We finally walked onstage at the 5th annual KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) Sip and Swine event. It was a weekend to remember since this is only our third KCBS competition. The occasion was even more joyous because our granddaughter walked onstage with us. Kicking off a new barbecue season Held at Cool Ray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the 5th Annual Sip & Swine event was well organized and a huge success. Well known throughout the competition circuit, this event attracts some of the most recognizable names in barbecue, including Destination America BBQ Pitmaster judge, Myron Mixon. Competing against 60 other professional cook teams was a tough way to start…

  • Roast Beef Sandwiches
    Big Green Egg,  Equipment,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Smoking Roast Beef On a Ceramic Smoker

    Our pitmaster loves smoking on his ceramic smoker and a good roast beef sandwich. After a recent stop at Arby’s, {yes, the fast food joint}, he realized how expensive a roast beef sandwich really is… “Wonder if we could make our own roast beef, like Arby’s,?” he said out loud. Without any knowledge of where to begin, we decided to give it a go. But of course, we were not going to just pop a beef roast into the oven, we had to SMOKE it! PICKING OUT THE MEAT FOR ROAST BEEF Just as the sandwich indicates, we chose  a type of beef roast. A good cut of beef was…

  • finished and sliced London broil
    Tips & Tricks

    Tips for Marinating a Christmas London Broil

    Christmas is a special holiday and for a special holiday, you deserve a special meal; splurge a little and grill a London broil. London Broil is a more affordable alternative to Prime Rib and takes a shorter amount of time to grill. However, for a London Broil, which is a lean cut of beef, a good marinade is imperative. Marinades impart wonderful flavor and texture to grilled foods. When preparing a London Broil, allow 3/4 lb. per person. London Broil will cook down and this generous estimate accounts for that. WHAT IS A MARINADE A marinade is a flavorful, wet seasoning, in which food is soaked before it is smoked…

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