Unofficial start of Summer, Butter Milk Brined Smoked BBQ Turkey Breast

Unofficial start of Summer, Butter Milk Brined Smoked BBQ Turkey Breast

My days of living on Cape Cod you always heard the phrase the unofficial start of  summer on memorial day weekend. Most think of the cape with hot lazy days on the beach or sailing across the bay for some ice cream in West Falmouth. Most forget that Memorial Day can be kind of cold and I always suggest sweatshirts. Well today is not disappointing here in Milford it is a raw 51 degree and they are forecasting rain. The Milford Facebook page for Milford community is a buzz with does anyone know it the parade is rain or shine? We moved into Yale Drive many moons ago and this was our welcome to Milford event even ran into the past owners of the house. Now I work down town and get a birds eye view of most Milford parades and fondly remember walking along side the band with water bottle in hand ready to rescue a thirsty member. Anyway before I get to nostalgic or totally drawn into the sound of the waves on the beach, back to my point. Lyn had a hankering for some turkey and we found a bone in breast at the store so I decided to BBQ it and welcome summer to our deck.

Grabbed the Apple wood chips my basic brown sugar, paprika rub, made up  a quick brine

We had a 9 pound bone in full turkey breast.

Brine – can be any mixture this is what I did

  • 1 cup kosher salt
    1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar.
    Small handful of aromatics (2-3 garlic cloves, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, whole all spice)
  • 1 quart of water
  • Bring the water  salt and other spices to boil until salt is
  • 2 quarts of butter milk – I always have powdered on hand great for chicken marinade makes so moist.
  • Add 4 cups or so of ice cubes to bring to room temperature.
  • Mix the buttermilk and brine together

In mean time open bag and place in a larger stock pot – 1 jumbo zip lock bag

  • Place the turkey in bag – extra pair of hands works great
  • pour the buttermilk brine over turkey and squeeze out as much air as you can.
  • Place in refrigerator for 24 hours – HINT clear a space before so you don’t get surprised and start to use choice works while balancing a 15  pound pot. This is from past experience.

Rinse the turkey and dry with paper towel and let come to room temperature.

 

I always have a basic brown sugar paprika rub on hand  since I tend to make a bib batch. You can use your favorite home made or store bought.

I like to place a little butter under the skin.

Rub turkey with olive oil and then rub the whole turkey with your rub.

I have already started the grill first by taking a good couple of handfuls of the wood chips and putting in a loosely sealed  aluminium foil pouch. I did not turn the heat on the side with the wood chips until I placed the turkey in.

Right, the turkey has been put on a rack in pan with water at ready to put in once on grill.  Place the turkey on the non  heat side and put water in the pan. At this point I have turned the far side to high and the middle and right side to no flame. I also have place a meat thermometer in to watch the temp. I’m going to use indirect heat method.

Close the lid, watch the temp so it does not go to high, mine stayed around 250-300. I waited an hour by this time the chips were long smoked out and then turned  so the other side is facing the heat.

Cooked until 165 or there about. I usually don’t like to use those plastic pop up guides but it was there and what the heck. it popped before the temp said 165 but I grabbed my instant thermometer and it agreed to time for a new battery for the old one.

At one point Lyn said no more smoking it makes me too hungry

There are only 2 of us so take out the food saver and open the freezer door.

This is a turkey weekend so last night I made and old favorite of ours

Bahn Mi-Style Turkey Burger

 

OK GOOGLE stop the sounds of the ocean time to go to Wrentham Outlet Mall.

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Grilled Lamb with Lemon and Garlic

Grilled Lamb with Lemon and Garlic

To be trendy Gluten Free

 

Ok spring has officially hit us although the last two days have been in the 40s and raw I managed to cook this over the weekend when the weather was warmer, wet but warmer and it was not only easy but good. This coming from someone who used to grill all year round. You would see my little shoveled path to the grill on the deck. Another sign of spring besides those horny little peepers in the pond across the street is a permanent shelf space reserved for asparagus.

Anyway this was easy and definitely a do it again I did add my version of Tzatziki Sauce

This was a Lyn find, with a batting of the eyes and a simple do you think you could make this? From : theperfectpantry.com recipes

Serves 8.

Steve Note:  I had a smaller piece of lamb about 1 lbs. so cut everything in half. Oh on cooking check it at 5 minute on side 2.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 lb boneless butterflied leg of lamb (a bit larger or smaller won’t make a difference)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use nonfat)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary & or oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (try to find a fruity oil)

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How:

Remove the lamb from the refrigerator. Dry with a paper towel and set aside while you make the marinade.

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In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Add the lamb to the bowl, and massage to coat completely with the marinade. Transfer the meat and all of the marinade to a large ziploc plastic bag. Squeeze the air out of the bag, seal, and flatten the lamb so the marinade coats the entire piece of meat. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 2 days (the longer, the better).

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To cook, heat a grill to 500°F. While the grill is heating, take the lamb out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Wipe off all of the marinade, and discard. If necessary to create a uniform thickness (it usually is not), run some long metal skewers through the meat to hold it flat on the grill. When the grill is hot, cook the lamb for 5 minutes on the first side. Turn, and cook for 10 minutes on the second side. Then, remove the lamb from the grill and take its temperature with an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part; if the temperature registers 125F (for rare lamb), remove the meat from the grill, and if not, put the meat back on the grill for a minute or two.

Remove from the heat and let the meat sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing. The thicker parts will be rare; the thinner parts will be more well done.

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Reign On Carolina Barbecue Vinegar Barbecue Sauces – Week 11

Reign On Carolina Barbecue Vinegar Barbecue Sauces – Week 11

Thin, tart and full of great flavor – While watching the Pats why not try some local cuisine BBQ shredded Panthers with vinegar based sauces.

Vinegar is the secret ingredient of Carolina Barbecue, particularly apple cider vinegar. Straight cider vinegar is used as a marinade, before cooking, as a baste during cooking and as the primary ingredients of a finishing sauce served on barbecue at the table. The secret of using vinegar with barbecue is to give it time to work it’s way into the meat so that you won’t be left with a strong bitter flavor. You need to balance the sweet flavor of slow cooked meat with the flavor of the vinegar. The advantage to vinegar barbecue sauces is that you can add them in at anytime and the vinegar easily works into the meat. This allows you to add spices and have them sink into the meat giving it plenty of flavor.

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Of course there is more to a good vinegar barbecue sauce than vinegar. North Carolina is divided on the issue of sauce. On the eastern side, vinegar is kept pure, particularly of those nasty tomatoes. However on the west side barbecue sauces are put together with a hint of tomato and sugar. Now while the purists will keep to these formulas others have taken to the additions of cayenne, brown sugar, molasses, red pepper, red pepper flakes, etc.. These thin sauces can come in so many different variations that they could challenge the thick, sweet sauces in variety.

The vinegar used is usually apple cider vinegar, but plain white vinegar works as well. The advantage of vinegar in sauces is that it has an additional tenderizing effect that helps make barbecue pull apart perfect. The gentle acid of vinegar tenderizes the meat during the process making it as tender as possible

Now, like any other barbecue sauce it is best made in advance. You want to give the flavors time to mix. The vinegar will literally dissolve most anything you add to it. If you add coarse ingredients like red pepper flakes you really need to give it a day or two to pull the flavors out into the vinegar.

Now these would be good with any of my recipes such as:

ribs

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pulled pork

brisket sandwich

Here are some local Carolina recipes I found

Pulled Pork Finishing Sauce

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

This traditional finishing sauce is a wonderful accompaniment to Carolina Style Pulled Pork. It is served on the side and added by the person doing the eating.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

•1 cup cider vinegar
•2 tablespoons salt
•2 tablespoons brown sugar
•1 teaspoon cayenne
•1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together. Let stand as long as possible, at least 1/2 a day, but the longer the better.

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

Carolina Red

This recipe is a great table sauce for Pulled Pork. Blending both the vinegar and tomato traditions of North Carolina into one.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

Big Red BBQ

Preparation:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. Serve at room temperature or chilled. The sauce keeps indefinitely.

Hog Mop

Want to smoke a whole hog? This mop not only gives it a great flavor but makes enough to get you through.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Yield: Makes 5 quarts (You can cut it down in amounts when BBQ or smoking a roast. I would mop more often)

Years ago my sister would hold an annual pig roast I remember the ride home with the pig in the passenger’s seat cigarette butt hanging out of its mouth. We would do either an oil, oregano and rosemary or vinegar based slop. The trick was to get someone to wander over and try out turning the pig on the hand rotated spigot, then you would walk away leaving them with this distraught look of abandonment while you grab and down another beer. It was not long until they figured out the game and there were always enough newbies around. Wish I could find some of those old pictures, ahh that crispy pig skin.

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Ingredients:

• 3 quarts cider vinegar
• 1 1/2 quarts water
• 3/4 cup salt
• 1/4 cup chili powder

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Preparation:

Mix ingredients together and mop hog every other hour.

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Texas Pete’s
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt

How

1. Place all of the ingredients in a small, non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil. Whisk until the sugar and salt is completely dissolved, remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.
2. Pour the sauce into a jar or squeeze bottle and let rest in the refrigerator one day before using.

Carne-val

BBQ Oven Baked Rib for Gloria

A long time ago I had to stop eating fatty foods they started to do a number on my stomach. A few things made me decide to go for it this year, 4th of July with Lyn asking what are we going to BBQ and Gloria who recently found my site and wanted to know if I had any good rib recipes.  To be truthful the last few times I made them I bought the precooked and just reheated, added my own sauce and there you had it quick and easy but I used to cook these and still had the how in my head.  Last year I won a contest with my pulled pork and root beer BBQ sauce so I still have it in me. Then Wholefoods had St. Louis Style ribs on sale and I grabbed a slab, gave it a rub down and let it sit in the frig until yesterday.  Cooking ribs are relatively easy just time consuming that being said there is a true art to cooking the perfect rib and I am still trying to master that I lift my smoker lid to all those that have satisfied my taste bud in my travels. I remember the road trip my brother and I took bringing Mom and Dad’s car down to Florida for them we had ribs all the way down each a different taste treat. I have to say there was a gap of eating ribs for me after that trip.

Ingredients

  • 1 Slab of St Louis style ribs about 2 lbs.
  • Rub – had a can of smoke house rub

How:

Remove the white membrane from the bone side of slab peeling it off with your hands (optional)

If you did not remove the membrane poke several holes in the bone side

Liberally apply the rub of your choice to all sides and give it a good rub, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours, I prefer 24+ in this case it was 48 hours.

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I take two sheets of aluminum foil and join along the sides to make one large one, repeat and lay the 2nd on top.

Place the slab meat side down and fold the tinfoil to make an air tight package. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 225 to 250 for around 2 hours – until tender and the meat is pulling off the end of bones.

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Remove from oven, open foil and drain the liquid.

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Now brush BBQ sauce of your choice on all sides, you don’t need a lot.

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Here you can either turn heat up to 350 and cook for about 20-35 minutes or as I did move the slab to the cool side of the gas or gas grill and cook flipping once or twice for about 10-20 minutes

I cut the slab in half before the grilling, making it easier to flip and remove.

I was grilling some swordfish also and one of the apple smoke chip cans smoking away. (Drives the neighbors up wind crazy)

Remove cover loosely with aluminum foil and let sit for about 5 minutes, goes for the swordfish also.

Server up take a snap chat and send to you Mike and Laurel who were driving to Indiana enjoying rest stop food.

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Broiled BBQ-Spiced Rubbed Salmon

Broiled BBQ-Spiced Rubbed Salmon

Eastover Sunday rolls around but once a year in years past we used to have larger crowds but with everyone spread out all over the country and others watching from above well we are a smaller group these days. That’s fine with me because two of my favorite people came. Laurel and Mike (our son). In our combined families there are tons of Mikes so I have to distinguish which one when talking about a Mike. Laurel fills the air with excitement this visit she was showing off their new couch (pictures) and later the sweater she was knitting. She enjoys cooking as much as we do and show the correct amount of excitement when I pull out my new carving knife, yes a true foodie. Mike turned Lyn on to Snap Chat a program where you send a still or a 10 second video that once viewed by the recipient disappears forever. She gets so excited and nervous at the same time when she receives on and is remembering to keep pressing to view. She announced this morning that “I got a Snap Chat with Laurel modeling her new sweater!!” I teased and said let me see it. Each year we say the same thing this was the best meal since last Eastover and to me the company made it!  For us this recipe was originally in Sonoma Diet cook book, I can’t believe I never posted it we make it often. When you Google it, it shows up under many names and faces and it should it is quick easy and simply delicious spread the news.

Eastover Surf and Turf BBQ Rub Salmon, Grill NY Strip Steak, Roasted potatoes, carrot root, turnips and carrots, Fennel salad and asparagus.
Eastover Surf and Turf BBQ Rub Salmon, Grill NY Strip Steak, Roasted potatoes, carrot root, turnips and carrots, Fennel salad and asparagus.

Eastover Surf and Turf BBQ Rub Salmon, Grill NY Strip Steak, Roasted potatoes, celery root, turnips and carrots, Fennel salad and asparagus.

Ingredients

  • 6 – 4-ounce fresh or frozen skinless, boneless salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or ground ancho chile pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients  Salmon

Note: This rub is good on steaks also.

How

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Measure thickness of fish. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine sweet paprika, smoked paprika, chili powder, kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cumin, and oregano. Transfer spice mixture to a piece of waxed paper. Gently roll fish fillets in spice mixture to coat.

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Brush about half of the olive oil in the bottom of a broiler pan or 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Place fish fillets in prepared pan; turn any thin portions under to make uniform thickness. Drizzle tops of fish with remaining olive oil. Broil fish 4 inches from the heat for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, carefully turning once halfway through broiling. Whoops I forgot to do this, this time no wonder Lyn and I remembered crispy skin.

Broiled BBQ-Spiced Rubbed Salmon

This picture does not do it justice, sorry.

Pig Skins

Pig Skins

You can assemble these game day pig skins ahead of time, if you like. For daintier eaters try pop in your mouth bite-size pig skins, make this recipe with 12 small potatoes instead. Or for a twist, substitute smoked turkey or chicken for the pork, heck make them all and pig out.

 Ingredients:

  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • A couple of green onions slice thin for garnish
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used my Root beer BBQ sauce but you can use your own)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded pulled pork (You can buy in store or make your own)

How:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prick potatoes all over with a fork then arrange on a baking sheet and bake until tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then cut in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh, leaving only about 1/4 inch of potato all around. (Save potato flesh for another use.)

In the meantime, heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook until deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes more.

Preheat broiler. Divide half of the cheese among potato skins, then top with onions. Arrange pork on onions then top with remaining cheese. Broil until golden brown and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer potato skins to a platter and serve with BBQ sauce, sour cream, salsa on the side and what else BEER!

Go Pats!

Where did potato skins originate?

According to Yahoo Answers

Sorry to tell you, but they originated with TGI Fridays. But don’t worry, it wasn’t the original store in NYC. They were actually concocted by a hungry sous chef in the Atlanta store. The year was 1974.

I still think that Friday’s skins are the best. I was introduced to them in Cupertino, California around 1977, and every Friday night would go to the bar there for skins and beer (extra sour cream, please!). Got fatter than heck that summer.

Now that’s what Fridays would like you to believe is it true? Let’s hear from you?

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Boneless Chicken Breast with BBQ Raspberry Sauce.

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Boneless Chicken Breast with BBQ Raspberry Sauce.

We bought this Coffee and Spice rub at Williams and Sonoma outlet store and tried it on Steak and fish but it just couldn’t find the right fit. For some reason the combination of this with chicken did not appeal to me so I never went there, but my wife did the other night and we both enjoyed it very much. So yesterday after returning home from Wholefoods with some air chilled chicken breasts I grab one and rubbed it with the Coffee rub, wrapped it and left in frig overnight.   I decided that I would use some of the Raspberry BBQ sauce as a last minute glaze and the combo was very good. Juicy, Tender, Melt in our mouth. This got the two heads bobbing approval from Lyn and I.

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless Chicken breast
  • Coffee and spice rub
  • Raspberry BBQ sauce (I had left over from the Rib Eye steak in the frig)

How

Liberally rub the chicken breast with the coffee rub, wrap and refrigerate. I refrigerated overnight but I think at least 3 hours would work.

Preheat and prepare the grill, I like to rub some olive oil on the grates to help with sticking

Place chicken breast on grill and grill for 4-5 minutes flip and repeat.

Brush on raspberry sauce and grill sauce side down for 1 to 1.5 minutes

Brush on remaining sauce and flip cook about 1 minute.

Note: each grill is different so you will have to determine the length for doneness.

Remove from grill and left sit loosely covered with tin foil for 8 minutes.

Slice and serve.