Monthly Archives: May 2004

My New Smoker

Last weekend I picked up a Char-Broil Silver Smoker and assembled it. This week I’ve used it twice for grilling. This weekend being Memorial Day weekend I’m going to put it to the test of smoking. My plan is to use it to grill with Saturday and Sunday and then Sunday night start smoking a rack of ribs and a pork roast. Tonight I’ll rub down the meat.

As a grill this smoker has worked suprisingly well. The firebox isn’t large enough to cook a large amount of food but for the three of us it does quite well. Supposedly I can also use charcoal in the smoke chamber for grilling larger amounts of food but I think I’m going to refrain from doing that. I’m much better at smoking and barbequeing than I am at grilling.

Barbeque Rub

Note:This is a reprint from Justin’s Journal October 12, 2002. There appears to be some problems with the old weblog’s PHP script retrieving the archives. Because I’m going to be doing barbeque this weekend I wanted this recipe available.

I’ve got some folks coming over tomorrow afternoon for a barbeque. Just a few minutes ago I finished preparing the pork shoulder roast for smoking in the morning. I mixed up about a cup of my special rub and covered this 4lb. roast with the rub, covered the roast with plastic wrap and put it back in ther refrigerator. I really should have done this about two days ago if I wanted a really superb barbeque roast but this will still be long enough for it to be a pretty doggone good barbeque.

I’ve got a friend who runs “The Deck Chef” website who has some very good rubs for sale but I like my own. If you won’t tell anyone else I’ll share the recipe with you. Shhh, though, remember this is a secret recipe.

  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 2 T. Brown Sugar
  • 2 T. Salt
  • 2 T. Ground Cumin
  • 4 T. Paprika
  • 2 T. Chile Powder
  • 1 T. Cayenne Pepper (maybe a little bit more Cayenne Pepper)
  • 1 T. Freshly cracked black pepper.

Just throw all these ingredients together in a bowl and then mix until the seem to be mixed about as well as they can be. Put this in a shaker of some sort and sprinkle liberally over your meat. It’s called a rub but there isn’t a need to rub this stuff in, it’ll ball up on you and not completely cover the meat. Just cover the meat with it, wrap it up in butcher paper or plastic wrap and put it back in the refrigerator at least overnight. Two days will make it better.

Sometimes I’ll add a little rubbed sage to the mixture, other times maybe a little rosemary gets added. If you have a favorite herb go ahead and add it to it. The key that I’ve found is, though, not to stray too far from this basic rub when playing around with different ingredients. You can add just about anything you want to give it your own special flavor just as long as one or two things is all that you add.

Tomorrow, around 7a.m. I’ll get up and go fire up the smoker. Around 8:30 I’ll put a cup of wet hickory chips on the charcoal, add water to a pan that will sit between the fire and the meat and then place the meat on the rack. Around 3p.m. the meat will be ready for the finishing sauce and at 3:30 it will be ready to pull from the bone and serve.

Good barbeque requires time… and a few bottles of beer.

New Trial for Stewart?

Martha Stewart is awaiting sentancing for the crime of lying to a federal investigator. She was convicted, in part, due to the testimony of Larry Stewart, a U.S. secret service laboratory director. Larry Stewart has been charged with perjury for the testimony he gave in Martha Stewarts trial. The prosecutors see no need for the judge to grant Ms. Stewart a new trial due to this.

Now let me see. Ms Stewart is going to jail for lying to a federal investigator due in part to a federal investigator lying to a federal court. Nah, I don’t see a reason to grant a new trial.

Damn hypocrits.

Two Birds With One Stone

Sunday I bought a 1980 Mazda 626 from a fellow for $600. I plan on it being a project car that will become a daily commuter for me and then a first car for my soon to be fifteen year-old son. I was thinking about journaling my progress on the old jalopy here but decided that wasn’t really the direction I want for this site. I then found out about Blogger‘s new functions and decided to create a new site to play around with Blogger some more.

This will still be my main site and I’ll probably mention the work on the Mazda here from time to time but I will be chronicaling what I do to the car at my "motorhead" site. It will also give me the opportunity to really try out Blogger again.