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Rajun Gardener

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Does anyone grow Eggplants aka Aubergine?

Yesterday, 01:40 PM

I'm trying to find any information about Louisiana Oblong Green Eggplant.

It looks and grows like Black Beauty but it's green and seeds are hard to find. I'm thinking this has to be some type of Italian eggplant but all the varieties I checked didn't grow this big.


I tried to find seeds last year and couldn't, I looked all over the web and nothing then I found one hardware store in Baton Rouge(60 miles away) that sells a few plants each year and was ready to take a trip to get plants.  My Aunt was here when they called me back saying that they would have some in a few weeks so she asked what I was looking for. A few hours later she comes back with a pill bottle of seeds and the original plant tag from years ago. She couldn't remember how old the seeds are and if they'll even grow. I planted and had almost 100% germination and gave plants away to spread the seeds


If anybody has any other information about this variety let me know.


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$1.80 deal on E-book/Kindle

30 April 2018 - 09:04 AM

FYI!!! I just bought this e-book and it's awesome. It's a revised version with new recipes from of the top pitmasters in Texas and a nice history lesson with everything from Barbacoa to old(early 1900's) open pits up to recent BBQ. I'm sure some of you will recognize some of the people and places in the book.



I found a deal on a Kindle E-book. If you have Prime the reader is free and there's also a Windows version if you have Windows 10.

Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from the Pitmasters, Revised & Updated with 32 New Recipes!

If barbecue in Texas is a religion, this book is its bible. Originally published only in print in 2002, this revised and updated edition explores all the new and exciting developments from the Lone Star State's evolving barbecue scene. The 100 recipes include 32 brand-new ones such as Smoke-Braised Beef Ribs and an extremely tender version of Pulled Pork. Profiles on legendary pitmasters like Aaron Franklin are featured alongside archival photography covering more than 100 years of barbecue history. Including the basic tools required to get started, secrets and methods from the state's masters, and step-by-step directions for barbecuing every cut of meat imaginable, this comprehensive book presents all the info needed to fire up the grill and barbecue Texas-style.



Do you need a vacation in April?

25 April 2018 - 05:18 PM

FYI!!! If you need an idea to take a trip and like music and good food. This might be for you.


My home town/area(Acadiana) has festivals almost all year for everything you can think of from rice to crawfish to boudin to froglegs. Every festival is just another reason to party with beer, food and bands but today one of the biggest besides Mardi Gras starts.


It's called Festival International de Louisiane. It's one big drunk fest with awesome live music and you already know about Louisiana food.


Festival International de Louisiane is a non-profit organization that produces the largest international music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world and an estimated economic impact of 49 million annually.   With over 300,000 festival goers every year, the annual festival features musical performances by artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts.   The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.


Check out the music line up.




"BJ's Sale" Oklahoma Joe's Highland Reverse-Flow Smoker

11 April 2018 - 09:29 AM

This is a good deal if there's a BJ's around you.



Cheap offset smoker upgrades

06 April 2018 - 11:46 AM

I found a New Braunsfels smoker on CL for $50. It's been used 3 times to cook steaks, it was kept outside with a cover then eventually in the garage. The metal is in good shape, no rust holes but the bottom shelf is dented. This thing hasn't been used enough to call it seasoned.

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I fired it up and threw in some wood chips to check how bad it leaks and holds temp. I wasn't impressed so I started looking for mods and noticed that this fire box is about 2" higher than some of the better models. So I had to start making changes.


I picked up some 3/16" plate and started marking it out for a lower fire box and a smaller fire box to cooking chamber opening. I used a few of the pit calculators to determine the intake and exhaust opening and if that doesn't work I'll make changes later. I pulled it apart and here's where I'm at right now.


You can see the outlet from the fire box is at grill level and that makes a very hot spot so that part of the smoker is useless, maybe a water pan there would help but I'm going for better results.

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I cut part of the fire box top and left that hole to mount it for hopefully a solid seal. I cut off about 5/8" of the top lip to help the heat flow into the cooking chamber.

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You can see the ash door with all those leaks, they should've installed some plate inside the fire box to make a better seal but I'll do a temporary fix for now.

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Here's the mounting plate, you can see how much smaller I'm making the outlet for the fire box. It's 4" x 9" and should work better with a nice even flow compared to wide open burning charcoal/wood like crazy. When I tested it I used 5lbs of charcoal and it burned for about 2 hours with the temp over 300 for most of that time. I'm sure the ash door leaks had something to do with that.

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Here's the new stack I ordered, it's a 4" instead of 3" and should make a nice draw when I mount it on the side instead of the top.

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Time to get back to it, my battery is charged. More pics later.