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Sausage making

10 July 2018 - 11:51 AM

I got a wild hair and decided to make some sausage. Pork butt steaks were on sale so I bought some and watched a few vids then got started. I'm using a generic stand alone meat grinder and it worked good grinding the cold meat. Then it came time to stuff and I gave up and ordered a stuffer from Prime. It came in yesterday and I got busy stuffing. This thing is a dream to use, it took longer to clean it than stuff 10 lbs of sausage.

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This is regular Cajun green onion sausage to be cooked fresh(raw)

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Next I made a batch to smoke before using. I have this seasoned almost like Aundouilleand I used Praque #1 to cure it properly. All of this meat has been marinating since Saturday and smells awesome.

I made enough spice mix for 25 lbs of meat and used a heaping tsp per lb of meat when I mixed it along with a tsp of pink salt.

Here's the mix

3 tbs smoked paprika

3 tbs non iodized salt

3 tbs black pepper

6 tbs cayenne pepper

2 tsp garlic powder

3 tsp onion powder

6 tsp Accent seasoning for the MSG

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I'm using the drum to cold smoke it and I had to guess on setting up the coals but it worked. Temp is steady and I'm using pecan wood for a light smoke for a few hours.

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I just added more wood chunks and a few more coals to raise the temp to 150. It's rolling smoke slow and low, results later.




Quality time in the kitchen!!

05 July 2018 - 10:33 PM

Excuse me while Paw Paw brags a little.

My granddaughter is spending a few weeks here and we made fresh pasta, homemade rolls and a Cajun shrimp Alfredo. She wanted to help so I set her loose with a few instructions. I think she's hooked on all the kitchen gadgets and is already asking what are we cooking tomorrow.

From dough to the plate, we had fun and it's good to see her have interest in cooking.


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Does anyone grow Eggplants aka Aubergine?

19 June 2018 - 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.