I moved last year and didn't grow anything for the past 2 years. Well, my stocks of powder are running low so I got out my big bag of seeds!! Too bad that none germinated.....I guess they were just too old, 5-6 years. Anyway, the nursery near me had some baby plants and I bought 2 Bhuts and a Reaper. They have been in 10 gallon air pots for 4 days now and are transitioning to full South Texas sunshine and are looking great. Hopefully these will put out pods until after Thanksgiving
Thanks guys, it was actually 50% hickory 50% pecan wood. Hickory for the first 5 or so hours, then pecan. It's always with just wood. I only use wood, no charcoal when I smoke. I haven't used charcoal when smoking for several years now. I haven't seen a reason other than ease(screw that) to use charcoal. I've never had any smoke "bitterness", and vary between wet and dry wood to keep the temps and smoke levels where I want.
I started the spring last week by getting Old Rusty going again. Here's my trusty Old Rusty
I put 2 10lb shoulders into brine with apple cider vinegar and Primo powder(why not?) for 24 hrs, then put on a rub I threw together for another 12.
Then the start of 225F with hickory for as long as I could stay awake. I fell asleep right when it was hitting 160ish, woke up to a perfect 195 A quick 20hrs and it was perfect! I had trouble getting it into the pans because it was falling apart in my hands
The bones fell out
2 big pans filled! I took them to work and vacuum sealed them into 2lb bags.
My wife and I have been loving it. I think Old Rusty is going to do a Texas style brisket and beef ribs next
I have successfully grown super hots in Alaska outdoors, and now in Northern Michigan. I don't think that they are "hard" to grow, just keep them warm. The cold windy days stop them from growing and pollinating. 2 summers ago was really warm and I had thousands of peppers. Last summer was cold and I only got a few handfulls. This summer should be warmer, and I expect to get a few hundred peppers from my plants.
Nagas are a little underlooked lately but they can still hit VERY hard.
This one was harvested from my ow Naga Black plant, almost killed me today LOL
Haha, yeah. My Naga Morich that I've been growing the past few years are ridiculously hot! Hotter than most of the many varieties I've had that are "supposed" to be hotter. I put them ahead of any of the scorpion varities I've tried. Only a few of the 7-pots are hotter......to ME.
Back home again after a little 2 week deployment. The weather has been cold and rainy, days in the 60's and nights in the low 50's, so there hasn't been too much growth Not the season I was hoping for. But, it'll be OK. We still have a few months left to go yet.
I'm just happy that all of my plants are LOADED with flowers and buds like this at every intersection:
The mystery plant is still winning, any guess on what they could be?
Chocolate TS has just one pod, but it's a good one:
Poorly, and late, pruned Fatalii looks like a bonsai:
That's it for now, hoping that some warmer weather will get a bit more growth. Things are going to be poppin' in no time!!
The feedings are stepped up all the way to heavy every 2nd day now. Combined with the rain we have had nearly everyday, I'm expecting a big burst of growth. I'll be deployed for 2 weeks in a bit and the wife will be taking care of them while I'm away, she'll only be watering with no feedings. I hope that they do OK.
No garden pics, but the wife and I had fun yesterday. We and a few people I work with did the Xtreme Muck Ruck and had a good time. The wife even climbed the 20ft rope that most men were unable to do!