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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 11, 2019, 06:34:37 PM »
  Oh, and I bought a tractor... lol

Congrats!!!!   That's a game changer and expect the garden to get bigger.

General Discussion / Re: Started Seeds for Spring Garden 2019
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:15:05 AM »
Nice stocky plants!! What variety are those?

Homesteading Skills / Re: Pit Boss Copperhead pellet smoker on sale
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:49:15 PM »
I cooked a few racks of ribs today for the family visiting from MS. I mixed up a batch of my rub and got to work.

Cleaned up and ready for rub, I'm cooking the rib tips too.

I had these on the smoker for 3 hours, I almost forgot to get a shot of the ribs before wrapping.

The wrapping process is a light layer of brown sugar, honey and squeeze bottle butter-Parkay.

Meat side down to soak up that sweet nectar.

All wrapped, if you look close there's 4 racks there. I had to buy another rack because "someone" gets heartburn from smoked foods so it was oven ribs.

Perfect cornbread for dressing

It's ugly but this is awesome dressing mix, ground meat, onions, bells, spices and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

This was a test and it's good but the tips are crispy from staying in long enough to get the bacon crispy.

The rib tips all sauced, I cooked these longer wrapped in that pan to render the fat then back on the smoker to set the sauce.

Ready to slice

Oven ribs

These were wrapped but not sauced. I sprinkled more rub when I put them back on the smoker. This came out better than expected and I might stop putting sauce on ribs, the flavor is better not covered up with a sauce.

Finally!! That's potato salad washed out by the flash with cornbread dressing and beans of course.

How's that for bite through ribs

Homesteading Skills / Re: Pit Boss Copperhead pellet smoker on sale
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:51:46 PM »
I updated the link, it should work now just put your zip in and click check inventory.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Pit Boss Copperhead pellet smoker on sale
« on: February 09, 2019, 01:18:33 PM »
I've been trying a few different types, I started with all Pit Boss pellets of hickory then mesquite. I bought a bag of Myron Mixon's custom blend with oak, hickory and peach for the sausage.

I can't really say if i notice the difference in any of them.

FYI to everyone, Walmart has since lowered the price on these to $109 down from regular price of $446.

Homesteading Skills / Pit Boss Copperhead pellet smoker on sale
« on: February 09, 2019, 12:40:44 PM »
It was on sale so I had to buy it. 1/2 price at wally World so go find it if you need one.
I bought it late that afternoon and had to do a fast and hot cook, it doesn't have a strong enough smoke flavor but it was good. Next time I'll follow directions just to see what flavor it brings. Since then I figured out that the hotter you cook on it the less smoke flavor it gives off. That makes sense considering it actually burns the pellets for heat.

If you make jerky and sausage then this works like a dream, it has a smoke setting and temps stay below 160.

This thing is bigger than it looks and will work great for smoking my sausage.

Some other cooks

Loaded up with a rack of pork and beef ribs and squach

BBQ on the right and Chinese BBQ on the left

Chinese style


Beef ribs


I also made a batch of jerky and this thing worked like a dream

Half deer and pork smoked sausage from this week.

I loaded it up with finger food for the Superbowl

I tried Shake-n-Bake wings on the smoker and they were good, nice and crispy just like an oven

Buffalo wings and fresh sausage

Stuffed banana peppers with sausage and bacon wrapped, the others are cream cheese stuffed jalapenos. The round ones are onion bombs

I even cooked Deviled crabs, this was a killer plate

Onion bomb sliced open

I also made some BBQ gizzards, boiled first then topped with Jack Millers sauce. These didn't last long enough to make it to the plate.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« on: February 09, 2019, 12:10:06 PM »
I just saw this thread!!

I starting making wine this year and I blame it on my Aunt since she made a comment about persimmon wine her uncle made when he was still with us. I decided I'd surprise her and jumped in with both feet.

Here's a few pics from earlier this year.
It's hard to believe how clear the persimmon wine is.
Persimmon and Dragon Blood


That Dragon Blood wine is like a spiked punch and goes down easy, great for hot days to quench the thirst. It's a quick ferment wine and cheap to make, I buy the fruit at Dollar Tree for a buck per 12oz bag. The recipe calls for 6lbs but I always add more, I'm making 3 gallon batches and use 7-9lbs of fruit. Here's the recipe with a link at the bottom of the first post to download the recipe.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:41:51 AM »

I should start a new thread about a pellet smoker I bought. I think I'll do that now.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:08:40 AM »
Last night I cooked a pot of cut up turkey wings for supper, this is one of my favorite dishes. It's cheap and packs that turkey flavor and the wing tips with all of the natural gelatin makes a good gravy.

I've been wanting to make a soup with it for a while so I decided to make a small pot of broth to make an Asian influenced bowl of turkey ramen.

I grabbed some gravy and turkey then made a broth with mushrooms, carrots and celery sticks. I pulled the meat off the bones and made a bowl of fresh Asian noodles.

I started prepping the bowl with the goodies from the broth

Added a handful of Asian blend frozen veggies

Ladled in some broth

Topped it with hoisin sauce, sriracha, chili pepper crisp in chili oil and fried garlic

And finished it with a handful of cilantro and some banty eggs cooked for 5 minutes marinated in a Tare.

This was perfect on a cold night!!

General Discussion / Re: IT's a TRAP
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:44:57 PM »
better boy and big boy----I think. Almost sure! LOL

General Discussion / Re: IT's a TRAP
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:01:34 PM »
DON'T BE CHICKEN, PLANT WHEN YOU GET THE URGE!!!!! Don't you want tomatoes? LOL!!!!
From the GH today, they may have to sit a few days on the counter to get dead ripe but I had to pick'em.

This front isn't much for me, a low of 40 doesn't even bother the ghost pepper plants under the carport and the 3 light frosts we had didn't do much damage to jalapenos and cayennes still in the garden. They're ugly but have ripe peppers on them.

I do want a light freeze so I can murder these guys.

It was an experiment growing in half used potting soil and half rice hulls. I mixed the two together with triple 13, filled half the boxes with free hay bales from Halloween/Thanksgiving and planted collards. They probably need a little nitrogen but they look good.

I started seeds late so it'll probably be mid March before I get plants out. I do have a few extra plants I'm growing for seeds that are about 15" tall I can sacrifice.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Tiller Reccomendation
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:31:19 AM »
I'm with Double B!!

If you have to money to spend a BCS is the way to go and you can buy almost any attachment for it but if you want something that will last then buy an old Troybuilt. Both are basically a small tractor that pulls itself and makes tilling easy. I have a Troybuilt Horse and it does all the work of stopping the tiller from running away from you and it pulls it self down the row so easy that I can usually just walk on the side of the row I'm tilling and guide it with one hand.

Here's the model I'm referring to. Check Craigslist as they usually come up for sale.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:53:51 AM »
Dang, Ya'll are starting tomatoes already!!!

I started the first batch of peppers last Sunday and some are up in less than a week.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: January 06, 2019, 04:56:07 PM »
Yesterday was a beautiful warm day, flip flops, shorts and T shirt for most of it. I took advantage and cooked a brisket.

General Discussion / Re: Looks Like a "Buggy" Spring Ahead
« on: January 06, 2019, 04:46:33 PM »
YEP, you're right on that! I'm still killing army worms in the greenhouse and the bees are working the Japanese Plum tree.

While I hate the bugs I certainly love the weather we've been having besides the rain. I still have pepper plants with leaves and some with peppers.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:15:30 AM »
Let's not rush things. I say that a lot, mostly to myself. The daffodils need the same advice. It's only the 3rd day of winter, and, like a herd of anxious groundhogs, they're already poking their heads up looking for spring.

Mine are popping up too, maybe that's a sign of an early Spring!!

General Discussion / Re: Time to start peppers!!!
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:12:34 AM »
I like all the pretty colors!!! ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Re: Time to start peppers!!!
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:16:57 PM »
Save about 10 buckets for more peppers, I'm getting seeds for large sweet peppers and you need to try these. I'm still trying to find seeds for some of them but I'll let you know.

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