The day started off cleaning a Black Stainless Steel First Generation Performer Up. She had quite a buildup of charcoal on the bowl but after a couple of hours of razor blade and steel wool she came out shining-
The afternoon brought about a walk around the Back Shore and Past The Wharf. On this walk I’d taken dozens of times and at an old apartment house I’d driven past thousands and thousands of times was a neglected pretty rare Green 18 inch Weber One-Touch Premium. She’s in very rough shape. Needing a new lid vent, a new handle(this one is melted), new charcoal and cooking grates and some serious deep cleaning. The frame and table are in very good shape though.
I spotted her on the walk but was not going to be stopping as I was with my beautiful Kate.
Later that evening I knocked on the door and asked if it was for sale. It had probable been sitting there untouched for years. We came to an agreement and she’s now in my care.
Getting home I unloaded the Green One-Touch Premium and pulled the Dove Grey Special Edition Crate and Barrel 2nd Generation Performer around front smoke the Atomic Buffalo Turd Stuffed Avocados that Kate prepared and reverse sear a NY Strip Steak. Both were elegant. Stuffing avocados and smoking them is my new favorite thing to grill.
Here’s the stuffing recipe from Kate-
“I didn’t follow a specific recipe. Ive made jalapeño popper dip in the past and just tossed the same ingredients in a bowl. Cream cheese (at room temp) maybe 1/2 cup. TBS of mayo and sour cream. Some shredded cheese, tsp of grated parm, chopped bacon and jalapeños. Mix and spoon on top of avacado. I topped it with a sprinkle or panko crumbs and a little more bacon.
Next time, I’ll add more mix to it- so double of everything. There was a lot of avacado vs popper mix.”
A very Weber day…
First make a horizontal cut in the Ribeye creating a pocket to add all our fixins.
Chop up some roasted red peppers and pepperoncini and add your favorite seasoning. I used Montreal seasoning, you can use whatever you like.
Stuff it with that yummy gorgonzola and then add the peppers.
A couple of wooden skewers to seal the pocket. It’s a good idea to soak the skewers in water for a bit so they’re less likely to burn when we sear the steaks.
After sealing the pocket a rub with EVOO and then Montreal Steak Seasoninng.
A full chimney of coals into the charcoal basket on one side of the kettle with a chunk of pecan for smoke. Next place the steak on the other side of the kettle for indirect cooking. It will absorb some nice smoke flavoring and slowly climb internal temps.
Once the steak hits an internal of 110, place it directly over the coals for about a minute on each side, enough to produce some nice hash marks.
Talk about a flavor packed steak.
First To Butterfly The Flank Steak with the grain.
Try to get it squared off when split open and laid out.
Season with whatever you’d like, I used Montreal Steak seasoning.
Next add Feta (you can use other cheeses like goat cheese if you prefer). leave a little margin around the edges without stuffing ingredients.
Add sliced roasted red peppers and pepperoncini.
Next Prosciutto di Parma
Roll tightly and secure with butchers string.
Season the outside. here I used Italian herb seasoning.
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Once grill was 350 degrees at grate temp I seared the stuffed flank steak, rolling every couple of minutes until each side had color.
Next place foil down on the charcoal grate under where we will place the stuffed flank steak, moving the roll offset the coals. We will close the lid, place a couple of chunks of apple wood over the coals for smoke and wait til she hits 130 internal to pull it off.
The Money Shot-
Rubbed Chuck roast with Worcestershire sauce and Trader Joe’s coffee and garlic rub.
Cut up red onion, orange and green bell peppers, garlic and added beef broth and more Worcestershire sauce to the tin that is laced under the Chuck on the grill.
Set up grill using snake method and have tray with veggies and beef broth under to collect drippings. Pit temp 265.
We’re going to tape a podcast this morning and I’ve had venison steaks marinating in Spiedie sauce for two days. I figure since the deer meat is so lean we gotta add some fat in there somehow. Good friends Eric Lorden and Craig Kimberley home smoked some bacon earlier in the week so what the hell, let’s mash this shit up and see how it come out.
I made a little foil tray and sliced up some bacon which I’ll use a couple different ways.
First core out the top of an onion, make some slits inside and stuff some bacon in the top. Next slice up some more bacon and let it render some of that fat to put on the venison that Ian Fulford brought.
After cooking the onion bacon and smashed potatos using indirect high heat for about a half hour we take the lid off and cook the marinated venison steaks directly over the heat about 3 minutes per side leaving them a medium rare.
Using the melted bacon fat I drizzle that over the venison after it cooked and took it off the grill to rest for about 5 minutes. Closed the lid and then pulled everything off at the same time to eat.
I had never had a positive experience eating venison before this, but we all agreed it was absolutely outstanding. A huge part of the success was due to letting it marinade for two full days in the vinegar based Spiedie sauce which really broke the venison meat down and added a ton of flavor. That and the smokey flavor from the apple wood and charcoal- a total winner meal.
We’ll be smoking some South Rockport Woods deer. I hear they’re particularly delicious.
As you can see from the photo, there’s not a lot of fat in deer meat so the plan is to smoke it between 225-250 degrees until it reaches 135 degrees internally. But first we’re going to marinate it to tenderize and break down some of the connective tissue and add as much moisture to the venison as possible.
what better marinade to use than The Spiedie sauce that Friends Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz brought from Upstate New York. Spiedie marinade is special to the Greater Binghamton NY area. So special that they have a Spiedie festival every year to celebrate all type of meats cooked with the Special Spiedie marinade.
Gonna let it marinade for over 24 hours.
Pat and Jimmy tell me the Lupos brand is the original and the standard.
Started the coals on the Performer, set up the smoker using the minion method with Apple wood chunks and cherry chips. Dumped 12 lit coals into the center of the charcoal basket and let smoker climb to 200 before closing all three bottom vents 75% shut and leaving the top vent wide open.
Pork Butt hit the smoker around 8:50PM.
The temps will be monitored by the Maverick 733 remote thermometer. At 9:17PM the Grate temp is 261.
Woke to check temps on the smoker and she was cruising along at 223 grill grate temp. The butt internal temp at 190 degrees.
4:45AM Pork button internal temp is 196 degrees, she will be taken off the smoker, double wrapped in foil and placed in a cooler til game time when the internal temps hit 200. I haven’t opened the lid on the Weber Smokey Mountain once.
5:23AM after being on the @webergrills Smokey Mountain Smoker since 9PM as the night and the #Porkbutt is ready to rest.
Obviously I love BBQ cooking. I love the versatility and ease of using two kettles but if I were only going to own one it would have to be a Performer. That cart just makes everything so simple and convenient. Being able to rest your tray of prepped food of hold your remote thermometer sensor makes things so simple. When you factor in the gas assist for starting your coals, to me, it’s a no-brainer to go with a Performer.
When you consider the fact that unlike gas grills , a Weber Kettle can easily last you over 20 years with the bare minimum of care and you divide out the cost of ownership over all those years, I’d recommend you buy a Performer every time. It’s only a couple hundred more and when you think that you probably only get 5 years on average out of a gas grill, the Weber Performer Charcoal grill with gas-assist will outlast a gasser by 4 times as long.
Anyway here was my set-up for some pork ribs that went on at 7:41 AM to be ready for lunch!
Snake method charcoal set-up with apple chunks and cherry chips. Ribs slathered with frenches yellow mustard and then rubbed with the Paul Prudhomme rub. Wait til pit temps hit 225 and then toss the ribs on offset the coals. Then let er rip. The top vent wide open bottom vent wide open. Because we are using the snake method, only a portion of the coals are hot at a time as it works it’s way around the bowl.
One of my fishermen was kind enough to donate some tuna to the cause. -A simple soy/sesame/red pepper flake marinade overnight and now they are placed on the grates to dry for an hour or two.
Light eight briquettes in the chimney and set up the charcoal basket in the smoker using the snake method with cherry chips and mesquite chunks. The charcoal will slowly work its way around not having the entire basket of charcoal going at once will help keep the temps down. We are looking to smoke around 250 degrees.
The tuna is placed with small gaps in between so the smoke can come on up through hitting each piece of tuna. The Maverick 732 grate probe is placed and another probe for the internal temp of the tuna. We will look to bring the internal temp on the tuna to about 135 F.
130 degrees internal temp, Pulled the steaks off.
Rubbed Down With EVOO, Coarse Salt, Restaurant Grind Black Pepper and Montreal Seasoning.
Set Up The Kettle Using The Snake Method with Briquettes, Mesquite Chunks and Cherry Chips.
Loin Hits The Kettle At 9:57AM. Monitoring the Temps With the Maverick 732 Remote Temperature Probe. Looking For 120 degrees internal before we pull it off.
Pit temps wanted to settle in at 275 or so. At 11:10PM internal temps were 122. Pulled it.
After letting it rest for a half hour we carved into it slicing it thinly for sandwiches on onion rolls with Boar’s Head Chipotle Horseradish Sauce