I pretty much followed the recipe from serious eats Except I added some oregano and garlic powder to the mix. Also I think the recipe can be improved if you partially cook the bacon before hand and buddy Craig Kimberley suggested using a pork/beef mix instead of straight ground chuck.
These were awesome and I’d do them all over again the same way with either of teh ingredients if that’s all I had on hand.
Mix one lb and a half of 80/20 ground beef, two lightly beaten eggs and 3/4 cups seasoned panko bread crumbs and added oregano and garlic powder.
Roll into 1 inch balls and wrap with a half a strip of bacon securing the bacon with a tooth pick. next dust with your favorite BBQ Rub. I used Famous Daves BBQ Rub.
Next set up the PK 360 for high heat indirect cooking. A full chimney of hot coals on one side, all vents wide open. Let the pit come up to temp. Once over 300 degrees, place a sheet of tin foil on the charcoal grate to catch the drippings and keep your grill clean. Place the cooking grate on and arrange the moink balls about an inch apart on the opposite side of the grill from the coals so they are not over any coals. Add wood chips to your charcoal for smoke and close the lid. After twenty minutes you should have some nice browning action on your moink balls.
Next mop your balls with a nice sweet BBQ rub. I happened to use Sweet Baby Rays, you use whatever you have on hand.
Close the lid again for about 5-7 minutes to let that sauce set up on your balls.
@craigkimberley and I both agreed, these will be on the menu for Superbowl.
After purchasing the Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets I was so impressed with how well they were built and the quality of the material I wanted to upgrade the grates on my 18.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker.
I planned to cook up four racks of pork ribs for yesterday’s Pats/Texans playoff game.
Only problem was that fitting four slabs of spare ribs on an 18 inch WSM I was going to need to use a rib rack. The Weber Rib Rack for $12.99 is a nice value, purchase here. It’s well built and designed. The slots are spaced enough apart that the ribs don’t lean up against each other. When comparing them to the Char Broil ones they both had nice builds but the Char Broil one had six slots instead of five which would have placed the ribs closer together and if the ribs are leaning up against each other they won’t develop bark where they touch.
Trimmed the spare ribs into St Louis cuts which basically squares them up.
The Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Grate for 18.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain did not disappoint in terms of quality compared the the charcoal baskets I bought from the company. Same over built, high quality 304 stainless construction. Comparing the build to the grates that come with the WSM it’s night and day. They cost $40 on Amazon- purchase here
Check out the short video review here-
Here are some comparison photos between the Quality Grill Parts 18.5 Heavy Duty Grate and the Stock Weber Unit-
Here are the ribs on the new grate and racks-
They don’t sell these in the States. They were sold in Iceland, Germany and Dubai in 2012 from what I can tell.
OMG I’m in love. The Official Weber model number is Weber One Touch Premium 1358204
Here’s the box and model number for the Wedgewood Smokey Joe-1128999
For sale in Germany? Here’s the link
Three medium russet potatos pierced and microwaved for three minutes on each side. then cut in half, broken up a little by inserting a fork and twisting. Then coated with peanut oil and adding a dusting of coarse salt. Placed offset a full chimney of briquettes in the charcoal baskets on the opposite side of the grill.
Close lid and come back 30 minutes later. Rebrush on some peanut oil and put a little char on some jalapeno halves. Place some chopped up onions on the potato crisps.
Next place the charred jalapeno halves on the potatos and cover with shredded Mexican cheese. cover and let the cheese melt in.
First wrapped the russet potatos in tin foil and tossed them right on the hot lump charcoal.
After 10 minutes flip the potatos on the other side and let them go for another 10. Once the potatos are done, unwrap them and put them to the side and put a little char on your core and seeded jalepenos.
Next cut a flat bottom off your baked potatos and then cut a criss-crossed section off the top which is the entry point for hollowing the potatos out.
Next insert your charred jalapenos into the hollowed out baked potato.
Stuff a stick of your favorite cheese in the jalapeno. You can use whatever cheese you like.
I chose cheddar sticks but you can use shredded too or even cream cheese.
then wrap with bacon starting with the bottom and stretching the bacon a bit to help it stick as you wrap. You can also use toothpicks to secure the bacon to the potato
When placing on the grill cook them offset the coals.
Here’s my daughter Eloise helping me make the Volcano sauce which consists of sour cream mixed with hot sauce and you can sprinkle in some cayenne pepper. You just keep adding and mixing til you get to the heat you want.
After 20 minutes offset turn the potatos on the grill so the side that was facing away from the coals now face the coals and slather on a bit of your favorite BBQ sauce.
Once they are crisped up take them off and dollop on the volcano sauce. Watch it drip down and the cut in and enjoy.
I saw variations on this recipe on YouTube-
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.