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.
It’s hard to put into words how good Kate’s chicken pot pie is, especially after giving it the smoke for an hour and a half.
10/16/16 The subject:
Condition: lots of rust on the legs/triangle. Missing ash sweeps rusted in ash sweep bolt. White paint dots on the faded lid. Usual cruddy bowl. Missing handle. Rusted/oxidized lid vent. Missing ash pan.
Tackle the bowl with dish soap/water razor scraper/steel wool/sponge/paper towels.
Next, what’s left of the old ash sweep system is rusted in place. Break out the oscillating tool and cut off the bottom nubs that went through and it broke free.
Now it’s time to clean the bottom of the bowl using the razor scraper/steel wool.
Having the legs removed start sanding them with 150 grit sandpaper using long strokes just as is advised in the Weber Kettle Club restoration guide, and then moving up to 250 and then finishing with steel wool and then polishing.
Legs and triangle before-
A finished leg on the left and an unfinished on the right-
Once the legs were cleaned up and polished it was time to install the new one touch ash sweeps which we conveniently picked up at Fosters Grill Center on Eastern Ave (an authorized Weber Dealer). Check out how nice that bowl cleaned up-
Next to attack the oxidized/rusted lid vent with the steel wool. Before and after-
The new ash pan (also purchased at Fosters is installed and she is ready to rip!
First cook chicken wings!
Before and after, I think she cleaned up nice!
Once again thanks to advice from members at The Weber Kettle Club for their advice and input on this restoration!
So she’s in pretty good shape other than a ton of pollen and a dirty bowl. For the most part she simply needs a good douching.
Here’s how she looks at the start-
The bowl with some dishwashing liquid to loosen up the crud.-
Halfway cleaned with the razor blade scraper and a some super fine steel wool-
I’ll keep working the bowl, look for the updates today
Now to work the outside-
Need some Back to Black to brighten up the frame and wheels. When I first looked at the table it looked like it was badly stained but much of the dark marks that were visible wiped right off.
Chicken thighs/ smashed red bliss potatoes using the Upper Deck for increased offset cooking space.
Teaser for my review- (I haven’t even taken it completely out of the box but initial impressions from the quick peek are how thick and sturdy the build quality is)
Found on Amazon Here-
As I said before the build quality is thick like Weber’s Gourmet Grate System.
Here is how I started out. A regular smoke set-up using the snake method. The Country Style Pork Ribs offset of the coals with apple chunk and cherry wood chips.
Next to add the Upper Deck. It fit right in place and there were no issues with clearance of the lid.
The Upper deck provides a whole lot of extra space. it is billed as a warmig rack but I think where it will shine is with that huge amount of extra space it affords you when smoking.
Next I dropped onto the Upper Deck a porcetta roast and set up the Maverick remote thermometer.
When the country style pork ribs had the color I wanted I slid a Weber disposable tin pan under with some Sweet Baby rays and coated the ribs, then covered with aluminum foil to let them braise for about 40 minutes. The tin pan fit perfectly under the Upper Deck unit allowing a continuation of indirect cooking while still having the porcetta roast unfazed on the “Upper Deck”
My Sister Topped The Smoked Porcetta with Her Carrot Cake Marmalade, Yum!
Find the recipe for that on her website www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com
Would not have been possible to cook both things at the same time on my kettle without the Upper Deck. Obviously with the incredible build quality and huge cook space increase, this is an absolute no brainer purchase.
7:20AM Cleaned the mackerel by head and gutting them and then making cuts every 3/4 of an inch down each side of the fish so the marinade will penetrate.
Next patted them dry with paper towels and placed them in my go-to fish marinade-
soy/ginger/sesame seed/red pepper flakes.
I’ll let them sit in the marinade til 9:30 or so. Check back around 10 for the next update!
Changed plans and opted for the Kettle as it was such a small cook. Set up the kettle for the snake method (arrange a fuse of coals around the perimeter so the coals act as a fuse with only so many coals going at once) looking for 225-250 degree grate temps.
Once it hit 200 I shut down the bottom vent to 3/4 closed and left the top vent wide open.
Placed the mackerel on offset of the coals.
Started out with full charcoal baskets and let the charcoal get going pretty good. Put a sear on the pork on all sides and then covered the pork tenderloins with Chef G’s Bacon Marmalade. Let it firm up and then pulled the loins off, wrapped in foil for ten minutes to let the juices redistribute within the meat and then sliced them for some sheer heaven.
Thanks Chef G-
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