Brown sugar dry rub with guajillo and pasilla chiles

I’ve been working on a brown sugar dry rub for [primarily] pork but also other meats such as beef and chicken. I’m getting closer…this one is very good. It incorporates some dried Mexican chiles. In order to blend up the chiles smoothly and incorporate the oils, I processed the chiles and garlic in a food…

Slow braised mandarin chuck on the bone

Ever since I read ‘Thin Blue Smoke’, where pulled chuck was mentioned, I’ve been trying different versions of chuck beef on the bone. This one worked very well, and I used it for tacos. After cooling, merely pull chunks of meat off the bone, set aside, and briefly pan fry to heat up before serving….

Pork neck sandwich with savoy slaw

I’ve had this idea for a while about a twice-cooked, pork neck sandwich. Pork neck can be sliced into steaks and grilled to order, but I find it can be a bit on the tough side if not marinated and grilled properly. I think pork neck is best slow cooked, and I often use it…

Beef Pho (my version)

I’ve made a few types of beef pho, and the key seems to be heaps of cheap beef cuts with lots of marrow and other bits and pieces for flavour. This recipe may not be traditional, but it was good to eat. And there was extra to spare and freeze for another time. Before the…

Each go at the smoker is slowly getting better. This time it is pork ribs (american style) and beef brisket. Each meat had their own marinade, smoked with a mixture of hickory and apple wood, and basted with a home-made BBQ sauce in the final hours. The final cooking time was about 8+ hours. Details…

Pulled beef ribs

I’m not the greatest fan of beef ribs on the bone. Sure, they’re great, but pork, chicken, and lamb ribs are better! The main reason is certainly not the flavor, but rather the amount of fascia (connective tissue) and fat that does not melt away at times. So, I decided to slow cook the ribs,…

Classic pork chop with a bit of spice

It’s been awhile since I’ve cooked a pork chop. Wonderful when cooked properly, dry and chewy if over-cooked. But quick and easy. I’ve added a bit more than the standard salt and pepper, but the result is great. 4 pork chops, at least 1 inch thick 1 clove garlic, finely minced 2 Tb ground cumin…

Sweet potato, cabbage, and pecan (creamed) soup

This soup is sweet, nutty, and rich. The final addition of cream just before serving provides a smooth, creamy texture. The flavors are reminiscent of sweet potato pie, but there is no added sugar in this soup. All the sweetness is from the sweet potatoes and onions, offset by the cabbage and pecans. I served…

Spinach, basil, grana and mixed nut pesto

There is no pretty photo with this post. The photo is portioned pesto for freezing. But the pesto is great, freezes well, twaws easily, and comes in handy for quick and easy meals. My girls love pesto in pasta, and this pesto, packed with spinach, pecans, and walnuts, packs a healthy punch. Taken from the…

Pickled chiles

I posted a photo of fermenting chiles a while back on Instagram, and now want to follow up with the recipe and final pics of the product. I am so enjoying these pickled chiles. Almost a bit sweet and sour with a hint of garlic and a finish of good heat. I’ve used the pickle…

Hickory smoked pulled pork shoulder with chunky BBQ sauce

I have only had my Texas off-set smoker for a few weeks, and the weekends are the only time I have to devote the time required, so I’m on a learning curve. But having said that, I was very pleased with the outcome. I started with a boneless pork shoulder, skin on and weighing 2…

Broccoli quesadilla

You can put almost anything in a quesadilla and make it appealing. It is also a great way of making a quick meal when you have limited supplies in the fridge. So I always make sure I have tortillas and cheese on hand. On this occasion the fridge was pretty empty but I had broccoli….