Sunday, November 29, 2009


Saw this and thought it was cute.

Barbecue Friends

To all my Wisconsin friends (OK everybody else also)---

There is a brand new contest in Montello Wisconsin, June 11th & 12th, 2010 that you might be interested in. Its called the "Poor Que". The reason why its called the Poor Que is because the entry fee is $80! As you might guess the prize money is on the low side.

It is at a campground so your cooking space will be big with water and electricity to all sites. Hot showers close by and you can stay extra nights for $30 a night. It is a campground with all the campground amenities.

The good part is it is K.C.B.S. sanctioned and is a Wisconsin State Championship Contest. I also think that since this is a low money payoff, the big teams won't be there.

I feel this is a great contest for new teams or back yard cooks that want a taste of contest life. For little more than the cost of a camping weekend you can have fun, share comradery with fellow BBQrs and see how your barbecue stacks up against others.

No, I don't have anything to do with this contest. I may judge but I have no other interest except to promote BBQ and BBQ contests. It is being run by 2 good friends, Anita and Tony Moore. Great BBQ people that like to promote and cook barbecue.

Check it out at, Poor Que.

Check out the campgrounds at Wilderness Camp Gound. It looks like a nice place to spend a weekend. No, I don't have an interest in the campground either.

Da Dude

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pig Out on Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Today  is the big day that everybody was starving themselves all week. Its unofficially "Pig Out on Turkey Day". Everybody is going to eat their fill of turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy and who knows what else. Loosen the belt and prepare to be stuffed more than the turkey.

Now comes the big question, "What do I do with the left over turkey?" Most people eat turkey sandwiches until they are sick of turkey, bread and mayo. Let's do something different with the turkey. The Dudette says, "As long as it doesn't contain peas, go for it!" Sooo, how about..

Turkey Pot Pie (no peas)
4  slices of bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1  pound cooked turkey cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2  cans condensed cream of chicken soup*
1  1 pound bag of frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3/4 cup sour cream
1  can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Leave one teaspoon drippings and bacon in skillet.

2.  Add turkey and cook until browned. Stir in soup, veggies and poultry seasoning. Cook until bubbly, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 6 minutes or until veggies are tender crisp.

3.  Stir in sour cream and spoon into a 2 quart baking dish.

4. Separate dough into 5 biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half. Arrange the biscuits, cut side down, around the inside edge (in the hot mixture) of the baking dish.

5.  Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes un til biscuits are a golden brown.

* You could use fat free cream of chicken soup.

Turkey Hash
This kinda throw together dish for me. I don't really have an exact recipe.

Diced baked potato (or partially boiled potatoes), bacon cut into about 1/4 strips, diced turkey (cooked), diced onions, diced green peppers and whatever else you want to add.

Cook bacon until crisp, Remove, and drain all but 1 tablespoon of drippings. Add onions and peppers to drippings and cook until tender. Add remaining ingredients heat through.

Hope you can think of other things to make with left over turkey.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How to Brine a Turkey

With Thanksgiving about a week away I thought I'd share with you The CookShack method on brining a turkey.

CookShack makes some awesome smokers. I use their FEC100 smoker. Its a great pellet smoker.

The following video is from the FoodNetwork. Alton Brown  explains the brining process ojnly as he can do it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Music to BBQ By

In my earlier years, when I was this _ high, my parents made me learn how to play the accordion. I learn to love ->good<- music a lot. Maybe I live in the past but, this music sure beats "gansta rap" by a mile. The first selection is titled "Struttin' with Barbecue". Barbecue in this song doesn't refer to the hot licks play on the musical instruments. When this song was written Barbecue referred to women. Hot women! Hope you recognize some of the players..

The second selection was recorded in 1958. Sweet Greogia Brown was, and still is, the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters. They just don't make music like this any more.

Hope you enjoy my little detour away from barbecue.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Barbecue Song

Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce inspired this song. Also a bunch of my BBQ buddies from the Chicago area are mentioned with their logo in the song.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day after Oct 31st.

I how everyone had a Happy & Safe Halloween. You didn't get sick from eating too much candy, did you?

Young 'uns like to play in water puddles. It doesn't matter who or what they are! I saw this at the Texas BBQ Forum. I decided to share with you.

Note: No camera men were harmed in the making of this video!