Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wing Things

The super bowl is coming soon! The posse is coming over to watch the game and what are you going to serve? Are you going to a Super Bowl Tailgate Party and need something quick and easy?

How about doing wing? They are simple, easy and not too expensive.

Simple Sweet & Tangy Wings
3.5 pound chicken wings (about 25) tips removed
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (to taste)

1. Mix everything except wings in a bowl. Reserving 1/4 cup
2. Add wings and toss to coat well, leave sit 15 to 20 minutes
3. Grill over a medium low 2 zone fire, covered 25 - 30 minutes turning every so often. If wings appear to be over cooking (read burning) move to cool side of the fire.
4. Baste with reserved marinade during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Note: If you don't have a grill, you may cook these in your broiler.

Grill temperatures can be judged by holding your hand about 2 inches about the grill grate.

* Very hot: You can hold your hand at grill level only 1 to 2 seconds.
* Hot: You can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds.
* Medium-hot: You can hold your hand at grill level only 3 to 4 seconds.
* Medium: You can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds.
* Medium-low: You can hold your hand at grill level only 5 to 6 seconds.
* Low: You can hold your hand at grill level only 6 to 7 seconds.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thank A Soldier (long post)

I got an email from Dave Murphy at Thank A Soldier Network. Dave is in Calgary Canada and he started to thank the men and women in military service. He wants to let them know that we support them. We may or may not support the war but we support them for doing their jobs. Since he says it better than I can I'll post his email here. If you can please donate some of your time and send a picture. He is not asking for money.

So The Gratitude Project has been getting some amazing response so far but I've gotten a lot of emails and messages on Facebook and Twitter from people asking how they can help well here it is.

What would be great is if could go to your local newspaper, radio or TV stations and click on the "Contact Us" link, if they have a web form fill it out and below you will find our official press release and what I am asking you to do is copy and paste it to an email (or web form) with the full message aside from this part.

If you do this can you email and let me know who you've sent it to or leave a comment on this bulletin,


Copy and paste the below to your local papers, radio & tv stations sites

I am forwarding you this on behalf of and the gratitude project for further information please see the contact information below the press release.
Thank You
(Insert your name) is very excited to announce The Gratitude Project, a series of YouTube videos showing a collage of images from supporters of our men and women in uniform from all countries of the coalition. Thank A Soldier started as a ‘Cause’ page on Facebook and in just over a year has surpassed 3.4 Million members from all over the world.

Too often you hear “If you support the troops, you support the war”, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, it is about our men and women from all branches of the force and from all allied nations doing their job. This project is for our troops assisting with disaster relief in Haiti, assisting with the fight against piracy in Somalia, on guard here at home ready to go when needed.

We have received tremendous support with this project too, most recently Rock Legend Gene Simmons and his wife; Shannon Tweed submitted a photo holding a "Thank You" sign with Gene saluting. Other organizations that support our troops in various ways have come onboard as well, such as Operation Gratitude and Hero to Hero USA & Canada.

Showing gratitude to our men and women doesn't cost a penny. All you have to do is take a photo that says "Thank You" and people can interpret that however they wish. Once you take the photo we ask that you send it to and it will be featured in the video.

We have received photos from all over the world, United States, Canada,Britain, Australia, and even Argentina and Turkey, truly amazing! Also as a nice surprise, we have received over 40 photos from Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq who have heard about this project and are sending us "Thank You for the support" photos.

Our promotional video on YouTube had over 7000 views the first week and its picking up steam fast, to view the video search YouTube for "The Gratitude Project - Presented by Thank A Soldier" or go to the direct

Brief history of my Support Our Troops efforts:
2007 - Tim Horton’s for our troops was started and have sent over 40,000 cups of free coffee to soldiers
2007 - Operation Pen Pal launched and to date have paired over 7000 people with soldiers as pen pals
2008 - Petitioned to Canada post for a support our troops stamp and it was released in Oct 2009
2008 - Support & networking site launched for families of military personal

2009 - Thank A Soldier cause launched and has 3.4 Million members to date

2009 - designed and donated by Chris Shave of mister six studios

2009 - remains advertising free & donation free
2010 - The Gratitude Project Launched
For more details contact:

Dave Murphy - Creator and Founder of

Calgary, Alberta CANADA

Monday, January 18, 2010

A butt is not a ham!

There has been a question about a pork butt. "What is it?" Well, its not what you think. A pork butt, sometimes called a Boston butt is actually from the shoulder of a pig. A pork shoulder is usually divided into two portions. The upper portion is called the butt and the lower portion is called a picnic.

The butt is slightly harder to cook properly. It contains five different muscle groups that cook differently. The K.C.B.S. rules state that pork butt shall not be parted while cooking. Or something to that effect. This means that for competition cooking you can't cut the butt into different pieces to cook each muscle properly.

I don't know why they have these names, especially calling it a Boston butt. BUT the butt of a pig is called a ham. So when you are eating ham you are eating the butt and when you eat the butt you are eating the shoulder.

Thankfully, the ribs are called ribs. Baby back and spare ribs are not what they sound like. Baby back ribs are also called loin back ribs. You've heard the expression, "Eating high on the hog"? Well, they are talking about the baby back or loin back ribs. Spare ribs aren't really extra ribs. They are the part of the rib closest to the breast bone.

I had some pics of what I'm talking about. As soon as I find them I'll post them to hopefully make this easier to under stand.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Its mid January and I haven't posted anything! Am I getting lazy or what?

My niece asked me to cook for her sons' Blue and Gold Cub Scout dinner. After talking it over with Pat we decided to cook pulled pork now. We won't be able to make it to the dinner so we cooked about 75 pounds of raw pork butts. It cooked down to about 35 pounds of cooked, pulled meat. The cooked meat is in vacpac bags and sitting in the deep freezer. In case you are interested, the butts were rubbed with SuckleBusters Hog Waller. Its good stuff for ribs and pork butts (not a paid advertisement).