3/2/2021 – Kelley and the girls are arriving in 12 days and will be here for Spring Break week. She talks often about the Rueben Sandwiches we made with my homemade Pastrami in Houston. So, this prep will follow the … Continue reading
1/27/2018 – First attempt at making andouille sausage as what we buy often is tasteless compared to how articles about say it tastes. This has many of the traditional Cajun spices used in sausage.
1/15/2018 – Bought a very meaty 3.95 lb. (1,791.7 gm) slab at Hong Kong Market for $3.49/lb. Dry cured for almost three weeks. Cold smoked for 6 hours.
10/15/2017 – Cut and deboned half of a pork butt bought yesterday for $1.29/lb. Smoked the larger part of it today and shook on cure per the cure calculator that provided the values below. This was our first dry-cure of … Continue reading
This cure and smoke turned out good. It was a joint effort with Mary helping a lot as we set it up and took it to the farm to turn it every day. Brought it back to Houston and smoked … Continue reading
May 7, 2017 – This is the fourth cure with a cleaned up brisket to make corned beef for Rueben sandwiches. Used the same marinade/cure ingredients. The meat is clearly solid deep red after the cure. Used a lot less rub … Continue reading
5/8/2017 – This was our 3rd corned beef and we began with a whole packer brisket at 14 lbs 7 oz and trimmed off all the fat. Trimmed weight was 8 lbs total. Added Cure No.1, salt and sugar per … Continue reading
This was the second time making corned beef and the first time smoking it to make pastrami. The corned beef was made with part of a brisket point. The pastrami rub even included juniper berries. It turned out great with … Continue reading
This cook follows closely the Cure Calculator plus Chef JJ’s brine/rub. Turned out great other than the MES failing after 2 hours then overcooking the thin pieces in the convection oven until they were a bit tough. See advice at … Continue reading
The meat turned out like ham and had a good flavor. Need to cure in spices and smoke cooler and longer.