Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Miscellany

A Ride In The Way-Back Machine
The sweet sting on my lips right now takes me back to the 6th grade. Remember hot cinnamon toothpicks?

Simply toothpicks soaked in cinnamon oil for a few days then kept in a bag. Then you chew on one and revel in the Atomic Fireball glory.

Spring Maintenance
Trevor went shopping with his mom earlier this week and convinced her to buy him a 6lb chub of bologna to smoke. When we pulled the offset out of the garage for the first time this spring, I noticed the effects of a damp winter finally caught up with the 6 year old smoker.

Since Trevor asked to have this smoker when I got my Egg, I decided he needs to be responsible for it's upkeep too. So first there was 45 minutes of using a wire brush drill attachment to get rid of all the rust and pitting.

Then he had fun smearing the vegetable shortening all over the firebox, inside and out for re-seasoning.

Then we made a hot fire and got the smoker up to 400f for an hour and let it cool back down.

Now he can start smoking his bologna. Yeah, I know, smoked bologna? It sounds low rent but it's a 10 year old's favorite. Plus, it's fun cooking with him.

18 comments:

  1. I bet smoked bologna is good...try smoking a pizza...now that's good stuff!

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  2. I remember my mom telling me about the time she tried to make cinnamon toothpicks, only not at home, but in her desk at school. You can guess how that turned out.

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  3. Looks good as new - do you hire him out, my offset could use a little work?

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  4. I think it is meant to be smoked. Then again, I think meat is meant to be smoked.

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  5. I'd completely forgot about the cinnamon toothpicks, fun idea.
    The smoker looks really great all cleaned up. I think it's really cute that Trevor wants to make smoked bologna.

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  6. Do I ever remember cinnamon toothpicks - hot enough to raise a blister, but somehow I powered through. I LOVED those things!

    It's great that your son wanted your old smoker - really nice that you inspire him to cook. (and smoked bologna actually sounds tasty)

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  7. How nice to have a helper who does all the nasty bits. :-). It looks like he did a terrific job. May I adopt him? Have a wonderful day. Mary

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  8. I can remember cinnamon toothpiks well. We must be the same age.

    I think it is wonderful that Trevor is getting prepared to be a grill/smoker pro like his dad-Makes you proud.

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  9. Cinnamon toothpicks were so cool! Wow. Trevor has his own smoker. My daughters would be so jealous, except for the whole taking care of it thing.

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  10. I've sucked on many a cinnamon toothpick. Loved those things. How fabulous that your son is learning to be a griller/smoker. Very cool.

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  11. The only thing I ever did with toothpicks was stick as many as I could between my teeth. Yep. I was a weird date.

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  12. I see a budding Food Network Star ready for a Smoker-Smackdown with Bobby Flay. I am sure Trevor's Smoked bologna would win hands down!

    Way to go Trevor on your curing job with the smoker...

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  13. Oh there are so many reasons I love you blog...

    First, I LOVE that you remember cinnamon sticks! They were huge...all the cool kids where doing it you know. However, whenever I talk to someone about them, they give me a blank stare. Yeah!!! someone remembers!

    Second, smoked bologna sounds AWESOME. Don't know if you like liverwurst, but that is awesome smoked too (as are eggs....odd...I know)

    Finally, I love, love that you made your son do take responsibility for the care of his/your old grill. That is awesome!

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  14. What a great father-son tradition to pass down! Despite the smoked bologna maybe he'll be a famous chef someday because of the one simple task? :)

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  15. Funny- I gave my old(10!) Brinkman to my son, when I got my new vertical Brinkman... I don't call them rusty, I call them field tested! My old smoker went flying off a buddys pick up truck on the freeway and lost the vent on the smoke stack...I replaced it with an old Michigan license plate! Boy, did we look like the real deal in those cook-offs!

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  16. i used to make and sell those toothpicks when I was about 11 yrs. old... Good memory!

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  17. Looks life we both have boys that get the job done. I love that! Pass those cinnamon toothpicks, they were my favorite thing ever in middle school. I should make some for my kids to get the trend started again :-)

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  18. wow...he did a good job cleaning up that baby. Sooo...what about the toothpicks? or was that just a random memory (it's ok, I have those on a regular basis)

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