Saturday, August 15, 2009

Trevor Cooks

My 9 y/o has cooked for the past two days. He has had football practice for 3 hours a night Mon-Thurs for the past two weeks, so being off last night I guess he was bored AND hungry.

One of the things he knows how to cook is sauteed chicken breast. So last night I talked him through turning that into chicken picatta by adding some lemon juice, broth, and capers. He did every bit, I just told him what to do. He insisted on wearing the hat that his brother's girlfriend brought that morning.With school starting next week, Trevor asked if he could smoke some bologna. It's his favorite lunch meat. It's actually pretty good and I don't like bologna.

Yeah, smoked bologna. The first time I heard of it was at a BBQ competition and I thought it was a joke too. But it's something many BBQ enthusiasts have done to entertain themselves during a long cook. It's basically a chub of bologna, slathered with mustard, rubbed with a bbq rub and smoked for about 90 minutes. I think I'm seeing WHY he likes making smoked bologna so much, it's like playing in mud!
He had too much smoke here, but got it burning cleaner within the first 10 minutes.
One was glazed in BBQ sauce the other with honey/butter.Of course, we don't let him use the electric meat slicer, yet!It's a good thing I got my black belt in karate...I might have to start fighting this kid for kitchen time.


  1. I hope you received $2000 toward Trevor's college fund for the blatantly placed Krispy Kreme hat.
    Blog product placement!

    Seriously, he is adorable and I love a man who can cook. ~Mary

  2. That is too cute!

    Good for Trevor learning to cook at such a young age! Looks yummy


  3. Just you 22 year old when he hit seventeen would push me out of the way to show me that his knife skills where better than mine...I still can cook waaay better than he can, but the day is coming...cute kid you have! Hey, wait...where are the krispy kremes though :(

  4. Seriously, how hard was it for you to get out of the way and let him do his thing? Nicely done, both of you.

  5. That is just toooo cute.....when's Trevor gonna start his own blog? :) Love the "chef's" hat too. And...chicken picatta is one of my all time favs!! Way to go Trevor!!

    I'm not a bologna fan either but i'd try that smoked version if someone offered me a slice.

  6. I love your blog. 1st time visitor, but going to bookmark you and check back often. Lots of useful stuff.

    Excellent photos, clear directions and food I am likely to make.

    Thanks for the effort, it really shows


  7. He's going to be one of the great cooks someday! I love bologna, never smoked store bought before!

  8. I haven't heard of smoke bologna either, but man looking at the pictures, I sure would love to try it!

    Looks like he's taking after his dad!

  9. It's so nice that your son is so into cooking! It looks like he has fun with it. Good for you for encouraging it.

  10. I think it's awesome that he likes to cook. My kids really like it too. Smoked bologna...mmmm takes me back to my childhood.

  11. Okay call me crazy but that looks yummy.

    Oh and got to love the krispy Kreme. I need that hat...and a a doughnut!!

  12. I love posts about kids cooking. My children love to cook and help out in the kitchen. As for your "grill" question, yes that was smoker. There is nothing my husband likes better than to spend a weekend with that smoker, a cigar and some "home brew". We need to find some friends in cali that appreciated it as much as back "home".

  13. Where to start?
    -awesome that he can cook so well so young!
    -love the KK cap! and cooking without a shirt, hillarious
    -I first heard of balogna from the BBQ Pit Boys on youtube . . . Trevor's look awesome
    -school starts next week??? That seems crazy early!?

  14. I've done it before, a German Garlic bologna rubbed in mustard and bbq rub and cut like that. I think I left mine on the pit for 2 hours.

    I didn't glaze mine with bbq sauce, but that is a thought for the next time one hits the pit.


  15. He looks a lot like way to get kids to eat is to have them in the kitchen! No need for the karate...he can be your little sous chef!


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