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.