One of the things we’ve missed in our travels is slow smoked meats due to available space. For Christmas my wife bought me a portable smoker made by Masterbuilt that really surprised me. For those of you who know me you know smoking is one of my favorite methods of slowcooking and most would agree I do a good job but that wasn’t always the case.
Years ago my father and I started trying to smoke meat and fish for dinner in a charcoal smoker with woodchips. Neither of us thought about brine’s or marinating so many of our early attempts weren’t even edible. Luckily that didn’t stop us it just moved smoking to the back burner for several years.
After I met my wife she introduced me to her uncle who, little did I know, was an avid smoker too. The first time he made smoked Pheasant I knew I had to get his secret. When he told me about his brine methods I listened intently and then started developing my own. Check out my info on The Smokehouse Wall tab for tips and recipes.
Anyway, I got further into the art of smoking with wood and the temperature issues that can sometimes create so I decided to try propane. My first gas smoker was a Masterbuilt big enough for 1 turkey or 2 briskets. With the ease of temperature control I was hooked overnight. While I still smoke with wood, pellets and charcoal I use gas when timing is crucial.
The portable model is no exception either. I smoked a pork butt in the above video for roughly 3 hours then finished it in the Instant Pot in 1 hour. The results were spot on for this recipe I’ll post on the wall later.
Check out the product reviews page for more info on the portable smoker as well as links to purchase one yourself.
I was up early this morning and checked out one of our affiliates sites Urban Walls and came across a few inspirational Decals. The one that really caught my eye made me think about our adventures not only this year but our entire lives.
I started thinking back to our very first roadtrip as a couple. We started in Florida in a beat up old Dodge van and headed up to New Jersey where we wound up staying almost a year. From there we returned to Florida and started the next leg of our journey. We took kind of a “Deadhead” concept and tried working our way to Louisiana then Lake Eufaula with lots of mini adventures in between.
By the time we got to Atlanta Jo thought she might be pregnant again so we decided to settle in around Stone Mountain park. We lived in a tent there for awhile until we could get into a place of our own in Little Five Points which we’ll talk about later as well. Over the years we took many memorable trips together and separately too. At any rate we settled into careers until finally we lost it all in the market crash when plumbing jobs were very scarce and were forced to build a business from nothing.
Flash forward to last year when we moved into a used class A and started working on the road. We knew we would have to take our time with an older rig and after a few short trips we even started wandering a bit to get easier roads. Sometimes it gets us the best scenery off the beaten path then theres those times like our trip through Ohio where the road is barely wide enough for our rig. We’ve got lots of great tales to tell from all our travels that over the years we’ve overlooked thinking we were lost. It turns out wandering the way we did lead us to this point in our lives exactly where we wanted to be!!
Christmas is a time of fellowship with family and friends we look forward to every year. One of our biggest Christmas traditions has been something in the smoker for years and this year we actually had a whole venison hind quarter to smoke for the family. With an apple brine and apple slices stuffed inside the foil tent it turned out awesome. Sharing time with our family is the best to be sure but we also know there are those less fortunate than us out there.
So many children age out of foster care every year that have nowhere to go for the holidays let alone someplace to live while getting on their feet. As you know my wife and I are working on adopting a child ourselves but we are wanting to make a bigger difference than just our own family. We are working on a few fundraisers to create transitional housing for those kids that are aging out and give them a head start if not a forever family environment. Once we get things set up we will let you know where to donate and volunteer to mentor some of these young people.
That being said we will be donating the proceeds from every sale through any of our affiliate links til Feb 1st to get the funding started. Help us make a difference today and have a happy holiday.