Keep Smoked Meat Warm For Hours

Many of you have asked me how to keep smoked meat warm once it is done cooking and many times this is also in reference to needing to transport the smoked meat to a different location and you do not want it to cool down over the 2 hour drive time or whatever the distance/time happens to be. I have the solution for this and I will show you how to keep practically any meat, whether it is smoked … [Read more...]

Smoked Boudin

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Stuffed Smoked Breakfast Sausage (Fatty)

If you have not been introduced to a fatty which is basically stuffed smoked breakfast sausage then you are in for a real treat. To sum it up, a fatty is just breakfast sausage rolled out, stuffed with any number of things such as cheese, bacon,  onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc.. Everyone has their own favorite brand of breakfast sausage and a lot of that may even depend on where you live.. … [Read more...]

Getting Wood Ready to Burn

Getting wood ready to burn in a wood fired smoker or a "stickburner" as we call them,  is a really good trick to know and it is as simple as placing several sticks of wood on top of your firebox. When you need to add a stick you simply take one off with a pair of gloves or tongs and place the already hot and possibly smoking piece of wood into the firebox. It will burst into flames almost … [Read more...]

How to Season A New Smoker

To season a new smoker or even reseason an old smoker is to get rid of oils, chemicals, cleaning compounds, etc. and to infuse the metal with smoky residue that will make your metal box or cylinder worthy of being called a smoker. All smokers MUST be seasoned be fore you use them the first time and/or after they have been cleaned by a chemical or degreaser. This goes for propane, charcoal, … [Read more...]

Build A PVC Greenhouse Row Cover

In this tutorial I am going to explain how I created a sort of PVC greenhouse row cover out of PVC pipe and some cheap landscape timbers and was able to plant crops way earlier than anyone else. For this project you will need the following materials: (1) 10' piece of 1" PVC pipe 30' of 3/4" black poly pipe (80 PSI) (5) 4" x 8' Landscape timbers (untreated) (1) roll galvanized pipe … [Read more...]

How to Make Compost

In "how to make compost" I will delve into the advantages of composting as well as the proper way to compost, what to use and what not to use. Composting is both easy and very very smart from a financial point of view as well as a plant healthy point of view. Making your own compost from materials that you most likely already have and will be disposing of anyway can save you a pretty good lump … [Read more...]

Wide Row Gardening

Just because you have limited space does not mean you need to forego having a vegetable garden. Using a few "smart" techniques like wide row gardening you can use you space wisely and have enough veggies to feed your entire family and maybe the neighbors. When I was a kid we moved into a house with a very small back yard and virtually no front yard at all however, I remember there being a raised … [Read more...]

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening holds many advantages for the gardener as well as the plants. The traditional garden soil is packed down from walking on it and as a result it is not porous and airy like it should be. A raised bed garden is created by building up soil as much as 6 or 8 inches and sometimes even incorporates boards, stones, bricks or concrete blocks to make it more permanent. This … [Read more...]

USDA Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA Hardiness Zone Map and chart should be consulted before ordering seeds or deciding what to grow in your garden, flower bed or lawn. Find your hardiness zone and then you can use that to reference the seed packet or the catalog before ordering.   USDA Hardiness Zone Chart Zone Fahrenheit Celsius Example Cities 1 Below -50 F Below -45.6 C Fairbanks, Alaska; … [Read more...]