Growing Tomatoes

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How to Get Rid of Fleas

In learning how to get rid of fleas there are no easy solutions but knowing the enemy is a great way to begin and I will give you several methods that I have personally used to finally rid your house of fleas. We have a cat in the house who I would not get rid of for nothing but somehow about a year ago we noticed little bites on the kids and discovered that we have fleas in the carpet. It … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Spiders

We have been finding brown recluse spiders in the house quite frequently and so I have been researching how to get rid of spiders. As most of you know.. I like to handle pest control myself and while I don't like spiders I have no desire to kill them all or anialate them, I just want them out of my house. I understand their role in the ecosystem and appreciate that but when they are on my … [Read more...]

Get Rid of Ants

If you found this page then it is likely that you are trying to learn how to get rid of ants in and around your house. These little things are harmless but they are such a nuisance and I absolutely hate them. They can be seen crawling under the window sill and anywhere else they can find entry. They love just about any kind of food product including animal food that gets left laying in a bowl for … [Read more...]

Perfect Ice Tea Recipe

I am southern and as all of you probably know.. we southerners like a good sweet ice tea recipe. I have been perfecting my sweet tea recipe for quite a while and I am ready to divulge it to you. You really need to forget about the ice tea makers and the instant stuff.. it just isn't the same as home brewed. I have a whistling tea kettle that holds 1/2 gallon of water and it is perfect for … [Read more...]

Barbecue Books

I have picked out some of my favorite books and listed them for your convenience.. all of these books are sold thru Amazon.com who handles the payments as well as the shipping, returns, etc.. Please let me know if I am featuring any books that have incorrect information since I do make mistakes from time to time (hate to break hearts on that one!) How to Grill Steven Raichlen , … [Read more...]

Barbecue Competitions

If you have been smoking meat for any length of time then you may be interested in participating in a barbecue competition. These events are held all over the United States and whether it is a KCBS event or one of the other various BBQ organizations you simply need to enter, familiarize yourself with the rules and the rest is a lot of fun. I am not going to try and list the different events … [Read more...]

Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Propane Smoker

I am assuming that you have already put the thing together and seasoned it - You can read a short tutorial on seasoning a new smoker here if you need to before we move on. I am also going to assume that you have properly prepared some meat for smoking and have it ready to go into the smoker all rubbed down with Jeff's Naked Rib Rub. Step 1 - Hook up the propane tank (remember righty loosy … [Read more...]

Brining Meat

Brining meat is a way to maximize the juice and natural flavor present in any type of meat, specifically poultry and fish.. I don't want to get bogged down in exactly how it works but rather just give you clear instruction on what to do to make your meat a lot more juicy when it is done smoking. I will suffice to say that it is a fact that meat soaked in a brine does take in water based on … [Read more...]

Smoking Times and Temperatures

I have been asked many times to put together a basic table of times and temperatures for smoking meats. This is the times and temperatures that I use but please understand that they are only guidelines. All smokers are different and add in the other variables like weather conditions, wind, ambient temperature, etc. and things can vary by as much as an hour or more. Learn to tell doneness … [Read more...]