At the most recent ChooseFI San Diego meet up, I shared my double-savings rate. I was quite proud of it. We were saving – what I thought – was a good chunk of change. (And we were – just not by the FI metric.)
When I first started this blog, my intent was to house some posts for another website that was going the way of the dodo bird. I didn’t want that content to disappear forever (even if no one ever ended up reading it) because I had put in considerable time into writing up that content. (It was for some homebrew recipes.) After creating my own online space for homebrew experimentation, I then branched out into BBQ, and then of course baking. So, the blog then became a place “experiments in the culinary arts.”* Continue reading “Life Goals”
Today, I’m doing beef back ribs.
Per a trick I’ve learned from a local San Diego BBQ, I’ve cut out the bone of every other rib. This means that each serving – or bone – is substantially meaty.
There is a cath. And that is I might end up with slightly dryer ribs. Of course, it also means more bark, which means more smoke flavor.
I’m setting the smoker at a target 225. Again, this Traeger wood pellet smoker I’m using tends to jump higher in temp. So, by setting the smoker at 225, I’ll likely be cooking often at 250.
I’ll spraying the ribs with apple cider vinegar once, an hour in, at what I’m planning will be halfway through the cook.
Were the ribs too dry? Was there too much bark? Were the ribs too smoky or not smokey enough?
The cook went for two hours. The ribs were cooked, but they could have been more tender. Perhaps I’ll try a three hour cook. The ribs certainly were not too smokey. And they weren’t too dry.
This brisket was a monster, or suffice it to say: big. Clocking in at roughly 16 lbs., this brisket was substantially larger than anything I’d tackled before. As such, it took longer to cook than the previous brisket. Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2017 Brisket”
It’s been so long since I’ve brewed beer (~10 months?) that I may have forgotten how to do it. But, as with all recipes I’ve done, let’s start with the recipe – and onto Brewer’s Friend! Continue reading “#101: Chocolate Stout – 10.1.17 Update”
Learning is good. And there’s nothing like experience to help you learn – unless of course it’s learning from some one else’s experiences. Here’s what I’ve learned:
I’ve been making a bunch of pies lately – mostly because I need it. And I can share one take-away: give me corn starch or give me death. Continue reading “Let Them Eat Pie”
I know I’m breaking some cardinal rule of homebrewing by using malt extract. However, I can’t give up the convenience factor. This is especially the case given the fact that I want to do a double-batch of a high ABV beer. And that’s just not possible with all grain because I lack the equipment.
For dad’s birthday, I made brisket. He’s never had my brisket before. So, I’d like to get his first brisket I’ve made for him right. Let’s review our best practices from my previous posts/notes for To-Do’s for this cook.
My notes for future reference – pretty much the main reason I’m putting all this stuff down.