Thursday, September 4, 2014

throwback thursday.. slow smoked apple infused pork roast

today is throw back thursday.. and i am sharing one of my most popular posts.. this pork shoulder is to die for.. i really really want pete to make it soon.. :)

pete got his first smoker a few years after we were married and several times a year he busts one of his out {he now has 3 or 4} and makes us a delectable meal.. i can't give you all the "smoking" tips and hints because.. well i don't know them.. he stays outside for hours and hours and cooks away and i usually only go out to bring him a beer or to take pictures ha ha .. but i can share with you the recipe and i have provided a link or 2 on how to "smoke" pork {the technical wordy long winded man stuff ya know.. *wink*} we saw this recipe here and decided we wanted to try it award winning bbq pork recipe ..  it turned out sweet, tangy, smoky.. so flavorful.. so tender.. so juicy {good golly that's a lot of so's but it really was soooo good}

we brined the pork over night.. then rubbed them down with a homemade rub and placed on the pre heated smoker..

after a few hours pete needed to add more wood chunks..

you want to keep your smoker between 225 and 250 no higher ..

after 6 hours we started spraying the apple mop/spray every 30 minutes..

they keep cooking.. and we keep spraying the mop sauce on..

finally after about 11 hours they get to the this amazing color and the bark on the outside it truly to die for.. it takes all day but is so worth it!!!

slow cooked smoked bbq pork shoulder
prep time: 24 hours
cooking time: 10-12 hours
servings: 10-12
2 cups apple juice
2 cups water
2 cups kosher salt
2 - 6-8 lb. pork butts

2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. cayenne
2 tsp. pepper
2 tblsp. chili powder
2 tblsp. onion powder
2 tblsp. garlic powder
2 tblsp. paprika

combine in a medium mixing bowl and store in an air tight container until ready to use.

apple juice/mop spray:

 1cup apple juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

combine all ingredients and put in a spray bottle and store until ready to use.


kaiser rolls
bbq sauce {we used sweet baby rays}
spicy vinegar sauce {not pictured but ohh sooo good} *recipe below*


add your water, juice and salt to a large container that can hold the 2 pork butts.. we used a gott cooler.. once the salt has dissolved add your pork and make sure they are completely submerged {if not completely add more apple juice}, cover and if your container can go in the fridge put it in the fridge over night, ours would not so we added a lot of ice.. in the morning remove your pork from the brine and pat dry.. now sift the rub evenly over the pork.. then pat/rub the rub into the meat.. make sure as much of the rub as you can adheres to the pork.. preheat your smoker to 225 degrees {f}  and get the smoker ready.. if you need assistance on getting your smoker ready here are some tips.. we used apple wood in our smoker {pete likes apple wood for pork and hickory with red meat}.. once your smoker is ready and the ideal temperature add your pork to the grill.. after 6 hours spray the pork with your apple juice/cider mop sauce every half hour.. continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 195 degrees {f}.. it will continue to cook once removed so try and remove right at 195 degrees.. typical smoking time for pork is 1.5 hours per pound {but we have learned weather can effect that so start checking the internal temp. after 8 hours.} you will also have to check the coals and wood and add more when needed.. once it's reached it's ideal temperature remove from smoker and spray one more time with the apple mop sauce and allow to sit for about 30 minutes.. slice or pull apart and serve on rolls with a slice of onion, sliced pickle and extra bbq sauce.. i made spicy vinegar sauce that was really good with it also.. now you don't have to make a sandwich .. all by itself it's pretty amazing too..

spicy vinegar sauce

1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. pepper

combine and put in an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

enjoy and get cook'n!!

take my word for it wednesday.. you must try this biscuit burger.. plus a burger round up..

labor day weekend was phenomenal.. for the first time in a long time both my kids were able to go to the lake!! so that was special! one of the nights we had a bbq and we grilled burgers.. uncle paul made thin patties cooked them on the grill and then encouraged everyone to pile them high.. one of the boys piled his 4 high!! it was a site to be hold!! i opted for 2 and i used a jalapeno~cheesey biscuit i bought as my bun!! talk about amazing! these burgers rocked!
were gearing up for another big party! pete is turning 50.. i can't wait so check back over the next several weeks for some projects we having going for that party!! plus the fun menu!

biscuit burger

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 8-10 minutes
servings: 8-10 {depending on how high you stack'em}


3 lbs. fresh ground beef {80/20}
garlic salt and pepper


tomato, sliced thin
onion, sliced thin
burger sauce {recipe to follow)
buttery cheesy biscuit {or any bun that you enjoy}


divide meat into equal portions, liberally sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.. one at a time flatten each out with the palm of your hand kinda spreading the meat out you want them pretty thin *but not to thin* and the size of whatever bun  your using.. heat your grill to medium high.. add your burgers.. watch them because they are thin.  cook one side until slightly crispy about 4 minutes.. then flip and cook other side another 4-5 minutes.. remove from grill and cover with foil while you get everything else ready.. toast your buns then add as many patties as your little heart desires to each bun and top with your favorite toppings and serve immediately..

burger sauce
prep time: 3 minutes
cooking time: -0-
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbls. buttermilk
1/2 tbls. garlic powder
1/2 tbls. smoky paprika
1 tsp. tobasco
2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
whisk everything together.. cover and put in fridge for about an hour before use.. best results let it sit over night.. it's amazing on fries too :)
below are a few of my favorite burgers!!

enjoy and get cook'n {burgers!}

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

tipsy tuesday.. it's getting dark and stormy.. {ginger beer, rum and lime juice}

we had family and friends over friday night when they got to town.. we decided to shake things up a bit and try this new drink.. it's crisp, fresh and ohh soo good!! if your looking for something a little different i suggest giving this a try..

dark and stormy

prep time: 5 minutes
servings: 1


crushed ice
1/4 of a lime
2 oz. rum
10 oz. ginger beer (angry orchards apple/ginger beer is delish!}
lime wedge for ganish


fill a chilled copper mug, mason jar or glass mug with ice.. squeeze lime wedge over ice.. drop the wedge in the mug.. pour rum in the mug then add ginger beer.. stir and add lime wedge and voila! soo yummy and refreshing!

enjoy and get drink'n! {responsibly that is}

Friday, August 29, 2014

labor day round up and a couple fun new sites..

i can not believe it's going to be september and this weekend is our last big weekend at the lake.. then it's time to put the boat away and clean out the trailer and camping weekends begin..this year for labor day we have a house full!! lots of family and friends are coming for the weekend and if you can believe no hotel rooms so we are pulling out the air mattresses and bunking on the couch.. you know what a lot of people means.. there will be bbqs!!

i was asked by this awesome site man crates to create a list of what i think are must haves for any bbq!! below are my suggestions!! besides the recipes i posted a few other must haves for any out door bbq are s'mores made with kahlua dunked marshmallows!! {i'll share that with you next week},  a few dark and stormys {if you haven't had one check back next week they are amazing!!} and most of all family, friends, laughter and love!! i can't wait and i hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend also..

{seriously check out their site it's so cute and any hubby, dad or son would love to get one of their crates!! they are going to cringe when they read i referred to their site and cute.. they fancy themselves a manly site ha ha}

i was also asked by this awesome site thebesty to give a list of my 5 favorite restaurants in my home town.. so go check it out!! and remember

enjoy and get bbq'n!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

throwback thursday.. enchilada stack with a creamy jalapeno sauce..

i love this recipe.. i first made it back in 2012 that post here enchilada stack.. my entire family loved it.. it's so easy and so good.. this time around i used fajita size flour tortillas and i might even like it better than the first time i made it..

i love enchiladas!! there is a restaurant in town that serve cheese enchiladas with an extra spicy enchilada sauce.. ::swoooon:: i love them.. so for this recipe i used the "hot" enchilada sauce but you don't need to the mild kind is just as yummy..

enchilada stack


1 lb. ground turkey (beef can be substituted we just don't ever eat it..)
1 can of your favorite enchilada sauce.. (green or red) oh and they have a HOT RED one it's amazing!
6 or so small/medium tortillas
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey or pepper jack cheese
1/2 an onion, diced
cilantro, chopped
diced onion
creamy jalapeno sauce {recipe below}
or plain sour cream
cook ground turkey in your skillet over medium until browned and cooked through, if using beef you will want to drain it off, add about a 1/4 of a cup of your enchilada sauce .. spray a pie plate with pam.. add a little enchilada sauce and swirl it around to cover the bottom of the plate.. start with a tortilla, swirl around a little enchilada sauce on top of the tortilla then add meat, then onion then cheese then top with another tortilla and keep going until you finish with a tortilla on top add a little swirl of sauce.. cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree {f} oven for 40 minutes.. remove cover add a another swirl or 2 on top with enchilada sauce and top with cheese.. bake another 15 minutes .. let sit for 5-7 minutes then slice into wedges.. top with jalapeno cream sauce or sour cream, cilantro and onion and serve with home made re fried beans.. {my recipe for beans is found creamy refried beans}

creamy jalapeno sauce

prep time: 5 minutes


1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2-3 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped {or a small can of diced jalapenos}
2 green onions, chopped
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
dash of cumin
salt and pepper


combine all ingredients and keep in the fridge until ready to use..

i didn't have mayonnaise for the above sauce so i used cottage cheese.. that's why it looks kinda "bumpy" ha :)

i made the same sauce and served it as a dip for veggies it was so yummy!!!
{please excuse the photos!!}
enjoy and get cook'n!!

take my word for it wednesday.. this is the quickest, easiest and yummiest tomato sauce you'll ever make..


take my word for it wednesday.. {sorry it's a day late} this is the easiest yet quickest sauce you will ever make.. it's soooooooo good!! so easy.. you must make this!!!

creamy pink pasta sauce

prep time: 1 minute
cooking time: 15 minutes
serves: approx. 1 cup


olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tblsp. tomato paste
1/8 cup vodka {optional}
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 tblsp. italian seasoning
salt and pepper
3 tblsp. cream


in a non stick skillet heat two twirls around the pan of olive oil over medium heat.. add garlic and cook until fragrant.. 1-2 minutes.. add tomato paste, vodka and broth.. whisk until well incorporated.. add seasoning, salt and pepper.. drop to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes.. remove from heat.. whisk in cream.. and then it's ready to use... {you could use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth.. you could use white wine instead of vodka.. you can eliminate the alcohol all together and use more could use fresh herbs instead of dried.. have fun} you could serve over pasta, tortellini or in baked mostaccioli or over polenta like i did below... it really is very good!

polenta with a creamy tomato sauce

prep time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes
servings: 4


polenta tube {i used san gennaro polenta}
creamy sauce {above}
grated parmesan cheese


pre heat oven to 350 degrees {f} cut thick slices of polenta approximately 1/2 inch thick and arrange on a foil lined lightly oiled baking sheet... spoon sauce over polenta and sprinkle with parmesan.. bake for 15 minutes.. remove from oven and serve immediately.

enjoy and get cook'n!! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tip trick tuesday.. refurbished yard sale chairs..

we did quite well a few weeks ago yard saling.. i was able to pick up the above chair for 10 bucks.. i love it.. i especially love it in my craft/work out room..

i painted the chair in annie sloan chalk paint old white...

i did 2 coats of the old white.. 

it's a drexel heritage chair so it's pretty sturdy..

at first pete was very skeptical about painting the cushion.. so i took him into a great store called bloom in boulder city that sales the annie sloan products so he could see the painted furniture and see that you can in fact paint fabric..

i painted the cushion in ascp graphite.. 3 coats with 1 coat of the clear wax at the end... then i used a clean cotton cloth and "buffed it" until it was smooth..
this is after 2 coats of the graphite..


this is after 3 coats of the graphite and 1 coat of the clear wax for the cushion and 2 coats of the old white on the chair and a coat of clear wax then dark wax on the chair itself..

here is a tip and i might go back and "fix" my chair not sure because i am kinda really loving it.. the chair and desk where painted with the same product and same application for the old white part but the dark wax on the desk had been in the fridge and was much harder so less was used but the dark wax on the chair had been sitting in the garage over night and was "looser" so more was used.. now if i decide i think the chair has to much dark wax i can always just go over it again with the clear wax and it will lighten it up.. just now sure i want to yet.. the room is coming along nicely.. it's not done i still need some things for the walls, plug and switch covers,  a tv.. etc.. but so far i am liking it..

next yard sale score were these bar stools.. there are 5 of  stools and we drove past a yard sale and i yelled stop they have bar stools.. so i got out first and then got back in the truck and said noo i didn't like the cushion they were 100 for 5.. blah blah.. then we drove away.. i said oh wait maybe you could take the cushion off and we could just use whatever the base is.. so we went back.. i inspected them and decided no that would be to much trouble.. we then left again.. about 20 minutes later i couldn't get them out of my head so we went back again.. and pete got out this time and declared them well built and sturdy and replacing the seat would not be a problem so he tried to "dicker" the owner down but they were pretty firm on the 100.00 for all 5 seeing as how they paid 300+ a piece {how crazy is that} so we handed over our money and went to lowes and bought wood and the stools were done the next day.. 

pete took the cushion off one and removed the fabric and stuffing and used it as a template..

we got a nice size piece of wood and pete measured out the seats with his template..

then using his skill saw he cut out the pieces..

he then sanded the edges with a belt belt sander..
talk about a mess after all that sheesh the garage was full of saw dust!!
i tested them out on the stool.. perfect fit..

this is the product i used to "stain" the bar stool seats.. it's also from bloom and it's amazing it dries like you wouldn't believe so fast.. now over the years pete has made us several pieces of furniture, which he stained the "old fashion" way.. and he was very very impressed with this product.. i screwed up though i didn't use the java color i used antique walnut, oops sorry.. i also only used the flat top coat and not the satin..

pete suggested i do the edges first then the bottom.. allow it to dry then stain the top and that way the top is not face down with the stain on it allowing anything else to try.. i did 2 coats of the gel stain and 3 coats of the flat top coat since they would be outside.. 

i am going to paint the wrought iron but we are having a labor day party so i will have to do it after that bbq but before the next big party which is pete's 50th b day..  

the back yard is kind of crazy right now since we are gearing up for this weekend's party.. see the brick wall and what the arrow is pointing to? well that is an old truck tailgate we got.. pete made hinges and used old chain and mounted it to the wall and then with the chain you can lower it and it becomes a bar.. {i'll post how pete did that soon}

i am loving them wood seats and so glad we decided to go back and get the bar stools.. 

love love them!!
enjoy and get yard sal'in and diy'in!!