Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cold Smoked Cheese. Something this weather Is good for.

Cold Smoking Cheese On A Good-One Smoker

        Just about any type of cheese can be smoked including Swiss, Colby, Provolone, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Pepper jack, Gouda and a host of others. The trick is to let the cheese sit out in the open air for a bit before smoking to allow the outside to toughen. You will want to light 2- LBS of Good-One Lump charcoal and a use a flavor wood like Apple, Cherry or Peach wood, place the flavor wood on top of the lump charcoal to create ample smoke without too much heat.

       Since cold smoking is difficult to accomplish in hot conditions and climates, you are more likely to do cold smoking during the colder months. The reason why cold smoking occurs in the winter or in colder regions of the world is because in warmer weather the temperature of the smoker can raise too high, putting a halt to the cold smoking process.


1. Set up your Good-One to maintain a temperature of less than 90°F it is         imperative that the heat be no higher than 90° to prevent the cheese from   melting all over your smoker. There are several options for creating the         much-needed smoke while keeping the heat to a bare minimum. I will light   2lbs of lump charcoal in the Good-One firebox and spread the hot coals         evenly across the firebox to cold smoke. Place the cheese on the smoker       grate of your Good-One. Place (1) piece of flavor wood on top of the             charcoal to create smoke flavor, provide as little airflow as possible by just   opening firebox spinners (1) turn the open the damper just enough to allow   the temp to reach 90°F, replace the charcoal and/or wood chunks as             needed  to keep the smoke going for the desired period of time.

2. Place the blocks of cheese directly on the grate and apply light smoke for about 2-3 hours. Remove the cheese from the grate and place it in a reseal able plastic bag. Store the smoked cheese in the refrigerator for 2 weeks before indulging to allow the smoke flavor to permeate the cheese and even mature slightly. If you simply cannot wait 2 weeks, just know that the smoke flavor will be more pronounced and even somewhat bitter. If you can resist temptation, you'll be rewarded with a more mellow smoke presence.

3. This is also where you will need to experiment and decide what your preference is. It also depends on what kind of flavor wood you used and how much smoke you made. So if you're in doubt, just create a moderate amount of smoke and leave it on for about 2-3 hours and adjust it the next time for more or less smoke according to your taste.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Turkey Brine 101

Turkey Brine 101

Brining Turkey adds moisture, making it the best choice for lean proteins.
Salt in the brine not only seasonings the meat but also promotes a change in
its protein structure, reducing its overall toughness and creating gaps that
fill up with water and keep the meat juicy and flavorful.

Why Brine Turkey?

* Brining Turkey not only adds moisture to the turkey, making it nice and
plump, it also helps prevent it from drying out when you cook it. The result
is a delicious, moist and juicy turkey.

* Brining not only affects the texture and juiciness of your turkey, it also
affects the taste. A few hours in brine will let salt penetrate
deep into the turkey meat, enhancing its natural flavor.

* Of course, there are a couple of disadvantages. All the extra water that
ends up in the turkey can make it harder to get a crispy skin and requires
a brining container in the refrigerator.


Turkey Weight
Cold Water
Table Salt
1 Turkey (12-17 Lbs)
6 to 12 Hours
2 Gallons
1 cup
1 Turkey (18-24 Lbs)
6 to 12 Hours
3 Gallons
1 ½ cups
1 bone-in breast
 (6-8 Lbs)
3 to 6 Hours
1 Gallon
½ cup


Maple brine recipe for smoked turkey:
2- cups brown sugar
1- cup maple syrup
¾- cup coarse salt
3 -whole heads garlic, cloves separated (but not peeled) and bruised
6- large bay leaves
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger
2- tsp. dried chili flakes
1-1/2 cups soy sauce
Water based on size chart above
Handful fresh thyme sprigs.
Chris Marks (CBBQE) Good-One Manufacturing

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Perfect Turkey

Have you ever cooked a perfect turkey? Were the breasts moist and tender and the legs completely cooked? Chances are, not always. Why is it so hard to get the dark meat cooked perfectly without over cooking the white meat? The reason is that a turkey is actually two distinctly different kinds of meat. The breast meat is very different from the leg, thigh and wing meat. This can create a real challenge when it comes to cooking the perfect bird.
The make-up of a turkey:
At the biochemical level a turkey is a combination of approximately 3 parts water to one part fat and one part protein. The majority of meat comes from muscle fibers in the turkey, which are mostly proteins - notably myosin and actin. Because turkeys rarely fly but rather walk, they contain far more fat in their legs than in their breast, which results in the strong differences in texture between these sections of the bird - and the difficulty in making sure that all portions of the bird are properly heated.
The science of cooking a turkey:
As you cook the turkey, muscle fibers contract until they begin to break up at around 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Bonds within the molecules begin to break down, causing proteins to unravel, and the dense muscle meat to become tenderer. Collagen in the bird (one of three protein fibers that attach muscles to the bone) breaks down into softer gelatin molecules as it unwinds. The dryness of a turkey is a result of muscle proteins coagulating within the meat, which can result if it is cooked too long.
Temperature differentials in cooking a turkey:
Part of the problem, as described above, is that the different nature of the light and dark meat in a turkey results in different rates to reach the coagulation of the muscle proteins. If you cook it too long, the breast meat has coagulated; if you don't cook the bird long enough, the dark meat is still tough and chewy.
Harold McGee, a food science writer, indicates aiming for 155 - 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the breast), but you want 180 degrees or above in the leg.
White Turkey Meat
White meat is found in the breast and wing muscles of a turkey.
Turkey can fly, but it is not their main mode of locomotion. Turkeys use their wing muscles when they need a burst of speed to escape predators. These muscles produce a lot of power, but they fatigue quickly.
Turkey breast and wing muscles consist mainly of white muscle fibers. These fibers contract quickly and split ATP at a fast pace, though they become exhausted quickly, too.
White fibers are powered by anaerobic respiration so a turkey can move quickly even though its muscles may have exhausted the available oxygen. The tissue contains a large amount of glycogen, which can be used as fast energy source.
Dark Turkey Meat
Turkey legs and thighs are dark meat.
Turkey spends a lot of time walking on the ground. Their leg muscles are adapted for regular, continuous use.
Leg and thigh muscles consist primarily of red muscle fibers. These fibers contract slowly and split ATP for energy at a relatively low rate.
Red muscle fibers rely on aerobic respiration. The protein uses oxygen to relax/contract so this tissue is rich in capillaries, which give it a deep color and rich flavor. Dark meat contains a lot of myoglobin and is rich in mitochondria, which produce energy for the muscle tissue.

The Good-One Open Range with (2) 20 LB Turkeys

Smoked Turkey Smoked turkey has a different color and texture than oven roasted turkey. The meat may appear pink and have a smoother texture. This is normal. The smoking process causes a chemical change in turkey that changes the color of the flesh. As long as the turkey registers a temperature of 165 degrees F. it is safe to eat no matter the color.

This requires a cooking time:
At 235 degrees F your turkey will take 30 to 35 minutes per pound. At 250 degrees F your turkey will take 25 to 30 minutes per pound. At 275 degrees F your turkey will take 20 to 25 minutes per pound.
I really do not recommend stuffing your turkey for smoking. This increases the cooking time (about 5 minutes a pound) and puts a lot of food in contact with potential bacteria. For smoking, it is best that your turkey is able to cook from the inside as well as the out. Brining: I like to use a simple salt/sugar brine recipe to enhance:
Cold water Salt/Sugar Time
1 turkey (12 to 17 pounds) 2 gallons 1 cup 6 to 12 hours
1 turkey (18 to 24 pounds) 3 gallons 1 1/2 cups 6 to 12 hours
1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 8lb) 1 gallon 1/2 cup 3 to 6 hours
Keep the turkey cold while you brine it! It should be in the fridge or in a cooler, or at the very least in a tub of cold water. You can add ice to the water to make sure it stays cold. Before the turkey goes in the smoker you will want to add some flavor to the bird. This is best done with a spice rub. I use Three Little Pig’s Touch of Cherry Rub or Championship rub on the Turkey after I rub it down with Olive Oil first. With the smoker hot and the bird on the cooking grate, it is time to build up a good dose of smoke. Meat absorbs more smoke early on during the cooking process than it does later, so now is the time to get the smoke going.
Any wood (except maybe mesquite) is a good choice for your smoke. I like a mixture of hickory and cherry. This gives a strong smoke flavor from the hickory and a sweet flavor from the cherry wood. Of course, whatever you like is the way to go. Look for the center of the breast and push the meat thermometer into it, but avoid getting it on the bone. Bone heats faster than meat and will give you a false reading. Next, check the thigh between the leg and the body. Now do the same thing on the other side. The lowest reading is the one you use. You are looking for a temperature between 165 (Breast) and 170 degrees F (Thighs).
Chris Marks (CBBQE) Good-One Manufacturing

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just an idea for fall

Fall brings cool mornings and evenings along with beautiful colors. A fire pit can add spark to any conversation or family and friend gathering. For those cool mornings and evenings a fire pit can also provide enough heat to keep everyone comfortable as long as the stories and laughs continue. Not to mention the fire cooked hotdogs and smores at the simple turn of a knob.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Open House

Join us for our Holiday Open House this weekend. Dec 7th & 8th    9:00-5:00
In-store specials, holiday goodies, lots of new gift ideas.  Register to WIN a $300 shopping spree!

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