Firing Up the Smoker
Bushnell, FL - Events of Wednesday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Ever since we took the wreath down from our shed after Christmas, we have been thinking the shed looked a little bare. Lots of people here at Blueberry Hill have added decorations to their sheds so we did some searching and found a nice metal sculpture of some tropical-looking branches on Amazon. Last Wednesday, Paul took advantage of the sunny weather to put up the decoration.
Thursday was sunny and fairly warm, so Paul fired up the smoker to try out a new recipe for smoked teriyaki pork. We marinated a small, pork sirloin roast overnight in teriyaki sauce then sprinkled it with a little dry barbecue rub before smoking it using hickory.
The smoked teriyaki pork was outstanding! It was tender, moist and flavorful. We'll definitely be having that again.
On Friday, a cold front moved in bringing wind and the coldest temperatures of the season. The high on Saturday never made it out of the mid-40s, and the low went all the way down to 29º. Of course, that was still better than the northeast where temperatures were in the teens and there were near-record snowfalls of up to three feet. We snuggled into the 5th wheel and watched movies in front of our electric fireplace all weekend.
The sun came out late on Sunday, and the temperature started warming up again on Monday. It was sunny and in the upper 60s by Tuesday, so we fired up the smoker again to make some honey barbecue chicken wings. Since wings are small, they only take a couple of hours to smoke.
Since smoking takes place at low temperatures (220 to 250º), the skin on the wings doesn't get very crispy. Therefore, Paul put the wings on the grill for a few minutes after they were done smoking to crisp them up.
Margery made honey barbecue sauce by adding honey to our regular sauce recipe. Wow! The wings were great even without the sauce; but with it, they were superb!
Well, we finally have some sightseeing planned - if the weather clears in time, that is (more rain moved in Tuesday night). We'll tell you about it in our next post.