More Smoke and a Project for Lydia
Berlin, OH - Events of Saturday, August 29 to Tuesday, September 2, 2015
We have been putting our smoker to good use ever since we first got it. We have smoked a pork shoulder, a turkey breast and baby back ribs.
Walnut Creek Cheese has a nice selection of meats at their meat counter, and that's where we get most of our meats when we are staying here in Berlin. When we were shopping there last week, we saw they had beef brisket at $4.79 a pound. The going price these days for brisket is around $8 a pound, so we bought a small one and smoked it last Saturday.
Most of the time meat is smoked right on the grate; but this time, we decided to try putting the meat in a shallow, disposable pan to catch the juices.
The brisket took about 5½ hours. After a 45-minute resting time wrapped in foil to give the juices time to redistribute, the brisket was ready for carving.
Wow, was it tender! It was also nice and smokey. The downside to smoking in a pan is you don't get a nice, crisp bark from the caramelization of the brown sugar in the rub, but the flavor of the juices that are captured in the pan are outstanding when poured over the meat. You almost don't need barbecue sauce.
Then last Wednesday, we smoked a meat loaf. The recipe we used is half pork sausage and half ground beef. Since is also contains bread crumbs soaked in buttermilk, the finished product is nice and moist. It was smokey and yummy served with barbecue sauce.
And now on to Lydia's project. Lydia loves swings because she seems to like to feel the wind in her face. Therefore, family friends bought her a swing seat by Little Tykes. Paul volunteered to make a frame to hang it.
Since Paul would have to assemble the swing to fit everything together before taking it to Pittsburgh anyway, he decided to build it in time for Lydia to use it when they came to Scenic Hills to be with us for Labor Day. Afterward, he will disassemble it, we will take it to Pittsburgh the next time we go, and he will reassemble it there.
After picking up most of the materials at Lowe's on a recent trip to Massillon, Ohio, Paul started cutting.
It was a little tricky to wrestle the leg assemblies around to get the crossbar bolted in place and then get the whole thing standing upright, but Margery helped. Once the main assembly was put together, it was only a matter of installing some angle braces...
...and then hanging the swing. It's now ready for Lydia to test it out.
Aside from smoking meat and building the swing, we continue to spend a lot of time relaxing. And who knows how to relax better than a dog. The next photo shows Freeway in one of his three favorite locations on the top of the back of our theater seating. His other favorite places are the top of the back of the couch so he can see out the back window or on someone's lap.
With the Labor Day weekend approaching, the campground is filling up. We're looking forward to the arrival of Lora, J. Michael and Lydia. Stay tuned.