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Yearly Archives: 2014

Christmas Present: GMG Davy Crockett Grill/Smoker

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December 25, 2014
To give an idea of size, that is a 2.7kg turkey crown. Had I wished to, I could have fitted two of them in at the same time.

In November, my Traeger Lil Tex died, failing to work at all. After experimenting with various theories, I came to the conclusion that it was the original Traeger controller that was broken. Unfortunately, replacements suitable for my old 240V model are as rare as hen’s teeth. I have a long-term plan to bring the...
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Sous Vide Eggs

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November 24, 2014
Sous Vide Eggs

For my tea tonight: 2 sous vide eggs, on lightly seasoned fried egg noodles. Actually, there were 3 eggs, as I did an extra one to try to make sure they were done, before preparing the noodles! ­čÖé So these eggs were simply eggs cooked in their shells, for an hour, at 63.5 degrees...
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Codlo is here

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November 21, 2014
Codlo is here

My Codlo device arrived on Wednesday. This is a gadget that turns a rice cooker or slow cooker into a Sous Vide bath. The Codlo plugs into the wall, and the cooker is plugged into the Codlo. Setting the cooker to its “High” setting means that it is always on, and so the cooking...
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Ribs

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November 15, 2014

I used to say that I couldn’t be bothered with ribs, stupid fiddly bits of bone with not enough meat on them. Then I was introduced to the beef short-rib; first in Barbecoa, in London, and later in my own home. Absent a working pellet grill, I currently have two of them cooking on...
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3 in 1 Slow Cooker

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November 3, 2014
3 in 1 Slow Cooker

About a year ago, I upgraded my single-person slow cooker to a 6.5L beastie. I’ve never regretted it, and have been getting good use out of it. Rather than have my little slow cooker on the go almost every day through winter, I can do a big stew, and then refrigerate or freeze portions,...
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Butcher Recommendations

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November 3, 2014

Over on the British BBQ Society Forums, they have been compiling a list of BBQ-friendly butchers; which has since been converted into a Google Maps listing. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zlyakxOlTuaA.kbOn6_b4wRdk
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Economy or Marketing?

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November 2, 2014
Economy or Marketing?

Most of the supermarkets have an economy brand. For Tesco, it’s “Everyday Value”; for ASDA, “Smart Price”; for Sainsbury, it’s their “Basics” range. Frequently, these products are cheaper for good reason. Meat products, such as sausages and burgers, are more likely to contain more fat and mechanically recovered meat then the normal or premium...
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Pellet Costs

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November 2, 2014
Pellet Costs

The grill that I use mainly is a Traeger Lil Tex Pellet Grill. It uses wood pellets as both a fuel and smoke source. The pellets are similar to those used for biofuel boilers, but need to be made from clean wood, with no bark or sweepings, and manufactured using food-grade (i.e. vegetable) lubricants,...
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Pulled pork in the slow cooker

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September 24, 2014
Pulled pork in the slow cooker

For a change, I decided to make some pulled pork in my slow cooker, rather than my pellet smoker. One of the reasons for this is that I had a pork joint to be cooked, from last week’s Riverford delivery; I had planned to give the smoker a good deep clean, but haven’t felt...
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Tesco Online

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September 18, 2014

I live 10 minutes walk from a Tescos, so why would I order online from them? Well, they offered me a 15 quid coupon if I spent 60 quid online. So I put together a list of canned and dried goods that I use; some bottles of Qcumber, which I am now quite partial...
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