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Smoked Bacon Steak Recipe | Smoke A Pork Belly Like A Brisket (sort of)

This is my take on Morton's Bacon Steak recipe inspired by recent videos by other YouTubers on smoking pork belly like a brisket. The recipe is very simple and the key is to keep your smoker between 250-275 for 7 or 8 hours. During the cook, I realized that are some aspects to smoking a brisket that aren't needed when smoking a pork belly which makes this process extremely easy. The end result was thick slices of bacon heaven that was extremely juicy, tender and flavorful. If you love bacon, then you owe it to yourself to give this recipe a try!

Ingredients

  • Pork Belly (whole slab)
  • Mayonnaise for the slathering binder (you can also use mustard or another binder of your choice)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Coarse Ground Pepper

Slather the mayo on both sides of the pork belly. Pork belly is naturally salty so be careful not to use too much salt. Combine the salt & pepper into a shaker and distribute it all over the fat & meaty side of the pork belly. I decided to leave the fat side completely intact without any additional trimming. You can trim some of the fat if you'd like but leave at least 1/4" of the fat cap.

Setup your smoker for 250 degrees & try to keep the temp between 225 - 275 throughout the cook. During the cook I decided that spritzing and wrapping the pork belly was not necessary. Smoke until the pork belly is probe tender at around 200 - 203 degrees.  Let it rest for around 15 minute and cut into thick slices (be ready for all of that bacon grease!)

VIDEO PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 25, 2021

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Lessons Learned After Owning A LSG Offset Smoker for 3 Years

I have happily owned my #LoneStarGrillz 20x42" #Offset #Smoker for 3 years. Along the way, many of my processes have changed as I've learned how to master my smoker and consistently produce great tasting food.

 

If you already own a stick burner, hopefully this video will provide you with a few ideas to improve your process or make it more efficient. If you are thinking about buying a stick burner, this video should help give you some idea of what it's like to own one. I'll discuss my processes for:

 

  • Cleaning the interior and exterior of the smoker
  • Starting a fire in the firebox
  • Cooking
  • Which add-ons I think are still valuable

 

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Video Published On August 8, 2021

 

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Taking Another Look At The Meater Wireless Thermometer | Meater Plus

After a less than stellar experience with The Meater Block and the original Meater thermometer, I took a closer look at the Meater Plus Wireless Thermometer to find out whether it lives up to the expectations that I had when I supported the Kickstarter campaign back in 2015.

 

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Video Published On May 30, 2021

 


Tappecue AirProbes and Stick Burners - Part 1

I bought Tappecue's AirProbe Deluxe Bundle around 3 weeks ago. The bundle includes the Tappecue Touch unit, a power supply for the Touch, two wireless AirProbes and charging cradles and a Getting Started Guide. I have been familiar with the Tappecue brand for years and I knew that they were the first company to make a wi-fi enabled BBQ thermometer but I had never made a purchase from them.

A few years ago I had an unfavorable experience with the Meater Block. I love the concept of having a wireless probe to measure the internal temperature of my food and the temperature of the inside of the cooking chamber, I've just been waiting for a company other than Meater to "get it right".  I believe that ads for Tappecue's AirProbe wireless thermometer started appearing in my Facebook feed early in 2020. I was an early supporter of Meater's Kickstarter campaign and I waited over two years for the product to land on my doorstep..... I vowed not to be one of the first to purchase the AirProbe. 

As the year progressed, I did not hear much about the AirProbe on social media, no overwhelmingly great reviews but nothing negative either. Tappecue's reputation seems to be solid but the company doesn't appear to receive the same buzz in the BBQ community as Fireboard and ThermoWorks. Tappecue struck me as a company with a small but loyal following of consumers who have probably experienced their older products. 

After Thanksgiving, I saw Tappecue's promotion for the AirProbe Deluxe so I decided to give it a try and placed my order. My package from Tappecue arrived shortly thereafter, but it fell off my radar some as I had also purchased the Weber Summit Kamado around the same time. I made videos of my initial impressions of the grill and a few days later, I made a follow-up video describing my discussion with a Weber executive about their plans to replace the early Summit Kamados with new grills with a sturdier stand. 

Around Christmas, I finally got around to cooking on my Weber Summit Kamado for the first time. I thought it would be a good idea to also unbox my Tappecue Touch and the AirProbes and try them for the first time during that same cook. Unfortunately, my initial experience with the AirProbes did not go very well. The setup appeared to be smooth until I tried to connect my AirProbes to the Touch and my iPhone. I continuously received error messages on the AirProbe Direct screen (for a direct Bluetooth connection) in the Tappecue app. I then tried to connect the AirProbes to the Touch. While the Touch seemed to give me some readings from the green probe, I later realized that the green probe readings were not from my green AirProbe. To this day, I still don't know what the Touch was "reading" from the green probe since my AirProbes are the only Tappecue probes that I own and they weren't connecting. 

Nonetheless, I figured that I must have been overlooking something in the setup process so I shut everything down until I could try connecting the AirProbes on a different day. 

On New Year's Day, I decided to try again. I found a video by the makers of Tappecue where the lady showed the process for setting up the AirProbes. I noticed that when she setup the AirProbes using the the AirProbe Direct mode in the app, she did not make any mention of the Touch. I decided to try to connect the AirProbes while leaving the Touch turned off. This time it worked and I was able to connect both of my AirProbes to the app, both in iOS and Android. 

Once connected, I inserted the AirProbes into my small Prime Rib that I was smoking on my LSG 20" offset smoker. 

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The green probe connected to the app right away and gave me temperature readings for the meat and the cooking chamber but the red probe was stuck on "connecting". I figured the red probe would connect after 10 or 20 seconds. Meanwhile, Luna - my 9-week old German Shepherd puppy looked like she had just pooped and was sniffing around it so I immediately rushed over to her which was probably around 30-40 feet away from the smoker. 

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After I cleaned up after Luna, I noticed that the app was showing that I was no longer connected to either AirProbe. I walked back to the smoker hoping that at a minimum, the green AirProbe would reconnect on it's own but it didn't. I waited a few minutes and I tried to force the app to reconnect but the app would not reconnect. Instead the app showed both AirProbes as "connecting". 

All of this made me wonder if the AirProbes are unable to reliably remain connected because of the thick steel in the LSG that does an excellent job of holding temperatures inside of the cooking chamber. I went onto the Team Tappecue fan page on Facebook and asked if others had a sense of how well the AirProbes function inside of well made offset smokers like the LSG. One person replied that he wasn't sure about functionality with stick burners, but  in using the AirProbes with his Assassin grill, he needed to make sure that the Touch unit was within 7-10 feet of the grill. 

Although his response did not fully answer my question about AirProbes and stick burners, it did answer another one of my questions. Do the AirProbes work with the Touch? I assumed that they did because the app itself mentions using the Touch with or without AirProbes. Since my AirProbes were now connected to the app & my phone, I went ahead and turned on the Touch to see if it would also recognize the AirProbes. This time, the Touch saw and read temperatures from both of my AirProbes. 

This was a big relief for me as I really want to like this product. Even if I can't use them inside the thick walls of the LSG, I'm hopeful that they will work inside of the Summit Kamado or inside of my other grills. Next time, I will use the AirProbes with the Touch and I will keep the Touch close to the smoker. 

As such, my grade with the AirProbes and my stick burner is still an "incomplete" so there will need to be a Part 2 to this post. Unless I overlooked something in the setup process, it appears that the Touch should not be turned on when you initially try to connect your AirProbes to the app and your phone. If you have experienced something different, please leave a comment. 

Here's a photo of the finished Prime Rib on the LSG. 

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I Already Knew About My Love For BBQ, Now I've Learned That Interacting With BYSM Viewers Is Also Important To Me

I had been in somewhat of a rut lately when it comes to posting new videos. I bought a new camera and I was fired up to put it to use. Although the camera is a step up in quality, it's also a few steps up in complexity and I am admittedly, not a camera expert. I can utilize auto-focus with the best of them, but I'm trying to increase my overall knowledge so that I can take advantage of some of the manual settings. 

The first footage that I shot with my new camera turned out to be mostly too blurry to use so I decided to scrap the project. Meanwhile, I had been kicking around the idea of making a live stream video for awhile but I needed time to research my options to figure out what might work best with my equipment. 

By the time I felt comfortable enough to try it, more than a full month had gone by since my last video post. During today's stream, someone commented that they wondered if I had given up on my channel. Much to the contrary, I had very badly been wanting to post a new video. 

The technical hurdles that I was trying to overcome, coupled with demands from my day job, caring for my family and day light savings (is that what we're experiencing right now?) which cuts into the ability to cook during the day all contributed to my inability to both cook as frequently as I wanted, but also my ability to post a new video. 

This year I have learned that not being able to BBQ coupled with not being able to work on my channel in the way that I want actually dampens my spirit. Said another way, BBQing and interacting with the growing BYSM community makes me very happy. I already knew how much BBQ means to me. My passion for working on BYSM has become a new stark realization for me. My new challenge is to find ways to more efficiently post new videos. 

That's where the live stream comes into play. Going live allows me to make a new video without the strain of having to edit it later which is often the hardest part about making new videos. I wasn't sure if anyone would actually watch since I didn't promote it and given that my channel is not large. The nightmare scenario that I envisioned had me live streaming to an audience of one or zero and/or no one engaging me with any comments or questions. 

I decided to have faith and just go for it, much like when I decided to launch my channel on YouTube. I clicked the button to go live and much to my surprise, I had a viewer and my first comment within the first few minutes of starting the broadcast.  Not only did I avoid serious technical glitches, but there were enough comments & questions to keep my stream going for 1 hour. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Wayne D. and "2steps" for sticking with me throughout the stream and engaging. Without you guys and everyone else who watched or commented, the live stream would not have been a success. 

I can't say it enough...... THANK YOU to everyone out there for your support. It really means a lot to me. 

Video Streamed On 11/15/2020:

 


Fireboard 2 Drive | Unboxing & 1st Impressions

Hey BBQ family! I received my Fireboard 2 Drive a few weeks ago and I've used it on a few cooks. Just like the original, the Fireboard 2 is an outstanding temperature control system & I have no reservations about recommending it. Having a reliable thermometer to keep you apprised of the real temperature inside of your cooker and inside of your meat is one of the biggest keys to successful BBQ! 

Please watch the video for more of thoughts and observations about the Fireboard 2.

Video originally posted on 7/3/2020

 


LSG 20" Offsets Are Perfect for Smoking Chicken & Pork Butt Together!

Kenyatta takes advantage of the LSG's versatility while smoking a whole chicken & a pork butt simultaneously. He seasoned the chicken with Swine Life's Mississippi Grind and the pork butt with John Henry's Pecan Rub & a bourbon brown sugar mop sauce. Watch the video to find out which one of the recipes is an absolute home run!

Video Published On 6/15/2020