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smcswain
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05 11 11:04 pm    Post subject: Suggestions for an empty smoker? Reply with quote

Doing an 8 lb butt this morning and decided to cut the time and try the method of finishing it off in the oven. I just realized that I loaded my WSM with a full load of Stubbs for the Minion method not considering that I was probably only going to need 4-5 hours of smoking time.

So... anybody got any suggestions for some quick/easy ways to utilize the other 4-5 hours? I was going to throw on some wings. Anybody have any ideas for easy veggies or sides?
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Shaymus
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05 11 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could throw some corn on or scewer some asparagus ,drizzel with olive oil then grate some parmesan cheese over top of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05 11 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smcswain, get some corn and wrap it in bacon very delicious. Very Happy
Roasted red potatoes. Quarter up some taters drizzle some Evoo on them season them with salt and pepper then toss place in a foil pan and on the cooker they go. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grab a big #10 can of beans, throw them in a pan, pop them in the smoker too, if you want to fancy them up, add some spices to turn them into your beans!

I like a couple of teaspoons of black pepper, some cumin, some cayenne and either paprika or chili powder.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kick the Bear up a notch and do my Bourbon BBQ'd Beans, about half way down the page.

or

Roadhouse Green Beans

* Prep Time: 5 mins
* Total Time: 20 mins
* Servings: 6-8

About This Recipe: I found the basics of this recipe on the Internet. BBQMAN (?) told me it was missing Ham Base and gave me a figure for something like 6 - #10 cans of beans and x amount of Ham base. I managed to break it down to something more useful.

Ingredients
2 (16 ounce) cans whole green beans, drained
1 can of beer
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp Big Ron's Hint of Houston
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 ounces bacon, diced (raw)
1/2 medium diced onion (don't waste the other half, double the recipe)
2 tsp Ham Base

Directions
1. Using a colander, thoroughly drain green beans. Set aside.
2. Mix beer, sugar, Big Ron's Hint of Houston, pepper and Ham Base until well incorporated. Set aside.
3. Preheat your cooking pan to Medium High heat.
4. Using a cutting board and a knife, dice the raw bacon into equal size pieces. Place diced bacon into preheated cooking pan. Continually stir bacon with large spoon to keep the bacon from burning.
5. Once bacon is cooked add the onions and cook until they are tender and light brown.
6. Now that the onions are tender add the liquid mixture and the beans.
7. Using the rubber spatula stir the mixture until incorporated.
8. Bring mixture to a boil.
9. Transfer to a half size pan.
10. Smoke @ 225-250 for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
11. Serve beans as soon as you are ready.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taters and onions and about 30 cloves of garlic (toss w/ EVOO and place in a cheapo aluminum roasting pan w/ a few pats of buddah and let 'er smoke!). I put mine closest to the firebox side. . . plus, it makes the neighbors crazy. . . . Wink
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smcswain
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the suggestions, guys! I'm saving the ones I don't use today for later!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smcswain I noticed your pic is of Bridges Barbecue from Shelby out on 74. I grew up in Shelby and my Dad worked there years ago. You from Shelby? I've eaten at Red bridges and Alston Bridges hundreds of times.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try some smoked mac and cheese.
Smoked chicken breasts work real well with a salad later in the week. I marinate the breasts in Italian dressing.
Get some sort of sausage and smoke for a hour or two.
Flank steak then slice thinly on the bias for tacos later.
The list is endless.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06 11 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well great. I could have run a butt down there and taken advantage of your burning coal.

Instead, we went to Kim's and had sushi. It was good, but we were disappointed they didn't have any shrimp heads tonight. There's always next time! Very Happy
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