Rufus Reruns: Grill Master Part Two

Never buying store brand again

Never buying store-brand pastrami again

You’re all caught up on how to smoke after reading yesterday’s tutorial right? Then let’s get to it. Pick one or more of the following:

Smoked Brats

Really, those babies are almost all pink, talk about permeation

Really, those babies are almost all pink, talk about permeation

Smoked Lamb Shanks

At the center resides the perfect dog treat

At the center resides the perfect dog treat

Smoked Brisket with Espresso Bourbon Mop Sauce

That is a juicy piece of meat

That is a juicy piece of meat

Smoked Salmon

It looks like the opening shot in Star Wars

It looks like the opening shot in Star Wars

Spicy Smoked Beef Brisket

That is a piece of meat

That is a piece of meat

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Rufus Reruns: Grill Master Part One

Ready, set, smoke! We’re reaching into our archives this week and reposting some of our old favorites. Here’s a three parter on smoking poultry.

First you’ll need to truss the bird

The most important knot

The most important knot

Next comes the brining

Going for a long dunk

Going for a long dunk

And finally the smoking

A gratuitous grill shot for Greg

A gratuitous grill shot for Greg

And the voila, the finished product:

Only a fool would consider that burned

Only a fool would consider that burned

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Rufus Reruns: G is for Gin

Someone in this house really, really, really loves her gin. We’ll be back next week with a new cocktail. In the meantime, here are some of our gin-soaked favorites.

Pink Gin

Someone got a little to arty for me in this picture

Someone got a little too arty for me in this picture

The Vesper

The garnish is for eating

The garnish is for eating

Salty Dogs

Beware of dog

Beware of dog

The Gimlet

Two bonus recipes to the left!

Two bonus recipes to the left!

The Tom Collins

That tile looks very new

Don’t let kitchen renovations stymie your drinking

The Saketini

Reflections and poorly made glassware can make some fun effects

Reflections and poorly made glassware can make some fun effects

The White Lady (two ways)

Mine has less wonderbread in it

Is it just me or is that glass really full?

The 20th Century

That is a good use of opposite colors

That is a good use of opposite colors

Blueberry Bramble

Stone cold baby

Stone cold baby

Cheers everyone!

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Rufus Reruns: Is There a Butcher in the House?

We took a bit of time off last week, so the kitchen isn’t as busy. We’ll be airing some reruns this week and will resume our normal scheduling soon. In the mean time, bone up on your deboning with this run down.

How to Filet a Fish

Now it makes sense

Now it makes sense

Deboning Chicken Breasts

Finished?

Finished?

Carving A Turkey

The original meat on a stick

The original meat on a stick

Spatchcock A Chicken

Is a chicken more chicken if it is spineless

Is a chicken more chicken if it is spineless

 

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In Our Kitchen

So powerful and mysterious

So powerful and mysterious

The pickling season is full steam ahead. I am hoping for a large batch of pickled okra, hot pepper jam and pickled peppers. Right now I am experimenting with brine ratios for the okra. So far sweet red onion and a little cider vinegar are leading the pack. Time will tell.

Stuffed again

Stuffed again

The cooler summer has given us a longer lasting batch of fresh zucchini and we are starting to run out of creative ways to serve them. I hate to admit it, but I may be a little tired of fresh-from-the-garden(or in our case the farmers market) zucchini right now.

I know, blasphemy.

I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter Rocky

I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter Rocky

Yes we still have tomatoes on the vine and it is September. Crazy summer this year. I feel like we may pay for it in spades next year. To get a peek inside other bloggers’ kitchens hop on over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for her monthly roundup.

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Happy Labor Day

We can’t think of a more American holiday than Labor Day. (OK, except the Fourth and St. Patty’s Day!) So we picked our favorite all-American ingredient — bourbon to celebrate. (We know the fries don’t include bourbon, but if you really want just pour a shot for dipping.)

Happy Labor Day to you all state siders and happy Monday to the rest of you.

Lynchburg Lemonades

Nothing like mixing drinking with lawn games to annoy the neighbors

Nothing like mixing drinking with lawn games to annoy the neighbors

Bourbon Burgers

That looks like a nice thickburger

That looks like a nice thick burger

Sweet Potato Fries

They looked fried, but looks are deceiving

They looked fried, but looks are deceiving

Bourbon Balls

Serve extra bourbon on the side

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Sunday Suppers: So Long Summer

Labor Day weekend might be the symbolic end of summer, but we expect to be sweating for the next few weeks. Still we can pretend that the pool and grill will soon be covered, that leaves are ready to fall and the kids are about to break in new jeans. (Of course our house lacks kids and a pool — both seem like a lot of work!) Instead we’ll just scrounge for more tomatoes in the garden and wait for the next giant AC bill. Here’s a great end-of-summer meal for the rest of you. Write and let us know what fall feels like.

Bacon and Feta Bruschetta

That bread is from the day old bakery section don't tell anyone

That bread is from the day old bakery section don’t tell anyone

And/or (we won’t judge if you do both!)

Burgers with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and fresh herbs

It needs some fries

It needs some fries

Grilled Zucchini

Works well for eggplant also.

Works well for eggplant also.

Fresh Peach Tart

I must say that pie always takes a good photo

I must say that pie always takes a good photo

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