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Saturday, July 03, 2010

It seems ridiculous, but it's already the 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! (Yes, I'm posting this on the 3rd, but it's close enough - and I expect to be far too busy cooking, celebrating and eating!

I wonder, how many of you are going to go beyond hot dogs and hamburgers for the 4th? We are. We've got two racks of baby-back ribs all seasoned up and four THICK pork chops and we're going to be smoking them! We'll save the chops for another day but the ribs are our dinner and we're planning on whipping up a tasty, spicy honey barbecue sauce to dip them in. Plus, we're gonna salt, pepper and garlic up a box of Bubba Burgers and smoke them as we let the coals cool down. (BTW, this year we're just seasoning the chops and ribs with a 'house-blend' mix of garlic powder, salt and pepper. We're saving the dry rub for chicken quarters later this month. Yum! Yum!)

We've found that smoking plain pork chops and hamburger patties and then freezing them as soon as they're 'blood-warm' captures the smokey odor in the zip-lock bags! And those bland-but-healthy turkey burger patties? Well, after smoking, they're quite the tasty treat!

Hope you have as nice a 4th of July as we plan to!

Yes, if all goes well, I'll be snapping photos of the smoked chops and ribs and I'll post them here.

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