Hello and welcome to the May edition of the Smoking Meat Newsletter the voice of the "Low and Slow", and occasionally "high and fast" barbecue community.
Last month we talked about smoking eggs in a couple of different ways and hopefully some of you were able to try that in commemoration of the Easter season.
If you did not get to read last month's newsletter for whatever reason then please check it out here for some real goodies.
You probably already know that the month of May is National Barbecue Month (like we need another reason to barbecue!) and those of us who are into the low and slow of it will be celebrating right along with the speedy grillers and we'll just be one great big happy family.
I want to delve into grilling (with smoke of course) a little bit this month..
Smoking with the Grill
A lot of times when we say "smoking meat" we think low and slow and it truly is in essence but smoking can also take place over the grill and sometimes we tend to forget that.
Charcoal briquette flavored meat seems to be what everyone has gotten use to tasting off the grill with a hint of lighter fluid, and if that is what you enjoy then I do not want to offend but please allow me to re-introduce the wonderful, smoky flavor you can roust up onto a steak, hamburger patty, or even a hot dog using mesquite chunks or whatever your favorite wood flavor is.
I have a special favorite that I do.. I have been doing this for quite some time and I really don't even know how I came up with it but it is mighty tasty and I would be plumb cruel to not share it..
Mesquite Smoked Country Style Rib Kabobs
Country Style ribs are actually not ribs at all but cuts from the very tender loin area..
I have smoked these things low and slow several times and they turn out great but I think it is a waste of time since they are better served on a grill while the smoker is busy tenderizing something that truly needs to be tenderized like brisket, pork shoulder, etc.
Here is what I do with them and it is a crowd please every solitary time I do it:
I get me about 3 pounds of country style ribs.. and sometimes you can find these for as little as $0.99 per pound.
I make up a batch of Jeff's Naked Rib Rub, break out the long metal toothpicks that my wife calls skewers, get the grill prepared real hot like I am going to grill a steak, and cut up my country style ribs into small pieces around 1 x 1 inch.
You don't have to cut the ribs up.. technically you could roll them real good in the rub and just grill them outright and they are tasty that way but on the skewers they are already in bite sized pieces and you can add onions, peppers, and other veggies to the skewers as well for a real fancy meal.
I roll the rib pieces in the rub and make sure they are thoroughly coated but not real thick, and then thread them onto the skewer with alternating onions, peppers, mushrooms, squash, etc. between the meat. You can add whatever vegetables you like and it will taste good.
Once the grill is too hot for me to hold my hand over.. I throw on some mesquite chunks, lay the skewers on the grill and close the lid.
I like to see the grill really pouring out smoke since it has to induce a lot of flavor in a relatively short period of time.
It normally takes around 16-18 minutes for them to get done on one side depending on how hot the grill is and I turn them over and finish them off on the other side.
I like to check these with my digital probe meat thermometer to make sure they have hit 160 before removing them.
You can serve these with a mound of rice or with barbecued baked beans and a roll, the options are just endless and the flavor is unbelievable.
For dessert or as a side dish with your meat, be sure to try some whipped sweet potatoes (this goes really good with barbecue for some reason). This is our traditional thanksgiving recipe but we use it a lot during the year as well.
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