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pork tenderloin with apricot glaze

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin w/ Balsamic Soy Glazed Veggies

Here’s a staple meal to make your lady super happy and most likely give you extra special lovin’ at the end of the night.  I’ve done this dish a few different ways, but this latest version is by far my favorite.  I’ve got pics and recipes below.  This time around I rubbed down a couple […]

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custom offset BBQ wood smoker

Homemade Offset Wood Smoker

A good friend of mine sent me the below pics of his dad’s homemade offset BBQ wood smoker.  It’s a 250 gallon rig with a welded-in water pan that runs the length of the smoker.  It also has a gas-fed food warmer on one end.  If you’ve never heard of an “offset” smoke, the concept […]

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Smoke & Spice BBQ Book

Book Review: Smoke & Spice

Probably one of the best BBQ books you can pick up to help kick start a new BBQ hobby, or… even just give an existing hobby some additional ideas, is the book Smoke & Spice by Bill and Cheryl Jamison.  The book is under $15 and highly worth the investment.  Ran-Dawg, the guy who taught […]

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Spare Ribs Weber Smokey Mountain

Guest Post (Mike) – Weekend Spare Ribs

I got my spare ribs from Sam’s Club.  Three full racks weighing in at approximately 15 pounds.  Cut off the excess fat and removed the membrane.  I rubbed them down first with garlic chile infused olive oil, then patted them down with Myron Mixon’s Basic Rib Rub.  Let them sit in the refrigerator for 18 […]

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Steve’s “Apple” Baby Backs!

We had some close friends stay with us this weekend that we haven’t seen in a while so I fired up the WSM and cooked up some baby backs.  I’ve dubbed them “Apple Baby Backs” because I smoked them with apple wood, steamed them in apple juice during the foil part of the cook and […]

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Smoke House Downtown Gainesville

Smoke House Downtown review

Checked out a new BBQ joint here in Gainesville called Smoke House Downtown.  They’re still working through their “soft opening” and have done very little marketing so far.  I chatted with the owner (Mike) and he said they want to make sure the place is running smoothly and get all the kinks out before charging […]

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Great resource for homemade BBQ sauces

One of my favorite things to do is whip up homemade BBQ sauces.  The more and more I cook, the more and more sauces I want to try.  Right now in my outside fridge, I have about 6 homemade sauces, so you think I would be content.  I’m not though and I’m constantly searching out […]

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pulled pork stuffed hamburgers

Pulled Pork Stuffed Hamburgers!

Yeah, you heard me right!  Pulled pork stuffed hamburgers!  Even before you see the pics below, I know your mouth is watering already!  This past Friday and Saturday, I smoked a 10 lb Boston butt and had a TON of leftovers.  Most of them I vacuum sealed and froze, but I kept a bit aside […]

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pulled pork BBQ pizza

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

I was in Pensacola this weekend visiting family and friends, and as I love beer and BBQ, I thought I’d share a restaurant I was introduced to:  Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom.  They have three locations with one in Mobile, AL and two in Pensacola, FL.  Since I live in Gainesville and have a handful […]

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Great new BBQ book by Myron Mixon

The other day I picked up Myron Mixon’s new book Smokin’ with Myron Mixon.  If you don’t know who Myron is, he is the winningest man in the competitive BBQ arena…ever.  Seriously…I didn’t just make that up, he really is.  Kinda looks like Kenny Rogers to me which makes me laugh a bit, but this […]

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Review of Weber 26.75″ One Touch Gold Charcoal Grill

As I mentioned in my applewood smoked deep dish pizza post, my in-law’s hooked me up with a Weber 26.75″ One Touch Gold charcoal grill (a.k.a. “kettle”) for Christmas.  Weber also makes a 18.5″ and 22.5″ model and to be completely honest, the 26.75″ model is going to be too big for you if you’re […]

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applewood smoked deep dish pizza

Applewood smoked deep dish pizza!

So my in-law’s got me a Weber 26.75″ One Touch Gold charcoal grill, or “kettle”, for Christmas and after putting it together this weekend I of course wanted to immediately take it for a spin.  I’ve had so much pork and beef over the past few weeks I wanted to try something different, so I […]

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Ran-Dawg’s Sweet Rib Sauce

This is generally my go-to sauce for ribs.  I’ve tried quite a few, ranging from sweet to spicy, but I always keep coming back to this one.  I usually baste baby backs or St. Louis ribs with this magical sauce 30-45 minutes before I pulled them off the smoker.  Do you have any sweet rib […]

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