After the first run on the new jerky smoker last month, it was obvious that the original intent and design was not going to product the product that you and I expect. With some more cutting and weldin - I have added some fans, a heating element and a control panel with timer and temperature control. Initial tests show that the modifications are going to work out very well. A case of meat has been prepped and will be loaded on the smoker tonight. I confidently expect a worthy product to begin shipping this week. Thank you again for all of your patience during this transition period!
First a little background here. I am a single father of two teenaged girls that are both in sports and band/orchestra/choir etc. I also work a full time job, usually 6 days a week. In the last couple of years I have opened a store front that is open nights and weekends offering home brewing and BBQ supplies and equipment - all while continuing to manufacture beef jerky on a nearly daily basis. Within the store, I have also been constructing a commercial style kitchen for manufacturing the jerky and BBQ catering prep.
Sunday, June 24, was the last of the prelims of the Kingsford BBQ Pitmaster series, and now we know who the five finalists will be.
Sunday was the airing of the third of five preliminary cook-offs in season three of the BBQ Pitmasters. The contest was in Thomaston, GA, in early April at a larger competition called Smoke on the Water.
The cooks were, in order of finish:
1) Johnny Trigg, Smokin' Triggers, Alvarado TX
2) Chris Hart, Wicked Good BBQ (formerly iQUE), Boston, MA
3) Charles Wilson, C-Dubs Corruption BBQ Crew, Puyallup, WA
After three seasons of practice, BBQ Pitmasters, a reality cooking competition that is decidedly not Top Chef, has finally found the recipe.
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
As we reflect on the sacrifices made by the heros of America, past and present - Sograte BBQ and Brew offers our first photo contest and giveaway.
I have had a lot of people coming through the store this month that got Mr Beer kits for Christmas and are looking for ideas and ingredients to step it up. Mr Beer is a pretty rudimentary kit that features a 2 gallon fermentor and includes a hopped malt extract, booster, dry brewing yeast and a no-rinse cleanser. This simple little kit has introduced countless people into the world of homebrewing, and many have even progressed into professional brewing.
You have never tasted anything like it, try it - we guarantee you'll love it! Not every manufacturer comes out ala Dominos Pizza and shouts to the world that they don't suck anymore. The way I see it, a product is never in a "final" stage. There is always room for improvement, just ask Coca Cola. Oh wait, that was a failure. Well, not every improvement gets a positive response either. So the Original Coke recipe made a come-back but new Coke products are constantly sent to market.
BBQ Pitmasters on TLC - Starts tonight