Month: June 2018

Texas Style Smoked Brisket

Nothing reminds me of my early years growing up in Texas than a beautifully smoked brisket. This one is lovely…

Ingredients:

  • 10 lb brisket

Rub:

  • 2 parts brown sugar
  • 2 parts sea salt
  • 1 part ground black pepper
  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part paprika

Directions:

  • I have a small Weber smoker (and I love it for its portability), so I have to cut my brisket in ½ beforehand (love me or hate me for it, it doesn’t fit otherwise)
  • Rinse brisket and blot dry
  • Score it in a cross hatch on the fatty side
  • Generously apply rub all over
  • Wrap in plastic wrap overnight
  • Fire up the smoker to 225F and put brisket on fatty side up and let it go for about 3 hours (I used hickory for this one, but love some mesquite and Texans swear by it)
  • Remove brisket and double wrap it in tin foil and put it back on for 3 hours…baste in it’s own juices about halfway
  • Check temperature…done should be about 190F
  • Remove it and let it rest for an hour. Cut it across the grain and see how you did…it should be beautifully moist and tender with a nice smoke ring

At this point, you can slice it or chop it, and apply your favorite BBQ sauce as desired…my favorite is a slider with a little coleslaw on a Hawaiian roll…heaven!

And, if you want something nice to wash it down with, this Grand Marnier Gold Margarita works fabulously!

My 5 (6…just found a new one) Favorite Apps

Here are some of the apps on my phone that get the most use that some of you may not use or may not have known you even had a need for:

My Fitness Pal: I think of myself as a pretty good eater, but this app really forces you to see what you are putting in your body and think about the portions…Baby Back Ribs = 1360 calories + 2 IPA’s = 500 calories = a full day’s worth of calories for me. Now I’m not a food freak, but that’s a day’s worth of other food I could be eating…I love my ribs and micro brews, but I could do a steak for 200-300 calories, a nitro stout for 120 (or my new favorite a Deep Eddy Ruby Vodka on the rocks for 70) and still have lots more eating time to spare…blam! This one helped me lose 15 pounds in 4 weeks…and I’m still going.

YELP: Yes, I’m a Yelper. I love food, eating out, and sharing the good stuff with others who enjoy the same. Here’s one of my posts on eats in North County San Diego and here’s my space on Yelp (T-Money M.)

Headspace: When my mind is running a million miles an hour or I’m freaking out about whatever is making me freak out for the day, this quick 10-15 minute meditation app is legit…yeah, yeah, yeah, I know…freaky California boy, but try it and you’ll see how good a job it does of clearing your mind…just do it!

Duolingo: Fantastic, free language app. I suck at languages and not even saying this has helped me improve as I have to put the time in, but when I do have time and can put a little in, this is a fun way to learn it

Stitcher: When I’m killing time in the car and I’ve already run through all my music for the 2,000th time, I love digging in to some podcasts. There are a million out there, I can start and stop as I like and actually learn something on the go. Here are some of my favorites:

Blinkist: Just ran across this one recently. I have a massive backlog of books I want to read and no time. This is basically Cliff Notes on steroids (text or audio)…great book summaries I can digest in a fraction of the time…love it! 25 books done in just a couple of weeks part time.

Any suggestions back, please leave a comment. ‘Preciate ya!