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Original Q, Issue #031- blog, wood, faq, pork tenderloin
June 01, 2010

Get Another Drink and Try Again

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Table of Contents

Recent Website Additions and Updates

*Memorial Day Outdoor Fun (BBQ)
*Which Wood?
*Another Pork Tenderloin?

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

Recent Website Additions

Memorial Day Outdoor Fun (BBQ)

Memorial Day is just around the corner. The official kickoff day of Summer. Be thinking about what to do and what to cook. You can plan a big party with lots of friends, or just grill some hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids. It's all good. Enjoy yourself and relax.

Take your time off seriously. It's just as important as your work. Relaxation is healthy, and this is a perfect opportunity.

Hopefully, you will have perfect weather in your neck of the woods. This is the time of year that I try to smoke and grill (here in Texas), because the weather is so nice.

Depending on where you live, your "grilling weather" may not have arrived yet. But fear not... it's coming. Come to think of it... somewhere in the world, there is perfect "grilling weather" every day.

Well, folks... I just wanted to remind you about Memorial Day approaching and wish you happy BBQing. .... And have another drink.

We all know that weather can sometimes be an obstacle. But when it comes to BBQ and the weather is not perfect, it's usually just a minor inconvenience.

Memorial Day Outdoor Fun (BBQ)

Which Wood?

The last time [I did some smoking] I just got some mesquite wood chunks from Lowe's, but I want to try other woods too. I've heard a lot of good things about hickory, apple, cherry, and pecan. Do you...

Which Wood?


Here is a listing of some FAQs about BBQ, as taken from the Original Q ezine. Add to the FAQ page yourself. Maybe even answer a question.


Another Pork Tenderloin?

My wife and I have been invited to our daughter's house for another Pork Tenderloin dinner.

I neglected to tell you that several weeks ago we were lucky enough to experience the same meal... and what a meal it was.

Shane (my son-in-law) has an electric smoker. It doesn't get too hot, but it is very stable and consistent like an electric oven.

He smoked a 4 pound pork loin using the smoker and some water-soaked wood chips. Maybe it was the well controlled temperature and maybe it was something else. I don't know exactly what caused it... but... that was the very best pork tenderloin that I have ever eaten.

The whole family was in agreement. There has never been anything to compared to that piece of meat. It was cooked to a perfect doneness, very tender, very moist, and a perfect texture. There were no leftovers.

This has already been a busy Memorial Day weekend. I smoked baby-back ribs today (the wife said they were great), and now we get to go have another pork tenderloin on Memorial Day.

What a weekend.

I hope my expectations don't get me into trouble.

Another Pork Tenderloin?

Editor's Qs

I've got the rest of it all figured out, from the smoked meats down to the drinks. But what's for dessert this Labor Day Weekend?

Never forget about the all time summertime favorite of homemade ice cream. My first memory of it was sitting on the freezer covered with a gunny sack while my dad cranked it.

Some of you may not know what I am talking about unless you are of a certain age. Growing up in the 50s and 60s had it's good times. Making ice cream was one of them.

Now days, there are electric motors to do the cranking. But make no mistake... the ice cream turns out just as good.

There are many variations for homemade ice cream recipes. Some are cooked on the stove first, and others get blended together and put right into the freezer.

Many of the recipes call for nuts and berries and other flavorings right in the ice cream as it's being made. Places like Braum's are well known for their flavored ice cream (black walnut is my favorite).

But when making homemade ice cream... I like vanilla. Any toppings can be added after you get your bowl. Maybe it's because I started eating it so long ago and have always had vanilla, but it just doesn't seem like homemade unless it's vanilla. I guess I'm old fashioned (like I used to accuse my parents of being).


The Challenge Continues.

I don't want to give you the idea that I can't be stumped, but... let's see what happens.

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

All the Best

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