For the third time in two weeks I went to the Eastern Market to buy meat and satisfy my new addiction.
I own an electric smoker/grill and it has changed my life. I love the thing and I am going to do salmon, beef brisket and barbeque chicken wings for the Super Bowl weekend. Oh wait. I cannot say that. I am grilling for “The Big Game” weekend. My bad.
I went to 12 Oaks Mall and bought a Traeger smoker and grill as a Christmas present to myself. I loved the smoked meats that my brother-in-law Big Ralph made during our visits to his house. But he did it the old fashion way with real wood and no power. It was great to taste but a pain to maintain the right temperature.
I don’t have time for that. When I saw that the Traeger ran by electricity and wood pellets I thought there was no way the food would taste as good. I was wrong. I’ve made beef brisket, pulled pork, vegetables, chicken and fish and it has been the most incredible food I’ve ever tasted.
I gave my neighbors the Coldren’s some of the pulled pork and they liked it so much that the daughter Dani Duke asked me to make pulled pork for 30 for her wedding rehearsal dinner. My son B gets excited when I pull the smoker out of the garage into the drive way. My daughter Celine does not eat meat. But she will eat the beef brisket.
You basically turn the thing on, smoke your meat for six or eight hours and don’t worry about it. I do like to baste it every couple hours for added flavor.
Now I’m hooked. When Mike makes fun of me for smoking on The Valenti and Foster Show on 971. FM The Ticket this is what he is talking about. I even cooked during the Polar Vortex when it was 20 below zero.
I encourage you to look into it. And let me be up front. It is a little pricey. They cost anywhere from $400 to $2,199 for a grill called the Little Pig that looks like a giant pink pig.
I even found you guys a hook up. Go to traegergrills.com. Do some research. If you like something then either go to 12 Oaks Mall and drop my name. Or call Loren Clyburn at 313-283-0854. He will give you some discounts and some extra wood chips. By the way he played basketball for Perry Watson at Detroit Southwestern and at Purdue.
Also figure out what kind of wood chips you want to use. They have hickory, cherry, apple, alder, maple, pecan, mesquite and oak. My favorites so far have been apple and alder but I am still experimenting with other woods.
I am not getting paid for this. I just thought many of you would love this as much as I do. I am addicted. I really am. I get made fun of by my wife and kids but nobody says anything when they are eating my food.