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Well the best laid plans…………… 

I had planned on doing a beef clod for the fourth but the weather did not cooperate.  We had storms early in the evening and I was not prepared.  Imagine that?

Lil’Iron and me decided to spend our time together and just do some burgers on the grill this evening.  Our neighbors will come over and have a burger, play some cards and watch the firworks show from the porch.

I hope everyone of you have a happy and safe 4th of July.  Please keep the spirit of this county’s birth in your hearts today and remember what we as a nation, have gone through.

Happy Grilling,



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After many emails and more then a few return failures after answering said emails, I decided to address the baffle issue with a video.

Here ya go folks.

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I am so excited.  The local butcher here in town is on the prowl for a 18lb beef clod. 

For those of you going huh?, it is also known as a beef shoulder.

The one I smoked a while back was great and it’s been over a year since I did one. 

On one end, it tastes like roast beef, and on the other side it tastes like steak.  How can you lose with a combination like that?

After we strap on the feedbag for the 4th, I will take the leftovers and vacuum pack’em and wait…….and wait……and then in the winter……. SHEPHERD’S PIE.

Oh my goodness…..Lil’Iron makes the best using this smoked clod.  It is kinda like the gift that keeps on giving all year.

I will have pics and a 4th of July video to boot.  You know this will be really fun because a lot of folks outside of Texas have never tasted it, or even know what it is.

If you want, do something different this 4th of July, celebrate with a Texas tradition.  Smoked Beef Clod.

Have a great weekend,


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Down here at the BigIron it has been a busy busy day.  We have mowed the lawn and cleaned up.  I put some chickens on the smoker and we are going to a neighbors house  tonight and share the wonderful bounty that God has graced us with during our lives.  We hope all of you are having a safe and happy 4th. 

I am proud to be an American and so proud to live in these United States.  I will leave you with the following from 1969 by Red Skelton.  In the event you know someone that does not have an understanding of the Flag, God or our Country, I would appreciate it if you would share this with them.

 God Bless you,


From The Red Skelton Hour, CBS TV, January 14, 1969copyright 1969 Richard Red Skelton

On January 14, 1969, Red Skelton touched the hearts of millions of Americans with his “Pledge Of Allegiance“, in which he explained the meaning of each and every word. Red Skelton’s recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance” was twice read into the Congressional Record of the United States and received numerous awards.

RED SKELTON: “I remember this one teacher.  To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom.  We were all reciting the Pledge Of Allegiance and he walked over.  Mr. Lasswell was his name… He said”: “I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge Of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.  If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:


Me; an individual; a committee of one.


Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.


My love and my devotion.

To the Flag

Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody’s job.

of the United

That means that we have all come together.


Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

And to the Republic

Republic — a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands

One Nation

One Nation — meaning, so blessed by God.


Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty

Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice

The principle, or quality, of dealing fairly with others.

For All

For All — which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine. And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?”

Red Skelton’s recitation of the pledge of allegiance is available on DVD as part of the Red Skelton Christmas DVD.

Editor’s note: sadly, Red Skelton was prescient – the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (the most overturned court in the United States of America) has done exactly that.

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