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Hey folks.  Yes it has been awhile since I posted and I apologize for not keeping up.  To tell you the truth it has just been a madhouse getting Ruby used to a new home, school starting back and this darn midwest weather.

I am working on a copy of Maurice’s BBQ sauce and plan on posting it when I get it right.  The garden suffered over that past few weeks due to getting the BigIron re-shingled.  There was some damage to Lil’Iron’s beautiful peppers.  I am trying to use or dry as many as possible but I will end up losing a few.

On top of all this, I am in the middle of having reapirs done on my teeth.  I went for a checkup and found problems I didn’t even know I had.  Goes to show, nomatter how much you brush and floss trouble can pop-up and ruin a few weeks.  I plan to have “the tools of the trade” all fixed before Thanksgiving.  Who wants to crack a tooth on that weekend?

My Birthday is in a week or so and as I get older, things start to go south before you know it……..but the experience gained from age on the cooking front sure does make the food taste better.

My Mom sent me this Woolworth menu from the 50’s.  I thought you might find the prices pretty interesting too.  So here is a bit of nostalgia for you folks to ponder over…and if your old enough, you can remember these days with fondness.

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  Have a safe back to school and remember it won’t be long till Fall…..and ain’t that when smoked food taste the best?

Have a great week,



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Let me say first off,


Let’s face it, if you introduce money into the equation the truth usually gets a little clouded.

The folk’s over at Rod’s Rub wanted my opinion.

Well, you know me…….I had to give it the BigIron review!

Here’s my take on it. 
I did up some chicken breast and thighs. 
For something a little different I decided to give it a try on some grilled fruit. 



You can get your pick of these fine rubs at www.rodsrub.com


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An Old Cowboy’s Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered..not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.


Never squat with your spurs on.

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Here is my new (well new to me) Weber gas grill I got off Craigslist.  I got this beauty for $75 with a cover AND a full tank of LP.

Not only can you buy parts for this thing for at least 20 years, the way it cooks is phenomenal.  

It cooks everything even and the color of the food when finished is top-notch.


I heard someone say on the barbecue bible website that if you buy the best, you only cry once.  That is so true.

There are great looking grills out there folks for under $200.   Think long and hard about getting one. 

When a main component rusts or burns through in a year or two, there is a good chance you can’t get the part and you will throw away a otherwise intact grill. 

The cost in the long run will be much higher.

I have always wanted a Weber because of their reputation and never owned one.  They are well worth the money for a new one……but $75 ?  Heck I couldn’t afford NOT to buy it.

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Lil’ Iron had to leave this weekend and I have the responsibility of taking care of the house and kids (well, I mean our pets )  As you all know, Riley is still a puppy and he can be quite a handful.

On top of all that, when we had our snowfall this week, our dear neighbor had a slight heart attack while shoveling snow.  I wanted to be sure and have free time in case he needs something.

With no time for a long smoke………..Food Saver to the rescue.  Lil’Iron bought me one of these a few months ago and I have to say it has already paid for it’s self a few times over.  No more throwing away food.  That makes ol’ BigIron happy.

I took some pork shoulder out of the freezer from my last shoulder smoke and placed it in the fridge the night before my wife left town.  It thawed out slowly overnight.  The vacuum seal was really strong, just like the commercial stuff.  

I put the bag in boiling water to heat up.

I opened it up and BOOM:  fresh smoked pork just like the day I pulled it off the rig.  No loss of flavor.  Not dry and really just like I smoked it that day.

I can take care of all the things I need to around the house and home AND still get 18 hour smoked pork.  Yes, technology has come a long way.  I just wish I had bought one sooner.

Uh oh I heard a crash and the pets are running towards me.   See ya soon…………..

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Hey just for fun, I posted this Video  , so grab your favorite Liberal, turn up the speakers and sing along.


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Have a great weekend,BigIron

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