Yesterday I was searching for a way to use some of the basil that I needed to harvest from our garden. When I searched for a low fat basil chicken recipe, the first three results pointed to a Lemon Basil Chicken recipe on a blog called Eat Yourself Skinny. Here is the link to the recipe: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2011/03/lemon-basil-chicken.html.
I followed the recipe just as it is, but instead made it on the big green egg using the plate setter and cast iron grate. Let me tell you that chicken was superb, juicy like no other I assume due to the brining. Anyway it’s a simple recipe using household items plus some basil and a lemon. I also used some basil to top some tomatoes. mm good!
Several years ago Martha gave me a Big Green Egg for Fathers Day. I felt unworthy then and still do now, but it’s a really amazing tool, and until this point has lived in a “nest” with fold down arms. For my 40th birthday Martha sort of gave me a new Big Green Egg table for it to live in. The reason I said sort of was because I had to call the guy and order it, go pick it up, and stain/seal it before I could use it.
A buddy of hers gave her a link on craigslist of a company in Auburn Ga that makes these unfinished cypress tables for the Big Green Egg. I pulled it up, found the one I liked on their website www.CypressGrillTables.com, and placed my order around 8:30 on a Thursday morning. It took me about 45 minutes from Buckhead to drive to their shop which is located off of Highway 316 on the way to Athens. I got there at 10:30, loaded up the table, in and out in five minutes or less.
Here is a picture of the unfinished table in my man room ready to get stained:
To get it finished I went to Ace Hardware on Roswell Road as they are all knowledgeable in the Big Green Egg arena. They pointed out everything I would need to go from what I had, to the finished product. I decided that I wanted it to be a darker color to offset the beating it will take over it’s lifetime, burn marks, dents, scratches etc. I used MINWAX Wood Finish (Special Walnut 224) which gave it a nice rich brown color. I applied one coat of that and let it dry overnight.
After the stain dried I put on the first coat of the sealer which is MINWAX Helmsman Spar Urethane. It is a clear semi-gloss water based sealant. Now this had to be applied 3 times all over the table which took a few days to get through. The can actually says 4 coats are needed for exterior use but I went with the guys recommendation at Ace and did three.
The final touch was to go to Lowes and buy some robe hooks that might go on your bathroom door. They are an oil rubbed bronze and look great with the table.
Here are a few pictures of how it turned out. I could not be any happier with the results.
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Tonight I made a beer can chicken for the first time on the Big Green Egg. I’ve been on a grilling hiatus since December 31st. For some reason that I’m not aware of I have been taking a break… Glad to be back. I used several BGE toys for the first time including the sittin’ chicken, iGrill and some of my new tools that I got for Christmas. It was pretty easy; I simply rubbed the chicken with lemon pepper from the Fresh Market, filled the sittin’ chicken with a beer, put the chicken on top and stuffed the neck with some quartered onions. I cooked it on the Big Green Egg for about an hour and a half at 375 give or take.
The iGrill was awesome and totally eliminated the need to open the egg while it was cooking. My phone went off when the temperature was 170 degrees and we were done. It was simple and the taste was amazing. I was not expecting the boys to eat it, but they devoured it! When we were done at the table they both went to the counter and picked the chicken apart until it was gone. The chicken cost $7.94 at the Fresh Market… now that’s money well spent.
This was a very simple recipe as I didn’t want to get too involved the first time through, but the flavor was right on with so little effort. There are more extravagant rubs that will probably make it even better, and you have to think a different beer could enhance the flavor as well. We shall see.
Last weekend my father-in-law called me and was heading up to Ball Ground GA to pick up some pork chops. My immediate thought was that it was a long way to drive for some pork chops. He proceeded to tell me how incredible they were and that they were like nothing I’d ever had before. I told him to pick up 5 for me knowing that if they were as good as he said, I would need to do some sharing. Boy am I glad, this smoked pork chop is the real deal.
I did a little research and the smoked pork chops came from a store called Frankfurt Doner and Meats, located at 250 Gilmer Ferry Rd in Ball Ground GA. You can connect with them on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frankfurt-D%C3%B6ner-and-Meats/180573851984559.
So here is what I did with it:
Rubbed bone-in pork chop with some Dales, Season All and Kosher salt
Seared both sides on Big Green Egg then cooked at medium heat for 7 minutes per side
It came off the grill almost falling off the bone. It was very tender with an amazing flavor. The chops are already smoked so they don’t require much time on the grill. I split the pork chop with my kids, complemented with some green beans and a Dogfish Head 90-minute Imperial IPA.
Here are some pictures of the preparation and end result.
Cooking salmon on the big green egg is one of my favorites, and this Barbecue Salmon recipe is easy and really good. I picked up a couple of pieces of salmon last night at the Fresh Market and the other two ingredients are staples in the cabinet and refrigerator. All it takes is rubbing some Magic Salmon Seasoning over the top of the fish, then covering it with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce. Cook it to your liking on the grill or Big Green Egg if you have one and you are in business. This recipe never fails and always comes out perfect.