The weather was perfect this weekend - so it was time to split some wood. Now, this is not just any wood but some fine, central Kentucky hickory. There might be something that makes smoked meat taste better than central Kentucky hickory but I have yet to discover it.
The proof of the pudding comes with the eating of the pudding. We had to try a little of this CKH - that's central Kentucky hickory - to see how this day's harvest worked on beef, chicken and the king of meat, pork. There is only one word for the results - hot damn. I know that's two words but the meat came out so good I forgot to take the "after" picture. Good enough a bone fell out of a rack of ribs when I picked it up.
I had to take advantage of our beautiful fall-like weather and take my grandson fishing on the Kentucky River. We had a lot of fun and that nice lady at Long John Silver's helped us enjoy a fish supper.
This week I visited the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. What an interesting place. These are some real craftsmen and you know what is most interesting - it all started in a kitchen.
I dipped a bottle of Maker's Mark whiskey and had a good time doing it. The folks on the packaging line crank out these finished bottles at the rate of 30 per minute.
If you didn't get a chance to get out there and drive about our great nation this summer here is a two minute video that will make it seem like you have done it all. For those of you who did it all, we still have some aspirin in the medicine cabinet.
We have something really special this week. And this is more special than the usual special things we share every week. If you like bluesy, honky tonk country music you will love "Sad Man's Tongue" by Volbeat. What is amazing is that Volbeat is a Danish heavy metal band that sometimes sounds like it is from east Tennessee. Try it, you'll like it.
Indian Lake that is. Rent a canoe and make like the Indians do.
Central Kentucky is really pretty when the blue grass grows tall. But that's nothing compared to the beauty of Kentucky women. Emmylou Harris shows us that even if a Kentucky woman is blue she is still really sweet.
Just wanted to share a little tune that should help get everyone into the right mood for a fine and relaxing Friday evening. If you've got some hickory around this would be a great time to light a fire and smoke some meat.
We cooked up a load of chicken breasts at the Plumber's Supply Cookout. The smoke was rolling. The heavenly aroma of hickory was in the air and even got into the chicken. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. And I hope that no one went away hungry.
Yep. The fella in this video is right, if you ask five guys which smoker is best you'll get six different answers. Of course, the real answer is that the best smoker is the last one you made for yourself. Watch the video. Enjoy the aroma. Cybersmoke - just kidding.
Chef Paul says:
It is always fun to cook something that is fun to cook.