Smokin’ Weekend

Over the weekend we got to try out our new Traeger smoker!

Saturday

We had another couple over for dinner to have ribs. Michael started the ribs at about noon and then we ate at 7-ish.

Michael has been really good at BBQing ribs, it’s one of his specialties, but smoking them for several hours first made them out of this world!

He used a combination of a BBQ seasoning rub and a recipe that the Traeger book recommended (honey, mustard, brown sugar) and then for the last hour of the cooking he added the BBQ sauce.

The ribs were absolutely perfect! The meat fell off the bone. The flavors were so rich and smokey. It was like nothing we’d ever had before. Smoking the ribs was sooo good.

Michael said next time he does ribs he’d do the timing a little different. I think he was saying it was a 3-2-1 process where you smoke them for 3 hours then cook them in foil for 2 hours then the last hour is cooking uncovered on the grill and using BBQ sauce. He said he wanted to play with the time a little bit next time.

Our friends brought a delicious Asian-inspired cucumber salad. The cucumbers were from her garden. The salad was really tasty and went so well with the ribs.

Sunday

Michael bought a giant hunk of brisket at Costco and started the Traeger at 7am. He followed the recipe in the Traeger book for the first time. A few years ago I bought him Franklin’s BBQ book so I think he’ll use that in the future, too.

This was definitely an all day process and he said he should have started it a bit earlier in the morning.

I picked the first batch of jalapenos from the garden and Michael pickled a bunch and then saved a few and made poppers as an appetizer. SO TASTY!

Michael’s mom and stepdad, sister and friend Jeremy came over to be guinea pigs for the first ever brisket.

Once the brisket was done, we wrapped it in foil to rest for almost an hour.

More wine:

And the unveiling!

Michael’s mom made potato salad from scratch and Michael’s sister made a delicious salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. It was all really tasty and went perfectly with the meat.

For a first attempt, the brisket was really, really good. There were a few tough pieces but for the most part it was great! The flavor was outstanding. We are all super excited to try again!

Updates

I finally chopped off my hair! I was growing it out and after two years I was just plain sick of it. It was just big and frizzy and unmanageable. I decided to try something new. I went to my favorite stylist at Wooptido and told her that I was sick of it and needed it to be long enough to put in a ponytail for working out but other than that, take care of it!

She chopped a bunch off! It’s a tad shorter than I wanted (I can barely put it in a ponytail) but it’s not bad! She straightened my hair when she was done. I look like a completely different person with straight hair. LOL!

We’ll see if I can even recreate that straight look on my own!

Amazon

I wanted to tell you guys about the awesome meal planner I bought recently. I was using paper planners and I hated how much paper I was wasting. I kept looking for something else and finally found something: Dry Erase Meal Planner.

It works so great! It’s magnetic and actually stays on the fridge (unlike other magnetic stuff I’ve tried). It comes with a pen, too. It’s so easy to use to plan the week and meals, etc.

Amazon Prime Day was kind of dud for me this year. I honestly didn’t need or want anything BUT we did get one thing. Michael has wanted a smoker for a million years and there was one for like 40% off on Prime Day so we bit the bullet and got it! Traeger Grills TFB38TCA Renegade Elite Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker with Built In Tool Rack and Shelf – Grill, Smoke, Bake, Roast, Braise and BBQ

We are going to try it out this weekend! YAY.

Podcasts

I recently discovered the Dax Shepard podcast and it’s really good! I enjoy it a lot! So far I’ve listened to Katie Couric (highly recommend) and Lauren Graham.

Also, recently discovered: The Mom Hour. I enjoy it a lot and spent about two weeks at work working through old episodes that interested me. They are funny and relatable and if you have kids, it’s really helpful! For all ages! There was another mom podcast that someone recommended and I REALLY tried to listen but one of the chicks kept interrupting and saying “mmmhmmm” after everything the other person said and it was SO ANNOYING. So check out the Mom Hour. Much better!

In the same vein, if you are looking for a HILARIOUS podcast about parenthood, check out Dirty Mother Pukka. I’m all caught up on that one, too, and sadly it doesn’t seem like there are new posts. But it was so hilarious, I’d be laughing out loud at work all day long and coworkers would ask me what I was listening to!