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A DIY Digital Meat Thermometer with Predictive Filter?

June 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

systemontable_t We have certainly seen high tech in BBQ the last few years.

With the Digi-Q II, the FEC 100, the Therma-pen, and the list goes on and on. Well, I received this email today from Humberto Evans with nerdkits.com regarding a DIY project that is near and dear to all of our hearts.. A DIY Meat Thermometer with Predictive Filter! uh… ok!  I get it, I think.

Humberto Evans and his partner Mike Robbins, both MIT Grads create a video and web page that tells you how to do it. I will let Humberto’s own words explain this for you, and be sure to check out the web page at http://www.nerdkits.com/videos/meat_thermometer/

From Humberto Evans:
Even though cooking is an elegant art form, the at-home chef often has a number of fancy gadgets. From counter top grills to USB coolers, high end electronics have made themselves available in most aspects of modern food preparation and enjoyment. In keeping with our DIY spirit, and with Father’s Day and July 4th grilling right around the corner, we decided to build a DIY Digital Meat Thermometer using a temperature sensor, an LCD, and a microcontroller. To our delight, getting this project to work well required some interesting bits of engineering including advanced signal processing.

In this video tutorial, we outline the process for building the DIY Digital Meat Thermometer. In order to speed up the measured reading, we estimate what the transfer function of the system is and use a predictive filter to “guess” what the actual temperature is at the tip of our probe. The concepts, and the some of the intuition behind it, are presented in our video tutorial. The meat thermometer can be used with a computer to give a live temperature graph, or be used with just the LCD. Whether it’s a fathers day gift, or just a fun weekend project, this little gadget is sure to draw some attention at the next family cookout.”

Mug Brew-B-Q BBQ Sauce Kit Giveaway

June 13, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Mug_Root_BeerThe folks at Mug Root Beer have come up with what they feel is a great recipe, for a BBQ Sauce.

They feel so strongly about it, that they want to send folks from HomeBBQ.com the recipe, and the entire kit to make it, there even throwing in an apron also.

As a Fathers Day promo of sorts, send me your name, address, and a brief description as to why you should be the one who gets this to kevin@homebbq.com

5 people will be chosen, and sent the Brew-B-Q Kit.

This promo will also be posted in the Forum, so from those who receive the kits we would love to see some comments on what you think about the BBQ sauce recipe, and if you think you made it better!

Grillin’ In the Gardens Palm Beach Gardens FL June 19th – 20th

June 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Grillin-in-the GardensCome by and see us June 19 & 20 at Grillin’ In the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens FL. The event will be held at Mirasol Park.

This is the first year for this event, and it is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association. This event will host some of the very best talent from the Southeast US.

From the Cooking Class

June 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As many of you know, almost every Wednesday night, we have been doing backyard BBQ and Grilling classes at All Grills and More in Oviedo, FL. In the classes Clara and I focus on doing recipes that can be easily reproduced for friends and family in their own backyard.

This has been a big hit, and I want to thank all who have participated, we continue to make new friends through this, and personally I love to hear how they made of the recipes from the class at a party they were giving and how much of a hit it was. It definately makes it all worthwhile.

A recipe that has been around for awhile in a few different variations, and has been a big hit in my rib class, is this Apple Baked Beans recipe. Not only does it have a very unique flavor, it is very much a conversation piece while we are making them. And now, I am going to share my variation of this recipe with you.

We start with pre-made baked beans, and my favorite for this is Busch’s Original Baked Beans. Here is the recipe;

Apple Baked Beans

4 (16 oz) cans Bush’s Original Baked Beans
4 slices (cooked) bacon, diced
3/4 cup HomeBBQ.com Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce (or your favorite bbq sauce)
1 lb crumbled cooked Jimmy Dean Maple pork sausage
1 (21oz) can Comstock Apple Pie Filling (break up large pieces of apples)
1 Large sweet onion (Vidalia preferred), finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
3/4 cup brown sugar (dark preferrably)
2 1/2 Tblsp. Lee & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 Tblsp. Yellow or Brown Mustard
1 tblsp. Hot Sauce (I prefer Texas Petes or Loiusiana Hot Sauce)
2 tblsp. HomeBBQ.com Rib Rub (or your favorite BBQ Rub)
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

The easy way to do this, is to combine all ingredients and cook on the grill or smoker 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
The second method would be to saute the onions and green peppers, then add them and cook until hot.

Enjoy!

Pork is Safe, says America’s Pork Producers

May 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

300x250_30_npb_h1n1_dBeginning May 5th the National Pork Board launched a rather impressive campaign, to assure the American Consumer, that Pork is safe. This would appear to have been sparked by news of a pig in a Canadian Pork Operation has contracted the H1N1 virus, this was transmitted from a  human to the pig.

According to Tom Vilsack (Secretary of Agriculture) “there are no reports, that H1N1 is infected any US swine.” He also points out that “this is not a Foodborne Illness the American food supply is safe and pork and pork products are safe. As is the case with all meat and poultry, safe handling and cooking practices should be used to kill any germs or bacteria that could make you sick.” Vilsack also points out “As a precaution, people with flu-like symptoms should not interact with swine, and swine showing influenza symptoms should be kept away from the public and brought to the attention of the State Animal Health Authorities or USDA. Proper biosecurity measures – as in any influenza situation – will protect against the spread of virus. ”

As an avid bbq cook myself, pork is very much a part of the menu, and will continue to be. Pork Producers, the BBQ’ers of America are by your side, keep producing safe pork, and we will continue cooking it and eating it!

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January 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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HomeBBQ.com Passes on the FBA TOTY Cup

January 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Presenting FBA Cup Jan 3, 2009 Ormond Beach, FL – After originally being presented the FBA Team Of The Year Cup after the 2003 season, by the Sorry Boys, the FBA TOTY winner from 2002. HomeBBQ.com managed to hold on to the cup for 5 consecutive years.

On this night, the FBA TOTY Trophy was presented to Rob (RUB) Bagby of Swamp Boys BBQ. Rub had an outstanding season which included 8 Grand Champion wins. Congratulations goes out to Swamp Boys BBQ, and good luck for the 2009 Season.

The FBA TOTY Cup was donated by the Sorry Boys BBQ Team (Chip Faul and Gary Lehman).

More information can be found at – The Florida Barbecue Association

 

HomeBBQ.com Wins FBA Triple Crown Championship

December 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

HomeBBQ.com Grand ChampionPerry, FL – The FBA Triple Crown Championship

 

HomeBBQ.com wins Grand Champion in this  first ever Invitational event for the Florida Barbeque Association, that hosted 10 teams from each of the qualifying states of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.

Contest Results are as follows;

 

 

Rank Overall
1 HomeBBQ.com 758.96666
2 Jus-Fer-Fun 758.84999
3 Bub-Ba-Q 755.95001
4 HoocheeQue 751.33336
5 Mount Dora Bar-B-Que Company
6 Forrest’s Fine Foods 747.90001
7 Munchees Smokehouse 747.83333
8 Jacks Old South 746.35001
9 Swamp Boys 743.46665
10 Pork Avenue BBQ 743.13333
11 J & J ‘s southern smokers 742.33335
12 Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 738.78335
13 GB’s BBQ 738.39999
14 Bubba Chuck 738.31667
15 Team Bobby-Q 737.28333
16 Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 735.95000
17 Tiger Creek BBQ 734.95001
18 Fine’ly Ready BBQ 732.59999
19 Red Baron BBQ 728.98333
20 This Butt’s For You 728.08334
21 Big Daddy Q 727.93335
22 The Ross Team 726.41666
23 Kick the Tire, Light the Fire 725.11666
24 Barbeque Crew 723.78334
25 Flirtin’ with Disaster 721.38332
26 DW’s Kountry Cookers 720.46669
27 Mr. Cook’s Portable Smokehouse 710.39998
28 Bethel Smokers 697.54997
29 Kinfolks BBQ 676.69999
Chicken
1 Bubba Chuck 194.54999
2 Team Bobby-Q 194.28333
3 HoocheeQue 192.56668
4 Bub-Ba-Q 192.43334
5 RED BARON BBQ 191.36666
6 Tiger Creek BBQ 190.21668
7 Mr. Cook’s Portable Smokehouse 188.86667
8 Mount Dora Bar-B-Que Company 188.41667
9 HomeBBQ.com 187.65000
10 Munchees Smokehouse 187.06666
Ribs
1 HomeBBQ.com 191.66667
2 Jus-Fer-Fun 191.43334
3 Forrest’s Fine Foods 191.43332
4 HoocheeQue 190.50000
5 Kick the Tire, Light the Fire 189.79999
6 Bub-Ba-Q 189.24999
7 Mount Dora Bar-B-Que Company 188.53333
8 J & J ‘s southern smokers 187.81667
9 Tiger Creek BBQ 187.00000
10 Fine’ly Ready BBQ 186.96666
Pork
1 Jus-Fer-Fun 194.49999
2 Jacks Old South 192.65001
3 Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 190.00000
4 Bub-Ba-Q 188.65001
5 Pork Avenue BBQ 187.40000
6 Munchees Smokehouse 187.26667
7 This Butt’s For You 186.93334
8 HomeBBQ.com 186.49999
9 J & J ‘s southern smokers 186.23333
10 Team Bobby-Q 185.75000

Brisket
1 HomeBBQ.com 193.15000
2 Jacks Old South 192.16668
3 Jus-Fer-Fun 191.44999
4 Swamp Boys 190.56666
5 Pork Avenue BBQ 190.11666
6 Forrest’s Fine Foods 189.50001
7 Mount Dora Bar-B-Que Company 188.61666
8 Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 188.58334
9 Munchees Smokehouse 187.94999
10 GB’s BBQ 187.41666

 

Smoking a Turkey for Thanksgiving?

November 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It seems that fried Turkey may not be as popular as it once was, and turkey on a smoker may be coming back for some, and the usual way to cook Thanksgiving dinner for others.

A few imortant things to keep in mind when cooking a turkey in the smoker;

1. The best size to smoke is no larger than 14 lbs, above that, depending on the type of smoker you have, airflow, and consistent temp may be an issue.

2. If your cooking your bird on an offset cooker, consider putting cheese cloth over top of the turkey while it cooks. This will prevent ash and creosote from ruining your Thanksgiving Turkey.

3. Last, but certainly not least, be very careful with the smoke. Turkey is a very mild flavor, so a very light smoke is all it needs.

Below is a segment from my DVD “Backyard BBQ with HomeBBQ.com”, this segment is fixing Turkey. The video itself is from my channel on YouTube.. Enjoy!

The HomeBBQ.com DVD’s can be purchased through www.homebbqvideo.com or Amazon.com

Getting Ready for Grant, and a Few Other Things

September 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Grant

As I try to shake the rust off, get the cookers cleaned, the trailer ready, meats lined up.  We are cooking  next weekend (9-27-08) at the Grant BBQ Fest in Grant, FL.  If you are anywhere within driving distance to Grant Florida next weekend. This is one contest, you really should not miss.  This is the same organizers of the famous Seafood Fest that is put on every year in Grant.

As always there will be a very strong lineup of teams trying to win this contest, and the chance to get invited to the Jack Daniels Invitational.

Toys For Kids This contest also benifits a great cause, and that is Toys For Kids. There will be plenty of activities for kids, live music, and lots of BBQ to eat, as in this event many teams will be selling their BBQ, and the proceeds goes to this great cause.

As I said before. If your anywhere within driving distance to this contest, come over next weekend and check it out, and make sure you stop by us and say hi. You can find out more information about this event here http://www.grantbbqfest.com/

America's Got Talent

Not too often will you see me discuss outside of the realm of BBQ, but today you will. Those that know me, know that music is and always has been a big part of my life. And, for those that have known me for a long time know, that several years back (in the late 70’s, and early 80’s) a friend of mine named Al Brodie and myself, ran a small sound and lighting company, and in doing the sound  and lighting for some small, and and even a couple of very well known groups. We also spent much time trying to promote local talent, and it was always exciting when you came accross an individual that you knew was something special.

But, back then was nothing like today, many very special talents went undiscovered. Where today, we have the internet, and something called reality TV shows.

There are 2 in particular that have really stepped into the forefront, and those shows are American Idol, and America’s Got Talent. I really enjoy these shows, because it really allows you to see some real raw talent, develop into stars.  America’s Got Talent will be showcasing their Final’s for 2008 next week, and they have the strongest top 5 field they have had since the show started. There are at least 3 (and maybe 4) of the top 5 that have the potential to become superstars.

There are 2 acts I believe, have separated themselves from a very talented top 5, and in my opinion they are Nuttin’ But Strings, who bring incredible originality, and entertainment value to their act.

And my favorite in this competition is a young man by the name of Eli Mattson. Eli is truelly something special, a cross somewhere between Billy Joel, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, and some Eddie Vedder mixed in, has shown he can take you on a journey into a song, like very few can. Good luck next week Eli, its time to become a champion, and good luck as well to the rest of the top 5 in this competition.

I will leave you with a very special performance given by Eli, on America’s Got Talent.

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