Pellet Cookers: An Outdoor Cook’s Best Friend

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  By Mike Stines, Ph. B. Over the past 25 years or so there’s been a new sheriff in town when it comes to barbecue…pellet cookers. Pellet cookers use a power-driven auger to feed compressed wood pellets from a hopper into a burn pot that produces heat (and smoke) inside the cooking chamber. The auger is controlled by electronics that …

Dinner on the Diner, Trans-Siberian Style

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Story and Photos by Sharon Hudgins The Golden Eagle train en route across Siberia. Trans-Siberian railroad station restaurant around 1900. If you’ve ever eaten on the dining car of a train, you know that dinner on the diner can range from dismal to delightful. But who would ever think of taking a Trans-Siberian train nearly 6,000 miles across Russia for …

Smoked shellfish makes a classy, impressive appetizer

How to Smoke Succulent Shellfish

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Article and Photos by Mike Stines, Ph.B. Here in the Northeast most folks eat shellfish – hard-shell clams, mussels and oysters – the way God intended: raw and maybe with a dash of hot sauce and a spritz of lemon juice. Scallops and shrimp are usually cooked and served as an appetizer or as an entrée. But smoked shellfish is becoming …

Wintertime Grilling: Cooking Safely in Comfort

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Recipes: Grilled Dijon New Potatoes Honey-Mustard Glazed Pork Medallions Grilled Maple-Mustard Pork Chops Grilled Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Adobo Pork Roast Chicken Breasts with Cranberry-Horseradish Relish This is Part 2 of a Two-Part Series on Wintertime Outdoor Cooking by Mike Stines, Ph.B. Part 1 is here. In the northern climes, outdoor cooking can present some challenges during late …

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Winter Smoking: A How-To Guide

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    By Mike Stines, Ph.B   Recipes: Smoked Brisket Cajun-Style Roast Chicken Roasted Root Vegetables Roast Pork Sirloin This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Series on Wintertime Outdoor Cooking. Part 2 is here. For those in the northern climes, smoking season ends with the arrival of cold weather. A lot of folks pack up their grills and smokers …