Cooking On Game Day
Yesterday was the OU Sooners 2nd game of the season (they won 37-20). More importantly that means that it is my day to cook, which i enjoy. I wanted to smoke a brisket and chicken breasts on the grill and Jerusha was making Hot Wings (A perfect snack for a football game).
I decided to try something different at the wife's request with the brisket, she was wondering what it would taste like marinated in allegro for ~30min before being smoked. I usually do a dry rub and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, but I was up to satisfying her curiosity. I first got my hickory wood chunks soaking in some water
Then proceded to start the brisket and chicken marinating, i like marinating overnight but for this time, i was willing to try out the 30 minute theory. This is just the 3rd time that I have tried smoking meats, The last time I did some baby back ribs and they turned out awsome. This time my goal was the brisket, the chicken was just a "filler" to fill up the grill. So, here is my chicken and brisket marinating in the sink:
Once I got the fire going and the wood chunks put on the fire and smoking good it was time to put the meat on the grill. I let the brisket and chicken smoke for 2hrs at about 275-300 degrees (in the future i will try to bring that down to ~250 degrees). After that the chicken breasts were done and turned out just ok, marinating them in the BBQ sauce was not the best idea ever, when they came out of the smoker they had a "paste" like covering on them, but this is a learning experience. I have found a good recipe for a dry rub that I want to try out on chicken, it is located here. The brisket turned out better, it defiently had a good smoky flavor and using the hickory wood produced good results. It didn't have quite as much flavor as using the dry rub that I normally use (that can be found here), but the wife seemed to like less flavor from the rub and more from the smoke.
So, all in all it was a good day with lots of good food to show for it. I learned some things that will make the food turn out better the next time.