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Posted by on 14 Jan 2015 in Bradley Smoker, Featured, Hot Smoking | 0 comments

Warm Sweet, Salty & Smoky Chicken Salad

Warm Sweet, Salty & Smoky Chicken Salad

A little too nippy for salad days but warm potato, smoked chicken, salted caramelised walnut, apple, salad leaves and creamy avocado really hits the spot for a tasty treat of a lunch writes Sandra Tate…I’m in the habit of making the most of my chicken. I buy a plump bird on a weekly basis that I joint myself – removing legs, thighs and wings for one meal, the breasts for another, and the carcass goes into the pot with vegetables for stock. This week the very plump breasts went into the Bradley Smoker and provided me with enough super-juicy and tasty smoked chicken to feed four for lunch. To Cure & Smoke the Breasts First make a brine by dissolving 75g sea salt + 25g soft brown sugar in 100ml of boiling water, once dissolved add a further 400ml of cold water in a snug container and mix. Immerse the chicken breasts and leave for about 30 minute, no more than an hour, and then remove, rinse thoroughly and...

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Posted by on 12 Jan 2015 in Featured, Kamado Joe, Meat | 0 comments

Comforting Shin of Beef in Ale

Comforting Shin of Beef in Ale

It’s  been so cold and so windy that KJ has been under wraps for a while – but slow and low casserole cooking is ideal – once the charcoal is lit and the pot in it can be left for hours to turn into the perfect comfort food writes Sandra Tate… No messing around here with frying off or browning, just dusting all with flour and into the pot it goes with the ale – all the magic happens over that long, slow and gentle cooking time. It is up to you what beer to use but a proper-job rustic local ale is preferable to a can of lager if you want a rich, full flavoured result. Shin of beef is a cheap cut but one which gives enormously good flavour and tenderness when cooked gently for a long period. The results are well worth waiting for. First off, get the charcoal lit. Once fired up, place the heat deflector at low level and the grill rack at high...

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