Sunday, July 02, 2006

July 4th Holiday Weekend 2006

I have been so looking forward to this holiday weekend. Four days off from work and no set plans or a list of things to do.

I decided to smoke some Cornish Hens and Ribs in the WSM. How pretty it was to see the smoke rising from the WSM as it was lifted to the skys and viewed through the suns piercing rays. May I also add that the smell was fantastic.

I mentioned previously that I received some sample bottles of Budweiser's newly released BBQ sauces. I opened the regular BBQ and the Beechwood BBQ sauce. Both were actually quite good. I must also add, that this is a sincere comment. I actually like them both better than the sauces I have currently in my refrigerator (Masterpiece and Stubbs) including the one I made from scratch. There is a mellow sweet taste, however, no spice or heat.

I did sauce some of the rib tips and country style ribs I prepared prior to pulling them off the WSM. I left the baby backs without sauce as G prefers it this way. The sauce also went well with the cornish hens. I haven't tried the wing or basting sauce yet.

Ribs

The temperature on the WSM ran a little low this cook. I had a hard time getting it above 215. The hens stayed on for 3 hours and the ribs I pulled after 5 1/2 hours. I did foil the ribs the last hour to keep them from drying out. This is the first time I tried this method. I liked the result. Moist and tender.

Cornish Hens


Ribs after foiling.

6 comments:

Glenna said...

You've got Masterpiece and Budweiser. I'm from MO so my first thought was it's another Kansas City/St. Louis I-70 throw down. I'm interested. Is the Budweiser sauce out in the groceries yet that you know of?

mooncrazy said...

You must drive the neighbors crazy with the aroma. Do they show up at your door with plates?

It all looks wonderful.

Sylvie said...

Glenna, according to the promo they sent me, it was supposed to be released this past weekend. Now I didn't see any coupons in the Sunday newspaper which I would think they would do if avaiable. Their website says it will be available for online purchasee 7-7 (after the holiday- go figure?).
http://www.budshop.com/budshop/default.aspx

Moon- yes the neighbors do go nuts especially the young adult friends of my kids. They do not hesitate to knock on the door. When we have backyard parties, I invite them all.

BBQ Junkie said...

the food looks great. I love this weekend is all about BBQ'n... and of course, celebrating our country's independence. Going to go rub my butts now. Cheers.

Kung Fu Joe said...

How is the skin on the game hens after you smoke them? I'm not usually a fan of smoking poultry because of the whole skin being rubbery issue. But I do have an extra game hen in the freezer and would love to have a reason to fire up the smoker.

Sylvie said...

The skin on the hens does get a little rubbery like thighs. While they look pretty on the platter, I tend not to eat the skin anyway. However, I also don't usually eat the skin on regularly prepared chicken. The meat smoke flavor is great and thats areason to fire up the smoker.