St. Louis Ribs in the BEESR

We decided to try some St. Louis Ribs in the Big Easy Electric Smoker and Roaster.   First thing was to buy some St. Louis Ribs from the local grocery store.

Once they thawed out in the fridge, we removed the packaging and the silver skin on the back of the ribs.  The silver skin is exactly that, the small layer of skin that looks silver on the back of the ribs.  To remove the silver skin, get a flat not sharp knife and work your way underneath it.  Then pull at it until you get it all removed.  You don’t want to eat it and it doesn’t help, it just gets in the way.

We decided to start simple.  We cut them in half so they would fit in the BEESR using a knife.  Then we put kosher salt (sold at the grocery store, tastes a bit better in our opinion), pepper, and olive oil (comes in a bottle in the grocery store and just says Olive Oil) on both sides of them.

We went outside and rubbed down the inside of the BEESR with vegetable oil using a washcloth, put in some pecan wood chips from the grocery store, and set it on 15 to get it smoking.

Next we used a knife to poke a hole in the middle of one side of the ribs, just below one of the ribs so the rib hanger that came with the accessory kit would fit through.  Then we hung  the ribs on the basket.

Hung Ribs

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Pineapple in the BEESR? Why Not?

After the great success with the Brisket in the Big Easy Electric Smoker and Roaster (BEESR), we decided to give a pineapple a try.  Why you may ask?  Why not!  I think I saw a video of this being done somewhere but I can’t seem to find it.  Perhaps the idea came to me in a dream.  Not sure.  Regardless, we decided to give it a shot.

We started by rubbing down the inside of the BEESR with vegetable oil.  (it’s just the stuff from the grocery store in a bottle that says vegetable oil).  We pour a little on a washcloth and wipe the insides til it has a nice thin coat.  Then we turned it on and waited about 15 minutes for it to warm up.

Next we cut the top parts off of the pineapple with a knife.  Not the top of the pineapple it’self, just the leaf things coming out the top.  Not sure if we need to do that or not but we didn’t want them to burn.

Next, we put the whole thing in the bottom of the basket and put the basket in the BEESR.  We didn’t set a target temperature.  We set a timer for 45 minutes.

When the timer went off, we took the basket out of the BEESR and removed the pineapple with heat proof gloves.  Then, using one of the heat proof gloves, we cut the top off the actual pineapple with a knife.  We then used a pineapple corer to remove the good stuff from the pineapple.  This isn’t the exact one we used, but it’s quite similar and shows how it works.  Once the pineapple has been roasted, it’s fairly easy to use the corer on it.

That turned out the best pineapple I’ve ever had.  I don’t have any pictures of this one because we didn’t get started until midnight.  Hopefully I’ll get some pictures of the next one we do.  Wow was that thing good.  Sooo easy to do.  Loving this BEESR.

First Brisket

My wife really likes Brisket so that was the first thing we decided to try in the new Big Easy Electric Smoker and Roaster (BEESR).  My wife found a rub recipe she wanted to try so she put the rub together, put it on the brisket, put the whole thing in a zip-lock bag and put it in the fridge overnight.

We used two of the boneless rib hooks that come in the accessory kit for the BEESR and hung the Brisket from the side of the basket while resting it on two of the half shelves that came with it positioned two levels up from the bottom.  Next time we will probably change this since it seemed kind of odd:

Brisket Rubbed

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Char-Broil Big Easy Electric Smoker and Roaster

We’ve wanted a smoker for a while but we didn’t think we would get our moneys worth out of one for the amount of times we thought we would use it.  Plus, having to deal with the charcoal didn’t sound like much fun to me (I’m more of a gas grill kinda person).  So year after year went by with no smoker.

This year, I was walking through Lowes and saw an electric smoker for $99.  I hadn’t realized that they made electric ones nor did I realize they sold them for that low.  So I went home and did some research.   Not a lot of people liked the one they were selling for $99 but the next one up for $139 got great reviews.  I decided to go with the Char-Broil Big Easy Electric Smoker and Roaster.  Char-Broil sells it for $199 but I got it at Lowes for $139.

The first thing to do is season it.  We took some vegetable oil (bottle from the grocery store, says vegetable oil), poured a little bit at a time onto a washcloth, and rubbed it all over the inside of the smoker as well as the top of the inside.  Lined up the two holes in the side of the inside with the smoker box and turned the power setting to 15.  We let that run until it stopped smoking (30 minutes or so).  When it was done, this is what it looked like:

SeasonedSmoker

Now to start posting about some of the great food that’s come out of that thing.

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