Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer is for Smoking

    Traeger Smokers are the best.  It has changed my life in so many ways.   By now you know I love food,  that is an understatement,  I adore food.  It is the reason I wake up in the morning.  It is my purpose for all I do.  Food has been an important part of my life and I sure enjoy doing new things and learning new things.  A couple of years ago I invested in a Traeger Smoker.   I have to say it was the best investment ever.  I have a smoker, but never used it because it was just to much work.   I don't have the time to work the fire and keep it at the perfect temp.  I admire those that do and I salute them for the efforts they put out. But I am not one of those dedicated fire watching persons.  That is why I love the Traiger.  It is effortless in every way and the end result is over the top.

     The Traeger Smoker is amazing.  It has a built in augar that slowly adds amazing real wood pellets to a burner that keeps it at the perfect temperature for as long as you need it.  So in a word or a few words I can put whatever I want in the smoker, set the temperature and go and create anything else I need to do.  

     Below are a few things that I love to smoke.  It is an adventure to be sure and one that you will enjoy.  Oh,  you will enjoy it more if you have a Traeger Smoker.  

      One of my favorite things to smoke would be boneless skinless chicken thighs.  They are easy and are amazing to eat.  I use them in everything from pasta dishes to tacos.

    I place the thighs in a bowl  and cover them with a marinade.

   For the Marinade

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup Canadian Steak Seasoning

Mix well and pour over chicken and let marinade for at least 4 hours.  Overnight is great.  Place on the Smoker on smoke for 1 hour.  Turn up smoker to 280 for 30 minutes.  Cook and remove from smoker and enjoy.  

A few more idea's for smoking. 


Baby Back Ribs

Meat Loaf and Pork


Smoked sausages.

More Smoked Sausages

Turkeys,  Amazing


Pork Carnitas 
    Smoking with a Traeger is an adventure in culinary excellence.  I love mine and am so looking forward to many years of great foods done in my Smoker.  Chef Brad~America's Grain Guy