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Low Fat Smoked Summer Sausage

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Feb
16
2017


I love a good summer sausage. Pair it with some cheese and crackers and you have a great snack! It can be expensive though and it can also be pretty high in fat and calories. Fat isn’t a bad thing but I do watch my calorie intake and try to balance my fat/carb/protein intake. With that in mind, I wanted to try and make a slightly lower calorie version of this tasty snack. Partly so I could eat more of it at one time.

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Whole30 Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

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Feb
04
2017

Whole30 BBQ Sauce
For the last 4 or 5 years I’ve generally followed a Paleo diet with an occasional detour here and there (I gotta have a real cheeseburger every once in a while). I haven’t really looked into Whole30 before but I have some friends who decided to do a Whole30 diet. They are going to be at a Super Bowl party tomorrow and I’m smoking some pork butts for the party. I created a rub that is Whole 30 compliant which was sadly missing sugar but still tasted pretty good. I needed a sauce to go with it though. I knew Whole 30 was more restrictive but didn’t realize how much so until starting on this Whole30 BBQ Sauce.

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Rec Tec Short Review

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Feb
01
2017

Rec Tec Smoker

… I spent months researching smokers. Reading blogs from other people as well as checking out a few different forums. I had it narrowed down to a few different products and eventually settled on a REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill (RT-680). I bought the front folding shelf so I could have extra space to set things down as well as the inside 2nd smoker shelf …

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High Heat Baby Back Ribs

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Jan
15
2017

Baby Back Ribs Smoke Ring
One of the reasons for getting my new Rec Tec grill was so I could do larger quantities as well as experiment at higher temps than my MES30 would allow. What better way than to throw in 4 racks of baby back ribs and see how they cook.

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Basic Bbq Beef Rub

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Dec
14
2016

Bbq Beef Rub I go back and forth with steak. Sometimes I just want a little salt & pepper so I can taste the beef, other times I want to add a little more flavor. That is when this basic beef rub came into existence. Since then it has become my go to for smoked brisket and tri tip. I’ve also put it on some popcorn which turned out pretty good.

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