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  • bardsleyque
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    • Oct 2015
    • 521
    • Snoqualmie Wa.

    #46
    garlic,pork,and,beef!

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    • ComfortablyNumb
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      There will also be onions, leeks melons, tomatoes, lettuce, corn, peas, beans, cucumbers, beets, celery, squash, carrots, chard, kale, peppers, and a few other things I can' think of now.
  • ComfortablyNumb
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    • May 2017
    • 2555
    • Northeast Washington
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    #47
    Spent today trimming out the grind. I separated it into three tubs. One is grind for the dogs. The other is the choicest cuts for sausage, and the third is fat.

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    Leaf lard is done and set up.

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    • ComfortablyNumb
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      #48
      Yesterday I finished grinding and stuffing the sausage.

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      First up, the dog food. It got stuffed in bags like the beef burger did.

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      Nest was the fat. Some will be added back into the lean, the rest will be rendered like the leaf lard and used to make soap.

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      And then the lean, ready to make sausage. Here's the recipe.

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      I mixed four pounds of lean with one pound of fat in a bowl.

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      Than added spices and rough mixed by hand.

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      Ready for final mix. The mixer holds twenty pounds, so four 'meatballs' will be added with a little water.

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      The final mix.

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      And of course, the obligatory taste test!

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      The can gets stuffed, the meat is pounded in to dispel any air pockets.

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      I used natural sheep casings from here. They come on a tube, which is slid over the stuffing horn and then pulled out.

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      One hand turns the crank, the other regulates the casing off the horn. Keeping it in a circle helps prevent slipping off the table, even if the dogs or chickens wouldn't mind that happening.

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      The last of the stuffing. I used to twist into individual links, but that is more time consuming and there is the occasional burst, which results in the loss of a link. So the sausage was placed in the freezer just long enough to firm up and then sliced to size.

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      Today the links will be packaged and put on ice. Below it is bacon that needs to be cured.

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      • Troutman
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        Dang guy you got some serious sausage making tools.

      • gwschenk
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        Looks great, but you shoulda saved the blood for blutwurst! :-)

      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        Troutman Yes, but is because I do a large volume when I make sausage, I've been known to grind the entire hog. Small batchers can get by with a smaller grinder and stuffer. The mixer is a luxury, meat can be mixed by hand.
    • Mudkat
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      • Feb 2017
      • 2100
      • At a river near me, MD
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      #49
      Very cool CN! That sausage looks delicious!

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    • ComfortablyNumb
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      • May 2017
      • 2555
      • Northeast Washington
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      #50
      The pig stork came last night.

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      A litter of purebred Herefords.

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      The parents of this litter are Hereford x Large Black/Berkeshire.

      Spinaker will like them.

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      • ComfortablyNumb
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        EdF They pretty much hit the ground running. Eyes open at birth, and after a few hours of wobbling they get around without trouble.

      • Spinaker
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        Love it!

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Ohmigosh, how cute. Too bad for them that they grow up tasting so good. Sigh.

        Kathryn
    • ComfortablyNumb
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      • May 2017
      • 2555
      • Northeast Washington
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      #51
      The past couple of days the pig stork has been trying, but sadly it looks grim. One of the young gilts farrowed a live piglet Saturday afternoon. I expected a brood the next morning, but she was still labouring. Later that day I saw a hoof, so I pulled out a breech. This morning when I checked on her nothing, but at feeding time she had a stillborn. Later I helped get another stillborn out. At this point I believe the best to hoped for is to farrow out what is remaining and she raises her lone piglet. Probably what will happen is she will die and I'll have to hand raise it. Here is a pic of her and offspring:

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      On a happier note, I started the bacon cure today. First weigh each piece:

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      Mix up the cure:

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      Bag and seal:

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      Here it all is awaiting the smoker:

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      I wasn't, however, the only one making bacon.....

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      Setting calendar for three months, three weeks, and three days.

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      • Mudkat
        Mudkat commented
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        Goodbye city life!

      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        Sad to report, it was goodbye piglet. I worked last night and came home to find she had been crushed.

      • Mudkat
        Mudkat commented
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        Oh man. Sad news.
    • smokenoob
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 766
      • Gulf Breeze, Florida

      #52
      nature does have its ups n downs.....

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      • ribeyeguy
        ribeyeguy commented
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        Numb, I really wish there was a way to "like" a comment.

      • smokenoob
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        like ^

      • JCBBQ
        JCBBQ commented
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        ComfortablyNumb πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 6562
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #53
      fzxdoc Kathryn, mentioned this is worth the price of admission. Barney, hope ya don’t mind me callin ya by yer avatar, this is an outstanding thread/book/journal. We are fortunate to have you among us.

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      • ComfortablyNumb
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 2555
        • Northeast Washington
        • KBQ C-60
          PK360
          Thermoworks Smoke
          Thermoworks Thermopop
          Thermoworks Dot

        #54
        Originally posted by FireMan View Post
        fzxdoc Kathryn, mentioned this is worth the price of admission. Barney, hope ya don’t mind me callin ya by yer avatar, this is an outstanding thread/book/journal. We are fortunate to have you among us.
        fzxdoc FireMan Thank you both for your kind words, very much appreciated. As for calling me by my avatar, I don't mind at all, but who is Barney? My avatar is a Brontosaurus steak, also known as 'BS', of which I've been told I'm full of, and surprisingly not after I've consumed one. Oh wait, is Barney that little cave man with the fork? Somebody get him an AR membership so he can learn that tongs are a much gentler way to flip your steaks.

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        • Sephon
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          That's Barney Rubble, neighbor and best friend of Fred Flinstone. Also father of Bamm-Bamm. Great old show.

        • ComfortablyNumb
          ComfortablyNumb commented
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          Sephon It is an 'old show' indeed, I watched The Flintstones first airings.
      • Troutman
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        • Aug 2017
        • 6253
        • Republic of Texallence

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        #55
        I'm thinking of this as my new avatar ......

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        ...and of course OINKKKK as my new handle...

        Carry on with the chores.....

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        • EdF
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          Lol!

        • ComfortablyNumb
          ComfortablyNumb commented
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          Troutman I can assure you that is all the 'action'. Once he mounts and captures the glory hole, they both just stand there. It's over when she has had her fill and walks away. He desperately tries to hang on, but eventually loses his grip. Hmm, that sounds too familiar....
      • HouseHomey
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        • May 2016
        • 4127
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
        • Equipment
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        #56
        Troutman theroc JCBBQ fzxdoc Spinnaker just for the record he is my Paisano, we grew up just around the corner from each other. He even remember my house at the entrance to Hart Park.
        Just saying...... oh yeah, he also works way harder than I do. No farming in this blood.

        fantastic thread Numb!!!
        Last edited by HouseHomey; March 27th, 2018, 04:05 PM.

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        • Troutman
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          Ahh just teasing old CN, he knows I love this post !!! No farming here either, but sure do admire his spunk !!!

        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          This thread is killer.
      • ComfortablyNumb
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        • May 2017
        • 2555
        • Northeast Washington
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          Thermoworks Dot

        #57
        Since the last update the pig stork made another visit, the garlic is growing, and the bacon has been smoked. First, the garlic.

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        And here is the latest batch of bacon seeds.

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        This is a not as bad as it looks. It's not uncommon for a sow to bite on of her piglets. This one was bit on the shoulder and the skin is laid back exposing muscle. The first time it happened I thought I was going to have to cull the piglet, but it eventually closed up and you would have never known it happened.

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        Bacon being loaded into the smoker.

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        And a couple of hours later.

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        All done and chilling out.

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        Slices.

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        An end shot.

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        The ends were trimmed off and the bacon slabs vacuum sealed. The trimmings were cubed and then sealed to use later in beans.

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        • Mudkat
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          Another nice post in this thread! Thanks brother!

        • Mudkat
          Mudkat commented
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          So what do you call a pig stork? A pork?

        • holehogg
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          That is scrumptious looking bacon I am just as envious. Keep on posting this is truly inspiring.
      • JCBBQ
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        • Jan 2016
        • 1032
        • Jersey City, NJ
        • Primo Oval XL Ceramic Cooker
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          MCS wish list - Lone Star Grillz off set

        #58
        Man oh manischewitz! Is this thread great or what?!!

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        • ComfortablyNumb
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          Manischewitz? I wasn't aware that went with pork.....;-)
      • Oakgrovebacon
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 1657
        • South central Illinois

        #59
        Nice looking bacon! Thanks for taking the time to take pictures and share them with all of us in the pit.

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        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 4138
          • My toys:
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            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
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            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
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          #60
          Oh that poor little piglet. Not even a week old and already scarred for life. Do you put any medication on it or just let it be, ComfortablyNumb ?

          That bacon looks scrumptious.

          Kathryn

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          • ComfortablyNumb
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            I don't, the sows are very protective. If I even touch one and it squeals the entire herd gets worked up. However, not life, rather a couple of months. It will close up and you'll never know what happened. It's amazing what tough animals pigs are.

          • fzxdoc
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            Thanks for the additional info, @ComfortablyNumb.

            K.

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        Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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        The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

        NK-22-Ck Grill

        Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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        G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

        Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

        If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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        GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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        GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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        kareubequ bbq smoker

        Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

        The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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        Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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        The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

        Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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        Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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        Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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        PK 360 grill

        Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

        The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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        Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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        With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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        Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

        Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

        Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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