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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 3603
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Improvise, adapt, overcome (Chicken in the woods)

    Anybody else remember the Clint Eastwood movie from 1986?

    So, I'm visiting some relatives way out in the woods, just by a lake. There's no electricity, no running water, no Internet. Except for my 3G phone connection. So we go down to the lake and bring water back up. And washing up is done in the lake too. I'm glad it's summer

    But I did manage to find an old rusty grill. Still good though. I also found two bricks so I could create an L shaped snake. Done deal, time to smoke some chicken! I did the Jamaican Sticky Chicken, but thighs this time, to get more meat. Turned out alright! I did have the Fireboard and BBQ Dragon with me (never leave home without them... ), so a little tech in the outback helped. Dinner was real good. It's fun what you can do with a little knowledge and just a few tools.

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  • Spinaker
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    • Nov 2014
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    #2
    Awesome! I love to improvise when the challenge arises. Most people don't realize that with a few tricks you can make great food just about anywhere. I still need to try this recipe, it sounds incredible, I might need to add some heat back into it though, I love to feel that burn! Great looking cook Henrik! Have fun out there.

    P.S Nothing is better than a bath in the lake, especially a cold one in the morning! Although I do have the "natural" insulation to deal with the water temp!

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    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3904
      • Northern Virginia
      • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
        Thermopop
        Dot w two probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      #3
      Nice! I do like the dual stick shifters on that grill!

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      • Karon Adams
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        • Feb 2015
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        • Karon Adams
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        #4
        here I thought you were cooking Chicken of the Woods. But that chicken loots MIGHTY tasty on the grill!

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        • EdF
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          That was _exactly_ what I thought about when I read the thread title.

        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          Whaddayaknow? I learn something new from this forum every day!

        • Dadof3Illinois
          Dadof3Illinois commented
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          Me too ha!! We get a lot of the “hen of the woods” around here. Look similar but a light brown.
      • Fire Art
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        • Jan 2018
        • 988
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        #5
        Nice find. I don’t have a dragon 😳

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        • CaptainMike
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          #6
          This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy, and it makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it.

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          • EdF
            EdF
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            #7
            Hen of the woods!

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            • Mr. Bones
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            • Karon Adams
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              it looks AMAZING! I just had some tree work done. I'm composting the oak chips and I am going to inoculate them with Morel and Portabella so I can raise them. over time, I'll branch out to more varieties.

            • EdF
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              We've used plugs to raise shitakes and oysters. Pretty amazing!
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            #8
            So interestin, how life has led us all down different paths...
            My first thoughts were along th lines of:

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            CaptainMike

            So glad that don't haveta be th norm, fer most of yall!

            That's some beautimous lookin yardbird, Brother Henrik !
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            • CaptainMike
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              Gunny Highway
          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
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            • Near Richmond VA
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            #9
            Way to cook Henrik!

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            • SMO
              SMO
              Club Member
              • Jan 2017
              • 119
              • Chanhassen, MN

              #10
              Nice cook! Remind me of last month when we rented a private cabin; or cottage to some of you. I confirmed the grill was a standard Weber kettle and had a chimney charcoal starter available. In reality it was barely a grill. Two of the three bottom vent covers were missing. I am doing reverse seared ribeye, chicken, ribs and burgers. I had the divider from my Kamado Joe but the vent control was an issue. I solved the problem by drinking two beers. I flattened the cans and put them over the vents with no control. I put landscape rock in to hold the cans and support the divider. Just shows, beer can solve problems! Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20180619_083458849_HDR.jpg Views:	1 Size:	4.64 MB ID:	533104
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              • Henrik
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                Awesome McGyver cook! Way better than mine.
                And yes, beer puts food on the table, and soon it will bring world peace ;-)
            • SMO
              SMO
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              • Jan 2017
              • 119
              • Chanhassen, MN

              #11

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              • SMO
                SMO
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                • Jan 2017
                • 119
                • Chanhassen, MN

                #12
                Scored this little grill from the cabin next to us. They were moving and were throwing it away. Sure helped me the sides. Click image for larger version

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