Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Expensive Sunglasses!

There are a few things in life worth spending money on... among those things, expensive eye-ware is close to the top of the list. We don't care about the statements they make about us... we're not doing it because we want you to envy us. Likewise, we don't care if you judge us for spending money on them! I think we could all agree that eyes are fairly important body parts. Not only can you protect your eyes against foreign flying objects moving at laser speeds, but more importantly you can protect them from Sun damage. That junk is important. LOOK WHAT AWESOME THINGS THE SUN CAN DO! 

Now that it's obvious you are with us on this matter... let us explain one more thing. If you want to get the cheapo sunglasses that you'll buy 10 pairs of over the next year or two, that's cool... but don't say we didn't warn you when you go blind tomorrow. Seriously.... blind.... tomorrow. Certain cheap lenses will allow your pupil to allow more light in but not protect it as it allows more UV rays in. We're warning you now that UVC, UVA, and UVB rays want to get you... they're not selective on who they hurt. We've interviewed them, so we are the resident knowledge here. K?

GET INTO SOME GOOD LENSES! We -strongly- recommend Oakley, Revo and Costa Del Mar as brands. Yes, you will pay a lot of money... but they will feel better, last longer, look better, protect you way better, and you can't imagine how much better a bright day can look to your eyes with a good set of lenses! Seriously. Here's a before and after pic of the way your day could look with good sunglasses.

Do yourself a favor and go to 

Serious business though... go to a local retailer of fine sunglasses and get the info. Protect your balls.... eye balls... you, you knew what we meant. DO IT.

Friday, August 3, 2012

How to slow smoke ribs!

So you want to learn how to smoke ribs, but are concerned with the learning process and how long it will take you to learn? HERE is the biggest key: -Enjoy- the entire process! If you don't have some level of interest or curiosity about it altogether, you'll never make it and you can also quit reading this. However, if you are still interested in learning to do ribs the right way, buckle up and enjoy the read. 

What you need for basic ribs!
1. Charcoal
2. Vinegar (apple cider form) and bottle spritzer
4. Ribs
5. Whatever dry/wet rub you want for flavoring
6. Wood like hickory, cherry, or mesquite for smoke flavoring (soak in water for 30-45 minutes before use) If you use chips, they will burn up fast and may use a metal box to put them in on top of coals. If you use wood chunks, they go slow enough to put directly on charcoals, but they can spike your temp if they light on fire.
7. Yellow mustard to hold spices on rib racks while smoking (mustard flavor will be burned off and it will leave a nice little crunchy outer layer!)
8. Meat thermometer 
9. Beer (for drinking during the process ;)
10. 4-6 hours

Cooking Instructions! 

Once you have put your mustard and flavorings on the ribs, go ahead and get the grill/smoker heating up between 200-220 degrees. Every 45 minutes you can quickly flip/rotate the ribs and re-apply the vinegar and oil mix if you want. However, it's best to not open though because the temperature decreases really fast in a grill and takes a good bit of time to get back to 200. It's preferable to flip a total of 4 times and keep the grill shut if you want to get the job done in less than 5-6 hours.

Rules of thumb for smoking ribs:

1. TRY NOT TO PEEK at the ribs!
2. The ribs need to be at an INTERNAL temperature of at least 165 before they are safe to eat.
3. Relax and enjoy the process! 
4. Have a friend over and maybe a casual sports game on tv that won't distract you too bad ;)
5. The longer you smoke at a lower temperature the more it absorbs smoke flavoring and gets tender.
6. Be aware of the temperature gauge. If you have a set-up where fat can drip on the fire or you have too much wood, it can spike and over-cook your ribs.
7. Every grill behaves differently, so know where to put your ribs and how to use your own set-up. ALSO, ribs are supposed to be cooked on in-direct heat if you are doing a slow smoke cook.
8. If you hang your ribs, hang with fat at the top so the flavor of the fat drips down the ribs as they cook.
9. You can't really over smoke with hickory, but you can with mesquite!
10. ***never tried this one*** But you are supposed to be able to wrap your ribs in foil for the last bit of time to make them moisten up and fall off the bone easier. I'm not sure how long to wrap them in the grill, but I think I remembered hearing somewhere in the 5-10 minute range.
11. POST cook sauces shouldn't be necessary if you flavored it during the cook, but everything is all about YOUR preference. We love Dreamland BBQ sauce that can be bought in grocery stores around where we're from. 

That's it. You're a damn pro! IF you aren't excited and you actually got through this.... well, you're just not Amurican! ENJOY!

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