Man Cave Bacon, Beer & Cheddar Cheese Bratwursts on the Kamado Joe

Kamado Joe Man Cave Bacon, Beer & Cheddar Cheese BratwurstsOn a whim, I picked up a box of the Man Cave Bacon, Beer & Cheddar Cheese Bratwursts for a Kamado Joe cookout.

I have seen them at the local grocer during the past several visits. So today, I tossed them in the cart, along with a few beers and other necessities. Steaming the grilled brats in onions and beer is one of my favorite weekend Kamado Joe grilling treats. Continue reading

James River Fishing Report 13-14 October 2017

James River Fishing Report 13-14 October 2017It was a raining Friday morning in the Tidewater area when I finished loading up the truck for some long weekend James River smallmouth bass fishing. Today’s destination was the Hardware River Wildlife Management Area boat ramp.

Heading out on this last minute decision of a fishing trip was a much better way to spend a day off from work than listening to the Misses watch the latest reruns of Housewives and daily chores. The chores could wait for another day. Continue reading

J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight Review

j5 tactical v1 pro flashlightI have been looking at those smaller, more compact flashlights for my bug-out-bag and all around household use. Some folks might call these, —tactical flashlights.

Maybe you’re shopping around as well. I recently picked up a little $12.95 flashlight on Amazon that had over 12,000 customer reviews. The J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight, The Original 300 Lumen Ultra Bright, LED 3 Mode Flashlight. You probably can’t go wrong buying one with so many positive customer reviews.

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Beef Jerky Knife

Beef Jerky KnifeA good sharp beef jerky knife gets the job of making those beef jerky sized meat strips much easier.

I actually own several beef jerky knives. Each one has a specific function. Continue reading

Kamado Joe Bacon

kamado joe baconIt’s been a busy few months here at the hacienda with making homemade and wood smoked Kamado Joe bacon. Making your own bacon at home is a super easy life-skill to master. We consumers find it all too easy to pick up that cellophane wrapped cardboard framed package at the big-box store. Let’s rediscover some of those everyday commonplace food preservation skills our Grandparents relied on for sustenance.
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The Barbecue Towel

stained barbecue towelA barbecue towel? I now consider a barbecue towel as an outdoor cooking necessity.


Outdoor cooking can be a messy task.

I have stained, scorched, and disfigured just about every one of the “indoor” kitchen towels much to my better-half’s use of colorful language and very-verbal statements of dismay. Continue reading