Category Archives: Skills

How To Make Beef Jerky With A Dehydrator



how to make beef jerky with a dehydrator
This post is the first in a series on how to make beef jerky with a dehydrator.

A lot of folks ask me what to look for when shopping for their own food dehydrator. So that will be the first topic I will talk about.

I have been using a food dehydrator for over 25 years, making all sorts dehydrated meals and snacks for doing stuff outside, heck, even doing stuff inside also.

I also get a lot of requests for beef jerky samples from folks at the work place. –they know that I make a LOT beef jerky, –from mild to spicy and everything in between.
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Kamado Joe – Grilled Pizza – Part II



kamado joe grilled pizza part II smToday I really wanted to try another grilled pizza. The one I made last week tasted really tasted awesome and I wanted to try another. Grilled pizza is one of those essential skills that I am always working to get better at.

But the 45 degree temps and the rainy drizzle did not make for prime grilling weather. But I went for it anyway!
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Photography 101 – Revisited



photography 101In an earlier post, I had mentioned I was a photography 101, point-and-shoot camera guy, trying to capture those mostly short-lived photo opportunities. Getting a shot of that big fish, that eagle sitting on a tree branch, –you know the situations I am referring to.

My camera was set on full auto everything. Just turn it on and take the picture. The trouble is, those pictures were not all that good. Mostly, the images were just flat, washed out, and lacked detail. Occasionally I would get lucky and I would get an image that I liked.

Has this been your experience also?
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Craft Beer Merit Badge III



craft beer merit badgeOver the last two weeks I have grilled out 9 of 14 days on my Kamado Joe. When the grill is going, there is always a frosty cold beverage close by.

I did manage to work in a quick overnighter camping and fishing trip. And we did cook over an open campfire. So I guess I really did cook out 10 of the 14 days, just one of the those days was not at the grill.
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Craft Beer Merit Badge II



craft beer merit badgeOkay, I have now earned my second craft beer merit badge for 2015.

It seems like it has been a while since I did my first craft beer post and earning that first merit badge for the year! As a reminder, you get one merit badge for every 5 craft beers that you try. Your list starts at zero on New Year’s.

We can make up the rules as we go along!
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Easy Homemade Bacon



homemade bacon
Whether you consider bacon a breakfast staple or basic food group, I think we would all agree that just about everything goes better with bacon! In all of its salty, smoky, and porky goodness, bacon is something that speaks to our inner hunter-gatherer.

Why make your own? While bacon in its own right is just downright good, your own homemade porky strips of goodness will be even better. You will be surprised that your homemade bacon does not splatter and pop or shrink near as much as your favorite store-bought brand.

Homemade bacon is not at all difficult; so no longer do you need to “bring home the bacon,” you can now make your bacon at home.

You probably already have these outdoor kitchen essentials:
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