Review: Allen Brothers Wagyu Ribeye Steaks

Thanks to Matt Crawford (@SasquatchBBQ), I was able to try two Allen Brothers Wagyu Ribeyes earlier this month.

What a treat! The steaks came out juicy, tender, and packing big beefy flavor.

For the crust, I started with an olive oil base, and rubbed down with coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper.

I set my Traeger Grills 22 to High (450F), loaded with Signature Blend pellets, and let it get up to temp. Then I slapped the two steaks down on the grill grates for about eight minutes per side.

I use a ThermoPro internal temperature probe to cook to my preferred temp (135F, for medium-rare).

Resting the steak for 10-15 minutes, I slice the steak off the bone, and then into strips.

Here are my recommendations for getting the best crust:

Jacobsen Coarse Salt

Jacobsen Peppercorn

And of course, the best breaking and work horse for slicing:

For a limited time only, get free shipping from Allen Brothers on orders over $189 (code: FREESHIP18).

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4 must have products for Traeger Owners

Traeger Food-Safe Tray: Makes transferring meats, food and supplies between the Traeger and the house a breeze. Available on eBay

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Nitrile Food Safe Gloves: Less mess, and reduce risk of contaminating food or kitchen. Durable material with puncture resistance. Available on Amazon.

Super Skewer: Try something new! This Brazilian Gaucho Skewer is affordable, made in the USA, and will add a new dimension to your cooks. Available on Amazon.

KONG Cooler: Go big with this rotomolded, made in the USA cooler. Your food and beverages will stay cold throughout your excursions this summer — or in the backyard on a hot summer night.

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Smoke Ring on a Traegered Packer Prime Brisket

How to smoke a prime beef whole packer brisket

I took the opportunity of the first three day weekend of the year to try my hand at a full packer brisket. A “packer” contains both the point and flat.

Weighing in at 16 pounds, and $2.99/lb at Costco, this was by far the most ambitious (and expensive) cook yet! Video below shows all of the basic steps in the recipe. At bottom are a number of links where you can find the tools of the trade that made this LONG cook a success (remote thermometer, utility knife, Traeger Century 22, etc). Let’s get started …

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PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

One of the things we always look forward to when we eat out at PF Changs are their chicken lettuce wraps. So savory, tangy, and fresh. Another favorite pastime of ours is trying to recreate restaurant-quality (or better) dishes at home!

This is our tenth or so attempt at perfecting PF Chang’s lettuce wraps at home, and they really do just keep getting better and better.

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Rendezvous Giveaway #2: 16-oz Bottle of Traeger Sugar Lips Glaze

GIVEAWAY ITEM:

ONE (1) Bottle of Traeger Sugar Lips Glaze, 16-oz ($9.99 Value)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Traeger, 16 OZ, Sugar Lips Glaze, Sweet Apricot & Dark Molasses Combine With Warm, Peppery Heat For An Insatiable Addition To All Your BBQ Creations.

HOW TO ENTER: ⠀

Visit the Traeger Fanatics Facebook Group to learn how to enter. Free to join! Open to current or new group members only.

Contest opens Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Noon (12:00PM) PT and ends Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:59PM PT. This offer is valid only within the continental United States.

By entering, you agree to the Official Rules.

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Bahn Mi Pulled Pork Sandwiches

We make pulled pork about once or twice a month. Usually smoke a big fatty pork butt or shoulder. Unless we’re having a backyard patio party, we have a few pounds leftover. Sometimes we vacuum seal and freeze the leftovers for a weeknight delight. Getting “porked out” usually isn’t a problem around our house. But when you have a day old heap of pulled pork sitting in your fridge, what to do with it?

We like to make Bahn Mi Pulled Pork Sandwiches! Here’s how…

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Traeger Grill Thanksgiving Turkey Review

REVIEW: Traeger Turkey Pellets Blend

If you’re entrusted with cooking the bird on Thanksgiving, you’re probably looking for a risk-free, no-fuss tried and true recipe. Have a reoccurring nightmare about dry turkey, or sweet dreams about crispy, herb-crusted turkey legs?

If you’re on a wood pellet grill, this Traeger Turkey Pellets Blend might be for you:

We did a 20-pound test bird this weekend, and were cooking for 16 people. It was your typical friends-giving feast (with no less than 4 other Traeger-owners coming, NO PRESSURE!).

Again, we were looking for an easy, but proven, method and recipe. After skimming a dozen articles on spatchcocking, brining, injecting, rubbing, etc — we said: “Meh, nothing exotic.”

That’s when we turned to the wisdom of the Traeger Grills family. We had two bags delivered from a Traeger Instagram contest (“BBQ Hero of the Week”) over the summer.

The results were nothing short of amazing. “Best turkey I’ve ever had,” raved one friend. “OMG, moist, zesty, and great smoke flavor,” commented another. “Got to try that for our family Thanksgiving now, ” said one of our Traeger brethren.

Now, most everything that comes off the Traeger at our house is good. But that’s “most” not all. Not ashamed to admit we have a few hiccups every now and again. So these were pretty strong endorsements. What’s the secret? We followed Traeger’s included Smoked Bourbon & Orange Brined Turkey recipe to a T. Here are the basics (minus the booze):

Brine overnight (bag comes inside the pellets bag, fish it out!)

Pat dry, apply rub (again, included in the bag)

Put turkey directly on the grate (we put in a disposable roasting pan)

Set Traeger to smoke for 2 hours (for us, 180F)

Turn up to 350F for 2-3 hours (or until internal temp reaches 165F)

WHERE TO BUY?

You can pick up the Traeger Turkey Pellets Blend at your local dealer, or order from Amazon. If you HURRY, you select one-day or two-day shipping for Prime members, to still get in time for Thanksgiving.

Watch our mid-cook Facebook LIVE video from TraegerFanatics.com for some laughs:

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7 Tips and Tricks for Traeger and Pellet Grill Owners

If you’re a Traeger or pellet grill owner, you’ve already got your self a slice of the good life. No matter whether you’re a newbie, or a fanatic, there’s always more to learn to become a master griller, smoker, and all around pro.

We set about to collect the top hacks, tips, and tricks to make your grilling, smoking, and barbecuing experience even that much better. Here are the top 7 …

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