Saturday, April 29, 2006

put THAT in your pipe and smoke it!

Monday is May Day which means yet another three-day weekend in Germany. I must say that we're spoiled with days off here, although some people (not mentioning any names) would maintain that every day is a day off for me. Those people are going to end up making their own meals for weeks to come if they're not careful, but that's another story. Right now I want to talk about dinner.

Last weekend Mr M came home with the usual load of 'interesting' stuff from his regular Saturday jaunt to the flea market and announced that he'd bought something really, really good. Uh huh. Sure.

Me: So, what it is this time?

Mr: Well, I started thinking about that guy you know in Spain on the internet. The one who tried to make a smoker out of flower pots? And I thought we needed a smoker too.

Me: That guy in Spain...oh, THAT guy in Spain who tried to make a smoker out of flower pots. That experiment didn't turn out all that well, you know. He ended up buying a real smoker after that. You didn't buy a bunch of flower pots, did you?

Mr: No, no, no, I bought THIS!

the Salivator's country cousin

Me: Whoah. That's pretty scary. Think it'll work?

Mr: It's almost new! The guy at the flea market said he only used it once.

Me: Oh, how...nice.

Today was the day to try it out. This thing is actually designed for smoking fish, so there are lots of hooks in there.

Mr M, however, decided to smoke a turkey drumstick, four chicken legs and a couple of pork chops. He fired up the smoker and went to work and some time later we came up with this.

I told him I thought it looked more like scalded aliens than smoked meat. What do you think?

The finished product:

well done!

And how did it all taste? Well, smokey, for sure... but other than that, let's just say that I think we need to work on our technique a bit. Boy am I glad there was enough coleslaw and potato salad to go around!


At April 29, 2006 10:29 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...


Don't you get it, C? It's a guy thing. Cavemen did it. And we do it. None of us can resist the copulation between a hunk of meat and a whole lot of smoke.

Evolution may have shrunken our brows and straightened our spines, but it couldn't render our DNA a "non-smoking area."

Your husband sounds like a seriously cool dude. I hope there will be some updates in the future. And your comment about technique is spot-on. Q is much more art than science. It takes practice. Few get it right the first time. That's why the best Q'rs tend to be grizzled, 70 year old men in the US deep south.

Now...we need to name that thing!


At April 29, 2006 10:33 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Ooooweee! That's some smoke meat, alright!

I'm no expert at smoking meats but I'll reckon they're a learning curve. Thank goodness for side dishes, eh?

That's so neat that I now recognize the view from your deck!

At April 29, 2006 11:52 p.m., Blogger lily b said...

The drumsticks look like smoked baby legs (not that I know what those actually look like).

Smoked salmon is tasty but I think I'll let the professionals do it and stick to regular BBQ.

At April 30, 2006 1:48 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

meat and smoke; I really do think it's a male thing as well...

At April 30, 2006 3:05 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I am SO moving to Germany. I live for three day weekends.

At April 30, 2006 3:11 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I agree with Dixie about recognizing the view from your deck. I was much more excited about THAT than the smoker :) But good for you for trying that beast out. Hmm. Wonder if you'll end up using it a lot? Ya think?

At April 30, 2006 4:00 a.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Well done, indeed. I wonder how many different owners have "only used it once"?

At April 30, 2006 6:19 a.m., Anonymous Kiwi said...

LOL -- looking good!

I only have one thing to say about that thing -- don't leave it smoking overnight! You could burn down your deck! My brother smoked their Thanksgiving turkey overnight on the deck one year and he and his wife both fell asleep and the thing burned a hole through the deck and fell through about 10 feet to the ground.

The turkey was good, though...


At April 30, 2006 8:04 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Looks like they were smoked with a bit too much heat ;-)

At April 30, 2006 9:14 a.m., Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Live and learn, right? Did you make your own potato salad? I am looking for good recipe since I can't buy the stuff here.

Happy May Day to ya'll. We get the day off too!


At April 30, 2006 10:29 a.m., Blogger Haddock said...

I helped smoke some fish once and it was really good. From what I remember we smoked them lightly.
I think I'll have to talk to Mrs H about aquiring a smoker :)
I agree with comments above that its probably more an art than a science, and that practice makes perfect! :)

At April 30, 2006 10:34 a.m., Anonymous lillian said...

hahaha why the bother ?? lol I'm abviously NOT a guy

At April 30, 2006 11:13 a.m., Blogger Mike B said...

I once had a Camaro that was owned by a little old lady from Pasadena who only took it to church on Sundays. It kind of smoked like that too.

Those are stainless steel hooks, right?

At April 30, 2006 3:34 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

OMG, don't let OrangeX see that! Sal is right. Men and fire: must really be a DNA thing. I noticed that at the end of BBQ season, men do tend to have less hair on their forearms (something like the chicken legs in your pict) :-)

At April 30, 2006 4:39 p.m., Blogger traveller one said...

It's our third long weekend in a row!
While I do like smokey food, you know you can just buy 'liquid smoke' in a bottle?

At April 30, 2006 5:53 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

nothing like a fair amount of carcinogen. Ok, maybe it's not that bad, but I'm not a big fan either... Although smoked salmon or something sounds delicious!

At April 30, 2006 6:23 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

Mmmmmm? It's not one of your better food pics, I admit, but Sal is of course right!! What are you going to name it??

At April 30, 2006 8:50 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Sal! - Wow, your enthusiastic response has truly convinced me that it's a guy thing. ;-) Looks like it's going to be a long, smokey summer and I'll be updating for sure.. And yes, the thing definitely needs a name. Any suggestions?

Dixie - Oh yeah, the side dishes are usually the best part.

Isn't it fun to see a picture and say "Hey, I've been there!" ?

lilyb - Ewww - but they do look an awful lot like that. Definitely not like chicken. Yep, smoked salmon is more my speed as well.

Cathy - I have two brothers and neither of them can keep away from the barbeque either. I wonder if there's a gene for that?

mr. fab - You would definitely be a charming and decorative addition to this country. I've heard Germans work the least hours out of any country in the EU.

ginnie - Yep, last Wednesday you were standing right where the smoker was! I suspect that the excitement of having a new toy will die down pretty soon, but we'll see.

sandra - I think it only had one previous owner but you never know with these things. Maybe we can pawn it off on someone else when the summer's over. :-)

Kiwi - Wow! I'm laughing but I sure wouldn't want that to happen. The house is still standing so we're safe until the next time.

Karen - Yep, I wasn't supervising and I think he may have gotten a little carried away.

cynthia - I didn't make my own potato salad this time, but sometimes I do - just potato slices boiled in lightly salted water until tender, chopped apple, onions, dill pickles and a nice blob of Miracle Whip thinned with a bit of milk. And lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Haddock - You too, eh? Mrs. H will never let you read my blog again. ;-) We smoked fish once in some sort of contraption and it was quite nice, but my father-in-law is always buying smoked trout for us (whether we want it or not) from a local fish farm and I'm pretty sick of it by now.

lillian - I know! I think it's just beyond our comprehension. :-)

mikeb - Fill me in - are we doomed if they aren't stainless steel hooks? I have no idea.

CanadianSwiss - Oh yes, shield his eyes or else you'll have one of these monsters in your yard soon! No singed arm hair yet, but the year is still young.

traveller one - And then there's Pentecost and Whitsun coming up too! We do have a bottle of liquid smoke hanging around somewhere but I guess that's just not manly enough. :-)

Expat - I think it IS that bad, but it's mostly just brown from the smoke and not from being burnt. And yes, smoked salmon is a whole different animal, or fish, but you know what I mean.

euro trac - Hard to make something like that look attractive. Maybe a bit of parsley on the side would have helped. We'll all have to work on thinking up a name!

At May 01, 2006 8:31 a.m., Blogger The SeaWitch said...

This is the first time I've ever seen such a contraption. If my husband ever came home with such a thing, I'd have a conniption. LOL I won't be showing him this blog because it doesn't benefit me. The fridge blog, however, was mutually beneficial. Ice makers are a necessity and look nice. Your smoker scares me. LOL

At May 01, 2006 12:07 p.m., Blogger christina said...

SeaWitch - These things are pretty common here, especially among fishermen but it does look kind of scary. I've given up having conniptions - he brings stuff home anwyway. :-)


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