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Old 11-16-2012, 02:26 AM   #1
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Western Ribs, Pit Beans, Fried Bread, Fried Pies, on the "Trunk Monkey"

This cook was done on my Char-Broil 500X which is affectionately called the “Trunk Monkey” on some other forums. I had the grid setup with 1/2 direct and 1/2 indirect for this large cook.



I started with my Pit Beans which will take the longest and used this recipe...it is cut down from my larger recipe. (Rick Salmon’s Pit Beans)

one 16 or 16-1/2 oz can of Bush’s Original baked beans
4 oz your favorite sweet bbq sauce
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup finely diced onion
3 TBL finely diced bell pepper
3 TBL finely diced celery stalk
2 TBL prepared mustard
1-1/2 tsp your favorite pork rub
1-1/2 tsp celery seed
one cup of loosely packed cooked and chopped pork butt

enough brown sugar to adequately cover to a depth of at least 1/2” on top of your container of beans. Bout 1 to 1/2 cups should work depending on the size of your cooking container.

Place all but the brown sugar in your pot and stir well. Then add the brown sugar on top but DO NOT stir it into the mix. Let the brown sugar melt down into the beans. Throw them on a smoker and let them do the low and slow for a few hours.



I used a 2 quart black iron pot and this is the beans less the brown sugar.



Ready to go on the cooker.

At this time I also prepared 3 large Western ribs for the cook with my favorite pork rub and got them ready for the cooker.



Looking at the cooker, I have the left side indirect and the right side direct. I placed the pot of beans on the indirect side and then added a cooking grid over the top of the pot. I then placed two of my large Western ribs on this raised grid so all that goodness can run off into my beans. I placed the 3rd rib on the standard cooking grid. On the right or direct side, I placed my black iron skillet which will be used for the fried cornbread and the fried pies.



Nice crisp morning with a temp of around 29 degrees....perfect weather for an outside cook. The “Trunk Monkey” doing its thing!

While my pan is heating up, I made up my cornbread mix. Now, I said bread and not corn cake which most folks think is corn bread.

Old Dave’s recipe for REAL cornbread. This is also cut down from my larger recipe.

1 cup of fresh coarse ground corn meal
2 TBL flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sweet buttermilk
1 beaten egg
1 TBL bacon grease
Enough bacon grease or lard for the pan.

Sift the dry ingredients together and then add the wet stuff and stir lightly until it is mixed...do not over-stir or over-mix as lumpy batter is ok.



Spoon it into the hot skillet and it’s ready to go.



Brown em up and get them off the cooker when they are done.



Come off the cooker looking good.



Pork and the Pit Beans starting to look pretty good.

Next step was to make up my fried apple pies. I got them ready and cooked them as well in my black iron skillet.



The pies fried up nice and I couldn’t wait and split one with the bride.



Fried apple pies.



The Western ribs and Pit Beans about ready to come off the cooker. They both cooked about 4 hours.



Pit Beans just off the cooker.



Two of the Western ribs just off the cooker.



My plate.



Fried apple pie cut open.



That is one slick little cooker for sure........
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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Dang that is some fine looking eats. Great job Sir!! The fried cornbread is on the agenda for soonish. I was raised on that stuff just didnt quite know how to make it..lol.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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The idea to put a grid over the pot of beans so the meat drips deliciousness down is genius in its simplicity. +1 for the corn bread!
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:10 PM   #4
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Great lookin' grub!
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:04 PM   #5
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Arrahha now on the cornbread just picked up the word "sift" for the dry ingredients. Now some of us might have to go mug an old widder lady to borrow a sifter or something equally irrational. Hopefully we was just teasing about that part? Thanks.
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Thanks all for the kind comments and Mr Bigwheel, I don't think you will need to do any sifting but do mix it up well.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
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That was an excellent cook. Well done.
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Made up a batch of the cornbread last night. Still munching on it today. Very good stuff. Thanks. I did make a wild guess stirring it would be ok..lol.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:54 AM   #10
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Hey put that fried apple pie recipe in the forums want to try it please, or PM it to me if you can.
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I didn't put this recipe up for a reason...and I am kinda ashamed at how simple it is! Betcha thought I had some major ingredients in this recipe. Well, I do....

Ingredients for 5 Fried Apple Pies

1 can twack biscuits
1 can of fruit filling

I use the Pillsbury (7.5oz) 10 count buttermilk twack biscuits from the refrigerator section of the store. I use 2 per pie.

The pie filling comes in cans and there are many flavors. Just pick one out that you like.

Put a little flour down on your work surface. Peel the biscuit can and then twack it on the edge of the table to get it open. Stack two of them on the work surface and roll them out with a rolling pin to about 8" in diameter. Add your pie filling and then use a brush with some water on the dough edges. Fold the dough over and seal it with a fork.

Fry them in some bacon grease or lard until they are browned up like you want and then sprinkle on some cinnamon and sugar and enjoy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:42 AM   #12
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That looks great. Now a couple of newbie questions.

It looks like you are using charcoal. What cooking temp did you use and how long did it take for the ribs to cook?
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Morning Pete,

I had that little cooker setup on the left side cooking indirect and on the right side of the cooking grid was direct. I did use charcoal and tried to keep the indirect side at around 275-300 degrees and then the direct side was at above this and if I was to guess, I would estimate at around 400 degrees.

The Western ribs took about 3 hours total to cook.

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Damn, I just finished dinner and now I'm hungry again!
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Now that's some great looking eats for sure!!!!
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Good lookin food there.

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I didn't put this recipe up for a reason...and I am kinda ashamed at how simple it is! Betcha thought I had some major ingredients in this recipe.
Ummm? Some of us love recipes with just a couple of ingredients. Some of us aren't food snobs.

Thanks for it. I'm officially hungry now, with nothing much to make good stuff out of. Off to the store I guess.

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Now wonder why a health conscious person could not cook them puppies on the cooker. Big Jim cooks great biscuits on his offset Lazy Q. Should be sorta similar. Maybe brush with a little melted butter prior to commencing. We is most likely fresh out of Lard and bacon grease..lol.
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that is a great lookin cook
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