Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer project for tailgaiting

This season I decided to make Cornhole boards (or bean bag toss). My sons (ages 6 and 8) helped me some and it was a fun time. We did a little at a time since it's 105 here in Texas. I got the logos from the UNT Athletic Department when I told them what I wanted to do. Another friend of mine has a sticker machine and made me some stencils so I could paint on the logos. I am also currently building and painting some "can stands" to hold some beverages by each board.

I did put some green LED hole lights which may be a little over the top. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Beef And Pork Ribs

A quick video of our dinner Saturday night.  They ended up delicious and very tender

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Off The Hook Hot Dogs

So, I tried the beer dogs on The Big Steel Keg today.  Found this recipe on

I used hot dogs and cheddar brats. Coors original beer, Yellow onion...then finished the dog off with mustard, relish, and cheese. side dish of pasta salad.




Saturday, April 7, 2012

Overview Of The Big Steel Keg

Here's a video I did to review my smoker/cooker. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Opening Day

Today is a magical day.  Baseball has officially come back into the house for one more season.  The Texas Rangers did their job today and won 3-2 over the White Sox.  We stayed at home and watched the game and ate our own "ballpark nachos".  Since it's Good Friday, we couldn't have meat (hot dogs) but we made due.  It was a blast watching baseball again.  I can't wait for tomorrow night until the Rangers are on again.  That's the best part...every night (almost) there will be a game on to anchor our evenings.  We may not watch every play, but we always have the game to check in on.  It's magical.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Grilled Chicken on The Big Steel Keg

The wife asked me to whip up some dinner so luckily we had some chicken breasts in the fridge. I got the BSK up to 325 or so and dropped in some hickory chips. I rubbed the chicken with some Roast/Steak rub from a local German grocery/meat market (Fishers in Muenster, TX). Then I sauced the chicken with Nolan Ryan's Sweet/Tangy BBQ sauce. Our sides were broccoli cheese rice and steamed veggies. It turned out really well and the chicken had a great smokey, BBQ flavor.





Seeing it coming

So I was listening to the radio this morning on the way to work and heard something that blew my mind.  I was listening to a local Catholic radio station and they were talking about the holy land and where the Passion of Jesus actually took place.  The speaker (don't remember his name) has traveled to Jerusalem several times in his life and walked the path that Jesus probably took.  He said that when Jesus was praying in the Garden before he was arrested, he would have seen the guards and their torches coming at him from a great distance.  The garden is on a little hill and there is no obstruction to block the view from where the guards would have approached.  Being at night, it would have been very easy to see the torches lit that the guards carried. 

I can't imagine what that must have been like.  No wonder he was so stressed from the impending burden that he sweat blood.  He saw it coming and stood his ground to take it.  He willingly took it for us...
That blows my mind

Monday, April 2, 2012


Been forever since I last posted.  I've been joining various BBQ blogs and forums.  I am under the name of Cookingfor8.  This is because my wife and I have 6 kids.  I want to start to document more posts of my cooks on the new smoker.  So, starting on the next cook, I'll post some pics or videos on what goes on.'s a pizza I just made.

and here's some pork tenderloin...