Bear's "Step by Step" Index

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by bearcarver, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sure you can do Chicken Halves the same way as the Thighs I didn't put in pans----That would be this one------>>>  Chicken Thighs (Hickory Smoked)

    Just go by internal temperature, and not time for when it's done.

    Sorry I don't have any whole or half Chickens or Turkeys, because that's some of the things my Son smokes & then shares with us---When he's not slacking!!

    We each have our specialties to smoke, and then we share with each other.

  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    There are many many recipes in this website. Just type in chicken halves or something in the search bar at the top of the page. I mean there are tons of different recipes for different tastes. It really is pretty easy to search for something that you might like to try.
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Timberjet makes a good point.

    Anything I don't have in my Step by Steps is easy to find, as this forum has by far the best search engine I've ever seen.

    Many people , like Timberjet, never use any of my Step by Steps. I can only help those who want or need my help.

    Also I gotta say---Those things I get by Email from Jeff are totally Awesome!!!

  4. bubba watson

    bubba watson Fire Starter

    I sure nuff gotta keep up with this post so I can keep track of your instructionals!
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Bubba!!

    Glad you like them!!

  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Shoot Bear, I do too. Hahaha.... If I didn't already thank you for this fine resource then I do now. I wish I could be that organized
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry 'bout that---I didn't think you did.

    As for my organizing----I have to do that---If I didn't organize things, and write them down, I'd screw up my own repeat smokes. Makes my repeat smokes more relaxing, since I don't have to think about everything.


  8. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You should see my recipe thing. I call it a thing because it is a clipboard with a PILE of stuff written on everything from napkins to T-shirt pockets to whatever.... I will have to get it all on a thumb drive one of these cold winter days this year so I can be cool too.
  9. paulh1966

    paulh1966 Smoke Blower

    Thank Bear, i have bookmarked this page.
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I'm glad you like it.

  11. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I am very disorganized too.  That why I love this thread that Bear was good enough to put together.

    It amazes me how disorganized most family recipe boxex are.  LOL  My Mom's was a nightmare.  One day I was hearing someone tell the old story about how they wished they had their mom's recipe for something.  It was at that point I knew I needed to do something with my Mom's recipes.  I would have hated to lose all of them.  So I put together a family cookbook.  I went to a few relatives and sat with them and went through their recipe boxes.  I was getting these age old family recipes that I had been eating for decades.  These recipes were writen on the back of matchbooks, cocktail napkins, and pieces of stained scrap paper that were falling apart and almost unreadable.  It was a fun exercise and it took years to finnaly clean it up and print.  I gave it to the entire family for christmas one year.  My mother uses it still.  An Aunt of mine who has since past would tell me how much she enjoyed using it.

    My point is, that is my only example of being organized.  It was well worth the effort.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Rob!!

    Sounds like you had a riot----Kinda like a Long Term Scavenger Hunt.

  13. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    ROFL.  It was interesting.  Mom is great but she is also pretty funny.  I was talking to her about one of the reciupes that I was anxious to get.  She told me she didn't know it and I should ask my aunt.  I went a got the recipe from my aunt and went back and told my mom the recipe.  Before I could say anything the recipe popped into her head and she told it to me. 

    It was also great sitting with my aunt for hours getting her recipes and her telling me over and over how she had used the book.  She has since past so it gave me some great memories.

    I like your "Long Term Scavenger Hunt"  comment.  I will use that.

    Thanks again
  14. cmack

    cmack Newbie

    Bear, just want to say a huge thanks for the twice smoked ham process. Did a shank a couple of days ago and my wife who's a long time ham hater literally fell in LUST with it. I convinced her to try a piece and she was chewing and moaning and saying "Oh my God" I had no idea that ham could taste this good. Here's a little Qview, sorry for the quality as I took it with my Iphone with less than optimal lighting.

  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Awesome, Cmack!! I saw your other post first, so I'll just repeat what I said on that one:

    I'm real glad you had great success!!

    Your wife had the same reaction I had the first time I ever had a Double Smoked Ham.

    That's why I never bought a fresh "Raw Ham" and brined & smoked it myself. We can get the cured & smoked Shank or Butt ends for such a cheap price, and smoke it again & make it taste better than a $4 to $5 per pound Ham!!

    Keep up the good work!!

  16. Hi! Bear, probably not the right place to post this but I couldn't send you a pm.

    I just want to thank you for your precious time and energy putting this Step by Step together, I am a very raw newbie and only smoked my first brisket yesterday and I thought that I did a fair job but after reading your work I now doubt it.

    Like you said, it is a royal pain in the rear end (as a newbie) trying to find out how to start and what to do and when you post a question you mostly get the "read the forum" answer well "hello" everyone forgot to tell how they did it.

    Thirty odd years ago I wanted to learn how to distil likker but no one knew how, or so they said, but I persevered and managed to teach myself and today I do it with my eyes shut, determination, and with your help I'll do the same with smoking.

    My eyes are burning from reading your SxS page and I've only just begun so it's off to the big feather bed and read on tomorrow.

    Cheers from down under
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Why Thank You, Pilch!!!

    If you thought your Brisket was fair, it probably was excellent!!!

    We in the smoking World are usually our worst critics!

    I'm glad you like my Step by Steps, and just yell if you run into a question I didn't cover in one of them.

    Have Fun!

  18. jflsr

    jflsr Newbie

    Thanks Bear! You've probably not heard that very often, Right? I thank you because I really appreciate all you folks that take the time to post your recipes, and especially as a link to that recipe! I wanted to let you and others know that I enjoy collecting and when possible, trying as many of the recipes as I can, time and age permitting. And, I only collect those recipes I deem worthy in my estimation. Yours fit that category, as does Jeff's. Hope you don't mind. They are for my personal use.

    If there are other recipe collectors out there who don't want to take the time to copy each recipe, an easy solution is to copy the recipe list, then paste it in a document. (I find that Apache Open Office works best for this as it allows you to paste very long lists.) You will need to paste it as FORMATTED TEXT or HTML FORMAT WITHOUT COMMENTS. To see which one you need, use formatted first, then place your cursor on the link and press CTRL. If the cursor changes to a hand, you're in business! CTRL plus LEFT CLICK opens a link that is not written out as a URL. Just make sure you note this in your recipe list in case you forget, or your wife wants that recipe! Only drawback is that the web pages these links go to may disappear with time! 

    I would suggest that if anyone likes to collect recipes that you find a Photo Shop program like MS Picture It! Photo 7.0, to reduce and enhance your photo's if you choose to include them, it will reduce the space taken up on your PC.

    A problem with Apache Open Office is that it is not compatible with MS Works or Word, so if you want others to use your collection, you will have to convert them.
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You jflsr!!

    I'm glad you like my Step by Steps!!

    I'm pretty computer illiterate----I type these all out with one index finger.

    You're right---Jeff makes awesome Step by Steps too. I save every one he sends me!! I really like them!

  20. I like Bears step by step, easy to follow, ton's of information and all the great pictures


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