Squirrel Burger and homey fries...

Discussion in 'Beef' started by squirrel, May 22, 2010.

  1. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Afternoon all!

    I whipped up my favorite burgers and some home fries so I thought I'd share the love!

    I started with chuck-eye steak and beef short ribs ....

    I cut them into chunks added a clove of finely chopped garlic, look at the knife skills! You go girl!

    Then I added a heaping spoon full of ghee, a couple of drops of truffle oil, black pepper and a pinch of fancy French salt (I'm outta control, what can I say!) And NOOOOO that is NOT a bottle of Crown in the background. But whatever it is, I plan on having a little later on this evening.


    Then I mixed it all up and stuck it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. I do that for a couple of reasons, it's easier to grind when it's firm and it keeps the fat from melting. Squirrels like fat....Then I got out my handy dandy grinder, now don't you go and laugh at my grinder, I know it looks like it belongs in the Barbie camper I had when I was 12, but it works just fine for a single gal like myself...

    See how well it works! And it didn't take very long either. Then I add my secret ingredient - Are you ready for this....wait for it....

    GOTCHA it's just ice water. Not alot, maybe a couple of tablespoons. Keeps'em cold while I put my grubby hands all over the meat. Then I make up my patties...

    And I toss them on the grill. I did throw a piece of hickory on the coals to add a little smoke, MmmmMMmmMmmm ....Smoke.....Snap out of it girl! Remember those ribs I did the other night and that purdy gravy...well I had a little left so I brushed it on the burgers...

    While the burgers were cooking I managed to do two more things, first I got a picture of this guy...

    Then, I took three russet taters, gavem the what for with a scrub brush and sliced them up...

    Then I cut them in to fries, that is not really picture worthy so use your imagination. Then I soaked them in water to get rid of a little of the starch. Though this may not seem worthy of space, there's something about drowning a potato that just seems a little weird. So...

    Okay, so I guess you had to be there. Next I heated up some peanut oil to about 360F then I dropped in the taters and two minutes later took them out, you see, we are double frying in hopes of making them crispy. They don't need to get any color on them this time...

    I did that in batches, then I blotted off the excess oil then fried them again, taking them out when golden brown .... and you end up with a heapin' helpin' of yummy homemade fries that makes you want to hug them, and squeeze them and call them George. I swear I haven't been drinking.

    Then, here's the big finale, I put some homemade cheese on top of the tomatoes and put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes, then I ever so lovingly assembled this masterpiece, then I got myself a cold diet pepsi and ate the whole thing. The End.
     
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    First rate q-view and description, Squirrel! Thanks! We love grinding up our own burgers and often put in some game meat.
     
  3. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome pics and an awesome meal....
     
  4. Them's some good eats, girl!!! Major props! I guess the Diet Pepsi takes out all the calories from that delish burger and fries, huh?
     
  5. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That looks awesome, Squirrel! I can't wait to get a grinder so I can do that.

    I've never tried making fries with peanut oil -- I'll have to try that sometime. I use corn oil because it imparts some sweetness to them. [​IMG]

    What is the purpose of double-frying them? Inquiring minds want to know!
     
  6. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Dang Girl!!! That looks good[​IMG]

    Man.. did I mention that I am starving right now?!![​IMG]
     
  7. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Double frying makes them crispy and also helps to keep them from undercooking, and also from being too greasy. I don't always do it this way, I just wanted to show off! LOL! And yep, that diet pepsi probably kept a good 60 extra calories from going to my thighs. Squirrels are suseptible to "thunder thigh syndrome" and "ghetto booty syndrome". Gawd, I'm just full of it today. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Hey, what happened? This morning I was a fire starter and now I'm a smoke blower. What the??
     
  8. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wow that looks good, great job
     
  9. wingman

    wingman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    God god! That there is some amazing Qview. And I'm starving! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'll take a "squirrel" burger any day! I like your spice arrangement there as well.
     
  11. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    I believe it's based on the ratings for your posts...which I have to say are amazing.

    The qview on this one just rocks!

    Keep it up![​IMG]
     
  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That all looks outstanding [​IMG]
    except them yucky maters [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  13. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    WoW! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  14. Awesome post, and good looking burgers and fries. Good job!
     
  15. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is a fantastic looking and sounding burger, definitely worthy of [​IMG]

    Question on the ghee, do you keep it in the fridge? Was curious because of the look of it.
     
  16. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everybody! [​IMG] and unlike butter, ghee does not have to be refrigerated, I use it for alot of stuff, I'm tellin' ya, you'll get hooked on it if you try it.
     
  17. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That was what I was referring to since ghee doesn't need to be refrigerated but the few times I had made it and bought it from the store it seemed a lot thinner than yours which is what made me wonder.

    Great idea using it on lots of stuff, not only is it tasty but soooooooooo much better without all that fat that butter has.
    Never realized how much fat is in one stick of butter until I made my first batch.
     
  18. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking burger and fries...[​IMG]

    I saw that title (Squirrel Burger and homey fries) and thought you went cannibal on us...[​IMG]
     
  19. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I don't refrigerate my butter, but I'm gonna have to find some of this Ghee stuff.

    The fat doesn't bother me, though -- I'll fry bacon in butter and use it as a sauce for green beans. [​IMG]
     
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome Burger & Fries, and it's not hard to tell you're a very good photographer!!!------------>>[​IMG]


    Bearcarver
     

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