Picnicking Birds

Black Bean and Bacon Soup


I soaked a bag of beans overnight and then simmered them all day in water and powdered chicken stuff. Lots of powders! Onion and garlic of course, with that chicken powder that is so damn salty I tell myself not to use so much, next time. I forget. Next time for sure. It’s not ruined but you won’t be adding any at the table. Ground cumin, ancho chili powder, Mexican oregano. Onion flake! Some dried jalapeno flake! It was exciting!!

Smoked Brisket

I smoked my first brisket, even though I’ve had my wood pellet grill for almost two years now.

And by I, I mean my brother mostly. I made up the rub, using brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, hot chili, cumin and oregano.  But my brother did most of the smoking, setting the temperature and watching over it.

I paid close attention and asked lots of questions, so I think I could do it myself next time.