Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hillbilly Tenderloin Burnt Ends, AKA: Some fine Aristogrub!

This Summer my family has developed a taste for smoked bologna and personally, I've developed a liking for the "burnt ends". When I saw a package of ends and pieces at my local butcher shop ( I knew I had to give them a shot.

So with this video, I give you "Hillbilly Tenderloin Burnt Ends".

Making Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites in a Lidl SilverCrest Sous Vide Machine (Water Oven)

This is a LONG video that covers a box opening and the first use of a Lidl SILVERCREST Sous Vide Water Oven to make a low carb copycat version of Starbucks' Sous Vide Bacon & Gruyere Egg Bites.  The actual cook begins at 8:35 and you can skip ahead to the reveal at 17:18.

Lessons learned:
7:50 Start the machine outside for its maiden voyage and make sure to add water!
8:34 Find a cheese grater and grate the cheese separately and add it to the jars along with the bacon and then top with the blended eggs.
9:44 Spray the inside of the lid as the eggs like to stick there too.
11:30 Crisp the pre-cooked bacon and opt for a brand with thin slices. As a bacon lover, I can't believe I'm saying this, but thinner is better for these.
12:25 Invest in a jar lifter! There are a BUNCH of canning kits available that contain more or less the items that you may find useful. I purchase the Ball kit that can be purchased for less than $10 and the 4oz Ball Mason jars were perfect and can be had for around $1 each
14:09 Preheat the water and be sure you have enough time to account for the temperature drop that comes when you add the cool jars to the hot water.

One hour at 172F seems a bit long. I'll experiment with lower temps and or shorter cook time. The Joule app suggests that poached eggs can be cooked at 147F for 90 minutes, so I think I might start at 150F and go from there.

If you don't have a Lidl there are a number of interesting Sous Vide machines on Amazon. Here's the Bluetooth Anova that we own and love: but if I had to do it over I would go with the wifi & Bluetooth version that is available because there have been times that I'll wander away and it will disconnect from my phone. This won't happen with wifi.

There are a lot of "Water Oven" style sous vide devices on the market and it looks like the Hamilton Beach unit is quite similar to this Lidl unit. Can you do better? OH YES! But for the money these work just fine.

Starbucks describes their egg bites as "A foodie delight, even when you're on-the-go. We've taken cage-free eggs and prepared them using the French "sous vide" technique resulting in a velvety texture that's bursting with flavor. We added aged Gruyere and Monterey Jack cheese, and topped them with Applewood smoked bacon for a delicious, high protein, convenient breakfast."

According to the Starbucks website, their egg bites contain:
Cottage cheese, eggs, Monterey jack cheese, unsalted butter, gruyere cheese, uncured bacon, rice starch, hot sauce, and salt.

Nothing bad, really, but to simplify the cook and to ensure that I'm keeping it as low carb as possible, I kept mine to eggs, gruyere cheese, bacon, salt, pepper and a shot of cooking spray.

SILVERCREST Sous Vide Water Oven SVSV 550 B2 as described by Lidl:
* For cooking, vacuum cooking, low-temperature cooking, reheating and keeping foods warm.
* Electronic temperature control allows for precise cooking (104-210°F in 2°F increments)
* Removable interior aluminum pot with non-stick coating
* 24-hour timer
* LED display showing set water temperature and current water temperature, as well as the time remaining (timer)
* Brushed stainless steel exterior
* Removable cord for easy storage
* Includes two stainless steel cooling racks to transfer cooked items
* Pairs perfectly with Silvercrest vacuum sealer and poly tubing
* 550W
* Dimensions: 16.6" x 11.3" x 10.5"

If you are new to sous vide cooking you need to subscribe to two channels immediately!

Sous Vide Everything:

Chef Steps:

Anova has an excellent blog post on how to make copycat versions of several of the Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites that's worth bookmarking:

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Camp Chef SmokePro Pellet Smoker/Grill 2 Year Review. Can it Grill Burgers?

Happy July Fourth! I mention in the video that I posted my first video on this pellet smoker on July 4th 2016, but that was on my other channel and to this day that remains my most watched video! With the popularity of that vid I was encouraged to create this channel, as that one is mostly dedicated to pipe smoking.

The one question that I asked that I failed to answer is can you grill on this pellet smoker? In my opinion, not foods that cook quickly like burgers. Yes, the burgers cooked just fine and were juicy and tasty, but I like a burger with a nice char, so that's why I have the optional sear box on my smoker. But seeing that burgers cook so quickly I prefer to either smoke them low and slow on this pellet smoker followed by searing on the sear box, or grilled over charcoal on my grill. I fully expect that I'll get comments saying the brand X or Y can grill, and I'm open to testing them out, but if they only get to 400 degrees they aren't hot enough for the way I like my burgers cooked, which is over 600-degree charcoal.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Where have all the Pellets gone? Happy July 4th!

Checking in as I prep for the Fourth of July and search in vain for hardwood cooking pellets. I know that this week is the perfect week to stock up on charcoal and other grilling and smoking commodities, and it looks like someone else had the same idea!

So which wood pellet do you and your family prefer and for which meats?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Duncan Donuts vs Krispy Kreme vs Lidl K-Cups

Bored at the beach we decided to do a blind taste test of the K-Cup coffees we brought with us. Kim is a HUGE Duncan Donuts fan while I have been enjoying the coffee from the German-owned grocery store, Lidl.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Funky Chicken Pricing at Bojangles' but still a Low Carb Hack

On several recent trips to "Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits" I began to notice that though I was ordering the same items the price varied by several dollars. What's up with that?

Still, as far as I'm concerned "It's Bo Time!"

Sunday, February 4, 2018

KNOW Better Low Carb Cookie Review. 4g Net Carbs But Are They Any Good?

Here's a link to all the KNOW BETTER foods on Amazon: Yes, it's an affiliate link, and thank you very much for clicking on it.

As a low carb dieter I've been on the lookout for some good alternatives to high carb baked goods, and in this video, I'm taste-testing the KNOW Better Cookie. In fact, I try four different flavors:
Cinamon, Lemon, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip.

Thankfully they have proven to me that they are delicious, low carb cookies, with just 4g Net Carbs each!

On top of that, they are natural, non-GMO, grain/gluten-free, high protein, high fiber, and low sodium and if you are diabetic the best news of all is that have a near zero glycemic index!


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Monday, January 29, 2018

Vegetarianism Sucks! Moving on to Low Carb. Smoked Lemon Pepper Pork Loin

After way too much talking about weight loss struggles, (Do yourself a favor and jump to 3:00) I give you a glimpse of the star of our low-carb dinner, which is a Smoked, Garlic-Stuffed Smoked Lemon Pepper Pork Loin, inspired by Malcom Reed and his YT channel "How To BBQ Right". Check it out on Malcom's blog here:

After eating so much low and slow cooked pork butt since we purchased the Camp Chef Smoke Pro pellet smoker I have to admit that I wasn't ready for the porkchop texture of the pork loin, but as I ate it I can say that it grew on me.  This was smoked over Camp Chef apple wood pellets, which imparted a wonderfully sweet smoke.

If you choose to make this pork loin, and I really think that you should, be sure to make the accompanying Caper Dill Mayo. No one in my family is a huge caper fan, but we all thought the mayo provided a nice counter-balance of acid. Together they were really yummy.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Vegan Jerky? What could go wrong? Louisville Vegan Jerky Co.

How good or bad could Vegan Jerky really be? I had to find out for both of us!  Here's a link if you want to try it:

I tried:
Enid's Sriracha Maple,
Pete's Smoked Black Pepper,
Tod's Smoked Chipotle

On their site, Louisville Vegan Jerky Co. says "We like to think we stand out from the other folks — our jerky is hand-seasoned with thoughtful ingredients and spices, and each flavor contains a little piece of our hometown." I like that.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Eating the Calendar: July 4th is National BBQ Day! Or is that Barbecue Day?

Of course July 4th is National BBQ Day but if you don;t care to make or eat BBQ it also happens to be National Cesar Salad Day. In fact, there's nothing wrong with enjoying a nice Cesar salad with your BBQ.

Visit for excellent recipes and to get some of Malcolm's BBQ Rub.  Also, check out his Youtube channel here: