Green Beans

Simply bring your water to a boil (TG uses the turkey fryer pot) and add the green beans…for this party I used 15 pounds…. These beans retain a nice green color and have plenty of texture and flavor…and have really been a hit at the parties where we serve them.

Just Under the Wire

What we found living here in Savannah is that Savannahians use a simple mixture of black pepper and seasoned salt all blended together for their rub for both turkey and pork…and who knows what else. TG got lucky at Sam’s recently and found a product I hadn’t seen before and that is Rosemary and Garlic seasoning.

5 Things To Eat Before You Die

The premise is that food bloggers from all over the world should list five things that they have eaten and think everyone should try at least once before they die…. TLW’s ultimate pick is an authentic Lobster bake…she says forget the fillers (corn, potatoes and sausage) and stick with the fresh steamed lobster and soft shell clams or “steamers” as she calls them.

Pork Brine and a Little Rest

In the same article, they gave a recipe for pork brine that I think may be worth trying: 3 C sugar 2 C table salt 2 medium garlic heads, separated and crushed 4 C orange juice Dissolve the sugar and salt in six cups of cold water in a stock pot…. This backs up the case that TG argues repeatedly (and doesn’t always follow)…keep strict notes because when things start to go wrong you can always refer back to your notes!

Slight deviation

TG has always sprayed meat with 1 part apple cider vinegar, 2 parts apple juice, and enough Lea & Perrins to turn the mixture dark. One of our fellow competitors on the BBQ circuit uses a mixture of 2 parts apple juice, 1 part Jack Daniels and 1 part maple syrup.


I had read somewhere that one of our fellow bbq’ers at his restaurant always topped his brisket sandwiches with french fried onion rings and some bbq sauce…. When we were closing up for the day, a fisherman who had had a little too much to drink, came up to me and started talking about his sandwich…saying it was the best sandwich he had ever had.

Good news for fish lovers!

Inland Seafood, a major seafood purveyor out of Atlanta, sends The General a fax every Friday morning to share what is plentiful, in-season, and out of season…. Now, if you are used to eating farm raised salmon, this is good and bad news because once you have experienced wild salmon you will never want to return to the farm raised!

Water Pan? Drip Pan?

If you use something like apple juice or a combination of apple juice and apple cider vinegar, those aromas should be present inside your smoker and ultimately on your meat…. A drip pan without any water/apple juice in it, is just a tool to collect drippings so that those fat-laden drippings don’t ignite an unwanted fire in your indirect location.