Smoking a Brisket inTexas

Savory Beef Cooked in a Traditional Way History of Smoking Briskets in Texas There are four distinct ways to smoke a brisket in Texas! The Western Way to Smoke Brisket There is the Western Way which is primarily done in West Texas. It was developed during the height of the famous cattle drives. This method … Read more

Grilling in Chile

Grilling in Chile History of Chile The tribe Mapuche is derived from is the Huilliche. The Huilliche lived in central and southern Chile as well as parts of Patagonia and became known as the Mapuche. The Mapuche had no known system of writing but were organized through a loose confederation of related family units mostly … Read more

Brazilian-Style Grilling

Where it all Began In the year 1500, Pedro Alvares Cabral claimed the area for the Portuguese Empire. Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. Officially, today it is called The Federative Republic of Brazil. It is the largest country in both Latin and South America covering 3.2 million miles and has a … Read more

Argentinean Grilling

What is Argentine Grilling? Argentine grilling is more than grilling. It is a tradition passed on from father to son. It is never deviated from. The gauchos(cowboys) were the first to introduce grilling to Argentina in 1536. The gauchos were mostly of Italian descent and so a great deal of Italian style flavor was added … Read more

How to Grill Vegetables

savory vegetable kabobs on the grill Selection of Vegetables The best vegetables come from your garden is you know how the vegetables were raised and if any fertilizer was used and what type of fertilizer. This is so important because of the implications of what over fertilization can do to your health. Another good place … Read more

Shrimp Kabobs

Basic Shrimp Shrimp or prawns as they are called in some parts of the world are absolutely delicious. They are small crustaceans the look a bit like a tiny lobster. They can be boiled, fried, broiled or grilled. They come in a variety of sizes from tiny to colossal. A small shrimp will be around … Read more

Pappasito’s Cantina-Review

A Reason To Celebrate My brother Larry and myself had a very good reason to celebrate. Larry had gone to the hospital to have an outpatient procedure done to determine if he had lung cancer. The tumors that had been detected two weeks earlier had shrank to the point the pathologist would not be able … Read more

Grilling for Social Events

Are You Having a Party? Even if you are a beginner at grilling and you want have a party, that is not a problem. Here are a few tips you might want to review. Are you having a party? What kind? Where at? When will it be? Is it a Themed Party? Family or Friends? … Read more

Asian Grilling – Japanese Style

The Importance of History The art of Japanese grilling comes from centuries ago when the fishermen of northern Japan went out to sea. The fishermen would take hot coal and bento boxes. The bento boxes would be packed with rice, fruit and meat(mostly fish). The boxes would keep all of the ingredients separated until it … Read more

Mini Grills

The Need for Mini Grills My wife and I recently went on a three-day trip partially to get away from our children and partially to have some alone time that we had not had in over thirty years. We deliberately took a small portable grill and two portable gas grills. We found the gas grills … Read more

Mexican Grilling

There is little difference worldwide in grilling. The basics are the same high heat or low heat. The use of high heat is a style that is used in the United States more often than anywhere else in the world. Today, we are going to take a look at grilling in Mexico. The seven regions … Read more

How to Have a Thrilling Competition

Idea Where does the idea for the competition come from? Generally, the idea for the event or competition comes from a need in the community or company where they are going to have a need for additional funds or equipment. The organizers look for different ways to overcome that obstacle and decide on an idea … Read more

The Original Way To Cook

Why I enjoy charcoal grills best. I enjoy grilling over any other form of cooking. You get a better flavor over conventional cooking. You save more of the vitamins and minerals over conventional cooking. Some say that with conventional cooking you have more control over the flame but I find that with a charcoal grill … Read more

Great Grilled Vegetables and Fruits

Variety of Vegetables The number of vegetables are almost as diverse as the number of cultures we have around the world. It is the way that we prepare the foods and the manner in which they are served. For example, in the United States a potato may be fried whereas in Ireland a potato may … Read more

Cast Iron Cookware

What is cast iron? Cast iron is a metal compound comprised of melting of pig iron with iron, carbon, limestone while adding sulphur or phosphorous to it while it is being smelted together. The heat helps to burn off the sulphur or phosphorous but the chemical composition has been changed to make the pig iron … Read more

Tools for Grilling

The tools  for grilling have basically remained the same for thousands of years. In the beginning, the tools used were a sharpened stick that would have been partially or completely pushed through the carcass. The carcass would have most likely been laid on stone near the fire to cook. There would have been a stone … Read more

Grilling – A Time-Honored Way of Cooking

chicken, onions, peppers, and green beans for the grill
chicken, onion, peppers and green beans in an aluminum pan ready for the grill

Grilling – A Time-Honored Way of Cooking

Grilling was probably the first way of cooking. It goes back in time to Stone Age man. Down through the millennia man has found different uses of fire and cooking. Some say that man came upon a carcass of an animal that had been killed in a forest fire and not wanting to let meat go to waste began to consume it. Sounds disgusting by our standards, this was man’s introduction to one of the benefits of fire. After two on three times of finding a carcass burned, man started to find ways to keep fire on hand in order to cook their meat. They found that the food digested easier and that kept longer than raw food.
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Mankind started looking for different ways to cook their food. He probably noticed that some of the carcasses that the community consumed had a type of fragrant grass on it that changed the way it tasted The first way to cook was to use a strong stick(limb) to place the meat away from the fire. Early man was very clever, he looked at his environment to find opportunities to improve his hunting abilities and to keep his kill fresh after the hunt.

It would not have taken long to realize that by forming a pot out of clay that he could put meat herbs and water in a pot in order to cook it more slowly so that the older members of the community were able to eat without as much difficulty.

He found that by digging a trench or hole in the ground that he could put limbs into it and burn the limbs leaving coals where he would be able to put a lattice of limbs over it in order to cook the kill and be able to get the cooked meat in order to keep from being burned by the coals or fire. This allowed the meat to cook longer which dried the meat out a little more and to keep longer.

The pit also made it possible to place their crude pots to one side so that they could reuse the pots. Early man was the first conservationist, all of the tools they used were recycled until they were no longer usable.

grilled food served sizzling hot
grilled foods served sizzling hot

As time moved on, mankind found ways to adapt his method of grilling or roasting his meat. Mankind had found metal ore and had found a way to harden it so that he could make tools.

He found that instead of using a stick(limb), he could now use a metal rod that he could use to spit his carcass with. He added a handle to his spit in order to turn his meat slowly so that it would cook more evenly. By using this spit it gave him more control that he had ever had before.

He had already begun to use herbs and spices on his meat for better flavor but the metal spit gave him more control over the cook time. He found that by cooking slower over cooler coals gave a more tender piece of meat for eating than ever before.

He found that he could enclose the fire somewhat to cook other things such as wheat, barley, lentil and other grains to supplement his diet. As he evolved, his desire for good food increased on a massive scale. Every society had its own special items that were cooked which helped to keep that society together. Some items common to most societies for cooking: beef, antelope(deer), fish, grains, pork and fowl. The methods of cooking most of these items are similar while the main differences come from the herbs and spices that they cooked with (which vary by region).

Implements Used for Cooking

fish ready to grill with vegetables
fish in a basket ready for the grill with vegetables

Early man was limited to what he could use for cooking with, in the beginning was a stone that had been sharpened to a point and had a dual use(hunting and spearing meat). This tool was used extensively by all societies because of the ease with which it could be adapted.

Next came a smaller version of the spear, the knife which could also be used for the same purposes as the spear but with a notable distinction. The knife since it was smaller could be used for a variety of purposes, skinning the animal, self defense, cutting some of the herbs and grains, scraping the hide of the animal that was providing the meat for the community, peeling back the skin of certain fruits the list goes on from here.
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As man evolved he found that he could do the same thing with the different metals that were available in the are but if no metal was available then he would barter with another tribe for what was needed in order to make or for the knife directly.

Another tool that was used was something similar to tongs, a tool used to grab two sides of meat at the same time. A hook that was put into the meat (most common) that made it possible to pick the meat up from near the coals without being burned. A rudimentary spoon, which was made from a piece of wood. The wood had a depression either carved into it or was burned part of the way through and then polished to get the char out of it so that it would not effect the flavor of the meat.

Man was still inventing tools to make life easier for all in the community.

The Beginning of the Ascendancy of Man

meat and vegetables ready for the grill
savory dish that is ready for the grill

After centuries of eating better, man began to develop his brain capacity because of better nutrition. His reasoning increased at an astonishing rate due to better nutrition and having the time to stop and think things through.

He began to look at cause and effect. His ability to reason through simple problems gave him the encouragement he needed to begin to seek answers to more complex problems such as tool making.

The ability to learn that there are reasons for certain illnesses and what effects were beneficial and which were to be avoided. This also gave him the ability to recognize which foods to eat and which ones not to eat.

He began to tame the animals around him to where he did not have to hunt continuously in order to eat. By taming his environment he was able to increase not only his food supply but his ability to find a mate and have offspring that stood a better chance of survival.

Recipe

Brisket 12 – 15 lbs (trim fat cap to 1/4″ thickness)
salt and pepper to taste

your favorite rub or marinade

charcoal

grill

get your grill to 250-275 degrees F

sear your brisket on both sides about 20 min each side

place your brisket on the cool end of the grill to cook

cook time is generally 45 minutes per pound

keep the temperature constant( you will have to add charcoal occasionally)

use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp to be sure that it is 165 degrees F or higher

(be sure that you use the thickest part of the brisket when checking temperature)

it should take anywhere between 10 and 12 hours to cook

Enjoy

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Hello, my name is Jerry McCoy. I have been married since June 3, 1983 and have 3 sons, 2 grandsons, and 2 granddaughters. I have always tried to share my knowledge with others. One of the things that I have learned in life is that in our global society that more and more of our … Read more