I just got finished cold smoking my 4th batch of bacon the other day. I've always had issues keeping the wood dust burning. I've tried filling the whole maze with dust. I've only filled it half way. This last time I only filled about 5"-6" and it kept burning for about 1.5 hours. When I filled up another 5"-6", it went out shortly after it got to the 2nd dose of wood dust. Any suggestions as to how to fill the maze smoker sand keep it burning by itself? Thanks!
I've been making my own homemade bacon for a year now and it has been turning out awesome. I was thinking of curing my next batch with the addition of Tequila and lime juice. I've never added any alcohol or acid to my bacon cures before. Are either of them going to do anything funky and ruine a perfectly good pork belly.
The official roundup of all the best Christmas sandwiches you can buy now
There’s dozens of festive sandwiches to help get you in the Christmas spirit
For Brits, the Christmas countdown usually starts the minute the sun goes down on summer.
We may be in lockdown, but Christmas isn’t cancelled, and the question of ‘is it too early to buy a Christmas sandwich for my lunch’ is being whispered all over the country.
The answer: it’s never too early.
‘Tis the season after all.
Here’s where you can get your taste of Christmas…
Aldi’s range includes the Vegan Festive Feast (Picture: Aldi )
After reportedly selling a record number of sandwiches in the lead up to Christmas last year, Aldi has launched its new festive food-to-go range.
With six sandwiches and wraps, including the new Plant Menu Vegan Feast Sandwich, the Specially Selected Turkey with Pigs Under Blankets, and the traditional Turkey Feast, there’s something for everyone. Prices start from £1.69.
Costa’s menu has a Brie, Maple Bacon and Cranberry Panini (Picture: Costa)
Best known for its limited edition festive drinks range (did someone say gingerbread latte?), Costa has launched its Christmas menu, which includes a vegan option for the first time, the meat-free Turkee, Cranberry & Stuffing Bloomer Toastie.
The rest of the range is a spin on classics, including the Lobster Toastie, made with responsibly sourced lobster, the Brie, Maple Bacon and Cranberry Panini, and the British Turkey & The Trimmings Toastie. Customers can get a sandwich and drink as part of the meal deal for £5.
The Christmas offering at Morrisons includes the brand-new Turkey Deli Brioche Roll (Picture: Morrisons)
Morrisons has launched eight Christmas sandwiches for those looking for a festive bite. It includes the new Turkey Deli Brioche Roll, the Turkey Christmas Lunch Sandwich and the Pigs Under Blankets Sandwich.
There’s also a vegan option, the Vegan Festive Feast sandwich, filled with meat free turkey style pieces. Prices range from £2.40 to £2.75 or as part of the £3 meal deal.
M&S adds a spark of luxury with the new Truffle Egg & Honey Roast Ham sandwich (Picture: M&S)
Having just announced that it will keep 400 stores open until midnight in Christmas week, M&S is sure to see many of its customers grabbing a bite from its seasonal range as they stock up on gifts and food.
The Christmas range sees the return of festive favourites, as well as additions like the Truffle Egg & Honey Roast Ham sandwich. The festive food-on-the-move range also includes the Turkey Feast Sandwich and the Turkey Curry Wrap. Prices start from £3.30.
Pret a Manger
Pret’s Christmas menu returns with its signature Christmas Lunch sandwich (Picture: Pret)
Often hailed as the best takeaway Christmas sandwich, Pret has now released its festive menu, complete with all-time favourites and new recipes.
The signature Pret’s Christmas Lunch sandwich returns with turkey, port and orange cranberry sauce, pork stuffing and spinach.
There’s also a Vegan Christmas Nut Roast, a Vegan Christmas Lunch Baguette, and the new Pigs in Blankets Hot Roll. Prices start from £3.69.
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Sainsbury’s is selling the Turkey with Pigs Under Blankets sandwich (Picture: Sainsbury’s)
Sainsbury’s has released its Christmas selection for its On The Go range, said to have a ‘symphony of flavours’.
The Ultimate Christmas Sandwich leads the way with turkey, marmite roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, bubble and squeak, pork and sage stuffing, gravy mayo and cranberry sauce.
If that isn’t enough, there’s also the vegan Christmas New Yorker Inspired sandwich, the Turkey with Pigs Under Blankets, and a festive Falafel and Houmous Wrap. Prices start from £2.
Tesco has added a turkey curry inspired wrap to its festive selection (Picture: Tesco)
Said to be inspired by the classic turkey curry made around the festive season, Tesco has released its list of the ten Christmas sandwiches lining its shelves, including a turkey curry and onion bhaji wrap.
The range also includes the pigs under blankets sub roll, a turkey and trimmings wrap and sub, a root veg and chestnut wrap, and more. Prices start from £2.50 and most of the sandwiches can also be bought as part of the meal deal.
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Oscar’s Smokehouse vending machine offers 24/7 bacon, mustard and more NEWS10 ABC
It all started when Joq Quintal, the third-generation owner of Oscar’s Smokehouse, saw customers pull up after hours to try and buy a late-night fix of the smokehouse’s popular bacon or mustard.
Now, the smokehouse’s new vending machine is ready 24/7 to serve anyone in sudden need of a pork chop or some cheese dip.
The machine is a double-positive for the family-owned smokehouse, as an extra way to mitigate crowds inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. The other part of the idea came from Oscar’s selling some of their products at the Adirondack Welcome Center by Exit 18 on the Northway.
Quintal said some other businesses have spoken to him about how to get vending machines of their own at their businesses. In the meantime, the machine has quickly become a popular spot to take a photo or selfie, and is giving the smokehouse a new social media boost.
Florida’s state fair may still be on, but the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic has turned the carnival industry into a bit of a circus.
With their infantry of pizza and fried Oreos, fair vendors Matt Lauther and Drew Arnold are usually traveling across the country this time of year. But this year they’ll be stationary, selling the same cuisine from their stand in Riverview.
“Overnight I said, ‘We gotta put everything I own up to make the presence, so people want to come in there,” said Lauther, describing the festive-ambiance he has tried to inject into his temporary-workspace. “We’ll serve the five main food groups that people go to the fair for…and then the donut bacon burger because that will get people in the door.”
For Luther, it’s about more than just finding a way to make ends meet. It’s also a way of honoring his roots.
“I’m the fourth generation [in my family] to work in the carnival industry, on both sides of my family,” said Lauther. “Long story short, I’ve had to hire my family and out-of-work carnies because they’re all out of a job…my ancestors would be proud of me.”
Taste of the Fair is located in Riverview, and you can find more information here on their Facebook page.