HELLO FROM FRANCE!!!

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HELLO FROM FRANCE!!!

Post  FRENCHPETE on Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:35 pm

Hi All
Today I finally got to use my Christmas Pressie from the Other Half, my ProQ Frontier.
We live in the South West of France and today was a gorgeous winters day, with shade temperatures of 16C on our balcony. Clear blue skies and SUN!! Well the weather just cried out for Outdoor Cooking!!

As this was the first time to use the machine and since my previous outdoor cooking skills involved incinerating various bits of good meat, the OH had decided that I could practice on a simple chicken!

So at 4pm this afternoon the beast was fired up and the fun commenced. The Chicken (Local free range corn fed) was lightly basted with our own olive oil, with a few herbs. We used a handful of apple wood chips and off we went. There were a few problems at first with getting the right temperature but the vents soon sorted this out and at 7pm I added about twenty rings of Aubergine (Egg Plant) that had been lightly oiled. A bit more smoke and at 8pm we sat down to the MOST EXQUISITE CHICKEN and Aubergine I have ever tasted! Moist and just full of flavour, but not over smoked!

This may have been my first effort at smoking but it will not be my last!!
Already for tomorrow I am going to dry roast a leg of lamb (marinated in yoghurt), and on Sunday we are having guests for some Pork Shoulder and chicken bits which I intend to smoke.

Wow I just regret never having bought one of these things before. They really do work!!!

Anyway I will keep you all posted on how it turns out. The only problem I have encountered is the charcoal. I really do need some coconut briquettes but finding them in France is going to be as hard as finding Rocking Horse manure!

Regards to All et Au revoir!!

FRENCHPETE
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Re: HELLO FROM FRANCE!!!

Post  bbq-devil on Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:41 pm

Hello Frenchpete,


Welcome from Germany!!!

The ProQ is a realy briiliant tool for Outdoorcooking. My whole family loves it.

I whish you success on Sundy with the pork shoulder. Pork is one of my favorite parts of the pig. But be carefull!!! Pork shoulders, especialy big ones can have a realy long cooking time. Calculate enough time!!!

I tested different sorts of coco briketts. Always the same. They go out. They need more air, than other briketts. Mosltly I use this ones http://www.weber-grill.de/shop-cat-ZubehoerKohlegrill-art-16012.html for smoking. Im sure you can buy them in France. For grilling I use the cheap ones.


Greetz,

Tobias
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Post  Pig Headed on Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:50 am

Welcome Frenchpete. You know of course that the beautiful art of BBQ is now in your blood and you can't escape it. Congratulations on you new toy and the wonderful experience you had with it. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We look forward to hearing of your next venture and please post pictures.

Are you planning to pull the pork meat or slicing it? We do a lot of "Pulled Pork" at competitions. What is your plan on how you're going to cook it?
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Re: HELLO FROM FRANCE!!!

Post  Mack on Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:52 am

Welcome to the Forum Pete,
I am glad the the first smoke was a success... the wife must be suitably impressed by your newly acquired outdoor cooking skills Wink
Good luck with the Leg of lamb today (I'm doing one tomorrow), I'm sure this one won't end in tears

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Post  bowhnter on Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:34 pm

Weolcome Pete, good luck on the lamb and shoulder this weekend, let's see some pictures how they turn out!
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Re: HELLO FROM FRANCE!!!

Post  Don Marco on Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:14 pm

Welcome Pete, hope you enjoy this forum as much as i do.


FRENCHPETE wrote:...was lightly basted with our own olive oil...

Shocked

You mean like in picking olives off of your own olive tree in your own sunny garden and then making your own
olive oil out of it ?

Lucky ******** ! Twisted Evil

Would you mind to share some pics ?

Btw, Olive Wood is awesome for smoking.

Cheers,

DM
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Post  Uncle Jack on Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:16 pm

Welcome aboard Frenchpete!!

I Look forward to more of your BBQ ventures. Glad you found us. U.J.

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