Smoked Bird is the Word

Look at this amazing smoked turkey! Absolutely delicious! I know this is going to sound crazy, but I still prefer a roasted turkey over a smoked turkey when done right. I am able to get so many flavor dynamics out of a roasted bird than I am a smoked one. Alas, they are both fabulous and I’m extremely pleased with how this one came out. I smoked this bird ahead of the holiday so I could decide whether or not I wanted to smoke the turkey for Thanksgiving. I decided to roast the bird for the family, but this delicious beast will be come lunch for days!

Smoked Salmon w/ Portabella Caps

I smoke a lot of different things, BUT my wife’s absolute favorite smoked protein is Salmon. In fact, I’ve dedicated years of salmon preparation experimentation trying to perfect her favorite food. I mean, she likes salmon in a lot of different ways, but if she had to choose one, it would be smoked salmon. I’m not talking about the cured bullshit that you get in a pouch at the grocery store. I’m talking about fresh bbq salmon with crispy skin that’s dripping in healthy fats. So yeah, that’s what you see above. I also stuffed some giant portabella mushroom caps with onions and garlic for good measure.

Baby Back Ribs

Normally, I’m a fan of spare ribs, but my butcher had a damn good deal on some baby backs that I couldn’t pass up. So, I gave them a shot on John W. Smokes and they came out phenomenal. Not too shabby for a quick 4-hour cook.

Dank Chocolate Bars

For those of you that don’t know, Patric Chocolate is the bee’s knees. I first heard about this stuff while listening to Keys To The Shop and decided to place an order. Sadly, I wasn’t able to order anything the first time around because everything was sold out. I figured it had to be awesome if it was so hard to get, so I signed up for the mailing list and waited for them to announce the next bar release. When I got the announcement, I was quick to place my order and this time I got the goods. These beauties lived up to the hype. If you’re a fan of high-end chocolate, do yourself a favor.

Good Day, Good Pours

Being a co-owner of The Caffeinery means that there’s always work to be done. More often than not, it’s administrative details… Because… Let’s be real, the shop isn’t going to run itself. Someone has to be there to put out the fires and make sure that things are running as smoothly as possible. Employees need to be trained and maintained. Emails aren’t going to reply to themselves. It’s a never-ending list of tasks that Lauren and I happily tackle. That being said, it’s always a welcome break to have the opportunity to get behind the espresso machine and knock out beautiful hand-crafted drinks for our patrons. Here are a few of my pours from today. It’s an absolute joy to be able to serve such wonderful creations to people and watch how they positively transform a person’s day.

I apologize for the lackluster photos, I had to snap them real quick before serving them. Ha

Happy Halloween 2017!

Happy Halloween to all of you beautiful freaks out there!

Lauren and I carved pumpkins and I think we did a pretty good job.

I bet you can’t guess who carved what.