May is Beef Month and who better to start today’s show than the Master of Fire himself…Steven Raichlen with his latest book “Project Smoke – Seven Steps to Smoked Food Nirvana, Plus 100 Irresistible Recipes from Classic (Slam-Dunk Brisket) to Adventurous (Smoked Bacon-Bourbon Apple Crisp)”
From America’s “master griller” (Esquire), a step-by-step guide to cold-smoking, hot-smoking, and smoke-roasting, and a collection of 100 innovative recipes for smoking every kind of food, from starters to desserts.
Smoke is the soul of barbecue, the alchemy that happens when burning wood infuses its magical flavors into food. Project Smoke tells you how to make the alchemy happen, with Raichlen’s seven steps to smoking nirvana; an in-depth description of the various smokers; the essential brines, rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; and a complete guide to fuel, including how each type of wood subtly seasons a dish. Then the recipes for 100 enticing, succulent, boldly-flavored smoked dishes, including Bacon-Crab Poppers, Cherry-Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Slam-Dunk Brisket, Jamaican Jerk Chicken—even Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding.
Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, it’s a book that inspires hunger at every glance, and satisfies with every recipe tried. Check out Steven’s new Season of the same name starting in May www.projectsmoke.org
Then it’s all about Kansas Beef Month!
Kansas is home to some of the highest quality cattle in the United States, and the state’s ranches and feedyards play a key role in the state’s agricultural success. I’ll be talking to Jamie Lindamood about the “Day at the Farm Tour” held last month in Greenwood County to educate a large group of folks about the production of Beef in Western Kansas.
Then I’ll be talking to Kevin Thielen, Executive Director of the Kansas Beef Council about Beef Month.
According to the High Plains AG Journal, May 7, 2016
The Kansas beef industry is vital to the Kansas economy, generating over $9 billion annually. Kansas is home to 6.25 million cattle as of Jan. 1, which is more than twice the human population of 2.9 million. Kansas also ranks third nationally in the value of beef and veal exported, at $787.7 million in 2014. The industry also supports more than 48,400 jobs in Kansas.
“We are very proud of our beef heritage. Kansas is one of the most important beef states in the country, and is known across the globe for the high quality of its beef,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “The beef industry is a critical and significant part of the Kansas economy, and impacts all local communities as you’ll find beef cattle in every single county in the state. It’s also important for consumers to remember that beef is a very important part of a heart-healthy and nutritious diet. We encourage all Kansans to join us in celebrating Beef Month.”
Beef fits into healthy lifestyles as a rich source of nutrients, especially protein. A 3-oz. serving of lean beef has less than 10 grams of fat, 150 calories and less than 95 mg. of cholesterol, while providing nearly half of the daily value for protein.
Kansas has historically been a leader in beef production and remains at the heart of the U.S. beef industry. Warm up your grill this May and celebrate Kansas Beef Month.
Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2014 Angels Landing Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
From Calistoga fruit, an area made famous by Chateau Montelena. This is a deeply colored Cab with loads of blackberry, currant, and lots of mocha. Very good structure but the tannins are very ripe. This will be a real crowd pleaser for any occasion. It is worth every penny if you are looking for a delicious Napa Cab that will not put a dent in the wallet.
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