Tag: Shop Local

Turkey

Smoking a Turkey is easy, try it during this season of Thanksgiving


Smoking a Turkey is fun, easy, and the results taste awesome!

Turkey is pretty lean meat so to prevent it from drying out, and to ensure it has awesome flavor, I use a brining solution. Brining is a solution of water and salt, and the process of brining is where you soak a turkey, or any kind of meat, in a brining solution to develop flavor and ensure moisture in the meat you are cooking. The brining process, which i recommend doing for at least 24 hours, will ensure your meat is seasoned and moist from the inside out.

The tricky part about brining a turkey is finding enough space in your refrigerator to place the turkey and brining solution. Since refrigerator space around the holidays comes at a premium, even if you have an auxillary refrigerator in your garage, the solution I have found is to leverage a 5 gallon drink cooler, the ones used to hold Gatorade or Water, to conduct your brining process. The insulation of the cooler will ensure the integrity of your solution and meat are in-tact and that the meat doesn’t fall into the “temperature danger zone”. Your relatives, spouse, and/or significant other will thank you for bringing awesome food without cluttering up the refrigerator!

If this is the first time you are smoking a turkey and you are worried about drying out your meat, you can think of the brining process as your own personal insurance policy to ensure your meat tastes good, seasoned well, and moist through and through!

Second Elm Brining Solution:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Sugar
  • Lemons
  • Water

After soaking in the brining solution for 24 hours the turkey is nearly ready to begin cooking. Pull the turkey out of the brining solution, rinse it off and place it onto a rack or stand to prep it for the grill.

Pre-heat the grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, and place some wood chunks around the perimeter of the charcoal bed to add smoke to the turkey while it is cooking. I cook all of my meat on the Kamado Joe Classic II because it maintains heat, it is easy to clean and having the right tool makes any job easier! Just make sure when you are using heat deflector plates when smoking a turkey. The deflector plates will ensure your meat is cooked perfectly while indirectly applying the heat to the meat.

The turkey should be ready to go on the grill, if you want to brush it with some olive oil for additional flavor please feel free, but I would not recommend stuffing your turkey. Once the turkey is on the grill you will want to stick an oven safe meat thermometer into the turkey so you can monitor the internal temperature of the meat, I personally use a radio frequency thermometer that allows me to monitor the temperature of the meat without even opening the grill! You are going to need to smoke the turkey on the grill at a constant temperature of 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 hours, so turn on the football game, grab a drink and prepare yourself for the best tasting turkey you have ever had!

When you pull the turkey off the grill make sure it has an internal temperature of 185 degrees Fahrenheit, and start cutting it for your family and friends you will quickly receive the self-proclaimed title of Grill Master! You don’t need to tell anyone that it was one of the easiest things you have ever cooked, it’s our secret!

If you are looking for more great recipes to cook on the grill, take a look at this one for Chili!

Yeti Coolers

Shop Local and Get the Best Christmas Gifts of the Season in Downtown Rogers

For as long as I can remember I have been able to recall the traffic, mobs of people, coupons and newspaper ads symbolizing the beginning of the holiday shopping season. These elements still exist in some circles but the environment is changing, in some cases faster than retailers can adapt. I guess the real question to ask yourself this holiday season is “What are you looking for this year, a great shopping experience or the hustle and bustle synonymous with the retail experience that can be found at your local Walmart?”

Don’t get me wrong, Walmart is a huge company and it has the potential to be a great company, but consumers are looking for convenience, personality, service, and price. As much as the 21st Century consumer is accustomed to doing things on their own they are also interested in a satisfying shopping experience at an affordable price. There are tremendous innovations that are occurring to deliver product to the home, systematically stock inventory using robots, and if you have been into your local Walmart recently you may have noticed the number of registers dedicated to self-checkout and scan-and-go have increased where the number of manned registers has significantly decreased. Consider this when you are shopping this holiday season, then consider the service, personality, and quality of the products that can be purchased at the boutiques in historic downtown Rogers, or downtown Bentonville.

Kamado Joe

Local Shops offer an experience that cannot be matched by Walmart, Amazon, and most other national chains. Shops like The Dotted Pig, The Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Second Elm, and The Urban Tub are among the best boutiques in downtown Rogers that offer fantastic shopping experience, and great products, plus they are within walking distance of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas such as Parkside Public “A Burger Company”, The Rail “A Pizza Company”, Levi’s Gastrolounge, Brick Street Brews, and the Ozark Beer Company.

 

There are so many great options it is difficult to name them all! Go into one of these stores or one of these restaurants and I guarantee you will find the high-quality products you are looking for, at a price you can afford and your transaction will be processed by a real person!

At Second Elm we have the latest products and fashion from Yeti Coolers, Fayettechill Apparel, Kavu, ENO, Maui Jim and for the backyard chefs we have Kamado Joe grills and accessories. During the holiday season we will be grilling and smoking some meat and sporting the best outdoor apparel. We have the perfect gift items with the Fayettechill Jackson Vest, and the new Yeti “Brick Red” Ramblers and the Yeti Load-out Bucket! It is all in your backyard in Downtown Rogers!

Today there are so many options to choose from when deciding how and where to spend your time and money shopping for the people who are important in your life. Consider shopping local and look forward to a great experience for this holiday season!

Chili

Low-Carb Chili – Easy to make and Tastes Great!


There are so many things you can do when it starts to get cold outside, clean, break out the blankets and jackets from the moth-balls, or you can tap your inner-chef and cook some food that warms you from the inside out!

I love to cook on the grill and one of my favorite things to make when it is cold outside is Chili, because it is easy to make and it tastes great! I always feel better after eating chili because it was one of those meals growing up that mom used to make that would fill the air with the pleasant aroma of peppers, spices, and awesomeness. Because I am feeling nostalgic, and it is pretty cold outside I thought I would share my recipe for chili. You can pretty much make this entire meal for 8 people for about $15 shopping at your local grocery store…pretty good right?

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 cans of Mild Rotel Toatoes
  • 2 cans of Kidney Beans
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 packets of McCormic Original Chili Seasoning

I like to cook my Chili in a couple of different stages, but at the end of the day all you need to do is cook all the ingredients in a pot for about an hour. I will say that the longer you cook your chili the better it will taste, just be careful not to cook it so long that it dries out.

Preheat your Grill to about 350-400 degrees and make sure you are using a plate-setter or heat deflector because you don’t want to overcook the chili. Chop up the Onion and the ground beef and place them into a large pot, i prefer a 4 quart cast iron dutch oven! Place the pot onto the grill and brown the meat with the onions. The is going to smell awesome so if you have poor will power it is best to just walk away from the grill for a few minutes!

Once the meat and the onions have cooked, add in the two packets of McCormick Chili Seasoning, the two cans of Mild Rotel tomatoes, two cans of kidney beans, and stir all of the ingredients together. The Chili is really going to start to take shape at this point. Cover the pot and let the chili cook for at least an hour on the grill before stirring the pot. I would recommend cooking the chili for at least two hours to achieve great flavor, keeping in mind that you want to keep the chili hydrated. If you plan on cooking the chili for 3-4 hours I would highly recommend adding beer to the chili to add additional flavor and prevent the chili from drying out.

The results are awesome! I highly recommend this chili to anyone who is eating or feeding a family on a budget, add a little bit of rice and the meal can be extended to even more people.

I hope you enjoy this chili, I know I do! Stay Hungry and creative!

 

 

NWA T-Shirts in Tybee

Take Local Pride with you wherever you go! NWA T-Shirts on Tybee Island

There are so many things that occur in the communities we live in! Here in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) we are hosts to multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 Companies, and a large array of cleverly crafted boutiques and pubs. The cool thing about being in an area like Northwest Arkansas is seeing all of the creativity and entrepreneurship that spawns out of the boutiques despite the fact that they are surrounded by mass merchandisers like Walmart and Sam’s Club.

NWA T-Shirt
PJ wearing her NWA T-shirt at Tybee Island

The Northwest Arkansas T-Shirts (NWA T-Shirt) was created for this very reason! The NWA T-shirt, like so many other local brands in Northwest Arkansas, started because someone wanted to create something special, something that was their own, something that was unique. Like other shirts it is soft to the touch, it has a relaxed fit, and it is available for purchase only at select boutiques. But what makes the NWA T-shirt special is the fact that it was conceived locally, created locally, sold locally, and each person who wears the shirt can show their pride of Northwest Arkansas. To some people Northwest Arkansas is home, to others it is a place they visited while passing through or calling on Walmart or Sam’s Club, and to the rest of the world it is a small, known or unknown, town in the middle of the country land-locked by Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri.

Regardless of where you are from, where you are going, and where you have been I encourage you to shop local, try local flavors, and if you have a chance to stop by Second Elm in Rogers, AR please pick up a NWA T-shirt! Northwest Arkansas is home to many things and many people but above all things it is a place where sparks can become flames of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Explore-Entertain-Evolve and shop local!