Birthday weekend 2013, a set on Flickr.Just a few photos from the past weekend.
Ektar roll. September and October 2013., a set on Flickr.Photos from our trip to Scotland last month.
My old band in England got together last month and recorded a new EP!
You can get it for free at Bandcamp!
Mt. St Helens - June 2013, a set on Flickr.Photos from our trip to Mt. St Helens earlier today.
Accidentally long road trip around the Cascade Loop Highway - June 2013, a set on Flickr.Abi and I went for a drive this weekend that accidentally turned into a two day long road trip around the Cascades!
Camping Trip - May 2013, a set on Flickr.
Lumberland Recipes: Best Made Brisket
Beef is almost always on the menu in some form at Lumberland, and we’re especially proud of our brisket. Brisket can be a tough piece of meat, and we cook it slow and wet. Now, there are any number of ways to cook a brisket, and we’re sure there are some folks from Texas and St Louis that might have some rather strong objections to our method. But this ain’t Texas, or St Louis. This is Lumberland.
Best Made Brisket
(serves 4 hungry folks who have been cutting and chopping wood all day):
What you will need:
A hardwood fire
4-5 lb beef brisket
8 slices of bacon
3 beers (we prefer Sierra Nevada Pale Ale)
1 cup BBQ sauce (we like Bone Suckin’ Sauce)
2 large onions, sliced
6 cloves garlic, diced or mashed
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon each: salt, pepper, seasoning
12” dutch oven
Depending on the size of your brisket, you may need to cut it in half for it to fit comfortably in your dutch oven. Mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar with a tablespoon each of salt, pepper, and whatever other seasoning you’d like (we like cayenne!) Rub all sides of your brisket with this mixture and set aside. Cook up the bacon in the dutch oven, pulling the bacon out before it gets too crispy. With the rendered bacon grease in the bottom, get your dutch nice and hot for searing the meat—but not too hot lest you start a grease fire. Sear the brisket for 3-4 minutes on each side and pull it out.
Now throw in the onions and garlic to soften in the dutch for 5-10 minutes. Place your brisket on top of the onions (stack the two brisket halves if needed), fat side up and place the pre-cooked bacon on top. Pour all the beers (reserving a little for yourself of course) along with the remaining BBQ sauce and brown sugar over the meat and cover the dutch with the lid.
Cook the brisket in the dutch at a low temperature—around 225 F. Clear the center of the fire pit by moving the burning logs and coals to the perimeter of the pit creating a ring of fire. Leave a few coals in the center and place that dutch oven down, down, down, in to that burning ring of fire. Place a few pieces of burning logs or coals on top of the dutch oven to give it heat from all directions. The brisket will need to cook like this for a couple of hours. Tend the fire to keep it slow and low. Resist the urge to build the fire up too high.
Unlike a nice cut of steak, it’s ok, and desirable, to cook brisket all the way through and beyond. Our method for checking for doneness is the same as advocated by the famous Cee Dubs; if it smells done, it probably is done, if it smells burnt, it probably is burnt, and if you don’t smell nothin’ it probably ain’t done yet.
When you, and your nose, have decided the brisket is done, remove the dutch oven from the fire, but do not uncover it yet! Rebuild your fire in the center of the fire ring, get it blazing hot and replace the grill grate. Once the fire is really going, finish the brisket by grilling again over the open fire to give the brisket a nice crisp and flavorful crust.
Remove the brisket from the grill and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving against the grain and serving with a spoonful of the delicious fixings left in the dutch. Kick back with another beer and revel in the silence that comes when everyone’s mouth is too full to talk.
Doing this over the weekend!