At 08:19 AM 11/10/2005, Mike McKoffee wrote:
I smoke turkey and pork with pecan _shells_. It's a great use for
the leftovers, even from 3 or 4 pounds of pecans. I use a
double-burner gas grill. Turkey goes at one end, with the fire and
shells at the other end. The shells are in a pair of aluminum foil
pie pans, for air flow control.
I learned this trick from a little farm outside Houston (Froberg
Farm, near Alvin) which grows and sells its vegetables in its own
market. Originally, they sold under their huge, spreading live oak
tree (limbs reaching out, touching the ground and curling back up
again), with about 10 picnic tables to support their produce. The
farm's got big enough that they built a building and started buying
produce and pecans to add to their own crop. I _think_ they still do
some things like blackberries as "pick your own."
Anyway, we were there one day and they had bushel bags of pecan
shells by the door. The sign said "Great for smoking and
mulch. $1". Well, I knew I didn't want to step on those suckers
with my bare feet. And, I didn't see how you could roll pecan shells
in such fragile paper, so I tried using them for smoking foods in my
gas grill. Wow!
This year will probably be my first Thanksgiving or Christmas without
pecan-shell-smoked turkey, thanks to Katrina and Rita. Oh, well, I
started frying turkeys a couple years ago, so I'll probably end up
with fried turkey for Thanksgiving.
Anyway, if you can find pecan shells, they will be a whole lot
cheaper than pecan wood. One of our local pecan factories actually
gave pecan shells away a few years ago. Now, they pre-sell their
entire output of shells.
Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
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