Smoking Cashews and Beef Bone Marrow
Weekly Blog Post - Smoking Cashews and Beef Bone Marrow
Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!
What Videos are being released soon?
Will it BBQ? Bone Marrow - We took some beef bones and put them in our Grill/Smoker combo for 15 or os minutes at high heat. We then removed the marrow from the bone, chilled that added our favorite seasonings and whipped it up into a buttery spread. We then put them on some bread, it was better than any butter I’ve ever had!
Will it BBQ? Cashew Nuts - We cold smoked some cashews with a few different seasoning shakers. Since Cashews are nice and creamy we decided to cold smoke them to not lose any of that creaminess. The video should be coming out shortly!
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
Bone Marrow Burgers. This started from the the meatgistics user @Denny when he asked what a good ratio of bone marrow would be to use when making burgers. We made a few different burgers with a some different ratios and picked our favorite.
What’s on our Mind?
I love cooking chicken in my crock pot at home but it can sometimes dry it out. This weekend I used the General Tso Marinade and cooked my chicken up to 180° to make it easier to shred but that also dried it out. Well I saved the juice that was left over in the pot, added a little bit of cornstarch to it in a pan and cooked it down and now I have a delicious easy General Tso Sauce to add to the shredded chicken. Delicious and easy!
Broil King Baron S590
Weston #32 Butcher Series Grinder
I believe the recommended curing time is 12 hours but can I go less than that? I was expecting my order to be here tonight and it won’t be here till tomorrow morning now.
I was going to mix up my batch of jerky tonight but will have to do it tomorrow on my lunch break. Just wondering if tomorrow evening would be long enough to let the meat cure.
Your recipe calls for 1. Sure Cure, 2. Sure Gel Meat Binder, and 3. Smoked Meat Stabilizer. I have all but the Sure Gel Meat Binder. Can I get by without using this? Second question- Is Excalibur’s Cure Excellerator the same as Sure Cure?
@andyman Great question, Carrot Fiber holds up to 26 times its weight in water, and while the 80 oz is still well inside that I have never done that before. I max out (even with Carrot Fiber) at 64 oz which is 2 qts. My only fear with doing 80 is that it might take a lot longer to cook as it will have more water content that will be trying to evaporate. Most of that water should be bound up in the carrot fiber though so it wouldn’t really be available to be cooked out. Hmmm, my recommendation, to be safe is to stick with 64 oz of water.
Now, as to should you add more seasoning, some people will taste the difference if you did not add additional seasonings and some (most) will not. Your water and your seasoning is technically part of your meat block (anyone who is reading this who doesn’t consider this don’t worry!) so adjusting your meat block to include your water is sometimes done. If you do decide to add more spices or seasonings I would add aromatics and things like Rosemary and Basil, don’t add more salt as that is formulated specifically for the meat block.
Hope this helps and if you do decide to go with 80 oz of water then I would be very interested in the results!
i use denuded round. higher cost, less waste, cleaner eating
@jonathon I enjoyed this line of questions and comments, it made me think. Here is my related question: Assume I use 25 lbs. of meat to make summer sausage and add one package, 4 oz., of Carrot Fiber and 80 oz. of water. The ratio is 20 times the weight of water to the weight of CF. In other words, I am adding 5 lbs. 4 oz. of water/CF paste to my meat dough. Should I adjust the amount of salt and spices, I add to the dough? I am concerned that the flavor will be weaker if I don’t add spices for the new total, 30 lbs. curious as to what y’all thinking.