memorial day weekend history

Memorial Day Weekend History

Memorial Day is a holiday close to the hearts of Americans, showing our appreciation to the women and men who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military. It was originally called Decoration Day started shortly after the Civil War, becoming an official holiday in 1971. It is not really clear where we first started to celebrate Memorial Day, there are many communities that have records of initiating the memorial gatherings. But, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
Many of us observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries, participating in parades and having family Barbecues.


Memorial Day BBQ Menu Ideas

Memorial is also considered the unofficial start of summer. One of the best ways Americans celebrate Memorial day is by having a barbecue with family and friends. So what to have at this barbecue, the popular items are hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob and fresh salads. Those are great choices but we’re going to go big and have a slow smoked brisket (beef brisket to be exact). And, along with that some appetizers Memorial Day BBQ style and a couple of side dishes, so let’s get going.  The best way to smoke brisket is slow and long at about 225 degrees.  First, you have to buy the beef brisket, so let go over the five things to consider when purchasing your brisket.

Quality – All meat is inspected by USDA and they grade the meat based on the age of the animal and the degree of marbling in the meat. You have three choices when picking your brisket, prime – choice – select cuts. These are the categories that USDA assign to all cuts of meat. Prime brisket will be the pricey cut, which has the most marbling throughout the brisket. Then the choice cut has little less marbling. The select cut has the least marbling and is what you find in most of your grocery stores. Prime and Choice you will find in a butcher shop or in places like Sam’s and Costco’s. I prefer the prime cut it is worth every penny. If you can afford it, prime or choice is best when you want a succulent beef brisket for your family and friends on Memorial Day barbecues.

Weight Factor In Choosing Your Brisket – To me, there are two important things to factor in : (1) the fat and collagen to muscle ratio; and (2) the number of people you’ll be feeding. Because you’re going to be smoking slow and long, there will be losing weight as the fat starts to render away, which helps with flavor and tenderizes the meat. You have to figure you’re going to yield 60 % of the original weight of the brisket. So I follow the guideline of a pound of meat per person you’re planning to serve.

Flexibility Of The Brisket A brisket is a meat that you have to be careful when cooking, so you should be looking at a few things when making your selection. As we said above not too fatty, yet a good ratio of marbling. Another thing to look for when choosing your brisket is that when held in middle both ends flex down. If it is stiff it means there is too much hard fat and collagen which would not render away during cooking.

Select A Whole, Untrimmed Cut – There are butchers that offer Flat or point cut of brisket. I have to tell you that the best way to go is the whole – untrimmed cut, yes it is a big piece of meat. Whether you are a pitmaster or a novice it will be well worth it with the end results of a delicious succulent brisket. My family always looks forward to leftovers the next day, so it never goes to wast.

Make Sure The Flat Section Has An Even Thickness – This is important for the piece you choose to have an even thickness to ensure an even cooking of the brisket. If the edges are to thin they will become overcooked.

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Now your half-way to having a perfect brisket. Take your brisket and trim excess fat, best to be about a quarter inch thick ( If you buy it at a butcher he will trim it so it is ready to be smoked). When you get it home dry it off with paper towels and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 6 hours. You want it to be dry to the touch all the way around, this will ensure that when you apply your rub it will create a perfect crust on your brisket.

There are many rubs you can make from scratch. I for a brisket like to first spread a thin layer of spicy mustard ( I use Gulden’s mustard), then a layer of Kosher salt. Then I use a Coffee Rub made by Traeger, putting a nice thick coating on. Then let it sit for about three hours to let the brisket to reach room temperature, this helps the meat to cook evenly. Oh if you like to go Texas-style brisket you can still base the meat with mustard, then good layer of kosher salt and coerce pepper.

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Forgot to say this brisket is about 12 pounds after it is trimmed. So I am going to use a combination of hickory, oak, and little cherry pellets gives the end result a great flavor. Fire up the smoker to 225 F., this brisket will cook for a good 8-10 hours or longer. You want the internal temperature to reach 190 F for maximum tenderness. Do not rush this it could take 10 hours, try not to open the smoker too much. I use a temperature probe to monitor the internal temperature of the meat as it cooks, which help to not keep opening the smoker. All meat will come to a “stalling time” where you will see the internal temperature will stay at around 145 10 165 degrees and you will think there is something wrong. Be patient this is normal. DO NOT OPEN THE SMOKER TO CHECK!! I like to make a wet mop of two cups of beef broth,1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, mix it and put in a spray bottle. Then every hour apply it to the meat. Another trick I do is I place an aluminum bowl with some apple juice in it and place in the drip pan under the grill grate, both of these things help keep the meat moist and tasty.

In the original post, I left out the placing of your brisket on the grill. You always want to put the fatty side down and meaty side up. Yes, I did say that the fat will add taste and help tenderize the meat. But, I was talking about the marbling of fat that runs through the meat. The fatty layer that you trim to about a 1/4 inch in thickness, if you put it facing up would wash away your seasoning.

When the internal temperature hits the 165F, take the brisket off and wrap it in two layers of aluminum foil. Then, place it back on the smoker until the internal temperature hits 204 f.  Even then I use a handheld prob and prob the meat with it, if there is resistance then the meat is not ready, so let it cook another ten minutes until prob goes in with no resistance. Once it is ready to take it off leave it wrapped and let it rest to allow all the juices to evenly return to the meat ( let it rest for 1 hour).

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While Brisket Rests Time For the Appetizers And Side Dishes

I love to cook on my smoker, so when the brisket is resting, wast no time and start making your appetizers and side dishes.

Everyone like the munchies we put out dips and chips and veggies, but their always waiting to see what I am smoking up for them. This Memorial Day it will be Spicy Shrimp on skewers. First I use wood skewers so I let them soak in water for about hour, so they do not burn.

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Okay so what are we going to need :

  • 2 lbs. of med. Size shrimp – please deveined and remove the shell, of course, leave the tails
  • 6 oz. Thai Chilies – we get them at Trader Joe’s
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Chicken Rub – I am a Traeger person so I use their rubs
  • 11/2 TSP Sugar
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil

Now put those great looking shrimp to the side. Take the ingredients put in a blender and hit the pulse button few times. You look for it to be a bit more than chopped, kinda like pasty. Place that delicious mixture of chili and garlic in a bowl with the shrimp mix it all up and cover it and put in the refrigerator. I do this the night before, but you can get away with an hour.

Now start the smoker set it for 450 degrees let it heat up for 8 minutes. Take shrimp out and thread them onto the skewers, about 5 to 6 per skewer. Now place them on the grill shut lid and let them cook 2-3 minutes on each side until the shrimp are nice pink color. Now serve and watch the smiles and listen for ” Wow they are so delicious !”.

memorial day bbq menu ideas

Of course, you’re going to have all the salads for usual sides for a BBQ. I have to have something off the smoker, or it wouldn’t be a real Chris BBQ. This is a good one but very easy. Depending on how many wonderful people you have use as many tomatoes that you think you will need. Cut them in half, brush them with olive oil and sprinkle them with kosher salt. Have the smoker at about 180 to 200 for some really good smoke and heat, place the tomatoes cut side facing down. Close the lid and let them cook for 45 minutes. You want the skin of the tomatoes to be easy to peel off.

Ring The Bell It Is time To Eat !!!!!

The meat has been resting for about two hours. So carefully remove the foil. It is time to slice the brisket and take the tomatoes off the grill. At this point at our house, everyone is sitting at the table ready to eat. So serve your guest and enjoy your Memorial Day barbecue.

Memorial Day Barbecues

Memorial Day is a day to appreciate the women and men that gave their lives to serve and protect us a no better way to celebrate than a parade in their honor and barbecue with family and friend.

Like always hope you found this informative and give you a way to enjoy your next family barbecue. For other ideas of what to serve click here.

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camp chef smokepro dlx pellet grill                                                                                             PRODUCT: CAMP CHEF SMOKEPRO DLX PG24

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Let’s Find Out A Little About Camp Chef

Camp Chef has been a leader in outside cooking for camping for the past 20 years. They made it their mission to be come the best manufacture of outdoor cooking equipment. Camper and backpackers soon agreed that their product was superior, so the archived their goal of being the best.

About ten years ago they set out with the same goal for the backyard BBQ and started to develop a Wood pellet smokers. Today they are one of the top manufacturers of Pellet Smokers and introduced CAMP CHEF SMOKE PRO DLX PG24 PELLET SMOKER. We feel this is one of the best values in pellet smokers today.

Features That Make Smoke Pro DLX PG 24 Best Value

This pellet smoker not be the biggest, but is pack big punch with some great features, not seen in its competitor’s models

ADVANCED DIGITAL CONTROL- This allows you to set the temperature and the pellet auger delivers the correct amount of pellets to maintain the temperature. So there is no need to babysit it, allowing you to watch the game with your friends.
VERSATILITY – With this smoker, you are going to be able to Grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and barbecue with premium wood-pellets with the flavor of different flavors on a single grill.
Exclusive Ash Clean Out – This is a patent pending feature. With this smoker, you will not have to pull out a shop vac to clean out the ash. It not only need to clean out the ash for appearance, but too much ash will affect the burning of the pellets and the smoke.

Grilling Area – 429 sq. inches main grilling area and 141 sq. inches with the warming rack.

Hooper Capacity – 18 LBS give you the cooking time of propane tank on a gas grill and maybe longer.

Internal Temperature Sensor – lets you know the temperature in the cooking chamber within 15 degrees
Meat Probe – Lets you monitor the internal temperature of you’re meat allowing you to cook the meat to perfection every time.

Grease Management System – This system collects the grease, so you have easy cleanup and no flare-ups.
Cooking Temperature – 160 – 500 degrees.


Well on Amazon they had 256 positive reviews and 45 critical reviews. I think that is outstanding. Most people were very happy with their purchase. Reason for that was the quality of the smoker and more over the features that it has that other smokers in its class are lacking. Now the negative things I found was units came damaged ( that is usually the fault of the transport company ). Also, that it was lightweight construction and has problems with the lids. I went and looked at one and could not agree with the comment of lightweight construction, though it is well-made comparing to Traeger. I myself have the small Traeger smoker very happy with it, wish I had bought a bigger unite. So I went and looked at one and was surprised at how well-built it was. Its features I found to be impressive. In doing reviews on smokers or anything you are never going to find everyone happy with a product. The fact that the positive reviews outweighs the critical reviews say volumes for the CAMP CHEF SMOKERPRO DLX PELLET GRILL / PG24.

Time To Have A Backyard BBQ On Your New Camp Chef Smoker

This pellet smoker is packed with many great features that are not found in this category of smokers. Now is the time to purchase the smoker for your summer backyard get together. Click here to order your Camp Chef Smoker Pro-DLX pellet grill – PG 24.

Hope you found this review helpful. Please leave your comments or question below. Thank you for taking the time to visiting





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Traeger Texas Elite Review/ Elite 34 Pellets

PRODUCT: Traeger Texas Elite 34 Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Traeger Texas Elite Review



WARRANTY: 3 years


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Let’s Take look At The Traeger Company

Our goal in this Traeger Texas Elite Review is to give you enough information about it, so you can make an intelligent decision to buy this unit two years ago I was where are today trying to decide what type of Smoker to buy. I almost bought an electric smoker. But decided that smoker grill was what I wanted. Even though the charcoal smokers give you the grilling experience, I knew myself good enough to know the learning curve for charcoal was not for me. I wanted something easy like the electric smoker, but with grilling. So the choice for me was easy the pellet smoker fit my needs. Now which brand, I will tell you how I choose Traeger.

Okay, a little history on Wood pellets. In 1970 we were going through a heating crisis. That is when pellet stoves for heat with wood pellets began. Joe Traeger and his partner developed a stove using wood pellets., which they became one of the largest companies in the heating stove industry. The pellets were stored in a Hooper box attached to the stove. Joe Traeger invented a pellet delivery system utilizing an Auger.

Traeger Texas Elite Review
Joe Traeger in 1985 invented the first pellet grill, using his Hooper auger pellet delivery system, for barbecuing and patented it in 1986. Traeger was the only Pellet Smoker Grill for twenty years. The patent ran out in 2006, which is when the completion started to copy it. Pellet grills exploded into the market.

Now the pellets are used are food quality. What is great about pellets it is not only the fuel source, but they come in different wood types delivering uniquely different flavors to your meats.

To this day they make a high-quality Pellet Smoker Grill.

Texas Elite 34 Wood Pellet Smoker Grill

I purchased my Traeger smoker because it is built to last. Everything about it is made with the finest quality materials. When I did my research for Traeger Texas Elite Review, most of what found were positive comments. Yes, there were negative comments to ( on Amazon), but each one was followed by Traeger urging them to contact them with the promise to solve the problem. I can tell you this be true. After buying my Junior Elite Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker the knob for the temperature control kept coming loose. I called customer service, he said ” Sorry I do not have the knob in stock”. I said to myself ” oh boy here it goes, going to get the runaround.”. He then said ” I do have a new temperature control with the knob attached. I will send you that so you do not have to wait for just a knob. Do not want you to miss using your new smoker and you have a 3-year warranty. It will be to you in three days.”. That blew me away and I knew I choose the right company. The only thing I retreat is I should have bought the Elite 34 because since buying my Junior my family and friend ask me when is my next BBQ going to be.

The first thing you will find out about the Texas Elite 34 pellet grill it is multi-functional offering 6-in-1 to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ food to juicy perfection. That is done by its Integrated Digital Elite Controller keeps temps within +/- 20 degrees F, so set the temperature and forget it. Giving you more time to entertain your family and friends.
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Traeger is all about quality. So much, as they make their own pellets. They are 100 % hardwood cooking quality pellets, made in the USA. They come in Maple, Hickory, Adler, Pecan, Apple, Cherry, Mesquite, Oak and a Signature blend.(Blend of hickory, maple, and cherry hardwoods). Each bag is 20 LBS, giving you the same time as a propane tank of fuel.


Traeger Texas Elite Review

Traeger Texas Elite Review
The Elite 34 gives you 646 sq. inches of grilling space. That’s room for 8 chickens or 5 racks of ribs or 30 burgers (not at the same time LOL) Comes on 2-inch legs with lock-in caster wheels.

Traeger Texas Elite Review

Number One In Pellet Smokers

Well, that is my opinion of Traeger Company and why I did the Traeger Texas Elite Review/ Smoker Grill Texas Elite 34 Wood Pellets!! Of course, as always I welcome your opinions and comments and if you have any questions please leave them in the comment link below.

Hope you find this helpful, Please follow the links in this review to purchase your smoker today. You will find in the links a more in-depth review of different types of smokers available to you. Order today so you can be smoking that brisket next week for your family and friends enjoy.







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Z Pellet Smoker 700 Review – FREE Cover

PRODUCT: Z Pellet Smoker 700 Z Pellet Smoker Review

PRICE: $549.99 & Free Shipping

GRILLING AREA: Main 513 Warming 187

Warranties: 3 Yr. Manufacture, 30 days money back if any quality issue


Z Pellet Smoker Overview

This is a great Smoker Grill for your family and friends get together. You will be able to cook for a few or a big BBQ bash on this smoker. It is great for grilling, smoking, bracing and baking!

Grilling Area

The main grilling area is 513 Sq. inches, so there is plenty of space for burgers and franks, ribs and large brisket. Also, includes a warming rack with another 187 Sq. inches of space.

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Set It And Forget It!!!!

The Z Smoker 700 has a cooking control system that you to set the desired cooking temperature and allows you to forget it so you can entertain your guest. There is a minimal amount of time that you need to babysit your smoker, due to the Automatic Electric Feed System.

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Set It And Forget It

This unit comes with a “Smart Digital control with LED read-out” so you can set the temperature and forget it. With the Automatic Electric Feed System that delivers the correct amount of wood pellets to maintain the temperature you set. So you can spend more time with your family and friends. The Smart Digital control is attached to the pellet Hooper ( 20 lbs. capacity of wood pellets, this gives you about same cooking time as a tank of gas on a gas smoker).

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Time To BBQ

As well. This unit comes with a Weather cover for free ( value of $69.99) which is limited offer click here to take advantage of this offer.

* Set It And Forget It The auger delivers the pellets to the fire pit where they are ignited. Which creates the heat and smoke in the cooking chamber. The heat and smoke are moved around the chamber creating a convection effect. This cause it to evenly cook and infuse the great smokey flavor of the wood pellets, giving you that great BBQ flavor every time.

* Shut Down Cycle So when your done cooking that perfect brisket, just turn the control to shut down and it leaves the draft induction fan running for 5 minutes to burn any excess pellets in the fire pot and then shut off automatically.

I hope this review of the Z Pellet Smoker 700 was informative and useful for you to purchase this fine Pellet Smoker !!

So are you ready to BBQ on a great Pellet Smoker?

Please if you have any question or comments please leave them below and I will get back to you soon.







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