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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/25 22:11:36 (permalink)
Interesting thing about the pie list, you cannot get this Norske Nook Blueberry Pie at the Norske Nook.

Bobbi took the Norske Nook Raisin Pie recipe and is substituting dried blueberries for the raisins. It will be a Sour Cream Dried-Blueberry Pie.  I just tasted the filling and it is fantastic, the sour cream has a blueberry flavor to it.
 
I guess you'll have to be here to experience it.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 00:56:19 (permalink)
It's actually tough to get any kind of good pie at Norske Nook anymore.  Since their corporate takeover things haven't been the same.  Dad and I ate dinner there on route to the Twin Cities a few years ago.  The food was seriously over salted and smacked of institutional mass production.  We took a couple of pieces of pie to go, and ate them once we got to Minneapolis.  The pie was okay, but didn't reach the near mythic levels we'd heard about.
 
I'm sure the Pie Diva's version will be superior in every way.
 
BTW, I deep-sixed the Graeter's Ice Cream in favor of guacamole (forgot the chips, hope someone is bringing) and cornbread sticks.  And of course the Bucyrus brats.  And buns for same.
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 10:44:13 (permalink)
Folks, the latest hourly weather forecast shows the thunderstorms taking a break for Smoke Day afternoon. I want to reassure Jim and Bobbi we will be there. And knowing that making great Q is a long, slow process, I'd like to give Jim and any helpers a special thank you for starting things in what probably wasn't ideal weather this early AM.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 11:33:04 (permalink)
The rain has stopped in Pewaukee.  Let's party!
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 19:17:49 (permalink)
I spent 3 hours at  the Target open interviews. I had 5 interviews.............by the way-got  Hired! Those that know me know I have issues........sorry we missed the smoke day. But am able to say I was hired-regardless of my  past....they kinda like me!!!!!!!!
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 20:49:58 (permalink)
Congratulations. Amazing that you were hired despite your past as a sumo wrestler and muskrat trapper.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 21:57:22 (permalink)
Sorry you couldn't be there, Ann, but that's certainly a good reason!
 
We ate well.  And later tonight I shall sleep well.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 23:05:02 (permalink)
After almost everyone left, two of Eric's friends arrived.  One tried and succeeded in doing something that CTD, bb, & TTM combined could not do.  He successfully sampled each of the pies in the Pie Parade. 
 
Stay tuned for updates.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/26 23:29:44 (permalink)
Ann,
 
To your benefit, the Poppy Seed Pie would have probably failed your drug test. 
 
Congrats on the new position.
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 00:18:11 (permalink)
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After almost everyone left, two of Eric's friends arrived.  One tried and succeeded in doing something that CTD, bb, & TTM combined could not do.  He successfully sampled each of the pies in the Pie Parade.

Wait a second--are we talking full slices here or just a half a forkful per pie?  Because if it's full slices I want to meet that boy and shake his hand, although not too vigorously lest he "return" some of that pie.  If we're talking about just a forkful per pie, I'm not sure any of the big boys could limit themselves to that small amount, hence the task would be impossible.
 
I think we need some clarification here.
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 07:06:38 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

Congratulations. Amazing that you were hired despite your past as a sumo wrestler and muskrat trapper.


I sure was sweating, Mr. Hoffman!!LOL!
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 10:52:52 (permalink)
Circumstances sure did conspire against us too..
ALthough I know the pies and food had to be amazing, 
even more so I miss not visiting with our wonderful friends, which are always MORE of a treat.
Ann- CONGRATULATIONS! 
I am so happy for you! That is wonderful news!
We will have to be sure and clear the calendar for the next event.
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 11:25:39 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman

Congratulations. Amazing that you were hired despite your past as a sumo wrestler and muskrat trapper.


I sure was sweating, Mr. Hoffman!!LOL!

Speaking of sweating, you should have seen everyone after their first bites into to those habenero hot links from Ohio.
 
Thank you Michael for your contribution to Smoke Day.  We had Brad Screamingchicken prepare them over charcoal on one of the Weber's.  I think he did a masterful job of fully cooking them and achieving just the right amount of char on the casings.  Special homage was paid by only allowing the one appropriate mustard on the brats, Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard, of course.
 
The Bucyrus brats were found to have a different flavor profile from typical Wisconsin brats.  We think they were made from veal and had different spices than what we normal eat.  Overall a very good sausage and a great addition to Smoke Day.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 12:56:22 (permalink)
I really am/was disappointed...thanks to all for the congrats-although I had a job, hours were being cut horribly. I sure wish I could have experienced all the fine sausages/pie.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 12:58:23 (permalink)
I really am/was disappointed...thanks to all for the congrats-although I had a job, hours were being cut horribly. I sure wish I could have experienced all the fine sausages/pie.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 13:11:13 (permalink)
The brats from Carle's in Bucyrus are made from pork, and I know there's a different flavor profile. By the way, they also make a "hot" brat. I'm glad they were greeted with approval. And the Bertman's was a fine idea.
 
By the way, I usually simmer them in beer with onions before letting them hit the grill.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 14:05:59 (permalink)
In the mad rush of Smoke Day, we didn't give them the proper beer and onion treatment.  They went straight from the freezer pouch (defrosted of course) to the hot grill.  The reason we (I) made the assumption about the veal, was because the flavor profile was very similar to the white brats--made with veal--you see in a lot of German/Swiss butcher shops around here.  Appearance-wise they resembled the typical coarse grind of a Wisconsin brat (the white veal brats are a finer grind and more homogenous in color and texture).  The spicing was very delicate compared to the more assertive Wisconsin brat.  They were a nice addition to the Smoke Day menu.
 
Thank you Mr. Hoffman for sending them our way.
 
All in all it was another fantastic Pie fest/Smoke Day.  JRPfeff put our his usual display of smoked meats.  Brisket, pastrami, pulled pork, ribs, salmon, and the much unexpected burnt ends were crammed onto the cutting table.  Over in the side dish tent were cole slaw, amazing baked beans (made using a recipe from Jack's Stack and spiked with a shot of Roadhouse "Southern Sunset" Bar-B-Que Sauce), corn bread sticks, a couple different versions of guacamole, and in a slight nod to healthy eating, some actual salad!  I know there was more on the table, but my brain is overwhelmed trying to remember it all.
 
The Pie Diva worked her magic: she made a crowd of people, stuffed from eating too much Barbecue, hungry again for pie.  Please, please, please don't make me try to list them here.  There were 30+ pies, ranging from fruit to cream based.  The best I can do is describe the first piece I had, S'mores Pie.  A graham cracker crust held a rich, deeply flavored dark chocolate filling topped with a sweet sticky layer of marshmallow, browned creme brulee style.  Who needs to go camping when you've got the Pie Diva putting it all together for you in one pie pan?  I know I ate more pie, but it all became a blur after the S'mores.  All I know is, I've got at least eight more pieces of pies sitting in my refrigerator waiting to be experienced.
 
Thanks to all who cooked or otherwise made it a most enjoyable day!
 
Buddy
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 18:05:09 (permalink)
Read 'em and weep, all of you who couldn't be there:

 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4072207091965.2173234.1486026434&type=1&l=8769fdbb74

The Elvis Pie was my favorite yesterday, but then I got to try the Baltimore Bomb Pie today...wow.  So good.  I wish we'd taken more!

Thank you again to the host/ess with the most/ess, JRPfeff and Pie Diva!   
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 19:43:30 (permalink)
Pie Diva,
After looking at Abe's Pics, I Definitely see a Pie Truck in your future!
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 21:20:19 (permalink)

 
Shredded Pork
 
 

Baked Beans 
  
  


 

 
Smoked turkey
 
My bringing my camera along was a last minute decision. My not bringing charged up batteries was an extremely poor decision. That's all I've got and there was so much more.

post edited by MilwFoodlovers - 2012/05/28 07:31:49
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 21:23:50 (permalink)

Smoked Scotch eggs
 

Remants of burnt ends
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 21:55:19 (permalink)
Thanks to everyone who made this happen; especially our host and their family.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/27 23:26:51 (permalink)
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JRPfeff

After almost everyone left, two of Eric's friends arrived.  One tried and succeeded in doing something that CTD, bb, & TTM combined could not do.  He successfully sampled each of the pies in the Pie Parade.

Wait a second--are we talking full slices here or just a half a forkful per pie?  Because if it's full slices I want to meet that boy and shake his hand, although not too vigorously lest he "return" some of that pie.  If we're talking about just a forkful per pie, I'm not sure any of the big boys could limit themselves to that small amount, hence the task would be impossible.

I think we need some clarification here.

Buddy

Jeff, 
 
They were more than bites.  We guesstimate each of the slices was about 1/32 of a pie. 
 
There were 31 pies. 
 
So Chris consumed slices approximately equal to 31/32nds of a pie.
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/28 00:35:47 (permalink)
Fairly impressive.  I couldn't (wouldn't) do it.  But I'd put money on buffetbuster or ChiTownDiner to beat that number.  Of course, being of advanced age, such as they are, and not some kid in his 20s, they might regret it afterward.
 
So was this pie feat accomplished before or after consuming Barbecue?
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/28 09:56:34 (permalink)
He gorged himself on barbecue and sides before attacking the pies.
 
I hate to say it, but with this new generation of eaters, some of our legends may be on their way to has-been status.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/28 11:00:03 (permalink)
Buddy, I was happy to lose the bet.
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/28 12:41:43 (permalink)
God- i am so disappointed having missed this event......
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/28 21:08:54 (permalink)
Did someone mention brats?

 
Buddy was honored with the first bite.

 
Our illustrious host in action.

 
Slicing some brisket, which was provided by Paul Hubbard.

 
Here's what happens when you don't have the camera ready before the plate of smoked, stuffed mushrooms is passed around.  These were courtesy of JRPfeff's son and culinary student Eric.

 
Never let yourself be photographed with 2 other people.  Why?  Because at least 1 person will make a comment about Larry, Moe, and Curly.

 
Eric, JRPfeff, Sal DiTraglia, and Sean the Fedora Guy watch Sal put his "atomic camel toes" on the smoker.  These were jalapenos stuffed with almond-stuffed dates and wrapped in bacon.

 
The pie table before the onslaught, but there was no Don Slaught.

 
Hey!  Where did Mrs. MFL get the can of Genny?

post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2012/05/29 09:31:56
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/28 23:02:42 (permalink)
Don Slaught?  How long you been waiting to make that joke?
 
Nice photos ChickenDude.  I would have figured myself for Moe, but from that high angle my receding hairline puts me closer to Larry.
 
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Re:Smoke Day? 2012/05/29 09:50:15 (permalink)
Well, his rookie year was 1982 so you do the math.
 
Thanks, but they came out a little soft for my liking.
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