What's That Yer Smokin', Dude?!

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What's That Yer Smokin', Dude?!

 

Actually, it's Wild Alaskan Salmon, but I bet you were thinking something else when you saw that title, knowing I'm in California!

 

Given our weather year-round, we tend to grill out 5-6 times a week pretty much year round. I am the Grill Guy. I suppose it's rather a traditional role but I like it, and have for years. Back in New England I tended to avoid grilling out in the worst weather, but still braved the cold now and then. I used to be a dire-hard charcoal griller, but migrated to gas grilling soon after moving to SoCal.

 

my backyard smoker

 

While our grilling, and smokin', is pretty simple, you see some pretty impressive outdoor kitchens out here - refrigerators, TVs, grills, pizza ovens, smokers, sinks, granite bars, elaborate stoves and grills, outdoor woks, and more grace some of the fancier outdoor entertaining spaces. This one with a pool is at a local model home!

 

Outdoor kitchen and pool

 

I took my life in my hands tonight, setting up the smoker. We have 2 hummingbird feeders close by and the hummers were not at all pleased I was hanging  around, and interfering with their dining. My head got buzzed more than once!!

 

Anyhow, I love the outdoor lifestyle here in Carlsbad, and if I can help you find the house of your dreams, perhaps including a fancy outdoor kitchen,  or perhaps a home with a pool as well, why not give me call at (760) 840-1360. Despite our inventory there is a pretty good selection of homes across a wide range of prices.

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
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Impressive looking outdoor kitchen. Yes the hummers need their fuel so they do get testy if you interfere.

Jul 23, 2017 06:17 PM #2
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Jeff, 

What a great post about smokin!  Guilty as charged. I figured it was a different kind of smokin!  Grilling is all we did in SoCal. We used a Weber and finally had to buy a gas grill. The tradition continues here is AZ. We do a lot of "smokin"! !;-)

Jul 23, 2017 06:41 PM #3
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I've seen some pretty cool set ups around here too Jeff Dowler . I've seen some pretty elaborate setups on today's campers too.

Jul 23, 2017 06:59 PM #4
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Kasey & John Boles
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I did think something else when I read the title, which is funny because I was just talking about smoking salmon with my dad yesterday. -Kasey

Jul 23, 2017 08:13 PM #5
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Marte Cliff
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You switched to gas. We put our gas BBQ in the garage and have gone back to charcoal - we think the flavor is better.

As for smoked fish - we enjoyed smoked Blueback (also known as Kokane or Silvers). My husband has an old refrigerator (remember they used to be metal) and it will smoke up a few dozen at a time.

Hummingbirds! I was outside reading this morning and my book had a red cover. One of those little stinkers flew right up into my face.

Jul 23, 2017 09:54 PM #6
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James Dray
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Good morning Jeff.  So when can I expect my shipment?  Don't know that I've ever had any, but I'm willing to give it a try

Jul 24, 2017 02:43 AM #7
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Jeff. I love the way you write and your photos send this one home.

Jul 24, 2017 06:15 AM #8
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Good morning Jeff, we grill a lot here during the summer and my boyfriend braves the cold quite a bit in the winter. There's just nothing better than fresh grilled food - even veggies!

Jul 24, 2017 06:41 AM #9
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Joe Pryor
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Hey, I'm from Oklahoma and I know the double meaning. That said I have a friend with a commerical smoker that cost a ton and he caters. I regularly take salmon to him to smoke and on the nights we don't want to cook we get some out of the freezer. 

Jul 24, 2017 07:18 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Jeff -- that is a real "wow" kind of outdoor kitchen.  While I'm not much of a griller...I can be a very good guest...lol.   

Jul 24, 2017 11:11 AM #11
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
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Hi Jeff - Nice photos. Outdoor kitchens have become common for luxury homes here, but I'm still happy with my traditional charcoal Weber and not having to clean two kitchens : )

Jul 24, 2017 03:12 PM #12
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LOL Jeff you did have me with your title!  Smoking salmon huh?  Yum!! We'll be over shortly!

Jul 24, 2017 03:31 PM #13
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Lucky you William Feela . I've never smoked a turkey but know friends who have. Good if you know what you are doing.

Thanks for stopping by Sharon Lee  - I have seen a number of kitchens like this! Yep, the hummers are pretty entertaining, and they aren't afraid of anything. But given how fast they are...

Jeff

Jul 24, 2017 04:08 PM #14
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  - I mostly grill but recently have been doing more smoking, with different types of chips. I was a big Weber fan for years, and still have one, but I have to admit I have gotten lazy and turning on the grill is so easy! LOL

Same here Bob "RealMan" Timm

Jeff

Jul 24, 2017 04:31 PM #15
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Great minds, huh Kasey & John Boles ?!!

Hi Marte Cliff  - totally agree about the flavor of charcoal. I just have gotten lazy but now that I have been reminded I may have to use it some more. Have never heard of blueback! And, yes, those hummers do love red. Anything red in a glass seems to attract them!

Jeff

Jul 24, 2017 04:49 PM #16
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If you like fish you would probably like it James Dray  But it wouldn't be anything like right out of the smoker!!

What a nice compliment Sheila Anderson 

Jeff

Jul 24, 2017 04:51 PM #17
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Amanda S. Davidson  - we are big fans of grilled veggies - have you ever had grilled avocado? Or peaches?

Lucky you Joe Pryor  We have good friends (neighbors at a previous house) and he is a stellar smoker!!

Jeff

Jul 24, 2017 05:03 PM #18
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Being a good guest is important Michael Jacobs  Some are not!!

Dick Greenberg - It certainly would add to the work load, wouldn't it?

It WAS pretty good but I have made better in the past Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS  Sorry you couldn't make it!

Jeff

Jul 24, 2017 05:15 PM #19
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Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
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Hi Jeff - the hummingbirds are funny about that. I'm never been hit by one so far, but they come close.

Jul 25, 2017 10:27 AM #20
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Jeff, I grill probably 5 days out of the week, love spending time outdoors. 

Jul 25, 2017 12:55 PM #21
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