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Food smoking holiday tips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shults Media   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:18

Simple Succulent Smoke

BBQr's Delight smoke cooking through the holidays and winter.

IDEA: Smoke flavoring ham or fowl adds a truly old time seriously rich succulent edge to food.

PROBLEM: Too much smoke can overpower the natural flavor of the food and smoking food can be labor and time intensive and requires special equipment.  Not true any more!

SOLUTION: Lightly smoke the food before you cook it in your oven. Put BBQr's Delight pellets in aluminum foil and make a pouch by folding the foil over and sealing the edges closed.  Poke one or two toothpick holes in the pellet filled pouch.  Now using your barbecue grill place the pouch directly above (on the grate) medium heat (yes, even in the winter).

Once the smoke begins, place food into the grill set a bit away from the heat and adjust the burner to low. The idea in this scenario is to smoke flavor the food NOT to cook it. Close the hood and smoke for an hour or so. The result is an incredibly rich wood flavor and mouth watering aroma. Now remove from the grill and begin cooking in your kitchen oven as normal. The good part is you need not be a BBQ smoke cooking expert to do this; just be skilled enough to fold aluminum foil.



BBQr's Delight Real wood pellets in foil pouch or cast iron pot make cooking with smoke incredibly tasty, economical and easy

Smoke for grilling: For grilling steaks, fish, hamburgers, etc. prepare BBQr's Delight pellets as above  and place on your grill's grates with the burner set at high heat and wait for the smoke. When the smoke starts pouring out, place in food, sear, and then reduce the heat to your preferred final grilling setting, close the hood and finish grilling as normal.

Cooking sets: BBQr's delight makes great cooking gift and sample kits some which even include a cast iron pot to switch out for the aluminum foil pouch.  Now you can simply pour BBQr's Delight pellets into the pot and place it on the grill for smoke in a few minutes.

Affordable: A $3.99 one pound bag can do at least 8-10 flavor packed outings so if you can afford about 40-50 cents per outing to make your food taste outstanding then this is for you.

Regardless of method, you have 14 favors of genuine wood smoke (not artificial chemicals) to pick from and no water soaking is necessary as with wood chips--yeah it is that simple!

With BBQr's Delight you can pick from or make your own secret mix: Mesquite, Hickory, Orange, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Sugar Maple, Oak, black Walnut, Mulberry, Sassafras and genuine Jack Daniels Whiskey Filtering Charcoal, Alder and Savory Herb.

Clean up takes about ten seconds.


BBQr's Delight

P.O. Box 8727,

Pine Bluff, AR, 71611


Cody Road Bourbon a Near Sell Out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:13

LeClaire, Iowa, December 4, 2011 – After its much anticipated release, Mississippi River Distilling Company’s Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey was a near sell out within a day of its release on Friday, December 2, 2011.

“We had a line waiting outside the distillery starting at about 9 a.m. before we opened at 10 on Friday,” Ryan Burchett, owner and distiller says.  “We had a steady line of people until about noon and sold all 120  bottles we had at the distillery in four hours.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Rock Island Hy-Vee still had some of the Cody Road Bourbon for sale but was only putting it out one bottle at a time.  Hy-Vee’s in both Ankeny and Marion, Iowa also still had small quantities left.  But most retailers had sold their entire stock by the end of the weekend.

The distillers have been keeping fans and followers updated on where they can find bottles via Facebook and Twitter as they hear updates or are able to call retailers.  Many area stores sold out within a day of delivery, some selling as many as 60 bottles.  The state of Iowa limited retailers to no more than 60 bottles per store.  Within 24 hours, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division had sold out of all the stock they had.

“We had hoped this would go over well, but we very pleasantly surprised when the state had orders for all the cases we sent them,” Garrett Burchett, owner and distiller says.  “Unfortunately, it moved so fast that it was gone before some retailers didn’t even have the chance to order it from the state.”

In total, MRDC made just short of 1,000 bottles of this first batch.  The bourbon is made from grains harvested from within 25 miles of the distillery.  Corn comes from LeClaire and the wheat and barley come from Reynolds, Illinois.  The spirit is aged for nearly a year and distillers only released the first 6 barrels they made.

The Burchett brothers have been busy for the past year planning for the demand and have continued making and barreling their bourbon.  The next release of Cody Road Bourbon will be Friday, March 2.  Moving through 2012, larger releases of bourbon will become more regular to help catch up to demand.

“We anticipate having more in this next batch.  Supplies will be tight through the year, but we hope to have enough for everyone’s stockings by next Christmas.” Ryan says.


Machine Shed offers free Holiday ebook PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christofferson   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:01
Machine Shed Restaurant offers a free “Holiday’s in the Heartland” ebook:  A holiday guide that includes gift ideas, demonstrations and favorite recipes

The Machine Shed restaurant is sharing some of their best advice for creating an effortless and memorable holiday season with a complimentary “Holidays in the Heartland” ebook available on their website or Facebook page.

The ebook includes:
• Delicious Gift ideas for your gift exchange
• A demonstration on how to repurpose a wreath
• A downloadable holiday meal planner
• Three favorite holiday recipes – which includes the recipe for the Shed’s famous
cinnamon rolls.

Information found in the ebook was created, sourced and shared by the Machine Shed chefs and staff.

To receive a complimentary copy, “Like” the Machine Shed on Facebook at or visit the website at


Freight House Farmers' Market open on Tuesdays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 15:44

The Freight House Farmers' Market continues to be open on Tuesdays at 421 W River Dr in Davenport.  Although the outdoor vendors have taken shelter for the winter, the indoor market is open and ready for your business!

Stop in and pre-order all your Christmas, New Year's and other holiday needs, from baked goods to sauces, jellies and salsas to Sawyer beef to homemade gifts and on and on. 

Visit us on Tuesday from 3pm until 6pm on River Drive between Ripley and Western Streets, facing the Mighty Mississippi.  The Market is also open on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm. or find us on Facebook®.

Joegurt Now Available at East Moline, IL Happy Joe’s PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 08:51
Franchise Owner Recognized as Happy Joe’s Franchisee of the Year

The East Moline Happy Joe’s has joined the craze and launched Joegurt, a self-serve yogurt offering eight flavors and four twist options.  Flavors include Orange Sorbet, Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, Snickerdoodle, Triple Chocolate, Pumpkin and more.  Guests fill their own cup with their favorite Joegurt flavor(s) and then head to the toppings bar to finish their creation with an assortment of 21 topping options, including fruit, candies, cookies, sprinkles, and three flavors of Ghiradelli syrups. Joegurt is priced by the ounce. 

“Since launching at three previous locations, Joegurt has received rave reviews from the guests,” says Mick Mapes, Happy Joe’s franchisee.  “We are looking forward to offering our guests a high quality self-serve yogurt which gives them the opportunity to choose from a menu of 12 yogurt flavors and 21 toppings.  It’s a great addition to the East Moline store.”

Lower in calories and cholesterol, Happy Joe's Joegurt helps maintain your general digestive health. The new Joegurt is a low or non-fat, guiltless, frozen dairy treat made with probiotics (friendly bacteria that’s good for you). It’s like eating ice cream that’s really healthy! Guests are also able to opt into a text marketing program to receive a free Joegurt just for joining.

The East Moline Happy Joe's is also celebrating its recent awards at the annual franchise meeting including Happy Joe’s Franchisee of the Year awarded to Mick Mapes.  Mr. Mapes is the proud owner of stores in East Moline, Rock Island and Colona, IL.  Mapes honors included a 35-Year Award for his East Moline store, 30-Year Award for his Rock Island store, an achievement award for surpassing $1 million in sales, and three prestigious Founder’s Awards for his Colona, East Moline and Rock Island stores respectively.  He was also the first inductee into the Happy Joe’s Hall of Fame.

“Mick is a role model, teacher and a leader.  He is a committed partner that has proven over the years his passion and love for the business,” said Kristel Whitty-Ersan Happy Joe's Director of Marketing.  “Over our long history with this loyal, committed franchisee, we have grown to respect him deeply and to appreciate all of his contributions to the Happy Joe's company.”

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