Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Outdoor Kitchen / Snow Day Cook...

Wanted to introduce everyone to our outdoor "kitchen"... The place where my Egg lives. We had the deck enlarged back in June and it gave my egg a little more breathing room as well as providing us more relaxing and entertaining space. We try to spend as much time out there as possible... My cooking set up isn't complete yet; as I haven't decided on what type of table or cabinet set up I want to go with.

Here it is in Spring / Summer mode...

And here it is during our first snowfall of the season... You can see I added a set of lights to help with egging after dark.

Don't worry; the egg doesn't care about snow... It cooks as easily in the bad weather as it does in the nice.

The snow day cook was some Turtle Eggs (Credit Chris G at Nibble Me This for the inspiration and recipe) followed by some Guinness Beef Stew done in a cast iron Dutch Oven on the egg.

Here is a finished turtle egg...

And here is a bowl of the stew...

Here is the recipe for the stew. Fairly straight forward and simple to do...
Guinness Beef Stew (Revised as of 12/29/12)

Guinness Beef Stew

by Edward Harding


  • 2lbs stew meat
  • 2lbs little red potatoes
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 a bag of the baby carrots (cut them in half)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ? of your favorite rub
  • canola oil
  • 1-1/3 cup of beef broth
  • 1 can of Guinness (may add more if additional liquid is needed)
  • 1 packet of McCormick's Beef Stew Seasoning
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • Heat the DO direct over a 350 - 400 dome temp fire... I use Wicked Good Weekend Warrior with 3 chunks of Mesquite.
  • In a freezer bag, combine the flour and as much rub of your choice to taste.Add the meat and shake to thoroughly coat the beef.
  • Once coated, heat some oil in the DO and brown the meat... stirring a couple of times. When pretty browned, remove beef and add some more oil.
  • Add the onions and carrots to the pan along with a tablespoon of minced garlic. Stir occasionally and when the vegs are tender, add the seasoning packet and broth. Stir it around and be sure to loosen any stuck on goodness...
  • Add the beef back to the DO and place the potatoes in as well and stir to mix and coat everything.
  • Add the can of Guinness...
  • Let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about 1-1/4 hours with the top off. Once the potatoes are tender; add the peas and stir it to mix and let it cook for another 15 mins, season to taste with salt (kosher) and ground black pepper, and then pull it off and serve....
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This can be made on a stove top or in the oven; without the smoke and cooked over an open flame properties. If you do make the stew; please let me know how it turned out...


1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great patio to cook on.

    Not a big fan of stew, although yours does look good. I will take one of those turtle eggs, however.