Chef Ted Reader’s Smoked Rabbit Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

1 whole rabbit about 3-3 ½ lbs
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 head of green leaf lettuce or iceberg lettuce, washed and patted dry of excess moisture

1/2 cup carrot, julienned
1/2 cup daikon radish, julienned
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp white sugar, optional
Pinch of salt

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup julienne cut cucumber
1/4 cup thinly sliced radish
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tart apple, thinly sliced and julienned
1 big handful of bean sprouts
1/2 bunch coarsely chopped cilantro
1 lime cut into wedges

Garnish

1/4 cup each of hoisin sauce, sriracha hot sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce
1/2 cup crushed cashews


Directions

1. Heat your Bradley Smoker according to manufacturer’s instructions to a temperature of 235-250 degrees F, a hot smoke. Use whichever kind of smoking Bisquettes flavor that you desire. Apple, Maple, Hickory are all tasty but for this recipe I used the Chili Cumin infused Bisquettes. Oh it be tasty!

2. Season the rabbit inside and out with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place on smoker rack, stretching the legs out from the body so that the rabbit is
relatively the same thickness. This will help with even smoking. Place seasoned rabbit into preheated smoker.

3. Smoke for 3-4 hours until rabbit reaches an internal temperature of 185-190 degrees F.

4. While the rabbit is smoking, prepare your lettuce wrap garnishes. Wash the lettuce leaves.

Tip: let the lettuce soak for 10-15 minutes in icy cold water. This will help crisp the leaves. Drain and pat dry with paper towel. Roll up in a kitchen towel and refrigerate until needed.

5. Prepare the salad: Combine the carrot, diakon, rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well and set aside.

6. Slice/chop red onion, cucumber, green onion, apple, radish, bean sprouts and cilantro. Refrigerate.

7. Remove rabbit from smoker and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Peel the cooked rabbit meat from the bones using gloves or a pair of tongs. Pull it into thin strips and strands.

Tip: Save the smoked rabbit bones to make a tasty stock.

8. Assemble your lettuce wraps: Take a leaf of lettuce, top with a small handful of carrot daikon mixture and a pinch of the other chopped vegetables. Top with handful of smoked pulled rabbit, drizzle with your choice of sauces, garnish and a squeeze of fresh lime. Serve immediately.

Vegan Grilling – Not Only Possible but Also Delicious

First off, no, Vegan grilling does not mean just throwing some veggies on the grill. Vegan recipes can be diverse and layered in flavors and textures. Whether you are looking to satisfy your own tastes or incorporate Vegan grilling into your wheelhouse for friends and family, these tips and recipes will keep you coming back for more!

THE BASICS

It can be hard for those who are not Vegan to wrap their heads around what is and what isn’t Vegan. Here are the basics when it comes to Veganism.

Definition of Vegan | The Vegan Society defines Veganism as, “a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, and any other purpose.” Strict Vegans will also abstain from products like honey and leather.
Dos and Don’ts | To avoid any confusion, there are a few notable points about Vegans that are sometimes overlooked.
Eggs, fish sauce, dairy, etc. Vegans DO NOT eat the by-products of animals. That means no fish sauce, no eggs, no dairy of any kind and so on. Strict Vegans won’t eat honey either.
Processed foods. Vegans DO have to be mindful when choosing prepared foods. Many processed foods, even Vegan, are high in fats, sugars and chemical ingredients. A product labelled Vegan or Organic isn’t necessarily a gold seal for something healthy or nutritious.
B12 is naturally found in animal sources. Therefore, Vegans DO NOT have access to natural sources. A B12 supplement is highly recommended for anyone following a Vegan diet.
Protein. While Vegans don’t eat meat, eggs or dairy, they DO have a variety of options when it comes to getting their protein. Anyone who decides to be Vegan must understand the concept of a complete protein.
Our bodies contain 11/20 amino acids necessary for our health. That means that 9/20 need to come from our diet.
Foods that contain all nine amino acids are Quinoa, Buckwheat, Hempseed, Blue-green Algae, and Soybeans.
You can also combine partial, incomplete protein sources that complement each other, providing the nine amino acids your body needs. For example, nuts and seeds + whole grains (peanut butter on toast), whole grains + legumes (beans and rice, pita and hummus, etc.), and beans + nuts and seeds (salad with chickpeas and seeds).

It’s important to remember that every individual is different, and therefore the benefits of any diet are relative. It’s also vital to note that healthy Vegan eating includes proper nutrition education and consultation with your doctor to eliminate potential risks associated with a Vegan diet.

That said, incorporating Vegan recipes into a balanced diet is a fantastic choice for improving health and wellness.

PRO TIPS

When it comes to grilling Vegan, there are secret tricks of the trade that can make every BBQ session a successful one.

Foil | Opt for the ultra-strong, BBQ-friendly aluminum foil. Useful in so many ways, it especially makes an excellent packet for steaming food and retaining all the flavor and juices.
Grill Mat | A grill mat or even parchment paper makes a great bed for grilling and helps to prevent sticking or food from falling through the grill.
Grill Bags | Mesh grill bags are exceptional, especially for recipes like mixed vegetables. They are basically metal mesh baggies that snap to close, made for easy and perfect grilling.
Avocado Oil | Avocado oil spray is a favorite among Vegan grillers for its high smoking temp and neutral flavor.
The Grill | Gas, charcoal or pellet – it’s really up to personal preference. The best grill for vegan grilling is the result of an educated selection process.

TOP RECIPES

There are myriads of Vegan grilling recipes on the web. To start you off, here are three delicious Vegan go-to’s that are quick and simple to master.

Veggie Steaks | We aren’t claiming that a veggie steak will taste like the real deal, but it will taste crazy good! Not to mention there is no “recipe” for this one. Serve these up with a side salad and baked potato for a complete meal.

Cut or trim your veggies into 1″ thick slices. (Beets, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Squash, Celery Root, Portobello Mushrooms, Eggplant etc.)
Mix up your favorite spices (dried and/or fresh), salt & pepper, and add your choice of grilling oil. Get creative and try Cajun, Jamaican or Korean spice mixes.
Slather those vegetable steaks in your seasoned oil.
Roast them on your grill using a bed of parchment paper or a grilling-mat on medium heat, turning once.
Depending on the vegetable, these take anywhere in between 20-40 minutes to roast to perfection.
Garnish with fresh herbs, salsa, kimchi, etc.

Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce | This satay recipe is great for BBQs, whether it’s a finger-foods type meal or a sit-down dinner. Check out com for the full recipe.

If you are using wooden skewers, get those babies soaking the morning of, if not the night before.
Cube your skewer ingredients to 1″ cubes. Use nice firm tofu, along with baby corn, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes.
Marinate your skewer ingredients in a Ziploc or bowl for at least 30 minutes.
While they marinate, make the peanut sauce.
When you are ready to grill, place the skewers on a grill mat over medium-high heat. Grill until brown and repeat for each side of the skewer.
Serve them up on a platter, next to a bowl of peanut sauce.

Black Bean Burger | This is the ultimate black bean burger recipe; just ask com. You can even pick up some vegan mayo and cheese to top your burger.

Partially dry out your can of black beans in the oven. Lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet for 15 minutes at 325° F. This will remove excess moisture and prevent a mushy burger.
Sauté your garlic, onion and pepper, providing the flavor base of the burger. Blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Combine your sauté mix and beans, mashing them with a fork or in a food processor. Be sure to leave the mix chunky, as opposed to smooth, for a better texture.
Add cumin, BBQ sauce, smoked paprika, Vegan feta (optional) and chili pepper to your burger mix.
Add a binder combo. As a vegan alternative, use 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp hot water for every egg suggested or 1/3c. mashed sweet potato.
Mix everything together and form the burgers, using 1/3 c. of the mixture per patty.
Grill on greased foil at medium-high heat, 8 minutes on each side.

There you have it; Vegan grilling made easy! WE LOVE FIRE is an inspirational site designed to enlighten and inform you about the exciting world of fireplaces and barbecues.

How Many BTUs Do I Need For My Room Or House?

A British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is an international energy measurement. By definition, a British Thermal Unit is the amount of heat needed to raise one pound of water, 1° Fahrenheit.

Why is this important? Knowing the amount of energy, measured in BTU’s, is necessary to keep your home comfortable in the both heating and cooling seasons.

Most people think the term “air conditioning” implies cooling the air inside a building. To many industry professionals, “air conditioning” means altering the environment within a building to make it more comfortable. This could mean cooling the air in the hot weather or heating the air in colder temperatures. It could mean reducing humidity levels. Or in more pleasant weather conditions, simply exchanging the inside air with fresh, outdoor air.

It’s all about the amount of energy required to “condition” the air. And it’s all about the BTU’s needed to get the job done. While air conditioning during hot weather, BTU’s measure the amount of heat a system can remove from your home each hour. Usually a British Thermal Unit or BTU, is thought of in the heating sense of the definition. That is, how much energy to make the indoor air temperature more comfortable.

There are several online resources with estimated BTU calculators. For your convenience, your WE LOVE FIRE expert has included three for your consideration. The first two are merely “rules of thumb” that are often handy during our conversations with customers.

The first technique is to simply figure the square footage of the space you want to heat. In warmer climates, multiply this number by 10 – 15. In more moderate climates, multiply by 20 – 30. And in cold climates multiply the square foot number by 30 – 40. For example, if you’re trying to heat 1000 square feet in a cold climate, 30,000 – 40,000 BTU’s will add significant warm air to your home.

Another quick and easy way to estimate the number of BTU’s required is with this helpful chart:

CALCULATE THE BTU YOU NEED HERE!

This chart is based on a ceiling height of 9 feet or less. Obviously, there are several other variables that are difficult to quantify when estimating the energy required to heat your space. Understand that these are rough estimates only and that actual BTU’s will depend on several factors: the number of windows, the climate, the age of the building, orientation to the south, the type and amount of insulation, construction techniques, etc.

By design, the third BTU calculator is much more detailed and takes many of these variables into consideration. Most of the other online calculators relate to central heating and/or air conditioning systems. Our BTU calculator is the best there is for fireplaces, stoves and inserts. It’s been developed by fireplace industry experts.

Another point worth mentioning. When calculating BTU’s required for an entire home, the calculation must include the “worst case scenario”. For example, the coldest temperatures of the year might be -30° F. Maybe it gets that cold only once or twice a year. Perhaps, only once every five years. But the primary heating system must have the ability to warm the house from -30° F to 70°F to keep your family comfortable. That’s a 100°F temperature swing!

If a fireplace, stove or insert is normally used as a supplement heat source or used to zone heat the house, the temperature difference might only be 15°F – 25°F.

These variables are the main reason that manufacturers make equipment that is versatile and easy to use. For instance, adjustable gas valves and remote controls for fireplaces, inserts and stoves. These controls easily vary the amount of natural or LP gas that’s burned, or the energy in BTU’s delivered to the room. Less gas means less heat. And less gas means less energy in BTU’s.

Similarly, secondary combustion technology and easy to use air controls are used to regulate the amount of energy delivered with today’s wood burning equipment.

So, click on our calculator above and see what the needs are for your home. Your WE LOVE FIRE expert would love to continue this conversation with you! We’ll look forward to providing you with worthwhile information and great service . . . . above and beyond your expectations!