According to Smoky
Welcome to According to Smoky. Here you will find the latest and greatest from C. Clark "Smoky" Hale notable 'baster', author, publisher, television star in both the barbecue and 'the real' world. And yes, he is a real person and not the webmaster
Smoky will be offering his talents, techniques and secrets discovered over the last 150 years, or so. He will be to the point, pull no punches and if you suffer through the process, you will become a much better outdoor cook, turning out masterpiece meals for friends and family alike.
In this column, Smoky talks about his recent valentine's day experiment. . . . . take notes!
So, with no further adieu, we turn the mike to Smoky. You're on Smoky . . . . .
OUTDOOR COOKING WITH SMOKY HALE
Fortunately, they are also easily available and economical. That's why I buy whole chickens and
de-bone the breasts. Some of you aren't heavily into de-boning breasts, but it's your loss. It only
takes about two minutes and a sharp knife.
|"Some admire breasts more than others. I find them irresistible. They are beautiful and tender and
deserve gentle, loving attention - some say even adoration. Whether perfumed and coquettishly
covered or presented bare and boldly in their natural beauty, they are delightful."
I understand, better than most, that few of you have ever seen a sharp knife - much less had one in
the kitchen. That's a shame. Trying to cut with a dull knife is like weeding the herb garden with a 2"
by 4." You just keep hacking away without accomplishing much more than exercise.
The sharp edge is perhaps Man's oldest discovery and it has been vital to civilization. Until the last
generation, everyone understood the need for good knives, and everybody had one. But city living
and mass marketing have brought us junk like the infamous "Ginzu" knives, which are only good at
cutting purses. Like a good man, good knives, these days, are hard to find.
You need a sharp knife with a blade from 4-6 inches long. If you are de-boning the whole chicken,
start from the back. If you are just de-boning the breasts, lay the bird on the back and make a long
cut from top to bottom along the breast bone. If you are right-handed, do the left side first and
rotate the bird before doing the other side.
Lift the flap beside the incision and make additional strokes from top to bottom, keeping the edge
against the rib cage. Remove the first breast, rotate the bird and do the other. Pound the breasts
between waxed paper to flatten to about 1/2 inch. After two or three times, it's as easy as eating ice
cream. Save the thighs and legs for your favorite use and throw the skin and carcass into a stock
Chicken breasts, whether you boned them yourself or bought them already de-boned, offer a
multitude of tastes, textures and treatments. We'll broil these on the grill and serve them bold and
succulent, decorated only with a fair complexion tinged of red. Perfect for a cozy, private dinner for
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