Category Archives: Food

“George, stop jumping on the Nuke.”

The ride out to SLC was fast and the Honda Magna did very well.  Save for one small detail.  I had thought that the seat was just fine.   Unfortunately on an extended ride, the seat becomes a torture worse than water-boarding.   The 100 mile range per tank is more than enough.  Because at about 60 miles, you have to get off that seat and get some blood back into the buttocks.

At Crusader HQ, I dropped off my ATI Commander for some slicking up and for a new finish… Cerakote.  In Battleship Grey.    We got the Grey Cerakote in for our customer, who I still can’t reveal.  But the color is awesome.  After talking with Joe and twisting his arm, he agreed to come with, on a little adventure.    I had  a mission.

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Decent BBQ in the Uintah Basin

Smokey D’s BBQ joint right next to Strata in Vernal.  Where the old Polar King used to be.   I went there and had a Pulled Pork Sandwich which was the best I have had in some time.  But that isn’t saying much.  It was good.  Very good, but not Great.  There’s a distinct difference there.  Good BBQ will leave you satisfied and feeling amiable, much like how I felt there with the Smokey D’s BBQ.  I was satisfied.    However, Great BBQ should never leave you feeling like that… it should make you just want to keep eating and not stop until you make yourself sick on juicy BBQ goodness.   It should make you crave it so much that you want to go back only 2 blocks away.  That’s Great BBQ.  Also, the guy that makes the BBQ should look like he could kick your ass if you question his sauce.   Not a couple high school kids on their summer job.  But still, Smokey D’s BBQ was some very good BBQ and I’ll certainly go back.  I sampled pretty much all the meat they had… it was all very good.  In fact, it might be some of the best in the whole state of Utah.  The slow smoked flavor is there.   I can’t say that about the other BBQ place that was across the street… That was some weak stuff.

So if you are in Vernal, Utah and want some BBQ, Smokey D’s is the place.

Strange Dreams.

For some time I’ve had a recurring dream.  I pull up to the back of a cafe, get of the truck, go to the back of it and pull out the 50 pound back of flour and carry it inside.  Inside, my oldest son is mixing up bread dough.   Other family members are chopping and prepping, while my wife is rolling dough and cutting out chunks to be made into buns, and crusts.  We have a hand made old fashioned brick oven that we use for baking burger buns, breads and pizza.     The joint is called “The Fat Ogre’s” and the signature dishes are “The Epic Burger” and “The Monster Pizza”.

I have never wanted to work in the food industry, so the dream is strange.  But I could probably do it for real.  I do make some freaking epic burgers.  Grilled, not fried.  Just sayin.   I’m a foodie… always have been.  I bet I could make it win.   Not that I am planning a career change any time soon… but Vernal really could use a good destination type eatery.