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Propane Tank Expired?

Those who know me, know that i love to Grill, Smoke meat, cook outdoors……

I grill year round.  I also always have a spare propane tank for that quick change just incase i run out in the middle of a cookout (Memorial Day ’93).  Anyway, today with spring coming it was time to refill my tanks.  I like to keep my own tanks. I have had two for years.

Today, as with years before, I pulled up to have them refilled.  The attendant told me that DOT since the first of the year required that no tank older than 10 years can be refilled.  Seriously!  Good or Bad, Wise or Stupid.  I now have two useless Cylinders.

IMG_20170307_160456961 Note the numbers on top.  i have had this tank since 1998.  Until today.

Luckily there is a pretty easy solution.  After feeling oppressed by the man, i went to the local box store and traded them in for already filled units.  i have lost my tanks but i was able to grill my Pork chops tonight.

Anyway, before you get caught in a rush with half cooked food on the grill, know that the rules have changed!

Happy Grilling!


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Dry Rub Pork Chops

Saturday afternoon after a open house at Conifer Meadows I decided it would be a good day for a nice meal.  Turns out I got to the store and the answer was Pork Chops and backed potato.


Salt, Chili powder,cumin,paprika,gar. powder,onion powder, pepper brown sugar

rub sit for 1hr.

broil 10 min



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Made a pretty good pot of chile.  It was pretty tame as far as chile goes but it was very tasty. 


  • Ground beef
  • chile powder
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • tomato paste
  • tomatoes chopped
  • Kidney beans
  • beef stock
  • bay leaf
  • black beans

simmer 2 hours or more

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Too many pies?

Not likely!  But we did have a dilemma.  How to transport so many pies safely?  Sad but I couldn’t sleep.  So on thanksgiving morning I went to the power tools before we had to travel.

Pie Rack Mach I

Pie Rack Mach I


IT took about an hour but it sure was nice to transport three terrific pies safely.

The Pies:

Pecan, Apple and Carmel Apple.

I like pie.



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I have decided to start posting some recipes.  Most are from my kitchen.  These are influenced by my western roots, heavy on potatoes and way heavy on Carnivorous bliss. 


Bacon! Bacon!  more on that another day.

dinners ready:

meatloaf, saugage, beef and antelope.


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