I have been using the Sam's Choice briquettes for a little while now, and I have to say that they are pretty good coals. I have 2 issues with them, but they are pretty minor. First, they produce a lot of ash. Some of that could be that they are bigger than Kingsford briquettes. Since I don't have to worry about clogging up a smoker it isn't a big deal. Second, they spark more than Kingsford. As I move the coals around in the chimney they shoot up sparks. Like I said, they are pretty minor complaints, and overall I've found they burn well, and are easy to use. We have a Winco Foods opening up this spring so I will try to find the Royal Oak brand and I will compare them.
Today's recipe was sent to me by a reader. I did honey glazed carrots a couple of weeks ago and I was disappointed with the results. The flavor wasn't great. So Dutchovenrandy left this recipe in the comments and I thought I'd give it a try.
Honey Mustard Glazed Carrots
10" dutch oven
2 lbs. baby carrots
4 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. spicy brown sugar Dijon mustard
1 T. liquid Hickory smoke
1 Tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1-2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley (I forgot this)
Heat the DO and melt the butter. Add the dry ingredients and stir well. Add the liquid smoke, honey and mustard. Stir quickly so it doesn't burn. Add the carrots and let them simmer for 30-40 minutes. When you are ready to serve sprinkle with parsley. I used 14 coals on the bottom and 7 on top. Serves about 6. If I were to make these indoors, I would do it all in a saucepan on the stove top.
The Finished Product
What I Learned
Yesterday's DO tip worked perfectly here. 2/3 of the coals on the bottom and 1/3 on top and these carrots were cooked to perfection.
I know you are looking at the pic and wondering why I am eating carrots rolled in dirt. Well, these are the best dirt rolled carrots I have ever had (it is the mustard that looks grainy). These were amazing!!! The cinnamon and nutmeg perfectly seasoned them. My 2 year old ate all hers and then polished off mine. If she weren't so cute I would have stabbed her with my fork to keep her out of my carrots (ha ha!). I think I will make these again for Thanksgiving dinner, and probably several times between now and then. Don't let the terrible pic make you pass these up. They were awesome! Grade A-.