thanks to everyone for the comments. i've always thought making stuff yourself is better, both in quality and in price, than you can buy. besides, i got tons of time now!
Originally Posted by squeekykleen
Wow, looks like you are pretty handy to have around! What style of beer are you brewing?
the white house honey ale, from an extract kit. it's my first time brewing, soi'm keeping my fingers crossed
Originally Posted by LMAJ
Nice way to take care of the family! Tell us more about the chicken... details please...
it's fairly simple, use 1 tbsp honey and 1 1/2 tsp salt for each 8 oz chicken breast put them in a bag (i used a vacuseal bag) for 2 days, i also sprinkled in some of my house rub. pull them out, rinse and soak in water for an hour or so. the hardest part was making the log. i overlapped two breasts point to point, and then overlapped the rest with the points going tin the same direction. tying it was a PITA because they kept wanting to slip apart, but it is tied like you would tie a roast. after it was smoked i let it sit overnight in the fridge to make slicing easier. when i sliced it some of the individual breast pieces came apart, but overall it held together pretty well. i think for the net one i'll get full breasts from a butcher so the log will be bigger, and i'll use less breasts in each log to help with tying them.
here's where i found the recipe that i used torihamu article