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So as you all have probably realized – I am obsessed with peanut butter. I found this recipe online and the great thing about it is that it is 21 Day Fix approved so it’s a great treat for those trying to watch what they are eating but still craving something savory. I decided to whip up this treat for my husband and I while we were stuck at home during the Blizzard of 2016! We ended up getting over 3 feet of snow!  This bark was super easy to make and only took a few minutes
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A Private Tour Of New Braunfels Smokehouse

18 September, 2013, 0 comments, on

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New Braunfels, Texas is home to not only home to one of the nation’s best and largest waterparks, the Schlitterbahn, but it is also home to the New Braunfels Smokehouse! The Drink.Eat.Relax. Team had the once in a lifetime opportunity to get a totally behind the scenes tour of the smokehouse and its entire operation. We can’t even begin to tell you how amazed the whole crew was with the operation they run at the smokehouse. 

When we first arrived we were greeted by friendly staff and sat in the waiting room. The smell of meat hits you as soon as you walk in the doors. We were asked to put on lab coats, hair nets, baseball hats, and booties to cover our shoes before entering the facilities.


The team getting ready for the tour - what a good lookin bunch in lab coats!


Packaging room where final products are labeled and shipped out.

We were then led through the various rooms including the packaging and labeling room, the room where the cooked meats are finished off with glazes, sliced, and sealed, the hot room where the smokers cook the meat, and the meat waiting rooms where unfinished and/or finished meat wait to be cooked or packaged. Each room is separated and has its own team of workers in each. Workers are designated with different colored uniforms to show which area they work in. Over 100 people work in the factory.


Factory Works hanging strips of bacon to racks to be sent into the smokers.

Refridgerated Room for meats waiting to be smoked.

Not only was the process of packaging and finishing the meats very efficient but this entire factory has to be the cleanest place anyone on the Drink.Eat.Relax Team has ever seen. While walking through the different rooms you are constantly walking through soap and clean water to be sure your shoes don’t track anything from one room to the next. When we got out we all had sparkling clean shoes!


Finished hams waiting to be glazed and sprial slice. Each Ham is sliced individually and done carefully by a worker specific to this station.


Hams being prepped for the Honey Glazing process.


Each Honey Glazed Ham is done by a single person and a torch. Amazing how each ham you get it unique!

Cooked meat is put into containers and taken to the meat packaging room where workers seal and label individual packages.


Bacon hanging on racks in the smokers - now step back and crank that smoker up!

The Smokehouse will smoke sausages, jerky, turkeys, chicken, pheasants, beef brisket, hams, bacon, pastrami, ribs, pork chops and tenderloin.  All meats are stored on rolling racks and then rolled into the massive room sized smokers.  The best part about the smokehouse is – it used to be a brewery: the New Braunfels Brewery.  From brewery to community ice house to smokehouse. The 70+ years of history can be tasted in every delicious bite.

Smoked Sausages waiting to be packaged and shipped.


Factory works load uncooked sausages onto poles and then onto racks to be rolled into the smokers.

If you are ever in Texas be sure to get by the New Braunfels Smokehouse Store located right near the Smokehouse so that you can try out their amazing meats!   Can’t make it to Texas?  They’ll bring it to you at ……http://www.nbsmokehouse.com/

- The Drink.Eat.Relax. Team

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Horse Racing, Wine, & History at Belle Meade Plantation

14 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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Belle Meade Plantation is known as the premiere thoroughbred racing and breeding farm of the South. Owned by the Harding and Jackson families this plantation was home to some of the world’s most famous thoroughbred racing horses.

 

We took a tour of this beautiful home, smokehouse, and winery while visiting the grounds at the plantation. The Winery at Belle Meade Plantation was created to honor all of the home made wine that was served to presidents and other famous people that visited the home while under the Harding and Jackson Families ownership.

 

We were able to enjoy a tasting of 5 of their wines all with thoroughbred or horse racing related names. The winery was started in 2009 and is a beautiful addition to this historic home. We also toured the onsite smokehouse that was used during the times the home was actively lived in. They walked us through the process of how animals, especially pigs, were cooked here. The process is quite similar to those practices we use today.

- Sara

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Making Things Sweet In Tennessee!

14 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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While walking through town we came across this really unique shop filled with wine glasses, stoppers, and many other wine related items. Little did we know we had actually walked into the wine shop of Sugarland Wine Cellars. Once inside we found the tasting room to be in full swing with plenty of wine to go around!

These wines were a true surprise as we didn’t expect Tennessee wines to be as tasty as they were.

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We preferred their white selections over the reds. The servers also informed us that any bottles you purchase can be taken into a few of the local restaurants and uncorked for free. Since we didn’t know about this location in advance we were unable to book a tour but we highly recommend that if you visit Gatlinburg, TN you book a tour at Sugarland Wine Cellars to see all the behind the scenes stuff.

-Sara

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Wine Made By Bootleggers!

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Bootleggers Home Made Wine is a small wine shop and winery that are located right next to the Ole Smoky Moonshine store in Gatlinburg, TN. Upon our visit we found out that this winery was founded by two sisters who use everyday stuff you find in the kitchen to make their wine.

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They bottle every batch by hand and truly put their hearts and soul into their wines. They are only distributed in East Tennessee so be sure to stop in their shop for a free tasting. Our favorite from this stop on our trip was the Redneck Reserve Dessert Wine. Not only does the name make it our favorite but the sweet scent and warm finish make it just perfect for after a meal.

-Sara

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