This surprisingly simple rub is fantastic on all poultry, but I especially like it on chicken thighs. This recipe results in very juicy and tender chicken without the extra fat from skin. My family raved about this recipe and devoured all the chicken so I figured it was worth posting.
Author: John Mangan
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 - 6
2 Tbsp Kother Salt
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tsp Thyme
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika (Don't skip this - it makes all the difference!)
1 Tsp Black Pepper
Canola Oil (for pan)
Mix dry ingredients together well in small bowl and rub thoroughly on chicken (both sides). Let rub sit on the chicken for up to 12 hours in the refrigerator. If you have a vacuum marinade container, this can be reduced to about an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 and preheat an oven safe skillet to med-high on top of stove.
When skillet is hot, add Canola oil, making sure that a thin layer is covering the entire bottom of pan (add slightly more or less depending on size of your pan).
Add chicken to pan, upside down. Cook undisturbed for five minutes.
Flip chicken and cook for another 5 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and cook for 15 minutes.
Chicken is done when dark meat reads 180 degrees F when measured with an instant-read thermometer.
Bitter cold winters can be tough to get through. For those that burn wood, you know that bringing it in from outside can be a real pain. I decided to build these racks for the convenience of storing wood in my garage during the winter, thus reducing the frequency at which I needed to replenish from my outside woodshed. Simple 2×4 construction makes this wood rack an easy DIY project that can be completed in just a an hour or two. With removable sides, this rack can be easily broken down for storage during warmer months.
What’s In A Cord?
A cord is the amount of wood (when arranged so pieces are aligned, parallel, touching, and compact) that occupies a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62m). This corresponds to a well stacked woodpile that is 4 feet (122 cm) high, 8 feet (244 cm) long, and 4 feet (122 cm) deep.
Keeping your wood vendor honest
Two of these DIY racks completely full (and a bit heaping to take into account 6″ lost from side supports) are a good representation of a full cord of wood. It is very easy to determine if that cord of wood you ordered was really 3/4 or even 1/2 cord. Loading wood for delivery is usually done by eye with some type of bucket loader. It is quite possible for you to get less than you are paying for (or more if you are lucky). If you find that you’ve been considerably shorted, most wood suppliers will be happy to make up for the difference after you explain that you have racks like this that make it obvious.
Before we get started, I want to note that you can buy pre-made brackets for building similar racks. I have listed a couple options below from Amazon.com. While this would lead to a much faster project, I opted for a manually assembled version for several reasons:
I needed something right away
I enjoy building things. This was a simple afternoon project
When I first looked, I couldn’t find brackets under $20. I wanted to build four racks and didn’t want to spend that much on brackets alone.
Some of the cheaper brackets available are made of plastic. Others are steel but look like they are pretty thin gauge. Having used such brackets on my first rack, I’m confident that they are not nearly as strong or durable as my all-wood construction.
Once again I’m proud to bring you the ManganLabs.com ultimate gift guide for finding creative and unusual gift ideas for everyone on your list.
It’s no secret that I’m a gadget guy.
I’m always on the lookout for new and unique items. There is something on this hand-picked list for everyone, young and old! I have categorized items below at a high level.
It’s no coincidence that most if not all of the items list below are from Amazon.com. Being a member of the Amazon affiliate program allows me to earn a very small incentive for referring you to their site. If I refer many people it adds up, all helping to fund continued development of this site and more cool projects in the future. Your support is greatly appreciated. With that said, I WILL post links to items that are not available on Amazon or found to be significantly lower priced from another source. I’m a product consumer just like you and it would be against my better judgement to point people to Amazon if a much better deal or truly unique item can be found elsewhere.
New items will be added to the top of this list daily from Friday Nov 21st to Friday December 19th (and I already have several items in mind that are not available on Amazon) Bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates!
If you have suggestions for items to add this year, please use the contact form here.
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Want to build your own carnival game? This is a great project to build for birthdays, work parties, or just for the fun of it!
The electronics really bring it to life. An Arduino Yun was used to monitor the sensors, host a web slideshow with candid pictures of the winners (shown on nearby monitor), and trigger the lights and sound. The video below shows how it works:
If you want to build your own, the full detail (including Arduino source code) can be found on Instructables here.
Shameless Plug For Votes!
I entered this tutorial into three “Instructables” contests listed below (Sensors, Epilog Challenge, and Summer #mikehacks). I would really appreciate it if you would take a minute and vote for my Instructable for each of these contests. Note that voting does require an account on Instructables.com. Sign-up only takes a minute and my experience has been that they are very good about not sending SPAM your way or selling your email address.
By winning or placing in these contests, I could potentially get some great tools and supplies to build bigger and better things!
To vote, simply visit each contest using the links provided below. You should see my BassMaster entry listed on the page. Thanks in advance for helping me out!
This weekend I started playing around with the nRF24L01 RF modules. These things are a fantastic low-cost option for creating wireless communications between two Arduino micro-controllers.
These are multi-node modules where many modules can transmit back to the same “master” node. You can also find long distance versions of the same module online that claim to achieve 800-1K meters (2624 – 3280 ft) in distance!
This example shows a simple LED being controlled wirelessly. You can get about 300ft of distance between the two devices. Possibly more in clear view. I was able to walk around my entire house and still trigger the LED remotely. The options are endless for what you could do with this when it comes to wireless sensors and remote monitoring.
My next step – Shrink the transmitting side down to a ATTiny85 version of the Arduino, bringing the cost of each transmitter down to about $5.
Stay tuned for more details and an update on the project as it gets closer to completion.
I would recommend the $9 “RedBoard” for anyone just getting started. The $3 mini boards are great if you have a little experience and are looking for a low cost dedicated Arduino for your projects.
They are allowing back orders on these awesome prices. Don’t miss out on these great deals.
Also note that today from 4 – 8pm is the “Launch Party” for Generator, a new VT Maker Space with lots of cool (expensive) gadgets for your building needs. They will have a cash bar from 6-8pm and Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup. What more could you want?
A $20 wirelesss development board based on Arduino is about to enter the market. Makers everywhere are excited about the possibilities this brings to their projects.
Our goal is to provide the community with access to inexpensive and reliable wireless technology. That’s why we built flutter. Based on Arduino, flutter is a wireless electronic development board with an ARM processor and integrated hardware encryption.
Flutter is a successfully funded Kickstarter Project that raised $149,906 of it’s original $80,000 goal.
Flutter offers the following features:
1,000+ meter range
1.2 Mbps max data rate
915 MHz operating frequency
Atmel SAM3s ARM CPU at 64MHz
Cryptographic key storage
3.3v system voltage
10-40mA current draw (normal use)
Unlike many wifi-based products, flutter boards talk directly to each other – no routers or servers required. All you need to make a flutter network is two flutter boards and power. Whether you’re preparing for Burning Man or just building a project for your next hiking trip, flutter has you covered.
Due to begin shipping in April, this product has serious potential for some amazing wireless projects. I can’t wait to get my hands on a kit.
Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It is intended for creating interactive objects or environments. The sky is the limit on the things you can create.
Interested in all the “Maker Craze” with Arduino? Not sure where to start?
John Mangan of ManganLabs.com will be presenting a series of classes on the Arduino microcontroller in two tracks. The beginners track is for people who have zero experience with Arduino.
A series of separate hands-on classes will follow with increasing levels of difficulty (and fun!). An optional Arduino starter kit will be available for purchase and use in the hands-on sessions.
The details of each class are still being planned. The introduction class will be a one-hour session. Hands-on workshops will be 2 hour sessions and will require students to bring their own PC or Mac to participate. Classes are planned to be offered in Essex, VT, but details on the venue are still being finalized.
Class sizes will be limited and pricing will be very reasonable. Interested? Sign up to my mailing list below to be notified when more details become available.
Welcome to my first annual ManganLabs.com Geek Gift Guide!
It’s no secret that I’m a gadget guy. I’m always on the lookout for new and unique items. There is something on this hand-picked list for everyone, young and old! They are in no particular order and new items will be added to the top of this list daily during the first two weeks of December. Check back regularly for updates!
If you have suggestions for items to add this year, please use the contact form here.