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Today's experiment actually started last night, when I got an almost-seven pound pork butt (1) from the fridge, decanted it from its plastic shroud and, once I determined it needed no trimming of its external fat, I proceeded to slather it with two tablespoons of Gulden's spicy mustard, then covered it in a mixture of Jack Stack meat and poultry spice rub, some of the jerk seasoning James Hollaman brought me back from his trip to Hell, brown sugar, kosher salt, and granulated garlic.

Once this was applied to all sides of the beast, I broke out my Cajun Injector (not a euphemism) and placed a mixture of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and melted butter in various locations deep inside the meat. It then went into the fridge to stew in its new juices overnight.

This morning, I somehow slept until 8a, which put me slightly behind my schedule. Once I felt caffeinated enough
to play with fire, I got a chimney of coals ready, soaked a mixture of hickory and pecan chips plus some fresh rosemary in water, and prepared my Brinkmann smoker, Ol' Artie Deco, for action again. At roughly 10a, the pork went into the smoker, and the sweet scent of smouldering (2) wood soon filled the air. After two hours, I commenced regular basting of the meat with the leftover marinade, along with occasional replenishment of the smoke and coals.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was forced to bring it in at 5p, when I wrapped it in foil, poured the remaining marinade/baste over it, sealed it tightly, and put in a 250˚ oven for another 1.5 hours. Once the fantasy football draft was over, I pulled it from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes while the Julienne potatoes cooked on the stovetop.

On the plus side: it was incredibly tender and moist, even before I ladled some of the drippings over the pulled meat. Margene S. Bahm said it was the best pork she'd ever had (nae2). Paula Helm Murray was equally impressed.

For me, the less good part was that neither the rub nor the marinade had imparted much of any flavor onto the meat. The smoke was good, but I couldn't detect much of the various herbs and spices I had used. Additionally, despite seven hours in the smoker, the bark it developed was not particularly crisp, even before it went into the oven.

Overall, I was pleased for a first-time effort. It's more than edible, and I will be doing this again. I think part of the issue was not having Artie hot enough at the start (his temp gauge reads "cool," "ideal," and "hot," and I've never found a proper gauge that will fit him). Maybe more brown sugar in the rub. Definitely more spice, which will flow.

In any event, a good start. And the lesson is, with the right combination of rubbing and injection, you can make a 99¢/lb. butt taste delicious.

(1) huh-huh huh-huh, butt. Happy now?

(2) For my Canuckistani and British friends.
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Went to the American Royal Barbecue contest this evening with NPulsifer, and had a great time. Saw as number of custom-made smokers for sale, and lusted after many of them. Got some excellent Raspberry Chipotle rub from Red Monkey out of southern Missouri, and tasted many wonderful sauces. We even met the team from the British Barbecue Society, who'd made the trek from the UK to KC for the first time, and pronounced the experience "Brilliant!"

But the highlight came when NPulsifer and I rounded a corner in the huge (and I mean huge) labyrinth of competitors to see a banner proclaiming "Home of the Bacon Explosion." We made a beeline there, and I actually got to meet the creator of the wonderful thing itself. I told him about making one for Scalzi at ConQuesT, and he was delighted to hear about it. We even got to taste some of the commercial version of the Explosion. Yes, that's right, you can now buy your very own heart attack loaf, locally at the KC Barbecue store by Oklahoma Joe's at 47th & Mission Rd, or via the intertubes.

So my feet are killing me, which will make tramping across the Ren Fest that much more entertaining tomorrow, but it was more than worth it. Almost makes up for missing Archon.
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This morning I drove Rohanna to her dance practice, so I could run some errands whilst she was jigging and reeling. As we drove down Main, we notice a Big Green Egg inflatable outside this store, and vowed to check it out on the way back home. We then got caught in some kind of probably very worthwhile but exceedingly annoying walking thing that had half the Plaza shut down, specifically the part we needed to get through. Eventually, we made it out and headed to the church where dance practice is held. I dropped Ro off, and headed south in search of many thing.

First stop Price Chopper, which did not have the Jones Soda I was craving. Then across the street to Lukas Liquor (Kansas side), where I picked up Boulder Brewing's Hazed and Infused dry-hopped ale, Lakefront (Wisconsin) Brewing's IPA and a summer sampler from Saranac Brewing of Utica, NY.

Then to the necessary part of the peregrinations: Daddy needed a new pair of shoes. The boots I had been wearing pretty much daily for two years had developed a split along the seam by my right big toe, and it had grown explosively in the past few days. So I dropped into Wallyworld and picked up a pair of hiking boots on sale for $13. At checkout, they rang up for $9, which pleased me.

Since I still had time, I headed across the parking lot to Best Buy, where I grabbed the new Neko Case and Decemberists cds. At checkout, the clerk told me the total, and I pointed out to him that neither of the prices on his screen matched the ones on the stickers on the discs. After a brief consult with a supervisor, I headed back to pick up Ro, my discount cds stored with the rest of my loot.

As agreed, we stopped at Trapp to see what the brouhaha was about. They had several Eggs in various sizes up and cooking, and were sharing sausage, ribs and cheese (the latter grilled on cedar planks for 15 minutes or so. Brie and Pecorino Romano. Om damn nom). I chatted with one of the salesmen about the Egg, then we went inside, where there was a wide variety of spices, rubs, marinades, sauces and other paraphernalia for the outdoor chef. We managed to control ourselves, and only got a bottle of Chipotle-Lime grilling sauce and some Spiced Rum Butterscotch topping.

Tomorrow morning one of Ro's supppliers who does roofing on the side (not a euphemism) is coming by to check out our problems, then Ro and I are going to the ballpark to see the Great Ghod Greinke pitch.
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This morning I drove Rohanna to her dance practice, so I could run some errands whilst she was jigging and reeling. As we drove down Main, we notice a Big Green Egg inflatable outside this store, and vowed to check it out on the way back home. We then got caught in some kind of probably very worthwhile but exceedingly annoying walking thing that had half the Plaza shut down, specifically the part we needed to get through. Eventually, we made it out and headed to the church where dance practice is held. I dropped Ro off, and headed south in search of many thing.

First stop Price Chopper, which did not have the Jones Soda I was craving. Then across the street to Lukas Liquor (Kansas side), where I picked up Boulder Brewing's Hazed and Infused dry-hopped ale, Lakefront (Wisconsin) Brewing's IPA and a summer sampler from Saranac Brewing of Utica, NY.

Then to the necessary part of the peregrinations: Daddy needed a new pair of shoes. The boots I had been wearing pretty much daily for two years had developed a split along the seam by my right big toe, and it had grown explosively in the past few days. So I dropped into Wallyworld and picked up a pair of hiking boots on sale for $13. At checkout, they rang up for $9, which pleased me.

Since I still had time, I headed across the parking lot to Best Buy, where I grabbed the new Neko Case and Decemberists cds. At checkout, the clerk told me the total, and I pointed out to him that neither of the prices on his screen matched the ones on the stickers on the discs. After a brief consult with a supervisor, I headed back to pick up Ro, my discount cds stored with the rest of my loot.

As agreed, we stopped at Trapp to see what the brouhaha was about. They had several Eggs in various sizes up and cooking, and were sharing sausage, ribs and cheese (the latter grilled on cedar planks for 15 minutes or so. Brie and Pecorino Romano. Om damn nom). I chatted with one of the salesmen about the Egg, then we went inside, where there was a wide variety of spices, rubs, marinades, sauces and other paraphernalia for the outdoor chef. We managed to control ourselves, and only got a bottle of Chipotle-Lime grilling sauce and some Spiced Rum Butterscotch topping.

Tomorrow morning one of Ro's supppliers who does roofing on the side (not a euphemism) is coming by to check out our problems, then Ro and I are going to the ballpark to see the Great Ghod Greinke pitch.
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Just for the record, I will never smoke, roast or otherwise cook a turkey that hasn't been brined beforehand. I am a convert. Now, some music (surprise!).



1) gnashville, WHY?

2) Thats Alright Mama. Dylan & Cash

3) I Predict A Riot, Kaiser Chiefs

4) Happy Together (got no idea who the band is, it's a punk cover, and not bad)

5) Feel Fear, Matthew Sweet

6) Midwatch 1953, The Fall

7) My Back Pages, Steve Earle

8) High And Dry, The Rolling Stones

9) Gentle Giant, Surbahar

10) Hallelujah, Dresden Dolls


And a little extra for May Day, comrades!

11) Lost And Found, Sparks

12) Xylophone, The Magnetic Fields

13) see below


In honor of the day, here is a special song.




drpaisley: (Big O'Pimpin')
Just for the record, I will never smoke, roast or otherwise cook a turkey that hasn't been brined beforehand. I am a convert. Now, some music (surprise!).



1) gnashville, WHY?

2) Thats Alright Mama. Dylan & Cash

3) I Predict A Riot, Kaiser Chiefs

4) Happy Together (got no idea who the band is, it's a punk cover, and not bad)

5) Feel Fear, Matthew Sweet

6) Midwatch 1953, The Fall

7) My Back Pages, Steve Earle

8) High And Dry, The Rolling Stones

9) Gentle Giant, Surbahar

10) Hallelujah, Dresden Dolls


And a little extra for May Day, comrades!

11) Lost And Found, Sparks

12) Xylophone, The Magnetic Fields

13) see below


In honor of the day, here is a special song.




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We checked out the brand new Cosentino's grocery store at 13th & Main. It was one of the parts of the Power & Light District the city insisted on, and it opened several months late. It is very much designed for the downtown dweller, with a third of the store taken up with ready-to-eat foods, foods made to order, and a huge salad bar. The grocery area is decet, but constrained by its size, and doesn't have the depth of selection that a larger store would.

Theywere having a bunch of foood samplings, including cheeses and pitas with hummus and babaganoush (insert "Addams Family" finger-snaps here). There was also an interesting tasting of three different beaujolais varietals in the booze department (which had a nice selection of wines, a somewhat smaller liquor section [and a very limited scotch selection, with far more blends than I would have expected, given the overall upscale nature of the store], and a decent beer selection). We picked up a variety of items, and had some gelato, then headed off for the rest of our errands. I doubt we'll make it our main store, but it will be convenient for me to stop at on the way home if we need something.

But the bestest thing today so far is this link that Kalimeg sent me:

http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/

Man, I wish it was warm enough to fire up the smoker!
drpaisley: (Default)
We checked out the brand new Cosentino's grocery store at 13th & Main. It was one of the parts of the Power & Light District the city insisted on, and it opened several months late. It is very much designed for the downtown dweller, with a third of the store taken up with ready-to-eat foods, foods made to order, and a huge salad bar. The grocery area is decet, but constrained by its size, and doesn't have the depth of selection that a larger store would.

Theywere having a bunch of foood samplings, including cheeses and pitas with hummus and babaganoush (insert "Addams Family" finger-snaps here). There was also an interesting tasting of three different beaujolais varietals in the booze department (which had a nice selection of wines, a somewhat smaller liquor section [and a very limited scotch selection, with far more blends than I would have expected, given the overall upscale nature of the store], and a decent beer selection). We picked up a variety of items, and had some gelato, then headed off for the rest of our errands. I doubt we'll make it our main store, but it will be convenient for me to stop at on the way home if we need something.

But the bestest thing today so far is this link that Kalimeg sent me:

http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/

Man, I wish it was warm enough to fire up the smoker!

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