Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Q: Smoking Some Pork

Do you smell it? The sweet smoke and spices. Sorry if you can't because it smells really good.

Pulled pork... all 17 lbs of it.
I've been waiting to make some true barbecue, sorry Texas, but I'm talking about smoked pork shoulder. I watched some Good Eats, I did some reading, checked out some videos on You Tube and then just jumped. What can I say, I'm fearless. The idea that I'd ruin $100+ worth of pork just never crossed my mine.

Morgan and I went down to the West Side Market and our pork purveyors Mark and Minnie at Jim's Meats, grabbing three pork shoulders and six slabs of spare ribs. In total we walked about with nearly 18 lbs of shoulder and about 21 lbs of ribs.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Market Garden Brewery: People Watching, Good Food and Beer.

I took Friday, July 1st of to get stuff ready for a family barbecue and after we got everything prepped, Morgan and I hit up the brand new Market Garden Brewery on 25th Street for dinner. It's a pretty cool place, much larger than I expected with two full size bars and a reasonable amount of table space.

The Beer Menu
Their outside Beer Garden patio is nice, but it was super busy, so we passed on the 90 minute wait for a table and took the 0 minute wait for a table inside. There are a few tables out on 25th with no wait as well, but they were in the direct line of the evening sun.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

I've been making homemade barbecue sauce for several years. It's pretty easy to do and always tastes better than the store bought crap - even the good stuff you shell out $10 a bottle for. Right Tara? That said, the number one ingredient in my barbecue sauce is ketchup. Store bought Heinz 57.

Whole and Crushed Tomatoes
Yep, good old Heinz secret recipe of 57 herbs, spices, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. Add some bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, a dash of this, a dash of that and BOOM! Barbecue sauce is born! It's always bothered me that my homemade barbecue sauce, the sauce everyone loves and raves about (cue Tara) is based on some junky store bought ketchup.