After brining fish (see “Cedar Planked Smoked Sesame Salmon and Tuna“) and thanks to Greg I’m now exploring brining pork shoulder for pulled pork. Pulled pork is amazingly simple, but requires preparation work. Brining adds to this, but is well worthy.
It seems that my pulled pork BBQ (see “Tutorial: BBQ Pulled Pork“) gets more and more fans :-). We will have a BBQ party for 10 person tomorrow evening :-). In preparation for that, the two pork shoulders started brining in the refrigerator from yesterday night on. Today we prepared the BBQ sauce for tomorrow, in four different styles: North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Kansas:
A smoker is great for big pieces of pork, beef or chicken. Putting fish directly on the grid is usually not an option because the fish can fall apart or is difficult to remove. Instead wrapping it into aluminium foil or putting it on a metal or stone plate, I prefer to put fish on a cedar plank. In my opinion the best way to BBQ fish:
Having a total of 14 guests in the evening, why not preparing a great BBQ? A smoker can take a lot of meat, so for this I decided to smoke two kinds of Baby Back Ribs plus one pork shoulder for pulled pork. Everyone is helping with preparing desert plus the salad dishes:
My job was to get up early to deal with the fire and meat 🙂
So this is my current week-end BBQ project: Pulled Pork out of the BBQ smoker :-). As a teaser, this is how the result looks like: tender, juicy slow-cooking smoked pork meat out of the smoker:
Low and Slow as they say in Texas. This year I wanted to finish the BBQ Smoker season with something special: a BBQ Smoked Veal Brisket 🙂
For years a coworker is using a BBQ smoker to prepare a turkey for Silvester dinner. After hearing him so many times about how excellent this is, time to try this out myself. I cannot wait for the year-end, so I have put a full size turkey into my smoker today 🙂
Now all about the best part 🙂 And words cannot express it better than pictures. But pictures cannot express the smell and taste…
Early in the morning, I started the fire to warm up the smoker:
It’s 5:15am, and started the fire in the smoker. Until it warms up, time to apply the rub to the brisket.
I have learned that Brisket is the national food of the Republic of Texas. I decided that this time I will do the rub differently: salting the meat the day before (see “Part 1: Barbecue Beef Brisket Texas Style – The Meat and the Salt“), and applying the rub (without any salt) just before putting the meat into the smoker. I’m using a variation of Texas “Dalmatian Rub”: salt (applied before), coarsely cracked black pepper with a few spices.
This weekend, we have our yearly neighbourhood grilling and BBQ event. Last year I prepared smoked baby-back ribs. This year my goal is to prepare Texas style Brisket 🙂
YES! I’m going to attend the Freescale Technology Forum conference (http://www.freescale.com/ftf) in Austin, Texas Jun 22-25 this year. Right on time, as I have run out of Rudy’s BBQ sauce (see “Smoking BBQ Baby Back Ribs – Swiss Style“): I will need to travel light so I have enough space and weight room for bringing back BBQ sauce :-). But ‘no sauce’ does not mean ‘no BBQ‘!!!!
Tired of my tech articles? Too much geeky Eclipse stuff? Well, then I have something completely different for you: Smoking Baby Back Ribs! No electronics, no microcontroller, no software: only heavy metal, fire wood, meat and beer :-).
❗ WARNING: this post shows raw meat and alcoholic beverages! You are only allowed to continue reading if you are 18 years or older 😉
Ahhhh, I truly love the Texas BBQ (see “BBQ Smoker Monitoring Robot“)! And what I love the most is Beef Brisket. Unfortunately, I cannot travel each time to the US to get some brisket. So good or bad, I have to make the brisket myself :-). The challenge is that outside of Texas, ‘Brisket’ probably is an unknown thing, especially in my area. In the usual grocery stores and supermarket, if I ask for a brisket, they they just shake their heads and ask “brisket what?”. Of course, my local butcher (Messerli, Metzger meines Vertrauens!) in Steinen knew exactly what I need for a Brisket :-): a special cut of beef from the lower chest of beef.
On Tuesday, I sent my wife to pre-order my cut of beef, and this morning we picked it up in the butcher’s store. An excellent piece, already trimmed, 1.662 kg:
I have to admit: I’m not a vegetarian. I love BBQ, and no offense to vegetarians! Today is perfect day for another BBQ session, and this time I plan to enhance it with electronics. No, not eating electronics, but doing BBQ with a little DIY electronic helper. There are different ways to cook meat on an open fire pit, and each region of the world has its own way to do it. Traditionally, in my area we are ‘grilling’ the meat: high temperature, for a few minutes, done! I like that ‘fast food way’ too, but there is an even better version: Slow food smoking!
I’m gifted that I had the opportunity to experience the Texas BBQ culture: slowly cooking the meat, at low temperature, and ‘smoking’ it: Cooking the meat around 80°C prevents that it gets dry (because the water does not vaporize, see this article on Wikipedia). There are different ways how to do this, but I love the way how it is done at the Salt Lick in Austin/TX with an open fire pit: