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Smoked Carnitas

Smoked Carnitas

Spice Rub:
3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon White Pepper
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

For The Mop and Sauce:
1 12 oz bottle of dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo
3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons of the Rub

  1. Pierce the roast all over to let the marinade work its way in. Place roast in a foil pan with the orange juice and garlic cloves to soak overnight, turning once or twice so the roast marinates evenly.
  2. Discard OJ and garlic and rinse the roast off and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Make the rub by mixing together all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside 2 tablespoons for the mop sauce. Pat the rub all over the roast and let sit to cure for a few hours if you have the time.
  4. Make the mop sauce – mix all ingredients together and set aside about 3/4 – 1 cup for later when the meat is done to use as a finishing sauce.
  5. Set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, medium hot (300° max), and use mesquite/pecan chips for smoke.
  6. Smoke the roast for about 4-5 hours or as long as it takes to get to 195°, add coals every hour and a handful or two of wood chips. Liberally mop the roast with the mop sauce about every 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Cook until it’s well done (195°) in the center – this will help it shred easier.
  8. When it’s done, let sit for about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, then tear it apart into shreds.
  9. Ladle the remaining mop sauce over the shredded pork.

 

Pineapple Pound Cake Strawberry Skewers

Pineapple Pound Cake Strawberry Skewers

 

This is as easy as it gets.  Cube up some fruit and pound cake and skewer.  Place on grill for two minutes, flip, two more minutes and done.

Top with chocolate drizzle or whip cream.

Onion Pear Chops

Onion Pear Chops

Ingredients

  • One whole Pork loin
  • 1 quart water
  • 4 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons turbanado sugar
  • 2/3 C OWOC Basil EVOO
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 C OWOC Eighteen Year Balsamic
  • 2 T OWOC Butter EVOO
  • 2 Sweet onions, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 pears, cored and each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the water, salt, and sugar.
  2. Cut loin into 1.25 inch chops.  Using a Jaccard, pound chops thoroughly on each side until chop is rough and flat.
  3.  Add chops to brine and let them soak for about an hour. Drain and discard the brine.
  4. In a shallow dish, stir together the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Place pork chops in the dish, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  5. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by 1/2, about 10 minutes. When the vinegar cools, it should be the consistency of syrup.
  6. Heat the butter olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high or high heat. Add the onions and pears, and quickly brown being careful to keep the wedges intact. Once the onions and pears are browned, reduce heat to low, and cook for about 7 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the reduced vinegar and salt. The recipe can be prepared up to this point several hours before grilling.
  7. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.

Warm pears on the grill (in the skillet or on range top. Grill chops for about 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Now let rest for a few minutes and top with the pear onion sauce as you  serve

Cleaning Grills

Cleaning Grills

Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomatillo Salad

Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomatillo Salad

For Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 4 pasillas de Oaxaca (dried smoked chiles), wiped clean
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed, then quartered
  • 1 C packed cilantro sprigs
  • 2 C
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 Old World Olive Co. Garlic EVOO

For Steaks and Tomatillo Salad:

  • 1/4 C Old World Olive Co. Garlic EVOO
  • 3/4 t ground cumin
  • 1 3/4 pounds skirt steak, halved
  • 1/2 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 C cilantro leaves
  • 2 t finely chopped shallot
  • 2 t fresh lime juice

Preparada

( I just made that up)

Grill steaks:
Blend 2 tablespoons OWOC EVOO, cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 tsp pepper, then slice steaks in 1/4 inch against grain on a 45 degree angle.  Let stand at room temperature.
Prepare a grill for direct-heat cooking over hot charcoal on high.  While the coals are getting to the right level, make your salsa and salad.Oil grill rack, then grill steaks to medium rare until grill marks appear, 4 to 6 minutes total for medium-rare. Let steaks rest on a cutting board, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes.
Salad :
Thinly slice tomatillos and toss with cilantro, shallot, lime juice, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and salt and pepper .
Salsa:
Slit chilis lengthwise, then stem and seed. Heat a dry heavy skillet (non-stick if you have one) over medium heat until hot, then toast chilis, opened flat, turning and pressing with tongs, until more pliable and slightly changed and turning  color, about 1 minute. Cover chilis with some hot water in a pot and soak until softened, about 20 minutes, then drain. Purée chilis, tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, brown sugar, molasses, cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt in a blender.Heat oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat , then cook salsa, stirring occasionally, until kind of thick, 4 to 9 minutes.
Serve:
Cut steaks into serving pieces and top with salsa and salad.

Trucker's Steak Sandwich for David Webb Fans

Trucker’s Steak Sandwich for David Webb Fans

Grilled Steak and goat cheese on pita rounds

  • 1  teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 (6-inch) pita rounds
  • two nice slender steaks (sirloin, sizzler, or venison from home freezer)
  • a bit of sea salt
  • some nice black pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • One package of goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh erb, whatever the market has, no matta.
  • One nice little portable grill, a gas Coleman is my fave.  Whatever your cab has room for.

This is how we do it.

  1. Preheat a grill pan or aluminum foil over medium heat.

  2. Combine garlic and oil; brush evenly over pitas or simply lay the pita rounds on the mix for a minute. Sprinkle a touch of salt and  pepper evenly over pitas. Place pitas in pan, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until toasted.

  3. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper evenly over steaks and grill for 6 minutes or until medium rare, turning once. Remove steaks from the grill. Add tomatoes to pan or foil packet with remaining oil ; cook 1 minute.

  4. Slice up some goat cheese and place on the pitas. Lay the steaks and tomatoes evenly over pitas. Sprinkle with any fresh green (thyme, basil, oregano, or rosemary.

    Chomp on this bad boy and take a snooze.  You earned it.

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High Rise Wings

High Rise Wings

This neat little trick takes only 10 minutes for prep, but need to be refrigerated for about an hour so the flour coating is firm. You can add more cayenne or use a higher hot sauce to butter ratio if you like them spicier! Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana hot pepper sauce
  • 1 T Wrights Liquid Smoke

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Whisk together the melted butter, liquid smoke, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside, about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Soft, fluffy potato buns and a quick vinegar slaw work as the perfect vehicles to cut the richness of the meat, and they turn the sandwiches into the ultimate tailgate sliders.

FOR THE BARBECUE CHICKEN:

4 to 5 pounds skinless chicken thighs (I use a mix of boneless and bone-in)
Southern spice rub (recipe below)
1/2 cup pilsner-style beer
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Favorite barbecue sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Rub the chicken thoroughly in the spice rub. In a large Dutch oven, whisk the beer, cider vinegar, ketchup, liquid smoke, and

Worcestershire sauce until combined. Nestle the chicken into the Dutch oven, overlapping if necessary, and bring the mixture to a boil.

Cover the pot and move to the preheated oven. Cook the chicken until it is falling off the bone, 75 to 90 minutes. Remove chicken with tongs to a large sheet pan or bowl. Allow to cool a few minutes, then shred using two forks (or my favorite bear claws). Discard any bones and gristle. Place the shredded chicken back into the cooking liquid and cool completely. (This step can be made up to two days in advance; just cover and refrigerate until ready to move forward.)

Turn the oven on broil. Push the chicken through a fine mesh sieve to remove excess sauce (do not discard the cooking liquid). Arrange the chicken on two sheet pans and broil (working in batches) until the chicken is crisp and some of the ends are blackened, 6 to 10 minutes each.

Toss the pulled chicken with your favorite barbecue sauce, a few tablespoons at a time, to your taste. Add a few tablespoons of cooking liquid to moisten, if desired. (I always save some liquid to add to the meat when reheating.) Serve barbecue chicken with steamed potato buns and vinegar slaw.

Note: Don’t use chicken breasts for this recipe because the meat will become very dry under the heat of the broiler. The fat in the dark meat will help keep the chicken moist.

FOR THE VINEGAR SLAW:

2 cups coleslaw mix
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

For the vinegar slaw, combine the coleslaw mix with vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Taste, and adjust any seasonings if desired.

 

FOR THE SOUTHERN SPICE RUB:

1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup kosher salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

For the southern spice rub, mix all ingredients until well-blended. Refrigerate excess for later use.

 

 

Perfect Bloody Mary

Perfect Bloody Mary

  • Tomato Juice
  • Worchestershire
  • Dill Pickle Juice
  • Horse Radish
  • Celery Salt
  • Lime
  • Vodka
  • Hot Sauce 100% Pain Cayenne