Category Archives: Indirect

Classic Pulled Pork

Today, being a day off in the Netherlands, Liberation Day, I’ve chosen to do a long, long overdue low and slow pulled pork. I got myself a great boston butt and started with a great rub, the Carolina Dry Rub on it. Classic, but you can’t beat it.

First, I defrosted my little butt yesterday evening, and rubbed it in completely with my Carolina Sweetness.

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A good night in the fridge, packed in plastic will do the trick nice, and this morning, I fired up the WSM and filled the bowl with water. Also added some chunks of Apple wood to the coals.

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Around 120 degrees Celcius it came, and my meat went up nice and quietly. The pork went pretty fast up to around 70 degrees Celcius, and remained there for about the entire afternoon…..

 

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By now, it was about 4,5 hours of core temperatures of in the 70’s. But it started moving again!!!! Fortunately! Around 19:30 the pork was done. 12 hours exactly.  94 degrees Celcius and ready to come off. I choose not to wrap it around 70 degrees in Aluminum Foil, but keep it going a bit longer and slower to get a better bark.

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After pulling it, I made some great sandwiches with some warmed up BBQ sauce, and it was delicious. Really good with some Coleslaw too! (recipe under the link! )

I’ve had a great meal after a good day of grillin’!

(tip:  You can deepfreeze your pulled pork, but don’t mix in the sauce just yet. Freeze just the meat, and add the sauce when you’re re-heating it)

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Salmon with orange rub and glaze

Oh, a nice and warm sunday again…. It’s been way too long that we had a good sunday like this. Fortunately I always have something in the freezer to grill, but since I’ve decided to do more fish, then fish it is. Salmon. Always present in my fridge, and a thankful and enjoyable fish. I am kinda finished with the standards, salmon on a plank, mustard glaze etc. I wanted to do something different, and found the following.

Needed for the preparations :

Rub :

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of grated orange skin
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of paprika powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of dried coriander
  • black pepper to taste

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For the sauce, ready to be made later :

  • 1 squeezed orange (just the juice)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of worcestershiresauce.

So, all of the above, and of course 1 or 2 pieces of beautiful salmon on the skin. (or 1 big one, of course)

Prepare the rub and make sure it’s all mixed well. Shouldn’t be too hard, but just go the extra mile.

Now take the salmon and make sure it’s got no grates in it. Just feel careful with your fingers and if you feel a pinch, use some pliery like device to jerk it out. No need to pull that out of your mouth, once eating it.

Make sure the meat is dry and apply the rub. Don’t be shy there.

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Now seal it in a bag and keep it cool for a minimum of 1.5 hours. I did mine about 6.

Just make sure you take it out, about half an hour to an hour before you add it to the Q, to get warmed up to room temperature.

Light up the Q and bring the temperature to a constant 160 degrees celcius. ( I know …. but I’m based in Holland, so don’t judge…).

I started out with the glaze / sauce by putting on my Q grill pan and heating up the orange juice really gently. Once it starts to get hot, add the honey and the brown sugar. stirr well and once it starts to get hot again, add the worcestershire sauce. heat it up and keep it boiling until you get a nice warm and slightly thick sauce, that you can glaze your salmon with. It needs to stick stlightly.

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Add the salmon to the Q, indirect, and put the glaze on it.

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Close the lid and wait until it’s about 10 minutes in. If you have the core temperature pen, just try and see if you reach the 45 degrees Celcius already. If so, it’s done, if not, wait longer …. duh….

I’ve done mine with some grilled green asparagus and some sweet potato slices. It was a small piece of heaven here, so I really enjoyed it.

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Easy recipe and definitely worth a try too! Have fun!

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Grilled chicken with sour cream

Chicken, chicken, chicken. I’ve done it a milion times, but I wanted something else today. Time the kids learn the true meaning of different flavours. I’ve been thinking and using the internet, and I’ve found something I (and the kids) really love.

Grilled butterflied chicken with a sour cream under the skin. Not the easiest to do, but a great taste and good moisture.

To start with the sour cream semi-stuffing, you just use the following.

  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dice red onion, although I’ve used about twice that amount.
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper

First, put the sour cream in a bowl and add the dried oregano and dill. Stir well and enjoy the smell. It smells great already.

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After this, I’ve chopped up 2 red onions and the garlic and put that in the blender. (lazy me, I know, but yeah. I just have the thing, so not using it is even worse, I guess). About 3 seconds later it’s done.

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Scoop it through the mixture and add the salt and pepper.

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Now put it aside and begin a new and uncharted journey into butterfly chicken….

To properly butterfly a chicken, you just have to remove the spine. Not that hard, if you have to correct tools for it, but with a simple knife, this can be tricky. I use a good pair of bone scissors. Love the thing!

I’ve started by cutting of the wing tips, as there is no meat on it whatsoever, and they tend to burn pretty quickly, not looking nice on your beautiful hot chick.

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Place the chicken, back up, bottom facing yourself on a board and start cutting it, alongside the spine, al the way up to the neck.

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Now repeat that step on the other side of the spine and remove the thing altogether. You can use it for some stock or just throw it away. You’re choice. I’ve threw it away.

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Now the fun part. Turn it back with the open side down and press down on the breast part until you hear 2 bones snap. This is the wishbone that either breaks or snaps out of place, allowing for a much more flat chicken.

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Once butterfly’d, or butterflied, (not sure, as I’m not native english …. 😉 ), start by pushing your fingers gently between the skin and the flesh and release it from the flesh, al the way down to the legs and back. It’s kind of an addictive job, as it feels pretty nice to do so …. or is that just me. The wings I left alone, since that would be too much to get the skin loose from. Just be careful not to puncture or break the skin.

Now, start spooning the opening up with the created sour cream and massage it all the way through. Nice job, that might take up some time too.

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After this nice massage of this good looking chick, just wrap it in and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour (preferably overnight), and take it out once you’re ready to go grilling.

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The grilling part is the easiest, of course, as allways.

Start by firing it up and prepare for indirect grilling on roughly 180-200 degrees Celcius.

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Now take out the chicken and rub it in with some olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.

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Can’t get it more spot on ;-). Keep it there for the next 1 – 1,5 hours. Place the chicken indirectly on the grill and close the lid up.

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After about 30 minutes, it’s just this. Nothing much, but it’s getting there!

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But after about 1 hour, just poke it with a fork and see if the fluids are nice and clearly white, that way you know it the chicken is perfectly cooked.

I’ve served it with rice and my very own home made sate sauce. Kids loved it, as always, haha!

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It’s a battlefield, once finished, but it was fantastic! Worth a try if you have some time to spare and a chicken and the rest of the ingredients lying around…

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Enjoy!

Beercan Burgers, yet once again.

it’s been some time since I made these, but they are still soooo easy and definitely one of my favorites. Beercan Burgers (or made with a coca cola can, but it’s probably size that matters 😉 ).

You just need a few things for 2 of these big boys.

  • 300 grams of minced meat (in my case 100% pure beef)
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
  • ketchup
  • 5-4-3-2-1 rub (but any good rub will do)
  • bacon (long slices)
  • chedar cheese (the chewy melty kind of cheap cheese)
  • some grated cheese of a kind
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green bell pepper (but any colour will do, of course)
  • BBQ Sauce

First start by making the minced meat ready for the can… Mix the minced meat, the egg, a squish of ketchup, a dash or rub and the bread crumbs to a non-stick, non-watery substance. Sounds difficult, but you know it once you’ve got your hands in it.

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I’ve divided this in 2 balls of roughly 150 grams each. Pretty nice size. Then, form balls and once done, press the beercan (or Coca Cola, for the observing people) in the center and form the minced meat neatly around it.

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Now the even more easy part, wrap it with 2 or 3 slices of bacon until it’s nicely packed.

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Now it’s back to cutting up some veggies and making them soft in a pan. You can of course use the BBQ for that too, but mine is not lit yet, so I’ll use the stove for now.

The bell pepper and unions are cut up and softened and I’ve also added a cloaf of garlic. Never hurt anyone. (almost …. depends, I guess, of the situation…)

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Once soft, let cool down, before you put it in the burgers, of course. I’ve also sliced up a few pieces of cheese, due to the lack of grated cheese here on sunday and no open stores around for miles ….

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Now I’ve added some very little vegetables (cold!) in the burgers and some cheese and I’ve repeated this until it was full, topped of with …. more cheese.

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Now a squeeze of BBQ sauce, mine is ‘sweet baby ray’s’, Hickory and brown sugar. Some sweet touch. I like it, but it’s up to your taste too, of course. You can very easily chop down some peppers in there. Everything you like. Mushrooms will do great too, but I didn’t have any ….

I’ve prepped the grill for indirect grilling on roughly 160 degrees and I’ ve placed my 2 beauties on the grill rack. 45 long minutes of waiting without looking might stress you out, but no fear, all will be well. Just mind the temperature. That’s the most important one.

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After about 30 – 35 minutes I’ve topped them off with a slice of cheddar melting cheese and let it go for the last 15 minutes.

But know, that after 45 minutes of pure agony, you will be left with 2 of those gorgeous pieces of meat and vegetables. You can’t find a better burger anywhere! I’ve ate them with some home made DO bread, and it was delicious! Definitely worth a try!

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Blokhuis’s Beer Bottle Burgers

Hallelujah, I’ve discovered barbecue heaven! A most delicious, easy to make and very beautiful recipe, seen first by the PitmasterX (in my case), where they were done with a beer can. Because of the absence of cans in my house, I swapped the cans by a bottle and did a similar thing. It was heaven on earth! Fantastic! Continue reading Blokhuis’s Beer Bottle Burgers