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rack of lamb in spicy herbs

Today, since it’s officially spring (although the weather is not really working with us here….), I’ve done a nice rack of lamb.

To make the spices to rub it with I’ve used my homemade rub for lamb. I’ve oiled up the racks and sprayed a nice layer of rub on it, and after that I covered the remaining bone parts with aluminum foil to make sure it wouldn’t burn.

I’ve prepared my OTP for indirect grilling and grilled it first until there was a nice crusty part, all around. I started with the meat side, as this is the most fatty part.

After the nice crusty part, just move it to indirect, and insert your core temperature sensor (or thermometer), and let it go with the lid closed until you’ve reached a nice core temp of about 68 degrees (for medium, I guess). Some like it a little rarer, and to be honest, everything above 55 degrees (Again, Celcius, my readers, not Fahrenheit), is nice! Just grill it to your own perfection. Don’t blame me, please.

Once done, I’ve only had to remove the foil and cut it up and we had a great meal. I also did some grilled red and yellow bell peppers to accompany it. It was really good!

St. louis style pork chops

Well, it was about that time to do some bucketlist things. The weather was nice, it was about 17 degrees (Celcius, my friends, not Fahrenheit…) outside, and I had a nice pork neck, comparable to the US pork butt, laying around. St. Louis style would say; Cover everything in BBQ sauce and grill it, but I decided to give it a little twist from my dutch BBQ inspiration Noskos.

First of all, I’ve cutted up the meat in slices of about 1 inch (2 cm) thick. Not really important, the size, but I wouldn’t want them to be too thin.

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After that, I’ve applied a bit of oil, to make the rub stick, and applied my home-made basic bbq rub to it. Just apply a nice thick layer of it.

After this seasoning, I’ve set it aside for a few hours in a ziplock bag, just to get some flavors in it.

Time to grill. First of all, the OTP was setup for 2 zones. (direct, indirect) and I grilled the pieces of pork for a few minutes over direct heat to get them seared up and to give a nice grill-flavor at the end.

Once that’s done, I’ve set an oven-dish up in the indirect part and added a bottle of alcoholfree beer with Citrus taste (but any beer would do, of course, play around yourself) and my home made BBQ sauce, and added the pieces of meat until they were almost all covered. If the sauce is not enough, just add a little more beer and sauce to it.

Now I’ve covered it up wit aluminum foil and let it go on 150-160 degrees Celcius for a nice hour of simmering.

After this hour of steaming in it’s bath of sauce and beer, I’ve removed the foil and turned the pieces so all parts of it can get the great flavours in it.

Now let it go for another 30 minutes of open-air grilling at 160-180 degrees to reduce the moist a little and finish the pork chops.

Once done, you have the best pork and a very tasty gravy to go along.

I’ve served it with some mashed potatoes made of sweet potatoes and some beans, but that’s up to you. The gravy and sweet potatoes we’re a killer combi and the meat was succulent and awesomly tasty!

Super simple and great and honest eating!

3-2-1 spareribs

So, after playing around with my sous-vide machine, which makes making ribs very very easy, I decided to go old-skool and bring out the loyal Weber WSM. Fun addition this time, since I received my new Flame Boss 500, which was due for it’s maiden run.

I took out 2 racks of ribs yesterday, and defrosted them slowly. I took off the membrane on the bone side, just to make it easier to eat and season.

For the rub, I used the faithful Basic Barbecue Rub and dusted it nice and thoroughly. They already looked fine like this, but we still had some time to go.

3-2-1 stands for the times in the grill and the methods to grill it.
3 hours of plain grilling at about 105-110 degrees (I chose 107, because I can with the flame boss)
2 hours (although 1,5 was enough for these ribs) wrapped in aluminum foil with some moist, flavour and fat
1 hour of plain dry grilling to harden up the bark after the moist 2 hours in aluminum foil (and half of that, basted with BBQ sauce, as a finishing touch).

So, after the first 3 hours in, I wrapped them in Aluminum foil with some apple juice, whiskey, brown sugar and ghee butter. Awesome combi, as it turned out.

They came out (after 1,5 hours wrapped) like this.

Already looking tasty, but very soft right now, after the ‘steam session’.

So the weather in the Netherlands might not always play as nice as it should, but we can manage a prolonged session of rain. (btw, if it was just the OTP, I wouldn’t mind some rain, but I had some electronics connected to it with my FlameBoss 500)

Grilled them dry for 30 minutes and then basted it with my own home-made rib sauce and grilled for another 30 minutes.

Awesome result. Took me over 6 hours to cook, but they were gone in 15 minutes, like they should!

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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Rotisserie chicken in the kettle

I was about time that I dipped myself in the wonderful world of rotisserie on the BBQ. Last week, on my birthday, my dear brother, also a fanatic BBQ cook, brought me a rotisserie ring for the 57cm Weber OTP. This time, I had to give it a go myself.

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