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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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Smoked gurnard from the WSM

Starting from scratch, both with ingredients and with knowledge, I’ve bought about 15 gurnards at the local fish market, only to find out at home that they were not yet cleaned. Learning curve up ahead, but don’t worry, it’s just fish, so how hard can it be…. ;-).

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First I made a cut in the neck of the fish, behind the gills, to the belly, and I opened up the belly of the fish. When cutting up the neck and bones inside, the guts of the fish actually came out themselves, leaving me with a beautiful, clean fish.

Now I removed the spikey backfin and needles and cleaned it up.

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These fishes needed to be brined in fresh water with salt. I added 500 grams of salt in about 5 liters of water, and stirred until it was dissolved.

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Leaving this for about 1-2 hours, they get a really good salty flavor, enough to make it ‘fingerlicking’ good! I’m really enjoying it so far.

When brining is about te be done, we start the WSM and fire it up with some coals and let it come up to about 100 Celcius.

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The ideal temperature for the WSM filled with water. No wood has been added yet. When the Q is warming up, we dry off the fishes after rinsing it with some fresh water. (use an old towel for this, please, but make it a clean one).

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Once the Q is about 70 degrees Celcius, we add the dried gurnard and let it dry in the nice ambient temperature of the WSM. When it reaches about 100 degrees, we add 2-3 chuncks of apple wood. Not soaked in water, but just on it. large chunks, that can smoke up to about 30-45 minutes. The fishes can be on there for about 1-1,5 hours.

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When it’s done, I served it with some oven fried potato chips with rosemary and garlic. Awesome! Fish and chips!

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Kansas Style ribs

What to do, what to make? To answer that question, the procedure in our house is rather simple. I go to the freezer, open the meat drawer and just take a look at what I’ve got and what feels good. Well. The first thing I saw, were some nice meaty rib racks.

Choice is made, it will be ribs. Now to figure out how to cook them this weekend. For that, I decided to open my new ‘bible’ from Steven Raichlen, which is a guru in my opinion. Pretty soon I had a lot of ideas about a lot of meat, but I was still looking for the ribs, in that case. ….

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Super Simple Make-Your-Own BACON!

Bacon is the basis of most fantastic pieces of food, whether it’s under a fried egg, pancakes, hamburger or with some pasta, it’s always good! Even without anything else, it still rules! Anybody who disagrees with me, please PM, haha!

But how to improve the quality of the bacon in your fridge? Well …. what about doing it yourself? It’s super simple and very tasteful!

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Baby Back Ribs

Ribs…. what is there to say about ribs that hasn’t been said a million times before on just as many websites on the internet…. We all just love them! In order to show you a bit more about the ribs we do and will do, I’ll try and enthusiasm you as much as I can here.

When doing baby back ribs, I usually order them through a dutch company called beefensteak. They sell really nice cuts of meat and the deliver really quick in styrofoam boxes with artificial ice. It should remain frozen for 48 hours, as far as I know.

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