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Monday, October 7, 2013

Competition Practice (Pork Shoulder)

So there's a local event coming up called Pig Jam that has an amateur BBQ competition that i'm contemplating entering. So this weekend I smoked 2 Pork Shoulders for practice!

The first one I injected with a Mojo sauce, covered the shoulder in olive oil and minced garlic and rubbed it down with equal parts salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Smoked until internal temp was around 150 degrees then foiled it until internal temp reached 190. Total smoker time was about 7-8 hours. Took it off the smoker and left wrapped in foil on the kitchen counter for a bit to finish cooking and cool down. Unwrapped it and it looked like this....

The bone slid out with very minimal effort...
I asked the wife to pickup a few things from the grocery store and it was Cuban Sammich time!!!
These were so damn good...
Finally here's what Practice Pork Shoulder #2 looked like. Injected with Allegro marinade and rubbed down with a random homemade spicy rub I was playing around with trying to get the taste down. It came out looking like this and was also damn good...
Oh dat smoke ring!!

Benjamin Catapia Chiang

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fatty Bombastic!

So I stumbled upon what people of the Interwebz calls "The Fatty". In a nutshell, it's a bacon weave wrapped around a layer of breakfast sausage (or ground beef or turkey)wrapped around whatever your mind can imagine stuffing inside.

This is the first one I ever made. I used ground beef and stuffed it with a smoked turkey sausage and cheese.

For the first time ever making one, it wasn't bad. I think I expected more of an explosion of flavor. That was my fault though, I should have marinated the ground beef better and maybe used a packet of Lipton Burger Mix or something as if I was making burgers. 

My second time making one was much better and much more flavorful as I went the breakfast route and used breakfast sausage. For the stuffing I put 4 or 5 hard boiled eggs and cheese in the middle and wrapped it up! 

This is the last one that I've made so far. I stuck with breakfast sausage but i also flattened out a packet of
cream cheese, cooked up a few eggs and threw some cheese in before wrapping up.
The thing I love about these are that the possibilities are endless. I've seen some crazy creative ones and they all look and sound so delicious. Next I'd like to try a turkey bacon weave and use ground turkey and see how that comes out you know because...all things moderation even succulent delicious bacon weave!

Benjamin Catapia Chiang

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nothing special, just another place for me to document my run ins with The Food! It happens pretty often, usually at least 3 times a day. The Food is out there, waiting around every corner, watching your every move. Just when you feel safe and you are at your most vulnerable...FOOD ATTACKS! Again...this is just a place to document my run ins with....The Food.

Benjamin Catapia Chiang