I like pork butts. I cannot lie. I like ’em round, and big, and once I throw them in my rig…
Well, I guess you’ll have to read on to find out what happens.
Yeah, I know, it looks like a pan-seared pork chop. It is indeed pork, but it is actually a slice off of this 48 hour (140°F) eight pound bit of porcine plumpness:
A couple of margaritas ago, I pulled some brats out their four hour 140°F sous vide water bath. They were ugly.
I fired up my modified Weber Kettle®…the one I used for the St. Louis cut ribs I talked about a few weeks ago and got things a-smokin with some hunks of red oak. Continue reading
It seems like the summer of 2015 has zipped by in a flash. Where does the time go? I moved to Maryland just a few weeks ago, didn’t I? In nine days, it will be three years.
I thought I’d celebrate Summer’s end in high style.
I’ve become a huge fan of St. Louis cut ribs for various reasons, but that’s another post. Actually, it’s a previous post. I don’t recall the link, so just search for it. Continue reading
Or ham of lamb?
A tender, juicy, carnivoran delight. Cute little critters don’t stand a chance when they taste this good. Continue reading
For many years I happily considered sous vide as just another cooking method fully ignoring that it is also, and perhaps primarily, a food preservation method. Properly pasteurized — and remaining sealed in the bag — food can keep in a 35°F fridge for several weeks. Freezing extends this keep time to months.
More recently, I’ve taken advantage of the preservation side of things and experimenting with various proteins has yielded some interesting results, especially with fish. Continue reading
On first blush it seemed a bit wacky. Why in the world would anyone need to sous vide a bratwurst? One could say the same thing for hamburgers and yet many sous vide aficionados swear by the technique.
Strangely enough, I found the Yuengling infused brats at a local box store. I guess it isn’t so strange since I live in the Mid-Atlantic region and Yeungling hails from Pennsylvania and also happens to be the oldest operating brewery in the U.S. Continue reading
For me, there’s a serious problem with conventional BLT’s; not enough bacon. Sure, you can add more slices — or use thickly cut bacon — but after the first bite, they tend to move around and you wind up wrestling the sandwich into your mouth.
Given that, I am very truly sad that I didn’t think of this: the bacon lattice.
It adds a whole new dimension to a BLT.
This afternoon, most glorious spousal unit sent me a recipe. It intrigued me, but not enough to actually follow it.
This cold soup is amazingly simple when you have ripe avocados, shrimp, lime juice, butter, sherry, pequin powder (or cayenne), fresh garlic, chives, and some whole milk on hand.
Oh yeah, you’ll also need a blender and a pan to cook the shrimp.
Being able to take advantage of good prices on fresh fish is one of my favorite things. Keeping good quality fish from getting funky is always a challenge.
Enter sous vide.
This flounder was pasteurized, frozen then reheated in a stovetop water bath. The gating factor on dinner prep was the 11 minutes of hydration time for the fettuccine. Dinner was ready in less than 20 minutes.
Recently, I dug out my seemingly ancient sous vide rig to cook a chicken breast.
This breast went from -1°F to 165°F in less than two hours.