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Smoking Pork Butt BBQ and Time Management

I realize it's now 8 hours later, but I would have wrapped it and put it into a 200 degree oven. Please let us know what you finally did.

May 24, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Country Style Ribs Help (need to cook tomorrow or they will go bad)

This is my favorite preparation for CS ribs, Ig you don't feel like making the marinade, you can buy a jar of it from your local Asian market. You can also make this directly on the grill grates instead of anging. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX95B...

May 21, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

What do y'all do with dried pasta odds and ends?

I take them all and add them to my baked mac n' cheese.

May 20, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking

Montclair NJ or Verona NJ restaurants for dinner Tues?

Blu in Montclair, if they're still around.

http://www.restaurantblu.com/menu.html

Apr 30, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

1st Brisket - Help!

Also look for "Woodburner's" posts about the fuse method.

Apr 16, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

1st Brisket - Help!

Hi Duffy, first of all I know we all read about how difficult it ias to smoke a brisket, but don't worry about it. It's a piece of meat that you're going to cook slowly and it will taste great.

The 1st 4-5 times I made brisket I used my 22" kettle with he fuse method and it worked great. I would get a few chunks of hickory or cherry or peach or pear or oak or whatever wood you want (NOT PINE>>>EVER)and place them on top of you fuse to add the smoke flavor. It will taste good w/o it too but the smoke adds a great flavor. Also, you only need to use the wood for the 1st 2 hours as a rule of thumb as that's as long as the meat will accept the flavor.

How long should it take? You never know. A guide is 1-1.5 hours/lb. but again that's just a guide. you know when you brisket is done by taking a skewer and running it into the meat. if it "goes in like butter", your brisket is good.

Should you use a pan beneath the meat? Sure. and Put the brisket directly on the grates.

Fat up or down? Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 answers. It really doesn't matter.

Shmear the brisket with yellow mustard (doesn't add any flavor ) to hold what ever rub you use on it and yes if you have time to put it on the night before that would be better. Don't forget to put some more on before you put the meat on the grill. I put the rub on liberally.

What you want for your finished product is a chunk of meat with a crust (bark) on it. It will looked totally burned...again, don't worry as long as the interior is tender.

Again, enjoy the process. I enjoy the process almost more than eating the finished product. Feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

Apr 16, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Savory Spice vs/ Penzey's

Thanks all. I asked because I live 5 minutes away from a Savory Spice and 15 minutes away from a Penzey's. Again, my thanks for the responses.

Apr 06, 2015
jnk in Chains

Savory Spice vs/ Penzey's

Has anyone shopped at both stores and have you noticed any discernible difference. Thanks

Apr 03, 2015
jnk in Chains

Looking for som epulled pork info

Congrats on your cook. If you want any more info on using your kettle for smoking foods look at woodburner"s posts. He taught me how to use the minion/fuse method for smoking meats. Here's a link with a picture.
Enjoy

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9875...

Apr 02, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking

Looking for som epulled pork info

Hi Kah and welcome to "the dark side". Our son's Bar Mitzva was actually catered by a BBQ restaurant and it was great.

Everyone has an answer for making pulled pork, but the description you gave is for a smoked pulled pork that HAS to be made outdoors

You said that it had a "smokey flavor" (from wood used in the cooking) and the "crunchy bits" which was the bark from the rub used on the pork.

Without using liquid smoke, and I would recommend that you not use it unless you absolutely have to and then in VERY limited amounts you won't get that smokey flavor

If you have a charcoal grill you can smoke it outdoors without any great investment other than a bag of charcoal and some chunks of wood (hickory, cherry, maple, whatever you can get your hands on),

Let us know if you need more info. It's a fun process and the outcome is well worth it. Enjoy.

Apr 01, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking

Event Space

I've attended a few functions at The Stage House in Scotch Plains.http://stagehousetavern.com/scotchpla...

Mar 31, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Braunschweiger, how do you like tov eat it?

I like buying it by the chunk and slicing off pieces to eat just out of my hand. Plain and simple.

Mar 23, 2015
jnk in General Topics

Jewish meal

What memories this conjures up. We lived in an apartment house and my mother would buy her fish and cook it 3 days before the seder. The entire 6 floor building would smell. It was fantastic.

Mar 10, 2015
jnk in General Topics
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Jewish meal

Go out for, or better still have some Chinese food delivered. That's what we've done for decades.

Enjoy your new found "family".

Mar 09, 2015
jnk in General Topics

for a potluck: mac & cheese or scalloped potatoes?

I just so happens that I'm making my answer tonight! It's mac n' cheese but I add Cosctco/BJ's roast chicken and caramelized onions to the mixture before I bake it.

Mar 09, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking
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Looking for a good restaurant before Broadway show

Mar 03, 2015
jnk in Manhattan

Looking for a good restaurant before Broadway show

Can you be more specific as to types of food you like or don't like, how much you'd like to spend, in he theater district or are you willing to walk or cab further away?

Mar 03, 2015
jnk in Manhattan

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

In fact we did order mixed cakes and got what we ordered. Being the person that ordered them, I made sure to speak to someone when I placed my order.

Mar 03, 2015
jnk in Chains
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Costco or BJ's membership?

Are you talking about the little chicken and cilantro ones?

Mar 02, 2015
jnk in Chains

A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

If you have miso paste in the house, a miso soup with noodles, vegetables, green onion and then steam the sole on top for 5 minutes. You could also use a chicken or vegetable base broth if that's what you have.
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mayo, parmesian, dijon paste on top of sole and into the broiler for a few minutes.

Mar 02, 2015
jnk in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

We used to order their sheet cakes once a year for the marching band and both the kids and their parents enjoyed them.

Mar 02, 2015
jnk in Chains

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

There are a couple of things that some would consider gadgets that have changed my cooking. The main thing is my BlueStar range. I consider it a gadget because in reality it's not really necessary for cooking, but what I feel it helps with is refining what you cook. To be able to use as much heat or as little heat as you want makes all the difference.

Feb 27, 2015
jnk in Cookware

Did anybody grill post blizzard?

2-2inch pork chops on my Weber gasser earlier this week in 12 degree weather. Not snow bu good and cold. Anything for the wife's b'day!

Feb 20, 2015
jnk in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Thanks Brian, I shop at AFC on Rt.22 every couple of weeks and have bought pork belly there along with vegetables and Asian needs.

Yes I will try Franks, most likely tomorrow.

Again, thanks for the info.

Feb 18, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

I've never been to Frank's and from your post I feel that I should try it

" I don't go to John's often enough to be a regular and am eyed with some suspicion on my visits."

My feeling is that when you shop at someone's store, eat at someones restaurant, go to a doctor, visit a tailor, go to a framing store....I could go on, but you should never leave feeling this way. This is why I'll try Frank's this weekd for my needs.

Feb 18, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

I don't want to be argumentative but the 1st stone was cast by a business that puts this meat into a showcase for $4.99/lb.. I did give him a backhanded compliment by mentioning their reputation as the reason I was there to start with. So, my disappointment was more a matter that they are willing to sell a standard product and at premium prices. The "butcher's" response was secondary seeing that he knows what he's doing just like the butcher at Barth's knows what he's doing and went to the walk-in to cut off two thick well marbled chops.

Feb 18, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

They are a "short" ride down the parkway from me (approx 20 minutes) and I never think of going there unless we happen to be in the area. Great idea for next time. Thanks Joonjoon.

Feb 17, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Thanks all. For a place whose reputation precedes them, it was a terribly disappointing experience in Scotch Plains.

Feb 17, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Today's my wife's birthday and she wanted me to make her pork chops. No problem, I'll just go to a "well known" butcher in Scotch Plains and get some great pork chops instead of going to a supermarket. In I go and there are no customers but 3 butchers so I tell on of them my wife's birthday wish and he shows me 8-3/4 inch thick pre-cut chops in the display. I ask him if he has anything thicker with at least some marbling, he says "no, there are no special pork chops, they're all the same, this is western bred." I say that they look like the pork chops that I can buy at ShopRite and that I came to him because of their reputation. He said, "so, do you want them?"

I traveled an extra 15 minutes to Barth's Meats in New Providence where I received 2 1-1/2 thick chops cut to order and was treated nicely. I really do want to support local business people but I guess sometimes you have to support someone else's.

Feb 16, 2015
jnk in New Jersey

Costco or BJ's membership?

We've had BJ's trial memberships 2x/year for the past 4 years and have never paid a penny more for anything we've bought.

Feb 13, 2015
jnk in Chains