It’s that time again, Memphis. The time when the weather is warm but not yet a sweaty swamp, the work days seem a little bit shorter with a patio to look forward to at the end of the day, and the beer and BBQ
flow freely from the banks of the Mississippi.
Well actually, as most of you know, the Mississippi is giving the proverbial wet finger
to all of us
this year, so the beer and BBQ will have to flow from the banks of Central Avenue at good ole Tiger Lane
. While the riverside breeze will undoubtedly be missed, Memphians know BBQ Fest is about the people
, and you can always count on this crowd for a good time.
In honor of BBQ Fest week
, we at Nummy would like to bring you an offering from the kitchen of JR Grosshans. I have yet to taste this succulent selection, but The Chef assures that JR knows how to do a pig right
. And I believe him. JR is too good a Southern boy to do pork wrong.
4 tsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Pork & ‘fixins’ (cuz that’s what we say in The South, y’all):
1 bone-in pork shoulder, 5-7 lbs
4-6 wood chips or chunks (preferably hickory), soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, then drained
- Make the rub: Mix all ingredients. Set aside 1.5 tbsp vinegar for the sauce. Sprinkle the remaining rub all over the pork.
- Set up grill for indirect heat and preheat to medium low. Place a large drip pan in the center and toss 1 cup of wood chips on the coals.
- Place the pork skin side up in the center of the hot grate over the drip pan and away from the heat and cover grill. Add 12 fresh coals every hour and 1/2 of wood chips to each side.
- Cook until darkly browned on the outside and very tender inside, about 4-6 hours. The internal temperature should reach 195 degrees.
- Pull off grill and cover with foil. Let rest for at least 20 minutes.
- Pull pork into large pieces, discarding any bones or lumps of fat. Transfer pork the pulled pork to a large aluminum foil pan and stir in 1 to 1.5 cups of vinegar sauce.
Eating pig is messy. If you’re not covered with sauce when you’re done, you’re not doing it right.
This recipe uses a scotch bonnet, and, if you think about the name of that pepper literally (i.e. a small older Scottish woman dressed like Miss Muffet), I think we can all agree it’s cute as crap. Also, reading the list of spices literally made my mouth water, so it’s probably good as crap too.
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
1 scotch bonnet, cut in half
2 tbsp chopped thyme
2 tsp ground allspice
11/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 ground cloves
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree into a smooth, thick paste.
- Use on pork, chicken, or seafood. It will last for about 3 days. (The rub, that is, not the food. If your food lasts for 3 days you are my grandmother and need to eat more quickly.)
We at Nummy are always up for a good rub. C’mon now people, get your mind out of the gutter. This is a family blog. Most of the time.
Anyway, nothing’s simpler than mixing and sprinkling, and this blackening rub will ensure that your meat gets the classic Cajun kick you’re looking for. Great on chicken, fish, shrimp, steak – you name it. If you can cook it, you can blacken it, so go forth and get dark and dirty.
6 tablespoons of paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Makes about one cup.
We made these tacos last week for Barrett’s birthday, and they were devoured so quickly that Mr. Robert-Pickles-Schmidt couldn’t even scrape together a taco when he arrived an hour late. Despite the concerns of Chavandra – the butcher at our friendly neighborhood Kroger – who asked me “gurrrl, are you sho’ brizkit tacos is somethin’ you wanna make?”, it definitely is.
The coffee rub gives it a deep, spicy richness. Top it with the Ridiculously Perfect Pickled Red Onions, Spicy Southwestern Slaw, and crumbled queso fresca and you’ve got a meal that will make yo’ mama proud. And Chavandra too.
1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup black pepper
1/2 ground coffee
1 5-pound brisket
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix together coffee rub ingredients and coat brisket liberally. (This can be done as far as 24 hours in advance.)
- Put brisket in a roasting pan or deep baking tray and add 1.5 inches of water.
- Cover and bake for 5.5 hours or until brisket falls apart easily.
- Place brisket on cutting board and let stand for 10-15 minutes before chopping and serving.
- Pour pan sauce into a serving dish and spoon over tacos. (Sauce will thicken and become concentrated and delicious while the brisket cooks.)
- Enjoy the compliments. These make upscale taco shop fare look like child’s play.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we bring you something spicy and sweet to rub on your meat. Make your own joke.
1 1/2 tablespoons of celery salt
1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
1/2 tablespoon of coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon of freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Mix and rub. Simple as that.
I changed the name of this from “Steak Wet Rub” to “Rosemary-Dijon” because the ingredients made me want to eat it but the original title made me want to make some sort of dirty joke. Another wonderful suggestion from the West Coast. From Pitts: I’ve been doing this a lot lately. It holds up better for a ribeye or strip than a filet and also works great on pork chops, tenderloin, etc.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dijon mustard
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
pinch of kosher salt
- Combine ingredients into a loose paste. Season steaks with salt and pepper, then liberally brush or rub them with the paste and let marinate 15-20 minutes or longer.
- Throw them on the grill. Watch for flame-ups as the olive oil burns off, and move to a cooler part of the grill if necessary.
I almost always serve them with these potatoes
because Aimee beats me down about making them. The finished product should be kind of crispy on the outside.
It took a few tries to get the coffee flavor to come through, but now The Chef has it just right. The last time we made these I finished a steak twice the size of my head… a feat I believe only Harmon matched me in, so clearly I’m bursting with pride.
1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup black pepper
1/2 ground coffee
Mix ingredients thoroughly, dredge steak in the mixture, and grill up real nice. It’s that simple.
The Chef notes this is also really good in brisket.