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.
You had me at “chili powder and mayo.”
Claire has been talking up this recipe for some time now, and I have to say that Dr. Rhodes definitely earned her 9th degree or whatever with this suggestion.
We made this last night in honor of MexiMix 2K11, and even though we charred the corn a touch more than we might have desired, The Chef and Joe and I all got down on this in a very serious way. The richness of the cheese + the heat from the cayenne made this flat-out delectable. Muy Bueno.
4 ears fresh corn, shucked
- Rub corn with a little bit of olive oil and wrap in foil.
- Grill for 20 minutes or until tender. (You can also roast it as in yesterday’s recipe.)
- Remove from foil and slather with mayo (sexy, no?) while still warm.
- Sprinkle with chili powder, cayenne, salt and cheese to taste. Chow.
I went typically crazy with the cayenne last night, but I think that actually works to this recipe’s advantage, so don’t be skeered to get En Fuego.
I know. Overkill with the quasi-correct Spanish. Noted.
This list of ingredients looks long, but it’s basically grill, mix and dip. Plus cooking things called stuff like “Yam Neua” really makes you feel like you’ve expanded your cultural horizons. Like even more than when you watch Jersey Shore.
1/4 cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons Serrano pepper, minced
3 garlic cloves , minced
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 teaspoons white pepper
4 ounces of lemon juice
- Combine all of ingredients in a blender or a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves. It’s best to prepare this in advance so the flavors have time to meld.
8 ounces of flank steak
1/2 lemon grass stalk (4 inch tender piece), trimmed and finely sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 cucumber, finely sliced
1 tomato, cut into wedges
lettuce leaves. as needed
1 ounce peanuts, toasted and crushed
- Grill steak to medium rare. Allow to rest and then slice thinly across the grain of the meat.
- Add sliced meat and juices to a bowl and toss with dressing and remaining ingredients except lettuce leaves.
- Place lettuce leaves on a plate and fill with grilled beef salad. Garnish with cilantro and crushed peanuts.