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.
West Coast represent – we have another update from Mr. Pitts. Take it away Justin:
This is really simple – only 4 ingredients – but the key is the salsa. Pace or some s***like that won’t cut it. This recipe is with Morita chile salsa. Morita is like a Chipotle in that it’s a smoked jalapeno, but it’s smaller, hotter, and comes dried rather than canned in adobo sauce.
(You could use a jarred salsa as long as it’s really good, and salsa verde would even work if that’s your thing.)
8-10 dried moritas
1/2 yellow onion rough chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
3-4 tomatoes seeded and chopped.
- Toast the moritas in a dry skillet until you start to smell them.
- Transfer into a bowl of very hot water and let them reconstitute for 5-10 minutes or until soft and fully re-hydrated.
- Remove stems and roughly chop.
- Put all the ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse until pureed.
- Thin it out with water (if you want it really hot, use the water from the re-hydrating step earlier) as needed. You want it to be thick but not too chunky.
- Taste and adjust as needed.
2 eggs per person (at least)
tortillas (ideal) or tortilla strips/chips
sharp cheddar cheese or Cojita
- If you want to be a hero, use fresh corn tortillas, cut them into quarters and fry in some 350 veg oil until crisp. Drain on a rack or paper towel and season with salt.
- Whisk the eggs and season with s+p. Scramble in a non-stick skillet with butter.
- When eggs begin to cook, add handful of cheese and a healthy amount of the salsa and continue scrambling.
- When the eggs are about 30 seconds out, add a handful or two of the tortilla strips and stir together. (It’s ok – they are not supposed to stay fully crispy.)
- Garnish it with green onion or cilantro if you like, but it’s really good as-is.