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Lexington Pork Shoulder ~ BBQ Fest 2K11

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.
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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.
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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.
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Rub:
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
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Pork & ‘fixins’ (cuz that’s what we say in The South, y’all):
1 bone-in pork shoulder, 5-7 lbs
hamburger buns
4-6 wood chips or chunks (preferably hickory), soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, then drained
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  1. Make the rub: Mix all ingredients. Set aside 1.5 tbsp vinegar for the sauce.  Sprinkle the remaining rub all over the pork.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cook until darkly browned on the outside and very tender inside, about 4-6 hours.  The internal temperature should reach 195 degrees.
  5. Pull off grill and cover with foil.  Let rest for at least 20 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. Chow.

Eating pig is messy. If you’re not covered with sauce when you’re done, you’re not doing it right.

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Fried Green Tomato Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Though spring is taking way too long to get here, we thought we’d tee up this spicy/sweet Southern treat for you so that you’ll be ready when the unparalleled Ripley tomatoes finally appear at your local farmers market. This is a great spin on classic FGT, and any self-respecting Southern lady simply must know how to fry one.
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On a related note, I would be remiss if I did not include a quote from the movie of the same name that Dunny so expertly worked into an e-mail the other day: “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” Ouiser Boudreaux (and for that matter Sara Dunigan), you are a woman after my own heart.
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Fried Green Tomatoes
3 green tomatoes
1/2 cup AP flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 milk
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 vegetable oil
1 tsp pf salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
large pinch of chili powder
mixed greens for salad
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  1. Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Season both side with salt, pepper and chili powder and let sit while you prepare dressing.
  2. Make dressing and prep the the breading bowls. You will need 3 bowls with the following:
    1. seasoned flour
    2. milk and eggs mixed and
    3. panko
  3. Heat a large skillet with oil over medium high heat.
  4. Dip tomato slices in flour, then egg/milk mixture, then panko.
  5. Fry slices in skillet 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Dress and serve on top of salad greens.
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Sweet Chili Dressing
2 tbl bottled sweet chili sauce (The Chef likes Mae Ploy)
2 tbl ketchup
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbl sugar
2 tbl water
2 tbl lime juice
2 tsp chopped cilantro leaves
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  1. Mix all ingredients together and dress those ‘maters.

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