Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Smoking weekend. And the rub.

We had a good weekend. We bought a new computer last week and got a free gift card to the app store, so our weekend was filled with hours and hours of this fun little game, interrupted only by water breaks and smoke breaks.

Let me tell you - there is nothing I love more than a smoke break. Go outside, sun on your shoulders, deep breaths, delicious smells of smoke and burning and summer. Sometimes we journal them, timing, temperature, etc. This time, we just winged it and maybe it was the best yet.

Deee-li-shus. It definitely helped that we found some $5 binoculars at a yardsale so Julian could sit on the sofa and play the game, but use the binoculars to read the smoker's temperature gauge so we didn't have to get up more than necessary. Couch potato triumph.

We used a rub from a smoker forum, and I liked it enough to write it down.

Random Rub Recipe (thanks mystery online guy):

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
2 T salt
2 T black pepper
1 T cayenne pepper, less to taste
2 tsp dry mustard
2 T garlic powder
2 T onion powder

We also used Tyler Florence's South Carolina-style mustard-based sauce. I loved it. Julian didn't mind it but its not really his favorite style of sauce to start with.

Tyler's Cider-Vinegar Barbecue Sauce:

1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup yellow or brown mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pan drippings from the pork

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