Thursday, May 1, 2014

Smokin' Week of Meat

It has been a few days since my last post.  The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind working around the house, and preparing a load of stuff for what hopefully will only be a couple of yard sales to downsize some of the junk (I mean high quality items...) that seems to accumulate in the garage.  But all of the hustle and bustle did not prevent me from smoking 30lbs of brisket and pork butt last Wednesday for a going away luncheon at work.

Barbecuing at home for friends and family is one thing, but cooking for a crowd of coworkers and people you don't know is a different story.  As long as you stick to your method and don't try to get fancy or use a new rub, smoker, etc... it is a breeze.  The reward for all of the hard work comes when the trays are empty, and everyone is seeking you out to tell you it was great.

I am pretty sure the icing on the cake were the burnt ends.  Most people have never heard of, much less tasted a burnt end, but the pile in the corner of the tray disappeared almost as quick as the salt and pepper chicken wings at the end of the table.  I take that to mean they were a hit since I have seen people almost fight over the last salt and pepper wing at these types of gatherings... (They are essentially fried meat crack on a bone...)

Unfortunately I was in such a hurry to get the meat cut, packed, and on ice for the ride in to work that I didn't take any pictures of the finished product, but it was BEA-utiful.  I have some smoked armadillo eggs planned for this weekend.  Mandy asked me to do up a batch for her to take into work since the last time she had one half of the building smelled like smoked meat!!

Speaking of smelling like smoked meat... I used the microwave in the office yesterday to eat up some eggs and the when I popped open the door the smell of smoked meat seeped from the machine. I have officially imparted the smell of smoked meat into the microwave... My job is done here!