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In Praise of the Martini and its Essential Ingredient

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A man goes into a bar, orders a Beefeater martini up, with olives. The bartender puts a little skewer holding three olives into a cocktail glass, loads the shaker with ice and … Continue reading

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The Final Salute, with a reminder from The Department of It’s Always Something

Every so often — and not that often, actually — hard work, the generous and unstinting help of one’s friends and plain dumb luck give a guy as close to a perfect day as one can get. That’s what we … Continue reading

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So Far, A Salute to Pork

The last two pork shoulders — these guys are picnics — just came off the Big Green Egg. They’re about 9 pounds each, with the bone, and I put them on at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. They went about 17 1/2 … Continue reading

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Cooking for 104

There are 104 people who say they are coming to my house Saturday for the 10th and final Salute To Meat, and these two pork butts will not satisfy them. They are only the start of the last push. Two … Continue reading

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Planning The Last Waltz

It’s only late February but it’s time to get serious about planning our 10th and last Salute to Meat, our annual summer party, which this year we’ll hold in early June. By the time we’re done we will have served … Continue reading

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Syrup, The Cowboy Way

There is the right way, the wrong way, and sometimes the cowboy way — a shortcut that one uses for expedience or necessity. I like to have simple syrup in the refrigerator for cold drinks, and especially for Old Fashioneds … Continue reading

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Meat, We Salute You

At the 2018 Salute to Meat, we had 71 guests, served 130 pounds of meat — some of which we wrapped and sent home with people — lovely music and a great time. We also had the help of more … Continue reading

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Closing in on it

There was an orphan rack of ribs that I cooked on the Egg — the Pit Barrel Cooker will do only eight at a time, and the ribs come in packages of three. I cooked them at 250 indirect, for … Continue reading

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This could end badly

I’m thinking. What is it that goes before the fall? Oh, yes. Pride. Exhibit A as to my current discomfort, may it please the Court: I’d frozen them and took them out to defrost last Sunday. But here it is … Continue reading

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Salute to Meat 2018: Cooking Without A Net

When we last left our pork shoulders they were resting comfortably on the Big Green Egg, having gone on at 5:30 at 225. They were up to 171 at bedtime, but I was pretty sure they wouldn’t go through their … Continue reading

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