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Sous Vide Ribs

I almost waited too long to put the ribs into the water bath.  I was thinking the morning of the 4th would be good for the holiday dinner.   The slab  was cut into two pieces, rubbed with seasonings, and sealed in vacuum bags well in advance.  Then I looked at the recipe over at the Food Lab site the day before: “TOTAL TIME:16 to 50 hours”!  I set the bath up and started it up around 2PM on the 3rd with the temp at 155 degrees.They spent the night at 155, then I boosted the temp to 165 the morning of the 4th.  Around 11Am they came out and were placed in an ice water bath to cool.  Here they are after blotting with paper towels.And after brushing with BBQ sauce while the oven was heating to 400.  The one on the right was wanting to break in two, all they needed was reheating to seal on the sauce.The ribs were as tender as any we’ve ever had, the bones sipped out of the slabs cleanly.  Two thumbs up!Got bone?


Random Sammich



_dsc6849-1600x1200I haven’t been doing much cooking lately aside from leftovers and sammiches.  I have been doing some home IT work, finally replacing the router that has been growing increasingly reliant on constant reboots to function properly.  I was able to fumble through the setup with just one call to tech support.  So far it has been smooth sailing.dsc03797-1600x1200The shelter has a new cat tree!  A local supporter crafted it from what looks like an 8″ diameter section of an actual tree with twine wrapped planks set into notches.dsc03796-1600x1200Here’s a closer look at that kitteh.  20161205_165519-1600x1200Here’s my take on a cheesesteak sammich.  I didn’t bother with a cheese sauce this time, just added a nice slice of provolone towards the end of the sautée.  I found a flat iron steak tucked back in the big freezer, sliced it thin, and cooked it with sweet onions and a bit of green bell pepper.20161207_163927-1600x1200Some chili cheese dogs fresh from the toaster oven.  I gave them a minute or two under the broiler to melt the cheese.  I used shredded Monterey jack and with a generous sprinkle of cheddar.dsc037641600x1200Moar kittehs!  These two are comfy in one of Mrs J’s beds.  The orange and white one has more than the usual number of toes. 20161204_1632031600x1200I have been putting together the usual side dishes but I hardly consider that as “cooking”.dsc03790-1600x1200


Pulled Pork Two Ways For The Slow-Cooker

Slowcooker pulled pork

This recipe is so simple and so very good. It’s great to make and then have ingredients for sandwiches all weekend. Eat cold or reheat, both are good.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

  • 2-3 lb boneless pork roast
  • salt and pepper
  • cayenne or red chili pepper flakes (opt)
  • red wine vinegar
  • favorite barbecue sauce (JeffreyW and I are both fond of Sweet Baby Rays – I like the spicy)
  • favorite rolls (I like multi-grain hoagie rolls)


Remove the string ties from the pork roast. Spread the roast out, season all sections with salt, pepper and if you like, cayenne or chili pepper flakes. Roll back up and place in the slow-cooker (don’t tie it up again). Add red wine vinegar (about 2 tbsp or more as desired). Cover and cook according to slow-cooker directions – usually 8-10 hours on low. Keep that lid closed.

Once its cooked, remove the roast and pour off all but about 2 tbsp of the liquid and fat. Shred the roast and return it to the slow-cooker, add barbecue sauce, start with 1/4 cup and add more as desired. I eventually used about 1/2 cup and a little bit more each time I reheated.

Don’t want barbecued pork, how about Carnitas? Just change out the spices:

  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 orange, cut in half

Mix together spices and oil and rub over the roast liberally. Add the roast, garlic and jalapeno to the slow-cooker. Squeeze the orange over the meat before adding it as well. Cover and cook as above. No need to drain, just shred the pork and serve on tortillas.




Pulled Pork

DSC_1935 (1600x1060)We were out and about this morning, visiting nurseries and greenhouses.  I’ve been noticing a new-ish BBQ joint and today I made up my mind to check it out.  It wasn’t anyways near write-your-momma-about good but it wasn’t bad.  Mrs J had the pulled pork platter and I ordered the brisket.  Mrs J noted they offered the BBQ by the pound so we left with a carton of their pulled pork.  That’s the pork on the sammich in the photo, with my own slaw and Kroger’s version of mustard potato salad.  All of this was good.

BBQ Pr0n – Beer Braised Ribs

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Mmm… Beer Braised Spare Ribs

DSC_0521 (1600x1060)I coated these with a dry rub and was putting them into the pan when I decided to add a beer rather than the usual chicken stock.  Cover the pan with foil and bake for three hours at 325-350, uncover and drain the liquids, apply bbq sauce and cook until that sets.  They turned out pretty well but I bet a better beer would have made a difference.  I used a basic mass market light beer this time.

Sammich Pr0n – Roast Pork BBQ

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

DSC_0222 (1600x1060)I see this on offer at the Kroger deli pretty often and I’ve bought, and liked it, but it seemed a tad too expensive so I looked for a recipe.  I found this one and used it for a guide.  This one has two  potatoes and the other ingredients are scaled to suit.  I used four slices of bacon and two or three green onions and a handful of a cheddar/Monterey jack mixture left over from another dish.  Use about 2 to 1 sour cream to mayo in a quantity sufficient to lube it all up.  I boiled 6 eggs to make deviled eggs for an additional side and Mrs J suggested adding a couple to the potato salad.  They work fine in there.  I saw a recipe that mentioned baking the mixture until the cheese melts but I went with a cold dish.  Made an excellent side for the roast pork sammich.

BBQ Pr0n – Spare Ribs

DSC_0192 (1600x1060)Trundled the gas grill out and fired it up for the first time this season.  Ribs were marinated first then braised in the oven and finished on the grill outside.