Smoked Pork Shoulder

We left this in a 250° smoker with peach wood chips and it got plenty of smoke.  I brought it into the oven to finish at 350°, the photo is of it as it came out.  I set the oven probe to 190° and it worked like a charm.  The oven doesn’t shut down but it does beep like a tot with a new horn on his tricycle.Pulled the bone and chopped the meat before portioning it into plastic containers for freezing.Naturally, we kept some out for immediate use.  I like giardiniera on mine, along with a sauce of some sort.  The potato salad is a basic egg mustard recipe.  I’ll keep making this style until MrsJ mentions that she might just be wore out on it.  My chives are coming up from last year’s potting so there are chopped chives in this batch.We left some herbs out to overwinter, wondering if any would survive, the tyme is coming back but the parsley, sage, rosemary, and oregano seem to be gone.

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Sloppy Spaghetti

I made so much sloppy joe that I figured we needed to use some for something other than sammiches.  My giardiniera is so good  on this I may make it a regular addition to my pasta.  It is garlicky enough to add it to plain noodles.

Sammich Pr0n

Rather than add the giardiniera as a topping, this time it was added to the pork as it heated in the saute pan.  The buns are from the Kroger deli bakery and are quite small.  They could hold a standard sized hot dog but are on the small side even for hot dog buns.

Homemade Hot Giardiniera

DSC_0818 (1600x1060)My serrano pepper plant was producing a fair crop of peppers,  they were ripening and some were past ripe and starting to dry out.  I picked all the ripe ones with a vague idea that I would dry them, or something.  Inspiration struck as I was spooning hot Chicago style giardiniera over yesterday’s Italian beef.DSC_0834 (1600x1060)Look at all those little pepper chunks!  Those are serranos, still green, as you will almost always see them.  Our giardiniera selection is limited at this end of the state, there may be one variety of it on the shelves if we’re lucky.  My local Kroger doesn’t carry any, unlike Chicago area stores.

Fortunately, there are tons of recipes on line.  There are plenty of variations – this version has ripe and green serranos, green bell peppers, carrots, celery, onions, olive oil, white vinegar, dried oregano, black pepper, garlic, celery seed, and a 5 oz. jar of chopped green salad olives with pimentos.DSC_0835 (1600x1060)To prepare it, stir a half cup of salt into the raw veggies, add water to cover, and refrigerate overnight.  The next day rinse thoroughly to get rid of the salt, then add equal measures of vinegar and olive oil, stir in the garlic, the drained olives, and other seasonings.  I hesitate to list quantities, for this batch I used 1 cup each of vinegar and oil, a couple tablespoons of minced garlic, and just eyeballed the rest.  This will store in the fridge so I won’t try to process it further for stable shelf storage.  I bet these will be pretty hot – I’ll let you know after they spend a few days coming together.

Sammich Pr0n – Braised Pork

We thawed that pork shoulder overnight and browned it on all sides in a big pot this morning after poking it full of garlic cloves.  I bet I stuck a dozen and a half of them in there.  Can’t have too much garlic.  I added a quart or so of chicken stock and a couple of onions, some oregano, pepper and salt and put it, covered, into a 350 oven for three hours or so.DSC_4357 (1600x1060)The meat was falling apart tender.  I cooled it and pulled the meat apart for the sammiches.  Reheat the pork in a pan with oil to brown and crisp it some.  Mrs J has hers with Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce, I top mine with hot giardiniera that I’ve fortified with some baby kalamatas.DSC_7280 (1600x1060)