Sammich, Finally

I’ve been holding a bottle of a mojo marinade for a long time.  I finally used it on this pork shoulder.  Just poured it into the pan with a bunch of garlic and several very coarsely chopped onions.Poked holes in the meat, shoved in more garlic, and loaded this into a 220° oven all night.  I waited till evening because I wanted to make sure that the 12 hour auto-shutoff was disabled.  Still going this morning so we’re good, there.Drain the fat and chop it up:
Our peppers are almost done, I do have a few of those little bitty red peppers but the Kroger garden is going to have  to do  for a while.  Winter gets its  turn.The mojo sauces are citrus-y sorts of things, I wondered how it would go with a drizzle of habanero orange.  I liked it a lot, YMMV.

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Wings and Fries

I like to dredge wings in seasoned flour before frying instead of just plopping them bare into the hot oil.  These were done in that manner – sometimes I go full-on egg dip with flour dredge but that complicates things and I’m profoundly lazy.

The sauce is simple enough, melted butter with a locally made hot BBQ sauce in a 1:1 ratio.  The sauce I used today isn’t one of the sweet ones so there’s a squeeze of honey in it, too.  I tossed the hot wings with the sauce and served them right away.

Fried Chicken and Green Beans

Chicken thigh dredged in flour > egg > panko and fried till golden, then baked @350 till its juices ran clear.  Green beans were steamed for 6 minutes and then chilled in ice water and set aside.  For plating they were tossed in hot oil until warmed through.  This is my new favorite method for green beans.  Season with salt and whichever other flavor suits you.  Lemon is classic, as is garlic.  These were tossed with sesame oil.

The little side bowls were KFC recipe slaw and potato salad.

Sammich Pr0n

I made buns from my go-to recipe this morning, dividing the dough into 16 mostly equal pieces.  I do an okay job with the division if it ends up with 2, 4, 8, or 16.  My eye is pretty good dividing by two.  The odd numbers are more difficult.  I can divide half-loaves by 3 to end with 6 buns, and each of those by 2 to get 12.  Getting to 10 is hit and miss, cutting halfs into 5 pieces is easy enough, don’t get me wrong, but five equal pieces is another thing entirely.Anyway, they were not quite slider sized, but close enough.  Here they are with smoked brisket – sliced and doused with orange habanero sauce.  Yum!

Yes, We Have Beans

Beans are a standard  with fried fish, same for slaw.  Potato salad is optional but recommended.I bought one of the larger cans of baked beans and added pintos and black beans to them, along with  brown sugar, ketchup, a sweet bbq sauce, dry mustard, onion powder, granulated garlic, dried onion flakes,and a bunch of veggies:  onions, poblanos, red bells, and minced jalapenos.I was making a lot of beans so I used a lot of veggies.  Sweat them down separately and then combine with the beans.  I bake mine “for a while”.  You want to reduce the liquids a bit.  This batch cooked for an hour at 350 but they could’ve cooked longer.  I filled a big plastic container and froze the rest.  I hate running out of beans.