We were all out of smoked pork from the last time I did a pork shoulder. We bought another Boston butt for another batch put I didn’t want to fire up the smoker so I put it into the new-ish oven, set the temp to 200, and let it go. When I went to check on it in the morning I found that the oven had shut itself off during the night, A quick check online told me that it shuts itself off after 12 hours, so it quit on me circa 3am. Bummer. I checked the internal temp and it was only 115° so I cranked it to 350° to finish.
I wanted to disable the 12-hr auto shut off and that led me on quite the wild goose chase. Check the user manual, they said, you’ll find the instructions for that. Uh… nope. I did reacquaint myself with the special features menu and managed to find it in there. The controls are not at all intuitive but with a close read of the manual and at least four tries I got-er-done.
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.
It’s been so long since I made these buns that I had to look at the recipe. I’m not a big fan of seeded buns so I leave them off, as a rule.
*Grilled cheese, that is. An inside out grilled cheese, just because…
Nothing special about these, I will note that I used the “boil for a minute and let sit, covered, for an hour” method rather than soaking overnight. It worked fine. You drain the beans after the hour and then cook to your regular recipe. These are cooked in chicken stock with carrots, celery, and onions that were sauteed briefly. I like to add a Creole/Cajun seasoning to mine, and a couple of bay leaves. These have ham chunks that simmered in stock while the beans soaked to get a head start.The cornbread isn’t anything fancy, just the back of the box recipe.
The red spice on the sweet corn is tajin, a mixture of chili powder, salt, and dehydrated lime juice. To my taste the lime is predominate, YMMV. Old Bay seasoning works great, too.