Hello Kamado Peeps,
I made the best pork belly ever with smoke flavour as well as 100% perfect crackling.
Take your pork belly and do a lot more scoring on the skin and if you have one of those goodies with lots of spikes then spike the skin. Then ladle boiling water over the skin about 10-15 time to make sure the skin has boiled up a little. Pat dry and then place skin side down on a bed of salt, leave in fridge for 12-24 hours.
After that just wipe the salt off the skin and add your favorite rub on the meat side.
Cook indirect heat at 200-220°C until internal Temp is at 75°C perfection.
So this finally happened today (just a few days short of 6 weeks).
Since we’re rapidly running out of month, the inaugural cook also happens to be for the Five Ingredient Challenge. I was inspired by John Setzler’s SloRoller chicken video so I opted for that method.
Wayward Gourmet Applewood Smoked BBQ Awesomeness
Salt & Pepper
I did a dry brine on the chicken the night prior.
Finally fired up the grill and set it for 375. I swapped sides at about the 35 minute point and bumped the temp up to 425, checked on them after an hour and reduced the temp to 400. Pulled both at about 80-85 minutes.
Slow roasted the veggies with some salt & pepper and olive oil in the oven at 350, and finished on the grill.
True to John’s video, the chicken skin was crispy and the chicken super moist. My wife’s assessment was ‘the best chicken I’ve ever cooked’ so I consider the first round (of many) a success.
I was doing some research for this months challenge... okay, okay, I was just watching TV- but it was a cooking show, and the chef on the show was making Pozole Rojo, a red pork stew. As I watched the show I realized the stew gets a lot of garnishes and condiments, but basically only has 5 ingredients: Pork, Dried Chiles, Hominy, Onion and Garlic. Talk about a "Well, Duh!" moment. So I made it. I used garlic powder from the spice rack to be able to add one garnish (red cabbage) and let the white onion do double duty, both in the stew and chopped fine for a garnish. I used a package of pork necks and roasted them at 400 for an hour in the Joe to get a little color, then put them in a Dutch oven with water to cover and let that go overnight at 250 covered in the Joe to make a rich pork stock. The next day I strained and refrigerated the stock so I could skim off the hardened fat. The rest of the recipe:
1-1/2 to 2 lbs pork shoulder cut into chunks for stew
4 oz dried Pasilla Peppers
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Oregano
1 30 oz can White Hominy drained and rinsed
1 large white onion diced medium
Destem and deseed the chiles (I included a picture of the seeds from one Pasilla- you don't want the seeds in your sauce) and put them in a bowl and pour in 4 cups of boiling water and let that sit for 30 minutes or so. Put the chiles and some of the water in a blender and blend, adding water as needed to get a pourable sauce. Combine all ingredients in the Dutch oven with the defatted pork stock. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook 4 hours at 250. I left it uncovered a lot of the time to get it to thicken more. After 4 hours this is a tasty stew. Typical garnishes are cabbage, avocado, thinly sliced radishes, crema, minced onions, cilantro and fried corn tortillas.
Hi Kamado People,
I have been smoking for about 2 years now and I have never tried a pork roast style cook and beside whenever I have done pork roasts I have not got the crackling right and this is critical.
So I decided to research a little and found heaps of methods out there, anyway I was stuck on three types 1. Continuous apply of vinegar, 2. Apply lots of salt to fat/skin, boiling water. All of these have the requirement of putting the pork into the kamado at a very hot temperature for around 30-40 mintues before dropping temperature to normal roasting temp of around 180/200°C.
All of the above are required to have a dry roast, not fresh out of the plastic pack , best left overnight. At the last minute I decided to go with boiling water pouring over the fat and then right away into the hot kamado mine was at about 250/270°C range with one chunk of cheery, had no apple in the shed.
Any how after 30min I closed the vents and the temp started to drop. Once at 180°C I left her there until internal reached 75°C and wow wow what a beauty. Moist and perfect crackling. Salt was needed to be added though.
With the wife and I on the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve been avoiding some of my favorite Mexican dishes. Now that I think about it, this really isn’t necessary if I’m carefully what I choose and how I prepare the dishes. Take fajitas for example. A protein, seasoning and some veggies. Made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and not much oil the fajitas themselves are only 1 point per serving. I can live with a diet that includes chicken fajitas, can’t you? Well, that leads me to the sides. Made carefully many of the sides are 0 to only 2 points per serving. Follow along with me and I’ll show you how I prepared everything.
The night before I mixed up some blue corn masa to make up some tortillas. (This is the one item I couldn’t cheat on to lower the point value. 3 tortillas = 5 points)
I also got out the onion and bell peppers to cut up
and mixed up the fajitas seasoning.
1/2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt to taste
1/4 tsp. Chipotle pepper 1/4 tsp. Oregano
The next day started out by making a batch of my Mexican rice. (1 Point per serving) Started out by sautéing the veggies.
I measured out 2 cups of Brown rice, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. of OO and put this in the rice maker. I now added 1 cup of Clamato Picante juice and 3 cups of chicken stock.
Next, I added the veggies to the pot.
I closed the lid and pressed start. Here are the results.
Next up was the Guacamole. (2 points per serving) Cut up 1 medium Hass avocado.
Now I added 1 tbsp. of light mayo, some granulated garlic, 5 heaping tbsp. of my Pico de Gallo, some fresh squeezed lime juice and mixed this up and covered.
Next up were some frijoles. I sautéed some diced onion, 1/2 a jalapeno, some bell pepper and corn and then added two kinds of black beans. (0 points per serving)
I now got out 3 boneless skinless breasts and coated them with the fajitas seasoning.
I took them and the cut-up veggies out to my gas grill side burner.
Now I needed to make the tortillas, so I rolled up 6 balls of masa about the size of a golf ball. I flatted them a little to make them easier to press out.
I was some issues with the masa sticking to the press so had to experiment with dusting the bottom with some of the blue core masa.
I heated them up on a C.I. griddle, very lightly sprayed with some OO.
Next I sprayed my 12” Camp Chef C.I. skillet with some OO. After it was heated it up I put the 3 breast in and cooked them for 8 minutes per side.
Once they were cooked I removed them to a cutting board and was left with the fond.
I dumped in the onions and bell peppers and let them start to cook.
While them were cooking I sliced up the chicken.
Now I dumped in the chicken
and stirred it in and continued to cook until the veggies had soften.
Now I brought it all in and plated it up with a Modelo Negra.
Here is a shot once I took it inside to eat.
Gratuitous side shot close ups.
OMG!!! This was so delicious!
Thanks for looking.