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B3: Barbecue, Bananas, and Brioche

When the weekend comes up, there’s nothing like a great home cooked meal with friends and family during the warm summer evenings. Sharing some camaraderie, good stories, and great food.  And streaming a movie.

One of my favorite things is to smoke (close enough for barbecue this evening) a great slab of meat. The evening before begins with a quick trip to Costco to grab what I’ll smoke — typically a pork butt. Their quality and prices are outstanding. The purchase comes home and I breaks it open to trim off the fat, and place half in the freezer for use later. I’ll also make a great Memphis dry rub that I’ll use the following morning. All set.

First thing in the morning, I’ll coat the butt with the rub, and let it sit for a few hours until around 10am when I’ll place it into the smoker with both apple and hickory wood. 225 degrees for about 7 hours. I’ll place foil around it at the 4 hour point for about 2 1/2 hours, then remove the foil for the next hour or two until its about 180-190 degrees temperature. It finally gets pulled, and let rest for at least 30 mins before cutting.

We’ll serve the barbecue sliced with bread (Brioche) to either eat with the barbecue or make it into a sandwich. Fruit on the side so we have balanced meal (bananas and other fruit).

The smoker we use is an electric one. Quite a few of our friends use the green egg, or other other wood powered smokers. Our Masterbuilt Smoker is electric powered .. which allows you to specifically control the temperature. It even has Bluetooth. Great investment and outstanding dinner.  Then its movie time.  Of course after the meal, we’re typically grabbing a great streaming movie from Netflix or Amazon in the evening.

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