Posts Tagged ‘pulled pork’
As I am prepping for the 2010 season to begin I have to start with where we really needed to improve from 2009. For the last years season I was really happy with our pork. Everything else needs a lot more work. Especially brisket. I have struggled with brisket. Brisket is my challenge above all challenges. Overall for the year we came in 241 out of 4716 on the Pickled Pig Rankings. I am proud and challenged by those results. Just shy of being in the top 5% overall we came in:
- 173 out of 4716 Pork
- 267 out of 4716 Chicken
- 331 out of 4716 Ribs
- 580 out of 4716 Brisket
For these rankings we had 6 competitions that were included:
We did however compete in additional competitions for the 2009 as well that were not included in those rankings:
Canada Southern BBQ Championships
1st — Pork; 2nd — Ribs; 3rd — Brisket; 3rd —Chicken 1st—Anything But
“Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition Saskatchewan”
Reserve Grand Champion
1st — Pork; 2nd — Ribs; 4th — Brisket; 4th—Chicken 1st—Anything But
Canadian Pork BBQ Championships
Reserve Grand Champion
2nd—Chicken; 2nd — Pork; 4th — Brisket; 4th — Ribs
Invitational BBQ Cook-off
7th — Pork Shoulder; 6th — Chicken;
National BBQ Festival “Best of the Best”
Open BBQ Cook-off
9th — Ribs
1st — Brisket; 3rd — Ribs
3rd—Chicken; 3rd — Pork; 4th — Ribs; 6th — Brisket
Overall we made improvements to our overall BBQ in my opinion. I am hoping to be able to attend more competitions this year however my schedule may have some interesting diversions this year. I can’t share them yet but I am really excited for 2010 overall. I have a lot of practice and work to do. LOL
While in Memphis I had the distinct pleasure to finally have some AmberQue. What is AmberQue?? Well I think it will be the next big sauce on the market. I was happy that my friend Joe McManus of Joey Mac’s Smoke Stax came out with it. Joey’s team won the American Royal 2008 Invitational BBQ Competition. I think a lot of people are looking for a different flavor other that the traditional tomato based sauces. I really wish mustard sauces were more popular on the competition circuit. I would be using this one in a heartbeat straight out of the bottle.
It has a great blend of tangy sweet and spice. There were a few of us that tried this sauce and all of us thought it was excellent. We tried it on sausage, pulled pork, brisket and pork loin. It rocked on everything. I can’t wait to try it on ribs next. So this is my plug for it. This is not a paid endorsement at all. I just really really liked it a LOT. If you can get your hands on it you should. I mean seriously get to Hawgeyes and get some. you will not be disappointed at all.
One of the challenges of practicing is what to do with the leftovers. I practice. A lot. So I am always up for trying new recipes to use leftover competition practice meats.
Tonight I decided to make some empanadas.
One batch was fried and the other baked.
Recipe for easy empanada dough from About.com :
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 3 tablespoons shortening
3. Cut the shortening into the flour mix with a pastry blender or two butter knives. Make a well in the center of the flour mix and pour the liquid ingredients from the first bowl into the center.
4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients with a fork until it becomes stiff.
I used a batch of leftover pulled pork out of the freezer. After letting the dough chill out for an hour I rolled it out to about 1/4 ” thick. I used my largest biscuit cutter to cut out the discs of dough. I then rolled them out again to make them nice and thin (approx 1/8th inch). I placed the pulled pork on the center then I used a fork to crimp down the edges. It is really important to make sure the edges are sealed to hold in the pulled pork.
Served with a side salad and some Dinosaur Honey Creole Mustard they made a nice dinner.
We had a bit of leftover dough so we decided to use it to make some deep fried yummies.. these were terrific sprinkled with powdered sugar with a batch of easy & fast caramel sauce. I would highly recommend this. It was a fun activity to do with the kids as well.
This recipe and dessert made a great meal .