Texas State of Mind (Lesson 1) - The Texas BBQ
Trip Start Dec 16, 2011
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First you've got to get your smoker
Second, choose your cut and prepare the meat (sausage, brisket (flat or point) or ribs (baby back ribs, St Louis ribs etc. etc). Marinade in your rub (dry or wet; which can be made from an infinite combination of herbs, salt, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, chillies and any number of secret ingredients). The rub can be put on the outside of the meat or injected directly into the meat.
Once you have your meat you have to prepare the smoke....... the charcoal and wood (choose from mesquite, cherry, apple........) are burned in a side box and the smoke drafted over the meat which may or may not be wrapped, AND that is seasoned with rub which may or may not have been injected. The objective - cook it long and slow, monitoring temperatures in the meat and the smoking chamber. This requires constant monitoring and refuelling at least half hourly.
8 hours ish later (longer if you can but 8 hours minimum) the food is ready to eat
So - we started at 09:00am and sat down to eat and 07:00 pm. Chris did all the hard work with me as his able wing man BUT WE DID IT - AND IT TASTED GOOOOOOD and we have a list as long as your arm of little things to try and do differently for next time - I think we are hooked!!!
We’ve now just go to hope we can do it again for our house warming BBQ and have the meat ready to eat at 3pm instead 7pm.
Other upcoming Texas state of mind lessons on the things to do list.........
1) take a road trip in a truck
2) own a pair of cowboys boots
3) go to a Texans football game
4) be a cowboy for the day
5) watch the Astros hit the ball out of the park
6) see the Texas wildflowers
7) go to a county concert
8) hit the rodeo
9) And many more I'm sure I'll think of in time