Slow braised mandarin chuck on the bone

Ever since I read ‘Thin Blue Smoke’, where pulled chuck was mentioned, I’ve been trying different versions of chuck beef on the bone. This one worked very well, and I used it for tacos. After cooling, merely pull chunks of meat off the bone, set aside, and briefly pan fry to heat up before serving….

Hickory smoked pulled pork shoulder with chunky BBQ sauce

I have only had my Texas off-set smoker for a few weeks, and the weekends are the only time I have to devote the time required, so I’m on a learning curve. But having said that, I was very pleased with the outcome. I started with a boneless pork shoulder, skin on and weighing 2…

BBQ pork ribs – one of the best so far

There are a lot of different ways to prepare BBQ pork ribs, and I can’t say which I prefer.  But here is one method, and flavour, which worked well.  The method is simple.  Quick? No.  But simple. Yes. And tasty? Very.  Place the pork ribs in the oven with a range of wonderful ingredients, cook…

Grilled and marinated eggplant and red (bell pepper) capsicum

We were going to our friends Andrew and Sarah for dinner on Saturday, and wanted to bring a snack to precede dinner. So I decided to grill and marinate eggplant and red bell peppers. It’s so quick and easy, and so rich and tasty. Cut 2 eggplants lengthwise in 1/2 inch thickness, and grill on…

Canadian Bacon (cured pork loin)

I’ve been curing pork belly for ‘American’ style bacon for over a year now, and thought I would make some ‘Canadian/British/Australian’ style of bacon, which consists of the loin.  Over here, you can get either ‘long-cut’ or ‘short-cut’ bacon, which essentially refers to whether the bacon consists of the loin and belly connected, or not,…

Garlic, rosemary and sage pork chops

4 pork chops, 1″ thick3 cloves garlic, mincedRosemary from 3 medium length branches, minced12 sage leaves, minced1/2 tsp salt1/2 Tb sugar1 Tb cider vinegar Mix all ingredients together and marinate pork at least 2 h. Grill to perfection! Serve with apple jelly. The rosemary, sage and the apples used to make the jelly were from…