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Tonight's menu: Grill-smoked, thick-cut boneless pork chops with… - A little less than a happy high — LiveJournal
Tonight's menu:
  • Grill-smoked, thick-cut boneless pork chops with homemade ginger-apple chutney
  • Green beans tossed with olive oil and garlic
  • Boiled new potatoes with butter and dill
  • Salad of bitter greens, yellow onion, and heirloom "ugliripe" tomatoes

In the event of uncooperative weather, we will resort to the much less sexy/satisfying broiler. I have six chops and 3-4 people coming by. This means there are 2-3 unclaimed chops that you could consume.
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starflow From: starflow Date: August 7th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eric and I would love to join you tonight! What time should we arrive?
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
7PM is good. It's entirely possible that there will be some geekery occurring, so let Eric know to bring cards and trades.
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: August 7th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I fear that Mr.Whipple prevents me from playing in all but the longest of games.
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why are you squeezing the Charmin again?
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: August 7th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because it is so white and fluffy!
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: August 7th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
*whimper* Mondays are for silks, but do let us know if you have extras another time!
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Monday is grill and geekery night, but there's nothing that says we can't get together some other time. What's good for you, and what might you like on the menu?
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: August 7th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wed, Thu, Fri tend to be good; Mondays being silks and Tuesdays being c's band practice...
we tend not to be picky about menus, especially when other people are hosting ;) we just hit upon this incredible goat cheese that i'd love to share with others...
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
This week might be tough, but sometime in the next couple might be possible. And do give an idea of what direction I should be looking in, whether that be meat/style/whatever.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: August 7th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd totally be there but tonight is the Softball Cookout, complete with free kegs of beery goodness!
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm currently a bit shy of beery goodness, but I may try to remedy that on the way home.

Have fun. We'll catch you some other time.
laughingwoman From: laughingwoman Date: August 7th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
we wish boston were not so far away...

on that note, however, we have been creating fabulous meals and have been very happy with all the fruit borne forth from (mostly ryan's) gardening efforts. fresh and varied lettuces every night has been a happy happy thing.
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It'd be nice to be able to garden, though I'd be afraid I'd fall into one of my... introspective periods and let it fall to neglect.

Sounds fantastic, though. ^_^
why_style From: why_style Date: August 7th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
that sounds delicious. would that your house were not an 8 hour drive away. the combination of work having me wiped out, the heat having me cowering in the A/C, and our place being in a state of total disarray has led to far too little grilling this summer. there's still time i know, but thus far only 2 attempts have been made.
komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I've managed solely because Monday evenings are specifically set aside for play of this type. I can't say that I've grilled every week, but the little sputnik has gotten a lot of use despite. Things have been as simple as tossing some burgers on, or have gotten downright tinkery like the carne asada.

Way I see it, it beats having the oven or stovetop going in the heat. If it gets hot enough that I don't want to grill, chances are I've given up on the whole eating thing for the day.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: August 7th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm interested in your apparatus

Attention thus seized. . . . Is Sputnik a full-on smoker, a grill with a decent smoke capacity/thermometer, or some hybrid? I'm currently vegetarian in transition (meat once a week at most), but if I had a backyard or porch on which to fit something like a Weber Bullet, I'd be deeply torn between full veggiehood and a decadent dive into the wonders of brisket and ribs.
komos From: komos Date: August 8th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm interested in your apparatus (take 2)

Sputnik is a Weber Smokey Joe Silver, so really, it's not nearly as impressive as all that. I use only real hardwood charcoal and will augment it with hickory or mesquite if the mood strikes. It is fairly versatile, and I've managed some decent temperature control just through creative portioning of coals, aligning them to one side and other low-tech techniques. I have plans for how to turn a sputnik and a metal trashcan into a full on smoker, but I haven't gone so far as to build it yet.

My friend Drew has a full on electric bullet smoker, which he bought after spending nearly as much assembling one of Alton Brown's cardboard box smokers.

For what it's worth, the chops tonight cooked a little too fast, but they still managed to pick up decent amount of hickory flavor. Next go, I'll use a shade fewer coals or I might actually have a larger grill so I can do some proper heat management.
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