Saturday, August 14, 2010

Colorado: August 13th - 15th, 2010

And I’m in Colorado
When I’m not in some hotel
Living out this life I’ve chose
And come to know so well.
- Dan Fogelberg

I spend the vast majority of my time in Chicago. I also rent a room at my Aunt's house outside of Denver with four great roommates. I call it the frat house. I try to make it back as often as I can. This weekend was the first time I've been back since July 4th.

I catch up on my mail and bills; and I try to catch up with my roommates as much as possible. They work a lot on the weekends though, so it's tough. One just got back from China and one is returning from Africa as I write this. I also get a kitchen and my smoker. Cooking is easily my favorite hobby. I worked in kitchens through high school and college: baking, catering, serving, tending bar etc... and it has stuck with me. This weekend I decided to work on the pork loin sandwich that I had in Sioux Falls from Uncle Ed's.

I constructed a simple rub (see image for proportions). The pork loin went into a 250° smoker (oak) for three hours or so and then I finished it in a 350° oven to an internal temp. of 145°. I added a couple of peaches, an onion and a bulb of garlic to the roasting pan and used the accumulated juice to spoon over the finished product... which was dead on.

I doctored some commercial sauce with cider vinegar and honey to get the perfect ratio (to my taste) and served on potato rolls.

I also learned (trying to prepare for the Austin Hot Sauce competition in two weeks) that making true hot sauce is hard. I spent Saturday morning experimenting and the best I got was a kick-ass hot salsa. I let a dozen or so Serrano peppers steep in white vinegar overnight and made a chutney out of roasted Meyer lemons, peaches, onions, garlic and Habanaro peppers. I combined the chutney and the vinegar with some tomato paste and let it boil then simmer. Again, great salsa but not quite a hot sauce. I'll have to try again next year and prepare more.

1 comment:

  1. Missed the cue, and you! What do you think of the deck?