6.30.2009

Pork Party Overview

Pin It So the prep for the pork party started on Friday. I did all my shopping and rubbed the 11 lbs of pork with a dry rub consisting of: chili powder, garlic powder, ground coriander, mustard powder, crushed garlic, and lots of salt and pepper. It chilled in the fridge overnight. Then the next day, I browned the meat on the stove top, and placed it in a 500 degrees oven for about 30 minutes.

After that, I poured some Stone's Smoked Porter over it, covered it and placed it in the oven for about 3 hours. I checked on it a few times. Removed the lid and then placed some foil with holes over it to let it vent.

You then remove the pork from the oven, and the juices in the pan, and shred it. Meanwhile to the pan juices I added: ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 2 types of Dijon mustard, adobe sauce and several chilies, brown sugar, and more of the Porter. It reduced for about 20 minutes. I added the shredded pork back to the juices and let it cook for another 5 or so minutes.
In the end, it was very tender and delicious and it looked like this.

I also made some black beans. These were soaked overnight. Then I browned some Hungarian bacon, onions and garlic, added the beans, oregano, chilies, tomato sauce and a lot of other spices that sounded good. The beans cooked for about 5 hours.
And then we also made two salsas. Green and red. We roasted all the veggies first, blended them, and added lots of salt. By the way, roasting garlic on the grill or in the oven is so easy, and makes everything taste better.

Well, I am getting a bit tired going over all the cooking. But, just in case you were wondering, everything turned out well. And our friends even brought over some delicious appetizers consisting of melon, prosciutto, blue cheese, and a basil infused olive oil. What else are friends for?

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