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[food] A day of eating, especially some awesome BBQ - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-14 04:56
Subject: [food] A day of eating, especially some awesome BBQ
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Yesterday morning, [info]lillypond and I took our mother [info]tillyjane to breakfast at Petite Provence. I did my best to eat lightly and carefully in the face of some very good food.

Yesterday midday, [info]lillypond and I took our stepmother and dad to the Chart House for lunch. Again, I did my best to eat lightly and careful in the face of some very good food.

Yesterday afternoon, [info]the_child and I attended the Engstrom-Rees smoked meat cookout chez Engstrom.

The pork butt broke down my resolve.

Those bastards.

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Meat slingers Jacob Engstrom and Ed Rees

It was too damned good.

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The implement of my destruction

They actually laid on quite a selection of smoked meats, including beef brisket, a whole duck, lamb and the aforementioned pork butt.

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The brisket lurks at the top of the photo, clad in foil and awaiting its turn, while Ed slices the pork butt

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The duck coming off the smoker

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My downfall, the pork butt

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Gourds on the smoker, for that pseudo-healthy rationalization

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Suckling long pig, a/k/a Ed's daughter

I never got around to the duck or the squash. The lamb had a nice flavor, with a terrific rub, but was a tad tough. The brisket had a good flavor as well, nice bark on it, tasty and a bit chewy, but really needed an hour or two more on the smoker, as it hadn't gone fork-soft yet.

The pork butt, however, was a sin against man and nature. The meat divine, as it were. Pig perfection. Ed had made a very nice, savory mustard BBQ sauce to go with it, more or less North Carolina style, but that was gilding the lily of the well-seasoned, tender meat.

That is what cracked my resolve. I am a weak, weak man. But a well-fed one.

Photos 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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