Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine's Day

With three kids at home, including a 3 week old, a romantic dinner out with the wife on V-Day is pretty much out of the question. But like many, I have come to appreciate a well cooked meal at home especially if you can do a little something special to spruce things up and miss the crowds (and the large tabs!). So with a little wine, my wife and I tried the Prime Filet again (see a couple posts ago), and it was every bit as good as I remember it. Excellent Valentine's dinner!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

BBQ Chicken Pieces

Tonight I cooked a BBQ chicken (in pieces) for my family. I also had a couple of request for basic ol' bonless, skinless so you will see that on there as well.

I rinsed and wiped down the chicken and then added a light coating of EVOO. Next came a liberal application of Evan's Rub and then the chicken was off to the fridge. Based on what I have read on various blogs, if you leave the meat uncovered in the fridge for a couple of hours it will dry out the skin and allow for a crispier cook.

I cooked the chicken at with a direct cook at 250 degrees for about 1.5 hours flipping every 30 min. I started off skin side down. After the second flip I started applying my BBQ sauce. Now, I was not able to leave the chicken in the fridge to dry out for very long so I cranked the heat up a bit and flipped the chicken frequently to crisp up the skin.

All in all, it was delicious, and with a little better organization and time management it would have been perfect.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Nachos

I knew I was going to try this dish as soon as saw it done by Chris with Nibble Me This. They looked so good on his blog and it seemed like a nice change of pace for a Boston Butt cook.

So basically, all I did was cook a butt on the Egg and then set up a Nachos Bar for some self served pulled pork nachos for my small Super Bowl gathering. It was excellent! Thanks Chris!