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Thu Jun 16, 2016

Sous Vide and Grilled Pork Belly Buns

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Pork Belly Buns

My Anova Precision Cooker was totally an impulse buy when I saw I could still get in on the ground level during their Kickstarter campaign a couple years back. I never really felt the need to own a sous vide-style device before, but there was something appealing to having it at my disposal. After finally receiving it though, I couldn't think what I normally cook that I wanted to try to improve via sous vide, but then it hit me—pork belly! My pork belly has been alright, but never as soft and luscious as what I get in a restaurant, and saw a slow, controlled cook as being a way of bringing my belly game into the big leagues, and these buns certainly did that.

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Thu Jun 9, 2016

Grilled Korean Cauliflower

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Grilled Korean Cauliflower

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite wings are, it's a quick and simple answer—these crispy Korean wings. Those wings have a great heat and light sweetness with so much more depth than the standard buffalo thanks to the fermented pepper paste, gochujang. Having almost an equal amount of vegetarian and meat-eating friends now, I was feeling insufficient as a host by not being able to share one of my all-time favorite recipes with everyone. Then I had the idea to use that excellent sauce on grilled cauliflower, which can get some nice crisp to it along with hearty, almost meaty innards that aren't a one-to-one with wings, but check some similar boxes.

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Thu May 26, 2016

Sweet and Sticky Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

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Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

When it comes to barbecuing, ribs are by far my go-to item. This certainly shows with ribs racking up sixteen unique recipes so far, while other common slow smoked items like pork butts or briskets only have a couple each. This has certainly bred a consistancy in my rib production, but at the same time, also a monotony. In thinking of ways to continue to build pork rib excellence and break repetition at the same time, I though why not try something completely new—smoke, and then fry my ribs. Turns out that was a pretty sweet idea, and these sweet and sticky hoisin-glazed ribs are just one of two prime examples so far.

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Tue Apr 19, 2016

Brussels Sprouts with Thai Flavors

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Brussels Sprouts with Thai Flavors

It's hard to remember the time in which I did not like brussels sprouts. It's funny, because that sprout hater period represented more than half my life, but once I discovered how awesome these tiny cabbages can be, I made up for lost time and usually order them without haste whenever I see them on a menu. Of all the brussels sprouts I've eaten, none stand out as much as the ones from East Side King in Austin. These fried sprouts, which have thin, crackling leaves, come in salad form with cabbage, onion, basil, mint, and cilantro dressed in a sweet and slightly spicy dressing. It's not something I've been able to get outside of Texas, so when I had a hankering for them a few weeks ago, I decided to make my own version done on the grill.

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Tue Apr 5, 2016

Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls

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Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls

The past month here in Durham has been filled with perfect 70°F days basked in blue skies and sunshine. Sitting outside in the beautiful weather, I've watched the barren trees bud, bloom, and now mostly turn green. This onset of spring has also bought with it a desire to transition my diet of heavy and greasy foods into the realm of lighter delights. It's an unusually early change for me, as I'm used to it commonly happening around late May back in New York, but it's certainly welcomed and these Vietnamese grilled shrimp summer rolls are a great way to welcome the bounty of spring.

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