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Tue Mar 4, 2014

Cajun Spiced Ribs

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Cajun Spiced Ribs

This has hands down been one of the most depressing winters I can remember. If it wasn't a polar vortex, it was snow, ice, and rain. The elements seemed to have it in for me, keeping me from my grill during those fleeting hours I could comfortably be tending to a fire. As the days are finally growing longer and weather slowly taking an upward turn, I needed a little pick-me-up to get me out of the funk I've found myself in and renew my spirit to tend to the flames. I decided a great prescription would be to relive the glory of a Cajun grilling kick I went on two summers ago. From jambalaya, to blackened catfish, to shrimp skewers, each dish during this time seemed to turn out incredible, and taking top honors among that crowded field were these Cajun spiced spare ribs.

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Tue Feb 25, 2014

Smoked Char Siu Pork Shoulder Steaks

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Smoked Char Siu Pork Shoulder Steaks

If there's a defining attribute of New York City barbecue, it's the loss of definition. North Carolina has whole hog, Texas has brisket, Kansas City had ribs, and New York City has pitmasters who are trying their best to emulate all of those traditions, but at the same time, not feeling beholden to them in a way a Southern local pitmaster may feel. That means you can get pretty stellar pork, brisket, and ribs in the city, but on the menu you may find smoke meats you wouldn't not see normally, like lamb ribs, coriander pork steaks, pastrami, and more.

One joint that embodies this spirit more than most is Fletcher's in Gowanus, who proudly advertise they serve "Brooklyn Barbecue." Unfortunately I've only gotten there once, but that one time I went, among the standard spare ribs and brisket, my tray also had a pile of sliced char siu pork shoulder steak. This clash of Chinese and American influence left a strong impression on me—it was unique, it was delicious, and I knew I needed to try to make it myself.

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Tue Dec 17, 2013

Rotisserie Porchetta

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Porchetta

Ever since finding the gospel of rotisserie pork belly, I've had an itch to do it again. With Christmas coming up, it seemed like this crisped skinned and juicy chunk of pork would make one fine, rich centerpiece for the holiday table. So I took up the task of trying out another variation of slowly spinning belly over a live fire, this time around going the Italian route with a rotisserie porchetta that proved again that this is one of the greatest ways to cook pork belly.

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Tue Dec 3, 2013

Charred Radicchio With Balsamic Vinegar and Bacon

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Charred Raddichio with Balsamic and Bacon

Adam Perry Lang's books are some of my favorite to flip through when I'm in need of inspiration. The photos are beautiful and recipes show a skill of building flavor and an attention to detail that makes them unique among grilling cookbooks. As much as I'm quick to shower praise on these books, the truth is I actually rarely cook from them. The same factors that make the recipes so inspirational are also a hinderance to actually making them attractive to tackle—extended ingredient lists, long processes, and uncommon techniques. So you'll find bits and pieces of influence from Lang in my recipes, but almost no recipes done explicitly step-by-step. One exception are these charred radicchio with balsamic vinegar and bacon, which is one of the more straightforward recipes from Charred and Scruffed. Lack of complexity is by no means an indicator that these are any lesser of a dish—in fact, they're an incredible combination of textures and flavors.

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Tue Nov 5, 2013

Orange-Chipotle Pork Loin

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Orange-Chipotle Pork Loin

I have a love-hate relationship with the pork loin. On one hand, it's a rather bland piece of fatless meat, a cut that I would seemingly want to avoid. Yet, when fall settles in, I find myself oddly attracted to this chunk of swine. That pull has led me to some creative solutions to turn pork loin into worthy eats—like giving it a cranberry and apple or Jamaican jerk stuffing—ensuring that I keep the love going and stave off the hate. Adding another mark in the love column is this orange-chipotle pork loin, which has an earthy, smoky, and spicy flavor that's seasonly apt.

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