While Dan and I would have preferred a large T-Bone steak on Father’s Day, we have had to settle for Pulled Pork sandwiches to accommodate family eating “issues” (Editor’s Note: “Issues” were referred to as “disorders” when I went to school, but I now understand it is no longer fashionable or politically-correct to use that term.)
In any event, I like a slow-cooked pork butt, but I hadn’t realized that I would be smoking it all day in the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill (Editor’s Note: I guess this is what you get for living so close to Chappaqua).
We purchased a great looking 10-lb pork butt and “Pit Bull” Dan is soaking three handfuls of hickory chips overnight. Also, I have selected some colorful new potatoes for potato salad (no mayo as per Dan’s instructions) and we will have a nice cole slaw for the pulled pork sandwiches. Grand-mommy (aka Sheila), is making a raspberry pie and I do hope that Dan and Miranda have vanilla ice cream in the refrigerator.
The dry rub (see recipe below), will be applied this evening by yours truly.
- 0230 hrs – Papa awakes to take Ms. Piggy out of refrigerator to bring to room temperature;
- 0715 hrs – Papa takes Ms. Piggy to Broderick house (Hopefully, someone will be kind enough to give this Old Father a coffee and say “Happy Father’s Day!”);
- 0730 hrs – Papa at Broderick’s to light fire;
- 0750 hrs – Papa places drip pan with water in center of grill;
- 0755 hrs – Papa adds a handful of hickory chips that have been soaked the evening before;
- 0800 hrs – Ms. Piggy strategically placed by Papa for ideal smoke;
- 0810 hrs – Papa departs Broderick’s for a bit of exercise and a long steam bath;
- 1000 hrs – Papa returns to check temp and to add more chips (possibly more charcoal to keep heat level at around 200º F);
- 1130 hrs – Papa adds more hickory chips and possibly charcoal;
- 1300 hrs – Papa wraps Ms. Piggy in aluminum foil and adds more coals. Maybe turn up the heat up a bit more by opening the top vent to halfway;
- 1600 hrs – Papa removes Ms. Piggy from Weber;
- 1640 hrs – After Ms. Piggy has been allowed to rest, discard layer of fat and with two forks shred pork;
- 1700 hrs – Pulled port sandwiches with cole slaw and German potato salad
Dry Rub Recipe (reduced heat element for palates of children)
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 3 to 4 Tbs of cooking salt
- 1 to 2 Tbs of ground pepper
- 1 to 2 Tbs of cumin
- 2 tsps of oregano
- 2 to 3 tsps of ground chili powder
- 2 to 3 tsps of garlic powder
As mothers can attest, “A father’s work is never done.” Happy Father’s Day.