Smoking Miss Piggy on Father’s Day

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.)

Sandwich from Lillie Q?

Sandwich from Lillie Q?

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.

Sunday (Father’s Day) Pulled Pork Cooking Timetable:
  • 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.