While I was cleaning out a drawer full of old recipes, I came across a sheet titled “BBQ Rules”. This is how it starts:
- The woman buys the food.
- The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes the dessert.
- The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill… drink in hand. (Here comes the important part)
- The man places the meat on the grill. (Did I mention it’s an old sheet?)
Now, I’m sure there are places where this is still the norm, but not among my friends. Well, okay, maybe Rules 1 & 2 are pretty much the same, and most of Rule 3, but no one prepares the meat but me! I also had to modify Rule 4 this past winter.
We had a group of friends coming over for my first attempt at DennyMike’s Signature Pulled Pork sandwiches, when the mild weather we had been experiencing turned snowy and frigid. Suddenly unable to use my grill to smoke the butt outdoors, I pulled out my slow cooker, brushed off the cobwebs and, following the instructions from the cooker I had never used and the recipe from www.DennyMikes.com I had never tried before today, I loaded the butt and crossed my fingers. I would have enjoyed my cocktails a whole lot more if I had known that I had nothing to worry about. After pulling the butt out of the pot and shredding it, I added another ½ cup of Carolina Style sauce to the liquid and reduced it by ⅓. I poured the sauce over the pork, and stepped back to watch our friends build their sandwiches. There is something magical that happens when good friends are enjoying the food that you spent such care preparing. It just might be time to re-write those old BBQ Rules.
– Mike Powers