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Pork Butts!!

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Well, Monday and Tuesday were nice mid 60’s creeping into 70, and then Wednesday hit.  I left the house around 6am and the temperature in the car read 51, so of course, I do not have a coat on.  When I leave school the temperature says 38, wish I had a coat.  Anyway, spring is getting closer as the Cleveland Indians are playing their first spring training game today against the Reds.  Baseball is back, and summer is around the corner, thank goodness!  The best thing the Indians have done in recent years is the get-away games in the middle of the week at noon.  These games are right up my alley, they are usually over in 2-2:30, perfect home by 5-5:30 in time for dinner or a round of golf.  I plan on attending at least 3-4 of these games this summer.

Speaking of golf, I cannot wait to get out and play this summer.  I plan on taking a few lessons this year before the season, so if you have anybody that you like to recommend feel free to let me know, thanks in advance.  I am so excited that Tiger Woods is playing this week at the Honda Classic.  He played last week at the Genisis Open, so playing two weeks in a row means that he is healthy, doesn’t mean he will win like he did in the early 2000s but he is healthy.  As I said in an earlier edition of foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog it is impossible for Tiger to be that dominant again, because of the number of great players that there is today.  The other day Rory McIlroy, one of my favorites, said he had never seen a crowd like the one that followed him and Tiger last Thursday and Friday.  The great players today do not have any recollection of the greatness that was Tiger Woods, his mystique was all part of his intimidation before they teed off.  I ordered a t-shirt from Barstool Sports that has the Tiger fist pump silhouette in green and yellow and says “Make Sundays Great Again!”  I can not wait for the scene at Augusta this year especially if Tiger is playing well and contending for tournaments.  Tiger Woods love him or hate him makes golf better, here is hoping for a great Masters Tournament. On a side note does anyone else have a better job than Jim Nance?  Back to back weekends, he calls the Final Four and the Masters, I would trade with him tomorrow!

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On Wednesday night Erin and I were out and were hungry, or as she would say, “I’m getting Hangry!” We were trying to decide where to go and it was between Five Guys, always a good choice and quick to I might add, then she brought up Parker’s in Avon Lake, so that is where we ended up.  Parker’s has a great atmosphere and Wednesday night they had live music, nothing big but a guy with a guitar that could sing, it was nice.  Sometimes you go to those places with live music and it sucks, the music is too loud and you end up screaming at each other or not talking at all, but Wednesday was perfect.  We both got salads, I got the grilled chicken cobb salad and Erin got the steak salad.  My salad was great a generous portion of the usual bacon, eggs, feta cheese, tomatoes, and avocado, which I have grown fond of, and I got blue cheese dressing instead of ranch.  The lettuce was crisp, which makes a salad in my opinion soggy lettuce is the worst.  All of the ingredients were fresh and tasted fantastic.  I got water to drink was thinking maybe a beer but I changed my mind. Our waitress was amazing and was seemingly very good at her job.  She came over to the table to see if we needed anything just enough times not to get annoying, it was a lovely meal, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  On the Shamrock scale, I give Parker’s in Avon Lake. ☘️☘️☘️☘️ We will definitely be back!

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On Wednesday, I get a text from Erin that reads, “Do not kill me, but I signed us up for something!”  I had to make 20lbs of pulled pork for a party on Saturday night.  This is one of my favorite things to do, no idea why she thought I’d be mad.  Thursday on the way home from school I swung by T.L. Keller’s Meats in Litchfield, Oh to pick up the pork butts.  If you are anywhere near Litchfield I highly recommend getting meat from Keller’s, it is a family-owned business where all the animals are grass fed, they cut out the middleman so the prices are a ton better than the grocery store, on the Shamrock scale, I give Keller’s.☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️ I digress, I got the pork butts ready Thursday night and put into the refrigerator overnight.  I injected each butt four times with a mixture of Three Little Pigs Championship rub and water, each injection went into a fat seam which will allow the injection to spread throughout the inside of the butt.  Then I rubbed each butt down with yellow mustard, bought from Aldi’s for $.69, and then sprinkled Three Little Pigs all over the butt as a base and then topped it with Three Little Pigs Sweet for it to form the great crust that is the signature of pulled pork. Here is a picture of the butts before I put them in the refrigerator:

 Friday night I put them on the smoker at 225*, after they had been in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.  I feel that the colder the meat is the better smoke flavor that the meat is able to absorb while smoking.  The butts only cooked for about 12 hours which was faster than I thought, but they turned out delicious.  The picture is only one since I forgot to take a pic of the second too, sorry.

I use a Green Mountain Daniel Boone Pellet Smoker, I love it and get the same amount of smoke flavor through the preparation of the meat as I would if I used a charcoal and wood smoker.  The preparation of the meat is key to achieving the quality product that you want.  Also, a great resource on social media is my man, @ChrisMarksBBQ, I have only physically meat him once, last year at a class he held at The Heat Exchange in North Ridgeville. Anytime I hit him up on Facebook or Twitter with a question he is quick to reply with a great answer it doesn’t matter whether it is a holiday or not.  I would also like to thank my other inspiration @HankBrock7, watching him cook and the pure joy and pride he took in it was one of the reasons that after I got married and moved into a neighborhood I really wanted to start smoking and BBQing.  Thank you guys for all of your help and inspiration.

Next Friday is the NFL Combine so expect the first annual foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog mock draft next Sunday, complete with trades and all sorts of goodies.

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Thoughts from a Great Weekend!

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Admittedly, I do not listen to the music that is on the radio my commute is filled with podcasts and books from the library.  Therefore, when Erin wanted to watch the Grammy’s tonight I wasn’t sure who would be nominated much less win, but I saw the commercial and Bruno Mars was performing so I watched.  Bruno Mars is a great entertainer and I would love to take Erin to his concert, she absolutely loves him, but other than that I have never heard of 75% of the artists James Corden is announcing.   I will say that “Despacito” is a very catchy song and probably my favorite so far of the Grammy’s.  It was also great to see legends such as The Edge, Bono, Sting, and Shaggy tonight performing.  I love seeing Tony Bennet get out there to present an award with John Legend. Bennet is 91 years old and won a Grammy 56 years ago and still seems sharp as a tack.  I obviously started this segment before the Grammy’s were over, but they may have just saved themselves with Elton John and Miley Cyrus singing “Tiny Dancer”.  By the way, Miley Cyrus looked tremendous in that gown, can’t remember ever saying that before usually, she looks like trash.

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Tiger had a great showing at The Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torry Pines near San Diego, California.  I just saw where they suspended the Open playoff, with Noren and Day tied at -10 after 6 holes, and I’m assuming will finish tomorrow.   Tiger finished tied for 23rd after making the cut right on the number Friday.  I saw today where he finished 656th at the end of 2017 so for him to be able to finish in the top 25 in a legitimate PGA event is awesome, considering he did not have near his A game this week.  I am looking forward to seeing how he rebounds in two weeks at Riviera Country Club at the Genesis Open.  It is one thing to get up and make a cut at one tournament but can he do it at multiple tournaments in a row, if he can do that I will then get excited for Tiger’s return to Augusta.  This weekend Tiger finished 3 under par and shot even on his final round, not bad for a guy that at times looked like he had never played Torrey before today.  Although, it was great seeing the redshirt back out there on Sunday!

One thing that I do pride myself on is that I feel that I am very self-aware.  Erin has asked me before, “If we have a boy will I push him into football?” I told her honestly, no I hope he plays something that I know nothing about so I can stand at the top of the stands and enjoy watching him play.  I discovered that it doesn’t matter if I know the sport or not I enjoy arguing with referees, and before you say anything I am fully aware that it doesn’t help he or she is not going to change the call.  I can not help myself that striped shirt is like the red cape to a bull, it just fires me up from the get-go.  Thinking back to my time as a coach and even as a basketball referee I constantly yell at officials.  That’s right I when I was refereeing basketball I would in my head tell myself that was an awful call that I just made, I yelled at myself more than the coach did.  One highlight, or lowlight depending on the viewpoint, of my past, was when I was 21 years old coaching football at TCC.  We were down 2 points and our QB rolled out from our own end zone and no one was open so he threw the ball out of bounds happens all the time right? The head official called intentional grounding resulting in a safety and effectively ending the game.  I was in the booth and was so upset that I took my headset off and threw it against the wall, exploding it.  I then left the booth and hopped over the railing at the bottom of the stands and ran to the sideline where I expressed to the official my displeasure and he gave me a flag.  This prompted my Aunt who was listening to the game on the radio to call my mother and ask, “Which TCC coach got the flag at the end of the game?” To which my mother answered, “You’re dumbass nephew!”  She was 100% correct it is not a moment I am proud of, but it is one of many.  This weekend we had a wrestling tournament and admittedly I only coached wrestling because they needed someone to be an assistant.  I allowed this referee to get to me again and I spent the whole day mad at this referee because he was not good at his job of being a referee.  I tell you these stories to bring us back to my original point and admit that it will not matter what my son or daughter plays I will always yell at referees, always have always will.  I apologize for my actions in advance.

In the last foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog I stated that I wanted to make Erin ribs for her prize for coming home to us from Dallas.  I was unable to get ahold of her before she went to the butcher and bought an 11lb pork shoulder, so I made that instead.  I hope next week to make the ribs, they sound like a good Super Bowl Sunday treat.  I put the pork shoulder on the smoker yesterday at 6:30pm and it was going to take 16.5 hours so it should be done around 11am the next day.  I prepared it as I usually do by spreading yellow mustard on it and sprinkling Three Little Pigs All Purpose followed by Three Little Pigs Kansas City Sweet, then injecting it with the Kansas City Sweet, and started the smoker at 250*.  I woke up at 5am and went outside and the pellets had all run out of the fire box, I refilled it and then I went back inside.  Two hours later I went back out and the firebox was empty again and the temperature had fallen and the pork was at 134*, so I took pork off of smoker and finished it in the oven.  It was finished around 3pm and was as good as ever, I figured it would be since the smoke had gotten in the meat and therefore the taste.  I think what happened was over the winter the drop in temperature and then the subsequent rise caused moisture to get in the pellet bag and mess them up, but we saved the pork.  I will be having that for lunch this week!

Until next week when we will talk all things Super Bowl from the game to the party and everything in between. Don’t worry even with this winter storm warning coming tonight feel better because pitchers and catchers report in 15 days!  Go Tribe!!

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Tiger is Back!!

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I am going to discuss two sports topics today along with a review of a local establishment and a preview of the ribs I am going to make Erin as her prize for coming home to Hank and me.  I am watching the replay from SanDiego and the Farmer’s Insurance Open, and seeing Tiger swinging the club well again is great for golf.  When Tiger is competing in tournament championships golf is better because of it.  Tiger was arguably the most dominant athlete of all time during the stretch between 2000-2007.  No one dominated a single sport the way he did, he won majors by double-digit strokes.  Tiger has 14 major championships with 13 coming between 2000-2007, he won the Masters in 1997.  In my opinion, Tiger changed the type of athlete that played golf.  Prior to Tiger’s dominant stretch, your average golfer was a middle-aged white or European man that most of us could not identify with.  Tiger comes along as a young, energetic, African-American man who ushered in an entirely new demographic of golf fan.  Sponsored by the largest athletic apparel company in the world, Nike, and he was an in every living room in America on Sundays in the summer.  I firmly believe that if it were not for the “Tiger” effect the golf world would have never had the likes of a Dustin Johnson.  Tiger forced other golfers to be better, he was at the cutting edge of training and nutrition and he forced other golfers to change the way they trained if they wanted to keep up with him.  Tiger made it cool to be a golfer, with his red shirts on Sunday, 300 yard drives, and his overall dominate play.  Tiger was the biggest star of the early 2000’s because since the incident in 2009 every time Tiger picks up a golf club he is the number one golf story.  Tiger has only played sparingly since 2009 and when he has played it hasn’t been well but he is a story at every tournament and when he is coming back.  I think he is healthy and his swing is back, I hope he eases his way back into the season and doesn’t rush so he can maintain his health.

I think Tiger will be good again but for those that think that he will be the old dominate Tiger are kidding themselves.  Also, if Tiger is not as dominant as he was before it does not mean that there is anything wrong with him.  First, Tiger is 42 years old and hasn’t been healthy in 10 years, the last major he won he had a torn ACL and broken fibula.  I have just entered my 40’s and can tell you there are things that hurt in the morning that did not when I was 39, so age will affect Tiger for sure.  Second, the competition is 100x better now than it was in the early 2000’s.  Speith, DJ, Rory, Fowler, Rose are all great players and capable of winning each and every tournament they enter.  When Tiger was at his most dominate his major competition was Phil Mickelson and everyone else was a distant third.  I hope in 2019 Tiger is back to 100%, it will be fun to see him in groups with the aforementioned younger champions.  Here’s looking forward to a great 2018 golf season and the return of Tiger!

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The baseball writers have turned the Hall of Fame into a yearly joke.  These old crotchety writers need to get over themselves, the last few classes while they have been decent, the story is more about the guys they are leaving out.  Baseball needs to step in and do something about them leaving out the guys from the steroid era.  Barry Bonds and Rodger Clemens are two of the greatest players of all time and definitely deserve to be in the Hall.   Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa who were both on PEDs brought baseball back with their home run chase in 1998 after baseball went on strike in 1994. They need to construct a new wing in the Hall and call it players from the steroid era, but whatever they do these guys need to be in the Hall of Fame.  If the conspiracy theorists are correct and baseball turned a blind eye because these guys were hitting HRs and driving up attendance and ratings, well then baseball really needs to step in and do something for the guys who brought fans back to baseball.

This years class was ok, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jim Thome all were good players in their own right.  Chipper was the #1 draft pick in the amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves.  He played 18 years in the big leagues primarily at third base, he was an 8x All-Star, MVP, batting title winner, and played in three World Series winning the 1995 WS.  He had a decent career, but I do have one funny story about my man Chipper.  My family was at the Atlanta Braves game in the summer of 1999, a couple years earlier a story broke that he had impregnated a Hooters waitress, well my brother Mike came to the game armed with his information and it just so happens we are sitting on the third base side.  Michael berates Chipper the entire game, hurling barbs at him using his given name Larry, mind you Michael at the time is like 14 years old.  If you think that I have some useless knowledge in my brain about sports, I do not hold a candle to Michael.

Vladimir Guererro is the best player in the class, I remember watching him bat and no matter where they threw it he could hit it and hit it hard.  Vlad hit HRs on balls that bounced to the plate!  Vlad was a 9x all-star, MVP, and an 8x silver slugger winner.  Vlad played on the last great Montreal Expo team in 1994 that was probably going to the World Series but the season was cut short by players strike.

Jim Thome is the name in this class that confuses me, in my opinion, he is nowhere near a first ballot Hall of Famer.  He was a 5x all-star and a silver slugger award winner, that is all.  He batted in one of the most prolific lineups with the Indians in the mid-1990s.  He was never the best player on his team, he did play in the World Series in 1995 and 1997. Jim did hit 612 home runs but struck out 2548 times in 22 years.  He was never higher than 4th in MVP voting, I just do not understand why he gets first ballot status and they continue to leave Bonds and Clemens out.

Omar Vizquel was the biggest snub from this class and to make matters worse he only garnered 30% of the vote.  The guy is the greatest defensive shortstop to have ever played the game.  The plays he made were unreal, watch the clip below for evidence.

This was in the World Series folks!  The guy made play after play for the Tribe whether it be on offense or defense.  He was a 3x all-star and an 11x gold glove winner.  The reason he was only a 3x all-star was because of Derek Jeter and the Yankees.  Jeter couldn’t carry Vizquel’s glove but because he played for the Yankees the media loved him.  One day the writers will reward defense and not just these guys that hit 600 home runs but strikeout 2500 times.

I stopped at Frank and Ellie’s today for the Thursday review.  I thought it was going to be more along the lines of a bar/grill, but it was not.  I walked in and they had nine different drafts but they were all domestics so I just ordered a Miller Lite.  I asked the waitress for a menu and she said that they do not have one and pointed to a little board on the wall.  I got two Frank’s burgers which were ok, they were made on an oven grill.  I was a little disappointed by what I thought I was walking into, but after I came to grips with what it is, it is a fine local establishment that I will be back to after dinner!

Lastly, Erin has been out of town nine of the last ten days for work and Hank and I miss her.  Shout out to Tami, Julie, and Jack for taking care of Hank while I was at school, he couldn’t go to daycare because of his damn puppy warts!  Thank you for proving once again we live in an awesome neighborhood!  Erin gets back tonight around midnight, so I decided to make her favorite ribs on Sunday.  I am going to make Barbecued Beef ribs.  I am going to need slabs of beef ribs, 1/2 cup basic BBQ rub, 1 cup basic BBQ sauce.  First, I am going to season ribs on all sides with the rub, then set the Big Green Egg to indirect cooking at 300*.  I am going to place the ribs on a V rack in a 9×13 drip pan lined with aluminum foil on the grid.  The ribs will cook for 2 1/2-3 hours, until tender or 190*F internal temperature.   Then, I will take Ribs off and raise the temperature of the EGG to 500*F.  Then I will place the ribs directly on the grid basting with the sauce every few minutes for 5-7 minutes until they are covered with sauce.  Serves 4.

Ingredients for a Basic BBQ Sauce:

  1. 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  2. 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  4. 1 cup Brown Sugar
  5. 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  6. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  7. 1/2 tsp celery seed
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 2 tsp smoked paprika
  10. 1 tsp ground cloves
  11. 1 tsp garlic powder
  12. 1 tsp onion powder
  13. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo

Place the tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and mix well.

Wisk the salt, pepper, celery seed, cinnamon, paprika, cloves, garlic powder, onion powder, and chipotle together in a small bowl until completely blended.  Add to the saucepan and mix well.  On the stove top simmer the sauce over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until sauce thickens.  Remove the Chipotle with a slotted spoon and serve.

Ingredients for the Basic BBQ Rub:

  1. 3 tbs sweet paprika
  2. 1 1/2 tsp celery seed
  3. 2 tsp garlic powder
  4. 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  5. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  6. 2 tbs Kosher Salt
  7. 1 tbs black pepper
  8. 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  You can store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

That will be my Sunday of cooking I can’t wait to get back out there this Sunday and fire up the Big Green Egg!

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See you Sunday for recap of Tiger’s round and a review of the Ribs!!

Cheers!