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BBQ (Irish) Nachos and Brussel Sprouts

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Post Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:38 pm

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Started to post these in the block party thread, but there are a lot of pictures and it turns out the nachos were more of a meal and less of an appetizer.

The Nachos

First I smoked the pork shoulder to 200F using hickory and a simple dry rub I applied the night prior (salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, a little brown sugar).

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Cut up the fries and soak in cold water.

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Do the first fry, then throw in the freezer. Meanwhile, cut and saute onions, shred cheese, pull and sauce pork.

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Also, I saved some of the "pit fat" for the brussel sprouts and sauteing the onions.

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Then I did the second fry and built the nachos.

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I put it under the broiler to melt the cheese, then I added the banana pepper and "food lube."

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Brussel Sprouts

First, I wrapped them in foil with lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper and baked for 20-30 minutes. Then, I sauteed in the rendered bacon fat and butter.

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Then, I added some chicken stock and some pit fat.

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After the stock reduced, I threw them under the broiler and tossed them with the bacon. Voila!

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You are definitely CookinWithFire! That all looks great! Was at the produce store a little while ago and glanced at brussel sprouts - $3.49 lb. - What's up with that? Is there a sprout shortage this year?
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Cactus1 wrote:
You are definitely CookinWithFire! That all looks great! Was at the produce store a little while ago and glanced at brussel sprouts - $3.49 lb. - What's up with that? Is there a sprout shortage this year?


Apparently no shortage here - the missus brought home quite a few pounds of them (because they were on sale) which is the reason I'm having to get a little creative with my brussel sprout preparation.

$3.49 is a little outlandish for little cabbages.
A bbq is only PARTLY about the food. It's MOSTLY about getting together and hanging out in the backyard with friends.

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Outstanding cook and writeup, CWF! Call them an appetizer, call them a meal...just don't call me late for dinner! :lol:

Post Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:28 pm
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CookinWithFire wrote:
Cactus1 wrote:
You are definitely CookinWithFire! That all looks great! Was at the produce store a little while ago and glanced at brussel sprouts - $3.49 lb. - What's up with that? Is there a sprout shortage this year?


Apparently no shortage here - the missus brought home quite a few pounds of them (because they were on sale) which is the reason I'm having to get a little creative with my brussel sprout preparation.

$3.49 is a little outlandish for little cabbages.


Nice job on the meal, CookinWithFire! :cheers:

You're right - that's a bit steep in price for sprouts. But also keep in mind that the brussels sprouts season is just starting, too. They need a few hard frosts to enhance their sweetness, and that's about now around here. Chances are it may even be a few weeks later down in the US.

I wish I'd got a pic, but at the farmer's market I have a booth at, they just started selling brussels sprouts this past weekend. They've got a unique way of selling them, too - they pick the entire plant out of the ground and sell it whole with the sprouts attached for $3 or so. So for a good part of the day I got to watch customers walk by my booth with 3-foot sprout bushes on their shoulders. :D
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Love me some Irish nachos and those look divine. Good job.

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CharredGriller wrote:
CookinWithFire wrote:
Cactus1 wrote:
You are definitely CookinWithFire! That all looks great! Was at the produce store a little while ago and glanced at brussel sprouts - $3.49 lb. - What's up with that? Is there a sprout shortage this year?


Apparently no shortage here - the missus brought home quite a few pounds of them (because they were on sale) which is the reason I'm having to get a little creative with my brussel sprout preparation.

$3.49 is a little outlandish for little cabbages.


Nice job on the meal, CookinWithFire! :cheers:

You're right - that's a bit steep in price for sprouts. But also keep in mind that the brussels sprouts season is just starting, too. They need a few hard frosts to enhance their sweetness, and that's about now around here. Chances are it may even be a few weeks later down in the US.

I wish I'd got a pic, but at the farmer's market I have a booth at, they just started selling brussels sprouts this past weekend. They've got a unique way of selling them, too - they pick the entire plant out of the ground and sell it whole with the sprouts attached for $3 or so. So for a good part of the day I got to watch customers walk by my booth with 3-foot sprout bushes on their shoulders. :D

Thought maybe they had them mismarked or something so I checked and yep, $3.49 lb. Guy didn't know why and it's suprising because everything else is reasonably priced.
Will be going to the big farmer's market in Madison, WI in a couple of weeks. Hope to get some there if I don't find some her before. I used to buy sprouts on the bush at the farmer's market in Windsor, ON all the time when I lived in the Toledo, OH area.
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