Pork Butt, Bom chicka wow wow

Pork Butt, Bom chicka wow wow

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Movies

So, I recently subscribed to Netflix for the first time ever. That was in order to watch Breaking Bad. But we're down to the last episode of season 4, and 5 isn't available yet.

But did you know there's other things to watch on Netflix? So I think so far I've only watched 2 documentaries. Two totally opposite restaurant owners.

So the first was "Jiro Dreams Of Sushi. It's about this master sushi chef in Tokyo who has been perfecting his craft for like 60 years or something. Hard worker, neat, organized and precise. You have to make reservations, and you don't pick off a menu and they serve nothing but sushi.

Sounds fabulous, no? Not exactly my philosophy, because I do like to enjoy life, but very admirable. Would love to eat there someday.

The other documentary is "I Like Killing Flies". Dirty little mom and pop neighborhood restaurant in Greenwich Village. While the owner is also a workaholic, it's for other reasons. To calm the storm inside. And to feed his "family". His menu has like a ridiculous number of items... Like 200 soups and countless pancakes, etc.

What do both owners have in common?

The drive to work above all else.
The commitment to employing and training their kids.
The inability to compromise - Jiro serves whatever menu he puts together and nothing else. Kenny doesn't serve parties larger than 4 no matter what.
The guts to run their restaurants the way they see fit, whether or not they b may seem like model business plans or not.

Both seemed to run a little too long for my taste, but both were very inspiring.


We need to open our own restaurant, damnit!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Post

I have so much backlog of stuff to post.  But instead, I will post about what I'm cooking today.

I keep seeing delicious things on pinterest involving slow cookers.  So, I finally broke down and bought one.

I was supposed to stew oxtail, for the crock pot's virgin voyage.  But, I went to Bravo and found the oxtail, and I couldn't bring myself to buy any.  I thought about it.  It was $3.99/lb, which is a good price.  But most of it looked old and dried out.  And it wasn't nice round cuts, it was like they took the big pieces and cut those in half.  And then there was the water.  The drip pan and hose were right above the oxtail compartment, and a steady stream of water was bouncing off turkey wings into the oxtail compartment.

I have bought and eaten some sketchy stuff.  But that was too much.  So, I looked in the prewrapped meats section, and I found some nice looking pork butt.

So, pork butt it was.  Even though that is not what I wanted.  It was either that or chicken.  And chicken seemed too boring.

I've never used a slow cooker before.  I don't believe my mom ever used one.  I had no idea how long it would take to cook a pork butt.


This is the pork butt when I first put it in... oh, say at 5ish...  I have checked it a couple times, and it's fairly medium rare or medium.  It is 9:47, and the pork is not done.  And it didn't taste too good.  

Now, I know how to roast pork in an oven, or how to braise it.  But this slow cooker thing is new to me.  I guess, if I had known, I would have gone to the store earlier, and I would have seared the pork first.  Oh, well.  Cook and learn.  My only dilemma is, do I just put it on low and let it go all night?

That's what I was thinking....