Saturday, August 28, 2010

VacatioNg-Roast Pork anyone?

We roasted a 10 lbs pork shoulder during our vacation. It turned out amazing... We finished every bit of it. You have to crisp up the skin at the end. Forget about watching your cholesterol. You and your guests will be fighting over the yummy, crispy skin. I guarantee it! I'm not sure if you remember my "I heart pork" post, that is where I got my inspiration. The recipe I use is a typical latin one (pernil). You have to try it!

First you pick the meat. Don't you just love him... He's so happy.

Clean and make slits all over the pork to insert the garlic and marinade.

-One 8-10 pound bone-in pork picnic shoulder with skin
-1 head of minced garlic
-1 cup of cilantro( finely chopped)
-1 cup of onion ( small diced)
-1 tbsp of salt for every pound
- 2 tsp of ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp of white vinegar
- 2 tbsp of adobo seasoning

Combine the garlic , cilantro and onion in a medium size bowl. Stir in the salt, adobo, pepper, oil and vinegar. Rub garlic paste all over the pork. Make sure to get some of the paste into the incisions so the flavoring can penetrate the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Allow the meat to sit at room temperature for 30 mins before cooking. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Slow roast the pork for 6 hours, uncovered, skin side up (this is if you have all the time in the world). You can also roast it at a higher temperature for a shorter cooking time ( 400 degrees for an hours and then at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours) I'm sorry, you're committed at this point. When that is done, set your oven to broil to crisp up the skin. Make sure you get all of the skin. Be very careful. It is extremely hot. Use oven mitts! You'll thank me after :)

This is the perfect roast.

We served it with rice, beans and tortilla wraps that night.
Wish you all were there. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

VacatioNg - Lunch at Joe's Crab Shack

The Ngs LOVE seafood and any chance to eat it together! We loved Joe's Crab Shack, it was exactly what we wanted!
From Dungeness Crabs to Snow and King Crab Legs, Lobsters, Shrimps,Clams...
In baskets, buckets and steampots!!

Basket of Fried Oysters

Samuel Adams Steam Pot :
Sweet Snow Crab, 1 LB of Clams, Lobster Claws, Sausage, Corn on a cob and Potatoes all steamed in S.A. Lager

Bucket of Garlicky Mussels

Joe's Classic Steam Pot :
Dungeness Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Smoked Sausage, Corn on a cob and Potatoes

Looks a bit messy but that's where the fun comes in :)
lemon, butter and yes a couple of bibs please!