Yesterday was Christmas and I am glad that it only comes around once a year. At my age, I don’t think I could handle it more than once a year.
Anyway, this is the continuation of how our new redneck Christmas tradition worked out and I got to say that it weren’t half bad. Even the wife was impressed with the way everything turned out and has decided that this will be our new tradition for the time being.
So our Christmas dinner consisted of the pork butt, which made for some excellent chopped pork sandwiches, the beef roast, a honey glazed ham, fresh green beans, fried potatoes and fresh home-made bread. I never ate so much in my life.
As far as how the roast and the pork butt turned out, it was all good.
Our particular pork butt was really a pretty crappy cut of meat. It was real fatty and neither of us are real big fans of fatty meats so we weren’t real impressed with the pork butt. I will say that what little bit of meat we could get out of it, the chopped pork (the wife prefers chopped versus pulled) was juicy, flavorful and quite tender. Add the fact that we had fresh, home-made bread to make the sandwiches – I was in pig heaven.
In regards to the beef roast, the two of us were a bit disappointed in how that came out. The roast was juicy and tender, but it was a bit tough. It’s hard to describe. The slices were cut maybe a touch on the thick side and that may be why it was a little chewy.
While the smoked meats came out good as far as it being flavorful and tender, I was disappointed with the level of smoke flavoring that I am looking for. Again, because of the weather I smoked the butt and roast under the covered back porch in the electric smoker. I got out the loaf pan that I swiped from my wife and tried a sort of mini minion method with the charcoal briquettes. On top of that I put a foil packet of mesquite wood chips in an attempt to generate lots and lots of smoke. After that, when I needed to add a new batch of briquettes, I decided to put hickory wood chunks on to see if that would generate the smoke flavor I wanted.
Apparently it did not!
I guess my opinion of the electric smoker hasn’t changed so it looks like it is time to start looking for a new smoker. Maybe I need to look into a propane smoker, but I think I might be happier with a charcoal/wood smoker. Maybe I will look into building one. Maybe a vertical smoker make out of wood. At least by building one I can build it exactly the way I want it instead of having to settle for something less.