sunday night dinner: august 14, 2011–bbq pork

this requires my ass kickin boots

this weekend i attempted a recipe of my aunt linda’s, bbq pork that is made in the crock pot.  it was a three day process but worth it.  day one is seasoning the pork butt.  i used a seasoning that was purchased at Harter House in springfield, mo.  Harter House is the creme de la creme of butcher shops.  no matter were else we have moved around to there is just no other place quite like it.  its totally my dad’s candy shop.  the butchers all were white shirts, aprons and those little white paper hats from the 1950s and all are eager to help him….”what can i get you today mr. farris?, have you been helped to day mr. farris?, anything else for you today?”  sometimes the butchers that have known me since the age of three still will try to give me a free little smokie sample when i’m there, and yes i always take it.

never in a million years did i think i'd be taking a picture of a pork butt

day 2 of the bbq process was cooking the meat in the crock pot with beer.  for this recipe i totally went for a more summer light brew of boulevard’s Zon.  i cooked it all day on low.  the house smelled soooooo good.  after it was done cooking in the crock i took the now super tender meat and shredded it up for the next day.

it just fell apart, yum

day 3 the shredded meat was put back in the crock and i added 2 bottles of jack daniels honey smoked bbq sauce.  if you are looking for a new bbq sauce to try i highly recommend the jack daniels brand i haven’t had one i haven’t liked yet.  this i heated to the point that it was all heated to a warm temp all the way through. while it was in the process of getting nice and hot i cooked up the rest of my dinner.  classic coleslaw, along with cheesy-garlic grits that i put on-top of homegrown tomatoes.  needless to say this meal hit the spot!

that's what summer should look like

and for dessert?????????  i’m still working on mastering the art of fruit filled pies.  this go around was a double berry pie which of course had to have homemade vanilla ice cream with it.  i mean really how can you have homemade pie without homemade ice cream, that just seems like a sin to me.

so good you might as well eat it for breakfast too


what do you do with your aprons?……i wear them

wearing grandma's aprons

yes my sister and i will travel with our own aprons.  but at my grandma’s there are always 2 aprons that are in the back laundry room for us to wear.  i have always considered them to be her aprons but when she tells you to use one she’ll refer to them as “connie’s aprons.”  connie was her grandmother.  she is always attempting to give them away to us, but every time steph and i refuse hanging them back up so we can use them again on our next visit.

whenever i go on an apron hunting expedition in boonville i’ll always come back and show my grandma what i’ve purchased.  often modeling my new wears.  my favorite in-depth conversation we have had about aprons is the purpose of the little pocket on aprons.  i have found it perfect for my cell phone.  but in 1956 that was not the purpose of the pocket.  my guess was cigarettes.  which grandma supposed was a main purpose but other options were contemplated.  my favorite come with the extra attached elongated pocket that was specific for close-pins

putting on an apron to me is probably like how some people feel about putting on their favorite pair of jeans.  you feel confident, you can do anything in it, you look good, and you’ll just want to wear them again tomorrow.

sisters in aprons