I have dreams about Anthony Caturano’s Pork Chops at his famed Gloucester Eatery Tonno.
I’d never been able to come close to duplicating how juicy and flavourful the Tonno pork chop is.
I decided to try brining pork chops to see if I could get similar results. Growing up Sicilian we always had Giardiniera on the table and I love it. So I figured brine is generally made up of salt, water and such, so why not try a brine consisting of the juice from the Giardiniera jar.
Put the thick cut pork chops in a gallon zip lock bag and filled it with the Giardiniera brine and kept it refrigerated for eight hours.
Took out three of the pork chops, patted them dry with a paper towel and then coated with EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic and a little rosemary.
Grilled over medium/high heat covered on the Weber Go Anywhere til 145° internal. Took them off to rest for five minutes smeared on the Mango Pepper Jelly and cut in.
So juicy. So flavourful. Victory!
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Used my sister’s White BBQ Sauce for finishing, recipe here
Neil and Bridgette have been putting on a BBQ clinic. they got their Traeger grill from Foster’s Grill Store last year and have fallen in love with it.
Check out the bacon and jerky they made on their Traeger-
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I really like the Cook’s Essentials Double Reversable Griddle
It’s cheap and cleans up so easy.
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Our friend Joey probably already knows this, but did you know that Weber grills derived from a buoy cut in half? On my drive from New York to Gloucester recently I was catching up on my podcast list. One of my favorites, Highlights from Moncrieff, features a segment called “Stuff That Changed The World”. I was delighted to hear about how the barbecue changed the world. The episode included the turning point that occurred in the 1950s in Chicago (now considered home of the Weber grill) when George Stephen Sr tinkered around and cut a buoy in half to create the first charcoal grill as we know it today. There is a very interesting article here if you are as obsessed as a certain friend of ours with Weber grills and their history.
From the Smithsonian Magazine website, a picture of the first marketed Barbecue Kettle. I think you can…
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I plan to try this today with one modification (well since I don’t have banana leaves readily available maybe two). Thanks Mike!
Here’s a video I put together with the seven bone chuck steak that Mike’s post inspired me to cook from his post on the Weber website.
Mike’s camerawork and editing are about a bazillion times more polished than mine but I think you’ll get the jist-
Links To Purchase and Read Reviews-
Not included in the review was a Lodge cast iron skillet which has many of the same properties as the Emeril cast iron griddle except it is round and has higher sides which eliminates the likelihood of grease fires in the case of grease overflowing the edges.
I used a flat griddle with a small lip around the edges to do some smash burgers and bacon. Believe me if you’ve ever had a grease fire due to the grease overflowing onto the coals , it’s no fun. They can get pretty unruly. The high sides and deep grease collecting trays are welcome features.
You don’t need a ton of coals to get any of these griddles good and hot.
The Emeril rectangular one fits like a glove within the edges of the rectangular Weber Go-Anywhere.
The Cook’s essentials was by far the easiest to handle and clean and was a joy to use on the 22 inch Weber Kettle. I suspect it won’t last a lifetime like a cast iron skillet that is well maintained but it also requires far less maintenance and won’t rust. For $16.46 I like it a lot.
The Little griddle required a decent amount of elbow grease to scrub clean with an sos pad. I suppose you could let it season up and not be so crazy about getting every bit of burnt on stuff off.