Before and After: A Mixed Grill

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I had a bunch of people over in my back yard yesterday, so I tossed a bunch of meat into the smoker. At top you can see the raw goods: four short ribs coated with Fette Sau’s dry rub; four chicken thighs with a jerk marinade; and a butterflied leg of lamb that I had the butcher shop roll and tie into a little roast, to which I then applied a paste of olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. The lower photo shows how everything looked after about two hours in the smoker. Mmmmmm.

Over on the grill, we had a nice tri-tip steak and some gorgeous green onions:

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Wish I’d gotten some pics of the onions after they’d been cooked — they looked sensational. Meanwhile, here’s how the lamb roast and the tri-tip looked on the carving board (lamb on the left, tri-tip on the right):

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We also had clams, assorted sausages, a few pies, some nice salads, etc. A feast! Hope your Sunday was fun, too. Enjoy the holiday today. We’ll get back to uni-related content tomorrow. — Paul

 

62 comments to Before and After: A Mixed Grill

  • KWChris | September 3, 2012 at 8:00 am |

    Oh my god, the meat looks great. That looks like a Weber Smokey Mountain smoker at the top….is it?

    • Paul Lukas | September 3, 2012 at 8:07 am |

      No. It’s a Big Green Egg:
      http://www.myelliott...

      • DAG | September 4, 2012 at 9:54 am |

        I LOVE the Big Green Egg. Use mine all the time.

    • boxcarvibe | September 3, 2012 at 8:51 am |

      What, no tofu?

      • The Jeff | September 3, 2012 at 9:39 am |

        Tofu is an abomination. I’d eat Soylent Green before I’d eat tofu.

        • Dumb Guy at home | September 3, 2012 at 11:52 am |

          “Soylent Green is……..!!”

          (don’t want to spoil it for anyone)

        • Mike 2 | September 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm |

          Tofu in a miso soup, or pad thai, awesome

          Tofu masquerading as meat is an abomination.

        • Marc | September 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm |

          Soylent green shortribs with coleslaw…yummy.

  • vin eethy | September 3, 2012 at 8:05 am |

    So hungry now.
    Also, took notice that someone snapped off the beer can opener thing-a-majig. That is all.

    • Patrick_in_MI | September 3, 2012 at 9:52 am |

      Damnit, I noticed that too! Only because I do the same thing with any can of pop or beer. Been doing it for probably 30 years, just a weird habit I have.

      Also, let’s not forget the Labour Day Classic on NBC Sports at 1pm Eastern, Argos at Ti-Cats. The last such game at old Ivor Wynne Stadium. Go Cats Go!

      • The Jeff | September 3, 2012 at 10:32 am |

        CFL games are actually televised in the US? Heh… I wonder if I have that NBC Sports channel.

        Go Argos! …I guess. Tiger-Cats is just too redundant. It’d be like Raider-Pirates or Falcon-Birds or something. Tigers is fine, Cats is fine. Tiger-Cats is… wha?

      • Will S | September 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

        Checked the CFL website.

        Looks like they have another of the Classics on today @ NBC Sports – Edmonton at Calgary.

        NBC Sports is televising 9 regular season games this year plus the playoffs including the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto.

        [Apparently for those in the states, all CFL games are also being streamed live on ESPN3.com]

        P.S. Tiger-Cats name came from the merger of 2 teams in the 1950s: Hamilton Tigers & Hamilton Wildcats

        • Oakville Endive/Celery Root | September 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

          It’s probably the best looking Labour Day Classic in the last 10 – 15 years.

        • BurghFan | September 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm |

          Too bad the Eskimos and Stampeders are making up for it.

  • Coleman | September 3, 2012 at 8:24 am |

    I’m so jealous right now. I had a tonsilectomy and a septoplasty at the beginning of the week, so solid food is but a dream for me at the moment. Then I have to see this first thing in the morning? For shame, man. FOR SHAME.

    Kudos, though. Especially with smoker choice. I’ve wanted a BGE for years, I just can’t afford it yet. Glad you had a wonderful weekend!

  • tmac3217 | September 3, 2012 at 8:40 am |

    Looks like quite the feast indeed! We had a number of friends over and enjoyed the pork shoulder that I spent all day Saturday smoking (sorry, no pictures this time).

    Happy Labor Day to all!

  • Frank | September 3, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    I’m envious; I’m surrounded by people that believe that if it isn’t well done and dried out, it’s raw and therefore a case of food poisoning waiting to happen.

    • Simply Moono | September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

      I know that feel, bro.

  • Mirliton | September 3, 2012 at 9:59 am |

    Everything looks wonderful,and I’m sure everybody had a great time. Happy labor day.

  • Chris | September 3, 2012 at 10:27 am |

    For a second before I read the description, I thought the short ribs were brownies… “What the hell is he doing?”

    • Dumb Guy on iPad | September 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm |

      I thought I saw fish heads! Whew.

  • Alec | September 3, 2012 at 10:32 am |

    The Spanish have a thing called a parriada(sp?) which is an assortment of grilled meat & sausages piled on top of each other and kept warm by a charcoal warmer: beef, pork, rabbit, sausages, lamb, you name it. The lean cut are at the bottom so the get basted by the rendered fat dripping from above.

    Very super tasty, hardly a carbohydrate in sight.

    • LI Matt | September 3, 2012 at 11:21 am |

      It’s spelled “parrillada”, pronounced the way you wrote it.

  • Michael | September 3, 2012 at 10:56 am |

    Must be a slow news day over at The Worldwide Leader… http://espn.go.com/n...

    • The Jeff | September 3, 2012 at 11:02 am |

      That article is utterly useless without a picture of the offending shirt. I mean… is it a red shirt that just says “Texans” making the “AFC” rather than “AFL” the issue, or does it actually say Houston Texans with the current logo and all that?

      • JTH | September 3, 2012 at 11:11 am |

        Here’s the shirt.

        The parts of the shirt that were correct: the Houston team did win the AFL title that year.

        • The Jeff | September 3, 2012 at 11:35 am |

          Nice. I think I’d actually wear that just because of how horribly wrong it is. …and I really should have looked up the ’61 season before I posted. The Texans won it in ’62. I guess it’s nice that history has given us multiple ways to be confused – Houston Oilers/Dallas Texans/Houston Texans, NY Titans/Tennessee Titans, etc.

          Now we just need championship shirts for the ’58 Baltimore Ravens and ’99 Los Angeles Rams.

        • Chris | September 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

          I think The Jeff is mistaken. The Ravens won Super Bowl V.

        • The Jeff | September 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

          No mistake – but the ’58 championship is the “greatest game ever played” while super bowl v is considered to be one of the sloppiest championship games ever played. Which shirt do you think would sell better?

        • Glenn | September 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm |

          they messed up a few of the other shirts/teams in the series as well

          http://www.thebiglea...

        • Glenn | September 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

          they seem to have had issues with the concept with quite a few teams actually

          http://www.thebiglea...

        • Chris | September 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm |

          I get confused, The Jeff. But at least I can rest assured that the New York Dodgers won the ’69 Series. It was magical.

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

    OK my uni/logo tastes may lean much more towards the “modern” than most here and I may not have an interest in all of the various projects. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my years of reading here it’s that my life is not complete until I finally get myself a smoker. Great work on the food, Paul. Everything you make always looks fantastic!!!

    • Paul Lukas | September 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

      if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my years of reading here it’s that my life is not complete until I finally get myself a smoker.

      I believe my work here is done.

      • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

        Not even close!!! I only have enough ideas to last the next few years. We will always need more!!!

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

    After hearing all the rumors I can’t wait to see GT tonight. I dread them rolling out that honeycomb looking helmet but if they really do have some sort of strange new uniform in the works it has me intrigued. It may suck but it’s not like what they’ve worn the last few years has been great either. They used to be a nice looking team so I can’t wait to see what they came up with.

  • DJ | September 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

    Base layer and socks for Notre Dame’s (normal) home uniforms.

    http://via.me/-4p9ss...

    • The Jeff | September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

      Celestia dammit, Adidas. Sock stripes are meant to go all the way around. This “stripes on one side, giant fucking ADIDAS logo on the other” thing is just ridiculous. Are we *trying* to make the players look stupid? I suppose they get a fraction of a point for the socks being in team colors rather than black, but still…

      • Tim E. O'B | September 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

        Looking stupid is ND’s new ‘tradition’.

  • jedi54 | September 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm |

    Baylor looked great yesterday, but it would have been better with black hats and either green or gold BU!!!

    • Phil Hecken | September 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

      “Baylor looked great awful yesterday, but it would have been better with black hats and either green or gold BU!!!

      ~~~

      (fixed)

      • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

        Agreed.

      • JEDI54 | September 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

        I call BS on that Phil. You have your opinion and I have mine. I love black and it is my favorite color.

  • Glenn | September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm |

    damn delay, thought it didn’t take the first time!

  • wayne | September 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

    Good ol’ Pirates…

    https://twitter.com/...

    • BurghFan | September 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm |

      The Pirates’ humorless Twitter response:

      “In regards to Brock Holt’s jersey today, it was a mistake made by a human being and will be corrected.”

      • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

        Kind of goes with how the last month of the Buccos season has been. Oh well. I knew they were still a year or two away from something good. I’ll be happy with finishing over .500 this season.

  • quiet seattle | September 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    Mmm. Yum. Looks so good.

  • Anthony Nuccio | September 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm |

    Looks absolutely delicious. We just did a standard burgers, brats, beers, and pasta feast yesterday.

    • Paul Lukas | September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

      I have literally never cooked burgers on any grill of mine (and I only make hot dogs if there are kids on hand). I figure I can make burgers in the kitchen, or order them at a restaurant. But firing up the grill is a special occasion — or at least I like to treat it as such — so I prefer to make special food on it.

      • Phil Hecken | September 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm |

        “I only make hot dogs if there are kids on hand”

        ~~~

        or vegetarians ;)

      • Tim E. O'B | September 4, 2012 at 2:03 am |

        Burgers, dogs and brats can be very special, Paul. Every once and a while you got to experiment with the classics.

  • Simply Moono | September 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

    I need all of that juicy meat in my mouth right now Excellent job on that mixed grill. I bow down to you and your BGE.

  • paul g | September 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm |

    man those gt unies are horrible

    • DJ | September 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

      The pants are terrible. The jerseys are…not good. I like the concept of gold sleeves and navy blue numbers, but not this execution. Unnecessary navy piping is a minus.

      The helmet is perfectly fine.

      The VT jerseys get points for their well-executed shoulder stripes
      I’d prefer a maroon jersey, but an orange one is not bad.

  • Phil Hecken | September 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm |

    wreck uni fail

    • Mike Engle | September 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm |

      Shall we call the new Georgia Tech uniforms…
      …wait for it…
      …donning sunglasses…
      …a wreck?

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm |

      I can’t say I like the GT unis but they certainly didn’t blow me away as I was hoping for. Not good at all but still better than the last few years. Then again they should be wearing these:

      http://www.tvillebul...
      http://i.a.cnn.net/s...
      http://graphics.fans...

      Clemson should also still be wearing that same look as well, minus the drop shadow.

    • Coleman | September 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm |

      The whole uni is a failure, but I’m lookingespecially at that blue “stripe” thing that connects the two gold pant stripes and goes across the lower back. It’s not even visible on a player whose jersey is hanging out, which is nearly all of them. So all you see is a tiny blue ‘scallop’ at the top of the gold pant stripes… Stupid GT uni is stupid.

  • JTH | September 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm |

    I don’t have a smoker but I picked up a “smoker box” for my grill over the weekend and broke it out tonight (I used hickory wood chips).

    Cooked two pork tenderloins — 1 drizzled with lime juice followed by a sage/nutmeg/cayenne rub, the other with a brown sugar rub and stuffed with an olive/sun-dried tomato/anchovy filling.

    Pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself.

  • JTH | September 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm |

    really? that comment went into moderation?

  • Charles Neiswender | September 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    Paul – No judgement here, but your tri-tip looks on the rare side. Word on the street in California is that you usually cook a tri-tip to a more medium to (dare I say) medium well level over medium to lower heat. As long as you leave it alone, the juices stay inside. I did one last weekend, and it was a success. However, that all being said, I’d love to try a rare/medium rare tri-tip one of these days. How long did you have it on the grill?

    Cheers