Musical Fruit

by zydecopaws on April 7, 2010

Bubba Ho-Keg showcased some musical talents today, or at least set the stage for a major concert at our house later tonight. It’s a long-standing tradition around our house to cook up a large pot of beans using leftovers from any meals involving ham, and since the Easter Piggy came to visit on Sunday it was time to honor that tradition.

Normally we employ a crockpot (gasp!) for this tradition, but I got to thinking that it was only fair to get back at the FauxQuers by cooking one of their dishes outdoors. So a large roasting pan was loaded up with the Easter Piggy hock, some chopped onions, some sliced jalapeno peppers, a couple of heaping tablespoons of minced garlic, and a liberal amount of cayenne pepper and red chili powder.

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Bubba Ho-Keg was set to run about 250°F and I am happy to say that it dialed in and stuck right there for the 6 hours the beans were cooking away. Water had to be added to the pot a couple of times to take care of some evaporation and absorption, and when they were done it looked something like this.

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One drawback about cooking the beans outdoors is the smell doesn’t spread through the house. Of course, some might say that is a positive thing, but they haven’t considered that the effects of this dish eventually stink up the house anyway.

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I have to say that this batch of beans was good enough that there was no need to add any additional flavorings (such as salsa or hot sauce) at the table. Youngest Daughter was drafted to cook up the cornbread, and all in all this was a satisfying meal.

Now it’s time to sit back and wait for the music to begin. Too bad the orchestra is limited to a horn section…

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