Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FRUHUBS FOOD: A New, Semi-Regular Recipe Column

Well, you had to have known it was coming.  The Frugal Husband is a bad-ass chef, and The Frugal Hostess would like to exploit that for her own benefit.  You know, aside from eating everything he cooks, which is delightful.  Thus, FRUHUBS FOOD.

Today's episode is Pulled Pork and Barbecue Sauce (please sing that the way the deep-voiced fellow does in the old Chili's commercial for baby back ribs).  (And then sing the falsetto part "Chi-iiii-li's..baby-back ribs.")  (Then the deep part again, "BAR-BA-CUE SAWSSSE.")

Good times.

OK, so, remember how FruHo talked about smoked pork butt recently?  Well, The Frugal Husband decided to whip one up, as it were, and smoke it for eight hours after giving it a good rub down with a rub he made.  Then he had to show it up by making his own barbecue sauce.

Here's how:

7-8 lb. pork butt
2 quarts of water, or enough to cover the butt
8 oz. molasses (Be sure it’s not made of high-fructose corn syrup, yuck.  If you don’t have molasses, use 16 oz. of brown sugar.)
8 oz. salt
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1.  Heat two cups of the water.
2.  Dissolve the salt, then add the molasses and other ingredients.
3.  Once everything has melted, let it cool to room temperature.  If you’re short on time, put in ice cubes.
4.  Add remaining water and pork butt.
5.  The pork butt should stay in the brine overnight or a minimum of six hours.

After you brine it, rub it with some rub.  The Frugal Husband has a Secret Recipe for butt rub (ha!), but here’s a hint – all of the ingredients in the picture above are in the rub.  Aye, there’s the rub.  Ahem.

So, rub your butt (but not someone else’s butt, unless you have permission), and then smoke the pork for eight to ten hours.  Whew.  FruHubs usually gets up super early to make this.  It’s worth it.

OK, once your butt is juicy and tender (seriously, TFH can’t stop herself – what do you expect?), pull it apart with forks and put it on sandwiches.  It’s good with a delicious sauce and some coleslaw on the sandwich. 

Sauce?  Do you mean Barbecue Sauce?  FruHubs won’t come off his sauce recipe either.  Seriously, FruHubs, what’s the point of having a recipe column if you won’t give out your recipes?  But he says that there are a number of great recipes for both rub and sauce, and you should look them up.  What a pain -- a pain in the butt!!!  (Wow, this topic is comedy gold.)

Enjoy your butt!

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  1. You actually showed far more butt restraint than I would've been able to muster.

  2. Does the type of molasses for the brine matter (unsulphured or sulphured)? I know that the sweetness varies between the two pretty significantly ...

  3. FruHo-I am sure that your hubby makes great BBQ, but mine makes the BEST! His BBQ doesn't even make it to the sandwiches. Family and Friends come from far and wide when they hear rumors of "Fat Pat's" BBQ and then they hover. Then when it is ready, they attack the bowl with forks and yes "accidents" do happen. I think a cook-off is in order!


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