Meatfest 2009

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We had a family dinner last night, so I didn't do any cooking. I thought I'd talk about Meatfest 2009 that happened a couple of months ago.

My husband decided to turn our giant fire pit in our backyard into a giant smoker. He did this by adding a chimney, cover, etc. It looked pretty silly, but it worked beautifully. It stayed at a constant 200 degrees with a nice amount of smoke.

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We started the meat tasting with smoked lamb. Simply rubbed with salt and pepper and tied with 3 sprigs of rosemary and let it smoke for an hour and a half. I have to say this was my favorite meat of the whole tasting.

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The chicken was very good too. We did a spice rub on the chicken and let it smoke for 3 hours. I finished it in the oven since it hadn't reached the proper temperature. But it was moist and delicious.

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The 10 pound pork shoulder was gorgeous. We put it on the smoker at 6 am and pulled it off at 9 pm. It rested for a full hour and was fork tender, beautifully flavorful and the smoke ring was incredible. It was like professionals had done it.

The house stunk of smoked meat for days, so I think we'll wait until 2010 before we do this one again...