For those who were following the throw down - here are the details of my entry.
Description: This is a 4-times smoked cross between a Fatty, Macaroni & Cheese, Pulled Pork Stuffed Manicotti, & Lasagna. The dish is made with 2.5 foot long “lasagna” noodles made of cornmeal. On top of the Noodles are three sections: the first is a smoked Mac & Cheese, followed by Smoked pulled pork with a home-made raspberry-chipotle BBQ Sauce, and finally Italian Sausage with home-made smoked tomato sauce, Motzarella and Riccota Cheese.
It is rolled, starting with the Mac & Cheese end, so that the inner layer is Mac & Cheese surrounded by the Cornmeal pasta sheets. The next layer is BBQ Pulled pork, again wrapped in the cornmeal pasta sheets, and finally the Lasagna (sausage, tomato sauce, Motzarella and Riccotta cheese). A layer of laced bacon wraps around the entire dish and it is smoked at 250 for 4 hours, plus an hour at 300 to make the bacon crispy.
One slice provides you with a full day’s meals: Breakfast-The bacon, Lunch-BBQ Pulled pork and Mac & Cheese stuffed in a pasta shell, and Dinner-Lasagna!
- First, make the tomato Sauce
- Smoke some Roma tomatoes, peeled onions and garlic cloves
- After smoking, remove the Roma skins and seeds,
- Chop the onion & garlic,
- Put the vegies in a crock pot, add Red wine, fresh Oregano, Basil, Thyme, one can of Tomato paste, a touch of sugar and cook down for 4 hours, adding a little salt & pepper to taste.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the vegies and spices after 4 hrs of cooking.
- Adjust spices to taste. When it gets thick, take it off and cool it down.
Then, make some hot Italian sausage: Pork shoulder, ground sage, anise, red pepper
Smoke a Pork Butt for the pulled pork. (I used one I had done earlier and had some left over.)
Make smoked Mac & Cheese (baked in smoker to get that smoky cheese flavor)
Mac & Cheese going into the smoker
Mac & Cheese coming out of the smoker
Chop up some of the pulled pork and mix with a Raspberry-Chipolte BBQ sauce.
When all these are ready, then start the assembly process
Make fresh cornmeal pasta sheets about 6 inches wide by 2-3 feet long. Cook each sheet individually till al dente about 4 minutes.
- Lay out a long sheet of plastic wrap –3 feet long by 18 inches wide. (I used waxed paper the first time and it fell apart, so I switched to plastic wrap to make a tighter roll.)
- Make a bacon lattice and put that on the right side of the plastic wrap.
- After the giant pasta sheets cool, lay them out on the plastic wrap (I had to cut them in half to avoid tearing them as I picked them up).
- Outer layer – bacon lattice on far right only – 12x12 inches
Next layer – pasta sheets, side by side the full 12-inches across and 2 feet long.
On right half, spread a thin (1/2 inch) layer of sausage mix, brush smoked pasta sauce on top, layer slices of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, some ricotta cheese mixed with egg (like a 1-layer lasagna) and some more sauce
On left side, spread a thin (1/2 inch) layer of Pulled Pork mixed with home made Raspberry-Chipotle BBQ sauce. On far left side of the pulled pork, spread a ½ inch layer of smoked Mac & Cheese.
I put a sheet or plastic wrap across the whole thing and rolled it flat with a heavy roller to get the layers thinned down for rolling the fatty.
Using a long cake spatula and a sushi roll bamboo mat, started rolling from the left, peeling away the wax paper and plastic wrap as I rolled. it was very fragile and kept trying to fall apart! Then the bacon lattice - and tie it all together with butcher's twine to keep it together till it solidified in the cooking.
Smoked it at 250 with a Hickory/Cherry mix for about 4 hours, then cranked it up to 300 for a final hour to get the bacon crispy.
Let it cool for 30 minutes, then slice and serve with some cole slaw on the side.
It was so heavy that it did not stay in a nice round shape - but it tasted great! The wife and I ate a couple of slices the night I made it while it was fresh and hot. I fount out that if I took a slice from the fridge and put it on a hot skillet for 2 minutes a side, it got a nice carmelized flavor and was a great way to heat up slices and enjoy.
We ate from the left-overs ( Tomato sauce, mac & cheese & Fatty) for a couple of weeks!
Having gone through all this - I don't know if I would do this exactly as shown again - lots of work. I do plan on making just the pulled pork & Mac & Cheese fatty roll (with the large pasta sheets) and a lasagna only fatty in the future.