Well Hi there great Cookies and happy midweek to you!
Having just moved, I had to celebrate and with a lobster!
And so only a hardshell, 11 pounder would do!
This guy was alive and kicking indeed, and even pinched me with his legs! Not claws but little legs!
With size comes some strength in unexpected places!
And I'll debunk the urban myth right now, that "large lobsters are just TOUGH," as that's not true.
Large lobster meat is very soft, more flavorful even and lovely!
BUT, there's not a lot of meat. You pay for shell in much of that weight.
Still, the fun, and flavor is worth it!
And yes, even on a little Brinkmann teeny tiny, OLD, gas smoker, all kinds of things can be done!
Usually I bang these guys out really fast and with high heat, but today did 230-ish in temp instead, and let it ride for 45 minutes. It was perfect!
Once cooked, the brick-like color appears, and the antennae can be pulled easily off and munched right up like tasty pork rinds albeit savory and better ones! Delish!
Too hot to crack apart, I let the guy chill out a bit and rest, upon a little charcoal grill that wasn't being used. Resourceful chick, yes?
Meanwhile, I sucked out each leg and ate all the leg meat - with size comes great meat in unexpected places too - and shared much with my dogs who all love lobster!
The remnants lingered in the sunshine while I went in for more dissecting fun!
The tomalley is my favorite part of the lobster and so I ate that with a spoon and right out of the body while it was warm!
SMOKED tomalley is really creamy and amazing!
And then the magnificent mess begins! I devoured, plucked, scraped, and found every morsel of knuckle meat and body/cage meat and ate all while standing and "attempting" to still save some nice pieces for the meal...
And save I did!
Now Trader Joe's has this quite downright LOVELY Rosé Crémant, and it’s just so beautiful! (DRY, crisp, and stunning with color, this is my new favorite house wine and if you love dry wines, this pairs masterfully with seafood and salmon too)!
That's a French sparkling, lighter in style than Champagne and yet still with structure that holds up to smoked fish and such! Fantastic stuff!
And refreshing when really really cold!
Plated over salad, with some olive oil and black pepper, this was just fabulous!
Only when I finished eating did I then realize that I'd forgotten entirely to chop up some chives! Ah well, it all worked as meant to be!
And these fun pieces went through two dishwasher cycles and got sprayed then with Tilex, and now make for some funky "mantle decor" or at least for this week!
Thank you for sharing in my post!
And who said that moving can't be fun?
Happy wonderful Wednesday to all!
Cheers!!!!!!!!!! - Leah