Meanwhile, in reality, my oldest daughter graduated highschool this year and my wife planned a party next weekend. With money tight, it was assumed that I was making the main course.
We've had parties before but it's always been with fried chicken from the local store, hotdogs/burgers or pizza.
I've posted smokes on here before but have never cooked/smoked for non-immediate family. Well here we go!
Usually I try to buy local and my butcher did not fail. I bought two paks of four total pork butts. They average around 10 pounds each (22lbs on pak # 1 & 19.5lbs on pak # 2).
I've learned sooo much on this site and one of the things is that you have to be aggressive. Tell your butcher what you want!
With this smoke I'm doing something taboo when cooking for others. I'm trying something totally new without testing it.
After a year of using this site to my own benefit, I finally bought Jeff's rub recipe. I've been using store bought rubs this whole time but, like I emailed Jeff, "Real smokers don't buy store bought!"
I just finished prepping Jeff's rub which I've never used and chef Jimmy J's finishing sauce, again which I've never used.
I also prepped my pork injection that I've used several times but this time I mixed it up a bit.
Making Jeff's rub gave me a thrill and making Jimmy J's finishing sauce broke rules!!
In Illinois, vinegar based BBQ is unheard of.
I'm jumping in with both feet and anyone that doesn't like it can kiss my butts, pun intended.
I'm prepping the butts tomorrow and smoking Sunday.