First I have to appologize to NOAA. They said it was comming two days ago. They were so accurate that some schools closed all day, and some closed at noon so the kids could get home before the storms hit. I am laughing at the weathermen, seriously who can predict tornadoes two days in advance and even call it to an after lunch event? I am laughing and making jokes about these guys for two days for thinking they could call the weather that well. LOL
So I went out at lunch today and threw a 14lb butt in the MES40.
I washed it, I scored it, I patted it dry, I rubbed it with Pig Squeal.
Preheated to 275 (which is really around 230 degrees), I loaded the adjustable oval pellet smoker to really really long smoke and filled it with hickory & apple. A fresh clean tin foil pan under it. And it started raining. Hmmmmm.........
LOL.. it swole up and browned the fat cap and looks like the sweet potato casserole with browned marshmallows on top.
What shall I do while the storm rages and the pork sweats?? Well what goes good with pulled pork..... Hmmmmm..... Buns stupid! LOL
Flour in the flour bowl. Yeast is added to warm water, a little sugar and a little flour to bloom and the egg set out to warm up. Not the level of the liquid in the 2 c measuring cup.
Now note the foam in that measuring cup.... the yeast is good. I add the egg, some honey, and some yellow food color. Why? because that what the bakeries do with the good buns. just a little yellow color. Don't over do it.
Beat it, whip it, knead it, its a great stress releaver! Roll it roll it up and throw it in the pan... wait that not here. Set it in the bowl and put away from drafts.
At this point I checked the old pork piece again. Weather is nasty, rain comming down sideways and it hurts. Sheriffs cars with lights running down the road, ambalances with lights, fire trucks, rescue vechiles...... Hmmmmmm..... Maybe I should check the news.
At this point we lost power, hehehehe.... I was prepared! It runs everything, the house the AC the elevator, all the freezers, and all the reefers. RAAR!
Flag at this point was about to be town off the pole. So I decided instead of making slaw tonight, I'll worry about it tomorrow since the head of cabbage is in one of the garage reefers. LOL
Electric company boom trucks go breezing by the house with a police and ambulance escort. Then the doors open next door and the fire trucks leave the station ......... Maybe something is going on down river. Neighbors show up, I have power and smoke although I doubt they could smell it going by so fast...LOL. Neighbor said he saw a tornado in the field behind the house. I have been all over west Texas and SE NM and the Texas panhandle and never seen one. Pffft!
Back to the cookin, I punch down the bread dough, and make little bity buns.
With sesame seeds to be fancy (there was company in the house).
I like smaller buns instead of those monsters I always seem to end up with. This time it worked, 16 buns.
To get away from the neighbors I braved the weather and went to check the pig. Looks good!
Pull the buns from the oven, They are good, nice color, tender, but between the egg and the shortening I added this time .... well they are awfully moist and tastee. Now what to do with 'em till tomorrow.
TUPPERWARE!! What would we do without it, fill the trash dumps and oceans with cheap plastic bags?
Wow the TV is showing some really nasty pictures just down the road. I mean really just down the road. Of course it was a trailer park. A couple of 18 wheelers a water tower...... Hmmmm.... maybe the neighbor really did see a tornado.
Thats the last shoot, everyone has left the power is back and the phone calls and emails are slowing of friends and family checking.
Wind is back up but I think I'll go take the trash out, check if its past the stall, and see how much rain.
Its now been on 12 hours, Be back in a mins. with the last photo for tonight I imagine.
Ok, 2 AM kinda chilly for a change feels good outside.
Thats the last view for tonight, man the wind is gusting again.
Got the cabbage and made the cole slaw. It was my last fresh head and was partially frozen..... Grrrrr.... not enough trips to the beer reefer lately! Best to make it today so it can pull out all those juices to mix together. And speaking of that...............
Fresh cucumber (oriental seedless) and onions. Mom called 'em summer pickles. She just mixed vinegar, sugar, and water and hid them in the reefer for a day. I swear vinegar is a miracle drug....
Thats it. I'll pull the pig later, its at 175 IT now.
Edited by Foamheart - 2/24/16 at 12:19am