This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
My wife called to me from her chair while I was serving freshly sliced roast beast (er, beef), and said she will now refuse to ever cook Christmas dinner again!! LOL!!!!!!! (she's serious)
I'll let the pics roll from here...they'll tell most of the rest of the story on their own, but, I'll point out what I was looking at in specific on a few.
IT and elapsed time when I grabbed my knife and steel...the kids and wife were at attention in the living room as all the chit-chat went silent...they know what the sound of a knife drawn over a steel means:
Red juices still present as a bone poked a hole in the foil when I lifted the beast out of the resting pan/towels:
Foil juices from resting...pretty good amount...will it be juicy, or did I loose it in the foil? (suspense filled moment here):
8 oz measured liquids with about 1.5 oz being rendered fat:
OK, this thing is just so pretty, I can hardly bring myself to do the final procedure, but the crew (and I) are getting VERY HUNGRY already! LOL!!!!!!!!:
I sliced off the end cap with all the crust and saved it for my plate..heh-heh-heh...benefits of being the birthday-boy, as well as the chef:
My hog-trough with a mid-slice and the end cap slice on top of it:
An appetizer of festive holiday tortilla chips and broccloi, cheese and mushroom dip...this was good, but definately not necessary with the above:
Folks, this has got to be a amoung the best of my smokes thus far...absalutely everything came together beautifully today. We're still talking about this here & there (little comments and such).
My wife, kids and guests alike are very impressed with this...I'm quite happy myself. The crust was ever so slightly softened due to the foiling and could be firmed up again by tossing into the smoker @ 300-325* for 20-30 minutes...still quite nice as it was though. I had to break the crust with my knife to start the slices several times, so it was actually pretty crisp...not real thick but very well developed...gotta hand it to my wife for this one brothers & sisters.
Man, what a day to be alive and have such a great family, and great friends here on the forum to share such a success with!
I'll come back on as I find my words for a more complete review...for now all I can say is I am very happy to be here and have had the opportunity to give this offering to SMF's members and guests! By all means, if uyou have and questions, fire away...I may not remember everything from today, but some picking at my brains will jog the memory pretty quickly.
Folks, get your dry rub ready and grab that roast! Christmas is just around the corner...time's a wastin'!!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!!!!
This was my best birthday gift ever...being able to pull this off, with all the threads that got me thinking about it when my wife mentioned Christmas dinner...man, what a treat indeed!!!!
Merry Christmas to all!