Here it is, summer time and my youngest daughter, Kennedy, and son, Jake are moving on to the next grade level in school. We are having a wee celebration here at the house and the kids are inviting some friends and, naturally, I was asked what I would smoke for this occasion. I figured since they did so well on their school finals and they had both been with me during recent smokes I would see if they retained what they had learned, a sort of final exam from the Mr. Mac’s House of Smoke, “Close cover before striking” School of Smoke.
I had both a chicken waiting and a pork shoulder in the fridge begging to be smoked for this event and I let them have at it. I would simply be there to observe and grade their performances as they progressed. I also figured I’d ask some questions whilst they worked.
Kennedy chose the shoulder and Jake took the bird. I had each of them tell me what they needed and had them get it all out. Kennedy correctly identified the need for yellow mustard and our resident rub and Jacob called out the need for some olive oil and our poultry rub. So far, so good.
I turned each of them loose and they began their tests. While they worked I asked how we would arrange the two pieces in the smoker and they both called out that the bird needed to be at the bottom so as not to contaminate the shoulder. Very nice! Brought a tear to me eye!
Kennedy and her process…
What she needs...
Her test platform.
Clean and dry. and ready for the goods.
Jake and his bird.
What he needs
Jake's bird wash, dry and, apparently a show with the dancin' chicken!
After the show we see the bird is scared and peed a little according to Jake. Okay, really it's just EVOO!
Inside and out.
Here's a couple of hours in as Kennedy was adding more hickory.
I have to tell you, I am a little more than just impressed at this point! More later as we get closer and get to eat!
Mac and Kids
Edited by Mr Mac - 6/12/10 at 3:08pm