Recipe: Perfect Pulled Pork

Let’s all enjoy the heritage pork breeds featured at Kettle Range this month and cook up a summer favorite, pulled pork! Check out this recipe that includes our own Chef Jeff’s famous BBQ rub.

Perfect Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

1 pork shoulder

Chef Jeff’s BBQ Rub, or any other that you are fond of

Brine Solution

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons dry rub mix

Directions:

FOR THE BRINE SOLUTION

  1. Add salt to cold water, and stir very well until all the salt is completely dissolved. Then add the brown sugar, dry rub, and bay leaves, and stir well to combine.

PORK SHOULDER PREPARATION

  1. Rinse the pork shoulder, and place in a large container. Pour in the brine solution until the shoulder is completely covered. Cover the container, and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
  2. Remove pork shoulder from brine solution, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the pork shoulder in a baking pan that is at least 3 inches deep and that is bigger than the shoulder by at least an inch in length and width. Sprinkle dry rub onto the surface of the shoulder and massage in such that it adheres to the surface. Coat all sides. Make sure the fat layer on the shoulder is facing up before cooking! Place baking pan uncovered in a 225° F oven on the middle rack. Insert a probe thermometer into the center or thickest part of the shoulder, but not touching the bone. Monitor the temperature throughout cooking (a digital thermometer with an alarm function is the easiest way to do this). Do not remove from the oven until the center of the shoulder reaches 200°.
  3. When the shoulder has reached 200°, shut off the oven and let the roast cool for a couple of hours before removing from the oven. If the bottom of the pan is dry (or crusted with dried spices) then cover the pan with foil to retain internal moisture of the meat during the cooling period. When the temperature drops to 170 degrees or slightly lower, remove from oven. Place on a large, clean work surface such as a cutting board, and remove the large sheet of crusted fat on the top. Pull apart with two forks, it will pull apart very easily. Serve for friends and family!

5 Roast recipes we are craving this month.

Tired of traditional pot roasts? Looking to keep your creative juices flowing in the kitchen? Check out these five recipes we are craving this month.

Slow-braised pork shoulder with cider & parsnips

Image via Good Food
This simple recipe blends a variety of flavors of winter ready staples. Blending the savory juices of the braised pork along with the sweet cider and parsnips, this recipe is bound to impress the entire family. For full recipe click HERE.

Texas Clod (Barbecued Beef Shoulder)

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The Beef Shoulder Clod is the upper portion of the chuck primal and it sits atop the brisket. This roast is leaner than a brisket and requires the same low and slow cooking method to break down the fats and collagen. Typically you need to allow one hour of cooking time for every pound of beef clod, smoking temperatures at or below 250. Let the inner grill master loose for this delicious Texas Clod. For full instructions and recipe Click HERE

Slow Cooker Mexican Brisket

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Kick Taco Tuesday up a notch with House Of Yumm’s Mexican Brisket. This blend of pablano chile, garlic, onion and spices will inspire a variety of meals. Use this recipe to have a build your own nacho night or a round of flavorful street tacos. Discover the full recipe HERE and getting planning your next Taco night now!

Southwest Cowboy Chili

Image via Nom Nom Paleo

Change up your chili with this Paleo inspired recipe. Swap out your typical ground beef and enjoy this chili featuring tender chuck roast. This recipe from Nom-Nom Paleo is sure to fill you and keep you steady on your New Year resolution. Click HERE for the full recipe and instuctions.

Tasty Cuban Pork Roast

Image Via The Noshtastic Blog

Spice things up with a little Cuban flare! A unique blend of citrus and herbs will have you dreaming of summer, while keeping you warm and full. Hop over the Noshtastic’s blog and get this recipe HERE.

I hope these recipes help inspire you. May they keep your warm and toasty all month long!

Picture of a turkey in brine solution

How To Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is on the way and we’re fielding lots of phone calls about how to properly prepare a turkey brine for the amazing Heritage turkeys that our friend Lynn raised for us this year.

Different people have different philosophies about the necessity and benefit of turkey brine, but plenty of adherents believe that brining not only seasons the meat, but that it also keeps it moist and tender during cooking.

If you’d like to give it a try this year, Joe has graciously offered up his recipe and instructions for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey brine.

Joe’s Turkey Brine

This is a simple method to make a moist, flavorful turkey that you will be proud of. You need to do this the day before you want to roast your turkey, so plan ahead. If your outside temperature is below 40 degrees you can store the turkey in a shady spot or in the garage while it brines, otherwise you will need to clear out a spot in a refrigerator… Not an easy task the day before Thanksgiving.

Brine Ingredients

  • 1 cleaned and sanitized 5 gallon bucket with lid (I buy one from Home Depot for this and sanitize it)
  • 10-16lb turkey (if frozen, thaw it first!)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups Kosher salt
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3 gallons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Brining Instructions

To make your brine solution, bring the water to a boil in a large soup pot. Add the salt and sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the seasoning and the cold water. Let the brine mixture sit for about 30 minutes before you add your turkey.

Place the turkey in the cleaned and sanitized 5 gallon bucket and pour the brine mixture over it until the water covers it completely. There may be more brine then you need. If so, discard the leftover. Cover the bucket and put it either in the refrigerator or in place where the temperature is below 40 degrees. Leave the turkey to sit in the brine 18-24 hours

Brined Turkey Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Take the turkey out of the brine and put it on roasting rack in a roasting pan. Allow to dry for 15 minutes, then rub a little oil or butter on the skin. DO NOT SALT THE TURKEY. Put 2 cups of water or broth in the bottom of the roasting pan and tent the turkey with foil.

Roast for 2 ½-3 hours or about 13 minutes per pound

Remove foil tent when you have about 1 hour of roasting time left.

Remove the turkey from oven and place on cutting board where it should rest for 20 minutes before you carving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grass Fed Filet Mignon

Grass Fed Filet Mignon: 3 Delicious Sauces

There is something so elegant about grass fed Filet Mignon medallions drizzled in a savory pan sauce reduction.  And it’s so easy! In just 30 minutes, you can prepare a dazzling grass-fed beef entrée.

But first, let’s review the basics: Filet Mignon is simply a cut portion of the beef tenderloin. The tenderloin comes from the middle of the cow and, as it’s name suggests, is the tenderest part of the animal. Tenderloins are also one of the least used muscles of the animal which lends to its attractive texture. Finishing your filets with a sauce reduction creates a delicious, sophisticated entrée.

Here are three sauce reduction recipes suggested by Jessica to top off your Kettle Range filets: Cabernet Sauce, Peppercorn Sauce, and Balsamic Sauce.

Grass Fed Filet Mignon with Cabernet Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) chilled butter
  • 4 filet mignon steaks
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2/3 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 generous tablespoon drained capers
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of steaks with salt and generous amount of ground black pepper. Add to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium. Transfer steaks to 4 plates. Tent with foil.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sauté 1 minute. Add wine, capers, and mustard; simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon over steaks.

Grass Fed Filet Mignon with Peppercorn Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 filet mignon steaks
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 14 ounzes of beef bone broth (We have this in our store)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, coarsely crushed

Preparation

  1. Put the cornstarch into a cup. Add the water, stirring to dissolve.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch mixture and the broth.
  3. Bring to a broil over high heat; cook until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the bay leaf and thyme.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced to about 1 cup.
  6. Stir in the wine and peppercorns.
  7. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the bay leaf.

Grass Fed Filet Mignon with Balsamic Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 filet mignon steaks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus oil spray
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • generous pinch cinnamon
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of sugar
  • ½ tsp of truffle oil (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine the rub ingredients in a bowl. Rub over the filet mignon to lightly coat the steaks, and set aside on a plate for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Place a sturdy skillet on the stove top. Heat the olive oil, tilting the pan so it spreads evenly and spray with the oil if needed to fully coat pan.
  4. Once the pan is good and hot, add the filet mignon to the pan. Sear on one side for about 4 minutes, then flip to cook for about 4 more minutes.
  5. Check for doneness after cooking on both sides. After the 8 minutes cooking, steak can be quite rare. Move the skillet to the oven, roast there for another 4 minutes to get them cooked to the medium/ medium rare. Keep in mind the steaks will cook a bit more when they rest.
  6. When the filets are cooked, remove from the pan, place on a platter to rest, loosely covered with foil. Return the skillet to the stove on medium high heat. Add two tbsp of butter to melt. Stir it in and scrape up the bits of meat and fat to incorporate into the sauce.
  7. Add the shallots, cook about 3 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar, cook for about 3 more minutes so that the sauce thickens a bit. Finish by stirring in the final tbsp of butter until it is melted.
  8. Pour the sauce into a bowl, stir in the truffle oil if you are using. Place one filet on the plate of each of your lucky dinner companions. You can serve it with the sauce or let them take what they want at the table.
Recipe for split pea soup with smoked ham hocks

Recipe: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Smoked Hocks

When the weather turns cool, we like a hearty and nourishing slow cooker recipe that leaves us with plenty of leftovers to heat up during the week. We’ll be sending you some of our staff favorites over the coming months, and we thought we would get a start this week with Mark’s favorite Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Smoked Hocks recipe.

This particular recipe is an almost effortless act of alchemy, transforming dried peas and a few simple ingredients into an incredibly creamy, hearty meal that feeds 8-10 people. The ingredients are simple and easy to come by, and the preparation is easier still, requiring only a few minutes of prep time, and then patience… The secret ingredient, of course, is a delicious house smoked pork hock from Kettle Range (antibiotic free, of course!).

Ingredients for this recipe

  • 1lb split peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 smoked pork hock, 1lb-ish (available year-round at Kettle Range)
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and black pepper

How to make this recipe

Layer the peas in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Add the chopped vegetables, garlic, parsley and the bay leaf–you don’t even need to mix it up.  Set the smoked pork hock gently on top.  Add the chicken broth, water, and salt and pepper.

That’s it… really!

Now, if you have the time, set your slow cooker on Low for 8-10 hours and enjoy your day. If you’re in a hurry, 5 hours on the High setting should do it.

After it is done cooking, it should be easy to separate the meat from the bone with a fork.  Be careful not to burn your fingers!  Remove the bone and serve–We like it with some warm corn bread or a crusty chuck of sheepherder’s bread.

Wanna spice it up?

Want a bit more spice in your Split Pea Soup? How about adding some of Jerry’s Smoked Andouille sausage? It’s precooked.  Just slice it into bite-size pieces and add to the slow cooker at the same time you add the hocks.  Delicious!

 

Bon appetit!