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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bratwurst on the Big Green Egg - UPDATED




Well, well well. Oktoberfest is upon us and the weather is finally breaking here in the South. God is finally showing favor upon us.

See the red text for updates based on our second attempt.

Research:

We have made brats a few times and we almost always do it this way. Not ready to say this is the best but it is our starting point from which we can only improve.

Ingredients:

Bratwurst from a good source that you trust or Costco...
A beer to boil it in

Plan:

Boil for 20 minutes and then sear it on the Egg. Serve with Kraut and roasted sweet potatoes.

On the second attempt I used a quick read thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the brats in the boiling beer so that I could get them close to 145 internal (an attempt to figure out how long I needed boil them to get the internal temp to cooked.

Observations:

Placed 40 degree brats in boiling beer

2 minutes - 84 degrees
4 minutes - 126 degrees
5 minutes - 145 degrees

removed them

2 minutes each side on the BGE at 300

150 internal temperature. 

These were much better. Not tough. Excellent. Lesson learned - don't boil them so long.


Execution:

Pour a beer into a pot and heat the brats to a simmer. Put them both in cool because the brats may split open if you place them directly into the hot beer. Yeah I know, bud light...




Light the egg and get it up to 350 while the brats simmer.

Also make some of these. Salt, pepper, olive oil and toss.




350 degrees for 40 minutes


Meanwhile back to the brats


Remove the brats and heat the Egg to 500


1 minute each side






Yeah, that is homemade mustard.


Verdict:

Oktoberfest may be the best holiday in the whole world. Thank you Bavaria.

So the brats are great but maybe a little tough. I think we will cook them for less time next time so we can measure the internal temp of a sacrificial sausage. 135 internal temp will be the goal, I think these may have been overdone.

Boil fridge thawed brats for 5 minutes max. Give them a minute or two on the Egg for a nice sear. Eggcellent <- ha! see how I did that.




Munich



We would love it if you would drop us a note in the comment section and let us know how your cook went. We are always looking for suggestions and improvements! We have opened up the comments so that anyone can post now, so please do. I'll try not to delete anything unless it is spam or stabs me in the heart.



Please help support our site, buy something you like on Amazon. Simply click through the links below and though you can pick anything, I suggest the thermometer and knives below:


So apparently Thermoworks doesn't sell through Amazon anymore. You must buy direct. Still the thermometer to have. Go here and order direct. 

Aaron Franklin's Favorite trimming knife:

Dexter-Russell (S131F-6PCP) - 6" Boning Knife - Sani-Safe Series

Aaron Franklin's Favorite Brisket cutting/serving knife:

Sani-Safe S140-12SC-PCP 12" Scalloped Roast Slicer


Monday, September 7, 2015

Pork Tenderloin on the Big Green Egg






While in Costco the other day we happened upon a pork tenderloin and thought it would be fun to make and would be a great use of the reverse sear method that we are so fond of.

Research:

We just googled around for cooking temperature and learned that 135 seemed best. I would lean more toward 130 next time.

Ingredients:

Pork Tenderloin
and a great rub we chose the Community Q rub from a great local BBQ place

Plan:

Heat the Egg to 300 and cook the tenderloin direct until the internal temp is 100 degrees. Then pull it off and run the egg up to 500 degrees. Return the tenderloin to the egg to get a char and to raise the internal temp to 135.

Execution:

Rubbed the tenderloin generously with Community Q butt rub and place in the fridge.



Light the egg and get it up to 300. Then cook the tenderloin until 100 degrees internal. Took about 12 minutes. Rotated once at about 5 minutes to try and keep the temp even.





Wash your pan out or heat it on the egg before reusing. Don't want raw pork to touch your cooked meat.

Remove the tenderloin and heat the egg up to 500





Return the to the hot egg. 2-3 minutes per side depending on thickness. Use your meat thermometer and get a good one! See a link below for the best.

2 minutes on side 1 - 115 internal
3 minutes on side 2 - 125
1 or 2 more minutes - 135 at fattest part. 145 at thinnest.


Flip after 2 minutes


go ahead and make some of these brussel sprouts. coat with olive oil, salt and pepper then sear in a cast iron skillet that is hot


Pull the tenderloin with the temp approaches 130. I let ours get to 135 and it was a little more done than I would have liked.



Slice with the roast slicing knife (link is at the bottom of this post)







Turned out great. The thickest part of the tenderloin was the best. 



Verdict:

Loved it and it is a good thing. We have 4 more of them that we vacuum sealed for later.

The reverse sear is the way to go with the tenderloin (not to be confused with the loin). Get the tenderloin folks, you only live once.


Just an update. We continue to make this on occasion and it is fantastic. A great low cost protein. Make sure you pay attention to temperature and don't overcook it.













We would love it if you would drop us a note in the comment section and let us know how your cook went. We are always looking for suggestions and improvements! We have opened up the comments so that anyone can post now, so please do. I'll try not to delete anything unless it is spam or stabs me in the heart.



Please help support our site, buy something you like on Amazon. Simply click through the links below and though you can pick anything, I suggest the thermometer and knives below:


So apparently Thermoworks doesn't sell through Amazon anymore. You must buy direct. Still the thermometer to have. Go here and order direct. 

Aaron Franklin's Favorite trimming knife:

Dexter-Russell (S131F-6PCP) - 6" Boning Knife - Sani-Safe Series

Aaron Franklin's Favorite Brisket cutting/serving knife:

Sani-Safe S140-12SC-PCP 12" Scalloped Roast Slicer