Smoked Meats meetup at Greg_Ace's
posted March 24, 2015 5:46 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat May 23 at 5:00 PM, Greg_Ace's house
4414 Southeast Center Street, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
Spring is here, time to barbecue! As usual I'll be smoking some combination of meat, fish, and/or chicken (smoked wings!); bring your choice of vegetarian options/side dishes/desserts/beverages alcoholic and non-.
Anyone who wants to bring other food (meat, vegetables...) for me to add to the smoker, MeMail me ahead of time to coordinate.
posted by Greg_Ace to Meetup (70 comments total)

I would like to attend but have something all day on the 11th. Any other day is okay.
posted by curious nu at 5:51 PM on March 24, 2015

SMEAT meetup?
posted by cortex at 7:44 AM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

posted by mimo at 8:04 AM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]

The more I think about it, the more I'm leaning towards May - so, whaddaya say: 16th, 23rd, or 30th?


SMEAT meetup?

posted by Greg_Ace at 6:13 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

smup with you

I'm going to say the 16th, the date commonly referred to as the Meats of May. No one else has made suggestions so my decision stands firm.

posted by curious nu at 7:19 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

Hooray hooray, the Meats of May,
Outdoor smoking starts today!
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:17 PM on March 25, 2015

The 16th or 23rd should work for us.
posted by nickthetourist at 8:49 AM on March 26, 2015

May 16/23/30 all work for us.
posted by Sibrax at 4:27 PM on March 26, 2015

I'm going out of town on the 17th, so the 23rd or 30th would be slightly better for me, but the 16th is doable in a pinch.
posted by mimo at 5:12 PM on March 26, 2015

So far, the only date that nobody has objected to is the 23rd. I'll leave the event un-updated for another week, so anyone with preferences has a chance to speak up.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:06 PM on March 26, 2015

Last chance to suggest an alternative date. If there are no objections to May 23, I'll finalize the event tomorrow with that as the confirmed date.

Also, I found a recipe for smoked wings, so that'll be a thing. I'm going to leave them bare and provide 2-3 sauces of varying heat and flavor, to accommodate all tastes.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:34 PM on April 1, 2015

Event confirmed!
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:30 AM on April 2, 2015

Hopefully I won't contract the plague one day before BBQ meats, *this time*.
posted by janell at 12:12 PM on April 2, 2015

A reminder (mostly just to get this back on my "Recent Activity" page):

I'm not requesting or expecting this, but if anyone does want to bring anything to be cooked in my smoker, please contact me at least a week ahead of time so we can coordinate. Smoking is a slow process, day-of is too late to give most items time to finish cooking. Unless, of course, anyone's up for a follow-up Smoked Brunch the next day!

Hmmm, I wonder how well mimosas pair with pulled pork...
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:23 PM on May 2, 2015

Probably pretty dang good.
posted by curious nu at 2:38 PM on May 2, 2015

I'll be visiting portland with a friend then! and it's my birthday : ) will try to make it!
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 11:06 AM on May 5, 2015

I'll stick a candle in the pulled pork!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:11 AM on May 5, 2015

I'm imagining little decorative cupcake papers filled with pulled pork and birthday candles. Perhaps with a little potato-roll base-layer in the bottom of each, and just maybe a jaunty pickle slice on top. Naturally, they'd be arrayed on a tiered caddy all Pinterest-like.
posted by janell at 6:14 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

arrayed on a tiered caddy all Pinterest-like

You could rule Pinterest and Instagram with ideas like that! Genius!
posted by mimo at 9:45 AM on May 7, 2015

I'm willing to collaborate on this, if someone has a tiered caddy. We'll Insterest the bejeebers out of it; we'll all be rich, I tell you, rich! MWA-HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

...That is how the Internet works, right?
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:29 PM on May 7, 2015

My sweetheart and I would love to attend!

Anything specific desired? Napkins? Plastic ware? Cups? Scotch?
posted by drfu at 10:37 PM on May 13, 2015

Y'know, we're writing a chocolate cookbook for Microcosm. As in, entrees and such. So if anyone has a food they're bringing that could stand for a little cocoa powder or cocoa nibs in it, chocolatify it! If it is loved by many, we can put it in our cookbook, and give you a cookbook with your name in it.
posted by aniola at 10:33 AM on May 14, 2015

Especially meat. Meat and chocolate can go well together, but we don't eat meat. It's going to be a mostly-vegan audience, but it would be cool to have a few recipes on offer for the meat-eaters.
posted by aniola at 10:36 AM on May 14, 2015

Smoking chocolate itself requires cold smoking, which I'm not currently set up for. Too bad, it sounds awesome. Maybe a future project.

However I did find recipes for Chocolate Chili BBQ Sauce and Chocolate Ancho Rub, both of which in and of themselves could be easily made vegan by replacing white sugar with honey and Worchestershire sauce with soy sauce. Of course, if it's going on meat anyway, I guess there's not much point in worrying about the anchovy in the Wooster sauce, eh?

I could make a batch of the BBQ sauce for dipping the smoked chicken wings. I think the rub would go better on beef rather than pork; I'm not smoking beef this time around but I'd love to try it on, say, brisket - sounds like I should start planning for another BBQ meetup this fall. Mmmmm, brisket 'n' whiskey....
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:11 PM on May 14, 2015

Or rather: "brisket 'n' whiskey 'n' chocolate", oh my.
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:40 PM on May 14, 2015

drfu - Sorry, I got distracted by chocolate....

Scotch is always welcomed by local Mefites, though of course not obligatory. Other than what I mentioned in the text at the top of the thread (side dishes, beverages, etc.), it looks like we'll have more people than chairs. Anyone who can bring a few folding chairs, please do!
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:57 PM on May 14, 2015

('chocolate' tag added)
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:00 PM on May 14, 2015

We can bring a few chairs I believe. They are outdoors-y sorts of deck chairs but will probably be okay?

At the moment I'm thinking about bringing some kind of bread and maybe a kale/chickpea salad we like quite a bit. Probably some pesto as well.
posted by curious nu at 7:46 PM on May 17, 2015

Outdoors-y chairs are cool, thanks!

Incidentally, I just re-read one of my previous comments and the idea of honey as a vegan substitute glared out at me accusingly. What can I say, I was probably Under the Influence of Bacon at the time. Apologies to all vegans. But the basic idea stands that the recipes I linked to could be easily adapted to be vegan if one so chose. Just for Pete's sake don't use honey. Whaddaya, nuts!?
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:09 PM on May 17, 2015

what if the honey is from animatronic bees
posted by cortex at 8:34 AM on May 18, 2015

Do Ursoids Dream of Electric Honey?
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:16 AM on May 18, 2015

...or listen to bee-bot style jazz?
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:46 AM on May 18, 2015

I can also throw a folding chair or two in the back of the car. Or camp chairs. And I'm right now thinking about bringing some form of slaw, but that might transform by the weekend into "I'm bringing a sweet thing".
posted by janell at 1:36 PM on May 18, 2015

I can make this! Want me to bring my guitar?
posted by thebotanyofsouls at 1:51 PM on May 18, 2015

Instruments are welcome, but based on past experience the chance of actual music happening is iffy. I'm not discouraging the idea, just be aware that the default pastimes of eating, drinking, socializing, and (if it's not too warm later in the evening) gathering around an outdoor fire to gaze into the glowing coals often take precedence.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:13 PM on May 18, 2015

Although i have been known to break into Journey if my uke is on me at the time, so, who knows!
posted by cortex at 3:48 PM on May 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

I can bring a camping chair or two and some scotch.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 4:38 PM on May 18, 2015

We'll bring a few chairs and pickles, maybe some instruments if that's en vogue. I have no idea what else at the moment, but I'll try to think chocolately!
posted by Secretariat at 11:44 AM on May 20, 2015

Are the pickles jaunty?
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:37 PM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

So is it too late for me to say "Hey I can maybe make it to this thing?"
posted by dersins at 7:57 AM on May 21, 2015

Not at all, c'mon down!
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:20 AM on May 21, 2015

Will bring self, two folding chairs, and some kind of veg/salad side dish TBD. Yay smoked meats!
posted by Kat Allison at 10:55 AM on May 21, 2015

I will bring a salad-y thing, perhaps a salad-y thing with fruit in it.
posted by vespabelle at 9:04 PM on May 21, 2015

I think the pickles are fairly jaunty.
posted by Secretariat at 10:14 PM on May 21, 2015

The process begins...
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:32 PM on May 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm planning to come but since I've moved into a new place and have neither furniture nor cooking utensils, I'll bring some grocery store sides and some beer.
posted by bendy at 5:23 PM on May 22, 2015

Not a problem, looking forward to seeing you here!
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:50 PM on May 22, 2015

By the way, just in case anyone's planning on fish: I wasn't able to swing that this time. Sorry! We'll have pork, lamb, chicken wings, and a possible Mystery Guest meat plus lots of non-meat sides. I'll make a point of smoking fish next time.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:52 PM on May 22, 2015

I am bringing a bag of wheat hamburger buns, a loaf of parmesan, and a loaf of olive. Those last two say on the label they could use 10 minutes in the oven? I might also bring some chocolate ketchup.
posted by aniola at 12:36 PM on May 23, 2015

I'm bringing cheeses and strawberries and potato chips. And beer.
posted by fiercekitten at 3:40 PM on May 23, 2015

I'm bringing cantaloupe and prosciutto (separated).
posted by Secretariat at 3:49 PM on May 23, 2015

I've got a cabbage and green onion slaw. [And just maybe some meat-cupcake supplies.]
posted by janell at 4:03 PM on May 23, 2015

On our way!
posted by Sibrax at 4:18 PM on May 23, 2015

Bringing storebought hummus + pita chips, because I'm a lazy fuck.

Also, beer.

Because I'm a lazy fuck who likes beer.
posted by dersins at 4:43 PM on May 23, 2015

Nice, dersins' famous curated hummus.
posted by Secretariat at 4:51 PM on May 23, 2015

For late breaking out of towners, we're still here and having a nice fireside time.
posted by cortex at 7:21 PM on May 23, 2015

So. Much. Meat.
posted by sutureselves at 7:37 PM on May 23, 2015

the new metafilter house band which is either the Plate of Beans or Smokin' Hot Taters.
posted by vespabelle at 10:16 PM on May 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

When I got up this morning I picked up yesterday's sweater, started to pull it over my head, and was suddenly enveloped in such a glorious, celestial, rendingly appetizing essence-of-smoked-meats aroma that I literally whimpered aloud. Someone (can't remember who, sorry) told me that rtha and gingerbeer immediately got their own smoker upon returning to SF from a previous smoked-meats meetup, and I am very tempted to do likewise. Great time, great company, great conversations, great food! Thanks, Greg_Ace!
posted by Kat Allison at 10:24 AM on May 24, 2015 [2 favorites]

Thanks for all the meats!
posted by Secretariat at 11:17 AM on May 24, 2015

What fun! And so tasty! I especially liked the cantaloupe bowl of cantaloupe. And was super excited about the chipotle chocolate BBQ sauce.
posted by aniola at 11:20 AM on May 24, 2015

Thanks for coming out, everyone! I had a blast.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:35 AM on May 24, 2015

Thanks so much Greg! The meat was delicious and meaty, as was the hospitality. When does the house band practice?
posted by bendy at 11:41 AM on May 24, 2015

Whenever people bring over beer and food, I guess. :-)
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:44 AM on May 24, 2015

Sorry guys, no bottles survived the conflagration intact. In fact, we should probably enact a no-glass-in-fire rule; I had quite a few shards and slivers to clean up from the patio.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:28 PM on May 24, 2015

Shoot. I was pretty suspicious of the glass in fire idea, but I've been studying stuff like this lately, so all I can think about is fragmentation and explosions. Obviously artists do melt glass in kilns, so there must be a proper temperature and setting where this melting glass stuff works.
posted by Secretariat at 6:59 PM on May 24, 2015

My guess is that the heat has to be a lot more even and surrounding than that little fire was, so that the whole thing melts at the same time, reducing internal stress; but I can't back that up with the proper SCIENCE.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:41 PM on May 24, 2015

Yeah, sorry about all the glass. I'd seen it done in a 50-gallon drum which was never cleaned out. The success to failure ratio was pretty low. Next time i'll just bring marshmallows.
posted by bendy at 7:50 PM on May 24, 2015

GLASS marshmallows amirite
posted by dersins at 9:56 PM on May 25, 2015 [2 favorites]

I prefer marshmallow glasses.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:19 PM on May 25, 2015

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