I’ve been alluding to this pork roast in a few posts recently. I thought I would share today our rub and technique. This pork has been delicious it’s gone well with our mexican style dishes as well as our barbecue dishes; very versatile and flavorful.
Cumin and Coriander Rub
1 Tbs cumin seed
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp coriander seed
1 Tbs mexican oregano
2 tsp coarse salt
2 Tbs paprika
4 cloves minced garlic
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs granulated sugar
In mortar combine everything but garlic and sugars.
Mash together well crushing peppercorns, coriander, and cumin well; work in garlic and sugars.
Rub all over pork; massaging into meat. We had a 7 pound pork butt.
Charles used a combination of smoking and indirect grilling to cook the meat. We cooked it for about 7 hours over low charcoal heat and used a bit of apple wood for the smoke. We could have gone a couple of hours longer for it to be falling apart but it was still very tender at this point and we sliced and diced the meat for our dishes. Adjust the cooking time and technique as desired to suit your needs.
Lamb is a rare treat around here. I don’t often find it at the grocery store so when I found the 8 pound leg of lamb marked down a few couple of days ago I couldn’t resist giving it a try. I have eaten lamb plenty of times but had never roasted a whole one myself. I suppose I still haven’t roasted one as we decided to grill and I let Charles do all the hard work today!
Grilled Leg of Lamb ~ plus a coriander and rosemary rub recipe
1 Tbs coriander ~ crushed
1 Tbs dried rosemary ~ crushed
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbs kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
7 – 8 pound leg of lamb
Combine first 6 ingredients.
Use as much as needed to coat lamb; rub in well ~ I used all of the rub on ours.
Heat grill to relatively high temperature. We like using charcoal so begin with hot direct coals.
Sear lamb on all sides ~ this should take about 10 minutes.
Move coals to side and indirect grill until desired doneness; we opted for medium and indirect grilled another 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 hours.
Cooking time will vary by the temperature of your grill. A charcoal chimney comes in handy for this type of cooking so you can get more coals hot at anytime (you will need them). Allow roast to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving and serving.
Just a quick post to highlight the fantastic beer can chicken Charles made for dinner today. The cooking time depends on size of bird and temperature of grill. We like natural lump charcoal over a medium high heat. It took about an hour and a half for our chicken. The flavor infusion was perfect with fresh rosemary and plenty of garlic cloves.
Stuff chicken with herbs and garlic.
Balance chicken on half filled beer can over foil tray on grill.
I can’t resist a good pork burger. I like mine simple. I don’t add fillers, just meat patties with seasonings. We love to grill too. Charcoal is our way to go. I didn’t used to think I cared for charcoal; lighter fluid is rather pungent; then I discovered the natural wood briquettes and I don’t buy anything else. No starters needed just a chimney or a nice mound will do. No matter your grill preference don’t hesitate to try pork next time the burger mood hits.
Pork Burgers for 4
about 2 pounds ground pork unseasoned
a grill and charcoal (or propane if desired)
toppings of choice ~ today I went with avocado
Begin by warming up grill; once nice and hot make sure grates are clean and ready to use.
Form pork into 4 equal sized patties. Season as desired; we used salt, pepper, and cayenne.
Place patties on hot grates; grill for about 7 – 10 minutes per side depending on size of patties and heat of grill. You want pork burgers on the medium well side but not dried out so adjust heat and time as needed.
Remove from grill when ready and allow to rest for a few minutes before digging in.