Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rib Rub, Take 1

Ben's Apple Cider Ribs are as close to pork perfection as I've tried. But, I've got to mix it up and do something I can call my own. These are intended as a fall recipe to be served with maple roasted yams. The yam recipe is going to pretty sweet as it is, so I'm hoping to keep these more savory to balance the dish.

1 tablespoon cumin (or coriander for Cindy)
1 tablespoon paprika
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Alton Brown's recipe chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
Enough oil to form paste.

Rub on and refrigerate for several hours if possible.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Luau '09 By the Numbers

This year: 350-400 Attendees
Rice - 10 lbs
Yoshida Sauce - 1 Costco Sized Bottle
Pork - 80 lbs boneless pork shoulder, 20 lbs bone-in pork butt
Ekolu Chicken - 120 lbs. chicken, 2 large cans pineapple juice, 1/2 jug soy sauce, 3 large cans of pineapple, 1 large bag brown sugar
Sirloin - 65 lbs sirloin, 7 bottles Kalbi Sauce
Sausages - 8 saddle packs mild italian sausages (24 per pack), 30 lbs choripan bump, 2 Large heads garlic, etc
Potato Salad - About 15 pounds potatoes, 2-3 pounds carrots, 1 60 oz bottle mayo, 4 Lemons
Chicken Long Rice - Per Lani
Poi - 2 lbs fresh
Watermelon - 110 lbs

Ran short of rice and potatoes, had too many sausages, just about right on the pork and chicken

Next Year:
Rice: 20 lbs, 1 Large Bottle Yoshida Sauce
Pork: 100 lbs boneless pork shoulder, 3 bottles liquid smoke
Chicken: 130 lbs. chicken, 2large cans pineapple juice, 1/2 jug soy sauce, 4 large cans pineapple, 2 large bag brown sugar
Sirloin - 5 Large Siroin Roasts, 6 bottles Kalbi Sauce
Sausages: 6 Saddle Bags Sausage (cut in half after cooking), 23 lbs Choripan Bump, 1 Small Bottle Olive Oil, 1 Small Bottle, Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 large heads garlic, 2 bunches parsley
Potato Salad - 25 pounds of potatoes, 5 pounds of carrots, 2 large bottle mayonnaise, 8 Lemons

To do next year:
More Grill Space - Add a third grill for three total grill stations.
8-10 serving spoons for desserts, etc from the crowd as well as the potato salad and rice.
Sauce Bottles: More double tipped sauce containers - blend less liquid in sauces to form fine puree before mixing to final consistency.

Pre-print Menu before Thursday - consider the weekend before. Include request that people re-use their plates if possible.
Go with the table covering, but no centerpieces.
Figure out a way to provide some music.
Consider two-three more card tables, two for prep and one for flatware at the front of the line.
Material to clean large grill, including a shovel and a brush.