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Unread 01-13-2013, 05:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 32nd Q: Pork Necks 3-Ways H&F 4H20 [w/ pr0n]

Here we go with three small equally sized pork necks without bone without speck at a total weight of 16.75 lbs:



I barely trimmed them, just some of the hard fat. Three pieces cried out for three different rubs, leading to the decision to try
  • The all times favorite Lemon Pepper
  • Austrian Pork Roast Rub ("Schweinsbratl", featuring caraway)
  • Carolina Pulled Pork Butt Rub (featuring cumin)
as a comparison cook. So let's see how that worked out!

Firing up a full chimney of lemon lump



Overview on a cold snowy Saturday



The reddish one is the Carolina, to the right the Lemon Pepper, and the one at the top left the Schweinsbratl



Less than 3 hours later hitting IT 165F ready for foiling in apple juice



The whole cook was over after 4 hours and 20 minutes, when the probed one hit IT 203F, and off they went into the oven @ 200F resting for several hours. And this is the outcome after re-crisping unfoiled at max. grill:

Carolina



Schweinsbratl



Lemon Pepper



It all got pulled









Although tasted pure, the main dish was pulled pork sandwiches with self-made pita bread, yogurt-based coleslaw and our 'Essence of Q' sauce





And the winning lineup was:
  1. Lemon Pepper
  2. Schweinsbratl
  3. Carolina
Honestly, I had some troubles enjoying the feast, because I had *way* too much Penne Con Yellow Cheddar for lunch, so I was still stuffed in the evening.

Nevertheless, the decision was clear, nothing could beat the lemon pepper, it's just such a clean and simply amazing flavor profile.

The Austrian Schweinsbratl was nice too, a little on the salty side, but still better than I had imagined.

The Carolina featuring cumin was *totally* disappointing, I really had high expectations in that recipe, but the oriental taste of cumin just didn't fit, and in addition it was not salty enough.

The more I try, the more I think it's better to keep it simple, and I am almost definitely sure that nothing else following can beat a simple S&P, although I am very temped to try PitmasterT's Butt Glitter next (hopefully I'll be able to get the missing ingredients, which are mustard powder and celery seeds).

So this will be a porky week with lots of PP sandwiches, but now I am off for a curd casserole with sour cherries for lunch.
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