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July 19, 2010

Cooking Blog 2: Eastern Carolina Jerk Pork

by nkwilczy


Let me tell you about Barbecue and about Jerk sauce.

Living in North Carolina I have become familiar with two distinct schools of thought on barbecue sauce. They both incorporate the same two basic components, tomato sauce and vinegar, but Eastern Barbecue emphasizes the vinegar and the Western tradition emphasizes the tomatos.

Anyway, so I got some Jerk sauce from the Teeter, but it ended up being mostly just molasses. It wasn’t even spicy, just syrup. So it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to try to cut it Eastern Barbecue style, and I added a tablespoon or two of Cheyenne pepper and crushed red peppers.

For this meal I then marinated a pork chop (in my case, defrosted it in a plastic bag with the sauce in a pot of water). Preheated the oven to 425, and cooked it in the marinade, rotating it in the oven occasionally for fourty-five minutes. It would probably be better with rice, but I only had potatoes so I mashed them.

Ideally for the sauce you would want to still have more molasses than vinegar but tonight, I ran out of molasses. 😦

In the picture you can see some grilled and kinda pickled zucchini that ended up being like a little pile of wusabi on the plate that I covered the pork with. That stuff just about kicked my teeth in, if there’s interest then I’ll tell you how that happened.

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