Supposedly it's the last proper summer weekend on the Munich Rubble Plain, so firing up the barbecue is a no-brainer. Last week I made haxe in the smoker, today it was the same cut from a lamb. This will not be smoked, though, I went for a midly oriental version.
Haxe (roast pork hock) is one the most famous Bavarian dishes. Traditionally it is made on a charcoal rotisserie but it can also be made in an oven. But if you have the right barbecue gear, it is also possible to make it in a smoker.
I love low & slow barbecue and I love sausage making. So it was only a matter of time until I tried to combine the two.
If you want to get fancy with your barbecue, pork ribs are the perfect canvas to paint flavours on. I don't use fruit very often in cooking, but pork matches well with a lot of fruit so I gave this slightly exotic twist a try.
Char Siu is a tradtional barbecue seasoning for pork in the Cantonese cuisine. It is characterized by a deep red colour and has a distinctive taste. Normally Char Siu pork is made with belly, loin or shoulder. The meat is marinated in a spice mixture and then roasted over fire. But here I to use the Char Siu seasoning with ribs which are prepared the classic low-and-slow way on the barbecue.
During my last visit of the Viktualienmarkt in Munich two lovely pieces of beef shortrib caught my eye at the Eisenreich butcher's shop. They loudly cried "barbecue me!". So I bought them and obliged.
I have always wanted to make flank steak but I never got around it so far. As a condiment to go with the steak I had the idea to make a mayonnaise with herbs, also to test the blending capabilites of my Magimix food processor which so far I have only used for chopping sausage meat.
I am a huge fan of lamb, but I have never cooked it low and slow so far. So it was high time to settle this discgrace.