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TrailerBuilder
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 12:08 pm    Post subject: First Cook On The Disco Reply with quote

I knew after having Denny's carnitas last weekend in Texas, that I was having them this weekend in Missouri.


Pork marinating


How can you go wrong with lard on your first cook Shocked


Turkey fryer therm works nice and attaches to the handle well.


Pork added


Good color


Frying up some white corn torts


Plated with some onion, tomato, cilantro and some salsa.


Wasnt too bad, damn sure wasnt Denny's. I cooked the pork just a touch too long. There will be a learning curve on this thing for sure, but thats okay, I like to eat, so Ill keep trying.

Thanks for looking! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh hell yeah! Very Happy
That looks awful good to me.
Hmmm....I think I just figured out what to cook next. Wink
Great looking cook and enjoy your future cooks on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy, awesome looking carnitas.Very Happy They look real happy floating in that lard and the plate up looks fantastic. Nicely done my man. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrailerBuilder,I've been looking around, pork, lime juice, salt, can you tell me how much of each?
Maybe I just missed it somewhere. Embarassed
While I'm asking dumb questions, what do you do with the lard when your done cooking?
Sorry for the silly questions, it's not a very popular New England dish, but I gotta try it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GF wrote:
TrailerBuilder,I've been looking around, pork, lime juice, salt, can you tell me how much of each?
Maybe I just missed it somewhere. Embarassed
While I'm asking dumb questions, what do you do with the lard when your done cooking?
Sorry for the silly questions, it's not a very popular New England dish, but I gotta try it. Very Happy


I recycle the lard for at least one more cook. While its in it's liquid form I strain it to remove any carnita bits or other crisp.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking carnitas tacos. What temp were you frying the pork carnitas?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25 12 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GF, thanks for taking a look and the kind words Smile I used a 4lb pork butt and cut it in 1" or so cubes. 8oz of lime juice, 2 good TBS of kosher salt and 1/2 TBS cinnamon. I let it soak for about 7 hours in the fridge. When we were in Texas, Denny put milk in his mixture too, bout 1/4 cup, I skipped that step on mine this time Rolling Eyes I always keep around sauce jars and such for disposal of grease, so I just drained the remaining lard in a pizza sauce jar and let it cool and then trashed it. Lard is cheap, so I didnt figure there was any point in saving it. Let us know how yours turn out.


Kevin, thanks man! Very Happy They were pretty darn good but they were nothing like what Denny made at your house. I know a couple mistakes and Ill make sure to correct them the next time.


Thanks Tonybel Smile They were mighty tasty!! I got my oil to around 350* when I dropped the pork in, it cooled to around 200* and then I got it regulated at around 275* to 300* for the entire cook.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26 12 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrailerBuilder, Thanks for the info. Very Happy
I'll give it a shot and post the results(even if it sucks). Rolling Eyes
I have been known to mess a few things up. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26 12 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That cook up looks fantastic, TrailerBuilder!
I hope to get my hands on a disc some time this spring.
I like your build thread. Thanks for all the info. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26 12 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pics look awesome. no worries brother my first try sucked like really bad burnt bacon. And you left out the milk Shocked Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26 12 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GF, no problem on the info, hope you have success with your cook, dont forget to post the outcome Smile


MacEggs, thanks for taking a look at the cook and the build, I appreciate your kind words. Look forward to seeing your disc build and the future cooks to come Very Happy


Thanks Denny!! I cant say it was burnt bacon bro, it wasnt that bad, but it was just starting to get a little too crispy. Ill get it right, dont worry!! Laughing Yes, Embarassed I know, I left out the milk Confused I was going to put it in the last couple hours of the soak and got busy in the yard and just plain a$$ forgot it. Rolling Eyes I wont let it happen again bro Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26 12 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on your first cook,
The carnitas look awesome!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27 12 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you BBcue-z, I was pretty pleased for my first cook Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27 12 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking great for a first cook......glad you enjoyed it and the rig worked for you. Cool Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29 12 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Maniac Smile I think I'm definately going to enjoy cooking on the disc!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30 12 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They looked plenty fine to me. I can't taste a pic so they were right up there with Dennys. All carnitas in a disco have to taste as good as Dennys. His did set a high bar.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31 12 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy,
The pork looks tasty bro! I wish I had been there to have a few tacos with a few Mike's on the side. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31 12 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, thanks bro for taking a look, and yes, Denny set the bar way up high with his cook at Kevins house, but Ill get there with mine one of these days Wink



Chuck, you have got to try these bad boys, they are good!! I believe there was actually some Mikes in the cooler at Kevins house, I believe the girls were drinking them Shocked Wink Laughing
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