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Rob Ray Recipe: BBQ Pork Butt and Beer BBQ Sauce

22 Apr

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Yet another great summertime recipe. Here, chef Rob Ray explained to Oxford Beer Fest VIP attendees how to integrate beer into BBQ pork butt and beer-based barbecue sauce.

Ballistic Blonde Braised BBQ Pork Butt from Rob Ray at McEwen’s Oxford

  • 4T Kosher Salt
  • 3T Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2tsp Toasted Ground Mustard Seeds
  • 2T Chili Powder
  • 1T Ground Cumin
  • 1T Garlic Powder
  • 1T Toasted Ground Coriander Seeds
  • 1Orange, Zested and Juiced (keep the peels)
  • 8 pounds Pork Butt
  • Olive oil for cooking pan
  • 3c Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Chopped

Combine salt, pepper, mustard seeds, chili powder, cumin, coriander, garlic powder and orange zest in a bowl and mix well. Rub all over pork butt. Wrap in plastic wrap or vacuum seal and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to 12 hours. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Drizzle olive oil in a large roasting pan or Dutch oven and braise pork (uncovered) for one hour, until a dark brown color appears across the pork. Remove from oven and lower oven to 325 degrees F. Pour the beer and orange juice over the pork and place the garlic cloves and orange peels around the pork. Cover the pan with foil, poking five pen-size holes in the foil–one in each corner and one in the middle. Cook for 3 hours, until meat falls off the bone.

Beer Barbecue Sauce to accompany Ballistic Blonde Braised BBQ Pork Butt 

  • 1T Butter
  • 1/3c Onion, Chopped
  • 3T Garlic, Minced
  • 2T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2c Ketchup
  • 2T Yellow Mustard
  • 2T Sorghum
  • 1T Brown Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1tsp Hot Sauce
  • 2c Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde

Add butter, onion and garlic to a saucepan over medium heat; sweat onions until soft and translucent. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, sorghum, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, vinegar, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and 1 cup of beer. Turn up the heat to med-high and bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, purée and add remaining beer.

The Oxford Beer Fest’s VIP Chef/Beer Pairing area was organized by EatingOxford.com. If you’d like information on how to hold a similar event at your venue, contact Liz@EatingOxford.com.

Official Food Preview for Oxford Craft Beer Festival

19 Apr

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Hot off the press! The official food lineup for this weekend’s Oxford Craft Beer Festival is here!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

VIP Area (food included in VIP ticket price)

1:30 p.m.: Sean Adams from Honey Bee Bakery is demonstrating Beer Cheese Soup using Back Forty Kudzu porter

2:30 p.m.: Erika Lipe from Lenora’s is demonstrating Chicken Skewers with Lemon Cucumber Salsa and pairing it with Tall Grass Velvet Rooster

3:30 p.m.: Sam Thamutok from Rice & Spice is demonstrating Hmok Pla (fish wrapped in banana leaf) and pairing it with Diamond Bear Southern Blonde

4:30 p.m.: Rob Ray from McEwen’s is demonstrating BBQ Sliders and pairing them with Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde as well as Oatmeal Stout Cookies using Lucky Town Oatmeal Stout

General Admission Area Food Vendors (VIP ticket holders will receive a meal ticket)

Jambalaya from Louisiana

Gyros from Petra Cafe

Crawfish

Bratwurst, Nachos and Hot Dogs from K&B Catering

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

VIP Area (food included in VIP ticket price)

1:30 p.m.: Erika Lipe from Lenora’s is demonstrating Betta Chedda Dip with accompaniments and pairing with Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager

2:30 p.m.: Tim Woodard from Little Easy Express Lunches and Catering is demonstrating Smothered Chicken and Grits and pairing with Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

3:30 p.m.: Jon Myrick from Proud Larry’s is demonstrating Steamed Mussels with leeks and tomatoes and pairing with Crooked Letter Stabello

General Admission Area

On Sunday, Colonel’s Quarters will offer the following menu items for purchase for general admission (VIP ticket holders will receive a meal ticket)

Caesar Salad (with or without chicken)

Pimento Cheese Fritters

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Fried Green Beans

Oysters on the Half Shell

Castle Hill Burger with home fries or sweet potato fries

Buffalo Chicken Tender Po-Boy with home fries or sweet potato fries

Fried Catfish Po-Boy with home fries or sweet potato fries

Chicken & Waffle

Shrimp & Grits

Fried Catfish with home fries or sweet potato fries

 

Find more event information and tickets on the Beer Fest site here.

 

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