Our humor is like a box of jerky. You never know how dry it will be.
Remember that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba, amidst the menial army tasks of potato peeling and scrubbing floors with tooth brushes, lectures Forrest on the countless ways to prepare shrimp? Shrimp gumbo, shrimp stew, shrimp and grits… you get the idea. When you think jerky, the image that comes to your head might be of an ancient stick of beef from 7Eleven. But like shrimp, jerky has a shocking amount of diversity. There’s beef jerky, duck jerky, turkey jerky, ham jerky, Steve Martin jerky… wait, what were we talking about again?
Ah yes, jerky. Jerky developed out of the ancient practice of hanging meat to dry (is that where the saying came from?) to draw out moisture, preserving the meat and preventing spoilage. Sounds delicious, right? Hey, “dried meat” sounds better than “old meat.”
This week, in our Italian Market store, we’ll feature a demo of the Cameron Indoor Smoker, which allows the user to utilize a method of cooking previously unavailable to the indoor chef. When we first thought about this demo, a classic scene came to mind — some cagey old Southerner sipping sweet tea and lazily basting succulent pork ribs strewn atop a smoldering pile of hickory wood.
But we quickly snapped back to reality: we don’t employ any cagey folks, it’s a little late for sweet tea, and we don’t need to be pigeonholed into just hickory wood. After all, smoking can employ any number of different types and flavors of smoke.
Let’s take a look at the different types of wood you can use to get the flavor you want.
Photo courtesy of The Bleacher Report
With the Fightin’ Phils firmly cemented as one of the top teams in baseball, we thought we would take a minute to recognize the upcoming unveiling of the Harry Kalas Memorial statue at Citizens Bank Park. Prior to this Sunday’s Nationals game, the Phillies will remove the curtain and debut the monument to their beloved play-by-play man, who died early in the 2009 season. (For information on the statue itself, including the campaign behind it, click here.)
For so many Philadelphia-area baseball fans, Harry’s rich baritone was not just the voice of Phillies baseball, but the official voice of summer. Harry was there for Schmidt’s 500th, Thome’s 400th and Carlton’s 300th. He was there when the Phillies brought the World Series parade back down Broad Street, too. Hearing his voice calling games signaled so many things for so many people. For us, growing up, hearing Harry also meant the end of the school cafeteria food, and the beginning of summer tailgating eats like hot dogs and hamburgers. Ohhh the hamburgers!