camp cookery - whiskey braised pork

  1. pork loin
  2. root beer
  3. whiskey (thanks to tincup for this)
  4. liquid smoke
  5. salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper
  6. onion
  7. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  8. bbq sauce
  9. pickles
  10. coleslaw
  11. buns

i actually did some prep work at home for this recipe, the night before i combined a twenty ounce bottle of root beer, a shot or two of whiskey, some liquid smoke and the salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper mix in a container with the pork. i let that sit in the fridge overnight and threw it in the cooler when it was time to head out. 

at the campsite i started by chopping the onion, half went in the dutch oven, half was saved for the finished product. along with the onion; twenty more ounces of root beer, a few more shots of whiskey, the pork and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce went into the dutch oven. 

admittedly this was supposed to be pulled pork, it did not turn into anything resembling that in the least bit. i thought by buying thinner cuts of meat i could pull off a meal that usually needs ten hours to cook in one or two. 

with the charcoal going i placed the dutch oven directly on the coals and put a few briquettes on top for some extra heat. now i've never cooked with charcoal, ever, i just put the cast iron oven on and walked away for twenty minutes. i'm not quite sure what i was thinking, but upon lifting the cover i saw that the liquid was boiling. after a few minutes of self loathing, cursing, and murmuring to myself, "jeremy you're an idiot of course fire is hot, you just ruined dinner for everyone.", i decided to just pull the oven out.  

i cut a slice of the meat, pulled pork; definitely not, still good; yup.

taking the meat, onions and peppers out of the dutch oven we all just began cutting away. what i ended up with was closer to chopped pork, which i'm not even sure is a real thing.

but nonetheless, we piled our sandwiches high with the pork, onions, pickles, coleslaw and bbq sauce. 

lessons learned: slow and low forever. trying to rush a recipe never ends well, thankful that i decided to check on it after twenty minutes rather than the full hour. whiskey braised rubber sandwiches would not have been a hit.