We may have just discovered a spectacular new New Years Eve tradition, “Bourbon, Bacon Pork Shoulder”! Typically we prepare Corned Beef in the slow cooker but frankly it’s getting a bit boring so we stepped it up a bit. I love Bourbon and who doesn’t love bacon? It was really quite simple. We chose a 7lb cut since we love leftovers. Actually most of them go to our daughters families. Start with a spice rub of garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt , pepper, brown sugar, thyme and a few secret ingredients rubbed into the shoulder the night before and refrigerate. The next morning simply place it in the slow cooker fat side up with about a 1/2 cup of Bourbon (or Rye Whiskey) and set it to low for 8 hours and walk away . Check it around 4pm, chop up a pound of thick cut bacon ( we used a maple cured) and fry to crispy. When the shoulder is falling apart (about another hour or so) lift it out of the cooker, discard the juices then shred the meat. Replace it in the cooker and add a cup of bourbon, the crispy bacon and 20-24 ounces of your favorite sweet BBQ sauce. Set it to warm and prepare your coleslaw and baked beans and get your buns warmed. Now it gets very personal. What to drink with it? We chose a Red Zinfandel on the smoother but heavier side, you need something that can stand up to the intense flavors. . You absolutely could just sip bourbon with this which I plan to do next time, just for fun. Either way, don’t skimp on your choice, this dish deserves a great adult beverage companion. Serve with a bit of BBQ sauce warmed on the side and enjoy the New Years evening! Cheers!!
On September 7th I attended my first Lewis and Clark Neighborhood meeting. We heard from members of law enforcement, local Government and our public schools. Subsequently, I was elected to the Neighborhood Council along with 5 other neighbors and later in September appointed spokesperson. In addition I look forward attending the monthly Missoula City Council Neighborhood meetings and speaking on their behalf. As my wife and I are new to the neighborhood it’s an exciting opportunity to contribute to this wonderful community and get to know our neighbors.
Finally, for those of you in the neighborhood please feel free to contact me with your concerns, comments or questions. I’m happy to listen and help.
Last night I attended my second “Climate Smart Missoula” meeting at Imagine Nation Brewery where the group discussed the demand for more energy efficient homes, greater awareness of our “Greenhouse Gas Inventory” in the valley, and some very creative ideas on how the community can decrease their energy consumption and save money! Great conversation and great beer, the sparkling lager is turning into one of my favorites. If you’re concerned about our environment and the current state our protection of it visit the Climate Smart Missoula site.
Today I joined the “Clark Fork Coalition” who works closely with private landowners, conservation partners and public agencies to rehabilitate degraded creeks and streams. One of the greatest treasures of Montana is our rivers and streams. The health of our fish and water is critical to the long term health of our people, wildlife and our lands. This summer I tubed down the Clark Fork just east of Missoula with my daughters and son in laws, absolutely a blast! Let’s keep these waters clean and healthy for their kids and their kids and their kids!