Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

On Memorial Day, after poking through the town-wide garage sales here in the Point with our cousins Jan and Sherry, scoring a pair of purple suede gloves and giant American flag, we headed off with Cora to a Greyhound Get-Together in the Oakland back yard of our friend Jeff. All the other six dogs milling around in the yard were rescued greyhounds - Cora was the only exception. They are elegant dogs, graceful, sweet, funny and surprisingly calm. They are also very tall dogs and most of the food at a barbecue is exactly nose height for them.

We spent some time shooing them away from the main course, pulled pork that Jeff had nursed through 17 hours of smoking, getting up every two hours to check the fire. His efforts were well rewarded - this was easily the best pulled pork I have ever eaten and that includes having eaten some of the best in the world down in southern Virginia and North Carolina where they know smoking and they know pork.

He uses a dry rub on his pork butts, then smokes them indirectly on his Weber grill. It's not a fancy setup but the results are heavenly. We built pulled pork sandwiches topped with cole slaw and surrounded by toasted buns, nibbled on corn that had been grilled on the Weber as well, and enjoyed learning more about greyhounds, their lives before and after racing, and the people who love them enough to rescue them once their brief racing careers are over.

Cora spent the entire afternoon listening to her genes (the vet thinks she's half border collie and half German Shepherd) and herding the hounds - she was on the go the entire time. She will sleep all day today as a result, no doubt dreaming of smoked pork.


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Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Purple suede gloves - score!
Dogs & bbqs are made for each other aren't they?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I know, I wanna see the gloves!
Sounds like a great party with all those ghostly hounds and tubs of smoky meat.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse, they are splendid - now all I need is some wintery weather. The dogs had a blast at the bbq and they were pretty well behaved, all things considered.

Cookiecrumb, they even have plush linings, quite toasty warm! The hounds are amazing - quiet and gentle and grace personified. Cora, who normally looks graceful to us, looked like a lummox in comparison. And they are surprisingly soft of fur, not like a pointer. Interesting dogs.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

I remember my dog, Dixie, stealing a sausage from my bebe sister at a bbq. My dad took it from the dog, brushed it off and handed it back to her :) He'd probably be locked away for that nowadays.
Ooo, and I'm planning on getting me some nice gloves in Venice, I hear tell there's a very nice glovery (?) just off St Marks.
Ooo, Greyhounds, I've always thought of as the oriental cat of dogs, don't you think?

Thursday, June 02, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse, your Dad is a sensible fellow - but I'm surprised the dog would give it up. Cora would have run away with her prize. Yes, greyhounds have that same elegance as Siamese cats - all the "gaze hounds" are like that. I do think Italy is famous for leather goods and what better place than Venice to find some? We will look forward to a report when you return.

Thursday, June 02, 2011  
Blogger Greg said...

Some scrumptious look pork. Dogs and blogs....we had a border collie when the kids were little. She would heard them.

Thursday, June 02, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Border collies are hoot - they have to have a job and herding your kids was probably hers. My vet thinks Cora is half border collie.

Thursday, June 02, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

We had a siamese cat who used to round up the sheep who wandered into the backyard.

Saturday, June 04, 2011  

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