Is that perfectly cooked or what? Bev later commented how much she liked the meat marinade and the fire roasted salsa - she can pick out those different flavors. I told her I thought the fajitas were excellent, but I don't do the different flavor thing very well, and hopefully Chris and Robyn will post their recipes.
e served the main meal meat Lockhart, Tx. style, which meant that Chris, Robin and I were at a butcher paper covered table with the meat in front of us and as folks came by, we cut all but the beef ribs to-order (brisket, sausage, beef rib, pork ribs, turkey breast) served it up on butcher paper topped off with a slice of white bread (Bev’s homemade). Then it was back to the dock for Texas beans, grilled corn, and slaw (plates were allowed for this part).
And if this was not enough for you, there was key lime pie, banana pudding, brownies, and almond limoncello cake, provided by the Ramsey's, Aucoin's and Hofer's.
Laurie kept us going before the meal with a big bowl of her Chex mix, made with plenty of butter and garlic and we washed it all down with margarita’s, sangria, and an assortment of beer, wine, soft drinks, and tea.
I suppose it was possible to have had a miserable time, but virtually impossible to leave hungry. I stuck with traditional Texas BBQ and ate brisket, sausage, beef ribs and turkey - pork ribs are a Southeastern thing. I thought all of the meat was very good except the sausage was a little too salty, so I'll have to recheck my spice to meat ratio. So my meal looked as close as what we had in Lockhart as I could get it - unfortunately, I got no photo - just try to picture it in your mind - the four meats on the butcher paper, with two hands to hold it and a slice of bread laying across the top. I didn't have room for any of the sides, but after a rest, I had a little taste of the desserts and they were all excellent - thank you to those who brought them.
Chris is linked into the owner of the company that makes Grill Grates and arranged to get a set for a door prize, which was won by Sam Hofer after guessing the closest to how many charcoal briquettes were in a plastic container. No way to cheat as your reaching in to count them would have been quickly disclosed by your black hands.
In addition to the great door prize, Chris also made up some cool name tags, which many folks commented they really appreciated.
We ended up sitting on the sun porch and getting to know each other until nearly midnight – I know I’m having a good time when I stay up nearly 3 hours past my bed time. They had brought us the perfect gift – for me a least, a book by Cheryl and Bill Jamison, titled “A Real American Breakfast” – Sam obviously reads my blog. The Jamison’s are also the authors of the popular “Smoke & Spice” barbecuing book, which I also have. I'll be looking hard for meals made from leftover BBQ everything.
Next morning, it was coffee, a BLT, with or without an egg, and some fresh picked blueberries & purchased raspberries. The BLT was on homemade bread, with Benton’s bacon, our garden lettuce, a locally grown tomato, and Duke’s mayo. I thought about something fancier, but a good BLT is just hard to beat.
After breakfast, we toured around the grounds and talked veggies and shrubs. Then we gave them a goodie bag of fresh pulled sweet onions, a head of red cabbage, green and yellow filet beans, and a quart of mater juice, and they headed off to Benton’s (it was on their way home) to lay in a supply of bacon for Meakin’s father – at least that’s what they told us.
I don’t know if we’ll have Blogger Party 3, but if we do, I’m already thinking about a menu – maybe a shrimp and/or crawfish boil, where you just cook it all up in a big pot or two and dump it out on the tables. I know some folks who live in Seymour that I’m sure could supervise and assist us into a great meal – what do you think Katherine?
Please come back one more time for Part 3.
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