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By clover kicker (Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 08:58:33 AM EST) (all tags)
I doubt our methodology would satisfy a purist. Smoked over an open fire for about 6 hours, wrapped in foil and then finished in a low oven for maybe 4 hours. Rest for half an hour, slice as thin as you can get it, pour a little of the juices back on top.

We used whatever firewood we had to hand, so it was maple and birch and pine smoke, no fancy apple or hickory or whatever.

But the results were fantastic, juicy and tender and flavorful.

I love this kind of low and slow cooking over a fire, and it's ridiculously easy to do so long as your schedule is flexible and nobody minds the idea of eating whenever the meat happens to be finished.

If we're going to be sitting around a fire drinking all day, might as well have something smoking, eh?

I will admit that starting and keeping a fire in 2 feet of snow does require some technique, that was the trickiest part of the day.

I'm not sure what we'll attempt next time, the consensus is wavering between smoking a salmon or simmering an all-day chilli.

In somewhat related news the latest upgrade to my buddy's camp is an old wood cookstove. It was a fantastic way to cook, at least in the wintertime, i.e. we're keeping the fire burning non-stop for the heat. In the summer it would be much less awesome.

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It's not nice to talk about noms by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 10:53:57 AM EST
without bringing enough for everyone.

I wouldn't cook over pine. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 02:24:00 PM EST
Can give a bit of a turpentine flavor to the food. Oak and maple, however, are awesome.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

yeah I was a little worried by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 02:48:02 PM EST
But it was drier then the other stuff so we had to use a little just to keep the fire alive. If it had stopped snowing we probably wouldn't have needed the softwood.

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