Phil, that brisket looks awesome! Have you ever tried to do burnt ends with the brisket? My next brisket I do I'm going to try to do some burnt ends.
I was gonna, and then I got sidetracked making 6 dozen sliders for a party on the 4th. Oof.
Speaking of parties - we had a bunch of people over on 1 July for our 4th celebration because (of course) it's not a national holiday here. Here are some pics:
Beer... Extreme left on hand pump is Boont Amber from Anderson Valley; in the kegerator are American Blonde and American Amber. No lack of hops here.
My second kid's godfather is Patrick, here at left. He's a big iron chef/top chef fan and likes to cook and despite being 14 years old follows orders fairly well! We cooked a ton (~120) of sliders that day
I broke out the sous vide machine and my PID & march pump to cook the sausages. We had about 80 of them, 2/3rds of which were homemade, and I wanted to make sure they got cooked correctly. I'll be doing this again - set up the water oven next to the grill so they could go straight on to coals once cooked. Worked like a charm.
Watermelon, fruit, pulled pork, artichoke & spinach dip, veggie platter with french onion dip & Tyrokafteri (roasted red pepper & feta dip), salsa & chips, and baked beans. Everything you see here is homemade.
Crowd starts to grow. We had about 65 people all told, including little ones... which means...
A couple babysitters = good idea
Of course the food helps keep 'em in line
Speaking of which - sliders!
There was also grilled camembert. Really quite good & melty.
For dessert we had four kinds of homemade popsicles: raspberry basil, peach bourbon, rhubarb jasmin, and blueberry moonshine.
And also peanut butter pie.
One thing that didn't make it because I forgot to blanch them before stuffing: jalapeno poppers. I ended up having to throw them out, because they were just too too hot.
Following an old tradition, reading the (abridged) Declaration of Independence (In French, as translated by one T. Jefferson)
We also had a bluegrass band come out. That was a #gooddecision. percy.free.fr
To top everything off, we launched about 12 red white & blue floating lanterns.