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Butt Rub and Shamefully Easy and Delicious Coleslaw.

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Here is the promised recipe for Butt Rub, that goes on Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder before you put it on the smoker. My dear husband, the Big Bison, found the recipe on line, and he has no idea where he found it. We altered it, anyway, to suit our own tastes, by using smoked paprika instead of regular paprika, and by cutting the cayenne pepper a bit, so I don’t feel too guilty about not having an attribution. The whole time the butt was smoking, the BB would periodically give it a spritz with a bottle of apple juice. So, the end result of about 10 hours of smoking (we were going for an inner temperature of 195º, because that’s when the collagen melts) was slightly sweet, spicy and smoky. 
The Big Bison Shredding My Butt
Butt Rub:
2 T. salt
2 T. sugar
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. ground cumin
2 T. chili powder
2 T. freshly ground black pepper
1 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 c. smoked paprika

I store any leftover rub that I have in a cute little specially marked spice jar in my spice cabinet.

Shamefully Easy and Delicious Coleslaw.

Just so you know, I grew up HATING coleslaw. Really hating it. My mother would cut up wedges of cabbage for me, and I would eat that, in lieu of eating coleslaw, but I hated the dressing that was on the coleslaw. I’m still not a fan of your average coleslaw.  


 I first ate this at a party I was attending,  because another guest brought it, and the party hostess/my friend was RAVING about how good it was.
And it’s so easy it’s almost criminal.
And cabbage is so GOOD for you! Cruciferous vegetable that it is, and all.
And, it’s the perfect side dish to make for a cookout, when you either (a) don’t feel like cooking but are supposed to take a side dish to a party you’re attending, or (b) you’re hosting the party, and you’re already expending enough of your creative energy on other dishes, but want a fast, easy, and delicious side dish to add to your menu. This goes great with hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, pork shoulder, or most anything else that you might  happen to be cooking on the grill.
Now, I’m going to give you the fast version, but you can certainly slow it down by food processing your own cabbage, red cabbage and carrots, or whatever veggies you like in your coleslaw. 
You could also slow it down by making your own vinaigrette, (which I like to do) and it tastes even better.  
But here is my shamefully easy version:

1 bag of already shredded coleslaw mix
(mine had cabbage, red cabbage and carrots)

1 small bottle of a vinaigrette-type dressing
(Newman’s Own is a nice one, or Newman’s Own Caesar,  but whatever you have on hand – or – even better- make your own vinaigrette – my recipe follows) I don’t use the whole bottle – I think in the past I’ve used about 3/4 of a bottle. Pour on the dressing gradually and mix it till it suits your taste. You can always add more vinaigrette, but you can’t take it off once it’s on there.)

1/2 package of crumbled feta cheese
(so that would be about 2 oz or 1/2 c.)

1/2 c. dry roasted sunflower seeds

Mix and devour.

And it takes two seconds to make. How cool is that?

Homemade Vinaigrette for the Overchievers/Non-Processed Food Lovers among us:

1/4 c. white wine vinegar
1 T. Dijon mustard
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch of sugar
3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
I dump all this into a jar with a screw top lid that I have that is just the right size, screw on the lid, and then shake the jar like crazy. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.


Thursday 28th of April 2011

From the title, I thought this post was going to be something entirely different. Thankfully, it was just deliciousness piled into a rub. I am so hungry right now.


Wednesday 27th of April 2011

Your butt looks so good! Sorry, couldn't resist;)


Tuesday 26th of April 2011

This sounds just delicious.


Tuesday 26th of April 2011

Your butt rub sounds delicious and easy! Butt rub, butt rub, butt rub!That was fun.

The Reader

Tuesday 26th of April 2011

A huge giant thank you for including the info on what is in a pre-shredded coleslaw mix, AND for including the vinagrette recipe. Helpful not only for over-acheivers and don't like processed foods types, but also for living in places where processed things just aren't available at normal prices folks, too. Thank you!!