Porkapalooza VII Announced

Note: This is a private invitation to my annual BBQ and not a public event. With that said, I had so much fun writing it that I am sharing on my site for your enjoyment. 

As is tradition with Porkapalooza, I send out the invitation each year after the last snowfall. Every year I go through the Evite process and create an invitation with some sort of BBQ theme on it. At what point will evite just give me a personalized template each year? 200 pounds of pork? 500 pounds? AT WHAT POINT?!? [Read more…]

How the Sausage is Made

As promised in my Porkapalooza V invite, I have been experimenting with making homemade sausage.  Today I made Spicy Chipotle and Cheese sausages and smoked them on my cabinet smoker for a few hours.  They were very good!  Tender, tasty and fresh!

Hopefully with this success I can start to make sausage more often.  It’s a great use of the meat grinder and sausage stuffer Amanda got me for Christmas.

Porkapalooza V or Jeff’s 30th Birthday Extravagana

40 years ago Jim and Fran Sauer set foot in America for the first time.  After leaving a war torn place called Loompaland, they were taken in by an eccentric confectioner and given well paying jobs in a factory.  At the time they only spoke in sing-song form, which was great for teaching lifes lessons to their young children.

7 years ago Jeff left the factory to start a new life in inner-ring suburbia.  The songs were growing tiresome and he just wanted to pursue his passion of cooking.

6 years ago he made a failed attempt at inviting a ragtag group of friends to his house to cook a feast of golden egg laying geese.  Things were going well until a little brat named Veruca Salt ruined it for everyone.  Also, it turns out that the meat of a golden goose doesn’t taste very good.

The next year Jeff decided to change things up a little bit and focus on cooking only the tastiest of meats of the porcine variety.  The smiles on everyone’s faces when eating ribs and pulled pork sandwiches were too much for Jeff; he cried for the first and only time that day.

Over the years this gathering of pork lovers has come to be known as Porkapalooza – a time to celebrate with friends and family, and feast on the expertly prepared pieces of pork.

With each year of Porkapalooza a new introduction is made.  Last year it was the bacon explosion, which was loved by those who lived to tell about their explosion experience.

This year Jeff has decided to take things to another level by grinding fine cuts of pork into sausage and smoking over fires of hickory and applewood.

As a friend or family member, you are casually invited to “see how the sausage is made” at Porkapalooza V or Jeff’s 30th Birthday Extravaganza.  We would love for you to attend.

Please reply to this invite if you will be able to attend.  It would be appreciated if you could bring a side dish or a dessert.  Alcoholic beverages will be available, but in limited quantities, so please consider bringing those as well.

If you weren’t already invited, I would love for you to join. RSVP here: Porkapalooza RSVP