What I Made This Year–My “Art” of Cooking

December 8, 2013 By Tom

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox, today’s prompt: “What did you make this year? Whether something personal, like a song or some art, or a work project, share your process, the end result about your creation.”

I made magic.

and it didn’t even involve a card trick.

For real.

a 5AM start before heading out for a day while this thing did its magic

The magic I made was simple, it was learning to cook on the Big Green Egg.  A very early birthday present (I picked it up as a demo at Egg Fest back in May and my birthday is in September), it was one of the the single best additions to my cooking options that I’ve ever purchased.  It’s the catalyst for my expansion into outdoor BBQ’ing, slowcooking and mastering pizza.  I’ve done 16+ hour cooks on it to absolute perfection.  I’ve cooked steak on it for a gourmet meal for Partner in Crime, I’ve cooked pulled pork on it to celebrate the 4th of July and I mastered brisket because I love brisket.  Ribs are a breeze, chicken and pizza taste like they’ve been kissed by an angel and I loved the challenge of trying new cooking methods.

some tasty ribs after a 5 hour slow cook

Cherry wood or apple wood to help flavor the pork?  Seven months ago I didn’t really know the differences, now I do.

I “made” a ton of awesome meals, meals that I would challenge to top any restaurant.

I “made” food that is art worthy, review worthy and just damn tasty.

I “made” an experience that bonds family and friends over food and beer.

And, you know what, I “made” myself aware of just how artsy and talented I can get with food.  It’s not just for eating, it’s for enjoying.

…but if you want a more traditional creation, I can draw a stick figure with barbeque sauce on a plate next time you’re over…

Zilla waiting for some brisket