Thursday, July 4, 2013

Kimchee Pulled Pork at the Freddy's BBQ



I’m celebrating Independence Day with kimchee pulled pork on red slaw and a corn cake waffle. My buddy, Pat O’Shea, and I are grillmasters at the Freddy’s Bar Big-ass BBQ. This pork shoulder was seared in a spicy dry rub marinated and slow-cooked for right hours with a vinegar sauce I made from kimchee juice, Coca Cola, garlic... and various spices. Although it sounds a bit trendy, soda and beer are some of Guam’s traditional cooking liquids. I imagine it was the invention of post war ingenuity.

Manners are what separate us from the animals—yet some folks get grabby. Last year I recall a young woman and her friends crowding over my grill. I told them “Foods ready inside.” But when I turned the wee lassie grabbed at someone’s steak. It was about five awkward seconds of watching her burn her hand on a slab of meat before I bonked her blistered claw with my spatula. She called me “mean.” I replied “Yes, tell you’re friends and get some manners. Foods inside.” These incidents are far and few. In general the crowd is well behaved, jovial and civilized. Last year we had a very funny British woman drop by while on vacation. She read about Freddy’s Bar in an airline magazine and took the A down from Harlem. She said that this type of food festival never happens in London, as she brought her knitting “just in case” and marveled at the gathering.

We grill for 2PM to 6:45PM, but the music and fun goes on way after I leave. Everyone brings out their best in summer. I hope Ellen makes more of her wasabi potato salad again; it goes quickly, so you have to act fast. Bartender Mike Sternfeld made a fresh batch of basil-mint syrup for his signature July 4th cocktail he calls the “Delicious.” Anna Martin made her bottle-it-and-sell-it BBQ chicken sauce. Corn and Italian squash are in season and if the vegans aren’t to picky we have space on the new charcoal grill. I’m bringing my pulled pork, slaw, kimchee and SPF 30 sun block. Nothings better than good times, good eats with good friends. Happy July 4th!


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