Saturday, May 21, 2011

Love is Chicken Necks and Backs

When I was little, my mom and her mom used to always say that a mom's favorite parts of the chicken were the necks and backs.  They always wanted to make sure that everyone else got the parts that everyone else wanted.

I hadn't really thought of that lately until tonight when I made my Grilled Bourbon and Cherry Pork Chops for the third time this week.

Since the pork chops are so thick, Alexis and I were splitting one.   That might not seem like a big deal if it was a boneless pork chop, you could just chop that sucker in half.  Both sides taste the same.

But this was a massive, bone in pork chop.  Bone in pork chops have three key zones.  

I instructed and heavily funded the Graphics Department at NibbleMeThis to produce this high quality graphic to demonstrate the flavor distribution of a bone in pork chop.  (I'm not sure I got my moneys worth for that all expenses paid trip to Cancun that they submitted to Accounting.)

But the only way to split a bone in pork chop is to separate the "No Bone Zone" from the "Nibble Zone" and "Flavor Zone".   The "No Bone Zone" only brings flavor from external influences like rubs and bastes, which can be good.  But the other two zones are magiclicious.  The "Nibble Zone" is like eating corn on the cob made out of pork.   And the back side of a grilled pork chop or the "Flavor Zone" is perhaps one of the most perfect bites of food ever.  I would trade the rest of the whole pork chop for the two or three bites of the Flavor Zone.  

So back to my dilemma.  I was splitting a bone in pork chop.  I wanted the Nibble and Flavor Zones.  But I knew those are Alexis' favorites.  I let her have the better parts. 

It reminded me of that Bible verse used in weddings about "Love is patient, love is kind....".   Sure, but True  Love is giving up the Flavor Zone of a pork chop.  I can be patient and kind, but giving up the Flavor Zone is special....

And as settling for chicken necks and back --  Thanks Mom! 

Busy Weekend Ahead
I have a jam packed weekend.  In just a few hours, Alexis and I will be at the KCBS and Kingsford Points Chase event Bloomin' Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.  We'll be doing our Bush Beans cookout this weekend (also a sponsor of the Festival).  Finally I'm attending a BBQ class taught by Mike Davis of Lotta Bull (currently 5th in the Kingsford Point Chase) at Dead End BBQ.  

Don't miss out on the chance to win this kick butt set of Grillin' Tools

courtesy of Bush Beans.  Enter to win this set at my previous post

You all have a great weekend.