a tisket, a tasket, a 4th of july brisket

we are mostly settled into the new place (75% unpacked in 48 hours!), just in time to invite some friends over for a 4th of july barbecue. the fella has been itching to try smoking a brisket again; his first attempt was pretty good, and the second was TERRIBLE. he’s been nervous about trying it ever since, since they’re so expensive and take so long. but he felt ready, so he picked up a 10 pound brisket and made a mop sauce that contained apple juice, beer, hard cider, coffee, cola, and various other ingredients. he put the meat on at about noon, and had to check it every 8 minutes throughout the day. the thing was FINALLY ready at NINE O’CLOCK! it was well worth the wait; this was one of the best pieces of meat i have ever eaten! it was more moist than i thought was possible and the flavor was great. the 4 of us ate a ton, but we will still have leftovers all week!

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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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