The Big Green Egg is a unique combination charcoal grill and smoker. It looks just like it sounds- like a big, green egg, like something out of a Dr. Seuss illustration that might be capable of time pork tenderloin and pineapple space travel. The top half of the Big Green Egg lifts up from a hinge to reveal a round grilling or smoking area.
One dish is the Jibarito ($7.00), a sandwich that, instead of bread, uses fried pressed plantains. The sandwich itself consists of mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and either roasted pork tenderloin in the crockpot or steak. In this instance, the pork is superior - rich and tender and extremely flavorful. It is served with a side of Arroz con Gandules, the national dish of Puerto Rico - yellow rice, pigeon peas, pork bits and red pepper. Beans were also offered, and they arrived swimming in a rich savory sauce with large softened pieces of yam and carrot. Dip the Jibarito in the bean sauce for an extra tasty treat. Hot sauce is on the table if a bit more heat is needed.
Pour the water into the pan and set the heat to high. Bring it to a boil. After, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-5 minutes or until the pork is tender and the liquid is reduced to 1/4. Remove the roast pork from the pan and let it cool completely.
Then of course they offer the cozy dog. You can order them one at a time or you can get family packs of 4, 6, or 12 of them. They come with a large portion of French fries. You can also get hamburgers and cheeseburgers in family packs with fries. These packs range from but it is enough to feed the pork fillet whole family.
So, take your time to arrange your dish. It must be visually attracting before someone will actually have the desire to eat it. When you are photographing a burger, you will want to get the stuffing out of the bun and that is how the fast food chains advertise and get you to visit them.
When the meat is fully cooked, I take it out of the Dutch oven and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. This will help keep the pork's normal moisture in. If they're cut too quickly, the moisture isn't sealed, and the end result is a dry piece of meat. But, you will notice when taking the meat out, voila...gravy is already made!
The next time you wish you could have a little party, just think outside the box, be willing to ask around and remember that most people are more than happy to bring a dish or a bottle of wine, you get help and they get a fun filled night out.