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Freshly cracked black pepper

Fess up-do you freshly crack your black pepper for rubs or use the pre-ground stuff? I don't mind cracking some, but to get enough to rub ribs or a butt with, I get pretty sore pretty quickly.
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 4,392
    I usually make enough rub to last me a season, and leave the black pepper out (even if you grind it yourself, it'll be dust by the end of fall).  
    If I want the black-pepper flavor on what I'm cooking, I grind just enough for that dish.  
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,787
    If the pepper is cooked heavily, I'll just use course grind from a jar.  Everything else, I fresh grind.

    You can do what Alton brown did - connect your drill to the pepper grinder and quickly grind large amounts of corns.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,708
    edited July 2013
    When I made pepper stout beef I used my coffee grinder and it worked really well.  Not sure the coffee will taste the same though :)...haven't used it for coffee since.  




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  • CPARKTXCPARKTX Posts: 1,460
    Fresh ground. Doesn't seem that difficult...
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,787
    When I made pepper stout beef I used my coffee grinder and it worked really well.  Not sure the coffee will taste the same though :)...haven't used it for coffee since.  


    It's worth getting a mill grinder for "other-than-coffee" grinding.  I actually bought one and dedicated it to grinding lump.  I make carbon black as a pigment for my wood projects (I like black filler in recycled cypress). 
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  • We don't even have pre-ground in the house, I don't think.  Grinding peppercorns and 12 oz. curls are pretty much my only exercise.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,021
    If I'm using it as a stand-alone ingredient like on a rib roast or steaks or in a one-off application then I grind it.  If it is in a mix like a rub then I don't grind. 
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  • You know, this is a case of thinking too hard and not hard enough all at the same time. I have a spice grinder that I use for cumin, coriander, etc, but it didn't occur to me for peppercorns because I have a pepper grinder. Duh. *slaps forehead vigorously*
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  • berndcrispberndcrisp Posts: 882
    For ground pepper I use a pepper mill or spice grinder. For cracked pepper, mortar and pestle.
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  • Take the top off and attach to a battery drill. Works great.
  • StevStev Posts: 36

    buy a coffee grinder for spices only....pepper corns specifically and make your own rubs, jmho

     

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,548
    I grind exclusively.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,787
    I grind exclusively.
    There's evidence to the contrary now that I found out your wife is pregnant with a 2nd child.... ;)
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,548
    @nolaegghead, There is a Ginuwine song running through my head right now. Something about ponies and riding activities.
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