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Mrs. Dyal's Birthday Celebration...(lots of pix!)

My wife's birthday was last weekend, but we had her celebration today.  A great time was had!  Both sides of the family showed up, and we had lots of food!  Too much actually, as there were tons of leftovers.  For some reason, I'm always paranoid about not having enough.  So I end up sending everyone home with to-go plates.  :)  Better too much than not enough, I guess.  :) 

I took care of the pork butts this past Sunday.  I smoked up two 6.5 pound butts with a mixture of Jack Daniel's Whiskey Barrel Oak Chips and Pecan Chips.


They melted apart and had a great smoke ring.




I ended up vacuum sealing the pulled pork and freezing it until last night.  I allowed it to thaw out in the fridge overnight, and today I reheated it in the oven with a little Apple Juice.  I also trimmed and prepped 7 racks of St. Louis Style Spare Ribs last night.  3 were for my wife's birthday party, and 4 were for my sister in law's friend's son's (hahahahaha) birthday party.  My sister in law asked me if I could smoke up some ribs for her friend's party, and I was happy to oblige.  :)  Already had the smoker fired up, so it wasn't too much of a hassle at all.  :)



Fired the BGE up early this morning before the sun came up.  It was cool out, and there is nothing more pleasant to me than firing up the smoker first thing in the AM. 



These little BGE citronella candles were being given out to the cooks of the Eggtoberfests last year.  I forgot I had them, and figured this morning was the perfect time to use them.  :)



And had some Sweet Nectar of the Morning Gods (Colombian Eight O'clock Coffee) to help me wake up.  My black tumbler lids were dirty, so I had to use my wife's hot pink lid.  LOL  Don't hate me because I'm fantastic!  :D



I smoked my wife's birthday ribs first.  Both sets were smoked with a mixture of JD Whiskey Barrel Oak Chips and Apple Wood Chips.





Served everything up with a nice variety of Sauces...



Then tossed on the 4 racks of Ribs for my sister in law...




And the birthday meal... Pulled pork, Ribs, Mac n Cheese, Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw, and Green Beans.



And for those of you interested in the Blue Cheese and Bacon is amazing!!  My friend, Jeff, told me about it a year or so ago.  Blue Cheese and Bacon makes everything taste better!  ;)  It's a recipe from a restaurant in Charleston, SC.  HERE IS THE RECIPE ... You won't regret trying it.  :)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! 





  • BuckeyeBobBuckeyeBob Posts: 670
    Dyal, that looks outstanding and I love the Mustard Sauce. Great job!
    Clarendon Hills, IL
  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 430
    Just plain amazing. Nothing else needs to be said.

    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
  • FLbobecuFLbobecu Posts: 309
    Everything looks fantastic! Especially the ribs. :)

    Bookmarked the coleslaw recipe to try next go-round!

  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,182
    Really nice Dyal, hope the day was great and the meal as delicious as it looks. Coleslaw looks very promising too,  thanks for that.

    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 11,556
    Everything looks fantastic, but that last photo looks like heaven on a plate. Nice work!
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT

  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,047
    edited August 2013
    Another excellent cook for the books!!


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,011
    Fantastic cook, fantastic tumbler. This pic sums it up:

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,493
    Great cook Dyal and happy birthday to Mrs.Dyal.

    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • Blue cheese coke slaw sounds delish! Thanks for the recipe. Nice cook for yourself and your sisters cousins uncles friends son! Lol.
  • Busy man yourself. But everything looks great. You made it look easy.
  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,253
    I will be sending you my address and I expect a plate in the mail by Tuesday. Looks amazing!

    Ball Ground, GA

    ATL Sports Homer


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    Will make the Cole slaw today.. Thanks.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,445
    All of it looks good! Don't you just love it when a big cook comes together?
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,729
    Thx guys! Mrs. Dyal says "Thank You!" for the happy birthday, @JRWhitee . :)

    @henapple, lemme know how you like the slaw. It seems like a lot of blue cheese, but definitely add the full amount. It goes so nicely with the sauce, and the sauce mellows out the bite of the blue cheese. And another tip: Wait to add the bacon until right before serving, that way it stays crispy and doesn't get to soggy.

    @hapster , it was like clockwork! :) It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,109
    Happy Birthday to Mrs. Dyal_SC! Thats quite a feast. And extra props for taking care of the SIL's friend's party too. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,673

    ^:)^  You da man, @Dyal_SC! Everything looks perfect, but why didn't you cook it on your MINI? ;)

    Where did you get those plates you served it up on? Those look pretty cool, very retro cafeteria like.

    Rowlett, Texas

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  • bccomstockbccomstock Posts: 338
    Awesome!  That plate pic had me drooling!   =P~
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,729
    Thx everyone for the nice comments! @Griffin , those are cheap styrofoam serving plates. Like $2.00 for 24 of them. ;) Didn't wanna do too many dishes for 15 or so people.
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