This afternoon marked the 2nd gathering of San Diego area Chowhounds, at a BBQ held on Mission Bay. The food was wonderful (more on that below), but even better was that this was an incredibly nice group of people. And the kids in attendance were really adorable. Not sure when the 3rd gathering will be, but if you're a San Diego local, you've got to try and join us. It's a nice group of folks.
Now, on to the food. Jeff (board alias "Bhudda") was the Q-meister for this function and handled the duties with great aplomb and tasty results. The baby back ribs were nice and meaty with a pleasant smoky tang down to the bone. No extra sauce needed for these ribs, they were juicy and a bone gnawers delight. The pulled pork only confirmed what Emeril has always said "pork fat rules". The pulled pork wasn't overly fatty, it only proved that pork is, indeed, a very noble meat, and that some of the best parts of the pig are not the overly lean tenderloin ;-). I missed most of the cooking process for the pork butts, but arrived just in time to eat it though, and what a treat it was. The pork was so soft like succulent velvet, it quite literally melted in the mouth. Many of the Chowhounds made sandwiches of the pulled pork and cole slaw. I think there were some BBQ'ed chickens, but with 2 kinds of pork on the table, the chicken didn't hold a lot of interest.
The meal was rounded out by some great side dishes. The grilled veggies were beautifully done, especially the red onion slices and sweet potatoes. There was also a nice pasta salad, fruit salad, a really unusual, but oh so tasty, spaghetti squash salad, some scalloped potatoes, baked beans, strawberry cheesecake for dessert and more cookies than any of us could possibly consume.
The weather wasn't too co-operative. It was a little windy and a got a little chilly. Jeff was a great Q-meister and I think Pat M. has to be thanked for brining what seemed to be half her kitchen!! For a first time event, I think it turned out pretty well, and I'm looking forward to the next one, I think Jeff said something about a clambake?
So, if you're a San Diego Chowhound come join us at the next function, I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.