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St Patrick's Day - sorta?

MGZ | Mar 5, 2013 06:25 AM

Some of you may have seen this old thread where Dean fourunder and I discuss different ways to slow cook corned beef: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838041

I've asked our learned friend a question there and thought I solicit more thoughts. Here's the text of the question (for more context, please follow the link):

"Well, for my Mom's birthday (which is a week or so after her sister's), I'm having a little dinner party for some of her family. Since it's on the Seventeenth, I figured I'd bust out my barbecued corned beef. My wife was thrilled.

I told Mom what I had in mind, but she seemed to only hear "corned beef and cabbage" the way she had been eatin' and makin' it for oh so many years. I got a call the next day. "Um, you're Aunt and I just sorta thought, um, I mean, we kinda just don't know if you should waste your cooking on corned beef and cabbage. . . . If that's OK?" Though flattered, I found it pretty damned funny.

So, now, my conundrum. Do I do some funky barbecue inspired riff using the offset to do the CB? Maybe grilled cabbage slaw? A potato they would not expect? Maybe throw in some U-10 shrimp as an appetizer to make the old girls think it's special? Funny indeed!"

Any of you have any clever ideas, recipes, etc., that might help me make a cool St Patty's/Birthday party to turn the tradition on its head?

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