Beach Bonfires

MISC Tips and Tricks
 

We often do beach bonfires** during our trips and we often try to cook using chicken wire suspended by rebars. While this is a time tested technique, it can't support that much weight before it bends and caves in. If you have some more serious cooking and wish you had a stovetop, try a cinder block! I bought one for $1.50 at home depot! Place it above the fire, make sure its level and secure, place pan (I like my iron skillet) on the block. The fire goes up through the hole and cooks the food. Careful, the block will get extremely hot and may cause your gloves to smoke. We threw our hot block into the ocean and it cracked as it cooled. After 10 minutes it was ready to take back home and into the garbage.

With our upcoming Gracepoint Los Angeles church plant, there are plenty of beaches near UCLA that might lead to some fun outings this fall.

**please check local laws before starting a bonfire. Not all beaches allow bonfires and the last thing you want is police to kick you off. Fellowship killer.

Pork Roast (dry rubbed)

Quick Look_______________

It's been a while since I last posted anything. I been using a variation of this recipe for a couple years and usually suggest it when asked for advice. My secret ingredient is fresh coffee grounds. The coffee flavor isn't strong but very subtle. It adds a bold, roasted flavor and makes the outside look like it's been on a BBQ. BTW, it has as much caffeine as a can or two of soda per serving. It probably won't keep you up [don't worry...if you eat a lot, the food coma will negate the caffeine :) ].  I own a coffee grinder so I use fresh ground beans but any decent ground coffee will do. My rule is if you wouldn't drink it, don't use it for the roast.
  • Prep time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cook time: 6-7 hrs
  • Difficulty: easy.
  • Labor Intensity: You can do on your own very easily!
  • 30 servings, adjust by 1.5x if your group tends to eat multiple servings.

Ingredients_______________

  • 20 pounds pork shoulder. (safeway on sale or Costco is a good place)
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt (1 tsp /lb)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika (1/3 tsp/lb)
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder (1/3 tsp/lb) 
  • 2 Tablespoons oregano or other herb (1/3 tsp/lb)
 Optional: I like Costco's Mesquite seasoning and use it sometimes:
  • 20 pounds pork shoulder. (safeway on sale or Costco is a good place)
  • 2 Tb kosher salt (1 tsp /lb)
  • 2 TB cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup mesquite seasoning
  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika (1/3 tsp/lb)
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder (1/3 tsp/lb) 
  • 2 Tablespoons oregano or other herb (1/3 tsp/lb)

Directions_______________

Rub everything evenly on meat on all sides, top/bottom


Put in oven at 250 for 6-7 hours uncovered. Let it sit for 30 mins or more to cool


Slice and let it sit for 5 mins in the tray of juice. Toss to coat with juice. Put on platter and serve