In honor of Ryan's birthday being last week, we hosted the first official porch sit of 2012 and had a potluck BBQ at our apartment. Ryan built himself a smoker out of basically found objects; I'll save you the details but it involved two 16" flower pots, a hot plate, and wood chips. We smoked both pork and chicken and our friends brought a plethora of sides to share.
This is going to be a two part post, part one today and part two tomorrow. First let's enjoy the sun and smoker portion of our festivities.
We set up the porch with every chair we own (almost) and set up a runner to keep Nellie on so she could enjoy the outside with us all day. Ryan woke up at 6:30am to start the smoker and at about noon Nellie and I joined him outside. She kept getting herself tied up in her extra long leash, and it made for an interesting, and annoying afternoon of freeing her from her self made traps.
I was ultra impressed with Ryan's smoking skills and he was so patient and attentive to the meat's progress all day. It took about 10 hours to cook the pork, and 5 to cook the chicken. I didn't have to do a thing all day, just paint my nails and read magazines. Well, and take pictures of course.
I tried really hard to get some good pictures of Nellie and Ryan but she was so obsessed with her leash that all I got were silly wrestling pictures and a nice picture of Ryan almost smiling.
At around 5:30pm friends started showing up and the party really got started. We had at least five types of springy salads, homemade bread, yummy cheese, and delicious dips. There were too many kinds of beer to count and fresh lemonade to drink. It started raining and cooled off quite a bit but it didn't stop anyone from hanging out until late into the night. Tomorrow I'll share some pictures of our porch sitting after dark. I hope this inspires you to start cooking outdoors as the weather warms up. It's so much fun! big kiss, bekuh