we made it up to roseburg friday evening and daniel’s brother, sister in law and nephew arrived shortly after we did. they made the drive down from seattle after having to deal with some fun gridlock in portland ( at 3:00 on a friday of a holiday weekend. yikes.) we only get to see them and daniel’s mom a couple times a year so it was great to have everyone together.
saturday was all about using the smoker that branden had made (yes, he made it. from scratch, y’all. he’s crafty.) to smoke a huge slab of brisket. daniel made a rub, bbq sauce and mop sauce to slather all over it. branden gave the smoker to daniel as a gift (thanks branden!) so now we want to smoke everything- ribs, chicken, pork butt, pasta, cheese, lettuce. yes, those last 3 are ridiculous, but we just want to because we can.
they got the rub on the brisket before we went to bed friday night so it already had some flavor on it. daniel and branden prepared the smoker and got the brisket in there by 10:00 and then we had 7 hours to kill. we huddled around the smoker on and off all day, daniel and branden checking that the temperature stayed where it needed to be and tending to the brisket with the mop and then bbq sauce as needed. we all smelled like campfire by the time the brisket was done cooking but none of us minded one bit since all we could think about was that tasty, smoky dinner we were about to feast on.
oh yes, it tasted as good as it looked.
brisket, rub, mop and bbq sauce recipe here via steven raichlen.
it had a nice even smoke ring all the way around and that crusty, smoky bark was my favorite part.
we had some baked beans, corn on the cob and garlic bread alongside the brisket.
and of course there was beer.
branden requested some sierra nevada bigfoot since its like $13.oo/6 pack (holy hell) in seattle so we brought him a 12 pack of that and in return he brought us the mens room elysian original red.
day 3 we headed to the winchester dam fish ladder in roseburg.
unfortunately, those fish up there on that sign were the only fish we saw while we were there.
at least it was beautiful there. and, since there were a million + 2 steps down to the fish ladder, we got our exercise for the day.
this is rosco.
i wanted to hide him in our car and whisk him away from branden and stef so that i could have him all to myself. he is a sweet pooch.
that was (more or less) our trip. it was great to see our family and get away for a few days. on our way home we took the 99 for part of the trip, instead of the 5, and found a fun looking restaurant that was right on the river with lots of outside seating on a huge deck. a little something to look forward to for our next trip up north!