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#3312411 - 08/05/13 10:45 AM Went Big, Failed Miserably
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Mud Dauber
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My neighbor texted me on Friday that he was having a party on Saturday and wanted to do some venison. As the primary source of meat, we put several cuts of venison on the smoker, but I had read about this frontier method of cooking large pieces of venison such as heads and necks where they would wrap the pieces in wet burlap and bury them in the fire. I thought this would be my perfect opportunity. I've been increasingly experimenting with charcuterie with successful inaugural attempts at making Headcheese, Venison Salami, Pepperoni, Bresaola and other batches of dry cured sausages. -confidence was high.
First thing we did was stoke a hot fire with pieces of Oak.

Then I started in on this neck from a large Doe, rubing it with a light coat of pork lard.

Gave it a good coating of Sea Salt and crushed Juniper berries

Then started wrapping it in foil -probably 6 layers.

After the foil, we wrapped the "package" in 2 soaking wet towels.


Then, we dug a hole in the coals and place the meat in there. There were no real instructions available other than a "few hours." So, for the next couple of hours we drank beer, moved some coals now and then.

The party swelled to about 20 people and everyone was interested in the "hobo" meal cooking in the fire. So, with a crowd full of onlookers, I dug the package up, picked it up with the shovel and.... it disintegrated completely into dust. Absolutely nothing left except for 1 single charred neckbone. \:\(

Not sure if I've ever had a food failure on that scale. I think that next time I try this, I'll bury the coals in some dirt instead of just leaving it open. With so much foil and 2 wet towels, it never occurred to me that it would burn up.
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#3312429 - 08/05/13 11:04 AM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: Poser]
BamaProud
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Oh well...sounds like yall had a fun experiment anyway. Pizza Hut Delivers. ...We had to take that route last (and only) time the wife tried to grill burgers. \:\)
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#3312497 - 08/05/13 12:15 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: BamaProud]
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Go big or go home. \:D

Oh well man, I am sure you have had far more successes than failures.

Better luck next time.
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#3312500 - 08/05/13 12:21 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: RUGER]
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Well that sucks....I'm just glad this wasn't a thread about sausage. \:D \:D
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#3312730 - 08/05/13 05:11 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: BuckWild]
redblood
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green high socks with gray tennis shoes.......you deserved to fail, lol


all kidding aside, i admire your attempts at "unconventional cullinary excellence"
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#3312798 - 08/05/13 07:05 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: redblood]
timberjack86
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That's sux. Oh yeah nice socks \:D
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#3312803 - 08/05/13 07:10 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: Poser]
Rob R.
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Sorry your deer went to dust.

Where did you get that apron? I like it!
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#3312809 - 08/05/13 07:19 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: timberjack86]
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 Originally Posted By: timberjack86
That's sux. Oh yeah nice socks \:D


Those were the cleanest dirty socks that I had.....
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#3312841 - 08/05/13 07:39 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: Rob R.]
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 Originally Posted By: Rob R.
Sorry your deer went to dust.

Where did you get that apron? I like it!
That's not an apron... That's a grillin blouse \:D Just kidding \:D
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#3313034 - 08/05/13 09:28 PM Re: Went Big, Failed Miserably [Re: Rob R.]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: Rob R.
Sorry your deer went to dust.

Where did you get that apron? I like it!


My buddy had a catering company for a few years and would do these crazy catering gigs that, we'll weren't exactly rated PG-13. Anyway... I helped out a few times, so I got an apron.
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