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Barbecue pork marinade and internal mutterings

Marinated barbecue pork

I like listening to audio books while I’m out walking with Java and her assorted boyfriends, mostly because it takes my mind off the fact that Java’s obedience training has, once again, taken a turn for the worse. I’m only just beginning to appreciate the extent to which Hugo kept our house in order. (One of the many charms of English Setters is that they are predisposed to ‘willfulness’, a pompous way to say they do exactly as they please.) Back to Audible: What is meant to be a relaxing pastime has given me internal punctuation Tourettes. As I listen, my mind randomly screams: ‘full stop, comma, semi-colon — no wait, that should be a colon — pause for a new paragraph…’ I sometimes even rewind a bit to revise and refine my work. I’m nothing if not a perfectionist, I think I’ll attack pronunciation next ;-).

Luckily, my disobedient dog keeps both me and her friends on our toes. There’s very little time for punctuation, imaginary or otherwise, when you’re battling canine insanity. Canine insanity trumps human insanity by its sheer chaos potential.

I used this recipe quite a number of times over the summer. Pork has a tendency to be a bit tough, but this marinade, in particular the apple cider vinegar, helps to tenderise the meat. The acid in the vinegar breaks down protein, leaving the meat extra tender, and the longer the meat is left in the marinade, the better.

Recipe for barbecue pork marinade (serves 4-6)

2 cloves garlic

Paprika

1 tablespoon honey

Apple cider vinegar

Olive oil

Mustard

Worcestershire sauce

Combine the ingredients, mixing well to form a homogenous, liquid paste. Coat the pork pieces and leave to marinate, overnight if possible. These are best cooked on a wood barbecue, but any kind of grill would work.

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