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Hot Luck 2018

What is Hot Luck?

It is a four day food and music festival put on by Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), James Moody (Fun Fun Fest), and Mike Thelin (Feast PDX). This year was the second edition of this fun event. Last year I helped Daniel Vaughn (Texas Monthly) with his dish at the opening event in the Franklin Barbecue parking lot. The BBQ Snob made a smoked strip steak taco using caramelized onions and Texas BBQ style chimichurri (heavy on pickles) on a Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ's tortilla. It was freaking fantastic. I guess I did okay enough for him to invite me back to help him out this year.

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For this year's opening party, DV started out by smoking butterflied pork shoulders. Once they were rested, he sliced the shoulder into pork steaks. We covered the pork steak in a BBQ/mop sauce concoction. I finished them over direct heat. It was hot AF. It was 90 degrees, and I was standing directly in the sun on an asphalt paved parking lot. After building a nic…

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