Well, here it is: The results of our latest Dudes’ Food: 2018 edition! The women in our family are wondering why we ever cook?! We should turn the kitchen completely over to the men, because I’m telling ya, this year’s Dudes’ Food was GOOD. Like fork-in-hand, smokin’ hot, lick-the-plate, stuff-your-face-with-seconds-and-thirds GOOD.
If you’re new to the blog, here’s the deal. About once a year, we hold an event we call “Dudes’ Food.” The guys in our family each cook some kind of original dish with no help from the women. We then taste them all, vote for our faves and give prizes to the winners. Sounds simple, but hey, we take this thing very seriously. There is often months of planning, scheming and recipe testing involved. Bragging rights for the next year are at stake, you know.
And so, here we present Dudes’ Food: 2018 Edition, with a quick explanation of the winning dish. Patrick (Sarah’s husband) was the overall winner, with wayyyyy more votes than any other dish. We promise, there was no favoritism. No lie…Pat’s dish, which he named “Eternal Glory Pork,” was unreal.
He first tasted something like it when he and Sarah went to Southeast Asia with Andrew and Beth (my son and daughter-in-law) a few years ago. They were way up in the Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines, at an off-the-beaten-path resort that a local had recommended. It was off-season, so they had the resort entirely to themselves.
The owner offered to make them some food, which turned out to be this amazing sweet pork dish. They devoured it and tried to get the recipe, which was completely lost in translation with the language barriers. They came home, and Pat has been trying to replicate it ever since…
We think he has done it. His “Eternal Glory Pork” has got to be tasted to be believed. It is DIVINE. Eternal Glory could possibly be at stake here. It’s that good.
To say we were impressed with this years’ entries is an understatement. There wasn’t a bad dish in the bunch. Standing ovations to all the guys who participated. Bragging rights all around. And so, may we present Dudes’ Food: 2018 Edition…
Eternal Glory Pork by Patrick (First Place Winner) *Get the recipe at the bottom. Super healthy 😉
Chili Lime Santa Maria Tri-Tip by Mark (Second Place Winner)
EZ’s Special Sauce and Lil’ Smokies (Third Place Winner – and he’s 7 years old. Woot Woot!)
The Pounded Breast Sandwich by Matt (The “Boobie” Prize for obvious reasons)
Chocolate Dr. Pepper Milkshakes by Taylor
Meatball Sub Poppers by Bryce
Donald’s Delicacy: Making Shrimp Great Again by Andrew
Lasagna Grilled Cheese by Jeff
It’s Samon Man by Paul
Sweeeeet Rolls by Ronnie
German Apple Pancakes by Will
Crazy Mexican Mess by Shaun
Pasta alla Carbonara by Josh
Hawaiian Bliss by Drew
Kardiac Arrest Deep-Fried Pizza by Kyle
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 container Kirkland Smoked Pulled Pork (from Costco)
- Olive oil
- 1-2 jalapeños
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (more or less as needed)
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Put all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium low until brown sugar dissolves and caramelizes.
- Place smoked pork into a frying pan with a little olive oil and fry until it hardens around the edges.
- Drizzle pork with the sugary goodness. It should be a syrupy consistency. Toss to combine.
- Finely dice jalapeños and add to the pork. Add soy sauce, more brown sugar if desired and cayenne.
- Heat and continue stirring to coat pork with glaze.
- Remove form heat and let pork sit for several minutes. This helps the stickiness set up.