Carlos goes Yucatan. Dr. John profiles Carlos profiling himself, and tells him that because he looks like he can make hot sauce it seems that he can make hot sauce.
Nina goes Caribbean. Hot. Hot. My family lived in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Cuba for 100 years and my dearly departed grandmother Freda would make Scotch Bonnet jelly that would tear you up. They love heat in them islands.
Justin goes umami. John likes this.
Bottoms: Nicholas’ was muddled and Dr. J does not like the “sweet, sour maneuver”; Carrie’s was Trinidadidilly not great; Nina burned the house down, but not in a good way. Brian, Justin, and Carlos get the tops for their hot sauce. Winner is Brian. Immunity is granted. He did understand the hip tang.
A porcine heavyweight contender is rolled out, flat on its back. It’s a beast. Toby and Donald Link are in attendance. Boucherie cooking is what’s up. Boucherie is the French term for butcher. The Cajun tradition is to celebrate the whole animal in a massive cookout while challenging your liver to alcohol acrobatics.
Butchery pissing contests ensue. Chefs grab their parts and get to work on the pig before shopping. Shopping ensues, and then they get back to the house and eat a ton of boucherie food cooked by Toby and his lieges. I love me some backbone stew.
Sometimes they nail it -- all of them -- and the bottoms are a hard call. This was one of those times. They all cooked pretty badass food, so the letdowns were pretty small.
Brian: Porchetta with Oyster Mushrooms
Sara: Pork Dim Sum with Crab and Shrimp Har Gow
Justin: Wood-Roasted Pork Breast Taco with Pork Liver Salsa Verde
Carlos: Pozole Verde with Fried Chorizo Tacos
Shirley: Jiaozi Dumpling with Pork, Grilled Kidney, and Crispy Pork Fat Salad
Louis: Slow-Grilled Pork Leg with Spring Onions, Shiitake Mushrooms, Melted Corn, and Popcorn
Stephanie: Pork Brodo with Braised Pork Belly and Summer Vegetable Pickle
Travis: Cajun-Style Pork Ramen with Pork Bone Broth and Collard Greens
Carrie: Crispy Trotters with Snap Peas and Pickled Onions
Nicholas: Tete de Cochon with Summer Beans, Lemongrass Vinaigrette, and Wheat Berries
Nina: Braised Pig's Head Ragu, Roasted Corn, and Mustard Greens
I got all dripped up on my nice Gant Rugger shirt, which has since been shrunk down by mistaken trips to the hot dryer. It now fits me, if I was 11 all over again. Gant Rugger, you all should send me another. Please.