Period Food on a UDS

 I took the Drum Smoker to the Principality of Cynagua May Coronet 2023 and prepared several period dishes on it.  This is a post i made to Facebook at the end of the event.


Can you cook Medieval/Renaissance food on a Drum Smoker?
Why, Yes! Yes you can.
Scappi Ribs hanging in the UDS
Along with period food, I'm also into BBQ. One of my goals was to build a Drum Smoker. It got me thinking, "Could this be applied to period food?" Specifically, bigger cuts of meat that would be cooked in fireplaces or an oven. Also, open fire is a particular danger and is mostly prohibited at event sites. I don't want to accidentally set CA on fire. A Drum Smoker is fully contained and can be easily shut down. It is al also portable . . . ish. It's large, but can easily put in a trailer along with other SCA camping gear.
Friday Night: (Sauce Madame (Whole Chicken with Fruit and Herb Stuffing)) Friday went a bit Sideways. After getting camp set up, I find that I left the cooking grate at home. Fortunately, I got a hold of my daughter and she grabbed it. But they wouldn't get to site until late. Also, the whole Chickens that I started defrosting two days previous were still frozen inside. 😡 I ran to the store and picked up chicken thighs, seasoned them, and when the grate arrived, put them on. I cooked the stuffing separately on the stove. It was a simple test, but it performed flawlessly.
Remnants of Scappi Ribs

Saturday Night: (Bartolomeo Scappi Ribs) (pictured) This was a real test. Due to the number of people partaking in dinner, I could not put the Ribs on the Rotisserie (as specified in the recipe). I chose to hang the 8 slabs of Ribs after they were marinated. I made the sauce from the marinade as the Ribs cooked. They came out well, although I'll make adjustments in the future. The Ribs and sauce were popular with all. This was another promising test
Sunday Night: (Cormarye from Forme of Cury) I prepped the pork per the recipe in a disposable roasting pan and placed it in. It cooked as it should. We were fortunate to have the King and Queen of the West as guests for dinner and all were very satisfied with the meal.
So far, so good. I'll be planning more tests, especially, bread.

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