We got hot wings on the grill, fresh baked corn bread, 7 layer salad, sweet potatoes, and russet potatoes covered with cheese and green onions.
This is a dog. Jim and Regina Rogers’ dog, Cuteness. A dog with unusually intense blue eyes, she is quite captivating.
But, this is a DOG. A Dutch Oven Gathering. There is an art to this kind of cooking and Jim here is an expert.
The Rogers hosts one of these every month or two weather and participants willing. Usually willing participant’s aren’t a problem. Some come to cook in cast iron, others bring a potluck dish to pass.
Some bring their own limited production vintages or a Thermos of “adult” hot chocolate to share. The DOG brings in the entire neighborhood.
Jim has a set-up that would be the envy of any chuck wagon cook worth his salt. If it’s cast iron, Jim will find a way to cook with it. Not long ago he was a representative for Lodge Cast Iron doing Dutch oven demonstrations. See that utility trailer in the background?
We’re talking serious business. From charcoal to wash tubs, it’s completely outfitted for on-the-road cooking. Just add food.
Even the shelves have holes drilled in them for the Dutch ovens to rest their little legs. Everything from 6 to 16 inch, Jim has them all and a killer cast iron grill set-up to boot.
He’s even got an in-ground slow cooker created from two tractor wheel rims to cook beans, stews, and such. Just put in the pot, add your fire, and cover.
To use Jim’s words, “Watchya cookin’?”
We got hot artichoke dip, crackers and chips, candied pecans, more salad, apple-lemon crisp, and muffins. That’s my Dutch oven deep dish apple pie there.
And we’ve got my first successful loaf of Dutch oven fresh baked bread! Thanks, Jim, for teaching me how to pair coals of fire with perfect timing for bread baking.
Part of the Great Smoky Mountains, in the distance looms English Mountain on the left, and Mt. LeConte on the far right. Many thanks to the Rogers for sharing your backyard with all of us.