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Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Smoked suckling pig


"Suckling pig is a real special-occasion dish," says Alistair Wise, "and not a bad substitute for cooking a pig in a pit. We cooked ours in a wood-fired oven with a few chunks of hickory slowly smoking on the side, which imparts a beautiful flavour to the meat and pan juices. You can replicate this at home using chips in a pan in the oven, although they won't smoke very long. Injecting the pig with apple juice helps keep the meat juicy, and the mop sauce cuts through the rich pig fat."

You'll need

7.5 kg suckling pig 300 ml fresh apple juice 300 gm hickory and mesquite wood chips (see note)   Mop sauce 500 ml (2 cups) apple cider vinegar 2 Spanish onions, coarsely chopped 5 long red chillies, thinly sliced 50 gm sea salt flakes   Spice rub 145 gm (½ cup) coarse sea salt 6 fresh bay leaves 1 tsp fennel seeds 5 whole Tasmanian pepperberries (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • For mop sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside for at least 2 hours for flavours to develop.
  • 02
  • For spice rub, crush ingredients with a mortar and pestle until finely ground, then set aside.
  • 03
  • Score skin of pig with a sharp knife or Stanley knife along the length of the body. Fill a syringe with apple juice and inject into the pig where the flesh is thickest. Rub salt evenly into the cavity and skin of pig and place in a large roasting tray.
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 220C. Heat woodchips in a small cast-iron pan over high heat until beginning to smoke, then place pan on bottom shelf of oven. Place pig on middle shelf, roast for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 160C and roast, basting pig occasionally with mop sauce, until meat is falling from the bone (3-3¼ hours). Serve hot with turnip slaw, Alistair’s barbecue sauce, chow-chow and lardy flatbreads.

Note Hickory and mesquite woodchips are available from select barbecue shops. Tasmanian pepperberries are available from Simon Johnson and Herbie's Spices; otherwise substitute whole black peppercorns.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Orange wine such as Cantina Giardino “Adam”.

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Jul 2013

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