Help is Just Around the Corner
BY RYAN SPELTS
True Value Hardware located in the Kent’s Corner shopping center in Plain City is a meat cooker’s paradise. That might not be what you expect from a place that also sells wheelbarrows, shovels, and fertilizer, but make no mistake; the go-to place for meat cooking tools and know-how is the True Value in Plain City. Not only do they sell grills and smokers of all kinds, but they are experts at meat preparation. Dave Boatwright is the store director, and he has spent most of his adult life preparing food and making meat that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. He is an expert! I know from personal taste experience.
Dave says that grilling and smoking are easier than ever. The technology in grills and smokers has grown exponentially, and really, if there is a type of preparation that you have tried and want to replicate, it is possible without too much trouble. You can choose from traditional grilling (gas or charcoal), wood pellet smokers, and wood fired smokers. Then, there are the prep tools, like dry rubs and sauces. The staff at True Value have been trained and often host cookouts at the store to help raise money for charity from time to time. So, they know the tools, spices, rubs and preparation needed to create great results.
If you need to know what cut of meat to get or how to recreate a certain flavor, they can help you get it. If you just came back from Texas and want to create that deep-smoked flavor at home, they can help you get it done. Dave says if you have something you need help with, call ahead to the store, and he can arrange to meet you there; he’ll help you get exactly what you need. He loves to talk meat and will give advice to anyone. He says it is not a one-time sale when someone buys a grill or smoker from them — they want to be the source people come to for some great flavors at home.
The flavors you create will become an art form. You will make some of the most delicious dishes you have ever tasted, all from the comfort of your backyard.
Dave and his store manager, Chris Poole, shared their most recent creation, and they say it is the most delicious pork and beans you will ever taste! If you ever need to show up at a party and bring a dish, this is it!
1 15-oz. can of ranch style beans
1 15-oz. can of Bush’s Grillin’ beans (pick a flavor)
1 15-oz. can of red kidney beans
1 15-oz. can of black beans
1 container of Kent’s Market Fresh Pico de Gallo
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Scraps and trimming from the pork butt, brisket ribs, sausage, or chicken that has been smoked.
1 Bottle of Meat Mitch Whomp Sauce BBQ
Stir together and put in a disposable aluminum pan and put in a smoker at 225o for 2.5 to 3 hours until internal temperature is 150o.
Can be done in an oven, but this is best as a smoked dish.
Season to taste.
Happy grillin’ and stop by to “meat” the experts at True Value.
Business: Hardware Store
3627 W. 2600 N.
Plain City, UT 84404