Not the kind of foodie that only eats fancy shit - the Real, Bona Fide Food kind that loves everything delicious. He also particularly enjoys barbecuing, and knew from my Tales of Australian Cuisine that it was something I missed about the USA*, so during his visit he offered to pull out our smoker and cook up some kickass grub for a BBQ Feast Day.
*Note: Aussies will argue this point, but don't be taken in by the whole "throw another shrimp on the barbie" line - generally speaking, they do not BBQ. Grill, yes. BBQ, no.
A trip to Costco yielded a couple racks of pork ribs...
...and since he'd never had roo, we marinated a few steaks as well...
...plus prepped a chicken for the Pirates (they're not big red meat eaters):
While the ribs slow cooked...
...the Pirates and I snuck indoors to whip up a special surprise.
My brother's birthday was a couple of weeks before his trip, and when the boys found out they promptly insisted that we make him a birthday cake. After some debate, they settled on a rainbow pirate theme:
Anyone want to hire a couple of 4-year-olds to decorate your next cake?
Meanwhile, as the ribs neared completion, the guys busted out the grill to cook the roo steak and a few veggies so we could pretend we were eating healthily:
Our new house came with a very friendly magpie who enjoys being handfed tidbits while we're cooking outdoors:
Once we were all stuffed to the gills with meat, it was time to slap on the party hats and make room for cake:
Happy birthday, little brother!