Texas BBQ Road Trip – Day One

 

In Texas you buy your BBQ by the pound, here is how they do it at Meyer's in Elgin!

In Texas you buy your BBQ by the pound, here is how they do it at Meyer’s in Elgin!

Meyers Elgin Sausage and Southside Market are the two sausage makers in Elgin, pronounced “El Gun” by the locals, that I was told I had to visit. We stopped in Elgin first as it is just 30 minutes from the airport on the new toll road with an 80 MPH Speed limit. (Nice!) The agenda here was sausage and Gregg Meyer of Meyers was kind enough to say hello to us and we had a nice conversation with him. The history of Meyers is that it is a german original recipe going back to the 1800’s, so it is as about as classic as you can get!

Meyers is a sausage shop and a BBQ restaurant rolled into one simple facility, you can buy the sausage, rubs and sauce in bulk in the store and then head over to the the chow line for some BBQ. This being our first stop, we started with Brisket, their classic beef sausage and a few links of their pork sausage as well.

Southside Market is the other "Must Try" when in Elgin, their food is great, the sign was cool too!

Southside Market is the other “Must Try” when in Elgin, their food is great, the sign was cool too!

Gregg Meyer told me that he is in charge of R&D and the very respectable brisket and ribs were an add on to his original family recipe of sausages. The beef sausage was very flavorful, some of the best sausage we tasted on the trip and the pork garlic sausage was also fantastic. The neat thing about Meyer’s is that although they produce in mass quantities, they have kept the original recipe’s the same and do not use any extenders, just fresh product, you can surely taste it! They have a chorizo based sausage as well which will soon be on a plane up to Chicago for our next party!

Next stop was Southside Marketis on the other side of town, just down the road from Meyers and is also another Elgin classic, when we placed our “light” order, they spotted us and knew we wet just down the road. Staff here was really friendly and after we got our brisket, beef sausage and jalapeño cheddar sausage, “Pony” came out and served us up a sliced pork steak which just stole the show. Very flavorful, tender and delicious. The rest was great as well, very happy that stopped there and checked it out.

Line of the day was when we told people we were headed to Franklin BBQ the next day, everyone said that Aaron does an amazing job but one fine Texan exclaimed, “It’s good and all, but I wouldn’t wait in line for three hours to see the Pope!”  I probably wouldn’t wait in line to see the Pope either, the Grateful Dead and BBQ, well if it is that good, you bet I will wait on line for it, no shame there, tomorrow we go to Franklin Barbecue!

 

Dennis’ Pineapple BBQ Sauce Easy Chicken Breasts Recipe

 

Easy Chicken Breasts


We have carried Dennis’ Pineapple BBQ sauce for many years and found that Dennis who is an excellent chef, shares recipes for his products. We love his products, have for a long time now, and just wanted to share this simple recipe for easy chicken breasts. If you want to grill these, make sure you do it low and slow as the BBQ sauce will burn under high heat. No shame in doing it in the oven either, enjoy and thanks to Reva Foods LLC for the recipe!

Ingredients:

4 – 6 oz. Chicken breasts
1 cup Dennis’ Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Directions:

. Place chicken breasts in food safe plastic bag.
. Pour in 1 cup Dennis’ Pineapple BBQ Sauce and refrigerate for 60 minutes.
. Put chicken and sauce mixture into an oven safe dish and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until chicken reaches 150 degrees.

Pigchaser Pineapple Mango BBQ Sauce – 1st Place at Gettin Sauced 2012

Pigchaser Pineapple Mango BBQ Sauce was a huge winner at the 2012 Gettin Sauced Rewards, winning a 1st place inf the Fruit Bottled Division, taking home first place! Gettin’ Sauced Award’s is a very competitive event and the list of contestants is pretty impressive. Winner of 4 of 5 stars from BBQ Sauce Reviews, this sauce is a winner and we are happy to see that the word is getting out there!

Congratulations Ron!

 

Farm2Market Sonoran Style BBQ Sauce

Farm2Market Sonoran Style BBQ Sauce

Sonoran BBQ Sauce is organic, gluten-free and vegan!

BBQ Pro Shop is very excited to announce our alliance with Farm2Market foods, an Arizona-based company that creates organic sauces, condiments and spice blends that pay homage to the world’s favorite foods, the regions that celebrate them and the planet that provides the ingredients. They set out with a goal; to re-create regional varieties of popular condiments using only certified-organic ingredients and sustainable practices. They believe that people deserve to eat better and want to make sure they do.

Farm2Market Sonoran Style BBQ Sauce with organic fire-roasted tomatoes (not ketchup or tomato paste). It’s far more expensive than the alternatives but worth it. They are opposed to using liquid smoke or artificial smoke but they do buy sea salts, peppercorns, paprika and chilies that are smoked over alder, oak, mesquite, hickory and other woods.

Michael Capuano and Ashley Sinclair, co-founders of Farm2Market Foods, first products were an organic BBQ sauce & dry rub. Why BBQ? They felt there were not a lot of organic, gluten-free and vegan options available. Although barbecuing doesn’t necessarily bring “healthy eating” to mind, there are plenty of folks who love to cook outdoors and have the desire to eat better.

Farm2Market Sonoran Style BBQ Sauce answered their personal challenge to re-create one of America’s favorite condiments sans food additives, flavor enhancers (like MSG), artificial sweeteners (like aspartame and high-fructose corn syrup), contaminants (like mercury), preservatives (like sodium nitrate) or anything that has been exposed to pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Michael and Ashley also avoided using any ingredients containing gluten or animal products.

The birth of Farm2Market Sonoran Style BBQ Sauce

Living in the Sonoran Desert, Michael Capuano and Ashley Sinclair decided to use local flavors like Raw Blue Agave, smoky southwestern chilies, locally-grown coffee and cocoa to create a BBQ region all their own. Once that was accomplished, they wanted to share it with the world. Their first creation, Sonoran Style BBQ Sauce received a 5/5 Star Review from bbqsaucereviews.com and is currently available online here!

In fact, their products received so much positive attention that they have decided to develop an entire family of Sonoran Style products. More products, coming soon!

“Beer Can” Chicken on the Grill Friends Porcelain Chicken Sitter

Moist tender chicken on the inside and yummy crispy skin on the outside.

This is almost a weekly meal in our house. It’s a healthy meal that everyone eats and doesn’t take too long to cook. After you’ve made it once, you’ll never purchase a grocery store rotisserie again!  The Grill Friends Porcelain Chicken Sitter Stand heats up and gives way to a moist tender chicken on the inside and yummy crispy skin on the outside.

1 4-5 pound roasting chicken, preferably Amish or Kosher or Organic

1 Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends Porcelain Chicken Sitter Stand

3 tablespoons of favorite dry spice rub recipe, divided

Olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper

Liquid to fill Chicken Sitter; water, apple juice, beer, white wine

Grilling Method: Indirect/Medium Heat

Remove neck and giblets and pat dry chicken with paper towels.

Brush chicken all over with oil and season with 2 tablespoons dry rub or simply salt and pepper. Set aside.

Fill Chicken Sitter about ¾ of the way full with any liquid, beer, water, apple juice, white time. Also sprinkle one tablespoon of dry rub inside the Chicken Sitter as well. Place Chicken Sitter in center of cooking grate and move legs apart so the body cavity slides over the top of the Chicken Sitter. The chicken will appear to be “sitting” on the grate.

Cook chicken for 1 – 1½ hours or until the internal temperature registers 165ºF in the breast area and 180ºF in the thigh. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Note: When removing from grate, be careful not to spill contents of Chicken Sitter, as it will be very hot. Use a pair of locking tongs and grab the bottom of the beer can and place on a platter or cutting board to cool.

Recipe adapted from www.elizabethkarmel.com