Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’
Nothing like a good top 10 list to help make up your mind for that secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer. When it comes to BBQ, there is plenty here are a list of ten items from BBQ Pro Shop that will bring the holiday cheer!
#10 – Stainless Steel Odor Remover – $6.99 – Whether you are squeezing garlic, seasoning up some fish or rubbing ribs without latex gloves, your hands are going to smell and that is no way to hit the holiday party scene. Just rub this over your hands and the smell goes away.
#9 – Grill Friends Super Silicone Multi-Use Tongs – $9.49 – This one is just an indispensable item in your BBQ arsenal and these Multi-Use Tongs are made from professional strength stainless-steel and black heat-resistant silicone. They work on the grill or serving, they are a must own!
#8 – Multi Purpose Mini Measure – $2.49 – This is just one of the most versatile things for the kitchen, measure up your salt, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, hot sauce, bourbon, vinegar, olive oil, milk, honey, and your favorite spirits. Each one is calibrated so it measures exactly every time.
#7 – Grill Friends Super Silicone Angled BBQ Brush – $8.75 – Mop, baste or brush. With silicone bristles that will not melt or fall into the sauce, that old wooden brush is obsolete. The angle makes it comfortable to use and the long handle allows you to keep your hands away from the heat. Oh, did we mention it is dishwasher safe!?
#6 – Glow in the Dark Instant-Read Thermometer – $5.99 – Yeah, we know, everyone has an instant read thermometer, not true! This one makes it easy, with a listing of the temperatures on the sheath and a glow in the dark face that makes checking your chicken in the dark a breeze. Functional and cool!
#5 – Sarah’s Sea Salt Mediterranean Salt – $5,49 – This is the go to seasoning, awesome on chicken, delicious on beef, you cannot go wrong with this one in the spice cabinet. Finish you vegetables with a pinch and people will thank you time and time again.
#4 - Plowboys BBQ The Jerk – $6.49 – Something different from Plowboys BBQ, The Jerk is a tropical vacation right in your stocking! “Enjoy the taste of Jamaica without all the heat.” That refers to the heat in tropical Jamaica, not in the rub, brings some sweet heat, but an incredible balance of flavor.
#3 -The Rub Co. – Barbecue – $6.99 – All of the The Rub Co. rubs are really special, but this one is a middle of the road all purpose BBQ rub that is just special. If you like it with a little heat, try the Competition rub, or if you are on the West Coast, Santa Maria brings it too!
#2 – D-Dog’s BBQ Apple Rub – $6.49 – D-D0gs really changes the way we feel about sweet rubs. The original is just awesome and the Peach or Maple are something you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself, but will be amazed when you try it. Some special BBQ rubs, for that special someone.
#1 – Head’s Red BBQ Sauce – $5.99 – A great price for a great sauce! We love Heads Red BBQ Sauce and it is sweet the way that BBQ Sauce is supposed to be sweet. Winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence from NBBQ, specially priced just for you!
So there you go, 10 items that are sure to be a hit and be that little something that pushes your holidays over the edge. Happy Grilling!
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Owning BBQ Pro Shop has it’s advantages and one of them is sampling tools and spices that help us stay ahead of the game and remain on the cutting edge in BBQ. Yes, I just said “cutting edge” because the Apple “iRevolution” has changed the way we will grill and BBQ forever. JM, host of the World Famous The Celebrity Grill Show is taking his game to another level with an iPhone app that instantly allows you to stay connected.
We absolutely love listening to their podcasts and Gretchen and I have been featured on two of them, CGP #28: “Roundtable – Ceramic Cookers” and CGP #17: “Roundtable – Burgers” so we are big supporters of the show and the medium. The app provides instant access to new Podcasts. No need to download and sync to get access to the latest show. You can stay in touch with JM via Twitter, Facebook, Web Site or email. It also provides support if you should run into issues while on the run. You can star your favorite episodes as well.
If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and want easy access to the latest in grilling tips and tricks, then this is the App for you! Click Here to learn more and download the app on iTunes. It costs $1.99, supports a great show and keeps you on the cutting edge of all things grilling.
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Big Butz BBQ Sauce & Yah Butz in the Woods, presents us with Episode 7, “The Wild Grill”. First, a docudrama as he follows the hunting habits of a wild grill. Then Learn to tame a wild grill and make some Cheesy Squealer Burgers. Think burgers and think inside out bacon cheeseburgers. Need a use for your KitchenAid grinder? Big Butz has got a great burger to try right here. Be entertained and watch him while he walks you through the process of creating these delightful Cheesy Squealer Burgers.
“Deep in the Sauce” is the brain child of Big Butz BBQ Sauce & Yah Butz in the Woods, where he discusses many things but mainly BBQ recipes, cooking, product testing, and Homebrewing/winemaking. Visit his site to learn more http://BigButzBBQSauce.net
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I will readily admit that when I heard of the drastic format change and watched the first episode of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters, I was less than thrilled. I loved the format of the old show and the opportunity to see how the BBQ Competitions ran from the inside. I was anxious to see who we were going to follow this year. So after following all the build up on the BBQ Central Radio Show I was pretty skeptical of the new format. I felt that I had to watch at least two episode before making a decision.
So after watching episode two tonight, and accepting the fact that the old BBQ Pitmaster’s formula was probably just too damn expensive for TLC to justify a second season. I realize that if we didn’t get this format, we probably wouldn’t have anything at all. The four team enter, one team wins format of the new TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters is a compelling version of the competition cooking show. After seeing Marlando “Moe” Cason and Melissa Cookston come out on top, I am gaining a respect for the “Pitmaster” that goes beyond competition BBQ.
So I am digging the thought of seeing the show winners compete for the $100,000 prize. The heart and the flexibility of the Pitmasters is just awesome to watch. They can grill, make sides and most important, work the smoker like the BBQ pros that they are. Best part is that they do it on the fly, and can do it with style. These are the best of the best, masters of the BBQ and grill for that matter. They bring it or they go home.
The judges are perfect, Art Smith keeps the crew in line. He knows his food and with the challenges, he keeps it real and adds that expert opinion. Warren Sapp is a great personality, confident and humble, the man just likes to eat and BBQ is a common man’s food. Then there is Myron Mixon, pro on the BBQ circuit, the man simply knows good BBQ. For all the grief Myron gave BBQ judges last year, he walks the walk and the judging panel is solid. Kevin Roberts is the host and that is about as far as he takes it.
Check out their site here, tons of recipes and grilling tips. TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters
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Lockhart is on my “Bucket List” and after reading this review from Dining in Austin‘s Mariah McElroy I know exactly how I would do it. I mean other than spending a couple of days there, how do you try Black’s, Smitty’s and Kreuz Market in just one trip? Dispatch your friends and reconvene in the Lockhart Municipal park for a food tasting challenge, that’s how!
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One reason I love my friends: they’re foodies too. One hot Sunday afternoon, we all decided to carpool down to Lockhart and conduct a thoroughly scientific comparison of the Lockhart BBQ joints. Upon reaching Lockhart, we were disappointed to learn that Kreuz Market is closed on Sundays so we had to do a comparison of the 3 remaining BBQ joints, Black’s and Smitty’s.
At precisely the same time, a carload of us went to Black’s and a carload of us went to Smitty’s so the BBQ would be fresh and purchased at the same time. We decided, at a minimum, to get brisket, ribs, sausage, potato salad and cold slaw. We could also make an executive decision to get other additions we thought looked tasty. Then, we’d all meet up at the city park for a delicious picnic of BBQ.
I was in the carload that went to Black’s. When we arrived, I was stuck by how old fashioned the whole town looked. There was a beautiful old courthouse and town square. But unlike Fredricksburg, there weren’t kitschy country stores in the town square. It had a slightly depressed old Texas feel. Clearly, the only thing people come to Lockhart for is the BBQ.
But once you step into Black’s, it’s an oasis of Texas BBQ. The first thing you’ll notice are the impressive selection of home cooked sides. Many more sides than I’ve seen at any other Texas BBQ joint.
The meat is kept in an ingenious meat locker and is cut fresh when you order it.
Once we had procured our meat and sides, we went to the municipal park to conduct our thoroughly scientific taste test. In this picture, the Black’s offerings are in the front and the Smitty’s offerings are in the back.
And so you can get a sense of the aesthetics, here are the Black’s meats:
And here are the Smitty’s meats:
So the results!
Sausage – Winner: Tied
Smitty’s was meatier, almost gamey, while Blacks was creamier, with a finer blend. We were all split down the middle, some liking one more than the other. While I usually like a finer blend sausage, this time around I, liked the intense meaty flavor of the Smitty’s sausage better.
Brisket – Winner: Black’s
Black’s outstanding brisket was the winner of the whole meal. It was moist, soft and tender, fell apart. Smitty’s was dry and lack-luster.
Ribs – Winner: (Begrudgingly) Black’s
The Smitty’s ribs were moister but were covered in a sickly sweet red sauce. The ribs at Blacks had a better smoky flavor, but were dry. In the end, most people preferred smoky over sweet. But neither offering was all that great.
Potato Salad – Winner: Smitty’s
I liked the Blacks better, though, but I got overruled by the masses. Black’s potato salad is chunkier with large pieces of potato. Smitty’s potato salad is creamier, but in my opinion is, too mayonnaise-y. I got my fill of mayonnaise potato salad living in the Midwest. I want some mustard in mine now. Oh well.
Cole Slaw – Winner: Smitty’s
Smitty’s slaw used 3 different types of cabbage, carrots, and had a pleasant a peppery aftertaste. It was much more complex (well, as complex as cold slaw can be) than Blacks which only had 1 type of cabbage but was tangy.
Other Sides – Winner: Black’s
While none of the other sides at Black’s were all that spectacular, it won out in sheer volume of available sides. Smitty’s offered potato salad and cold slaw, that’s it. However, Black’s had yams – sweet and gelatinous and all together pretty bad. And creamed corn – much better than the yams, nice and creamy with a hint of tarragon. They also had mashed potatoes – peppery and good with the cream gravy. And macaroni and cheese – basic and not that great.
Overall – Winner: Blacks
The better selection of sides and the clear win in the brisket department let Black’s nose ahead of Smitty’s. However, I must state for the record that neither was the best BBQ I’ve ever had. Except for Black’s brisket. It was quite good, and may possibly be the best brisket I’ve had in Texas (yet).
~Smitty’s – 7
~Black’s – 8
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