Eatocracy is a great new food blog that I hope you will find the time to check out! Here is a link to the article below and this particular article holds a special place in my heart. It is Amy Mills brandchild in which she fills a “chocolate fountain” with BBQ sauce and uses it to allow people to put Mike Mills 17th Street BBQ sauce on their ribs, no dipping, just a pure BBQ Sauce shower! Gretchen and I experienced this first hand at the Big Apple Block Party in 2009 and BBQ Sauce will never be the same!
You know it’s a party when the BBQ sauce fountain starts flowing. Or, more specifically, that it’s a 17th Street Bar & Grill party – in which case you’re in for a rib-munching, lip-smacking good time.
Champion pitmaster Mike Mills and his daughter Amy make a yearly trek from their home base in Murphysboro, Illinois to New York’s Big Apple BBQ Block Party to dish out thousands of their signature ribs to barbecue fans from up and down the East coast. Amy’s fountain has become a staple at the event; when the sauce starts flowing, so does the fun.
See the fountain in action after the jump.
Each weekday, Lick the Screen will showcase one food photo that sets our stomach rumbling. If you’d like your work to be featured, submit your pictures to the Eatocracy Flickr pool or leave a link in the comments. We’ll get in touch if what we see makes us weak at the knees.
This is a great video of Todd Johns and the story behind Plowboys BBQ. Todd Johns, Grand Champion of the 2009 American Royal Invitational, talks about the process and success of creating Plowboys BBQ‘s very own rubs. Enjoy!
Elizabeth Karmel (@GrillGirl on Twitter) is our big sister, BBQ Mentor and dear friend. We knew her before she became so famous and appeared on NBC in Chicago, look at her now! If it wasn’t for her, we would still be burning chicken breasts on our gas grill! Last June we joined Elizabeth for a weekend at the Big Apple Block Partywhich is probably as close as a BBQ lover could get to heaven on earth. She introduced us to Ed Mitchell, who makes some of the finest BBQ in the country at his restaurant “The Pit” in North Carolina. Some would say that he defines the “Whole Hog” BBQ and after having many of his sandwiches, I would agree. Here they are in the 2nd and third segments of this CBS Early Show Tailgate special.
Tom takes his tweeting pretty seriously and is a big member of the Twitter BBQ Community, I saw all of the chatter about this on Twitter. Didn’t know that he had mad YouTube skillz and was an amateur rapper as well, oh the talent! Thought that I should share with you the man behind Big Butz BBQ Sauce, our newest addition to BBQ Pro Shop. You can follow Big Butz @BigButzBBQ. (Imagine what he might do when he hits 1000?)
UPDATE: Legal Disclaimer from @BigButzBBQ: Small children and pregnant women warning: Could result in deep emotional scarring.
Cripple Creek Barbeque All Purpose Spice Rub Is A Must For The Spice Collection
Cripple Creek Barbeque – The Little Company With a Big Conscience as their web site says, was someone that we stumbled upon while following our BBQ Tweets on Twitter (@BBQPRO). BBQ Pro Shop is working hard to search for rubs and sauces that are not only tough to find, but that are so good and wholesome that you cannot BBQ or Grill without them! When we went to their site, we realized that we needed to taste their products:
Cripple Creek Barbeque started from a love of good barbeque, the actual art of grilling, and the sauces and flavors used to create an unforgettable experience for the palate. Chef John Lynch, in a quest to create foods that aren’t full of sugars, artificial flavors, and chemicals, first created the spice combination that gives CCB its distinct flavor. That combination became the base of the sauces – blended with other all natural ingredients his sauces became rich, deep, and full of flavor. All of our sauces are all natural and contain NO High Fructose Corn Syrup.
That last piece was the kicker for us, we love all natural and organic products and some of the sauces we taste just seem like they are glorified ketchup. Not Cripple Creek Barbeque! First of all, their All Purpose Spice Rub is one of the most aromatic spice rubs I have ever had the pleasure to inhale. It has a fantastic blend of natural herbs and spices and it is not predominantly salt and sugar like some we have tasted. As part of our “BBQ Pro Shop” test we rubbed two chicken breasts and two pork chops with some Cripple Creek Barbeque All Purpose Spice Rub and the result was heavenly. If you like a southwest, chipolte flavor, this is the rub for you. We cannot wait to try them on Baby Back Ribs.
Their Chipolte BBQ Sauce and Original BBQ Sauce is a whole other story, but we will cover that in a future post. All of Cripple Creek Barbeque’s products are now available at BBQ Pro Shop and we have them on special so you can get them on your table!