I BBQ’d some BabyBacks this week on my Viking Gravity Feed Smoker, and as the smoker was chugging away, I started think about the word “Barbeque.” What does it actually mean? I did some research and found some differing theories of the words origin, which isn’t really surprising, it seems BBQ’ers can’t ever agree on anything, why should they agree on the words origin. The most popular theory is that “Barbeque” comes from the West Indian word “Barbacoa” which describes the process “Slow cooked meat over Natural heat (or Coals).” Another interesting theory is from Tar Heel Magazine that suggests the word comes from a 19th century restaurant advertisement featuring “Bar, Beer, and Pool” = Bar-B-Que. Im not too sure of that one, hahaha pretty funny though.
Summer is here and its time to BBQ my friends! I wanted to show you guys how to do a great BBQ recipe without using a smoker. If you have a smoker... USE IT! WooHoo! For all of you who don't have one, check it out... Country Style BBQ Ribs and a Dried Cherry Cole Slaw all done inside. I love my Dr. Pepper-Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce so I added it to this dish. First thing, make your BBQ sauce. Small dice some onions and cook them in some olive oil until they begin to caramelize a bit, add a bit of chopped garlic at the end for about 1-2 minutes. Using a large sauce pot, add some ketchup, whole grain mustard, worchestershire sauce, Paprika, Smoked Paprika, Chili powder, salt and pepper, Dr. Pepper and Jack Daniel's Whiskey. Mix and combine all ingredients.
I had an awesome trip this past week. I ventured into Michigan Cherry Country with a bunch of bloggers from around the country to learn all that is "CHERRIES." It was such an awesome experience. We started by attending a lecture by Wendy Bazilian who is a Dietician and all around smarty-pants when it comes to food. She explained all of the health benefits of cherries including anthocyanins (the active antioxidant that is an anti-inflammatory) Apparently cherries are great for Arthritis, Heart Disease and general muscle health and recovery. After that we visited The Gregory Cherry Orchard and toured the entire grounds. We saw the rows and rows of beautiful bright Tart Cherries and Sweet Cherries. We even got to sit on the "Shaker" and harvest the cherries ourselves... WICKED COOL!
When I was in college, I pretty much lived on Ramen noodles and eggs. This is my crazy concoction blending the two lovable staples. First, cook the Ramen noodles in the broth until they are about half way done, remove them from the liquid and drain off as much moisture as possible. Using a non-stick saute pan, over medium high heat, add a bit of butter and olive oil. Add the noodles to the hot pan and let them get golden, then beat a few eggs and pour them over the top of the noodles. The eggs will flow throughout the curly noodles creating the omelette. I added some chorizo and grated cheese, with a bit of tomato and green onions, but feel free to add whatever you like.
I am doing another demo tonight at The Rolling Pin www.RollingPinOnline.com I wanted to focus on one ingredient... AVOCADOS!!! WooHoo! The first dish is a grilled avocado salad with a pomegranate balsamic glaze, bacon toasted pinenuts and arugula, then a spiced chicken with mango and avocado salsa, then an avocado-agave sweet cream. Its gonna be a ton of fun! See you guys there...