As most of you know, I am a KCBS certified judge (and almost 2/3 of the way to my Master CBJ certification). KCBS events are fairly easy to find here in the Mid-Atlantic region. However, Memphis Barbecue Network (or MBN) contests are a little bit harder to locate here. So when I saw that the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship (formerly known as the Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues Festival and as the Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival) was looking for both KCBS and MBN judges, I decided to apply. And lo and behold, I got picked!
Some of my favorite people ever are the crew from the Ubon’s BBQ team. At Memphis in May each year, they have a tradition of serving “The Perfect Sandwich”. For those of you who are not familiar with this sandwich, it is a smoked prime rib sandwich served on a sandwich roll with mayo and horseradish. And if you ask real nicely, Leslie may even dip the inside of the sandwich roll in the au jus for you. The recipe for both the prime rib and the “Perfect Sandwich” can be found in the book Peace, Love, and Barbecue.
Who needs a reason to have a party when an opportunity will suffice! While I have been blessed with many talents, one of them, unfortunately, is not a knack for working on machinery. In particular, lawn mowers and things with small engines give me fits. So when I found out that my father-in-law was going to be coming over to help out with the lawn mower and tiller, I knew then and there that I had to give him and my mother-in-law a proper payment: all the ribs that they could stand to eat! Continue reading
With Independence Day well into our rear view mirrors, it’s time to look forward to the next major grilling holiday. Now I know what diehard grilling and outdoor cooking fanatics are thinking, “Grilling season runs from January 1st to December 31st.” I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. However, if you’re looking for an upcoming holiday as an excuse to have an all-out grilling extravaganza, Labor Day is not too far off. Or if you’re wanting a better reason, use a friend’s birthday, a relative’s birthday, or even my birthday as an excuse to get out and grill! (By the way, my birthday was this past Sunday – August 4th – so feel free to send gifts.)