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Today’s announcement from TLC BBQ Pitmasters here are the judges for Season #2 premiering August 12 at 10pmEST/9c
Myron Mixon from Jack’s Old South and BBQ Pitmaster from Season #1
Superbowl Champ & BBQ Enthusiast
Celebrity Chef James Beard award winning author of Back to the Table and Kitchen Life
Recently he was on the Today show introducing him as the new host of TLC BBQ Pitmasters and his segment certainly elicited a variety of responses. The vast majority of those being unflattering. Between the incessant mustard shots and the advice to boil your ribs in beer it certainly made for cringe worthy TV in the eyes of many bbq’ers who vehemently oppose boiling ribs (I am in this group). He definitely got people talking on BBQ forums and foodie websites.
Overall until the show airs we will all have to wait and see how he fares as the new host with the new format. I would not dismiss him right now. The show I believe is being changed to appeal to a wider variety of audience. Not just competition BBQ’ers and our focus on the 4 main meats (brisket, ribs, chicken, pork butt) but more to the general public. Obviously there had to be changes to the format. They averaged 900,000 viewers by all accounts that I have read against some tough other shows. The ratings must increase. How they get there remains to be seen. I wish the show and the future teams appearing on the show all the very best. My hope is that once again we see an increase in people coming out to the competitions and more people joining up to the various sanctioning bodies all over North America.
Additionally if you are in the LA area and are a BBQ lover or look like a BBQ judge (seriously?? )
Gotta love this. I got a shout out on another teams Pitmasters tape. I thank them for that. Very cool!!! Hope they make it on the show. Good people. Great BBQ’ers!!! Paul Huff & Mike Galasso (** Also best of luck to Fat Angel they are an awesome team as well!!! ***)
If you are in their area give them a shout for all your BBQ catering needs!!
I figure its only right to finally post my own BBQ Pitmaster audition tape. No matter what I am happy that I submitted it and took a chance to be on the BBQ Pitmasters show. Since the beginning of the series I made no secret that I want to be on the show. I think TV needs more BBQ shows. It has only been good for all facets of BBQ from restaurants to products and all competitions. I think they need a Canadian Chick that knows how to BBQ.
Love seeing so many great audition tapes. I know some of these folks and I wish them all the best!!
Smokin Scotsmen!! FEAR THE KILT!!
Fire Fightin’ Cookin Crew ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap0va0O7r9M
Kentucky Smoke Squad
Team Unknown BBQ- Seriously funny video
Moe from Ponderosa BBQ~
Southern Soul Barbecue Harrison Sapp
A Boy and his BBQ!
I make thousands of ABT’s each year. Yes thousands for demonstrations family parties and well I just love them.
There are countless recipes for ABT’s all over the net. Everyone has their own variety whether they have lil smokies in them or leftover pulled pork. One of my favorite varieties is roasted garlic 3 cheese ABT’s.
I make roasted smoked garlic in batches of 36-48 at a time. I prep lots of them at a time to make it more convenient for myself later on. BBQ buddies from ALCAN work great for this. Their perforations allow lots of the smoke flavor to come through. Simply slice the top off sprinkle on some salt & pepper and drizzle with EVOO. I then use one of my Traegers or Charcoal grills and keep the temp at an even 350F (I do these indirect) for about an hour. I prefer to use hickory pellets or wood chunks for flavoring. The garlic bulbs are done when the color turns a nice caramel and they can be easily squeezed out.
For more specific instructions check out this great tutorial on HOW to Roast Garlic.
Roasted Garlic bulbs freeze well. I freeze them individually for a multitude of uses from pasta to ABT’s and everything in between.
200 Roasted Garlic Cheesy ABT’s you will need:
- 2 onions finely minced
- 1/2 cup BBQ rub (use whichever is your favorite)
- 1 cup grated parmesan
- 1 cup grated romano
- 1/4 cup dried chives
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh savory
- 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) cream cheese
- 100 jalapeños cleaned & seeded cut in half lengthwise
- 4 large bulbs of roasted garlic
I use a food processor to do this in two batches. Its really easy. Just dump half of everything in and pulse away until everything has mixed well. Pour into a large ziploc bag and then repeat with the other half of the ingredients. Please note you should taste test each batch to ensure the spice mixture is flavorful enough. As with all BBQ rubs the sodium levels vary greatly as does the sodium level in Parmesan cheese so adjust wherever necessary.
Then set up a station in the order you make them. For the jalapeños I always lay them cut side down while I prep the other ingredients. This helps to get as much water out of them prior to assembly.
I buy cases of bacon- not packages. I buy Petit Goret Maple Smoked Bacon in a 5 kg (11lb) box. If I can’t get this brand I look for any other food service box of bacon that has an 18/22 (slice count per pound) on it. I prefer using thinner bacon to wrap ABT’s. For other applications I prefer my butchers bacon.
I do this whole procedure in batches of 50. I lay 50 jalapeños cut side up and fill with my cream cheese mixture using a ziploc bag with the corner cut off.
Then its just a matter of wrapping them and stacking them snugly into pans.
It takes me about an hour and a half to make 200. I freeze them for up to one month. I don’t advise going over one month as I don’t like the texture of the cream cheese after that. The less time in the freezer the better. If you are doing a party or heading to a competition pot luck etc its really nice to have these ready well ahead of when you need them.
The long awaited BBQ book featuring the Bacon Explosion is going to be available May 4, 2010 on Amazon !
The grill geeks Jason Day and Aaron Chronister became friends over the flames of the grill – they have been teammates on the award winning competitive BBQ team, Burnt Finger BBQ for years. Barbecuing and competing together, they realized they were a match made in hog heaven.
I have had the chance to review the book and it covers so much. The cover with its shot of a Bacon Explosion will get your mouth watering. It only gets better and better. While I believe that there could have been more pictures the content is solid.
Something that is really unique is a section that states that included with the book is a password necessary for accessing the members only area of the companion website run by the authors. BBQAddicts.com is full of additional recipes and ideas that coincide with the recipes and information within the book. (my password was on page 223) Thats even more value for the price of the book!
I also appreciate the beer and wine pairing recommendations with many of the recipes. Its a great idea.
Here are the Chapters in the book:
Chapter 1- Equipment Methods and Techniques
Chapter 2- Bacon
Chapter 3- Parties and Tailgates
Chapter 4- Burger Heaven
Chapter 5- Fatties for every occasion
Chapter 6- The Liquor Shelf
Chapter 7- International Barbecue
Chapter 8- Leftovers
Chapter 9- Wives Girlfriends and mistresses
There are lots of recipes and fun anecdotes to review. What a great book to own or to give as a gift. I HIGHLY recommend this book for the recipes. It is not just some glossy book that will sit on the shelf and look pretty. The recipes are clear easy to understand and adaptable to any grill.
A while back I had the opportunity to interview Jason about the book and the whole phenomenon that is the Bacon Explosion:
Ill be posting that interview on the day the book is available for sale in May. It was a great interview.