Posts Tagged ‘Canada BBQ’
Team Diva Q is honored to have been asked to represent Canada in Ottawa at the US Embassy for a the first ever Ambassador’s Cup #BBQ contest on July 4th 2011 Co-ordinating everyone and all of the catering is John Woods from the award winning 1st Choice Catering . The event is expected to have over 4000 dignitaries in attendance.
Hosted at U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson’s Official Residence, this prestigious event will be key part of the Embassy’s annual July 4th celebration. Woods and his company, First Choice Catering, is no stranger to this type of an event, having catered some of the largest events in North America including catering this event in Ottawa, Canada in July of 1999 while simultaneously feeding 10,000 people at the Mall in Washington, D.C. the same day. This event has been planned for well over a year.
In addition to John Woods, John Wheeler- Pitmaster of Natural Born Grillers, and James Swenson – Pitmaster of Military Chefs will be representing the USA. For Canada in addition to Team Diva Q – are Can’t Stop Grillin’ w/Pitmaster Tim Brown & Steph Legari.
To talk about the event John Woods & I will be on CTV Canada AM Canada’s most watched National morning news program – Live at 8:50 am July 4th to talk about the event.
I love peppadews….. absolutely gorgeous cherry tomato sized peppers with a hint of heat.. Super Yummy!!
For this recipe I used a jar of their hot peppadews. Currently we can buy hot mild and golden at our local grocery stores. Taking a note from my love of ABT’s I decided to stuff and smoke them. Due to the incredible flavor of the peppadews I did not want anything other than a simple cheese and a very complimentary rub. These were absolutely delicious. Highly addictive and a new favorite for many of us. I didn’t even get a finished picture they were gone soo fast. Smoked with pecan on my BGE they were a really easy appetizer to assemble and make.
Its important if you are stuffing these to let them thoroughly drain. I emptied out the jar rinsed them and placed them on paper towels cut side down:
Bacon Wrapped Smoked & Stuffed Peppadews Recipe
- 1 jar Hot Peppadews ( approx 36)
- 190 gr cream cheese
- 2 tbsp John Henry’s Wild Cherry Chipotle Rub
- 18 slices bacon
Rinse peppadews and drain cut side down on paper towels. Fill the cavities of the peppadews with cream cheese. Wrap with 1/2 slice of bacon attaching it with a long toothpick or skewer placing the cut side up. Sprinkle generously with John Henry’s Wild Cherry Chipotle Rub. Place in fridge for 1 hour to firm up the cheese.
Smoke the peppadews in a disposable aluminum half pan at 250F for 1-2 hours. Using your favorite wood chips. Serve warm.
In my never ending search for BBQ recipes I thought I may go in a whole different direction today. BBQ & Pasta. Not just any dried pasta – I wanted to play with some homemade dough.
I pulled out my pasta maker. I have had this thing in my kitchen closets for a long time. Never used it- not once. Today was a great day to play indoors. With temperatures hovering at about -20 and snow falling lightly I really didn’t feel like being out at the grill.
- 2 cups OO flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
Egg wash – 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water.
Pile all the flour on the counter. Add salt. Mix thoroughly. Make a well in the center add eggs and olive oil. Mix well.
Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Divide in two or three pieces covering the remains in plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out.
Run through pasta maker multiples of times until you have reached the thinnest setting making sheets of pasta. (Please note I cursed quite a bit here since the clamp for my pasta maker has gone MIA-very challenging to hold pasta and machine at the same time with no one in the house to help)
Decide on what you would like to stuff them with. Going back to my new years resolution I knew I had lots of stuffing candidates available in my freezers but decided on one:
Step 1 – Have a dinner party and overcook the ribs.
Step 2- shred the ribs and freeze.
Step 3 think of ways to use all that shredded rib meat. (I hate throwing good meat out)
I have a large container of this now. I am sure this will not be the last recipe I make with it. I am thinking chili tomorrow sounds pretty good with it.
In a bowl chop the rib meat and shred any larger pieces. Add enough BBQ sauce to hold it together. I used a new prune and sweet chili BBQ sauce I came up with for the filling.
I used a small glass cup to cut out rounds of raviolis. Boil in salted water for at least 4 minutes or so. Top with your favorite BBQ sauce.
I want to take a moment to post my thoughts on BBQ Pitmasters before our episode airs. I have read a lot of negative comments on various BBQ boards twitter and facebook. We knew there was a complete format change this year prior to going in. It was public knowledge so no secret about that. In fact I looked forward to the opportunity to BBQ something other than the typical 4 meats.
I really do believe a pitmaster should be able to handle more than just those 4 meats ribs chicken pork and brisket. I think a pitmaster should handle the various obstacles thrown at them. No where did it say this was a typical MIM, KCBS, PNWBA, FBA etc contest. Its just bbq on tv. So maybe call it BBQ and grilling entertainment>??? People need to lighten up a bit. Please note I also have no problem any more using the term BBQ to describe making hot dogs on a grill or even something like grilling asparagus. I used to cringe at it but over time I realized there were so many ppl using the term BBQ to describe something else that I figured it didn’t matter to me as long as people were getting together enjoying great food in the company of their loved ones and friends. For those of you that think this show was scripted let me tell you for sure 100% it wasn’t. However I will tell you it was the biggest challenge of my bbq career to date and the hardest competition I have ever endured. It took real stamina, knowledge and quick thinking on the parts of all of the teams that went and did this show. Win or lose every single team that appears should be commended for taking on this competition.
We were in California in 110F or higher temps for the entire time. We spent the vast majority of our times standing up racing around or generally plotting our next move. Yes there were times when we did some BS smack talking (and seriously it was hard to keep a straight face on it LOL) but overall when you are BBQing among friends it really is just a bunch of posturing and BS I love the guys we went up against.
What a fun time we all had Big Poppas Smokers, Big Mistas BBQ and the legendary Johnny Trigg. I absolutely 100% enjoyed myself with our team of my husband and my BBQ BFF Angie. I would do it again in a heartbeat. We had a lot of giggle times and a lot of stressful times but overall I am really happy with how it all went down.
Hope you watch the show. Just take it for what it is a whole lot of fun and entertainment.
Cool new contest!! If you would like to win a FREE “Gas Grill Oven Plate” from Gill Innovations all you need to do is post something you would like to have baked in a grill instead of your oven. The most creative recipe will not only win a FREE grill plate, but their recipe will be cooked by the owner himself (Ed Hamlin) and documented for web fame!! This contest is open for one week and there are no limit to entries!! GOOD LUCK!!
Here is the link to their Facebook Page
Also a reminder that every Tuesday night is the BBQ Central radio show. Make sure you listen in !
Finally. A new BBQ restaurant has opened in Barrie. I was looking forward to the opening of Big Chris’s Smokehouse since the last BBQ restaurant in Barrie – Mike Love’s BBQ closed in 2008.
Big Chris’s has been open for less than 48 hours but I could not resist popping in to try some of their BBQ.
I asked what type of equipment they use and was told it is an electric Cookshack smoker with apple and hickory chips.
I ordered their half rack of ribs ($12.95) and their half bun Pulled Pork Sandwich ($5.50) both came with sides of beans coleslaw and fries. I got both of these orders to go.
Ill start with their ribs. Currently they have only one sauce and they will be introducing more (Mustard, Texas spicy etc) in the future.
The half rack is generously portioned. Very meaty rack. The ribs did not fall off the bone and were cooked in my opinion properly. They had really good texture. The sauce was not overly sweet. Nice balance overall. It was a decent rack of ribs with a very noticeable smoke taste.
Now something I wasn’t expecting was the goodness of the fries. It is really hard to get good fries. This place does them really well. While I personally prefer hushpuppies with my BBQ these fries are beautifully crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They remind me of old school fish and chip fries. Get some.
Next up would be my least favorite part of the meal – the beans. Seriously I expected much much better. They are not memorable. The texture is really mushy and bland. Theres just nothing there that would make you want their beans again. They could improve these greatly. A little onion a little spice and a better bean would go a long way on improving them. Truly they tasted like a can of Heinz beans dumped into a container. Take a pass on these.
The coleslaw was really good. You may want to get seconds. Super crunchy tart and sweet at the same time and a perfect match for my favorite part of the meal the pulled pork sammie.
Now this in my opinion would be worth the drive from Toronto to come to Barrie to eat lunch or dinner. This sandwich alone would be worth it. More often than not in restaurants these days pulled pork is over cooked mushy as heck and blander than anything. This sandwich is none of those things.
This is a really awesome Pulled Pork Sammie.
This is goodness on a bun. Please note this sammie must have weighed well over a pound and this was their half bun. The texture is what got me. The texture was great. The flavors came through a little smoke and a little sweet and all pork goodness. The pork pieces still have definition. Wonderful flavorful definition. I would go back for another. There are still a lot of other items I would like to try on their menu.
There are still lots of quirks to be figured out and I have no doubt they will get there. For me I would definitely recommend this place as a real contender for some of the best BBQ in Ontario. One of the key things I noticed was what I saw from other people – a whole lot of empty plates and happy looking folks.
They are open 7 days a week 11-11pm
110 Anne St. South
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 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.
Just a reminder this weekend i’ll be here for 3 demonstrations daily in the Traeger Grill ZONE!
Ill be doing demonstrations on:
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs stuffed with cream cheese, pimento, onions, garlic, & spices all wrapped in Bacon!
- MOINK Balls (Bacon wrapped meatballs rubbed & sauced!)
- Cajun & Pineapple juice injected pork loin sandwich with caramelized onions and grilled pineapple
Hope to see you there!