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Ill be catching the blog up later this week. Things have been really busy since travelling to BC. Just got sent this recent video and thought to share it with you all!!

Plus make sure to tune in this Thursday August 12 to BBQ Pitmasters at 10pm EST 9C


 


I’ll be at Thrill of the Grill this weekend !! This is the second time I have gone to this fantastic weekend package offered by Deerhurst Resort. Last years Headliner was Rob Rainford and this years Man of the Weekend will be Ted Reader !!! Ill be serving up ABT’s and pulled pork Nachos featuring pork products from Willowgrove Hill Farms on Friday night and Saturday Ill be teaching a Southern BBQ Class on Pulled Pork using their pork.

Additionally I will be helping to MC the evening with Ted Reader. Its going to be lots of fun!! Here are the details:

MUSKOKA FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Featuring Ted Reader & His World Famous BBQ
July 16 – 18, 2010

This quintessential Muskoka getaway stars grill master, sauce maker and BBQ book bestseller Ted Reader.

Come for the day, for an unforgettable dinner or make a whole weekend of it with our best value two night package.

GOURMET DINNER ON THE BEACH

Saturday July 17, 2010 6pm
Join celeb chef and cookbook author Ted Reader of Ted’s World Famous BBQ for a high-end, 5-plate dinner that proves just how much delicious food – including dessert – you can grill on the BBQ or make in the smoker.

Feature dishes include risotto; scallops; smoked duck and pulled pork; smoked beef brisket; and a bread pudding dessert with grilled peaches, roasted marshmallow ice cream and liquor-infused berries. This interactive event also includes beer and wine pairing stations, and live entertainment.

The evening starts with a cash bar reception at 6pm at the beach for the ultimate in “barefoot elegance.”

Just $99 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Includes: Dinner, wine & beer pairings (cash bar additional)

GOURMET GRILLER MARKETPLACE

Saturday July 17, 2010 11am – 3pm
Sip, stroll and sample at this showcase of culinary products and BBQ gear.
Includes: Ted Reader’s 12:30pm demo.
$5/person at the door.

COMPLETE WEEKEND PACKAGE

Includes: Select accommodation, Friday night BBQ reception and beer tasting, Saturday breakfast, Gourmet Griller marketplace admission and samplings, dinner with Ted Reader with beverage inclusion, and Deerhurst’s famously lavish Sunday brunch, all for two. See full itinerary below.

Rate: Two night package, from $399* per night (for two people)

BOOK HERE or call 1-800-461-4393

COMPLETE WEEKEND PACKAGE ITINERARY

All workshops require advance sign-up, don’t forget to book when you make your package reservation.


 


This past weekend we traveled to Kettering Ohio for the first time. It was a really challenging competition as our son ended up getting sick on the way and we spent a lot of time during the competition cleaning up his vomit.  It was coming out of all ends of him and it was a hard battle to try to stay dually focused for the weekend. We did our best. We came in 7th overall with the only call of the weekend being Chicken (7th) out of 51 teams. It was a really nice location under some trees and we were well taken care of. we never experienced any issues with power, ice or having our questions answered. The organizers did a really good job!!!Also the breakfast was terrific from the Vets. They are an incredibly special bunch at this competition. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to go.

One of the highlights of the weekend had to be meeting with Curt McAdams from www.Livefireonline.com He is an incredibly accomplished photographer, bbq’er and all around a generally wonderfully thoughtful person. His blog is impressive and it has been given an accolade from Saveur as one of the sites they love.

Previously we had met Curt a few years ago at a Dr. BBQ class in Dettroit. It wasn’t until we were chatting that we realized we had both attended the same class. Curt also made the first BBQ fatty I ever tried. It was a moment I will never forget.

Curt took some pictures and captured some moments at the competition here are a few of them to share.

All images copyright 2010 Livefire Photography.


He took others as well but these are just a few. Thank you Curt for capturing some of our competition moments and thank you for the Killer brownies from Dorothy Lane Market. Wow. They were awesome.


 


Heres the new ad for the Daytona PITMasters Series.
We will be in Michigan for sure its so easy to get to and really not far at all. Going through the border is so much easier than most people realize. Looking forward to seeing our neighbours to the South!


 


I made a repeat visit back to Big Chris today. I had not planned on it but as I was over in that area of Barrie it was convenient. Good food is always worth it.

Today I tried their shaved roast beef. A while back I posted their beans well to put it bluntly -sucked royally. Since then however I have great news – they are really great now. Completely terrific. Texture flavor and all aspects are just super yummy now.

This time I stayed and ate with my 4 year old son.

This is how they serve their in house diners. It was a very generous portion of lovely smoked shaved roast beef (you can opt for their horseradish mayo) great french fries, side of crunchy coleslaw and the new and uber improved beans. It was plenty for both of us. Kudos to them for improving their products and reacting to customers. I have no doubt Ill be back and I would suggest anyone who appreciates good bbq goes.


 


Tomorrow is a really big day in the world of Ted Reader.  He will be attempting to break the Guiness World Record for the largest burger at Yonge & Dundas Square Toronto  !

Join Ted while he makes his record breaking attempt and bid on the World’s Largest Hamburger. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Chef Ted Reader’s charity of choice, Camp Bucko; a charity/camp for children who are burn survivors.

Cooking begins around 4am, final plating between approx. Noon & 1:30pm.

Creating the World’s Largest Hamburger will kick off Chef Ted Reader’s press tour promoting his latest cookbook, Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Burgers. A 300-page cookbook featuring 110 recipes including vivid full-colour photos.

This is a coordinated effort between Ted Reader and his partners: Napoleon Gourmet Grills, Sysco (Honeymans Beef) and the World’s Largest BBQ Store – Ontario Gas BBQ.

New Cookbook for Summer 2010!
One of the mainstays of summer—the iconic hamburger—leaps off the grill with the bravado of Ted Reader’s truly unique interpretations of how burgers can be prepared and enjoyed. With more than 100 inspired burger creations, made using the finest grills in the world, you will learn how to make more than just your plain, old hamburger.

Ted Reader’s mouth watering recipes will take you on a journey to Burger Heaven – each recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photograph guaranteed to inspire anyone who loves to grill and those with a passion for food. Ted also gives tips and tricks – selecting the ideal binder, how to grind your meat as well as shaping your burgers – so anyone can transform a variety of ingredients into a fiesta of flavour.

Whether cooking over gas or charcoal, Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Burgers provides directions for making the perfect burger every time.

Treat yourself and your friends to such unique interpretations on the classic hamburger, including:

Orgasmic Onion Burgers

Chilled Lobster and Avocado Burgers

California Smoked Turkey Burgers

Grilled Mushroom Risotto Burgers

The Jackinator Burger

Lamb Roti Burgers

Tandoori Burgers

Fajita Burgers

I received  a copy of this book a while ago and it delivers an incredible selection of burgers and wonderful food photography. The first printing has already sold out. Its that good.

I spoke with Teddy the other day about this burger attempt he was super excited and working like crazy as always. I typically talk with Teddy really early in the morning. We did this interview at 6am which for both of us busy with family work etc seems to be one of the best times to have a chat:

Here are some of the details he gave me about the burger:
The Bun weighs 150 pounds approx. and has been made by San Remo Bakery – It is an egg bread challah based burger bun with sesame seeds. It measures 40 inches diameter and it may end up being 15 inches thick.

The meat has been seasoned with Ted Readers Orgasmic Onion Burger Seasoning. They are utilizing a Burger Binder – with bread crumbs and it was designed to help retain the moisture. It was developed  in a meat plant to meet CFIA regulations and has been Government inspected.

It will start with 300 pounds and may shrink to 250-260 pounds. The patty is 40 in diameter and 8 inches thick.It has 18% internal fat.

As Teddy states:
When it leaves the plant it has to be done properly. No health issues!  We want people to be able to really eat the burger.  This burger will be available on our catering menu for special events. We made it so that it can be repeated again. We want to make it or a smaller version available to the public.

The charcoal used for this record breaking burger will be Basques Hardwood Charcoal. It was important to Ted to use a Canadian charcoal of great quality.

The grill has been manufactured in Barrie Ontario at Napoleon – it is 48 inches square and has 3 main parts. It was a multiple person project just to design the grill and the hydraulic operation that will run it. Additionally the grill can be flipped with a dial. The grill is a cage and clamps the burger in place so the burger is firm and it doesn’t move.

The condiments for the bun will be very traditional: Lettuce tomato pickle and onion. There will be cheese on the burger 2 types : provolone plus grated fontina cheese

In Teddy’s words: I want to make a classic yummy burger 1 bun 1 burger condiments that’s it.

Additionally one of the great parts of this attempt is that it has been tied in to a charity that is near and dear to Ted Camp Bucko.


Camp BUCKO is a fun, safe and caring camp program free to kids ages 7 to 17 with burn injuries. Our residential setting encourages campers to participate in a variety of social, recreational and therapeutic activities that promote self-esteem, the development of leadership skills and fosters personal growth. At Camp BUCKO, kids have a place where they can be themselves without feeling different or alone.


I wish Ted and his attempt at breaking this Guinness World Record all the best. There were over 100 people involved in making this burger attempt and I have no doubt -Its going to be terrific!


 


If you love BBQ and want to compete this is a great way to start!!C’mon out !!

mmm…BBQ Amateur Series

Amateur events are only $50.00 to enter and they even provide the ribs! You just need to bring your BBQ and any other supplies you need for the day! Contact Strodes BBQ for more details!!

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