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Happy New Year!!
A couple years ago I was reading some friends posts and they all were talking about making black eyed peas & rice dish called Hoppin John and Collard greens for their New Years day menu. For me New Years day menus in the past usually meant something with heavy duty carbs to combat the post libations festivity pain from the revelry the night before. Since then for the last couple of years I have been making this meal hoping to fortify my good luck for the upcoming year. It is completely soul satisfying to me to make and consume this dish.
It starts the night before I soak a couple cups of black eyed peas in a large bowl of water. Then head off to whatever party you have been invited to celebrate with copious amounts of libations and ring in the new year.
Once you roll out of bed the next day (pounding headache aside) and grab a few glasses of water, pickle juice, and in my case a few bottles of Gatorade you need to get on with the meal. Please note this is also the time you should realize that you are no longer 19 and that jello shots combined with copious amounts of sparkling wine are never a good idea period.
There are countless variations on this recipe on the net. This can be modified in many ways by adding hot sauce, kielbasa, smoked sausages or pieces of ham. Add what you like to customize it to your preferences.
I start with an onion sauteed with some evoo & 1/2 pound of bacon sliced into strips.
Add the black eyed peas drained from the water once the onions have softened and the bacon has rendered out some fat. You can also use a ham hock instead of the bacon. I would add some bacon fat if just using the ham hock a tablespoon or two is a great addition.
Add a couple of bay leaves, a pinch or two of red pepper flakes and a few pinches of dried thyme. Also add 1 1/2 cups raw uncooked long grain brown rice. Season with salt & pepper. Cover with water completely.
Simmer until the rice is cooked and the beans are soft enough to your liking. I like to wait until the dish is creamy from the starches in the peas and rice.
Then its as simple as putting a lid on it removing from the heat and forgetting about them till dinner time.
Moving on to the greens. I ♥ collard greens. I order them whenever I see them on a menu. I don’t make them often enough.
I started with three large bunches of collard greens. I trim them of all the hard stalks and tough veins. Then I chop them roughly and soak them for an hour. * Please note this is a great time to take a New Years Day nap. Recovery from the night before is still ongoing.
Once the greens have soaked thoroughly and all signs of grit is gone – rinse them once again in cold water and strain them out.
At this point I add copious amounts of vegetable stock to a large pot and add something I love dearly….. Willowgrove Hill Farms Pork belly. This is my last piece until I visit the farm…. I have had the distinct pleasure to get to know the Hills this past year and they are just lovely people. I have been enjoying their pork all year. This piece was about 2 pounds. I sliced it into three large pieces and added it to the stock pot.
Then its a matter of getting all the chopped greens into the pot as well as another sauteed onion, a few pinches of salt and a splash or two of apple cider vinegar. Personally I like adding the vinegar to the cooking water (or pot likker as it is called in the South) versus adding it after.
Then its time to let the vegetable and time do its magic. Simmer for an hour then test the greens to make sure they are soft enough to your liking. Remove the large pieces of pork belly. Cool the belly until you can slice it into manageable bite size pieces. I like to sautee the slices of belly until they are nice and crispy.
While you are waiting for the belly to crisp up you may also want to make a batch of cornbread to go with your meal…. Its a perfect addition and great to sopping up the collard green liquid.
Then its just a matter of putting together your New Years dinner plate. A pile of black eyed peas, a mound of collard greens topped with some crispy pieces of belly and a warm piece of cornbread.
This dish is apparently eaten to promote good fortune and prosperity for the New Year. I sure hope it works. For other Lucky foods for the New Year check out this link from Epicurious.
All the best to you and yours for the upcoming year. May it bring you all peace prosperity good fortune, love and of course lots of BBQ!
In my attempt to utilize everything competition related out of my freezer I am trying to use up all those leftovers in yummy and creative ways. Last night I pulled out what I thought was 2 – 1lb packages of smoked chicken. What I ended up with was 1 lb of smoked chicken and 1 lb of pulled pork. I really need to label better. For the chicken it is going to be chicken pot pie a family favorite that I could make in my sleep. All of our kids like it so it makes it an easy go to weekday meal without having to face any dinnertime battles.
So off to the puter went trying to figure out what to make. I don’t eat my own pulled pork anymore if rarely. Just too much of it around to be at all appetizing to me. So I have to hide in something before i will eat it.
I came across a recipe for a Tamale pie and figured I would give it a go substituting pulled pork and a few other ingredients.
I started out with a base for both the chicken and the pulled pork.
- 1 red onion sliced
- 4 stalks of celery chopped
- 2 red peppers diced
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp evoo
- 2 tbsp butter
- salt & pepper to taste
I sauteed them until soft then divided into two bowls.
For the Tamale Pie I added to the base the 1lb pulled pork and …….
- 1/4 cup green salsa
- 1 roasted poblano skin removed & diced
- 2 jalapeños roasted skin removed & diced
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
- 1 cup homemade fire roasted tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup Napoleon Fire Roasted Garlic sauce
- 1/2 tsp ground piri piri
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
- salt & pepper to taste
All of this was brought to a nice warm temperature over medium high heat. Just enough to defrost the corn then set aside.
For the crusts.
- 1 3/4 cups cornmeal
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 cups grated old sharp cheddar
In a saucepan bring mix the water, cornmeal and salt together and simmer on medium high heat stirring constantly until the texture is thick and the consistency of oatmeal. Add butter, cheese and paprika and mix until butter and cheese are melted.
In a 9 x 12″ glass pan spread half of the cornmeal mixture on the bottom.
Then layer in the pulled pork mixture:
Top with the remaining cornmeal mixture plus more shredded sharp cheese.
Bake at 375 for 1 hour – 1hour 15 minutes.
Cool for at least 15-20 minutes then serve.
For the Chicken pot pie I follow the same recipe I have been using forever. From better homes and gardens their Deep Dish Pot pie recipe has been used by at least a couple of generations in our family. I make modifications every time I make it. I didn’t have any half & half in the fridge so I substituted milk, plus I used corn starch instead of flour for the thickener. Tonight I used store bought puff pastry for the crust. My freezer always has puff pastry in it. I believe it is one of those staples every household should have stocked.
Both meals are super easy family friendly food. We ate the chicken pot pie for dinner and the tamale pulled pork pie is for tomorrow. The chicken pot pie freezes really well and we always make 2 at a time.
The freezer emptying out program will continue throughout the winter Ill be sure to post more leftover competition meats recipes.
* Picture courtesy of Sean Moffat Red Valley BBQ
Team Diva Q- Lexi, Ella, Gabe, Vlado, Danielle Dimovski
So the family all 5 of us packed into the truck and cargo trailer with enough equipment and stuff for 3 competitions and we hit the road to Kansas City Missouri. We had the privilege of competing in both the invitational and the open portions of the contests.
We decided due to our little ones to do a large portion of the first leg of the drive at night. We made incredible time and arrived in Kansas about 6 hours ahead of our schedule….
The trip was really uneventful. We even breezed through customs. a first for us for the entire year. We usually allocate at least an hour or so to get through since we always seem to be getting inspected. We never have anything thats contraband but Homeland Security does their job faithfully. We did however get to have a really good donut on the road from a place called Casey’s General Store a chain of convenience stores that carries really darn good donuts. (* I have my BBQ BFF Angie Quaale to thank for my new obsession with donuts she can smell out a good donut from 100 miles away)
We had one issue on the way that caused us considerable pain. Our 6 year old daughter Ella is a Vegetarian with exceptions. Notable she loves bacon and ribs and then all things vegetable. We had picked up a 2 lb bag of green beans.
She decided to eat the entire bag. Lets just say the windows were down for many miles after her indulgence. Ack. Stinky!
One of the best parts of this trip was heading to our good friends Andy and Kim’s house from Smoke on Wheels. Our kids like hanging out with their kids and staying at their house was a whole lotta fun. Additionally Neil Big Mista Strawder and Shelly Hunt from Desperados BBQ were also hanging at their house. Just saying but a few adult beverages may have been consumed prior to this video.
Andy knows where to get everything you would ever need in the Kansas City area and arriving ahead of schedule we got to drop the trailer off early on Wednesday. Driving in was a thrill and sheesh is this place ever big. The you tube videos I had seen of it in the past in no way give you the magnitude of the location. It is awe inspiring. My backing up the trailer skills are poor on a good day so I can’t imagine having to do it in a field of other trailers already crammed in. Andy ended up backing it in anyways.
Oklahoma Joes had great food and a sammie called a Z Man Sandwich. Just abut everything was great but we found the pork a bit dry. We were there after the lunch rush though.
On another evening we attended a Pre Royal Party at Knuckleheads. It was once heck of an adventure to get to this place. Its is literally out in the middle of an industrial park directly next to a set of train tracks and one of the best places I have ever been to listen to some awesome music.
The musical guest for the evening was Tab Benoit. He rocked the house and everyone was up dancing carousing and having a great time. Many pops were consumed and we had a blast with many BBQ Brethren, the Smokin Scotsmen’ , Shelley Hunt from Desperados, the British BBQ team, Karen Walker, my BBQ BFF Angie & Dennis Quaale, and their fab kids Andrew and Kim and a bunch of other people. Here is a video I took the sound bites royally wish my BB had better video capability.
So much excitement and we had not even begun the competition yet. I loved coming in early!!
After Knuckleheads we headed back to Kim and Andy’s house. Andy helped me pick out the ribs from the selection I had that I would use for the next two competitions. I made a decision to use St. Louis spares for both competitions. It had been a while (with the exception of BBQ Pitmasters) since I had used them in competition. Then we all headed to bed and then got up early to head to the site.
Setting up was easy and we had the pleasure to have very nice neighbors on either side of us. #709 three Little Kettles (who provided our kids with an entire play table full of coloring books stickers and more!! they were incredibly kind!) and #705 Pop’s Blazin Smokers (they did gator on the Traeger!!)
I got everything prepped for the Invitational and we went and did some visiting. This was the hardest contest I have ever had to concentrate at. There are so many people you would like to get around to see and visit with and its always a race against the clock to get back in time.
One of our neighbors behind us was Mike & Debbie Davis from Lotta Bull. I tried shigging (at least I admit it) from him but he was too far away. Darn.
Another one of the highlights for me was getting to see my dear friends Roni & Kelly Wertz, Joey McManus, and Chris Jones. We missed Dave Raymond though in our Royal Experience.
So many great people to see……
I took a video walking around a bit.
I even went over to the dark side one night accompanied by a really big strong Texan and a guy from Illinois that can run really fast if needed
Those people on the dark side are certifiably insane. You could not pay me to BBQ on that side. Too many parties people throwing up and a whole lot of debauchery. Not my cup of tea really.
Since we had the kids with us we were really protective of our site space. Noting some previous experiences that friends of mine have also had at the Royal we purchased locks for all of our BBQ’s so they and the meats inside didn’t walk off. We also blocked off the front of our site and our neighbors put up fences so people would stop walking through our site. Once secured it made the experience a whole lot more pleasant.
I had some awesome visitors to our site Jim “Rhino” Reincke was just one of them. He is sooo funny. I don’t think there is enough net space to list just how much I appreciated each of our visitors. They were all terrific to see!!
We headed out to one of the pot lucks we had been invited to. Sadly you just can’t get around to everything you get invited to. It was the annual Wertz Royal Prime Rib dinner. It was awesome. We brought a peach cobbler and there was so much food and all of it was delicious.
The day of the Invitational dawned and we received a really nice present a box of donuts from our friends Sean and Adriane Moffat. God Bless them both for their kindness!! Sean also took pictures throughout the weekend. We really appreciate that as well. MMMM Red velvet donuts. Yummy!!
Everything for the invitational ran really smoothly until the rib category. The ribs were soft and mushy and I was ticked to say the least. I had been checking them so often I was shocked to see them go so soft so fast. We turned them in but I knew they would not do well. At least the box looked good. Overall in the other categories of brisket, pork, and chicken I was really happy with what we turned in. The brisket was especially good. We had 3 different briskets and all of them turned out the best we had made for the year.
Doing all of the side dishes wiped me right out. Beans, vegetable, dessert and potatoes. Its a lot of turnins for one cook to handle. We got them in just barely in some cases. Most notable the vegetable category which we had mixed up with the bean turn in time. We ended up grilling a vegetable sidedish and turning it in all within 8 minutes. Holy cow batman that was a close one for sure. Please note in future I will read the rules a little more carefully on turn in times.
Mike Mills stopped by and he hung out in our trailer while I was prepping our dessert, It was great to see him again. Such a legend of BBQ glad to be able to call him and Amy our friends. Didn’t even have time to get a picture with him LOL.
Much thanks to Sean Moffat for help with blocking when we were delivering our dessert there were so many people I don’t think we could have done it without him!!
Sean got a nice picture with him in front of our sign
We cleaned ourselves up grabbed a cocktail and headed to the awards.
It was a thrill to hear our team name called for a 6th place in brisket. It was AWESOME!!!!
I was so excited I thought I was going to pass out……
At the end of the awards ceremony we were thrilled to see the results of the pork 30th, chicken 26th, and brisket 6th for a 35th place overall.
I was horrified and embarrassed though to see out ribs had come 4th from last 127th UGH. I knew they were overcooked. Damn. That sucked so bad.
Congratulations to Smokers Wild on the GC and Tippy Canoe BBQ Crew for their RGC!!! Also congratulations to Smoky D’s BBQ for getting a perfect 180 in their pork.
Also congratulations to Mike & Beth Woziak from Quau who won the Kingsford Cup and a check for $25,000!!
Another cool thing I got to see was my friend Jenny Windsor from Black Cat BBQ getting a 6th in ribs then to see her brand spanking new Sisters In Smoke Tattoo!! That makes three of us that have them now!! To all the other ladies of Q you need to get one as well!!
Then you get to do it all over again. You are tired, the awards ceremony has been the thrill of the day and you need to keep focused and go back to the trailer and complete another competition. Its not easy. I only slept 1.25 hours that night, I was behind in prep, making parsley boxes and taking care of the meats. Anyone who thinks competitive BBQ is not a sport should try to do 2 competitions back to back.
Our kids also enjoyed the fireworks before heading off to bed. Sadly we had broken our tent pole when setting up so we had their bedroom set up in a 10×10 easy up with their inflatable couch and mattress. I think they had probably 10 blankets on top of their sleeping bags. They were sure comfy!
Even though I was behind I went for a little walk to clear my head and visit with a few folks as well. Figured that it would be a good think to relax just a bit before getting serious again.
Dawn came really early and we were all set.
I had to grill some of our Canadian bacon (sweet cured pork loin rolled in cornmeal) we had brought with us to hand out to our friends.
Plus I was in dire need of caffeine so I whipped up a batch of my legendary competition sludge a compilation of 5 shots instant espresso, and super strongly brewed Starbucks coffee with powdered whitener and sugar. It is guaranteed to get your butt in gear.
So much so that when I was walking about Phil from the Brethren made a comment that I could not stay still for a second. It gets you moving for sure….
Brisket was looking great again.
Chicken was looking great! Ribs were good and they had awesome color and texture!
Pork got turned in and we had a whole lot of rejected meat !
Once again it was time for the awards and we were wiped and excited all at the same time. My friends the Belly Brothers furnished me with a new favorite cocktail courtesy of team Jamaica its a combination of Appleton Estates Rum and Coconut water. Yummy stuff.
I loaded up my pockets with my good luck charms, an acorn from my daughter Ella, a poker chip with the Pellet Envy logo on it, a rubber chicken and a pig flash light. I was also wearing a cancer awareness Angel Ribbon Pin from Flower of the Flames on behalf of Karen Putnam.
Then we were all off to the awards again- this time over 500 teams were in attendance (participating teams 490)
It was again a thrill to hear our name called this time though it was for a 12th place in ribs. I had tears in my eyes accepting this one. I was standing behind Mike Davis and was joking with him -I really think he thought I was going to pass out as well.
I have to admit a few emails during the night and early morning got my confidence back up about ribs after the demoralizing finish in the Invitational. The person who sent them is a good friend and Ill keep their name to myself but you know who you are. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement it meant a lot to me. I took your advice, I went back to an old recipe I haven’t used in 2 years with one minor twist I added a new rub. Here is of the rubs I used..
Usually I would not mention what rub I used but this was really special since it was from a dear friend Chris Jones from Colins Creek Barbecue one of my all time favorite BBQ people on the planet.
We joked prior to the awards on how cool it would be if I got a call in ribs. The rub has not been out that long. It really is terrific. You all need to try it.
The awards ceremony was coming to a close and hearing friends names get calls was incredible. We also got a 6th place call in Potatoes. That cracked me right up..I had no idea what to do for the potato category. Our friends Kim and Andy were heading to a difference potluck from the night before and were making their dish Ho De Ho potatoes. Since they were not entering any of the sidedish categories I asked if I could use their recipe. I entered it thinking it was a good dish that everyone like to eat at potlucks. It worked LOL
When it came time for the overall standings I was busy chatting up with our friends. Then the shock of a lifetime came Diva Q came in 10th overall. Oh my flip. I think I blanked out for a minute. What a cool thing to happen.
The awards continued on and 3rd place went to Pelletheads.com
RGC went to Swine Assassins and the GC went to Lotta Bull for the 4th time!!!
I came away from the Royal with absolutely no prize money at all. I have never been happier….. The trip was expensive for us. It was time consuming exhausting it was a lot of planning and juggling of schedules and at times extremely stressful and fun all at the same time. Seeing our friends and BBQ family plus meeting folks I have only dreamed of meeting plus being with our own family was without a doubt one of the highlights of my BBQ career. I can never thank my friends and family enough for their support their love and unending belief in my obsession that is BBQ. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I can’t wait for next year.
More Pictures from the event can be found on our facebook Diva Q American Royal Album !
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
You may just might recognize a few folks in the following video clips from TLC BBQ Pitmasters Season #2
Fun times with alligator. Believe me.
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:
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July 16 – 18, 2010
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Saturday July 17, 2010 6pm
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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.
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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.
I love a great short rib. I love beef ribs period.
I was craving some short ribs and had some company for dinner so it was a great night to make them.
Hovey’s Gourmet meats is where I got these beauties that had some terrific marbling and a good amount of beefy goodness.
I generously seasoned them with Traegers Prime Rib Rub and some additional sprigs of rosemary. Onto the grill for 3 hours at 250F.
While the ribs were getting happy I made a side salad. Sugar snap peas shelled, blanched and shocked.
Then I made the dressing. Thinly sliced red onions, segments of orange all marinated in a mixture of Kozliks Amazing Maple mustard, Sunrise Vinegar by Mr. Vinegar, salt, pepper, summer savory, and chives.
Tossed together and rested for a couple of hours in the fridge it was a nice fresh pairing contrasting the decadence of the ribs:
Due to the heat wave we are experiencing we are eating dinner outside much later (thats my excuse and apology for the poor pictures). The ribs after 3 hours at 250F had some great color. I added 2 cups of low sodium vegetable stock to each pan and covered them to let them braise and tenderize for another hour. I removed the pan juices and reduced them by half. I added some port and some grilled mushrooms. Served on the side. They were lovely and delicious.
We paired the meal with a wonderful riesling!
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