Brisket burnt ends have suffered from a lack of appreciation over the past year since other forms of burnt ends have become internet viral sensations. This serves as an exercise to re-pay homage to the original burnt ends. The ones that don’t have to be specified by the cut of meat. Everything else is simply just an imitation and for good reason. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and there is a distinct reason why burnt ends have remained one of the most sought after BBQ delicacies for decades.
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As the summer comes to an end so does the abundance of BBQ all across America. As a seasonal farewell to two all American classics I felt the need to mesh the backyard burger with some good old fashioned backyard BBQ. There’s just something magical that happens whenever a hot fire interacts with fresh beef. For a small moment in time everything just seems to be right with the world. Characteristics of salty, savory, sweet and spicy all meet at the this intersection of two of Americas favorite food pairings!
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My encounter with a fresh ham was very unplanned. I’d been interested in trying one for the better part of the past year. I even went through the effort of calling up the local grocery store to have one delivered. It was delivered but when I went to pick it up, it wasn’t there. No ham, no foul (see what I did there). Several months later, July 4th to be exact I walked in to buy a couple of six packs of beer. As usual I walked past the meat section just to see what was going on. To my surprise there was a massive fresh ham just sitting in the pork section. Without second thought I picked it up and took it to the cashier along with my beer. Talk about a major score!
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*BBQ is an arbitrary science at best! Due to a myriad of uncontrollable factors it can never be done the exact same way more than once. When it comes to beef brisket there are a few simple guidelines that will ensure that it comes out right each and every-time you try. While there’s no one right way there are a lot of wrong ways to smoke brisket. Ultimately your own personal preference should be the determining factor as to the level of success you attain. With this detailed guide I hope to share with you a few things to avoid as well as a few tips and tricks that will get you the crown whether it’s in your backyard or on the competition circuit.
Beef brisket is often regarded as one of the most difficult cuts of meat to master due to the complexity in the process. Do note that the process does not have to be adhered to 100% of the time but if you want the best chances at an excellent beef brisket then you’ll want to follow a certain set of rules and guidelines to get you through the entire process. That process starts well before you even purchase the chunk of meat.
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Lightly breaded then deep fried to a crunchy golden crisp then drenched in a succulent sweet and spicy Asian BBQ sauce… It’s moments like these that make folks of all races, religions and nationalities rejoice over the coveted chicken wing. Chicken wings are readily available and exceptionally inexpensive, yet still regarded as a delicacy in just about every corner of the world. Continue reading “Sweet + Spicy Asian BBQ Wings”
Smoked brisket requires a certain level of precision on a few different fronts. Not only do you have to select the perfect brisket, you also have to smoke it with the right type of wood and for the right amount of time. Once your hardwork is complete you’ll definitely want to present your crowning achievement in proper fashion. That’s where the 14 inch slicing knife from Victorinox comes into play! Continue reading “Victorinox 14″ Slicing Knife – Review”
Chicken wings are an all American staple whether its the big gameday or a random Tuesday. No one can help but to enjoy all of the wonderful way that wings can be prepared. Deep fried wings are an authentic timeless classic that have not only stood the test of time but also have gotten better and better through generations! Continue reading “Fried Chicken Wings”
I’ve done a handful of field studies and I just can’t seem to find anything wrong with lamb! Nearly every cut of lamb incites an addiction creating urge much like candy does for an otherwise unknowing toddler. If, like myself, you’ve waited until later in life to enjoy the delicacies of lamb then consider yourself one of the luckier ones. This way you can savor each new and life changing experience experience that you’ll encounter moving forward. Continue reading “Big Green Egg – Lamb Loin Chops”
Today marks the one year birthday of Smofried.com… Today also marks another very important milestone in the Smofried saga which is our second Kentucky Derby Burger contest victory. I’m very proud of the Smofried Cafe Burger and all that it is comprised of. I have to be honest in revealing that I did not anticipate winning this year for a number of reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I played to win but I knew that a second victory in a row would not be an easy feat. Continue reading “Happy Birthday – Smofried.com”
Since we skipped winter it looks like cookout season is officially upon us. A few months early perhaps, but never an un-welcomed highlight to a specific time of year! For me nothing brings about a cookout better than a cold beer, soul music and a cheese smothered, perfectly seasoned 100% Angus beef burger!
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