If you haven’t heard by now, fusion food is the thing of the now! It seems like everytime I turn on the Cooking Channel I come across more and more scenarios where folks are blending the best of several different corners of the world. In my own personal opinion the culmination of fusion food occurs whenever you combine the most basic of authentic Mexican cuisine with the sweet characteristics of authentic Korean fare. To claim that Korean BBQ tacos are not some of the best edible things in the world would be a million miles from the truth!
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.
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!
*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.
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!
What a game! Actually it was far from the best “game” I’ve ever seen. The finish was nothing short of amazing. As was all of the food we smoked up all weekend! Bourbon and Coke Cured Pork Belly, Five Day Cured Pastrami and about 25 pounds of Beef Brisket rubbed up and down with my new Smofried BBQ Beef Brisket Rub! Continue reading “Super Bowl LI Party”
Short rib tacos are an undeniable Mexican staple of epic proportions. We added some of our favorite Mexican beer along with some full leaf Mexican oregano to take the authentic flavor composition to an entirely different stratosphere. Throw in the Big Green Egg and a cast iron Dutch Oven from Lodge and this recipe will easily move up the ranks as one of your favorite go to Mexican inspired recipes. Who doesn’t love them some Tacos? Continue reading “Short Rib Tacos”
This time of year brings about a number of the most wonderful of seasonal delicacies. While Fall is mostly known for the start of football season there is also a number of related activities that must take place during or around the big games. The obvious top of the objective list is enjoying great food. At the top of the list of great fall foods is chilli. There are a number of ways to enjoy great chilli and there are even greater ways to cook it. Continue reading “Oktoberfest Brisket Chilli”
Likely the greatest advantage to international BBQ is the ease in which the cooking technique can be applied to a plethora dishes. With as little as a single piece of meat and a fire you can just about conjure up anything your imagination can come up with. This recipe takes an even more primitive approach to cooking up some of the tastiest steak I’ve ever had the luxury of tasting. If you’ve ever witnessed anyone cook meat directly over charcoal then you can attest to the culinary intimacy that I felt as this flat iron steak sizzled and emitted the most fragrant scents I’ve ever experienced from my Big Green Egg. Continue reading “Tacos Carne Asada”