I can still remember the first time I had an authentic Banh Mi. To say it was anything short of a life changing experience would be an outright lie. Never had I experienced such a perfect balance of flavor, texture and aroma from a food item. The combination of pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, grilled pork and a crunchy yet still soft in the middle French Baguette makes the Banh Mi one of the most sought after edible luxuries in the world. Multiply everything right about a really great normal sub sandwich and what you end up with is the perfection that is a Banh Mi!
Indian cuisine is one of the most naturally transcendent foods in the world. To put it short, Indian food is what happened when a number of other highly sought after ethnic varieties combined to create one massive super cuisine. As a featured dish, each bite of Tandoori Chicken is like an explosion of various flavors with all sorts of unique personalities and characteristics. The flavor and texture combinations that you get to enjoy stretch far beyond just savory and spicy. You get subtle hints of ginger, a rush of fresh lemon along with a dash of cilantro. Sure, there’s a laundry list of singular ingredients that go into our Smofried Tandoori Chicken rub but it’s the exact moment when all of the flavors play together when one is immersed in a one of a kind euphoric moment in time!
In so many ways corn is a universal staple in a wide variety of different cuisines all over the globe. After experiencing elote or the first time you’ll understand exactly why Mexico boasts some of the greatest culinary conquests when it comes to all things corn. From tortillas to tamales to elote, a Mexican feast is not complete without multiple incorporations of corn.
After this latest test there is no question that meats were made to be mixed! Fusions of all sorts typically produce results that are well beyond the realm of their original intention. This was certainly the case when I decided to mash a little bit of Angus ground beef with a healthy portion of ground lamb. When you mix two of the tastiest types of meat you are rewarded with some of the most divine burgers you could ever imagine!
When it comes to cold cut sandwiches there seems to be a persistent debate as to the best route to go. In my own personal opinion there is no debate as to the real king of cold cut sandwiches. It’s without a doubt roast beef! The bold and hearty texture of roasted beef sirloin is unparalleled when it comes to the world of sandwiches. In this episode we took a very traditional cut of beef and did some not so traditional things to it in order to really bring it to life!
In all honesty good spinach and artichoke dip is not a very hard food item to come by these days. All you have to do is merely mix a few different cheese and a couple of chopped vegetables and you can have yourself a damn good dip within minutes. Armed with some cast iron serving dishes and the great Big Green Egg we set out to shake things up a little and see if we could take Spinach + Artichoke Dip to the next level.
This time of year brings about a number of traditions! From the gathering of family and friends to the sharing with those that we all love the most. One of the greatest things that we can share with those we love is our joy for the things we eat. This time of year is also synonymous with a variety of tasty poultry. Just a few weeks ago we all gathered around the dinner table to enjoy Thanksgiving turkeys cooked in a number of ways. Now for Christmas we have the pleasure of indulging in one of, if not, the most delicate of available birds, the young goose. Full of fat and flavor a slow smoke roasted goose delivers in all categories!
A Smofried BBQ Wing, in the cuisine of the United States, is an un-breaded chicken wing section that is generally hickory smoked then deep-fried then tossed in a sweet apple cider vinegar and all natural honey glaze prior to serving!
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!