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Best and Worst BBQ Food – Yahoo! Health

David Zinczenko, author of Eat This, Not That has come out with his list of common BBQ items that you should or shouldn’t eat (not that this list will stop me or anyone I know who loves gorging themselves at holiday BBQ’s). He covers best/worst meat, side, snack, and salad. I think what really stuck out for me was the amount of sodium and saturated fat that some of these contain.

Here’s the list

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BBQ Joint of the Week – The Filling Station Bar-B-Q – Lee’s Summit, MO

Once again, I to turn towards all of the emails I’ve received about this place as I’ve never been here before, but it seems rather overwelming that if you’re visiting Lee’s Summit it is a must to stop at The Filling Station Bar-B-Q (I’ve even had people say that this is the best BBQ they had when visiting the Kansas City area, but I can’t vouch for that).

The menu has pretty much what you’d be looking for, especially in a BBQ sandwich. Choose from beef, pulled pork (their style or Carolina style), turkey, ham, sausage, smoked chicken, and even smoked catfish. You can see the rest here. One thing that really makes me interested about visiting is the fact they have homemade white bread. That bread with some of their brisket and a little of their hot bbq sauce sounds like the beginning of an outstanding meal.

Here are some reviews:
Yahoo! local

Book Review – Adam Perry Lang’s BBQ 25

Adam Perry Lang has really carved out a wonderful little niche in the food world. He’s got the culinary street cred (Le Cirque, Daniel in New York City; and Restaurant Guy Savoy in France), but left that pursuit of Michelin stars to follow his passion for barbecue. As a matter of fact (and which makes many a bbq team growl in anger) in his first year on the national barbecue circuit, Adam won Grand Champion honors at the World Pork Expo and first place for his Pork Shoulder at the Kansas City American Royal (The World Series of BBQ). So it made perfect sense that he would open up Daisy May’s BBQ in New York to showcase his BBQ skills. Suffice to say he’s secured a loyal following of faithful BBQ lovers as well as endorsement from the queen of all endorsers, Oprah.

His new book, BBQ 25, a follow up to Serious Barbecue, is really great. OK, great is not the ‘greatest’ word to use when describing something, but it’s ‘great’ for everything it strives to be, which is, a simple and easy to use book of the top 25 recipes you would use actually use when BBQing at home. The first thing you notice is that the book resembles a children’s book. That is it has hard thick pages that are simple to wipe clean and because of their heaviness, they are essentially wind proof. Also, Adam realized that most of us drink beer (or some sort of cocktail) while BBQing and most likely will spill it (or a marinade or basting liquid) onto the surface of the book.

Here’s the breakdown of the 25 recipes:
1. Rib-Eye, T-Bone & Strip Steaks Cut Less Than 1″
2. Rib-Eye, T-Bone & Strip Steaks Cut Over 1″
3. Chuck Steaks & Leaner-Cut Steaks
4. Filet Mignon
5. Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers
6. Chateaubriand
7. Boneless Beef Roast
8. Beef Back Ribs
9. Brisket
10. Pork Chops (Rib & Loin) Cut Less Than 1″
11. Pork Chops (RIb & Saddle) Cut Over 1″
12. Pork Tenderloin
13. Boneless Pork Loin/Bone-In Rib Rack
14. Pork Butt and/or Picnic Ham
15. Spareribs “St. Louis-Cut Ribs” & Baby Back Ribs
16. Lamp Chops (Saddle & Rib)
17. Leg of Lamb
18. Chicken Breast & Thighs (Bone-In)
19. Chicken Breast (Boneless, Skinless)
20. Whole Chicken (Spatchcock/Butterflied)
21. Chicken Wings
22. Grilled Fish Steak
23. Grilled Fish Filet
24. Hot Dogs & Other Cooked Sausages
25. Grilled Vegetables

I first tried out the #1 Rib-Eye, T-Bone & Strip Steaks Cut Less Than 1″


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The Q Card

You ever see an idea, a good idea, and think, man, I wish I would have thought of that? That smack in the face moment happened when I heard about The Q Card. It’s genius.

Created by Drew Thornley from the must follow blog on all things Texas bbq Man Up Texas BBQ , you simply have to pony up 10 bucks a year (The Q Cards will be sold for $10 each and be good for 1 year, but as they kick this thing off, the first 1,000 cards sold will be good through October 2011 (17 months) and will be sold at a 25% discount (only $ 7.50) for the entire month of June) and you get to enjoy savings and discounts at all of these affiliated joints(they’re getting so many this list it’ll be obsolete after this goes live I imagine):

Black’s Barbecue, Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Old Time Pit Bar-b-que, Old School BBQ & Grill, Snow’s BBQ, Buzzie’s BBQ, Fritzes BBQ & Catering, Two Bros. BBQ Market, Big Mo’s BBQ, The Shed BBQ & Blues Austin, Schoepf’s BBQ, Franklin Barbecue, Opie’s BBQ, David Crawford’s Homerun Catering, Muck-N-Dave’s, Fat Mac’s Smokehouse, Smokilicious Bar-B-Q, Cooper’s Old time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano, New Braunfels, Fort Worth), Big Jake’s Bar-B-Q,

Here’s the list of joints that they update frequently. It’s pretty much a who’s who of joints you’ll want to visit in Texas (barring just a small amount which I’m sure are on their short list). I live in California, but I’m thinking about getting one just in case I get the urge to book a quick flight out there.

You can buy a card at any of the joints listed above or go to their website to order via paypal.

You can follow them on twitter here and facebook here.

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BBQ Joint of the Week – Everett and Jones – Northern California

It often seems that discussing BBQ joints bring out the same fervor that one gets when discussing politics or someone’s favorite sports team. Bring up Everett and Jones and you’ll get that reaction for sure. You either love it or find fault in it because it’s not like your ‘other’ favorite joint. For me, I’m a huge fan. I’ve had 3 great meals at their original Oakland location and the vibe with the live music just puts the whole experience over the top (the other locations don’t have live music). I haven’t been to any of the other locations so I can’t speak from experience, but knowing that they’re all a part of the family makes me feel pretty confident they’ll be on par.

Here’s a look at their dinner and lunch menus. They are especially known for their ribs, but I wouldn’t pass up some of their chicken, brisket, or sausage if you have someone to share it with.


Original Oakland Location
126 Broadway

1518 Webster Street

1955 San Pablo Ave.

296 A Street Hayward

2676 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

You can order their sauce here

Here are some reviews:
Yahoo! local

Nikas Culinaria – B.T.’s Smokehouse

For some reason, when I’m bored (actually doesn’t even matter if I’m bored or not), I search the web for photos of great BBQ. Photos that make me want to rush down to LAX and hit the next flight out to the joint pictured. Case in point was what I stumbled upon today while searching for photos of brisket: Nikas Culinaria. I had no idea who Nika was before today, but after reading her post on B.T.’s Smokehouse know we’d be friends.

If you’re hungry and you want to see what she calls ‘improbable meat nirvana’ check this out here

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Big Apple Block Part – Part 2

I’ve been trying to get my head around the hundreds of photos and tweets from those taking part in the event and those that are there for the amazing cue, so I came up with the idea to have links to the twitpic/tweetphoto/flickr pages and twitter accounts to easily jump in to see what’s happening (or get a good look back at the festivities). This will be added to as I get more.

Big Apple BBQ NY

Amy Mills
17th Street Bar & Grill / Memphis Championship BBQ

Drew Robinson – Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Hill Country BBQ NYC

Patrick Martin – Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Chris Lilly – Big Bob’s Gibson Bar-B-Q

Ed Mitchell – The Pit BBQ

Stubbs’s BBQ Sauce

Ubons BBQ of Yazoo

Elizabeth Karmel –

NYC Sidewalker

Jeff Moore – Green Olive Media



Eating Everywhere

Anthony Quintano

jasonperlow’s photostream

Martha Stewart Radio

Serious Eats

Hungry Ferret

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BBQ Joint of the Week – Firebox BBQ

I’ve gotten several emails lately that I should check out Firebox BBQ in Bedford, MA. It’s not your typical joint. Started by friends David Goldstone and Bryan McConnaughey, Firebox has all the greatest hits of BBQ (ribs, brisket, pulled pork), but they had their own twist on these (and the sides) from their extensive culinary backgrounds through the US and Europe (tried and true BBQ aficionados might be turned off by more upscale nature of the place, but then again, each and every joint has it’s own ‘flavor and character’).

I haven’t had the chance to get to New England lately, but from what I’ve heard, they’re doing a great job bringing BBQ to the neighborhood.
Here’s their menu

Here’s where they’re at:

Here are some reviews:

Follow them on twitter here

Big Apple Block Party

I’ve always heard great things about the Big Apple Block Party, but never really knew much about it until this year, when I knew a few of the participants and paid a little more attention to what it was all about. In doing this though it made me much more jealous of the fact that (1) I wasn’t in New York this weekend and (2) I couldn’t sample all of the amazing BBQ. Seriously, if you’re anywhere near NYC this weekend you need to get over to Madison Square Park (Saturday and Sunday June 12-13 between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM).

Here’s the incredible line up and what they are preparing:

Ken Callaghan
Blue Smoke
New York, NY
Texas Salt & Pepper Beef Ribs

Charles Grund Jr.
Hill Country
New York, NY
Beef Brisket

Joe Duncan
Baker’s Ribs
Dallas, TX
St. Louis-Style Ribs

Jimmy Hagood
BlackJack BBQ
Charleston, SC
Pulled Pork Shoulder

Chris Lilly
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
Decatur, AL
Pulled Pork Shoulder

Tommy Houston
Checkered Pig
Martinsville, VA
St. Louis-Style Ribs

Patrick Martin
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
Nashville, TN
Western Tennessee-Style Whole Hog

Mike Mills
17th Street Bar & Grill
Murphysboro, IL
Memphis Championship Barbecue
Las Vegas, NV
Baby Back Ribs

Ed Mitchell
The Pit
Raleigh, NC
Whole Hog

Garry Roark
Ubon’s Barbecue of Yazoo
Yazoo City, MS
Pulled Pork Shoulder

Big Lou Elrose
Wildwood Barbeque
New York, NY
Pork Strip Steak Sandwich with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, Onions & Housemade Pickles

Drew Robinson
Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
Birmingham, AL
Homemade Smoked Sausage

John Stage
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
New York, NY
Pulled Pork Shoulder

Skip Steele
Pappy’s Smokehouse
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis-Style Ribs

John Wheeler
Rack & Soul
New York, NY

Baby Back Ribs
Ken Bosley
Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn
Owensboro, KY
BBQ Mutton & Burgoo

Myron Mixon
Jack’s Old South
Unadilla, GA
Beef Brisket & Baked Beans

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Sports and BBQ Do Mix

There’s really no food I’d rather eat while watching a game than BBQ, so it seems fitting that there are so many athletes who move towards BBQ joint ownership once their careers are over (of course there are those that delve into it while they are in the midst of their career, but the restaurant business seems to be something one likes to transition to).

As I’m almost as addicted to research as I am to BBQ, I spent the time searching out those joints owned by current or past star athletes. Here’s what I found:

Nate Thurmond – Profressional Basketball – San Francisco/Golden State Warriors
Joint – Nate’s BBQ – San Francisco, CA


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