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Review – Kielbasa Beef/Pork Burgers – Grilliant Ideas

I’ve often held the conviction that if you like BBQ, you like burgers. I know for certain that’s the case for me. I pretty much can’t get enough of either and I’m sure one day my future cardiologist will be glad I chose this path in life. I also really love sausage and since I’ve been young the Kielbasa has held a warm place in my heart. So when I found out that Grilliant Ideas ( had come up with a Kielbasa Beef/Pork Burger I knew I couldn’t pass this up trying it.

The burgers are packed four to a pack (1/2 lb. generous patties). They come frozen, which is incredibly convenient. You just have to pop them on a grill or broil them in your oven.

My assistant, Olwen, was attentive the moment they came out of the box.


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Trader Joe’s – Pulled Beef Brisket

You may or may not be familiar with Trader Joe’s, but having 342 stores in 24 states, there’s a fair chance you’ve seen one or at least heard of them. They’re pretty popular with my family as they have a ton of unique product (many branded under their own name) and they’re on a lot more health food store than your neighborhood supermarket.

Last week my Mom picked up Trader Joe’s Pulled Beef Brisket.

I was skeptical as the term ‘pulled’ doesn’t generally go along with brisket. Also, the cover just seemed to remind me of a strange sloppy joe. I decided (for science and for everyone else out there) to give it a try on a nice sourdough roll.

I have to say it was barely decent. The sauce was on the spicy side (some of the other tasters didn’t love that), but the meat itself tasted as it was a stewed brisket rather than smoked or even baked for a long period of time. It wasn’t bad, but my bar has been raised as I’ve delved more and more into Kansas City and Texas BBQ joints. I’d say if you were in a pinch and you just needed beef nourishment, then pick this up to have on hand in your freezer. Otherwise, search out a BBQ joint that servers real brisket as you’d be much more pleased.

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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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Baxter’s Original Smoking Wood

It’s probably a little crazy to get excited when you receive a box of smoking wood, but that’s exactly my reaction when I saw this on my doorstep:

The stenciled name spray painted across the box was the first indication that I was dealing with a company that hand does everything. Exactly what I was looking for.

Inside was a box of large Peach Smoking Wood chunks hand chopped roughly around the same shape.


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Greenleaf BBQ – Wine Infused Oak BBQ Smoke Wood

I was lucky enough to receive a sample of the Wine Infused Oak BBQ Smoke Wood for Charcoal & Gas Grills from Greenleaf BBQ. I was intrigued about the product, but what I didn’t realize was was how large a sample pack I was going to get and the overall quality of the product.

The wood chips (I hate to stay chips when they are the size of two match books put together) felt very substantial and dense (with a further study I realized they were actual pieces of wine barrels). You could really feel the quality which made me even more curious to see what happened when they burned and eventually imparted smoke (sounds odd, but that’s what you do with wood, right?).

We decided to test them out in our non-scientific test kitchen (my backyard). We were going to cook on a brisket on indirect heat on our standard Weber grill with a mix of Kingsford and the infused oak chips. The first thing that hit you once they were really smoking was the intense aroma. It’s not exactly wine or grapes, it’s more of a smooth almost berry smell. It’s hard to explain, but it really did impart an subtle, yet intense flavor onto the brisket. I did note that they seemed to sort of slow burn, which made me happy as I was concerned they might burn too quickly. The itself brisket turned out really great (should have taken a photo) and sadly I used up all of my wood.

Needless to say, I’m a huge fan and will now look forward to purchasing some for friends (and for myself as well).

If you’re interested in contacting Greenleaf you can at (209) 668-2452 or at their new store opening soon in Livermore, CA.

Also, check out their blog here
Follow them on twitter here

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