I got a chance to meet Nick Pencis, owner/pitmaster from Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que at the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival last September and of course taste some of their tasty pork ribs. I have yet to get out to Tyler (it’s on my must visit in the near future list) to check out his joint first hand, but here’s a little piece that gives you a sense of what it’s like to dine there:
Have you been to Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que yet? What are your thoughts?
The main focus of this site is real deal BBQ and BBQ joints (not grilling), but here’s something I had to share. I never thought about spiral cutting a hot dog before tossing it on the grill, but it’s definitely something I’m going to try this weekend.
What are your thoughts? Have you spiral cut a hot dog or sausage before cooking it up?
Here’s a great video showing (4) contestants attempting to complete Smoke City Market’s “Are You Texas Enough” BBQ eating challenge. You have one hour to eat 1/2 lb. Moist Brisket, 1/2 lb. Lean Brisket, 1/2 lb. Pastrami, 1 Beef Rib, 1/2 Chicken, 1/2 lb. Turkey, Full Rack of St. Louis Spare Ribs, 1/2 Beef Sausage Link, 1/2 Beef Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Link, along with a small side of Mac and Pit Beans.
Do you think you can do it? If so, you’ll get your $ 70.00 back along with a t-shirt, a photo on the “Hall of Fame” and 10% for an entire year at their restaurant.
Smoke City Market is located in Sherman Oaks, California. You can follow them on Facebook HERE and twitter HERE. Here’s a map to their location:
If it’s not already quite evident, I am a huge fan of beef, more specifically BBQ. Because of this, I feel a kinship for any other souls who are on a quest for great meat across the country (and beyond).
The guys at Beef Aficionado lead by Nick Solares (an NYC based photographer and food writer) went on their 3rd Texas BBQ tour recently and documented it below (thanks to a tweet by @BBQSnob for pointing out the video). Beware as it will make you very, very hungry.
I am planning on revisiting The Bear Pit in Mission Hills, California in a couple of weeks since I haven’t eaten their ‘Missouri Style’ BBQ in about 20 years.
In the mean time I do want to share their high production commercial that is circling the airwaves in Los Angeles quite frequently as of late. I have no idea when it was initially filmed, but it seems to either be trying to be campy or is simply very corny. The kid at the end creeps me out big time for some reason. See it here:
You’ve got to hand it to Guy Fieri. Not many people could parlay winning The Next Food Network Star into a budding empire. Just head over to his online store and you’ll be amazed at what he’s selling. The choice that really made Guy Fieri the powerhouse that he is, is the show Diner’s Drive-ins, and Dives. This highlighted his ability to interact with restauranteurs and put their restaurant ahead of himself. What’s most interesting is that he’s touched a nerve with all food lovers (from young to old) who get hooked by the show (and subsequent re-runs of this show), then they make the proverbial trip to try what Guy has gushed over.
Owner Rick Schoenberger of The Shack BBQ in Paola, KS with Guy (business jumped 3-5 times after being featured on the show)
Since I’m a sucker for anything on TV about BBQ Joints, I’ve always been excited when he featured one. I knew he had visited a good number, but didn’t realize he had featured 34 different BBQ joints. Below are links (and video) for ALL of the shows that included BBQ Joints in the order they aired.
I had heard rumors of an enormous wood pile that was stacked with meticulous precision behind Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas, but once I walked out back, it really blew me away. Here is video which really doesn’t do it justice: