Sunday, May 31, 2009

Prepping For The ACF Dinner

Its a Sunday, a day to relax and just hang out.. NOT, I have spent a good portion of the day prepping the appetizer's for the Capital Region / Northeast ACF Dinner Meeting Monday night at Yannis Waterfront The theme for this get together is what else ? BBQ. So the distinguished chefs will be munching on Smoked ABT'S, Armidillo Eggs and some 4 pound Bacon Explosions. Here are some pix of my days work..

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Off to the local market to pick up my newest smoker.. i wonder if that is post oak under the shoppping cart

Friday, May 29, 2009

Recipe Twists

Its Friday and the weekend is here, for those of you reading that cook competition BBQ here is a new twist on the classic chicken thigh that we all love so much to cook.

Ginger Honey Thighs

8 chicken thighs trimmed
1/4 cup good soy sauce
1/4 cup clover honey
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon fine black pepper
sprinkle of sesame seeds
Sliced scallion for garnish

In a saucepan mix all of the ingredients together and bring to a boil, simmer to reduce by 1/3 then set aside for for glazing later.

Smoke thighs in smoker for 45 minutes to an hour, remove from smoker place in foil pan with one pad of parkay margarine on top of each piece, cover with foil and return to smoker/ or oven at 250 for 45-60 minutes then remove from pan and place on grill rack. Brush bottom of pieces with sauce and place on grill skin side down grill for 1-2 minutes, turn and glaze top of piece, and grill for additional 2-4 minutes until glaze is set. garnish with sliced scallion pieces.. Bet you won't be able to eat only one !

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NYC Foodie Update

Building The New Beach April 09

Every week or so I plan on writing about some of the tragically hip and unusual Foodie things happening in the big apple. here is one to start you off....

Water Taxi Beach has opened a second outpost of its cool summer only concept of outdoor fun and games in Manhattan, yes that is the Brooklyn Bridge the backround ! Located in the South Street Seaport /Pier 17 Complex near Water Street, this venue features a 9 hole putting green,ping pong tables, sandy beach, clam shack and full cocktail service. Music is expected to start soon on Thursday- Saturday nights on the beach. The best part of this location is you can get to it by Bus, Train,Car or Boat unlike its Long Island City sister which is pretty much accessible only by New York Water Taxi.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Guy Food Show

Look for our BBQ team to be featured in a soon to be aired cable television show called " The Guyfood Show" . This show has an interesting twist as it combines some very unique locations such as an Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck, Firehouse, Wyoming trout streams, well you get the idea, mix this with some very sexy sidekicks and , well you get the idea. Each show will feature a different theme and the associated recipes.
For a teaser of what you will see please click on the link.This pilot was shot last summer and features the Anchormen BBQ team being interveiwed about bbq and some hot tips from the professional bbq tour. Watch for it in the fall of 09'

The 2009 Roc City Rib Fest

What a great time in Rochester NY ! The 2009 Roc City Rib Fest was without reservation one of the the best organized and also most scenic contests we have competed in. Many thanks to Brian and the crew who pulled this contest off. Saturday started off with the anything go's rib contest as a warm up to Sunday's KCBS competition, 50+ teams entered with a $500.00 cash prize on the line. Our team Mr. Bobo's Traveling BBQ All Stars finished 20th overall, way out of the money but it was fun. Before we knew it was dinner time, so I cut up a 17 pound Brandt Beef New York Strip and grilled it over some fine Texas Post Oak, talk about tasty! Sunday morning and the lakefront park is awash in light blue smoke, the sun is shining and its a great day for BBQ. We cooked our meats and waited for the first turn in to begin at noon. Grace, Angela, Mike and myself worked like a old married couple and turned in what we thought was a great effort, and it was. We were crowned Reserve Grand Champion placing in the top ten in all categories, it was great way to really start off the 2009 Season and our quest for 2009 Empire Cup Grand Champions.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Need a Sausage Fix

The Worlds Largest Brat Fest is taking place this weekend in Madison Wisconsin, according to the press release 17.4 miles of brats will be consumed by the hungry mass of pork lovers. Go to for more information and fun facts

Friday, May 22, 2009

Off to BBQ

Well its Friday of the first holiday weekend of the summer, we are off to Rochester NY to compete in the Roc City Rib Fest, its a KCBS sanctioned contest on Sunday and a ribs only contest on Saturday. This is the first of seven NY contests this year, just three years ago there was only one! BBQ continues to grow and grow. bringing along both Chris Lillys and Adam Perry Langs books to review while the smokers are going overnight. watch for updates on twitter.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

And now time for some humor

Check out this link for a laugh, this is what our friends across the pond hear on broadcast television, unlike our regulated TV here..

thats all for now, getting ready to roll out to Rochester NY for the 2009 Roc Rib Cookoff with our teamates Mike and Angela and of course little boo boo

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day One

Well, i have really gone off the deep end and started this blog, it will try to chronical the world of competition bbq and the assorted tall tales and fables that come of it, stay tuned you never know what you will find here.