On Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of the world’s top competition barbecue teams will converge on Sandstone Amphitheater outside of Kansas City for one of the largest barbecue celebrations the country has to offer, the Great American Barbecue Festival. With an expected crowd of 50,000 people, the organizers are estimating over 70,000 pounds meat and 60,000 gallons of beer will be consumed over the course of the three day weekend. To top things off, they’ve also invited the BBQ Addicts to give an official culinary demonstration on how make a perfect Bacon Explosion…plus we’ll be unveiling our latest project, and it has nothing to do with our upcoming book!
Ever since we launched The Monthly Rubdown feature by showcasing Plowboy’s award winning rubs, we’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of rubs and sauces. Well, we’ve taken our time and evaluated each and every product that has graced our test kitchen. And although most of the products were good, only a select few have shown the standout level of quality that we’re looking for. In fact, the producers of our latest find are so confident about the quality of their product, they tout it as “Oklahoma’s best kept family secret”…and we agree!!!
We recently had the opportunity to test out the Bubba Keg convection grill and let me tell you, it kicks some ass. Having cooked on a Big Green Egg I can honestly say it stacks up nicely. There are some pros and cons to each, which I’ll get into today.
On the same camping trip where I gave you the camping style shrimp boil recipe, we tested out the Bubba Keg to the extreme. Upon arrival on Friday at our campground/gun range/smelting can area/archery golf range, airfield racing strip, fishing hole I needed to season the grill. However, first I have to point out real quick my favorite part of this thing: the trailer hitch adapter.
Posted by Aaron on April 22, 2009
This post clearly doesn’t fall under the BBQ flag, but we’re posting it anyway because it can be paired with your BBQ quite nicely. If you’ve got a pork butt or a brisket on the smoker all day and your guests are demanding food at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, here is your solution. Tired of hot dogs and ham sandwiches while you’re camping? Well look no further because we have the best camping recipe there is. It’s quick and easy and much much better than a ham and cheese sandwich with Doritos smashed in it (wait, I like those…).
With the launch of our Bacon Explosion recipe we invited our readers to send us pictures of their family and friends enjoying the Bacon Explosion experience. Little did we know that thousands of you would actually take us up on the offer and flood our inbox with links, photos, movies and stories. Needless to say it’s been quite the task, but we’ve finally sorted through all of the emails, tweets and messages to bring you some of our favorite submissions.
Here is a great video from a couple years ago that has some brief history on Arthur Bryant’s, Gates and barbecue here in Kansas City. Thanks to @bbqsociety for pointing it out on twitter today! My favorite quote (no offense North Carolina): “Kansas City’s metro area now has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any city in the United States.” Of course we have our favorites (yes, it really is in a gas station) but there are many to choose from! I think I’ll head to Hayward’s today, it’s one block from my office and has the Triple Stack (and if you order it, be very hungry)!
A couple weekends ago, the BBQ Addicts crew ventured to Des Moines, IA for the second annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. I’ve just got one word for this event: Awesome! Well, two words: Awesome Bacon! Approximately 300 bacon fanatics came to the event and Brooks Reynolds (one of the Bacon Overlords of the event) invited us up to cook 30 or so Bacon Explosions for the crowd.
Being a true Irishman, I can honestly say that St. Patrick’s Day is the one day a year America truly embraces my Irish heritage (even if it’s just a big excuse to drink too much Guinness). This is also the time of year that local markets are flooded with an overstock of corned beef briskets. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the occasional bowl of corned beef and cabbage just much as the next guy, but that’s not really a dish I choose to eat all year long. Instead, my stockpiled freezer of clearance sale corned beef briskets get tossed into the smoker to make fresh homemade pastrami.
Now that we’ve shippped mountains of Plowboy’s award winning rub all over this great country continent, it’s time we hook a few people up with some of their classy logo t’s. We’ve consulted our favorite random number generator at RANDOM.ORG to select the winners from among the comments posted on the inaugural version of The Monthly Rubdown. But before we announce the winners, we need to let you in on a little secret. Instead of a t-shirt, one lucky person is walking away with a free shaker of Bovine Bold!
This week has been filled with bacony goodness, and the weekend looks to be more of the same. Tonight we’re heading to Des Moines, Iowa for tomorrow’s Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. But before we get too far into that, we want to personally thank each and every one of our readers who took part in the Bacon Explosion survey this past week. As promised, we have randomly selected a participant to receive a gift basket full of fantastic barbecue supplies. And the lucky winner is…