Friday, July 31, 2009

Braised, Grilled and Glazed Beef Short Ribs

It's no coincidence that it's Friday and I'm posting some food porn. Over the past month I have talked to a lot of people that have said they really miss Friday Night Food Porn. So, I thought I should post one. I'm not saying that I'm bringing it back, but I figured now would be a good time to start posting some food pics again.

I marinated these beef short ribs in soy, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, and lemongrass for 5 hours. I seasoned them with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic, then seared them over a hot charcoal fire. I placed them in my cast iron Dutch oven and added some braising liquid. Then I braised them for about 3 hours over a low charcoal fire. When done, I rested the ribs, and reduced down the braising liquid by half. I got a hot grill going and then seared and glazed them with the reduced liquid.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

Well, the Dog Days of Summer have finally arrived here in New England. This week has been hazy, hot and humid, with more of the same on the way. Here is how some of my favorite dogs are enjoying their summer. I hope you're enjoying yours.

Priscilla taking 3rd at Lake Placid

Maggie with Nana

Roxy boating

Maggie lakeside with Victor

Daisy sitting pretty on Sebago Lake

Maggie catching some shade

Roxy enjoying life

Maggie looking for fish

Butchie ready for a kayak ride

Saturday, July 25, 2009

GC: I Smell Smoke
RGC: Lakeside Smokers

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Troy Pig Out

This weekend Kris and I will be heading out to the 2nd annual Troy Pig Out. Last year it was a great comp and this year promises the same. Gift bags, free garnish, free brisket, and great prize money for the teams. The event also offers free admission, live bands, BBQ vendors, fireworks, and a people's choice rib competition. If you're in the Albany, NY area, or just looking for something to do this weekend, you should come down to Troy.

I'll try to update the blog through out the weekend with results and random foolishness...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Roast Beast

Here are 2 of the 12 whole beef top rounds that the Brookline, NH firefighters and other volunteers helped cook, at Saturday's Tyler Ride. This beef was heavily rubbed with olive oil, herbs, spices, and tons of garlic. Then slow roasted over some Wicked Good Lump Charcoal. It made one hell of a sandwich.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tyler Ride

This weekend The NEBS BOD will be cooking up some BBQ for a charity event called the Tyler Ride. This will be held on Saturday July 11th at the VFW in Westford, MA. If you're in the area stop by and say hi. You can read about Tyler here. I'll try to post some updates through out the weekend.

Monday, July 6, 2009

(Summer) Italian Wedding Soup

After 2 weeks of rain and unseasonable cold weather here in New England, Kris and I both had a craving for a nice hot bowl of soup. Kris makes a real nice Italian Wedding soup, and this time was no different. But what was a little out of the norm for this soup was the use of chicken meatballs instead of the more traditional beef meatballs. She bought some fresh chicken sausage, made by a local butchers shop, removed the casings, and mixed it up with some ground chicken. She cooked the meatballs in the oven until they were nicely browned. She added them to the soup, that was simmering on the stove, and then tossed in some fresh, tender spinach. It was awesome! It was hearty enough for a cold night, but somehow light enough for a hot summer day. That makes this soup perfect for New England. It also made a perfect lunch today.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Midnight Grilling at Lake Placid

Quau Takes a first place in Chicken, a first place in strip steak, and obviously top overall in the two category Midnight Grilling Bash at Lake Placid last night.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Future Boxes

The weather here in New England has got a lot of people down lately. It seems like it has rained almost everyday for a month. Torrential at times, but mostly a light drizzle and some on and off light rain. Hopefully July will be better. Despite the dreary weather, I was outside weeding my garden this week, and noticed that our parsley looks awesome. The rain might suck for outdoor activity's, but it is doing wonders in our garden.