Thursday, April 23, 2009

BBQ Shootout Series

A nice lady from the BBQ Shootout Series asked me to promote their event. Unfortunatley for Texas BBQ lovers, the event has already come and gone from the Lone Star State, but all you NASCAR followers have a few more chances.

National Champion Pit Master Mike Davis of Lotta Bull Barbeque in Oklahoma, who is participating in the Shootout Series, is sharing some of his secrets to keep your grill in high demand no matter where you fire-up:
- When cooking larger cuts of meat, always use an indirect heat as a source. Using the direct heat method will char the outside of the meat without allowing the inside to cook properly.
- When grilling, use a "smoker" box of aromatic hardwoods such as mesquite, hickory or pecan to give that distinctive wood smoked flavor.
- Use olive oil or any other cooking oil to coat the surface of vegetables to add crispness and to hold on spices and seasonings.
- Using a spray or baste during cooking will help keep the meat moist and flavorful and will help to keep the meat from drying out during the cooking process.
- A mustard slather can be used to thoroughly coat the meat to help hold spices and seasonings in place during preparation.
- Pay careful attention to pork and poultry when grilling, you must make sure both meats are properly cooked through.
- Always grill in a well ventilated area, away from eaves and overhangs that can trap toxic fumes.

Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series events will take place in the following cities:
Texas Motor Speedway - April 2-5
Richmond International Raceway – April 30-May 2
Lowe’s Motor Speedway - May 21-24
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - July 23-July 26
Bristol Motor Speedway - August 20-22
Atlanta Motor Speedway - September 3 – 6
-BBQ Snob

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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.