Friday, June 22, 2018

Home smoke 6/22/18

Brisket and chicken were on sale this week and Mrs O. has been itching to do some smoking.  Today we scratched her itch.  We had a little 8 pound choice brisket which I trimmed down, coated with North Main All N 1 seasoning, wrapped in plastic, and put in the fridge over night.  My Mrs put it on the smoker at 8:30 am and kept the smoke going all day.  We pulled it off about 4 pm, wrapped in foil, and put it in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 more hours.  Usually, we have to cut briskets in half to fit in our little bullet smoker, however this one just fit on the rack with only a little trimming. 
Meanwhile her 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts had been soaking in her secret marinade.  When the brisket came off the smoker, the chicks went on for two hours.  A coating of BBQ sauce followed, then another 20 minutes on the smoker. 

Everything came out to rest about 6:30 pm.  Here's the brisket when we unwrapped it about 8:30 pm. 
It was a bit crispy around the edges and a bit overdone in the middle.  However that's not a bad thing as we plan on doing a bunch of jalapeno poppers with the brisket on Sunday. 

The chicken came out awesome with good smoke flavor and very tender and juicy.  The only change I think we'll make next time is maybe do the sauce coating a bit earlier so it will caramelize better.  The chicken and brisket made for a yummy dinner and we'll have leftovers for the next week or so along with the aforementioned poppers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Smoked Fort Worth NEW BBQ FEST October 13th

The folks who have brought us Smoked Dallas for the last 4 years just announced the first Smoked Fort Worth will be happening October 13th in the Fort Worth Stockyards.  Yummy!

No details yet, just the announcement, but we want to be there!  We already have our VIP tix for Smoked Dallas.  5 for 5, baby!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Birthright BBQ Festival, Dallas, 6/17/18

This was a fun little festival in a small Dallas park surrounded by green space with historic old buildings collected from around North Texas.  There were only a handful of pitmasters and restaurants in attendance, but the food was uniformly excellent and plentiful.  Four Corners Brewing provided cool refreshments to beat the heat and humidity.
The Mrs and I arrived about 20 minutes before opening and joined the line already formed outside the gates.  The gates opened right on time, at 1 pm, and we were off to find some smoked meats.
Our first stop was at Feges BBQ for some cabrito tacos.  Next up was Buxton Hall, who cooked up a couple of North Carolina style whole hogs.
Next up was Cattleack BBQ for some of their excellent brisket along with some beans and potato salad.  They included a nice slice of moist and lean brisket and my Mrs got some nice burnt ends.  She shared.  Misty and Todd knocked it out of the park, like they always do.  We went back for seconds, later.
Next up we decided to get in the long line to visit Aaron Franklin.  Aaron had joined forces with Leroy and Lewis BBQ to cook a half steer, cowboy style, for the event.  A trench full of hot coals, cinder blocks, and a metal grate were all they needed to make some fine BBQ.  As usual, Aaron Franklin created a very long line.  He visited with every patron and took photos with most of the folks at the festival, including Mrs O.
Our final BBQ stop was with Smokey John's for some of their tasty sausage.  They had actually hung their sausages in an old smokehouse at the park and smoked them right there on site.  They were delicious and we actually made a couple of return visits to their booth. 
We spent the rest of the evening drinking cold Four Corners beer, wandering around the grounds, and visiting with friends. This event sold out so I expect to be back again next year for more good BBQ in this lovely setting.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Smoked Dallas tickets on sale

Tickets are already on sale for the 5th annual Smoked Dallas BBQ Fest.   Scheduled for September 22 at Main Street Garden Park.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Birthright BBQ Fest coming to Dallas June 17th

New BBQ fest in Dallas featuring open pits and an old smokehouse.  June 17th in Dallas.  Thanks to Daniel's Texas Monthly blog for the tip!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

5th annual Red Dirt BBQ Fest, Tyler 5/5/18

Another amazing BBQ festival in Tyler is in the books.  We have managed to attend 4 of the 5 annual fests, missing last year because the VIP tickets sold out in 3 minutes.  This year Scott camped out online and managed to get us 4 VIP tickets before they were gone in less than 3 minutes.  They had an outstanding line-up of 25 BBQ joints this year and I don't think I had a single bad bite.
We arrived about 10:30 and found ourselves 12th in line waiting for the VIP check-in.  They started checking in VIPs a little early, about 10:50, coming down the line with scanners and wristbands.  Beer ID's were checked next, with separate wristbands for those of drinking age.  They handed out an envelope with a t-shirt coupon and 2 drink coupons for everyone in the VIP line.  It is a very efficient system.  The one thing they could improve is adding a service entrance for the many vendors who had to work their way through the rapidly forming line carrying all kinds of stuff that had to be checked by security.  One small manned gate off to the side would have saved the vendors a lot of trouble.

As opening time approached, Chase and a helper made their way down the line to sell extra beer coupons, saving us another wait in line once inside.  Another thoughtful touch.  By noon there was a long line of VIPs and the general admission line was stretching out quite a ways, too.
Finally, the gate was opened and we headed inside to load up on meats.
As at previous Red Dirt Fests, the BBQ joints were lined up around the square, but more than half were set up facing each other on Broadway.  We went the other way, then worked around to the back side while most of the crowd headed to the closest tents.  It worked out well.
We brought our usual beer box trays, but it seemed most of the VIP folks were now onto this idea.  After chowing down on the first round at tables near a small music stage, we headed back out and gathered up the rest of the samples in what seemed record time. 
 I think I had the last of my BBQ samples acquired a full 15 minutes before they let in the general admission hordes.
We sampled our way through the rest of the offerings, then I headed out to take a few more photos of booths and food, like I do at most of these festivals.  Those will follow in posts below.
After my photo safari, Scott's buddy Steve and I headed over to the craft beer tent to see what they had on offer.  My tastes run to porters and stouts, but predictably, most of the breweries brought IPA's, fruity beers, and other lighter suds.  I guess I will have to keep making BBQ trays from Murphys Stout cases.  I did enjoy sampling from the 7 breweries present, especially since Scott was our designated driver this year!  Thanks Scott!
This remains one of my favorite BBQ fests on the circuit, but I hope next year they will have some BBQ-Only VIP tickets so we don't have to fight with all the music fans who buy VIP for close stage access.  Either way we'll be online fighting to get tickets for the 2019 fest so we can go 5 for 6.
Congrats to Chase and his team for another fantastic day of BBQ in Tyler.

5th annual Red Dirt BBQ Fest, food photos #1