Tag Archives: BBQ

BBQ Blends from Sugar Plum

Wow. I got a sample of these to try at home and they are fantastic.

Pour some of these on your ribs (I used the boneless ones) and rub it in. Don’t worry about it getting on your hands, that just means you’ll be smelling the aroma even closer! 😉

Cook them nice and slow, on the grill or in the oven, and you will be amazed at the marvelous flavor that’s released. What an improvement over my old method based on just the barbecue sauce.

Don’t wait. Try these today.

– reviewed by Chuck Gregory, Party Digest webmaster, Fort Lauderdale

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BBQ in DC – Free Virtual Concert

Friday, June 26 at 7:00 PM

Before the coronavirus pandemic, late June in D.C. meant only one thing for smoked meat fans: the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle.

Not only was the two-day event on Pennsylvania Avenue a chance for backyard pitmasters to mingle with the experts; it was also a chance for the experts to compete for an automatic berth at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in October.

Sadly, like many other annual events in D.C., the in-person event has been canceled due to the virus. It would have taken over a few blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue around 6th Street Northwest during the weekend of June 27 and 28. This year, though, it’s a virtual event that lasts all month.

While barbecue fans won’t be able to get a whiff of glazed ribs, smoked chicken or savory burnt ends, they will still be able to put their own creations up in a virtual competition judged by Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone and Moe Cason, three champion pitmasters known for their cookbooks, restaurants and TV appearances.

Stone, who lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he runs a catering company, heads the Cool Smoke competition barbecue team that has won six major championships (including “The Jack”) and owns The Westover restaurant, laments the loss of one of his favorite events.

“D.C. is so energetic anyways, but when you fill that avenue with the smells and the smoke coming from that barbecue … it’s such a cool event,” Stone said. “It’s one of my favorite events of all, so to not be there this year, it seems really strange. I think we can all agree there’s a lot of strange things going on.”

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ConnectIt Magnetic BBQ Tool Set – Proud Grill

A great way to spend a day in isolation is in your backyard with your BBQ Grill! You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to be a Grill Master either; in fact, the brand new, simple and sleek Connect it Magnetic 2 Piece BBQ Tool Set from Proud Grill is all you need! Simply connect 2 tools for 4 different uses: a spatula, fork, tongs or a server, depending on your needs. The magic is in the unique magnetic handles so the spatula and fork can be used individually and you connect them together as a tong or server. And when you are done the 2 piece set nestles of top of each other for slim easy storage. The Connect it BBQ Tool versatile handle system makes for a fun and ideal accessory for the backyard grill enthusiast. The Connect it BBQ Tools can even hang from your stainless steel BBQ, metal Smoker or Ceramic Grill side shelf while grilling. These elegant and contemporary tools are made of durable, high quality stainless steel and will be a lifelong investment in all your BBQ adventures!

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Make Pizza in your Back Yard! – Californo

This July 4th celebrate INDEPENDENCE with the best gift you’ll ever buy yourself – a wood-fired oven from CALIFORNO! When you aren’t getting lost in the hoopla of the holiday, highlight the perfect meal with wood-smoked burgers and hot dogs BBQ-style. Roasted meats, veggies, a whole turkey– if it goes in a conventional oven, Californo has you covered. Prefer portability? Enter the Californo Pizza Oven Trailers! The portable Carrello model comes in three sizes, plus in wood and propane. Dazzle at your next extravaganza with the Garzoni line, which features easy to install wood-fired oven kits with options for custom-tiling to suit your home décor.

This domed oven is US made, handcrafted using traditional Italian methods perfected over centuries. Durable, long lasting with zero maintenance results in higher cooking temperatures that give you a pizza with crispier toppings and delicious flavor! This dome coupled with perfected high temperature concrete mix mimics firebrick in its application. It not only provides substantial savings but also stays authentic to the original form and function.

Whether cooking out by candlelight amidst the fireflies or marveling over the spectacular overhead displays, share slices of homemade pizza with family as rockets burst. Rejoice in the revelry from the simplicity of your own residence with this restaurant-rivaling product. Match the shriek in the sky with the sizzle of fresh wood-smoked steak. Couple the eye popping crescendo with flavor blasted by true wood-fire taste and set your taste buds ablaze! Cause sparks at your next gathering! With your new pizza oven kit you can host your own wood-fired pizza party any time you want from the comfort of your own backyard; with the savings on eating out, it will pay for itself, ten-fold.

aliforno crust is crisp, light, and most importantly delicious. Bake breads like a French patisserie with symphonies of crackle – perfectly perfumed smoke-infused crusts. Make memorable times with the whole family, while it melts in your mouth. Might we suggest our recipe for Authentic Vera Pizza Napoletana Dough? Remember, cooking is truly one of life’s great pleasures. Buon Appetito!

Bonus: Here’s a recipe for pizza dough!

Pizza Dough – Authentic Pizza Napoletana Dough Recipe

500 Gram 00 flour
325 Gram water (65% hydration)
10 Gram salt
3 Gram active dry yeast

1. Place all the ingredients in the mixing bowl.
2. Mix the dough ingredients in a stand mixer, or by hand. If you are using a stand mixer, mix it slowly for two minutes, faster for 5 minutes, and slow again for 2 minutes.
3. Cover the dough and let it rise for 2 hours, or until double.
4. Punch it down and push out the air bubbles. Form the dough into a large ball, then cut it into 4-5 equal pieces.
5. To make your pizza balls, shape each piece of dough into a ball. Gently roll your dough into a ball, then stretch the top of the ball down and around the rest of the ball, until the outer layer wraps around the other side. Pinch the two ends together to make a smooth ball with a tight outer “skin.” Set your ball seam-side down where it can rest.
6. Dust your pizza balls with flour, and store them under a damp towel, in a proofing tray, or under plastic wrap. That’s to prevent the outside of the ball from drying out and creating a crust, and becoming difficult to work with. The top of the pizza ball should be soft and silky.

7. Your pizza balls will need to rest for about an hour to become soft and elastic, so that they can be easily stretched into a thin crust pizza. If you won’t need your dough for more than an hour, refrigerate it until you are ready to start.

8. At this stage your pizza balls are ready to be rolled into thin Neapolitana dough using your wooden dough roller.

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