When it comes to finding a grill that can burn both wood pellets and natural gas, there are only 2 options. Option #1 is to convert a Pit Boss 1230 Combo grill to natural gas. Option #2 is to upfit a Camp chef grill with a sidekick side burner with natural gas conversion burner and a grill box. Both are good options, but they both bring about certain challenges which we will go over here.
Meat on a stick is my favorite carnival food. Consequently, it’s also my favorite way to eat meat in general, off the bone. I love steaks, chops, chicken on the bone. So, it’s no surprise that when I saw some Tomahawk Pork Chops at the grocery store, I had to have them in my life. This style of preparation is usually done with bone in rib steaks, but in this instance, I was very excited to give it a go. It’s basically a bone in loin chop with the side rib meat completely removed (probably for bacon). The bone is then cleaned and left in place, so that once the chop is done you have a nice little handle to eat it with.
We keep getting asked in the shop to bring in Salt Free seasonings and we were hesitant because salt tastes so good! However based on the volume of requests, we decided to give it a try on a couple of seasonings that sound great despite not having salt. The Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme seasoning from Spiceology was the first one to get a real test run. I decided to make Cod Sandwiches for the staff and they did not disappoint. I seasoned the fish quite liberally with the Peppercorn seasoning and a little bit of duck fat, took it up to 145 internal and then assembled the sandwiches. 100% will have again, these sandwiches were creamy, moist, rich and flakey.
Beef belly is also called beef plate or beef navel. Most often associated with being attached to beef plate ribs, there is a section of the beef belly that is not directly attached to the ribs, so it stands alone as a rare but highly sought-after cut of beef. I have had beef belly in Japanese restaurants where it is sliced thinly and then cooked over fire hot and fast and it was delicious. For this recipe, we prepare it very similar to how you would prepare a steak. We are going to slice the belly into 2“ strips and then cook them to be medium rare and then slice across the grain into bite size pieces.
Let’s get this started by telling you that I hate 99% of all shish kebabs. You know what I’m talking about. When people take raw meat and vegetables, thread them onto a skewer with no seasoning and then cook the skewer until the veggies are limp and the meat is like leather? Well, no more! I was tasked with coming up with a super innovative shish kebab recipe that would be “elevated” or world class. No overcooked meat and limp unseasoned vegetables at You Need a BBQ! I tasked myself with finding a vegetable that cooks the same way as meat and then pairing it with some meat and seasoning. My idea came to me with King Oyster Mushrooms and Bacon! Usually when I make King oysters in a frying pan I use sesame oil, so for this recipe I paired it with our sesame BBQ sauce called Samurai Sauce from our friends at BBQ Quebec. The recipe ended up being incredible, so here it is for you to give it a try!