July 4th: Continued healing


I hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy some level of July 4th festivities.  July 4th was a day of continued healing for me.  BBQ is a big part of my life and how I both express myself and release stress.  To me there is no release like smoking a pork shoulder for 14 hours or spending 4 hours to get the perfect ribs(which I never eat) or smoking anything else. While going through the ordeal with Aaron, I had not really had a proper release with some good Que.  The only time over the last few months that I really was able to get down the way I normally do was for Aaron’s post funeral gathering.  I spent the night before the funeral doing several racks of baby backs and pork shoulders.  It helped me get mentally ready for the next day.

Outside of that, I had not done anything and so I needed the fourth to be the next step in my healing.  So naturally, I had a few friends over and went to work and made a fresh batch of sauce and dry rub.  I ended up doing a shoulder and for the first time a beer can chicken.  I also slow cooked my burgers for the first time.  Instead of the usual high heat, I cooked them for an hour over a lower temperature.  I experimented on my guests and they seemed to enjoy it.  There was only one burger left that evening.

It was also the first time I had gathered with most of these friends since the funeral.  It was great to be around all my best friends in this area on a more positive note.  They all have helped me in the healing process and did so yet again.  Thanks to Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, Miriam Chicurel-Bayard, Ian Mance, Nicole Foster, and Cara Williams for being that kind of friend to me and my family. You all helped to make the 4th another step in the healing process.

 

Enjoy the pictures!

Uncle Yammy’s Grillin Sauce (original)


We were out of BBQ sauce, and my wife wanted some BBQ chicken. Typically, I have some of my own sauce in the house, but all  we had left was the fire version and that isn’t exactly family friendly.  So off to the store I went.  This was the perfect chance for me to act on my decision to no longer buy traditional brand sauce at the store.  I want to specifically buy sauce made here in NC, as a way to promote local sauce makers.

This time I chose Uncle Yammy’s Grilling Sauce.  The only one in the Food Lion I was at was the original recipe, they have others listed on their site.  The label indicates that it is “sweet with a little bite”.  That is a good description of what this sauce brings to the table.  It is sweet, but not too sweet  but there is a slight bite that kicks in just as you think it is all about the sweet.  Everyone seemed to like it and, it did add a nice touch to the chicken.

If you want to learn more about them check out their website, www.uncleyammys.com.  It originated in Greenville, NC and I recommend trying this sauce.

More NC BBQ Fun


So after jumping on Rick Perry for his dislike of Eastern NC BBQ, I wanted to have some more fun with it. Here is a Poll to test what the readers of this blog think about BBQ.

Will BBQ cost Rick Perry a shot at NC?


If Governor Rick Perry, stays on his current path as a GOP front runner, he is going to have to campaign in NC at least once.  Depending on how well he does, multiple times.  Something from his past may come back to bite him.  People in NC are passionate about their BBQ.  There are debates about whether eastern or western carolina has the best, Lexington who has a style of their own likes to make claim to theirs being the best.  One thing most everyone here can agree on is that any NC BBQ is better than no BBQ and definitely better than BBQ from somewhere else.

Apparently, Rick Perry doesn’t like NC BBQ.  Eastern NC BBQ to be more specific.  In fact he claims roadkill tastes better!  I have never eaten at the place who catered the meal, but after looking them up and their reviews, to prefer roadkill you have to just hate that style of BBQ.  I think I may have to make a trip and try it myself (when I do, I will report back).

The point is, we love our BBQ in NC no matter what side of the state you live.  Some of you may say that BBQ has nothing to do with the issues Perry is campaigning on.  That may be true, but when someone from a state who claims to have the best BBQ (false claim), and attacks our BBQ as lower than roadkill he will have an uphill battle to win support.  Maybe he will just avoid the Eastern Part of the state altogether and avoid the issue.  But no matter where he goes, he will have to answer for his comments.

Don’t mess with Texas, whatever.  When it comes to BBQ, don’t mess with NC!

Hickory Smoked Beer


This weekend, my wife and I were free as our kids were gone at their grandparents.  We don’t often have free weekends to act like adults, and so we took advantage of the opportunity.  We went out to dinner with some good friends of ours Ian Mance and Nicole Foster at a local African restaurant.  After dinner we decided to join them at a local bar, Fullsteam Brewery, in town that brews most of its own beers.

I always enjoy spending money on local business, because I feel that is a more worthy investment than spending the money at chain restaurants.  So, I was looking forward to trying a plethora of local beers.  When I looked at the menu however my eyes locked on one beer, Hogwash Hickory Smoked Porter.  I had been thinking about something hickory smoked all day and I knew that would hit the spot.  I had never heard of a hickory smoked beer so I was interested in how it would turn out.

It was great!  Before I knew it, I had gone through 2 glasses!  This beer more than satisfied my craving for something hickory smoked.  The hickory flavor hits you with all its goodness on the first sip, but doesn’t over power you.  The more you drink the flavor stays balanced.  At no point does the hickory take away from the beer.  I can’t wait to try this beer with some BBQ.  I can only imagine how the flavors would mix together and form a heavenly marriage.  All I know is, I will go back for this beer, and possibly try some others, and I need it with some BBQ.  So if you are in Durham, and looking for a great place to grab a beer, head over to Fullsteam and grab some of that Hogwash Hickory Smoked Porter.

Spicy Chicken BBQ Sandwich – Elmo’s Diner


This is a cross post from www.roadmaptobbq.com.

I have been a bit heavy on the policy here lately, so I wanted to bring in some Que conversation to lighten the mood a bit!

 

The other day we were sitting at work deciding where to go for lunch.  There was a spot in Durham, I had yet to eat and so it was decided that is where we would go, Elmo’s Diner.  It isn’t a BBQ joint so it that wasn’t even on my mind.  Yet to my surprise there was a Chicken BBQ Sandwich on the menu.  It is described on the menu as being NC Style Shredded BBQ so of course I had to try it.  I have eaten chicken like this and though it doesn’t taste like pulled pork, it gives me the same sensation.

The other good thing is that it was listed as spicy.  If anyone knows me, they know that spicy is good to me.  In fact, the spicier the better.  Of course I ordered the sandwich with came with fries and some slaw.  I was not a fan of the slaw, I am not saying it was bad but just wasn’t great.  I still put it on top if the chicken so I could taste is as they wanted.  On top of that I added the Spicy Sauce they served on the side.  It seemed like it was just a spicy version of an eastern style vinegar sauce.  It didn’t taste like hot sauce, but as if something else was added to it.  This extra spice helped the marriage between the Cole slaw and the chicken.  The sandwich was pretty good.  The only thing stopping it from being great was the Cole slaw.

Cole slaw is one of those things that varies based on your taste preference.  So to some people this Cole slaw would be really good, which would make the sandwich great to them.  Regardless if you are in Durham and are looking for a place to grab some lunch and want a Spicy Chicken BBQ Sandwich, Elmo’s Diner is the place to go.

Spicy Chicken BBQ Sandwich – Elmo’s Diner


Spicy Chicken BBQ Sandwich

The other day we were sitting at work deciding where to go for lunch.  There was a spot in Durham, I had yet to eat and so it was decided that is where we would go, Elmo’s Diner.  It isn’t a BBQ joint so it that wasn’t even on my mind.  Yet to my surprise there was a Chicken BBQ Sandwich on the menu.  It is described on the menu as being NC Style Shredded BBQ so of course I had to try it.  I have eaten chicken like this and though it doesn’t taste like pulled pork, it gives me the same sensation.

Spicy Sauce

The other good thing is that it was listed as spicy.  If anyone knows me, they know that spicy is good to me.  In fact, the spicier the better.  Of course I ordered the sandwich with came with fries and some slaw.  I was not a fan of the slaw, I am not saying it was bad but just wasn’t great.  I still put it on top if the chicken so I could taste is as they wanted.  On top of that I added the Spicy Sauce they served on the side.  It seemed like it was just a spicy version of an eastern style vinegar sauce.  It didn’t taste like hot sauce, but as if something else was added to it.  This extra spice helped the marriage between the Cole slaw and the chicken.  The sandwich was pretty good.  The only thing stopping it from being great was the Cole slaw.

Cole slaw is one of those things that varies based on your taste preference.  So to some people this Cole slaw would be really good, which would make the sandwich great to them.  Regardless if you are in Durham and are looking for a place to grab some lunch and want a Spicy Chicken BBQ Sandwich, Elmo’s Diner is the place to go.