What is BBQ? The Top 4 Definitions of “BBQ”

Basics of BBQ #1

Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#bbqprok

Upscale BBQ Pork Roast at La Petite Cour restaurant in Paris. France.

What is BBQ?

When you think about it, this could one of the World’s Greatest Mysteries. How did the word “BBQ” spread across the planet? Could it be with our language differences, it is just easier to say “BBQ” to describe tasty food? This all-inclusive term is used regionally around the United States, and in countries all over the world. It would take written volumes to describe all of the different styles. For the purposes of this Series, we will go over some the more common ways food considered BBQ is prepared around the world.

#bbqgrill #puertvallartamexico

A sidewalk Mixed  Grill at a restaurant in  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 The Top 4 Ways the Word “BBQ” is Used:

1. Seasoned Foods– Many of these come nowhere near a grill, but are seasoned with dry mixtures that possess the familiar sweet and smoky flavors; i.e. BBQ Potato Chips, Pork Rinds, Sunflower Seeds, etc…

#bbqchips

BBQ Seasoned Sweet Potato and Veggie Chips.

2. BBQ Sauces– They come in a wide variety of flavors and colors all over the world. Most are commonly added to Grilled or Smoked foods. May also be used on Broiled, Baked, Slow Cooker, Fried dishes, or as a Condiment; i.e. Baked BBQ Chicken. Fried BBQ Chicken Wings, Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork, etc…

#bodeans

Texas style House-made BBQ Sauces at Bodean’s BBQ in London.

3. Grilled Foods– There are a vast array of cooking styles and techniques that people consider Grilling. From using a Griddle, to a Grill Pan, charring food in a Skillet or Wok, Stovetop and Countertop Grilling Devices. Of course there is outdoor cooking with Open Flame, on a Grill or in a Pit.

#MoroccanGrilledChicken #MomosLondon

Moroccan style Grilled Chicken with Couscous and all the Trimmings at Momo’s in London.

4. Smoked Foods– For some people, food isn’t BBQ unless it has been infused with some form of smoke flavor. This can be done with Liquid Smoke, Wood Chips, Wood Chunks or cooked in a Wood Burning Oven, Terrine or Pit.

#smokedribs

Smoked Ribs at The Joint restaurant in New Orleans.

Of course, there are many exceptions. For some reason, when it comes to Vegetable and Seafood dishes, people tend to refer to them as “Grilled” or “Smoked”, as opposed to BBQ. This is true even when they are cooked using the same techniques as the Meats. The popular dish BBQ Shrimp in New Orleans is sautéed in a skillet and served with a pan BBQ sauce. A big food chain in Korea is called BBQ Chicken. For them, the term “BBQ” stands for “Best of the Best Quality”. While Grilled Chicken is on thier Menu, the chain is best known for Fried Chicken. Go Figure…

Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

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Thanks for being among the first to visit the new “Basics of BBQ” Series. I am happy to preview it here on the Blog. Some material will be used for a current book project, tentatively called “The BBQ Catering Confidential Cookbook”.  A version will also be shared on the California Gold BBQ Rubs Recipes pages, under the New Owner’s Manual. Stay tuned, next time we will start answering the question-  “What’s Grilling?”.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

 

New BBQ Tasting Tours Los Angeles and Best of Barbecue in London

By Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#PittCo #BBQBeefRibs

Pitt Cue Co. Smoked Beef Ribs with Bone Marrow Mashed Potatoes and Pickled Red Cabbage. The Best BBQ Dish I had in London.

 

Barbecue Season is in full swing in countries all over the world. If you are like me, you’re always searching for something exciting and new in your travels. Especially when it comes to Food. Since my interest is Grilling, I always try to find something grilled on restaurant menus wherever I go. Wish every city had a BBQ Tour, where I could link up with a BBQ Chef and explore some of the best local places to eat (and avoid the over-priced tourist traps with mediocre food).

 

#SteakCoLondon #BBQLondon

Steak & Co. is a Class Act with a variety of Rib styles. They are said to have some of the Best Mac and Cheese in London.

As it turns out, I usually end up creating culinary tours for myself whenever I visit cities outside of Los Angeles. I utilize a combination of Yelp, Trip Advisor, “Local BBQ Restaurant Reviews” (Google Searches), and good old “Word of Mouth” from Locals. Thanks to Facebook and Google, I am also creating a Friends’ network of Gluten Free and BBQ Foodies and Chefs from all over the U.S., and abroad.

 

#MickBrown #RipleysLondon

At Ripley’s Museum London, I quiz a friendly Local about where to find the best BBQ.

When I am not doing BBQ, I like to take city tours of the best local Cuisines and do Cooking Classes to learn how to make them. In the past couple of years I have been fortunate to tour exciting food destinations like New Orleans, Paris, Mexico, Miami, Costa Rica and Chicago, among others. Some of these experiences have been subjects in “The Adventures of TasteeBQ”.

 

#BodeansLondon #BBQBurntEnds

Authentic Texas style BBQ is alive and well at Bodean’s BBQ in London. They are popular for house made BBQ Sauces and delicious Burnt Ends.

Recently, I have been hearing from people who are planning travel to London, so I decided to share one of my favorite BBQ cities ever. I was there in the Fall of 2012, following the Olympics. Hopefully, the London BBQ scene hasn’t changed too much in the past year, or so. Please share any updates if you have more recent Pics of BBQ in London.

#AdamsRib #LondonBBQ

Tender Chicken and Ribs taste a more baked than BBQ at Adam’s Ribs. But the BBQ Sauce is great with the Fries.

 

#WestEndLondon #TheatreRow

From Adam’s Ribs, you get great views of Theatre Row in the West End.

Of course, throughout my travels there have been “Hits and Misses” when it comes to BBQ restaurants. The Catering part of my company has recently branched out to offer BBQ Tasting Tours in Los Angeles. Open to both L.A. Locals and visitors alike, friends have asked why would I promote the competition?  I look at it a different way.  As a Caterer, I seldom cook for groups of less than 10, and I have no intention of ever opening a BBQ restaurant in L.A. [Been there , done that with Chicago Pizza.] Plus it is a chance to take my BBQ Classes on the road, meet new people and nosh on some of the Best BBQ in town. The next Tour is coming up in a couple of weeks (details below). In the end, BBQ Tasting Tours is another small step in my company’s mission to Make the World a Better Place to Eat. Hope to see you there. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

#MoroccanGrilledChicken #MomosLondon

As a fan of International BBQ is was great to have Lunch at Momo Restaurant in London. Their Moroccan style Grilled Chicken was phenomenal, and came with Couscous and all the Trimmings.

FAVORITE 5 PLACES FOR BBQ IN LONDON

1. Pitt Cue Co.- 1 Newburgh St, London W1F 7RB, United Kingdom +44 20 7287 5578- Great quality Smoked Meats, creative Side Dishes and Daily Specials.

2. Steak & Co.- Irving Street.London WC2A 0HAEngland, 0207 839 8100- Elegant Steakhouse with nice variety of Ribs and traditional American BBQ Dishes.

3. Bodean’s BBQ- 10 Poland Street London, W1F 8PZ  020 7287 7575- A slice of the South with authentic Texas Style smoked BBQ, and more.

4. Momo Restaurant- 25, Heddon street London W1B 4BH + 44 207 434 4040- Lavish Moroccan Restaurant with excellent Grilled Chicken and the works.

5. Adams Rib- 9/23 Shaftesbury AvenueLondon W1V 7HAEngland +44(0)20 77346811- BBQ is tender and tasty. Great location for Theater Row.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

 

 

LINKS

For More see The Adventures of TasteeBQ “Best of BBQ in London” http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasteebq/the-best-of-bbq-in-london-2kzn

Pit Cue Co.,  London http://www.pittcue.co.uk/home/ 

Steak & Co., Lmdon http://www.steakand.co.uk/

Bodean’s BBQ, London http://www.bodeansbbq.com/

Adams Rib, London http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d2200833-Reviews-Adams_Rib-London_England.html

Momo Restaurant, London http://momoresto.com/restaurant/london/momo/restaurant/

BBQ Tasting Tours Los Angeles- Tickets, Info Tour July 26, 2014 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/774599

BBQ Tasting Tours- Tastee BQ Grilling Co. http://tasteebqgrilling.com/bbq-tasting-tours-los-angeles/

BBQ Grilling in Puerto Vallarta Pt. II The Blue Shrimp

By  Mick Brown

[Last Dispatch written on Monday 2/17/14]

#portugueseshrimp #blueshrimppuertovallarta

Smoky Portuguese Shrimp at The Blue Shrimp Restaurant on the Beach.

Sadly, my time here in Puerto Vallarta Mexico is winding down. Last night’s wedding was a huge success. Congratulations to the happy Newlyweds Jacki and Andre. They would have easily won Wedding Wars on TLC. The Catering staff of Casamagna Marriott Resort and Spa, led by Supervisor Carlos, did an amazing job with the food. There wasn’t much from the Grill, but I’ll attach some gratuitous delicious Wedding Food pictures at the end of the article, anyway.

#theblueshrimp #martin

The Blue Shrimp owner Martin’ mixes drink at table while nearby Server makes a fresh Caesar Salad table side.

Before I toured the Grills around La Playa De Los Muertos, we stopped for a “snack” at the Blue Shrimp Restaurant. Mission Impossible. The place is popular among tourists for it’s name and excellent location. Though commercial and kitschy, the decor bespeaks of more cleanliness than you’ll find at almost any other restaurant in the area. As a Certified Professional Food Safety Manager, I see the California Department of Health would have a Field Day writing citations on the Beaches of Puerto Vallarta.

#chocolatebananamartini  #blueshrimprestaurant

A special request from the bar “L.A. Mick’s Choco-Banana Martini” (?)

After being seated by the Hostess at The Blue Shrimp, we were left alone at the table for quite awhile. Finally, we were greeted by the restaurant’s owner Martin’, who seemed relatively young for such a big establishment. He strongly suggested the menu favorites Portuguese and Coconut Shrimp. The smallest you could get was a “1/4 Order” so we decided to sample them both. While waiting, they allowed me to request an experiment of making a Martini with two of my favorite flavors, Chocolate and Banana. It came out delicious and we requested that that if they put it on the menu, it should be called the “L.A. Mick Choco-Banana Mix”, or something like it. We’ll see…

#coconutshrimp #blueshrimp #puertovallarta

Coconut Shrimp at The Blue Shrimp Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

Keeping it real, The Blue Shrimp is the subject of mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. Some people say it is under par and overpriced, while others say it’s the best food ever. As you know, it is always a matter of personal taste and your idea of reasonable value. Trying the dishes, I could see both points of view. The earlier comment about a snack at Blue Shrimp being “Mission Impossible” was regarding the big filling portions of their minimum sized dishes. Maybe it’s my bad, I didn’t realize we were ordering entrees that came with under steamed Rice and Veggies.

#coconutshrimp #blueshrimp #puertovallarta

A closer view of the Coconut Shrimp, with Dipping Sauce.

“The Good” was the Jumbo Shrimp- 6 per Order- all came out tasting nice and fresh. “The Great” was the presentations. The Bacon wrapped Shrimp was served on a half Mango Plank, with a torch burning for extra drama. The Coconut Shrimp looked  ginormous, plated around a freshly cut Coconut Bowl, filled with Dipping Sauce.  So far, so good. The “Not-So-Great” (or Bad) was the breading. I can see how some would have issue with the Coconut Shrimp Batter, which was an inch think on some parts. It is hard to find fault with too much Bacon. But the super thick slices on the Portuguese Shrimp were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The flavor did seem to dominate the fresh Shrimp. Maybe the dish should of been called “Thick Bacon Wrap with Shrimp”.

#BeefSataywithCucumberSauce #marriottcasamagnapuertovallarta

Gratuitous Wedding Food Photos (#1)- Beef Satay with Cucumber Sauce. The one that got away- didn’t get one before it disappeared.

With a little bit of food e-arranging, we were able to enjoy the best parts of the Blue Shrimp dishes, and leave the less desirable components on the plates. Still left full and satisfied. Next time we will do Tour of What’s Grilling on the Beach in Puerto Vallarta. Here are those Weding Food Pics I promised. Until next time- Eat and Be Well.

Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

#tomatomozzarellaskewer #marriottcasamagnapuertovallarta

Tomato Mozzarella Skewers were served with fresh Basil Dipping Sauce at the Marriott Casamagna Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

#salmontomatosauce  #marriottcasamagnapuertovallarta

You can see all the great seasoning on this delicious Salmon with Tomato Onion Ragu.

#weddingcatering #chickenbreast #marriottcasamagnapuertovallarta

The Artichoke and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts were amazing with a light Basil Sauce.