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And The Winner Is???????????????

Barbeyaki !!!!!!!!

Yep, you heard it right. Barbeyaki  and Chef John Woods and crew were presented First Place Award at the 10th Anniversary of the Prestigious

Taste of Desoto.

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Woods’ Barbeyaki Brisket Waffle Cone was the hit of the entire show, evidenced by the long lines at their both throughout the evening.

Coley and Samantha are Culinary Students at Northwest Mississippi studying under Woods. Carol Singleton is Executive Chef at First Choice Catering.

We thought we would take the opportunity to show you a few of the very happy and satisfied voters that put Barbeyaki at the Top.

Aren’t these two a Lovely , Satisfied couple!

Now ladies.......Let's not fight over the Barbeyaki!

Now ladies…….Let’s not fight over the Barbeyaki!

5th time through the line. Shame on you!

5th time through the line. Shame on you!

This isn't her first time either!

This isn’t her first time either!

Chef John was also kind enough to prepare two of his other award winning Barbeyaki Treats.

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Barbeyaki BBQ Shooters

Barbeyaki Barbecued Salmon and Barbeyaki Caramelized Bacon

Barbeyaki Barbecued Salmon and Barbeyaki Caramelized Bacon

Congrats Chef John Woods and your great staff for representing Barbeyaki extremely well. Next up……… Memphis in May!

Nobody Beats Our Meat!!

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Gardentails

Gardentails

(like the Cocktails)

Mother Earth Libations

Mother Earth Libations

Now how many times in your life have you spent the day in the garden thinking about what great cocktail you are going to harvest today? Maybe never! But absolutely great Gardentails are just sitting there waiting for the pickin’.

She's Hot Mary

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Start this Hot Mama out with some Garden Infused Vodka.

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Jalapeños, Habanero Chiles, and Fresh Basil, and Limes fire up this Gardentail. 

I like to make home made Tomato Basil Soup using my fresh San Marzanos and use as my mix, along with a little horseradish. Mix in about 4 tablespoons of Barbeyaki Spicy and you are ready to take off. Then pour in that infused vodka and garnish with olives, picked cucumber spears , and a piece of crispy bacon. Goes real good with a big bowl of your favorite Gelato.  This recipe curtsy of Barbeyaki Master Chef John Woods.

The Chamtito

The Chamjito

On the refreshing side of things, try out the Chamjito. Champagne with Mojito. Muddle some of your fresh mint, limes with some sugar water and Silver Rum.  Strain and pour half a flute mixed with the other half of Champagne. The garnish with fresh raspberries, blueberries, and tiny leaves of mint. You better make a bunch of this because you can’t stopped drinking them.

The Flower Child

The Flower Child

This Gardentail is for all of you Flower Folks. Infuse some Titos Vodka with Elderflowers, Buffalo Grass and Basil. Mix together 65% Rose wine and 35% of your Floral Concoction. Garnish with Blueberries.

And last but not least, the Delta Punch

Delta Punch...and It's Packed

Delta Punch…and It’s Packed

Put a cup of Raw Sugar with a quart of Indian Black Tea. Then add a quart of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, 2 cups of Meyers Dark Rum,2 Cups Cognac, 1 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, I cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice and 1 1/2 cups Pellegrino Sparkling Water. Garnish with Nutmeg.

Hotty Toddy and Be Nice To Your Garden.

Y’all Done Drank So Much You Look Like You Been Chasin’ Cars

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Leftovers

What is sitting there in your pantry?

What is just about got to go in your fridge?

Well don’t just sit there……..get up and do something with it!

Nothing make me more excited that using up stuff. It is not that I am really cheap or just cannot throw away anything. I just simply love the challenge of creating something delicious out of lonely,past their prime, food products.

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Last of the Winter Veggies

As you can see from above, I had some almost done winter vegetables. Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Delicata, and some Yellow Zucchini.After a good hour of somehow cutting threw these hard heads and cutting them into nice 3/4 inch rectangles, I cranked up the oven to 450.

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After a god drenching of olive oil and sprinkles of pepper, turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. I roasted this for a little over 25 minutes until they were nice and soft. After cooling I pureed them and aded a little heavy cream and a quarter cup of sherry. Thats it!

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Lastly, I whipped up a cup of whipping cream and a third cup of sour cream. And Viola!

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What I did not tell you before was the secret ingredient, a quarter cup of Barbeyaki Smoke Sauce.

Barbeyaki JR.

Barbeyaki JR.

Do the uses of this wonder sauce ever end? Wish you could taste the soup. Delicious and so hearty. All from leftovers.

Leftovers are about as useless as a screen door on a submarine. You think????

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Ice…..maybe the most important part of your life!!!

Why Lie?

I like to drink. And I prefer cocktails over beer and wine. I know, thats not a good habit but I do make great effort to keep this vice under control. Over the last 10 years there has been a major paradigm shift from wine back to the great ole days of cocktails. No longer is the sommelier revered and worshipped. It’s the Mixologist that is causing all the “stir“.

But there is one huge secret weapon in the perfect cocktail :

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Ice!

As most of you know I grew up in the deep south. I was appalled when I attending a symposium that featured famed mixologist Alba Huerta from Houston Texas and found out that The South had created very few Cocktails over it’s long and thirsty history.

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Alba In Action

Well I’ll be. All that Bourbon and Rye that we consumed while being masterfully educated at Ole Miss. Is that truly possible?

Well there is good reason for this perplexing thought. Ice. You see, back in the days of The Civil War, the Yankees were starving us Rebels out of everything…….even ice! No ice, the meat goes bad. No ice, the milk spoils. No Ice, No Cocktails! The only folks that had ice were those lucky folks in New Orleans cause they had a port. And the only folks that could afford the ice (not the Bourbon) were aristocracy(big word for rich folks).

And that’s where this lovely signature Southern concoction came from:

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The Mint Julep

2 oz. bonded rye whiskey (Heugel and Huerta use Rittenhouse)
2 barspoons turbinado syrup (2:1, sugar to water)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
10-12 mint leaves

Tools: muddler, barspoon
Glass: Julep cup
Garnish: mint sprigs, powdered sugar, straw

 

In the base of a Julep cup, muddle the mint leaves with the rye, syrup and bitters. Fill the julep cup three-quarters of the way with crushed ice. Stir until cold. Fill with more crushed ice, forming a mound. Garnish with two pressed mint sprigs, dusted with powdered sugar. Place a straw in the cup right next to the mint to emphasize the aromatics.

Alba Huerta and Bobby Heugel, Julep, Houston

 So the next time you start sipping on that 6:00 PM cocktail, remember just how lucky and blessed you really are to have Ice at your beckoning call. And there is nothing better than having pulled pork and Barbeyaki stuck in your teeth when you are enjoying your libation.

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” -Ernest Hemingway”

Thanks to Alba Huerta and Bobby Huegal for these great pictures and their great drink in’ holes, “Anvil”, “The Pastry War”, and “Julep”

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Genetics

IMG_2261This is my alter Ego, “Hoot”

Believe it or not, I share some genes with “Hoot” We both have fat cheeks, green eyes, and need glasses to see.

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This is me! 

As you can see I have fat cheeks, green eyes, and need glasses to see also.

Mr_&_Mrs_Stark_IIThis is my Dad.

He can’t see either, and he gave me my cheeks, and guess what……….he has green eyes!

IMG_2660This is my boy!

He can see so far, but he is very young. I bet he needs specs pretty soon, but he got all the other goodies like the cheeks.

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This is my Grandson.

Of course he doesn’t need glasses at this age. He is still pooping his pants. But as you can see he has the cheeks. I am just hoping he is outta diapers before I start to wear them again.

The whole point of this is that every single day we wake up, we get to see ourselves past, present, and future because of these genes. What a very cool miracle God provided to us. I love it.

What a “Hoot”

I Am Off  Like a Herd of Turtles

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Grandkids

My Grandson

My Grandson

Meet John Harrison 

He was gloriusly born in Nashville Tennessee on March 18th, 2013. He is named after his Grandfather, “Johnny“, and some guy named Harrison. I like to think it was after Harrison Ford myself. I know you all think his nickname is probably “Harry”. But his Momma decided to name him “Harold” after Harold in “Harold and Kumar”??? So for the purpose of this introduction we will stick with “Harrison“.

Frankie

Frankie

This is Harrison’s Aunt Frankie.

Bubba

Bubba

This is Harrison’s Uncle Bubba. They both just love their nephew.

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This is Harrison’s best friend “Paddington“.

Harrison really the sweetest, best behaved, cutest (handsome), smartest Grandson in the world (sorry everybody else in the world that has a Grandson…it is my first so I have to say it).

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Hotty Toddy

Harrison is an Ole Miss Rebel. He will attend Ole Miss someday and most likely will be the starting Quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels. His Grandpa will be at every game, probably crying every time he touches the ball.

Fashion Maven

Fashion Maven

Harrison is also a great dresser. He will be featured in GQ Magazine in June as one of their “Best Dress Men in the World”.

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This is Harrison’s Cousin, Sophie. She is my 11 year old Granddaughter and in the “World’s Best Granddaughter“. By now you should be acknowledging that the Gene Pool for Looks is very strong in this family. She is the first spoiled Grandchild and Harrison will be next. Sophie is the best Cousin a little boy can have, and smart as a whip too.

Pretty Boy

Pretty Boy

I had to end my picture gallery with this beautiful picture of my Grandson. Now come on….that is stinkin pretty, isn’t it?

So, so much for my bragging and gloating over my grandchildren. I am sure you understand. But if “Gerber” or “Huggies” has any openings for baby models, Harrison is ready. And if “Forever Twenty-One” is looking for the next Super Model, Sophie has talent!

You can see what happens to you when you have Grandchildren. All the parenting, discipline, pushing, and challenging go away and pure love just bubbles over. What blessings they are!

“Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.”

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Shrinkage

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Shrinkage!

There are many, many different forms of shrinkage. Some are pleasant and others are not.

Here are just a few ways we are encountering shrinkage daily.

1. Loss of weight. According to the Surgeon general the picture above should be reversed. We are not shrinking ! We are expanding.

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2. The Economy: Yes this is for sure experiencing some dramatic shrinkage. This form of Shrinkage has definitely effected our Savings accounts

3. Organic Shrinkage (I think you guys get this one). Usually occurs when we run like Bo Derrick into the Pacific Ocean. This can be very exhilarating or very embarrassing depending on your style of suit.

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4. Hair Loss: It happens to most of it. We try to convince ourselves that it is not but it is. Our follicles are experiencing shrinkage and chocking our last few little hairs. But who cares. There is nothing more reflective than a beautifully shined scalp!

5.Home Size: This is what I have just experienced. Some serious shrinkage of my home. This was my previous home:

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Not bad huh? 748 lightbulbs, 7 Pool Pumps that went out monthly, 362 sprinkler heads,  12 shower or tub drains that got stopped up bi-weekly, 1/2 acre of flower beds where the flowers had to be replaced once every two months or the neighbors complained about the aesthetics of the yard. And we will not even get into the water and electric bill of this monster every month.

Now for the Shrinkage.………This is my new abode

Chateau de Shrinkage

Chateau de Shrinkage

And this is my master bathroom.

No Drain Issues here!

No Drain Issues here!

Now for those who know me, that was not my previous home…..not far off though. And this is not my new abode……..not far off either. But I have gone through some serious Shrinkage and it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. The more we shrink physically the bigger our spiritual life expands. It is amazing when all the burden of materialistic stuff is lifted and the simplicity of life takes over. I have saved enough time each week from not changing light bulbs, fixin sprinklers, and calling handymen, to working 30 hours a week at the local Yogurt shop. And they pay me instead of me forking out.

Shrink and Simplify!!!!  Adds years to your life!

Cheers Y’all

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Dead or Alive ?

Dead or Alive

Am I Dead?

Am I Dead?

or…………

Am I Alive!!!!!!

Am I Alive!!!!!!

I am alive and well! Sorry about the disappearing act. My life has been turned upside down for the last 3 months but it has been a crazy fun E-Ticket ride at Disneyland type of life. Just to name a few things:

1. Went to London

2. Went to San Francisco

3. Had my first Grandson

4. Went to Nashville

5. Sold my home

6. Got a new home

7. Moved

8. Caught my Breath

9. Been Cooking a whole lot and getting alot better, if I may say so

10. Enjoying my Winter Garden and now fixin to plant Spring

So, as you can see I have been very busy, but I have lots of exciting, funny, bizarre stuff to share with you now that I have come up for air.

Thanks for your patience.

Barbeyaki is Back!!

Barbeyaki is Back!!

Watch Out…..I am Nuttier than a Squirrel Turd!

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Pep Talk

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Everyone needs a little Pep Talk now and then. Many times these Pep Talks come in the form of fictitious flattery from someone who actually cares about us. Other times they come in the form of harsh truth that can sting. But that person probably loves us even more than the one showering the flattery. But either way it is a really good thing…..right?

Today I saw one of the world’s best Pep Talks and if you have not seen it, I want to share it with you. Meet Kid President! His Pep Talk has inspired over 11 million folks. Don’t you think you and I can inspire just one today if this little kid can inspire 11 million!

Go make something good happen today!

Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

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Dumb and Dumber

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Dunce

We have all felt like this guy at some time in our life. For most of us this Stupid Feeling Moment can occur up to four or five times a day. So my mission today, if I decide to accept it (Mission Impossible), is to make you feel very intelligent, supoer smart, and forgot about every one of your Dumb Moments.

This Dumb moment began 7 years ago. It all started the day we moved into out New Condo just north of San Diego, California. It was beautiful! Everything brand new, a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, and a state of the art Viking Kitchen. The highlight of the equipment was a spectacular Viking side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator.

The Fridge

The Fridge

For seven years we have enjoyed this refrigerator. It has accomodated many a fresh vegetable, fruit, and herb. It has chilled many a great dessert. It has chilled many a great White Burgundy from France. But one thing this state of the art cooling and freezing unit has never done is make ice. Matter of fact it did not even come with an ice maker. I have to admit it was quite the disappointment. How could such a great company such as Viking make such an expensive refrigerator and not include an ice maker. But life goes on  and we did the next best thing.

Plastic Ice Trays

Plastic Ice Trays

The old fashion, ever-dependable plastic ice trays. And these babies have provided wonderful ice for Southern sweet tea, lemonade, and an occasional Bourbon and Coke. We never ran out and never had to buy ice. These cute little trays always took care of us. In the winter and the heat of the summer, we were always with Ice.

Then the Dumb and Dumber moment happened . Exactly seven years, 22 days, and six hours and 32 minutes later, our sweet neighbor Gertrude came over for dinner. Gertrude has been living next to us for the entire time we were here. She is one of the nicest neighbors anyone could have. Her friend Bob accompanied her for dinner. Fairly early in the evening Bob desired too freshen his drink. So he opened the freezer and was quite astonished that he could not retrieve ice from the Ice Maker. We apologized and explained we had to resort to the old fashion Ice Tray which he so graciously obliged it’s use. Bob did point out though that Gertrude had an ice maker in her refrigerator and it appeared to be the exact model as ours.

“Well” I said, “obviously Gertrude was just a little more special than we were”. And the evening went on without any more Icy conversations.

Today at 4:05 P.S.T., my wife looked at me and said,”now why do you think Gertrude’s Refrigerator has an Ice Maker and we don’t”. I told her is was just our luck. At that very moment i was pulling out an ice tray preparing to twist and crack the next 12 cubes form their maker and I noticed a drawer at the bottom of the freezer. A drawer that for seven years I had never had a need to open. So I did. And guess what was behind drawer number three.

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A Stinkin’ Ice Maker!

Now how about that f0r Dumb and Dumber!

I Am As Dumb As A Screen Door On A Submarine!

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