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Friday's Best BetsHere we go again!  BBQ Smoker Friday Best Bets are back with a scant few posts in between this issue and the last!  (Wow. Did I really just type the word “Scant?”)  Anyway!  Here we go, and I boy do I have a good selection of posts for you to check out this time!

Remember, if you don’t see your BBQ, Grilling, or Food related blog featured in this series, shoot me an email or connect with me directly on Facebook and give me your blog address.  I’ll load it in the lineup and we’ll see if a post comes up in one of my future editions!

Here are this week’s posts….

Terry’s Turf Club Restaurant Review – Curt McAdams runs the Livefire blog, which I’ve followed now for a long time.  This review of Terry’s Turf Club is a classic!  Curt’s done some real “Food Journalism” here of the 1st order.  You’ll find a ton of amazing photos along with a great write up on what Terry’s is all about.  Known for what many say is the “best burger in Cincinnati,”  this is a place I’m definitely putting on my “must chow down” list!

Grilled Oysters with Jalapeno Butter Sauce – Robyn Medlin Lindars is the “Grill Grrrl!”  A fellow Floridian, she’s always pushing the envelope where grilling is concerned, and she does a great job featuring some of the best Florida has to offer.  Filled with more of Robyn’s amazing photos, you’re going to run straight for your local oyster connection after reading this one!  (Well, if you are lucky enough to have one!)

Saints and Sinners Pizza – Another winner from Paul Haight (AKA Zydeco Paws) over at the No Excuses BBQ blog!  This one features a “heathen lover’s pizza’ as well as one for the more saintly among us.  Definitely worth a look see, especially as Paul fires them up “live fire” style!

event: BRAHMS and CO. at W TAIPEI – This one from the Hungry Girl’s Guide to Taipi blog features baked Snow Fish and Grilled Kurabota Pork!  Need I say more?  Seriously, I follow this blog because it always presents a ton of great photos of “foodie food.”

Guinness Bacon Cheeseburgers – this is a great burger recipe from the Care’s Kitchen blog.  Carolyn always provides a complete recipe list and easy to follow step-by-step photos.  Excellent food photography from this New Jersey blogger.  Definitely a must see!

Turmeric-Sambal Chicken: A Singapore-New York Stir-Fry – ever wanted to know the importance of cooking with “Agak-Agak” when making Singaporian style stir fry?  Author Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based writer who has written a memoir about discovering her Singaporean family by learning to cook with them.  If you are a fan of Asian cuisine, you should visit this blog.

Grilled Pork Loin with Vegetables – My good friend Hanneke Eerden does it again!  This time, we get to see her work her magic with her new grill from Barbecook.  It’s Orange!  Of course!  Great recipe from a great food blogger!  More info on her cool new orange grill can be found here!


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Friday's Best Bets

I’m starting  a new series  of Friday posts here on the BBQ Smoker Site called Friday Best Bets.  My goal is to highlight some of the folks in BBQ land I follow, as well as some who are grillers and just plain old chillers.  You may also find links to cool articles related to BBQ that I just found interesting.

All in all, this series is about promoting the hard work and quality efforts of my friends, associates, and colleagues in the wonderful world of Food.

What You’ll See Here…

You’ll see a decent selection of food posts and links to tasty recipes, and it’s my hope that you’ll reach out to the folks who run the blogs and sites referenced here.  If you do like what you read on the blogs you see linked here, be sure to tell ’em in a comment that you found them from my blog!

Here’s the  selection from this week… 

Finding the Money to Compete in Professional BBQ Contests – This post comes from Brian Pearcy’s BBQ Blog and hits home for anyone on the competition BBQ circuit.  Whether you’re a backyarder or working hard in the Pros, you know that it takes M-O-N-E-Y to cook a comp with four main meat entries, not to mention the various an sundry beverages that must be procured to sustain one through a full night of cooking!

Pulled Pork Sliders with Chipotle Slaw and Beer Battered Beans –  Awesome take on something many competition cooks have tons of on hand… pulled pork!  I’ve long  been a reader of the Cowgirl’s Country Life blog and felt it long time to share the goodness found there with the rest of you.  The author does a great job of sharing her love of cooking on live fire and outdoor living.  From dutch ovens to campfire grilling to smoking, you’re sure to find something here to salivate over!  Oh – and for you live game eaters, there’s plenty for you here, too!

Bacon Apple Chestnut stuffed & wrapped Pork Loin – straight from the Diva herself, this recipe from the Diva Q blog is another example of the tasty and informative posts Danielle Dimovski offers up.  I love her use of step-by-step prep photos.  They’re great for the “word” challenged!  Filled with amazing ingredients stuffed into a butterflied pork loin, you’re going to love this entry from the Diva!

BBQ-akisoba – my buddy Paul Haight over at the No Excuses BBQ blog is always coming up with great ways to use leftovers.  Here’s a super BBQ Beef take on a traditional Japanese Yakisoba (fried noodles) dish.  Definitely cruise over to Paul’s blog.  He’s got a great sense of humor, and some of the names he calls his friends (PigDog!) will leave you scratching your head.  The stories he tells about them will have you laughing your butt off!

How Do You Cook Tri-Tip? – author and hands down awesome BBQ cook Larry Gaian always brings the goods.  In some cases, he’s expressing his inner Marco Polo and giving up some killer recipes and tastes of the East.  Other times, he delivers solid how-to info about cooking cuts of meat that may not be so familiar to those of us here in the south east.  This is the case with his Tri-Tip post here.  If you’ve heard about the Tri-Tip cut but aren’t sure how to tackle cooking it (if you can find the cut at your grocer, that is), Larry is here to save the day.

Cheating Cuban Pork Roast – from Chris over at Nibble Me This.  I love this blog for its widely varied “live fire” cooking posts.  Chris does a phenomenal job with his photos.  Seriously, between he and Larry Gaian, I’m not sure who gets the great photo award from this go ’round.  If you’re looking at that Mojo Criollo Hormel pork loin at the grocer… STOP!  Do Not Go There!  Instead, grab a pork roast and follow the steps Chris outlines for you here.  Your taste buds will be glad you did!



Photo Credit:  dok1  (Edited)

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