I know I have not been blogging like I should, but I have really been busy. Ok that is an excuse and my dad used to have a saying about excuses that I will not repeat here. Anyways, lately I have been recording cooking videos and posting them on YouTube, so that has been taking up a lot of my time. Also the BBQ trailer is rolling strong, so that is keeping my extra time limited. So I said all of that to say this. Here is the link to my YouTube channel so take a look and let me know what you think about it. Leave a comment give me some thumbs up and subscribe if you can.
Fernando and I started our BBQ team five years ago Pappy joined us two years ago. Here is Pappy and I with a little over half of our awards. We have 65 awards in five years they include Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion. and top 10 finishes.
This week I took my students to compete in a salsa contest. They prepared an excellent salsa using roasted poblano peppers and cactus paddles. We did not place in the top three, but I thought it was excellent. So here is the recipe it is well worth a try.
Roasted Poblano and Nopalitos Salsa
3 red bell peppers
4 poblano peppers
4-6 serrano peppers
2 small onions
1 lemon juiced
1tbsp kosher salt
1. Roast poblano peppers, remove charred skin and dice
2. Dice onions and nopalitos
3. Julienne red bell peppers
4. Chop tomatillos
5. Pan roast serronos until they are tender and the skin is blackened and mince
6. Saute onions and bell peppers, add the mince garlic at the end to not burn it
7. Sweat tomatillos
8. Combine all ingredients except cilantro and mix well while still on the heat
9. Small chop cilantro and add to salsa after removing from heat
10. Serve with chips or along with your favorite Mexican foods
This is my reverse flow pit. My nephew and son helped me make it about four or five years ago. The cooking chamber is about 9’X3′ and will cook 30 briskets at one time and has an insulated fire-box. The pit is setting on a gooseneck trailer that has a 24′ deck with two 5500lb axles. I have a 50 gallon water tank on the neck that is connected to a sink and a 55 gallon grey water tank. I also have installed an aluminum tool box for storage. When you fold out the side braces a 12’X24′ tarp will attach to it with bungees. I did not want to cover it in metal so it would not be so hard pulling down the road. The red BBQ Vaults have been removed. my plan was to install a steak grill where they were. I am asking $12500, but the price is negotiable.
We are a little over two months into selling BBQ in Lytle. Sells have been good for a new business and the community is showing up to support us. You can find us parked downtown Lytle at 15049 Main St, on Saturdays and Sundays. We try to open up at 11:00 and we stay open until we sell out. We don’t sell out every day but we selling quite a bit of BBQ. We sell brisket, spare ribs, sausage, chicken and pulled pork along with sides. Our sides include potato salad, coleslaw, beans and Mexican rice. On Sundays we are serving a Jack Daniel’s Peach Cobbler for dessert.
First I want to say I am sorry for not posting up anything in forever. Things have been very busy around here. I do have a couple of post to get up but I figured I would start with my students annual Salsa Contest. This year I had 23 teams compete. Not only was their salsa scored but they were also scored on their presentation and interview. We once again had a great time. I will try to get a picture up of the winning team and a couple of recipes. But for now I have included a couple of links. The 1st is to the local Fox Station, KABB 29 in San Antonio, were we made the 9:00 news. The 2nd link is to the districts website that has and article and photos posted.
Thanks too all the judges. especially Bruce Finley from B & B SmokeHouse who took time out of his busy schedule to drop in and judge again this year. Also to Chef Chris Mendoza, VP Dale Hahn from McCollum HS, past winner Alvaro Verastigue, and to my lovely wife VP Libby Stewart from Harlandale MS.
Wild times were had in Sweetwater at the Annual Rattle Snake Round Up. Julie Richards, of Waco and Julie fame, was on the winning team. Midkiff Mafia BBQ had a great day. They place 1st in rattle snake, 2nd in brisket and 10th in chicken. That gave them just enough points for the Grand Champion call in this Lonestar Barbeque Society event. Julie was going to make a snake meatball using my Chipotle Bomber recipe as a guide, but they were thrown a curveball and had to change the recipe at the last-minute. This year the judges decided to make the teams turn in snake on the bone, so they could be sure it was indeed snake. So it’s a little tough serving meatballs with bones, so she changed at the last moment. I will try to get some pics up later of the winning team. Julie had to take off early because her and Waco were singing over in Midland. So she missed the awards. Check out the link from here to Waco and Julie’s site and go see them sometime if they are in the area. Congratulations to Bernie Phillips and the Midkiff Mafia BBQ team.