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Sirloin with Chimichurri sauce barbecue recipe


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N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys: Who’s going to win?

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The Dallas Cowboys at the New York Giants in NFL Week 17 with the NFC East title on the line. It’s the kind of scenario the league must have dreamed of when the schedule came out months ago. The winner gets at least one playoff game at home; the loser has to watch the playoffs from home.

Writers from around the Tribune Co. will preview Sunday night’s winner-take-all game. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.

Ron Fritz, Baltimore Sun

Fortunately, I was able to see a fair amount of both teams’ games this season, and to me it looks like the Giants are gaining some momentum while the Cowboys are sinking quickly. Based on that, you’ll see the Giants in the playoffs and the Cowboys sitting at home. Jerry Jones will have all off-season to come up with reasons why he isn’t the problem with the Cowboys. He may even throw some people under the bus.

Unfortunately, if you’re a Giants fan, does making the playoffs mean you have to put up with Tom Coughlin for another year? It might be worth losing just to get him out of there. With young playmakers on offense (Victor Cruz) and defense (Jason Pierre-Paul) and a quarterback coming into his prime (Eli Manning), it would be nice to see what a new coach could do with some of New York’s talent.

But it looks like we’ll have to wait until their first playoff loss to see if the Giants bring back Coughlin.

[Updated at 9:15 a.m.:
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune

If the Cowboys are going to beat the Giants Sunday night on the road and win the NFC East, they are going to have to reverse a trend. The Cowboys have not played well for the last month, winning only once in four games. One of their losses during the streak, on Dec. 11, was to these very Giants.

Of course, the Giants haven’t had much of an advantage at home, going 3-4. We should also point out that the New York defense is very vulnerable, ranking 28th in the league both in points allowed (25.7 average) and yards (381.5 average).

Whether or not the Cowboys can capitalize is the issue. Tony Romo is expected to play with a bruised hand. It looks like the Cowboys have a little too much to overcome in this one.

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Building a house one barbecue at a time

Feel Good story centering around barbecue
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — With good people and good food, members of the local community came together to help better the life of a wounded Marine and his family at a barbecue benefit Dec. 4.
Harbor Site Bar in Sneads Ferry hosted the charity event for a wounded Marine.

The barbecue featured live music and raffle prizes. Passionate supporters from the area came out to show their support for the wounded Marine and his family.

The event was sponsored by Professionals Supporting Charities and the Brothers In Arms Foundation. The fundraiser was to help the Marine and his family build a house that would accommodate his medical needs.

Michael Chandler, executive director for Professional Supporting Charities said PSC provides service members and their families with financial assistance to meet their specific needs. PSC raises the money it uses to help service members through fundraisers.

All of the money raised from the fundraisers goes directly to the families, said Chandler. They had custom beer glasses made for the event that the participants could buy to help raise money. PSC was also accepting donations from the supporters there, as well as their website.

Figurative building materials were for sale to help with the construction costs of the home. Supporters could buy bricks, doors and windows for various prices. Michelle Rademacher, lead volunteer, sold raffle tickets and custom beer glasses to participants as they showed up to the event to raise money.

Rademacher said that she has been volunteering for a couple of years now helping military families. Raffle prizes included a Beretta handgun and two Mossberg shotguns.

Gift cards were also awarded to the winners; the cards varied from The Home Depot to The Marriott. Brothers In Arms Foundation collaborated with PSC to help in any way that they could.

The foundation was formed in 2009 after Phillip Noblin, director of the foundation, was in Afghanistan and his team leader was his struck by an improvised explosive device and needed more care then what was being provided.

The foundation believes in a no-nonsense approach to helping fellow Marines, said Noblin. When Marines and their families need assistance Brothers In Arms is there to help with no red tape.

Noblin said if a Marine needs plane tickets for their family members, a rental car or help with medical bills Brothers In Arms steps in and aides the family any way possible.

The fundraiser brought members from the community together to help the life of a wounded Marine and his family while having a good time listening to live music and eating barbecue.

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Financial adviser takes love of barbecue online

Green and red numbers flashed “Matrix”-style across Aaron Ralston’s black computer screen, a dizzying reminder of the financial world’s ins and outs.

And, while it’s only natural that computers play a role in the financial adviser’s career, he’s incorporated another aspect of his life online.

Ralston brought his passion for barbecue into the 21st century.

The Port Lavaca native developed thesmokerking.com, a sort of online barbecue encyclopedia, in 2005. At the time, the cooking connoisseur said, he wanted to combine his love of the grill with website knowledge he picked up in college.

“I’ve always enjoyed barbecuing and cooking outdoors, and wanted to sort of put that in journal form,” he said. “This was a good way to do that.”

The finished product was a one-stop shop where people could gather recipes – most of which Ralston developed himself – cooking tips, information on grilling equipment and more.

The site grew as time went on, and so did traffic. He averages about 90,000 visitors per month, some from as far as Japan and Korea.

Ralston said the decision to take his barbecue to the Internet was only natural.

The cooking method has gained popularity from entities such as Food Network, he said, and advancing technology means everything is online these days.

Ralston explained that taking the electronic route is also often more streamline and cost effective.

“I find you can go to the bookstore and there are a lot of recipe books,” he said. “But the Internet is basically free.”

Although cooking is one passion in the 31-year-old’s life, it isn’t the only thing that fills his time.

His job as a Wells Fargo financial adviser takes up much of his day, he said, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Numbers have always interested the father of two, but it was his time at Texas Tech University that led him to become an adviser. He discovered the university’s financial planning program his sophomore year and said something simply clicked.

“I enjoy helping people,” he said. “Everybody has different needs and it’s good to be able to work with them.”

Much like the market itself, Ralston said the adviser’s role changed over time.

“(People are) looking for more security,” he explained. “Your role is more as a counselor or mentor to them. There are a lot of uncertainties.”

Ralston has no plans to change career paths any time soon and said he will continue calling Victoria home. There is one upcoming change in his future.

He’s forming his first barbecue team.

The fledgling group, which now consists of just Ralston and his brother-in-law, Tommy Schulte, has a new trailer and big plans to try his skills against others.

With so many area cook-off events – at livestock shows, county fairs and more – the Crossroads is a great place to form a team, said Schulte, another barbecue team first-timer.

He said the team hopes to establish itself and possibly add new members before looking into larger competitions in cities such as San Antonio and Houston.

In the meantime, Schulte said he looks forward to working with his brother-in-law, a man he described as a jack of all trades who welds, cooks, builds and is always willing to lend a hand.

“He doesn’t know too many strangers,” Schulte said. “He’s a well-liked guy and he can do just about anything.”

As for Ralston, he said he also looks forward to the team’s future. And, while it will mean a lot of work ahead, he thinks they have all the right ingredients to make it work.

“Anybody can turn on a pit, but you have to really like what you’re doing,” he said. “You have to have a passion.”

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BBQ Chicken Recipe

After visiting the North Shore’s roadside huli huli chicken stands, Jason heads home to the chicken to share his version of Hawaiian BBQ chicken.

First, prepare your BBQ chicken marinade the day before you plan to grill.

Though you can prepare this as a BBQ rotisserie chicken, the results are more flavorful when you cut chicken into pieces.

This recipe for BBQ chicken uses a flavorful marinade that includes brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, sesame oil, fresh grated ginger and crushed garlic.

When cooking BBQ chicken, consider using a smoker box. For authentic Hawaiian BBQ, use kiawe wood (known in America as mesquite chips).

Once the honey BBQ chicken sauce has soaked into the meat overnight, remove from the refrigerator and cook over high heat, skin side down, turning a couple times. Then, move to the low burner and shut the lid, where it will slowly cook and smoke for about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. The smaller pieces will cook more quickly than the larger breast pieces.

Serve this with your favorite mac salad, cole slaw and white rice.

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Rib Eye Steak With Potato, Bacon, Onion And Mushrooms Recipe

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Red Pepper Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1 can tomato sauce
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
8 oz Tabasco or similar sauce
1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon cayenne
3 tablespoon lemon juice
Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Heat on low for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. This sauce can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a month.
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3 Pig Roast Barbecue


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Brisket Barbecue Sauce

The bold flavor of smoked brisket can take a rich and flavorful barbecue sauce and this classic tomato based barbecue sauce has a perfect combination of tangy and sweet flavors. With a little hint of heat that is perfect for barbecue brisket. Add this sauce to the brisket after it is smoked, sliced, and on the plate or bun. Put a bottle of this sauce on the table and let everyone add as much as they want, and they will want a lot. Try Brisket Barbecue Sauce

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A lot to love about judging BBQ competition

By Danielle Haynes The Tonawanda News

I’ll be completely honest and say there are definitely some perks I enjoy by working for a newspaper. Granted, it’s not all fun and games, but when Honcho Gregory, coordinator for the Smokin’ Eagles International Barbecue Festival suggests you sign up to judge his event, who in their right mind — other than perhaps a vegetarian — is going to say no?

Somehow this reporter has found herself in some pretty unique situations over the past several months working for the Tonawanda News. I’ve learned to fly remote-control airplanes, I’ve stood on replicas of the Niña and Pinta, and now I’ve judged a barbecue contest.

I don’t have to tell you which was my favorite. I also don’t have to tell you how strongly I feel about good barbecue after growing up in a state pretty well known for this method of preparing meat.

I immediately texted my father after Honcho’s invitation, thinking he might be proud to know his daughter would represent at such an event. I like to think — and I’m sure he does too — that he’s a bit of an expert on barbecue, chili, Mexican food and generally speaking, all things spicy.

I wasn’t surprised, then, when he responded: “What do they know about BBQ?” “They,” meaning Western New Yorkers.

Turns out, “they” know a whole lot.

Despite what I felt I already knew about barbecue, I did a little research heading into the Aug. 13 event. Bless you, Wikipedia. I had a feeling the folks I’d be meeting and judging alongside would really know their stuff.

There are a ton of different opinions and styles when it comes to barbecuing meat. Certain sauces are favored in certain parts of the country and rubs are as unique as the individuals doing the cooking, but one thing is absolute: It needs to be slow-cooked in a smoker. Grilling and barbecuing are not the same thing, folks.

Honcho told me I’d need to take the judging newbie class the night before competition and I was glad for it — we learned how to judge chicken, pork butt, ribs and brisket in terms of appearance, tenderness and taste. There was also an apple pie category … oh boy!

I’m pretty sure I was the newest newbie of the lot as I sat there listening to these other would-be judges talk about their smokers, their past successes in competition, how long it took to perfect their spice rub recipe.

I took the opportunity to grill — yes, I said it — everyone with questions.

Yes, meat can be too tough if it’s undercooked — who knew? — but it can also be too mushy. Brisket should have a smoke ring, which is a layer of pink just under the crust, or bark, of the meat. And for some, it’s the flavor of the meat without any sauce that really matters. It should have a nice smoky flavor, one judge pointed out.

I have to admit I was worried that maybe I wouldn’t taste things right … that maybe I would be wrong in thinking one batch of ribs tasted best when everyone else thought otherwise. Not so. Yes, something like the tenderness of the meat can be a pretty objective observation, but as far as taste, it’s all up to what you like best.

All told there were about 20 judges, both new and experienced, both locals and some from as far away as Texas and Ontario. We each judged anywhere from three to five entries for each category. Do the math … things were a little uncomfortable for a few of us at the end of the day, myself included.

But it was between the judging — chicken at 11 a.m., ribs at noon, etc. — that was really the most fun. We were able to walk around the festival, trying to burn off some of those extra calories to prepare for the next round, but we also just sat around and chatted.

I met one woman, Cheryl, who I was delighted to learn pretty faithfully reads my cooking columns. We sometimes sit here in our little cave of a newsroom knowing that while what we do for a job is printed and published for thousands of people to read, we somehow never imagine we’ll actually run in to any readers out in the real world.

I also picked the brain of a fellow Texan, Angie — who was there in the midst of a long road trip to Maine — on her thoughts on making good tamales, queso blanco, tortillas from scratch and chili.

A couple from Ontario offered to share their recipe for canning tomato sauce.

And we topped the whole day off with five, count ‘em, five whole slices of apple pie.

It was a hard job, but as they say, somebody’s gotta do it. And I’ll certainly be doing it again next year, if Honcho will have me.

http://tonawanda-news.com/feature/x1699202596/A-lot-to-love-about-judging-BBQ-competition

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