At the first annual BBQ Blowout from iAdventure, I sampled some tasty Smoked Brisket Sliders from Austin, Texas via The Salt Lick's pit master, Michael Rodriquez and am still enamored with the sample from Tom's Bootleg BBQ sauce, served on shredded, oh-so tender chicken (Chef Tom is from "Skinny-At-Last", NY -aka Skaneateles).
I also tried some other items at the event that were less than spectacular. I attempted something that another visitor actually referred to as "blasphemous"; she was appalled that bacon was covered in chocolate. To her, bacon was such a sacred treat, to cover it in anything else was sacrilege. After taking a small nibble, I had to agree with her. The bacon was too good to be covered in that kind of chocolate. It was waxy and too thick - just not a good combination. IMHO, if you want bacon and chocolate together, there's only one place that does it right: Vosges (link to their Mo's Bacon Bar here).
Brother Jimmy's BBQ: More than 100 Recipes for Pork, Beef, Chicken, and the Essential Southern Sides out on the shelves and featured some of the recipes from the pages for us to try out for a lunch meet-up.
Two words: Fun and Tasty!
Marinated and grilled portobello skewers with bleu cheese dressing, hush puppies with maple butter, grilled chipolte-orange pork loin, sweet 'n spicy catfish, sweet potato salad and chilled smoky corn & black bean chow chow made the top of my favorites list. I was live tweeting the event, to include photos - it was a great opportunity to meet other bloggers and also to have a conversation with Chef Eva Pesantez.
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