Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

This is not an endorsement of Sam’s Club nor any of the companies affiliated with Sam’s Club.

With that note in mind.  I stumbled across this video as I was searching the web and I must admit I am very intrigued by this event – “Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour”.

Yeah, I know they are going to try and push their products and probably a membership to their store, but just thinking about all that BBQ cooking on the grills is making me hungry.  I assume they would be handing out samples, grilling tips, and maybe free grilling goodies.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an event coming to Austin Texas so I’m out of luck. But, if one is coming near you it may be worth a little detour or just time your trip to the store to coincide with the event.

If anyone actually makes it to one of these events I’d love to know if it would be worth going to one in the future.

For more meaty loving events check out our Event Calendar section.

Chili anyone?

For this of you how like your meat cooked with plenty spices and in a stew like fashion, then I know you love chili.

And if you love chili and all things chili related then check out the International Chili Society website. Not only does the ICS website have a plenty of chili recipes available, but they also list all of the upcoming ICS sanctioned chili cook offs around the world.

Just writing this post has got my mouth watering – maybe chili would be perfect for dinner tonight….

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries Review – Mouth Smacking Goodness

mmmmm..... double meat bacon cheeseburger

mmmmm..... double meat bacon cheeseburger

I’m always on the hunt for a good burger joint.  You know the king I’m talking about.  The ones where the people working the counter and the cooks making the burgers seem to actually care about what they are doing.  I’m not talking about the fast food type of place and I’m not talking about a place that has a choice of chicken or veggie patty and tries to dignify the choice by still calling it a burger.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries is just one of those types of places.  The menu is quite simple – you can get burgers or dogs, and fries.  They even have a grilled cheese or veggie option if your not into meat, which is fine with me since they did the right thing by calling them sandwiches instead of burgers.

As I stepped up to the counter I realized they have a lot of choices for burger toppings, which are all free – no extra charges here, so be prepared when it’s your turn to order or you could cause a pile up behind you as you try and craft the perfect burger.  At this particular lunch outing I was feeling particularly peckish, so I ordered a regular cheeseburger with bacon, mustard, ketchup, grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.  I also got a side of Five Guys Cajun Style fries.

When my number was called my food was handed to me in a plain brown paper bag that was already showing the beginnings of grease stains on it.  When I looked insied it I saw a very large foil bundle and a huge cup of fries.

Then I opened everything up.

Wow, good stuff.

The burger was a double meat burger (apparently that’s the standard and if you want only a single patty you have to be brave enough to order a “Little Burger”) and was piled high with the toppings I ordered. My fries were overflowing – so much so that they didn’t all fit in the cup and about a quarter of them stayed in the bag.

The cheese was totally melted and didn’t even resemble a square anymore, it was basically fused with the bottom patty. The bacon that came with the burger tasted like the kind of bacon that you eat for breakfast – thick and hearty. I kept having to stop eating and wipe my face and hands as the juices seemed to get everywhere.  The bottom bun basically disintegrated before I could finish the last couple of bites, where it went I wasn’t quite sure but didn’t really care.

The cajun fries were good but not spectacular.  I was actually expecting something with a little more spice to them.

Overall, I must say that this was one good burger and I felt totally complacent and at ease with the world whe I was finished eating. I was also full, but not so full that I felt overly stuffed.

Will I be making another trip to Five Guys Burgers and Fries? You betcha.

Nice to meat you! Here’s my card.

meatcard

“Glad you all could join me today for this presentation. My name is Rocky. I’d like to take a moment to pass around my cards. If you have any questions, feel free to call the number listed. ”

(stunned silence)

“Um yeah, Rocky, can I have another card…it kind of fell into my mouth.”

That’s how I envision an encounter with this latest and greatest creation….the meat card. All I can say is, “Wow”. I wouldn’t want to carry one of these around in my pocket though. I keep thinking about mutton-filled pockets a-la Seinfeld and dogs chasing me for blocks after leaving a business meeting.

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Screw the supermarket, make it yourself

I just recently made my first foray into the homemade bacon arena, having purchased uncured, unsmoked pork belly from a local farm. Being a typical guy, I didn’t bother with things like “instructions” or “procedure” and just proceeded to smoke the thawed belly in my charcoal smoker with a little pecan wood. Needless to say, hot smoking cooks the bacon, so I was “forced” to eat the whole lot lest it go to waste.
Of course, without the curing process, the smoke flavor was left on its own to carry the day so, while very good, the meat didn’t taste especially “bacon-y”. So next time, I’ll be following the steps found here, though I think I’ll be experimenting a bit more with flavors and curing times, etc.

Bacon Gone Wild!!!

A bacon fueled torch

A bacon fueled torch

It always amazes me the things that people will try to do with meat. It seems we are not just content to consume it but instead try to make it do things that, end the end, wastes a perfectly good piece of bacon… or prosciutto.

But, I will admit it’s pretty cool to see a piece of bacon burn through steel. Read the full article and watch the video at Popsci.com

This is Why You’re Fat (.com)

Why didn't I think of this site?!?

Why didn't I think of this site?!?

In the spirit of fondness for creativity and the urge to show everyone the follies of being human, we’d like to introduce you to one of our new favorite sites (if you aren’t already familiar). The creator(s) of thisiswhyyourefat.com, have blessed to the world all the glorious reminders as to why we Americans are gluttonous, gigantic fatties. Through our love of all things meat, we fully embrace our fellow meat-loving breathren, while at the same time, quietly barf in the trash by the mere sight of some of the meat creations that were unfortunate enough to take material form…soooooo awesome!!!

Again, here’s the site: thisiswhyyourefat.com. This is one worth bookmarking.

The Meat Sweats Song???

Ok, we can do better than this. I’m not sure what the heck this is, but the challenge is on now. If you have a funny video parody about the meatsweats, send it our way. Since no one knows about this site, we’ll surely post one ourselves very soon…..