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    I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    More of a friendly competition really. But a guy I work with has set up a challenge between myself and another avid bbq'er at work. The guy doing all the talking doesn't even know how to grill ! ! ! But that's OK, I'm flattered he's spending the effort just because he wants to eat my food. And it's all in good fun.

    But the stakes are high- the loser has to eat a veggieburger.

    So give me your best WOW 'em techniques and recipes. Right now I'm torn between beef brisket and BBQ Pork. Plan on doing the ABT recipe I saw here and maybe the pig candy too.

    What else you guys got to save me from the TOFU?
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Sounds like fun. What will you be cooking on, and what is more popular in MD, brisket or pulled pork?
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    If you really want to win, do the Pork using John Henrys Pecan Rub available at Barbeques Galore if you can find one. It was a secret ingredient (years ago) in winning a California State Championship by a friend of mine. Slow cook or smoked with this rub will be a big hit.
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    Do ribs. Less time to cook, and a bigger wow factor.
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    I think the other guy is doing ribs. Pulled pork is definitely big here- which is exactly why I think I'm leaning towards brisket. A little less common. And my co-workers have mostly already had several different versions of pulled pork.

    I'll be cooking on my trusty Chargriller with offset smokebox.
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Good strategy. If you read my first 2 posts in this thread, you'll see a really good rub recipe and the basics of smoking a brisket.

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    brisket is good. Don't rush it. We cook ours for about 12-16 hours then it sits for up to 3 hours foiled in a cooler. (then we make burnt ends, MMMM) holler if you need any help!
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    How about chicken?
    Take a bunch of chicken and boil it on the stove in water that has Old Bay in it (more is better !).
    After the chicken is cooked and drained, coat it in BBQ sauce and throw it on the grill just long enough for the BBQ sauce to cook.

    That's my secret recipe for Maryland style BBQ chicken.
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    The problem with that is the BBQ sauce does a number on the grill and you still have boiled chicken.
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    boiling and BBQ should never be in the same sentence.
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Bobby Flay always does some fruit or veggies on the grill with the meat. Grilled pineapples etc. to have with your wonderful brisket. Let us know how it goes, I hope you smoke 'em! Kimrst
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    wmshay6 ,Good luck with the Throwdown!

    Hey Molson, how do you do 'burnt ends'? 8)

    Quote Originally Posted by Molson
    boiling and BBQ should never be in the same sentence.
    What about crock pot? :P
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    wmshay6 ,Good luck with the Throwdown!

    Hey Molson, how do you do 'burnt ends'? 8)

    Quote Originally Posted by Molson
    boiling and BBQ should never be in the same sentence.
    What about crock pot? :P

    Crock pot isn't BBQ... heh

    Burnt ends:

    When the brisket is done, before foiling to rest, cut off the tip (its the fatty part, as opposed to the flat)

    Cube up the tip and place in a foil pan, coat in sauce, you can sprinkle some rub on at this point if you wish). place back in smoker for 45-60 mins at 250. stirring occasionally to prevent burning. When tenderness and sauce viscosity is to your liking, remove and enjoy!!

    you can see the burnt ends beside the slices in this pic:
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    Pretty fancy TV dinners. Only foam not foil.

    Just kidding, looks delicious.
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Quote Originally Posted by wmshay6
    ...The guy doing all the talking doesn't even know how to grill ! ! ! But that's OK, I'm flattered he's spending the effort just because he wants to eat my food. And it's all in good fun.

    But the stakes are high- the loser has to eat a veggieburger.
    God help you if you lose, wmshay! With those apocalyptic stakes hanging over my head, I wouldn't waste my time blindsiding him - I'd go nuclear and SNOOK the sucker with an CFB bomb.

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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    We tried the chicken fried bacon at the TX state fair this year. My husband put BBQ sauce on it. He thought it was good- but then he's a real "red neck". I thought it tasted like salty fat fried in salty fat- kinda weird.
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Thanks for all the advice everyone. My Hickory smoked brisket took first place!!! I got a second first place for the pig candy- thanks Molson!! I had some folks that normally keep Kosher eating BACON with that one!!!

    I escaped the veggie burger for this time . . . .But folks are already gunning for me for next year!!
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Quote Originally Posted by wmshay6
    Thanks for all the advice everyone. My Hickory smoked brisket took first place!!! I got a second first place for the pig candy- thanks Molson!! I had some folks that normally keep Kosher eating BACON with that one!!!

    I escaped the veggie burger for this time . . . .But folks are already gunning for me for next year!!
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    Re: I've been challenged to a THROWDOWN ! ! !

    Thats awesome!! Congrats! the great thing about having time until the next event, is practicing is just as fun and you can eat your mistakes!
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