August 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

This past weekend in Denver was a whirlwind of good times and good food. First off, the reason for the trip out there was the Big Denver Barbecue Block Party – the debut of the NY event in Denver. Two blocks of Arapahoe by the 16th street mall were shut down so people could wander the rigs and enjoy the band at the beer garden. Some old faces were there and some new like Jake Linzinmeir of Tomboy Tavern in Telluride.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Judi’s House, a Denver community committed to helping grieving children and their families and thoughts and prayers poured in for Jim N’ Nick’s to deliver for members of families of the Aurora shooting

Thoughts and Prayers

The food was the perfect accompaniment to the gorgeous mountain views, clear skies, bluegrass tunes and a cold beer (like the brand new Red Hoptober out for fall).

Blue Smoke Salt N’ Pepper Ribs

Patrick Martin’s Rig

Martin’s Pulled Pork Sandwich

Jim N Nick’s famous Cheese Biscuits. Good thing they sell this biscuit mix, these things are seriously addicting.

Amazing. Hot Sauce Fountain

The rest of the birthday weekend was spent enjoying the awesome city of Denver. There is a really cool city-wide bike rental system called B-Cycle that lets you pick up and drop off rented bikes at any of their numerous stations that operate like a parking meter. Not sure if Nashville is flat enough for a similar system…

Bike ride to City Park

And the cherry on top was  a surprise concert at Red Rocks–something that has been on my bucket list for a looong time.

Concert at Red Rocks. This place is so amazing.

We also had some pretty great meals out that I will share this week.




Martin’s BBQ Joint, Nashville

July 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

If you couldn’t tell from this post or this post, I essentially stalk Martin’s BBQ. So the obvious Nashville fix for our first meal back home had to be the one and only. Saturday morning we worked up an appetite (I’m sorry that was misleading, we didn’t actually work out, we just waited till noon) and then trekked out to Nolensville for a BBQ feast.

The atmosphere is fun and funky and pork-obsessed. You can usually find Pitmaster Pat himself under the big screen behind the bar. If you are unfamiliar with Martin’s, the specialty there is whole hog. Inside is an enormous smoker where they cook pigs for a full 24 hours.

Unbelievable. I still gape when I see it. It also fills the entire restaurant with a meaty, smokey scent. Your hair will smell like meat all day.

When you can’t decide what to order… just order everything. You won’t be disappointed.

Cornucopia of meats! Brisket, Spare Ribs (wet), Baby Backs (dry rub), Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken.

Brisket Tacos. Unexpected and Delicious

The infamous Redneck Taco. The PERFECT combo – pulled pork + spicy vinegar sauce + sweet and cool cole slaw. Oh and it’s all served on a cornbread cake.

I know, I know, it’s so tempting to go for the ribs or pork but these wings are some of the best wings I’ve ever tasted. I found myself going back to them despite all the other goodies!

It’s great to be back! I am heading to the Nashville Farmer’s Market to try my first Grilled Cheeserie tomorrow- what to order??

Summer Steals

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week has really kicked off summer for us. Since we were in CO for the Food & Wine classic and normally come out for July 4th holiday, we decided to stay right through. What says summer more than an outdoor grilling party? (I’ve learned since heading south that my family’s burgers and hot dogs do not a BBQ make). Luckily, right when I get the urge to make sangria, summer sales start! Wouldn’t these make for the perfect Backyard Grill Party?

Vallarta Outdoor Drink Dispenser, Pottery Barn; Oceana Outdoor Drinkware, Set of 4, Pottery Barn; Kaleidobug Cocktail Napkins, Anthropologie; John Newsdigate Butter Dish West Elm; Garden Tools Cheese Knives, Set of 4, Williams-Sonoma

Big Apple Barbecue, New York NY

June 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

I’ve been talking up this event a lot but it finally happened–Big Apple Barbecue! The weekend was a complete gluttonous whirlwind but I loved every minute of it.

First up was a reception at Blue Smoke (one of the most trusted New York BBQ joints) that screened a few short documentaries staged by the SFA. The films, which paid homage to southern culture and food, included a history of Rip Van Winkle Whiskey (and Julian Van Winkle served up a cocktail with his special reserve) and a Happy Ten Year Anniversary to the Big Apple Barbecue!

Then, the main event. About 20 pitmasters from all over the country trek up to New York to showcase their unique styles/regions–and New Yorkers come in droves. For two days, pits and rigs surround Madison Sq. Park and shut down the surrounding area to satisfy the crowds.  The scent of meat and smoke fills the air all weekend along with the live music, booze and a general atmosphere of brotherly love as everyone revels in the same pork appreciation.

YES that is Danny Meyer drinking a Bud Heavy. Not even bothered by the Porta Potty, what a nice guy. And yes, that’s me being a tool because I was too scared to get an actual pic with him

Patrick Martin on the Today Show!

June 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

I mentioned in this post that Big Apple Block Barbecue is right around the corner. Lo and behold, what to my wondering eyes should appear, Patrick Martin on the Today Show this morning!

BBQ Cook Off

He faces off on the plaza with Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South BBQ to promote the event but Pat so nicely declares that the weekend is more about the family atmosphere, it’s not a competition.  His MOUTHWATERING Red Neck Tacos win in my book!

Wonder how the rig is getting up there??

Countdown: 3 Days

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