Jun 24, 2009
Hey, barbecue fans.
First, let me apologize for being late in announcing the winners
for the last three weeks of my BBQ tweets contest. I had a death in
my family earlier this month and was completely preoccupied with
that, as well as other work and barbecue responsibilities.
It's been a fun contest. Although the number of entries I received
was pretty small, those who entered showed a lot of imagination and
good humor and shared some interesting and useful tips.
In week five (the week of June 1), I got some excellent recipes.
Steve Hagemoen shared his technique for "No mess roast garlic. 1 head peeled. 1pc
parch. paper wrapped alu foil. olive oil. Salt pepper. 425F 45
mins. No burnt fingers."
That week I also got a couple of good hobo pack recipes. From
Sandra Post in Vernon, B.C. came this recipe with an icy twist:
"On the BBQ put foil packet of
potatoes, onions, & carrots drizzled with butter and an ice
cube. Provides just enough moisture to help steam veggies and speed
Week five's winner, from Barb and Gord Parker, only slightly tops
Sandra's with the addition of some extra flavor: "On foil slice 1 pepper/2C mush/1C broc/add 2T
butter/2T oyster sauce/fold foil shut/10m or tender/top 1T
Congrats, Barb and Gord!
Deciding on the week six winner was a no-brainer for several
reasons: it's a nice, simple recipe, it names me -- and it was the
only submission I got that week! "Place boneless chicken breasts in a Ziploc
bag along with one of Ronnie's excellent dry rubs. Pound to
flatten with mallet - grill until done. Neat and
Lucky it wasn't a dud! Thanks and congrats,
Harold Watson of Calgary!
Finally, last week's entries were among the best of the bunch. My
friend Angie Quaale (@AngieQuaale) shared some barbecue wisdom:
"Give a man a bbq feed him for a
day,teach a man to bbq ,feed him for the summer-Jesus You don't
make friends with salad."
Award-winning BBQ Chef Bubba-Q (@BBQTalk) sent in a some hot tips:
"Boil rice, not ribs! Never ever
boil your ribs! Also, never take a laxative and a sleeping pill in
the same night!"
I have to say I like the laxative tip more
than the rib one (I like to simmer ribs but I do agree you
shouldn't boil the heck out of them.) and "Hot Tip #2: 1 beer for every 20 minutes on
Thanks, Bubba-Q! I can't think of many better
ways to mark time.
Those are great tweets, but the best of the bunch from the final
week of the contest comes from @cachesk from Montreal, who calls
herself a "nature loving gadget queen." It's a superb barbecue tip
featuring an unusual ingredient to put in the smoker. "Meat done, still got smoke? Open can black
beans, rinse, put can in smoker. Smoke 1hr., Store for use in
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!
And now, a drum roll please!
The Grand Champion,
winner of a Weber Q120 portable gas grill from Johnstone's
Barbecues, a Bottle of Ravenswood Zin, a Ravenswood set of barbecue
tools with matching straw cowboy hat, a complete set of all three
of my cookbooks, a set of Ronnie & Denzel's NATURAL CHAMPIONS
BBQ Sauces and a package of cedar cooking planks from Westcoast
@YVRBcbudz: "I had real BBQ from a
southern grandma the day the LA riots started and it was a coming
together of races over pulled pork."
Second place (or Reserve Grand
Champion, as we say in the world of competitive barbecue)
and a Cobb portable charcoal grill from Johnstone's Barbecues, a
bottle of Ravenswood Zin, a Ravenswood set of barbecue tools with
matching straw cowboy hat, a complete set of all three of my
cookbooks, a wet of Ronnie & Denzel's NATURAL CHAMPIONS BBQ
Sauces and a package of cedar cooking planks from Westcoast
Lifestyles goes to:
@8chocolate: "When cooking fish on
barbq, wrap seasoned fillets in cabbage leaves. Protects fish,
keeps juices in and can eat the cabbage 2."
Tied for third, fourth and fifth
which are a copy of Barbecue Secrets DELUXE!, a
bottle of Ravenswood Zin and a set of Ravenswood BBQ tools are:
@dougflet: "Dad bbq'd a
turkey when I was a kid. While resting, dog got at it. When served,
no one asked where the leg went! Good stuff!"
8orangesliced 32skewers shrimponorange piercewithskewer
sprinklewithvegeta grill indirect
@cachesk: "Meat done, still got
smoke? Open can black beans, rinse, put can in smoker. Smoke 1hr.,
Store for use in salads, salsas."
Congrats to the winners, who I'll be contacting directly to arrange
to get you your prizes, and thanks to everyone who participated in
and followed this contest!