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Where to eat BBQ sauce in Brussels: Boston Steak House & Cool Bun

Sunday, 16 October 2011 17:59 by nico and marie

Not only it's possible to buy BBQ sauce in Brussels, but you can also find a couple of places to eat BBQ sauce.

I already talked about the Houtsiplou, which has become pretty famous in Brussels now.

Boston Steak House

This week, we went to Boston Steak House in Ixelles to try out their ribs a friend recommended us.
For 12.90€, you get a nice piece of meat with a small side salad, fries, and some more BBQ sauce.

Boston Steak House Ribs

The ribs are very well cooked, not smoked, but rather caramelized with honey. They are tender, still a bit moist and the meat falls off the bone easily. They’re basted with BBQ sauce just before serving (the same as the one served as dipping sauce).  The sauce is not bad either, rich and thick, classic KC style that does the job well. On the other hand, the fries weren’t tasty at all.

Cool Bun

We also went to Cool Bun “Burger & Wine Bar” in Saint-Gilles. I’d wanted to go there for a long time to try out the Apple Jack burger (hanger steak, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, onion rings and BBQ sauce - 14€) and I haven’t been disappointed! It’s the best burger I’ve ever eaten in Brussels !
It comes with fries, a small side salad, ketchup and mustard mayo in separated small bowls. The burger is served with the upper bun aside, and the onion rings topped with BBQ sauce sit on top of the meat. A feast for the eyes (too bad, I forgot to take a picture, it will be for next time).

You have to eat the crunchy but light onion rings before putting the upper bun in place and enjoy the burger. The meat was perfectly seasoned and grilled, the homemade bun had the right consistency, and the fries were incredibly good !

And the sauce ? It’s homemade and you can choose between regular and spicy (I went for the spicy one). It tastes a bit like an asian sauce, with flavours of soy sauce and ginger. It has a nice red color with a good consistency and chunks inside. Unfortunately, there’s sauce on the onion rings only so I had to ask for an extra !

They have a nice range of differents and originals burgers wich looked as good as the Apple Jack one:
My wife got a jalapenos/avocado/cheddar/lettuce and tomato one and it was delicious ! Our friends tried some others of the range but… you just have to go for it and make your own mind !

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I won’t talk about the dessert which was as outrageous as the burger, you have to taste for yourself. Furthermore, all the ingredients are organic and the staff is really friendly.

Boston Steak House
2, Avenue de la Toison d'Or
1050 Ixelles
http://www.bostonsteakhouse.be 
Read the review (in French) on Zone02

Cool Bun Burger & Wine Bar
34, Rue Berckmans
1060 Saint-Gilles
http://www.cool-bun.be
Read the review (in French) on La cuisine à quatre mains

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Santa Maria BBQ & Grill Mesquite

Monday, 10 October 2011 20:58 by nico

I’m launching a new category of articles on the site: rub and BBQ spice reviews, and here’s the first of the series.

Santa Maria has recently launched a new range of spice mills with interesting flavours like Lime Pepper, Chicken & Steak and BBQ & Grill Mesquite.

Santa Maria BBQ Grill Mesquite

This rub is composed of white pepper, mesquite-smoked chipotle, onion, garlic, green and red bell pepper, mustard seeds and Mediterranean salt. It’s really nice to see all those big chunks inside the mill !

Santa Maria BBQ Grill Mesquite 2

And it smells gooooood ! The blend of onion, garlic and smoked chipotle is totally mouthwatering.

I tried it on chicken together with paprika and olive oil and it gave a great smokey and slightly spicy taste to it. It’s also great as a seasoning for various food: from ground beef to vegetables and eggs.

You can find the rub at Delhaize supermarkets (around 2.50€)

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Hoosier Daddy Sweet & Sassy Barbecue Sauce

Sunday, 2 October 2011 08:39 by nico

Following my interview on BBQ Sauce Reviews, Kimberlee Foy from Hoosier Daddy kindly sent me her sauce.
I was really curious to taste it, because it’s a kind of a hybrid between a tomato-based and a mustard-based barbecue sauce… and I admit I’ve never tasted mustard-based barbecue sauce !

Hoosier Daddy 
It’s quite different from what I’ve tasted so far. This sauce is not really smokey and vinegarish, but rather sweet, fresh and fruity. If you close your eyes when it’s on your tongue, you almost have the feeling to eat jam – that’s maybe due to the peach nectar.
It has a nice deep orange/red color but it would have been great to see some chunks. The sauce is rather liquid without being watery.

The sauce is a good dipping sauce but also great when heated: I basted some ribs with it and it resulted in a nice caramel layer, I also tried it warm on a ham steak and I really enjoyed it.

Hoosier Daddy Hamsteak

I also like the flip-top and squeezable bottle – that’s handy to avoid wasting too much sauce.

There’s a cool story behind the sauce: “Hoosier” is the demonym for a resident of Indiana, where Kimberlee’s family is from. She wanted to keep the memory of her father alive and decided to produce a sauce based on her father’s secret recipe (“Daddy”).
Furthermore, a portion of the proceeds is donated to various organizations such as cancer research, diabetes and autism.

Hoosier Daddy Box

 

The boar on the label reminds me a bit of Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sourire

Their new sauce “Ghost Roast” has been launched lately, can’t wait to taste it !

More information on: http://www.hoosierdaddybbqsauce.com

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustar seed, turmeric, spices and paprika), Water, Tomato Paste, Peach Nectar, Distilled Vinegar, Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper Puree (Cayenne Peppers, Salt, Vinegar), Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice Extracts, Onion Powder, Natural Flavor.

Nutrition information per serving (28g):

  • Calories: 70
  • Total Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 260mg
    Total Carbohydrate: 16g
    Protein: 0g
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Featured on BBQSauceReviews.com

Saturday, 24 September 2011 18:27 by nico

Brian Henderson from BBQSauceReviews started a new series of articles called “sauce people” which focuses on people instead of products, and I’m really honored to be the second “sauce people” to be interviewed.

I hope the article will bring a bit more exposure to the site and new contacts in the BBQ sauce world !

Read the whole interview

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Tabasco Chipotle

Saturday, 3 September 2011 15:40 by nico

I usually don't talk about hot sauces, but since a few weeks, a new variety of Tabasco pepper sauce has appeared on the shelves of Belgian supermarkets (Colruyt and Delhaize) alongside the Original and Green Jalapeno: the Tabasco Chipotle pepper sauce.

Tabasco Chipotle 

This sauce is totally different from the Original Tabasco, it has a strong smoke smell, a deep red/brown color and small chunks… which make think to a barbecue sauce. And for a reason: it can be used as a marinade, for grilling but also as a base for a homemade barbecue sauce ! But of course, with a gentle heat (its Scoville Unit Rating is 1500-2500)

Tabasco Chipotle Back

Not too hot, and not too mild, the result is a smoky, flavorful sauce that'll make you want to fire up the grill – and it's great for grilling flank steak, fajitas, hamburgers and vegetables.

And I confirm that it adds a really great taste to chili and burritos ! If you like smokey and spicy sauce, this one is a must-have !

More info: http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco_tent/pepper_sauce/chipotle_pepper_sauce.cfm
Can be found in Delhaize and Colruyt supermarkets (2.30 €) or on www.saucepiquante.fr (8.80 € !)

Ingredients:

chipotle pepper,distilled vinegar, water, salt, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, natural falvor, TABASCO Brand Pepper Pulp (distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt)
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