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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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BBQ Quiche!

Saturday, 2 October 2010 20:46 by nico and marie

A few weeks ago we tasted a really tasty barbecue quiche from the famous Tartes de Françoise, made out of bell peppers, bacon, mushrooms and of course barbecue sauce.
We instantly thought “let’s try to make our own !”, and it was pretty damn successful !

BBQ Quiche

Ingredients

For 4 to 6 people:

  1. 200g of sliced bacon, or “lardons” like we call them here.
  2. 1/2 green bell pepper
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper
  4. 1 onion
  5. 6 eggs
  6. approx. 30cl of milk (I admit we didn’t measure and we checked the aspect of the omelet instead)
  7. pie crust pastry (make your own or buy it in the supermarket)
  8. barbecue sauce Smile The Hunt’s would have been perfect, but we no longer had this sauce. So we used a little bit of Sweet Baby Ray’s, some HP and a bit of Delhaize !

  9. Procedures

  10. Brown the bacon in a pan (with some barbecue sauce if you want to).
    Drain the fat and reserve it.
  11. Cut the onion and the bell peppers into small pieces. Slice the mushrooms.
  12. Fit the crust into a pie pan.
  13. Arrange the vegetables in the crust.
  14. Put some big drops of barbecue sauce on the vegetables.
  15. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  16. Make an omelet by whisking the eggs and milk together. Add salt & pepper, and pour it on the vegetables.
  17. Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C. Turn the oven down to 150°C and cook 25 minutes more.
  18. Serve lukewarm, not hot, and keep leftovers in the refrigerator.
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Sweet Baby Ray’s – Honey Barbecue Sauce

Thursday, 1 October 2009 06:37 by nico and marie

Yiiiiihaaaaaaa, we’re back on track ! Sorry for having been away the last 3 months but we've had a very busy summer (see previous post) Wink

Friends of us brought us back some bbq sauces from holidays that we hadn't the time to taste yet, so let’s start with the sauce that our mate Fix brought us back from NY last spring: Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce !

Sweet Baby Rays 
When I read the review of this sauce (well, the regular one) on bbqsaucereviews, I was quite impatient to tasting it because of its great score of 4/5.

Its smell reveals a delightful smokey and vinegar aroma… what a good start ! (Marie : and a SO sweet aroma as well !!!).
And its taste is really sweet (well, I just told you the smell was too sweet Wink), it’s almost like maple syrup barbecue sauce, but still has a good tangy/spicy aftertaste. The sauce is also very thick and sticky.

I wanted to try it hot, so I poured it on sliced chicken breast when they were grilling in the pan… oh gosh, it turned into caramel, I also had the feeling of eating asian-style caramel chicken; it was perfect with some “Ranch Style” baked beans and oven-cooked tomatoes.

Grilled Chicken 
Even if this sauce is apparently a mass market product, you can read its story on the back label: “In 1985, my brother, Chef Larry Raymond perfected the family’s recipe and entered our sweet and tangy barbecue sauce into the country’s largest rib cookoff. He named it after the nickname I got while playing basketball on Chicago’s West Side - “Sweet Baby Ray”. The sauce is so fine, the taste beat out nearly 700 entries in the riboff. Within a year, Larry and I, along with our high school friend Mike O’Brien, formed a company around our award-winning sauce and our simple philosophy about barbecue “The Sauce Is The Boss.

Sweet Baby Rays Cap 
Website: http://www.sweetbabyrays.com
Oh and by the way, you can now access the site also via www.bbqsauce.be ! Cool

Ingredients:

High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Honey, Modified Food Starch, Contains less than 2% of: Salt, Natural Flavor, Caramel, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Spices, Sodium Benzoate as a preservative, Natural Smoke Flavor, Molasses, Garlic, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Taramind.

Nutrition information per serving (37g):

  • Calories: 70
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Sugars: 15g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
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Be ready.... We will be back SOON !

Monday, 10 August 2009 17:21 by nico and marie

We are SO sorry about being badly unattending our blog but we've got good reason... We got married this weekend ! Wink

I promise we will be back soon for new reviews (we found the two others Jack Daniel's BBQ sauces, friends brought some sauces back from holidays... and we HAVE to share that with you !) Laughing

 

Till then, ENJOY LIFE !

Marie & Nico




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Jack Daniel's Full Flavor Smokey

Friday, 27 February 2009 05:28 by nico and marie

Here's a newcomer in our fridge: the Jack Daniels's Barbecue Sauce, Full Flavor Smokey.

It has also 3 other sisters :

  • Smooth Original
  • Hot Chilli
  • Rich Honey

But it seems they're the British versions because you got another range when you go to Jack Daniel's website. I'm wondering if they taste the same... Anyway, it's of course made with authentic Jack Daniel's Tennesse Whiskey (but only 1%, what a shame !) and we tasted it with Mc Cain country potatoes :)



I do like the smell, which is quite different from any other "classic" BBQ sauce but I'm not really convinced about the taste which is definitely too strong for me ! But Marie really liked it !


Oh yeah I so much love it ! Even though I was drinking my "get slimmer" tea, I would'nt have been able to say NO to this one when Nicolas asked me to describe it for the blog !

Well... it's quite different from every other ones we've tasted. It's so vinegary that it gets kind of tangy ! When you smell it for a while , it nearly smells like hot mustard ! It really gets your nose but just quite enough for it to be good !

It doesn't stay long enough on the tongue to me... it could be richer !

You can't really taste the Jack Daniel's but it definately has got a special taste ! I think I could drink the whole bottle !

Anyhow, it tasted really nice with the Mc Cain country potatoes (I cannot even imagine how orgasmic it would be with Mc Cain Barbecued country potatoes !), and I must say that I imagine this one really good spreaded on barbecued spare ribs ! But I'll tell you this when we've tried !


Found in Tesco King's Cross Metro, London in February 2009
Not found in Belgium

Quantity per bottle : 275g
Price : £2.34

Ingredients:

Water, Dextrose, White Wine Vinegar, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Concentrated Raisin Juice, Salt, Concentrated Orange Juice, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Dried Onion, Date Paste, Dried Garlic, Jack Daniel's Whiskey (1%), Modified  Cornflour, Colour: Ammonia Caramel, Soy Sauce, Smoke Flavour, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Chilli Powder.
Contains Wheat, Gluten and Soya.
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

 

Nutrition information per 100g:

  • Energy: 97 kcal
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 22.8g
  • of which sugars: 18.2g
  • Fat: Trace
  • of which saturates: 0.0g
  • Fibre: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 0.95g


Even our lovely kitten loves it ! =^_^=

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