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Why is smoked meat pink ?

Monday, 9 April 2012 17:19 by nico
Everyone which is into barbecue knows about the famous “smoke ring” that develops on the edge of smoked meat. Being the son of a former chemistry teacher, I’ve always asked myself how this pink ring is being formed… And I’ve just came across the answer in Harold McGee’s “On Food And Cooking”, a kitchen classic. Meat cooked over wood, charcoal, or gas flames – barbecued pork or beef, for example, or even poultry cooking in a gas oven – often develop “pink ring”, which reaches from the surface to a depth of 8-10 mm. This is caused by nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas, which is generated in trace amounts (parts per million) by the burning of these organic fuels. It appears that NO2 dissolves at the meat surface to form nitrous acid (HNO2), which diffuses into the muscle tissue and is converted to nitric oxide (NO). NO in turn reacts with myoglobin (responsible for making meat red) to form a stable pink molecule, like the molecule found in nitrite-cured meats.
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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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Smoked ribs with the Smokenator

Sunday, 21 August 2011 17:23 by nico
Some weeks ago I ordered a Smokenator 1000 for my Weber Kettle Grill, but I haven’t been able to use it until yesterday due to the rotten weather we’ve had in Belgium in this summer. The Smokenator is a piece of metal that helps you in converting your standard grill into a smoker. That’s really nice if you don’t have the space or money to buy a bullet smoker. The creed of a smoker is “low and slow”; indirect cooking at low temperature for a couple of hours will give a tender and flavourful meat. For this first attempt at cooking spare ribs with the Smokenator, I rubbed them with Uncle Joe’s (I mixed the Chipotle and Honey Mesquite rubs together to give a sweet and slightly spiced flavour). I put them in the smoker on a rib rack for 2 hours and I used oak and beech as smoke wood and coconut briquettes for the fire. Then I wrapped them in aluminium foil and put them back in the smoker for a bit less than 2 hours. After that, I unwrapped them and put them back on the rib rack for a bit less than an hour, and let the water pan empty to dry the surface. Finally I basted them with barbecue sauce (using the Uncle Joe’s Chipotle/Honey Mesquite rub as a base) for the last 15 minutes of cooking. I managed to keep the temperature around 110-115°C during the whole process. The meat was falling off the bone easily and was really tasty and tender with a nice smoke ring ! The Uncle Joes’ rub and BBQ sauce were giving an extra sweet and spicy taste to the meat. In conclusion, this first try was succesful ! Next time I think I’ll add a bit more smoke wood.. but I definitely want to try smoked brisket ! You own a Weber ? You wanna try to smoke meat or fish ? Get a Smokenator !   Rubbed with Uncle Joe’s Honey Mesquite and Chipotle After one hour of smoking After 2 hours of smoking (they look burnt but they aren’t ;))   Putting the dry finish… Before saucing with Uncle Joe’s ! They’re good to go ! So yummmmmmmmmmmy… That nothing is left !
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Where to buy BBQ sauce in Brussels

Saturday, 20 August 2011 15:29 by nico
For those who are wondering where to find good BBQ sauce around Brussels, here are some addresses: In most Carrefour supermarkets: HP Original (one of our favorites !) In the Carrefour Mont-Saint-Jean in Waterloo - Chaussée de Charleroi 579, 1410 Waterloo: HP Original the complete range of Jack Daniel’s sauces (whose I'm not really fond) Hunt’s Original (which is a typical KC Style sauce, very thick and sweet) On or at their store - rue François Dons 47, 1050 Ixelles Bull’s Eye Original (one of our favorites !) Bull's Eye Texas (a spicy one) Stonemanor - rue Théophile Delbar 8/A, 1410 Waterloo HP Original HP Spicy the complete range of Jack Daniel’s sauces Reggae Reggae (a VERY spicy one) Tiptree Organic Total Gas Station - 254 Chausee de Waterloo, 1640 Rhode-Saint-Genese Bull's Eye Original Budweiser Barbecue Sauce Budweiser Smoked Barbecue Sauce Most of these sauces are mass-market sauces but they are worth buying. If you know any other place to find sauce in Brussels or Belgium, please tell ! UPDATE: Although it's not based in Brussels, you can order Sweet Baby Ray's, KC Masterpiece, Bull's Eye and Hunt's BBQ Sauces on
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Mortal Kombat vs. BBQ

Thursday, 7 July 2011 13:41 by nico
This morning I received a very cool t-shirt I ordered on 604 Republic some time ago Scorpion is my favourite MK character ! Toasty Kombat t-shirt on 604 Republic
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