|Posted by lukelorick on July 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
I recently had the opportunity to attend a grilling class at Meat Church BBQ in Waxahachie Texas. Meat Church BBQ ran by pitmaster Matt Pittman (What a perfect name for a pitmaster, right?)
You would expect a grilling class to be done at a business or commerical site, but not in this case. Matt turned his backyard into a grilling paradise! For real, if you love to grill out you may believe you died and went right to heaven. There are built in grills all around, from multiple Big Green Eggs, to smokers, to pizza ovens, etc. You may never have to eat out again if you lived here, but I digress.
The night started at 6pm with about 35 gentlemen coming together to learn how to step up their grilling game. It was July in Texas so it was hot, but there was a large fan to help keep the guests cool along with ice cold waters and local beers in a Yeti Cooler. There were a few things on the agenda to cook up and, of course, taste test during the night.
-Pork Belly Burnt Ends
-Grilled BBQ Oyters (see pic below people were excited)
-Reverse seared Tomahawk Steak
Matt had a great crew that was helping assist with some of the cooking and prep while Matt spoke with the class and answered all questions.
Tips were given out all night on how to perfect your craft and being the ultimate grill master. Tips from: don't soak your wood chips, to the perfect internal temperatures for steak, to how to reverse sear a steak for maximum flavor. Everyone walked away with a few new tricks they were eager to apply the next time they fired up their grill.
The insanely huge tomahawk steaks were the 'main event' to conclude the evening. These monsters were smoked and then reverse seared by placing them on open glowing wood chips to sear the flavor in. To finalize it a Banner Butter was placed on the steak to melt while it rested for 10 minutes before cutting into what could only be described as deliciousness.
If you are ever around Waxahachie TX and want to get a few tips to take home to show who is king of the grill then check out:
They also produce some amazing rubs in fun flavors such as: Bacon BBQ, Honey Hog BBQ, Deez Nuts (pecan rub) and more.
(Matt teaching the class about pork belly)
|Posted by lukelorick on July 6, 2017 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
Hawaii is the ultimate vacation destination, but to me there is so much more to Hawaii than just beautiful beaches and tropical drinks. When I go I'm coming with a tailgating perspective. I want to drink local beer, see how they grill and check out the college football stadium!
First off lets touch on the BEER.
Hawaii has some fine breweries that I had the pleasure of either visiting of finding the beers on the shelf at the grocery store, so I could try as many as possible...to be educate of course. My goal was to find the top 3 beers and then do a blind taste test to determine which one won my distinction as best Hawaiian beer. There were many great beers I tried from companies like Kona Brewing, Maui Brewing Company, the original brew "Primo" and much more. I always drink local beers when on vacation to get a true flavor for the city and culture that I'm in #DrinkLocal
I filtered it down to my top 3 (your individual results may vary)
Kona Brewing: Longboard Lager
Maui Brewing: Bikini Blonde My Winner!
Maui Brewing: Pineapple Mana
On to the the GRILL.
I went to a FUN restaurant on the island of Kauai that knew what time it was on the grill. They did a wood fired grill but they did it right beside the road. What better way to bring customers in?
It was fun to see, but I learned more about the wood they smoke with in Hawaii too, as it is different from where I live in Texas. They use Kiawe Wood that is native to that area (makes sense use the wood you got around you) it is similar to mesquite and gave the burger and tuna a nice smokey flavor. You can see the wood below:
If you're ever out in Hawaii or see this wood for sale in your area give it a shot.
Everytime I go to a place with a major college football team I always have to see the stadium and my trip to Hawaii was no different. I took the afternoon to check out the Aloha stadium, home of the Hawaiian Rainbow Warriors! When I arrived there were actually football games going on, so they let us in to see the stadium and get a few pics.
Around the entrance to the stadium they had some palm trees to give it the Hawaiian feel.
They were doing a swap meet when I arrived so the parking lot was filled like it was a game day. It was sunshining one moment then rained briefly. I was hoping for a rainbow, but no such luck on this trip.
We hope to make it back for a tailgate in the future. University of Hawaii let me know if you're ready for a Tailgate Challenge!
Overall, Hawaii was a blast and there is so much more than just sitting on the beach with a tropical drink in your hand.
This is Luke with Tailgating Challenge Aloha and Mahalo!
|Posted by lukelorick on March 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
The buzz on social media recently has been with major fast food restaurants having secret menu items that you can find and order at different times of the day.
The one that stood out to me based on, shall we say, a rather unique name was McDonalds: McGangBang.
The McGangBang takes the McDouble and the McChicken and forms them into one crazy sandwich. Think one piece of chicken between two burgers.
Not every McDonalds associate knows about this special menu item and some could even take offense to you ordering something with the name: McGangBang.
The Challenge: Video yourself ordering the McGangBang and then eating it. Share it with us.
Here is my submission:
|Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Burgers are a staple at tailgating events, but a basic burger is old news. Its time to get creative with burger skills.
On a plane ride recently the vision of the Tremendous Tailgate Burger came to me.
Buffalo meat, unique cheeses (gouda and colby jack for this one) green leaf lettuce, carmalized onions, red bell pepper, avacado, BACON, and sweet potatoes!
Most you may have had these ingredients on a burger at some time or another, but sweet potatoes? Well that may be a new one to many of us.
Steps are easy!
Hand craft burgers and add any seasoning you like (garlic salt for me)
Cut up Onion, Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, Avacado.
Sautee the Onion on the stove top. Put the Sweet Potatoes and burger on the grill. Apply Olive oil on the Sweet Potatoes.
Cook your bacon
Build your burger
I CHALLENGE you to build a great tailgating burger and show it off!
Then Appreciate the Greatness of the flavor. You won't believe how good the sweet potato is on this Tremendous Tailgate Burger.
|Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Steaks and grilling go together like beer and coolers. The question is what steak is best for you and for your tailgate?
From T Bones to Tomahawk steaks there are so many options out there. Our friends Peak Tailgating helped break this down further to help you with some of lifes tough decisions:)
Check it out:
What Steak is going to hit your grill grate and taste great?
|Posted by lukelorick on February 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (4)|
Early morning tailgates suck. Why do they have noon kickoffs anyways? Half of the tailgaters were out the night before conversating at local bars about how the team would do the following day.
Getting up early with a mild hangover and no taste for the normal alcohol choices can doom a tailgate.
I had to do something about this. Currently there are a few early morning go to's that people use to start the early tailgate with Mimosa, Bloody Mary or heck, even an ice cold beer.
I decided to make a cocktail that would be smooth tasting, have alcohol and caffiene in it to hit the trifecta of what you need this early in the morning.
I call it TAILGATE SUNRISE.
To make you need the following: Champagne, grapefruit juice (or a juice of choice), and monster energy (or an engery drink of choice) this is my fav combo though. Your individual results may vary.
You need about 75% champagne, and then split the remaining with juice and engery drink.
The drink is sure to go down smoothly and get you awake in the right state of mind to dominate your tailgate!
Let us know what you think of this combination.
As always NEVER drink and drive and please drink responsibly.
|Posted by lukelorick on January 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
I sampled La Fin Du Monde, Labatts, Moosehead and Molsen Golden:
The "La Fin" had the highest alcohol content and, as such, more body. In sampling the La Fin, it had the most flavor that pleased my palate during the flight.
The Labatts would be my recomendation for a good beer to take tailgating as it has a smooth, refreshing flavor that will allow you to have multiple drinks over the course of the day. the La Fin would be a good sipper where you have 1-2, but not something that I could drink all day tailgating before the big game.
The Molsen Golden continued to grow on me after the video review. I finsihed the sample and I'd also recommend this one for a good tailgating brew.
The Moosehead, while I drank it all and didn't waste any, was not my favorite and a beer that I label as one and done.
Cheers to all of our Canadian fans and remember to always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive.
|Posted by lukelorick on December 18, 2016 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
I love bourbon, so I figured let's start a blog on putting some of the top bourbons head to head in blind taste tests and determine which one tastes the best.
In my first Bourbon Battle Blog I put Makers Mark, Gentleman Jack and Woodford Reserve head to head!
We we were served a shot glass of each of these bourbons in a blind taste test to determine which one had the best drinkability without any mixers. Of course the palette was cleansed between each tasting to ensure remarkable results.
After tasting them each I believed that I could pick out not only my favorite, but identify them each by taste. Well I got exactly ZERO identified correctly.
I did however, come up with the best tasting of these three and the 1st bourbon battle winner is:
This was the smoothest and had the least amount of 'bite' or burn after swallowing.
To be fair all were enjoyed, but there can be only one winner.
What bourbons should go head to head next? I feel like this is like March Madness Bracketology!
Its amazing what a blind taste test can really determine!
*The companies above did not pay for or endorse this Bourbon Battle, the opinions are mine and mine alone. Always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive!
|Posted by lukelorick on December 18, 2016 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Beer has come a long ways, but this is the first team up I've seen between a beer company and an ice cream company.
New Belgium beer and Ben & Jerry's ice cream have partnered for ice cream flavored beer.
YES you heard correctly!
As I was purusing all of the diverse beer choices in Total Wine last week I found: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.
Have to try it, even if some say I'll lose my man card. A risk I'm willing to take in the name of research!
I completed a review being filmed live on my first sip to ensure I give you, the people, an accurate portrayal of the flavor this beer brings.
Watch the video below to see the my review of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale LIVE:
Do you think this will be a delicious Ale or a Tailgating Fail?
* I was not paid for this review by the companies involved. My opinions are mine and mine alone. Please do not drink and drive and always drink responsibly.