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Florida State Fair 2019

Discover the Fun at the Florida State Fair Pre Fair interview with the Assistant Manager of the Florida State Fair - Mike Rogalsky. We talk about what is new and exciting at this years Fair. We talk about parking, Seniors and what is good for children under 12 to do. Of course we talk about fair food, the exhibit building the animal exhibits, the carnival and a lot of their entertainment.

Dry Rubs Made Simple

Have you ever taken a bite of something and wondered what spices were used to season it? In the world of barbecue and grilling spice combinations are called rubs because the mixture of spices is rubbed into the meat. I get several emails a year asking about making rubs and how to find combinations for different flavors. The simple answer is that rubs are whatever you want. Heck – salt and pepper is a rub! But, for developing certain flavors combinations it’s probably a good idea to do some research on the spices you like in your favorite dishes. For example, if you want an Asian inspired rub then research oriental spices and Korean barbecue. Tex-Mex rubs include spices found in South of the border cooking. The same goes for Greek and Mediterranean cooking, Italian foods etc. If you like that “flavor” learn the basic spices associated with that style of cooking and start playing with spice combinations. Or, you can cheat! More on that below. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when developing your own spice combinations – AKA, rubs! Add Before Long before Cooking The secret to using a spice rub on any meat is getting a head start. I apply my rib rub on my ribs a day before they hit the smoker. This allows the spices to dissolve as the meat soaks up the flavor. At the very least, apply your rub several minutes before cooking. Allow the rub to turn from dry to moist – you’ll see a notable difference over the course of ten to thirty minutes. If you plan on more than a few minutes, then cover and place in the fridge. But don’t go crazy with the above suggestion when it comes to delicate items like seafood. A few minutes to allow the seasoning to sink in will be perfect. Watch the Sugar and Salt! Going healthy is a great thing when you start mixing up your own batches of rubs. Don’t get me wrong – you can add a pinch of salt – just don’t go overboard. Avoid doubling up on sodium when you use salt and then another ingredient such as Garlic Salt. Suddenly you have double the salt! I include dashes of brown sugar, and even table sugar, in several of my rubs and seasoning blends. However – if you use a lot of sugar in your mix and heat things up too quickly you could end up with a bitter [...]

By |2019-03-13T21:48:20+00:00February 1st, 2019|BBQ, BBQ Recipes|0 Comments

Winter Survival Tip for Summer Grill Masters – Beer Mustard!

Winter temps are dropping across the land and this probably causes outdoor cooking angst for those who consider themselves grill masters! Yes, some will trek to the grill or smoker no matter how deep the snow is or how cold the temperature may drop. This is especially true for die-hard tailgate fans watching NFL playoff football. But, for many others… it’s just to dang cold to fire up the charcoal or gas in order to grill a couple of burgers or steaks when you can cook inside or dine-out. So, what’s a grilling junkie to do? You can either go for it and invest in a heavier coat… or, try some new things in the kitchen that can be moved outside when the temperature rises! Even if it’s just one warm day in the middle of January or February. Here’s my suggestion for surviving the winter season – turn your attention to a dish you’ve always wanted to try but were afraid to do for a crowd. Chances are your outdoor cooking parties are limited so a first shot a new dish can be cooked, taste tested and perfected before you next official cookout party with guests. Take on a few quick and easy recipes that can be easily tweaked for both indoor and outdoor use. I like trying to perfect new sauces or rubs during the winter, so I can serve them up in the Spring and Summer months. Here’s a suggestion to get you started starting with a tasty mustard that would be perfect for hot dogs and brats broiled in the oven for the Big “Super” Game! Homemade Beer Mustard Making your own mustard is easier than you may think. It’s a simple four step process that requires added time for the finished mustard to rest. You need some mustard seeds and liquid. Most people use a combination of vinegar and water. Here's where you can begin to play with things. Beer can replace the water! Here's the four basic steps: They are the same if you are using water, beer, wine, etc. as your liquids. Step 1 – SOAK your mustard seeds with enough liquid to cover the in a covered, non-reactive bowl. Soak for 2-4 days in the fridge. Check every day or so and stir slightly. Step 2 – BLEND the soaked seeds in a blender or food processor. Short bursts produce a chunkier mustard. Longer makes a creamier mustard. Step 3 – FLAVOR your mustard using additional ingredients. How about [...]

By |2019-03-13T21:51:37+00:00January 15th, 2019|BBQ, Beer|0 Comments

South Carolina State Fair 2018

The South Carolina State Fair runs from October 10th through the 21st, 2018. The theme this year is "Homegrown Fun!" South Carolina State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with Nancy Smith, Fair Manager ********************************************************************************************** **********************************************************************************************

North Carolina State Fair 2018

The North Carolina State Fair , Where Nothing Could Be Finer - opens October 11th and runs thru the 21st - in Raleigh   North Carolina State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with Heather Overton, North Carolina State Fair Spokesperson ***************** Historical timeline of the North Carolina State Fair starting in 1850.

Oklahoma Tulsa State Fair 2018

The Oklahoma Tulsa State Fair runs from September 27 thru October 7th this year. They have a new concert stage - The Oklahoma Stage. The concert series is included in the price of admission. When is Senior Citizen Day? Seniors, age 62 and over, receive FREE Gate Admission until 2pm, Tuesday, October 2, as part of the Alltech's Family Fest promotion. However, every day senior citizens (62+) receive a discounted Gate Admission of $6 per person; proper identification required at time of purchase. When are the Oklahoma State Picking & Fiddling Championships? Saturday, September 29, 11am – 9pm: Fiddle Sunday, September 30, 11am – 7:30pm: Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar & String Band Location: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Stage When is the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show? The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show is Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30. It is located it the River Spirit Expo Lower Level, from 10am – 10pm, on Saturday, and 10am – 6pm, on Sunday. Pre-Fair Podcast - with Sarah Thompson - about what is going on this year 2018, at the Tulsa State fair. **************************** Tulsa State Fair promo 2017

By |2019-03-13T22:51:33+00:00September 26th, 2018|Fair Food, Podcast, Rodeo, State Fair, Tulsa|0 Comments

Oklahoma State Fair 2018

The Oklahoma State Fair  is open September 13th-23rd. This is an interview with Scott Munz of the Marketing department. He has been with the fair for over thirty years and would like to be around he says for another six to eight years. The Fair has grown a lot. One of the things I have not seen before at a state fair is a really cool coupon book with lots of coupons. The coupon book is on sale for $5.00. Get your Tickets ***************** Oklahoma State Fair - Frequently Asked Questions!

By |2019-03-13T22:55:07+00:00September 13th, 2018|Bull Rider, Fair Food, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Fair, Podcast, State Fair|0 Comments

Three Alternatives to Tailgate Hotdogs!

By Kent Whitaker Football season is here! Highschool, College and the National Football League are kicking off. And, when you ask a cookbook writer what the most important part of the game is – you’re probably not going to hear “Defense” or “Offense” when I make my picks. What you may hear me talk about its tailgating! In case you’re not familiar with the term – tailgating is when fans of a sport come early, set up grills, cook some great food, play games, probably consume adult beverages, and then make their way into the event. But, the fun is not only relegated to football, NASCAR and other sporting events. Musician Jimmy Buffet is known for his style of tropical inspired music as well as the daylong parties that take place in the parking lots of his concerts. One of the most popular items to grill are hotdogs when it comes to tailgating. The reason being is that hot dogs are cheap, easy to cook, require only small grills, and can feed a crowd. But, if you get bored with hotdogs there are some alternatives. The bratwurst is a given, tasty and becoming as common as dogs! – so I’m including those meaty links in with hotdogs just for this article. Here’ three great hotdog/bratwurst alternatives for your tailgate this football season. These are great for if you’re grilling at the game or just enjoying it on TV in your back yard. KNOCKWURST Ok, I admit that I tried to throw you off with the bratwurst comments above. But this sausage cousin to the Bratwurst is worth tossing on the grill! The knockwurst combines spices, garlic, veal and pork for a very easy to find sausage selection. The major generic difference between the two is the the knockwurst is often not as spicy as a bratwurst. That makes it amazing for a wide variety of toppings. And, of course bring on the sauerkraut, the grilled onions, and some serious mustard. If you're bold - make up a batch of horseradish infused beer cheese for a drizzle! CHORIZO A crowd favorite with Argentine and Spanish roots! This wonderful link is making serious inroads into the tailgate world. Bold flavor, meaty texture, a wide variety of cooking options make the Chorizo a winner with your grilling guests! You can choose from a slightly spicy version to an "GOOD HEAVENS HAND ME A BEER" version – and everything in between! Grill slowly and allow some of the excess grease [...]

By |2019-03-13T22:57:58+00:00August 30th, 2018|BBQ, Chorizo, Knockwurst, Loukaniko|0 Comments

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