Sunday, December 14, 2014

Salsa de Mesa (Table Salsa)

Made some Salsa today to use on Brisket Tacos. I usually make more like a Pico de Gallo which is more chunky. I found this recipe on The Hispanic Kitchen website while looking for a recipe that would have a longer "shelf life" than I had been getting with the Pico. As you can see it made about 2 cups and has quite a bite due to the Jalapenos! You may want to start with 1 pepper and go from there! As for "shelf-life" will keep you posted! Pretty easy to make...give it a try! Enjoy!

6 Roma tomatoes
1/4 white onion
 2 to 3 serrano or jalapeƱo peppers
1 to 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
Juice of ½ lime or 1 key lime
Pinch of crushed Mexican oregano
¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)

Combine the tomatoes, onion and chili peppers in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with a paper towel and cook in the microwave for 7 to 8 minutes. You could most certainly cook it on the stove top as well by covering tomato, onion and peppers with water and simmering for 20 minutes. Drain all the water before blending. Remove from microwave and let cool slightly. Transfer to a blender, adding lime juice, garlic, oregano, cilantro (if using) and salt, to taste. Start by pulsing, then quickly blend for a few seconds. Taste for salt. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Check out the Hispanic Kitchen for more great recipes!    The Hispanic Kitchen 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Big Al's Deli, Nashville, TN

One room dining & kitchen area. Several tables with seating for maybe 12-15 & 4 stools at the counter. It's crowded! Mike is the cook with Big Al helping with prep, delivery, & taking orders. There was also a nice lady waiting tables & working the register. Luckily I got there early & scored a stool @ the counter so I could see the action. Mike was manning the flat-top grill & the deep fryer. The menu had a "Meat & 3" feel with daily specials. Today's specials were Pork Shank, Meatloaf, & Chicken. They also offered mashed taters, beans, & greens. I ordered a burger & fries but will try the Pork Shank next time. I also ordered sweet tea, which had a different taste that I did not like so I grabbed a Coke. While waiting a steady stream of hungry peeps filled in and placed their orders. Several to go & several sat "family style" wherever they could find a spot. Big Al is a BIG PERSONALITY! He seemed to know everyone that came through the door! Even me who he called "Sport"! It was not long before my burger & fries arrived with a side of Mayo. Other condiments were on the counter. The burger was fully dressed & served open faced. The large helping of fries were hot & crispy. I added mayo & commenced to preform the "hunch"! Big Al's also delivers BIG FLAVOR! The burger was cooked medium well & was huge! It had a nice blend of garlic & pepper seasonings & was juicy! I would say it could be the best burger that I have experienced in Nashville that I did not cook. I am a big Gabby's fan but I gotta say Big Al's may take their crown! Be prepared when you pay them a visit to wait for a seat, sit with strangers, & enjoy GREAT food! You can see Big Al's passion for what he is building & Mike is a Class A cook! Watching him reminded me of seeing Earl Campbell on the football field! I am glad I paid Big Al's a visit. It won't be my last! BTW...they did not charge me for the tea!

It's Been a While......

To say "it's been a while" is an understatement!  I am not going to go into where I've been or been going through, just gonna say there have been many changes in my life.  Some for the better & some not.  My philosophy has always been "when life serves you up lemons, add tequila, salt & do shots".  I've had my share of shots lately could always be worse right?  But enough about that....let's talk what's going on now!

Recently I have had the opportunity to visit several great restaurants & enjoy some great music in Nashville & Louisville.  I thought it would be fun to share my experiences with you. So beginning now I am going to post a short review of the resturants, food, music, & venues I visit as well as an update of the DoRagQ Competition BBQ Team's 2015 schedule & results.  I promise to post at least weekly if not more often. Here is a review of a recent place I visited for lunch.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Smokin in McMinnville Results

The DoRagQ Gang traveled to nearby McMinnville, TN for one of our favorite contests of the year "Smokin in McMinnville".  I think this was the 4th annual & we have competed in all four!  One reason it is one of our favorites is that DoRagQ Gang member Richard Finley puts on the "Finley Fish Fry Friday".  Say that 4 times fast!  One of Richard's passions is fishing & I am here to tell you he is good at it!  I called him the other day & he was on his way back with his catch.  I asked him how many he caught.  He said "not many 50 or 60"!!!  I don't think I have caught that many fish in my entire life!
Friends enjoying the festivities!  

Pam & Richard frying up some Hush Puppies.  Delish!   

Anyway Richard can cook 'em about as good as he can catch 'em & his Hush-Puppies are the best!  I think this is the 3rd year that Richard has volunteered to provide & cook for our Friday night shin-dig.  Many of our friends pitch in & we have a feast to say the least!  Thanks to Lotta Bull, Warren County Pork Choppers, Swiggin Pig, Smoke on This, The Q Team, Pit Bulls Up In Smoke, Gooby's, & all the rest that joined in the the good eatin & making for a special night in McMinnville!  Ok enough about FFFF (Finley's Fish Fry Friday) & on the the "Q"! 
Fish, Fries, & Hush Puppies!
 After a good night's sleep in the new "Casa Do-2" things went as planned.  We managed to get all 4 meats & a desert turned in & all there was left to do was clean up, pack up, & wait for the awards!  The awards started a little earlier than we expected and we managed to arrive as they were calling out the desert winners.
Apparently there were 5 perfect scores of 180!  The Algood BBQ Team, Dark Hollow Mafia, DoRagQ, Once in a Blue Moon, & Swiggin Pig all had perfect scores.  Only Swiggin Pig had a "Perfect-Perfect" score & took the win.  Once in a Blue Moon took 2nd & The DoRagQ Gang took 3rd!  Congrats Swiggin Pig! 
In chicken the DoRagQ Gang did not get a call as our friends Charcoal Cowboys took 1st place followed by Lotta Bull 2nd,  & Pit Bulls Up In Smoke 3rd.  Congrats Cowboys! I bet they got some help from Eddie! LOL!  Also a shout-out to Goobys for a nice 8th place finish!
When they began to call out the top 10 in ribs they mentioned there were two 180 scores.  David & I knew it wasn't us & were bettin Barry Johnson of Swiggin Pig was one of them.  He has several to his credit & is a great cook.  Gooby's got another call finishing 8th with Warren County Pork Choppers takin 6th.  Pit Bulls Up In Smoke struck again with a 4th place call & local favorite Wild Onion taking 3rd.  Next was the first of two 180 scores....Swiggin Pig takin 2nd.  Richard & I were lookin around the crowd to see who was left to get the other 180 call.  Then Arlie said it was a "Perfect-Perfect 180" meaning all six Judges scored it with a perfect score of 9-9-9.  Who the hell did that?  Holy Crap Batman the DoRagQ Gang did!!!!!!  We scored a "PERFECT-PERFECT 180" in frickin ribs & took 1st place!  No way Jose! I am still on cloud 9-9-9!!!
DoRagQ's first 180 was a "Perfect-Perfect 180" in ribs!
With our hearts still beatin 90 to nothin Gooby's once again heard their name called finishing 8th.  Sounds like 8 is their lucky number!  Lotta Bull got the 7th place call & South Pork ran to the stage finishing 6th.  The DoRagQ Gang once again heard our name finishing 5th & Swiggin Pig got the 4th place call.  Warren County Pork Choppers slid in the 3rd place slot with The "Ragin Cajun" Danny Coogle of Pit Bulls Up In Smoke gettin another call finishing 2nd.  Team Allegro took top honors finishing 1st in pork!  Congrats to all!
We heard DoRagQ early gettin the 10th place call with the Q-Team finishing 9th.  South Pork was 7th & Team & Allegro got the 6th place call. Pitmaster's own Donny Bray of Warren County Pork Choppers took 5th with Lotta Bull 4th, Swiggin Pig 3rd. & Jackie & Sherry Price of Smoke On This taking 2nd.  First place went to Government Pork!  Congrats to all!
Starting out in 10th was Hot Coles BBQ, with 9th going to Team Allegro.  South Pork took 8th with Gooby's movin up to 7th!  Government Pork rode their brisket win to a 6th place finish with Warren County Pork choppers finishin in 5th place!  The DoRagQ Gang managed to score a 4th place overall with Lotta Bull taking 3rd.  Danny Coogle's Pit Bulls Up In Smoke took Reserve Grand Champion with the "Big Pig" himself Barry Johnson takin the overall Grand Champion!  Congrats Barry on another win!

So as we close the book on another "Smokin in McMinnville" I can reflect on an interesting weekend with a surprising ending.  But it was no surprise that Swiggin Pig & Pit Bulls Up in Smoke went 1-2, they are darn good cooks.  The biggest surprise for me was to get a 180 score!  And to top it off a "Perfect-Perfect 180" to boot!  Most of you know I am a humble guy but I just gotta say that I am so proud of that accomplishment and to do it with my BBQ friends & family there made it even more special.  On top of that to have Pam, David, & Richard there to be a part of it is just priceless!  Thanks for being the "Do" in DoRagQ!  Can't wait till we get to Nashville & get to do it again.  Hope we see you there on August 24-251  Come by & say "WasssssssssssUpppppp" We love company!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Foothills County Fair Results

July 28, 2012

DoRagQ made our first trip in the new & improved "Casa Do-2" to Cleveland, TN competing in the Foothills County Fair BBQ Bash.  Sixty-one Teams from all over were there to compete for cash & braggin rights.  When the dust settled my "Brother from a different Mother" Donny Bray of the Warren County Pork Choppers took the win & Jiggy Piggy taking Reserve Grand Champion.

Grand Champion Donny Bray Warren County Pork Choppers!

Long time DoRagQ member Richard "Old Hairy Man" Finley was back after his duties with "Garland Jack's Secret Six" BBQ Sauce were fulfilled  It was really great to have him back with us!  Since he was gone we had forgotten about our lucky "shots" we do throughout the weekend.  With Richard back I am sure we will not be missing any shot "opportunities"!  Choot it Richard, Choot it!!!!!

We managed to place 19th in chicken, 16th in ribs, 22nd in pork, & 18th in brisket finishing 11th overall!  Not to bad considering the level of competition.  Regardless Casa Do-2 was a huge success & we had a rather large time to boot!  Looking forward to "Smokin in McMinnville" August 10th-11th.  Hope to see ya there!   
Casa Do-2!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

DoRagQ Swag is now available! Git ya sum!

We recently decided to get us a few DoRagQ T-Shirts made up.  In order to get a reasonable price we had to purchase in bulk.  So we ordered several in small, medium, large, Xtra-large, XXtra large, & BIG ASS LARGE!  Some we have given away, some we have traded with other teams, and some we have sold to our generous friends to help cover the cost. Here are a few DoRaggers sportin their new DoRagQ Swag!

 DoRagger Tom Curling from Roanoke, Virginia
 Bertie of Bertie's BBQ from somewhere across the ocean called the "United Kingdom"!
From the Louisville, KY chapter of DoRagQ James & Lisa!
 Todd & Jessica from "Once in a Blue Moon BBQ" from Lebanon, TN

If you would like to score some DoRagQ Swag, they are $15 + shipping each.  Shipping runs about $5 so for $20 bucks you can git you some DoRagQ Swag delivered to your very own Cell Block!  Sorry no sharp objects or Apple Pie can't be shipped with the Swag!  We have already tried it!  Just send me an email or hit me up on Facebook & we can make it happen.  BTW...our Design Team is currently working on some great new items that will soon be available like...DoRagQ DoRags, Sleeveless T-Shirts, Wife-Beaters, Husband-Beaters, Speedos (for those European types) & Thongs!  So as my friend "Killer Beaz" says...SAVE UP!


Wow time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  I can’t believe it’s already June!  I have neglected posting the DoRagQ Gang’s results so I will get you caught up with our results since the Tater Days contest back in April.

April 14th – Smoke on the Falls – Gadsden, AL - 44 Teams

Chicken – 24th
Ribs – 33rd
Pork – 15th
Brisket – 7th
Overall – 22nd

April 21st – High on the Hog – Winchester, TN – 54 Teams

Chicken – 6th
Ribs – 19th
Pork – 17th
Brisket – 5th
Anything Butt – 2nd
Desert – 1st (Perfect 180 Score)
Overall – 5th

May 5th – Mississippi Springfest – Ashland, MS – 38 Teams

Chicken – 21st
Ribs – 4th
Pork – 21st
Brisket – 2nd
Desert – 1st (Perfect 180 Score)
Overall – 5th

May 26th – Prichard’s BBQ on the Rocks – Lewisburg, TN – 34 Teams

Chicken – 8th
Ribs – 7th
Pork – 5th
Brisket – 8th
Overall – 3rd

June 2nd – The Varity Club BBQ Bash – Memphis, TN – 50 Teams

Chicken – 15th
Ribs – 16th
Pork – 7th
Brisket – 2nd
Desert – 1st
Overall – 7th

June 9th – Sam’s Club BBQ Tour – Huntsville, AL – 30 Teams

Chicken – 3rd
Ribs – 1st
Pork – 5th
Brisket – 7th
Overall – 2nd Reserve Grand Champion

June 23rd  - Queen City Cookoff – Clarksville, TN – 39 Teams

Chicken – 3rd
Ribs – 14th
Pork – 1st
Brisker – 21st
Overall – 5th

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Be sure and check out my "Brother from a different Mother" Donny Bray's Blog about the Warren County Pork Choppers @ Warren county Pork Choppers Blog!  And be the first on the block to have a WCPC T-Shirt!  You can order them on the WCPC website Warren County Pork choppers Website

Thanks & we hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

"Tater Days" Results!

The DoRagQ Gang just returned from our first competition of 2012.  Benton, Kentucky was the sight of the annual "Tater Days" festival.  Now I know your are wondering WTH is "Tater Days"? Well thanks for asking!  "Tater Days" was started in 1843 as a celebration of spring, and a time when all of the townsfolk would get together and trade in sweet potato slips, used to grow the plants.  There are many local events and the Kiwanis Club also hosts the annual BBQ Competition.  This year there were 41 BBQ Teams from several states competing & the DoRagQ Gang was darn proud to be one of them!  This year occasional DoRagQ Gang members Pam & David Wilson will be joining us on the entire 2012 "Pigs & Pie Tour".  David is in the "Music Biz" and with relocating to "Music City" was thinking of putting BBQ on hold until things settled down.  About that same time "DoRagQ Gang" member Richard Finley accepted an offer to cook BBQ & sample a new BBQ sauce on the market to the public.  "Garland Jack's Secret Six" sauces should be hitting the Nashville area markets soon!  Richard will be in and around the Nashville area sampling "Award Winning Pork" featuring Garland Jack's Sauces!  I will post a schedule soon.  We hope you will pay him and Jeff McPherson a visit when they are in your area.  Richards gig will keep him busy from April to August and the samplings will occur mostly on weekends which meant he would not be able to attend any contest during that time.  During a night to intense consummation of adult beverages I had a vision!  It was somewhat blurry but a vision none the less!  I made a phone call to David and shared my blurry vision with him...then I told him I would pay him to help me...after some shrewd negotiation on David's part we decided to join up and help each other.  So the "New" DoRagQ Gang Rides Again!

Ok enough BS....back to "Tater Days". Forty-one BBQ Teams converged on Benton, KY to compete in for most their first contest of the year.  The weather cooperated and made for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.  We arrived late evening on Thursday & quickly unloaded.  We were right next to our good friends Sherri & Jackie Price of  "Smoke On This" and we headed out to the local Mexican restaurant for some Margaritas & some Tex-Mex!  Only one Margaritas!  Seems we were in a dry county!  We enjoyed the food and company none-the-less and headed back to the contest site for the evening where we finished setting up and had a few "adult beverages" cleverly disguised in "red solo cups"! 

After a good nights sleep we began to see more familiar faces such as "Blues Hog BBQ", "Old Man Larry's BBQ Team", "ShadeTree Cooks", "Rub-Won-Out", and "Team Allegro".  It was great seeing all our friends after the winter break.  After inspection we got down to work prepping our meats, getting the smokers positioned, and going over our BBQ Plan!  With the business stuff out of the way be commenced to continuing our sampling of adult beverages until it was finally time to call it a night. 

Saturday morning started out great only to find our brisket was a bit stubborn on getting up to temperature. We fought it right up to turn in time and it still wasn't where it needed to be.  We made the best of it and seemed to get everything else turned in on time.  We felt good about chicken, ribs were a bit salty, still not happy with the brisket, and not sure about the pork.  Regardless of how we felt it was in the hands of the Judges now!

We made our way to the awards and settled in for the news.  "Pappy Q" took the win in chicken with our good friends "Son Seekers" in 2nd.  The Judges must have liked our entry as "DoRagQ"  got a 4th place call with "Rub-Won-Out" taking 5th place.  In the rib category our friends "ShadeTree Cooks" got an 8th place call and surprise surprise, "DoRagQ" placed 3rd!  Weeeeeeeeeeeee!  I will say we were a bit surprised!  Takin the win in ribs was "4 Smokin' Butts"!  "Rub-Won-Out" placed 6th in the pork category with "Bubba Joe's BBQ" taking 1st place.  Some questions were answered about our pork as "DoRagQ" came in 27th (bummer)!  In the brisket category "Smoke on This" got a 8th place call with "Rub-Won-Out" placing 5th and "Team Allegro" taking 4th place.  "Bubba's Tennessee Smokers" took first place.  "DoRagQ" managed to place 17th. Better than I expected!  Overall top 10 went like this: 10th "Son Seekers BBQ", 9th "One2bbq", 8th "Gilly's BBQ", 7th "DoRagQ", 6th "Q2NV", 5th "Rub-Won-Out", 4th "Bubba Joe's BBQ", 3rd "Smokin' T's", 2nd "4 Smokin' Butts", and Grand Champion "Eat Mor Butt BBQ"!  Congrats to all!

Well it could have been worse!  Hell it has been worse!  I think this is the best the DoRagQ Gang has placed at "Tater Days".  We know we could have done better and hopefully we can improve on those things and do better next time.  Regardless we had a great time seeing our BBQ Friends and Family! We look forward to our next event in Gasden, Alabama and hope to be back at "Tater Days" next year!  Hope we see ya soon Peckerwood!

Here is a link to the complete results on the KCBS website!