Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Video of the Princess

My friend Anthony Quintano was kind enough to put together this video for me. He is AWESOME. I had no idea when I was begging for his help that dude is a serious professional! (And a super nice fella to boot!) Let me know what you think.

Ubon's at the 2010 Big Apple BBQ Block Party New York City from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Big Apple Barbeque Block Party

Our family is heading out for our favorite event of the year. Today Daddy, Mama, and Reggie left Mississippi pulling our BBQ Trailer. Tomorrow my family...all of us...Jacob AND Ellie...will be hitting NYC.

We've been cooking competitive bbq for more than 20 years. It is so exciting to see a national interest in BBQ. We are honored to be included in the 2010 Big Apple BBQ Block Party. We've got a huge group coming. I can't wait. People I love, People who are dear friends, People I don't even know sharing in the culinary interest of BBQ.

Please come see us.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The very best hamburger I ever had

Occasionally (more often than I'm willing to admit) I totally earn my "Princess" status. Today has been one of those days. I've lounged around, gotten familiar with the Cooking Channel and had people I love cook food that I want. We started our with breakfast at Mama's...homemade biscuits, cinnamon rolls, fried eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, gravy. I had to rush home and get in a nap before my bed tousled hair started to calm down.

Refreshed from my morning nap and in a hurry to catch my afternoon nap, I watched a show on the Cooking Channel. It showcased one of the new hot restaurants in NYC: Minetta Tavern. On my 2nd trip to New York I happened upon this restaurant, and I made it my 1st stop until it closed for renovations 2 years ago. I was having a hard day and when I saw that the Minetta Tavern was closed after more than 25 years I almost cried. I've sworn that I wouldn't go into a hyped up version of my favorite restaurant. that may have changed. The new incarnation is apparently a tavern style steak house. They have a hamburger that's $26. After seeing that burger I decided I would indeed pay $26 for it. OR...


So today, on Super Princess Saturday Doc made me the greatest burger of all time.

He started with 2 Ribeyes, 1 sirloin and 5 slices of bacon. All of those went into the food processor. (*never, ever again will I make a hamburger with grocery store ground beef. This I promise you!) Doc put it into the processor in batches and pulsed it until it "looked right." (He says to give a shout out to the king of the food nerds, Alton Brown. I believe he's outlined this process well.) That's it. That's all you have to do to grind your own meat. After this was formed into patties and put onto the griddle, he basted it with...yep...clarified butter. The burger was topped off with caramelized onions.

Oh delicious meat.