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Smoking Brisket Island Style

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Ah, brisket. Our favorite epic meat continues to amaze and delight. And even after crisscrossing Planet Barbecue to document how people cook brisket, I continue to find new ways to transform this tough ornery cut of meat into carnivorous nirvana. The latest comes all the way from Guam, from our longtime grill master friend: Rueben Olivas. As you will see, Rueben takes a divide and conquer approach, and I’ve never experienced quite like his Chamoro (Guamian) style brisket. Read on, barbecue pilgrim, and get ready for some amazing brisket.


On Guam, we have a different style of smoking brisket. We slice it up, marinade it or just dry rub it, hang it or lay if flat over a smokey, open fire and smoke it until the grillmaster has it where he wants it.

Here is one process that I did recently.

First of all, I wanted the finished product a little dry and not too plump. This is what I carry with me when I am out in the field fighting fires. This is my chow. I did not want to marinade it. I only dry rubbed it with my secret Rueben’s Rub. Here are the ingredients for my rub….Sea Salt, Kosher Salt, Garlic Powder (granulated), Black Pepper, Celery Salt, MSG (Accent), Parsley Flakes and Onion Powder.

Here are the photos….

Started out with a 10 lb. brisket. I did not trim it at all.

I am going to slice it against the grain. Here you can see which way the grain runs.

Try to slice at about 1/4 inch thick pieces.

This shows the fat marbling of the flat.

Here are the slices. Still a little ways to go.

Once sliced, I add my seasoning. I use freshly ground black pepper. Nothing beats the fresh stuff.

All seasoned and ready to be hung over the fire for smoking.

Here is my famous uglier that thou pit. Meat is already laid out on the hanging grill. This open fire pit concept allows for a mellow smoke flavor.

Here is my fire. Wood is wet (soaked). The wood used is our local Tangantangan wood. Similar in aroma and flavor to red oak. I also use dried, whole coconut for aroma and flavoring. Coconut is the bomb!!

Close up of the brisker all laid out on the suspended grill.

Finished product.

Close up.

Now this is one style. This could take anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on how you want it cooked and how tender you want it. Another style is to marinade the meat and smoke it just long enough for the meat to cook tender and remain plump so that you can grill it at another time.

Here is the marinade that I use for this…

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup Brown sugar
  • 20 to 30 thinly sliced pieces of fresh papaya for tenderizing.

Mix this in the bowl containing your brisket.

Then apply your seasoning to taste because the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauces are already salty.

You can also hang these slices of brisket from small hooks as shown below. The grillmaster here is Ray Garrido and he is known for his fantastic, smoked brisket.

His smoked brisket hanging over the fire pit.

And that’s how its done here on Guam. Yes, we still smoke the whole brisket the conventional way but, it is not that popular here for BBQs because it takes too long. That is just too much work for the average everyday BBQ here. We could be eating and drinking already…..

But it is all GOOD no matter which way you grill, smoke or BBQ that’s for sure!!!

Until next time….

– Rueben Olivas

 

For more articles about BBQing, cooking, and eating in Guam, visit Rueben’s website, BBQGuam.

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Recipe: neely’s bar-b-que restaurant wet bbq ribs

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Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant Wet BBQ Ribs

32 ounces ketchup
16 ounces water
6 ounces brown sugar
6 ounces granulated sugar
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 ounces Neely's Seasoning
2 ounces lemon juice
2 ounces Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces apple cider vinegar
2 ounces corn syrup
3 to 4 pounds spare ribs

Neely's Seasoning

Mix the following ingredients:

4 ounces paprika
2 ounces granulated sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder

Combine sauce ingredients in a stockpot. Cook at a high temperature and bring to a boil and stir to prevent sticking.

Lower temperature and simmer without cover for at lease 30 minutes.

Trim a 3- to 4-pound spare rib (remove the upper brisket bone and any other excess; this will produce a St. Louis style rib).

Rinse and season rib with Neely's Seasoning, then refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

We recommend that ribs are cooked on an indirect barbecue pit to prevent burning. The ideal temperature is 250 degrees F for the first three hours, and 300 degrees F for the final three hours.

Load ribs curl side up, so the juices will maintain their moisture. After three hours, turn ribs and increase temperature. Baste ribs with Neely's barbecue sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking so sauce will not burn.

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The Sweetness Of Grilling: Create Scrumptious Desserts Without Heating Up The Kitchen

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A meal just isn't complete without dessert.
But instead of reaching for store-bought sweets or those unimaginative brownies from a box, get more mileage out of your grill by grilling your next dessert.

“Years ago, even the most inventive cooks treated the idea of making desserts on a grill with skepticism, but now you can't claim to be a master griller unless you have at least a couple desserts in your repertoire,” said Jamie Purviance, author of Weber's Real Grilling. “The truth is out about their great taste, and then there is the dramatic effect of opening the lid and surprising your guests with sizzling sweets.”

Preparing a grilled dessert can be as easy as warming fresh fruits such as halved bananas, split peaches or sliced pineapples over direct heat and serving them with a scoop of ice cream. Or you can use indirect heat to actually bake something simple such as a fruit cobbler or crisp.

“In many ways, a covered grill works as an oven,” said Purviance. “The hot flames cook like a broiler that has flipped to the bottom of the oven, browning the surfaces of cut fruit, making them tender and sweeter. And, if you grill over indirect heat by turning off the middle gas burner or pushing the coals to the sides and closing the lid, you can cook a dessert in a pan over the unlit area of the grill.”

Purviance has partnered with Weber-Stephen Products Co., the premier manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, grilling accessories and other outdoor room products, to offer consumers useful and creative tips for firing up desserts on their grills.

Before You Begin. If grilled fruits are on your menu, select ones that are ripe (or almost ripe) and firm. Purviance says that fruits will soften on the grill, so he recommends selecting firm produce to ensure they will hold their shape while cooking.

Time and Temperature. Purviance suggests knowing how long and at what temperature to grill to produce the finest results. Peaches should be cut into halves and grilled over direct medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Bananas are best split lengthwise, with the skin left on to hold the fruit's shape, and grilled over direct medium heat for approximately 6-8 minutes. Pineapples should be peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices or 1-inch wedges, then grilled for 5-10 minutes over direct medium heat.

Hold the Chicken. While that teriyaki chicken was delectable, its remnants left on the grill won't taste good on grilled peaches. Purviance offers this remedy before grilling up desserts-simply brush the grates clean with a stiff wire brush.

Better with Butter. Butter makes almost anything taste better, and fruit is no exception. Purviance recommends brushing fruit lightly on all sides with melted butter and a little sugar for sweetness before grilling it. This coating will also help prevent the fruit from sticking.

Never Leave Your Post. The sweet succulence of most fruits turns golden brown and delicious on the grill, but left too long in place, golden brown can turn to black and bitter. Purviance recommends watching the fruit carefully and turning occasionally. To check the color and doneness, slide a thin spatula gently under the fruit and slightly lift.

Your sweet tooth will never be the same.

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Some Types Of Outdoor BBQ Grills

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Some Types Of Outdoor BBQ Grills

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A sunny day calls for a great outdoor barbecue grill party. When you have invited your friends for a grill party, you must have very functional grilling equipment. An outdoor barbecue is a great fun. You and your visitors will enjoy conversations while taking turns in making marinades, brushing the meat, placing them over the grid and flipping it from one side to the other. Everyone is involved in making the main dish. That is why barbecue is appreciated by almost everyone in the party.
The first type of a good outdoor barbecue grill is the pellet grill. Aside from being so affordable, the fuel is also much more affordable than other types of grill. The difficult stage is the startup fire. Just think of it has your first camping experience where your first task is to make a fire. Remember the excitement to felt when you made your first spark, first smoke and then the big flame. That is how pellet grill works. You have to consider the time of making a flame and generating a stable heat. That would take about 30 minutes on the average. You must also know what food should be placed directly on the heat and what not to place over it. Grilling is a technique that needs knowledge of which one cooks first and which one is last. The best thing about pellet or wood grilling is the smoky taste. It is the authentic grilled taste. But there are other woods that have better tasting smoke over the others. You have to know what wood gives off awful tasting smoke to keep your food from having funny taste.
The second type of grilling is the charcoal grill. It is almost as good as pellet. It is just less smoky so the taste is a little bit less flavorful compared to pellet grilling. Charcoal also produces flame faster than pellets do. Gas grilling is the third type that is best outdoors. It can also be used indoors but, you must have a large space to accommodate the large body of the gas grill and the tank that tags along with it. Gas grills are actually complicated grills. It carries a lot of other cooking kits that you can use. That is why, you can never find a gas grill that is as small as a charcoal grill or pellet grill.
The fourth type is the portable grill. Portable grill is best for travelling. If you have an out of town barbecue party or camping in the woods, this is the right grill to keep. Portable grill can use charcoal or propane as fuel. Whatever suits you, the main advantage is the handiness of this grill. Same tastes of authentic grilled food will be achieved with either of the fuel. Another type, and the fifth one, is the ancient cooking technique where you have to look around for firewood. It is such an exciting task with friends. Camping and looking for firewood is a call for adventure lovers. This type of grilling will not only give you the authentic grilled taste but also the authentic experience of how grilling is originally done.
There are five best grill types. Choose your barbecue party theme and what grilling type will fit you and your friends' definition of adventure.

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