Sunday, October 21, 2007

Viejas 2007 Competition Results

It was a wonderful weekend and good time had by all at the 2007 Viejas, 3rd Annual "Smokin' In the Park" BBQ Competition. 37 seven teams competed. Some new, some experienced and some on their way to the top.

Four Q did finish 15th overall out of 37 which is pretty darn good considering the competition. It seems all the teams hit or missed in each category which resulted in some surprises for the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champrions.

Four Q Results:
8th Pork
9th Chicken
21st Ribs
24th Brisket

See my Flickr site for photos of the event

BBQ Junkie's Photos

Big Mista's Photos

Big Brother Smokes Pictures

Official Overall Results:

Yea, I know this print is very small. Click on results photo to view a larger. picture.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Smokin' In The Park- Four Q BBQ

Four Q BBQ will be competing this coming weekend at the Viejas Outlet Center sponsored "Smoking In The Park.

KCBS BBQ Contest

October 19 & 20, 2007

Viejas Outlet Center, Alpine, CA

This is a big one with 41 teams signed up todate. If you are in the area stop on by and say hello.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Yellow Tail Fish Cakes- Two Ways

Recently we visited Baltimore, Maryland known for great Crab Cakes. We had crab cakes cooked a number of ways including baked, grilled and even fried (fluffed). The most dramatic presentations were softball sized crab cakes which were full of large lumps of crab meat. That got me thinking about my favorite recipe for fish cakes. I cook these often and thought a makeover was in order.

Fish Cakes Two Ways- Baked and Skillet Grilled
CryoVac pack of Yellow Tail poached. My husband is an avid deep sea fisherman. A prized catch is Yellow Tail. Most often found in the waters from Mexico to Southern California, this white, flaky meat fish is perfect for making fishcakes.
Poaching in the CryoVac maintains flavor and minimizes the fish drying out.
The fish should be flaked. The idea is to have chunks of flaky white fish similar to lumps of crab meat in crab cakes.
Ingredients include:
1 egg, 1 tsp seafood seasoning, 1 tb fresh parsely, 2 tb diced celery, 1 green onion diced, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1 clove garlic finely minced, 1 tb dijon mustard, 2 tb mayonaise, 2 tsp worcheshire sauce, 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, dash hot sauce,(melted butter for skillet or cooking spray for baking sheet).

Cooking in cast iron skillet over medium heat til browned on both sides.
Baked in oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees