Chicken-Q: Wilkes County Fire Dept. chicken with an NYC twist

  This weekend was all about North Carolina bbq, where vinegar and peppers meet butter and spices.  Big hat tip to the Wilkes County Fire Department, whose chickenque fundraisers have inspired thousands to get in the kitchen and try to emulate the amazing secret marinade. Our NYC take on this NC tradition started with beautiful…

Cochinita Pibil – pork shoulder in achiote paste

  Amazing pork shoulder courtesy of Sawkill Farm, recipes courtesy of Alex Stupak’s Tacos: Recipes and Provocations.  Learning to make and use achiote paste has broadened our horizons and expanded our the possibilities for pulled pork!

Beef Belly

This beautiful cut of beef belly (or beef navel) was a treat to cook and a delight to eat.  Hat tip to Sun Fed Beef for having this cut on hand at last week’s Jackson Heights Greenmarket.

Before the tacos

salsa verde featuring fresh tomatillos, lime, and grilled serrano peppers – seeds and all!

Why BBQ?

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start. – Anthony Bourdain