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Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship

I am totally excited about this competition. Does anybody know how this event will relate to the ASBEE event in Tennessee? I really want to go to the one there but its at the wrong time of year for convenience. Also, what kind of family events will this thing have? I want to bring the family and I am wondering what sort of activities they have for kids.
I look forward to this event as I am a huge fan of BBQ...I'm actually smoking right now.
Good luck folks.

Jun 06, 2012
NYCFoodster in Kosher

Cast Iron Pans

Just stick it into your oven and set the two hour self clean. It will smoke at first, but will be totally good to go once done. Season and enjoy. Shaytmg is right, there is no turning back.

Feb 02, 2012
NYCFoodster in Kosher

Joy of Kosher Best of 2011....Joke of Kosher more like it

I don't know if anybody has seen the contest joy of kosher put on for best of 2011 in several food service categories including best kosher chef and best restaurant. www.joyofkosher.com
Has anybody ever even heard of the top contestant in ANY category?

Thoughts.....

Jan 10, 2012
NYCFoodster in Kosher

A slow beef smokin' new years

Alright so the weather today didn't leave me much choice but to bbq some beef. I have been trying my hand at this quite a bit and I have some questions for you bbq pros out there.
As far as wood goes, wet or dry? and what is the advantage to using wood as my fuel? as in no coals, just wood slow cooking the food.

Also, whats a good method for smoking spare ribs. I have been applying a dry rub prior to smoking and letting it go from there. I havent tried wrapping it in foil or mopping with sauce(although I do believe now that I probably should.)

Below is a photo of my setup. Would love to hear some critique.

Let's Shmooze. Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2012
NYCFoodster in Home Cooking

A Beef Smoking Sukkos

I kinda figured that would work out considering temperature and timing and such. Will try that and post the results.

Nov 24, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

A Beef Smoking Sukkos

So I have been salivating for these short ribs ever since sukkot. I cant recreate them with a smoker because i live in the city and dont have outdoor space. Is it even possible to recreate a smoked short rib with that crusty outside and the juicy center that 12 hours of 200 degree smoke gave me in an oven? Or am I stuck with braising?

Nov 23, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

A Beef Smoking Sukkos

Well, for my heat Ive been using charcoal briquettes. I have been looking into using hardwood briquettes but I'm not sure exactly what the difference is. I think it burns hotter longer. For the smoke, I prefer chunks.

Oct 25, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

A Beef Smoking Sukkos

I didnt use a weber grill. It was a large rectangular surface area with the meat situated between the heat source and the exhaust allowing for the smoke to pass through the meat on its way out. As far as having to add more wood every half hour I have experienced that if you have large , maybe fist sized chunks of wood they will almost always outlast the coal. I was able to keep it going steady without touching it for up to an hour.
I agree that the rib steak and roasts etc arent ideal for a full cook in smoke. I read an article in saveur magazine that discussed cooking a 12 lb bone in ribeye roast fully in smoke but I have not tried that yet. The short ribs were a complete slam dunk though. All I did was put a dry rub overnight and let the smoke do the rest.
All I gotta do now is try and recreate the process perfectly...

Oct 24, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

A Beef Smoking Sukkos

i recently became really interested in smoking (meat, that is). over this last Sukkos, I smoked short ribs, spare ribs and a 3lb ribeye steak. It was such a huge success that I wanted to share it with you.
I set up a regular bbq grill that had the meat on one side over a water pan and the other side had the lit charcoal. I added apple wood to the charcoal to give it the fruity smoky flavor I was going for. Luckily I was using a grill with a built in thermometer to make sure I was maintaining the proper 200-225 degrees required for ideal cooking/smoking. I let the short ribs, (which only had a dry rub of herbs and spices on it) stay in the smoker for 12 hours. I put them on before shacharis and served them for dinner. It was the juiciest most flavorful piece of meat I have ever cooked and it needed no sauce or oven cooking.

Anyways, it kind of excited me and I would love to hear some thoughts.

Oct 23, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

First Time Visit To NY From San Francisco

I would recommend Le Marais. It is a french steakhouse with its own meat aging room. Definitely the best steak and atmosphere in the area.(just try to get a table upstairs, much quieter and roomier) All their steak is dry aged and they make the fries from scratch, really crispy and fresh. I've been going there for years especially when visiting the theater. its on 46 bet 7 and 8.
I would also suggest abigails on broadway. They have an amazing popcorn chicken with real popcorn it and the last time I was there I got a dish which featured an array of different meat, kind of like a sampler. It was incredible. They are on broadway at 39th st.

enjoy the show! i heard great things

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Le Marais
150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Abigael's
1407 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

Oct 23, 2011
NYCFoodster in Manhattan

Heavenly cheesecake for Shavous

I love the cheesecake that costco sells. Everyone in my family will have some sort of dairy pastry from costco come shavuos time. I sometimes will grab something even during the rest of the year. The only complaint I have is that they come in such large quantities. I can't eat 24 little cupcakes by myself and I would feel too guilty throwing them out. Also the fact that they aren't cholov yisroel makes it difficult to serve on the holidays because some people are strict about that.

May 25, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

BBQ in Manhattan

Seeing as how BBQ season is upon us, I find myself wanting to grill almost every night. The problem is finding a spot thats both nice and legal to grill in Manhattan. I have a small portable charcoal grill that works really nice but i'm not sure which parks etc allow people to grill. Any Suggestions?

May 25, 2011
NYCFoodster in Manhattan

Brioche Rolls

I personally am a big fan of the artisan breads that fairway has to offer. They have a great selection including brioche. I usually get the baguette or the pane di case but I've had the brioche before and its really good.

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Fairway Market
2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

May 25, 2011
NYCFoodster in Manhattan

My love/hate relationship with Fairway

I used to shop at fairway on 74th and I gotta say that I'm in agreement about the one in Harlem being less crazy. its still a bit nutty especially since they just rearranged the whole store ( I took a walk around the whole place just to see where it all was). But the Fairway on 74th and bway can be a real zoo sometimes.

May 25, 2011
NYCFoodster in Manhattan

Manhattan, NY - I need a vegetarian AND kosher place to take an important business client

I agree marissaJ. I have eaten at va bene many times and only have good things to say. I am more of a meat eater myself but when the mood strikes for d=some dairy food va bene is always the first option.

May 24, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

PRIME KO?

I went there with my wife and ordered a ton of food. The fish options were all great. it was very fresh and prepared well. The spicy tuna crunch appetizer was really good we got one to go. I didn't particularly care for the beef though. We got the short rib entree and I was disappointed with it. I felt like I should have stuck with the fish. Overall nice experience. Very friendly staff and a nice ambiance.

May 24, 2011
NYCFoodster in Kosher

Kosher-friendly Restaurants

I used to go to Le Marais a lot also. Although the last few times I went, the steaks were not cooked properly. But if you're in the mood for some home cooking I would definitely get some of the fresh meat in the butcher case. I've had it several times and it's Excellent.

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Le Marais
150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

May 24, 2011
NYCFoodster in Manhattan

kosher sushi

Estihana on the west side has pretty good sushi. Also, you can try eden wok in midtown. I've had their sushi several times and it was excellent.

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Estihana
221 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Eden Wok
43 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

May 24, 2011
NYCFoodster in Manhattan