The 2018 Great Texan Cookoff by VRIC

VRIC Great Texan Cookoff Brisket Trophy

How many Halal BBQ brisket/ribs competitions have you been to? Not many...because they don't happen very often. So when the Valley Ranch Islamic Center (VRIC) announced their 2nd annual "Great Texan Cookoff," we quickly formed a team to compete. Our team included Neghae, Rehan, Zeeshan, Mubeen, Jawad, Lateef, and myself. Three other teams, Smokey D's … Continue reading The 2018 Great Texan Cookoff by VRIC

Can a Kamado grill (Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, Akorn) function as a Tandoor oven?

Lowering skewer into egg

Can a kamado-style grill like Big Green Eggs, Kamado Joes, and Akorns  function as a tandoor? Yes they can!!! For reference, a tandoor is a clay oven shaped like a pot. Charcoal is lit at the base of the tandoor and skewered meat is lowered into it to cook via radiant heat. Another use for … Continue reading Can a Kamado grill (Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, Akorn) function as a Tandoor oven?

2018 “Meat and Greet” for DFW area Halal BBQ Pitmasters

We had a wonderful gathering for Halal BBQ Pitmasters in the DFW area this past weekend. Roughly 10 pitmasters showed up. Mary's Mediterranean Cafe and Grill (Frisco, TX) sponsored and were  kind enough to bring salads, hummus, and grilled chicken. Below are some pics from the event. Not pictured is the tea/chai Mubeen brought, and … Continue reading 2018 “Meat and Greet” for DFW area Halal BBQ Pitmasters

The Devil’s Hot Toad Chicken

The Devil's Hot Toad Chicken

The Devil's Hot Toad Chicken (French grilled spatchcocked chicken). I found this great recipe in the book "French Grill: 125 Refined & Rustic Recipes." The Devil's Hot Toad Chicken (Le Poulet De Diable En Crapaud) tastes fantastic, thanks to a mixture of mustard, ground peppers, and bread crumbs (applied while the chicken is cooking).  True … Continue reading The Devil’s Hot Toad Chicken

Masala Brussels Sprouts

Masala brussels sprouts.   On the grill, brussels sprouts develop a charred crunchy exterior and a nutty soft interior. In the below recipe, Indian/Pakistani spices add an additional layer of flavor. Masala Brussels Sprouts Recipe. Ingredients 12 oz brussels sprouts (wash and remove any yellowing outer leave) 2 tablespoons grapeseed or peanut oil (or any neutral … Continue reading Masala Brussels Sprouts