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

“Crispy Chutney Chicken Bites”

For our poultry competition, I chose to grill "fried" chicken tenders after marinading them in a green chutney overnight. The recipe was previously published. In practice cooks, it came out delicious. The taste-testers (my extended family) loved it. Unfortunately, at  the competition it did poorly. The judges commented it was too cold (I failed in … Continue reading “Crispy Chutney Chicken Bites”

“Lemony Lebanese Chicken” (Djej Mishwe) by Jamil

Djej Mishwe is a traditional Lebanese grilled chicken dish that pairs well with garlic sauce. The acidic marinade in this recipe creates a lemony flavor complimented by the smoky flavor from cooking over charcoal. To create this delicious dish, Jamil modified a recipe from the web (https://www.mamaslebanesekitchen.com/poultry/lebanese-grilled-chicken-recipe-djej-mishwe/). As part of our ongoing series, below is … Continue reading “Lemony Lebanese Chicken” (Djej Mishwe) by Jamil

“Smokin’ Hot Chicken Sliders” by Shaad Bidiwala

Sliders first gained notoriety in the 1920's when White Castle opened with "Slyders" as their signature item. Although those sliders were made with a square beef patty, onion, and pickle in a bun, sliders now come in many variations. In the recipe below, Shaad shares his variant , combining his love of White Castle with … Continue reading “Smokin’ Hot Chicken Sliders” by Shaad Bidiwala

“Kickin’ Jalapeño Chicken!” by Neghae Mawla

Only one competitor brought chicken wings to the competition. Neghae's clever recipe (see below) and his pitmaster skills resulted in tender, juicy wings "with a kick at the end" per the judges. As you'll read below, Neghae owns a multitude of grills and knows how to use them. His meals are outstanding, and I often … Continue reading “Kickin’ Jalapeño Chicken!” by Neghae Mawla

“Korean Thunder Chicken” by Wasi Syed (3rd place 2018 Poultry Competition)

One of the few competitors who cooked on-site, Wasi showed off his pitmaster skills, using  a public park grill (the frustrating kind) in windy situations. His wife Muna's recipe (see below) combined with his grilling expertise resulted in tender and juicy chicken with "perfect Asian flavor" per the judges.   As part of our ongoing … Continue reading “Korean Thunder Chicken” by Wasi Syed (3rd place 2018 Poultry Competition)

“Smoked Turkey Rubbed with Turmeric Buffalo Ghee” by Rehan Jaffrey

This was the lone non-chicken entry in our poultry competition.  Rehan's intricate recipe resulted in one of the most beautiful turkeys I've ever seen. Not just did it look good, the judges loved the flavor and felt it was "cooked to perfection." As part of our ongoing series interviewing the competitors, below are Rehan's answers … Continue reading “Smoked Turkey Rubbed with Turmeric Buffalo Ghee” by Rehan Jaffrey