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)
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
Our 2nd place champion, Aamer Agha, exhibits an admirable passion for grilling, and is willing to share his wisdom (see below). The judges loved his presentation and the robust flavor of his chicken. Hanif 'Mo' Islam, owner of The Gyro Shop, commented "This was very different. Everything went well together. All the ingredients were phenomenal. My … Continue reading “Momma’s Tandoori BBQ and Dad’s Homemade Hummus” – by Aamer Agha (2nd Place 2018 Halal BBQ Pitmasters Poultry Competition)
The winning dish of this year's Halal BBQ Pitmasters competition was Kamran Rizvi's "Karachi Bam Chicken." It was so good that he nearly got a perfect score from the judges (he lost one point on appearance). One of the judges (Rosie from our favorite halal Thai restaurant Noodle Wave) commented this dish reminded her of … Continue reading “Karachi Bam Chicken” by Kamran Rizvi (1st Place Winner of our 2018 Poultry Competition)
(Stay tuned to this blog. We'll provide allot more details from the competition - like recipes, cook profiles, and judge profiles) Last year's competition was brisket and was a guys-only event. To change things up, this year we decided to do poultry (chicken, duck, and turkey) and invite entire families. Eleven competitors participated, and almost … Continue reading 2018 Halal BBQ Pitmasters Competition: Poultry
Last year, my friends and I started our annual BBQ competition. Six competitors made brisket and our guests served as judges, scoring the meat in categories like appearance (e.g. smoke ring, thickness of slices, bark), taste, and texture. Below are some of the pictures taken during the competition.