Maximum Impact, Minimum Effort. That’s how I approach everything, and it is no different when grilling, smoking, or cooking. This brings me to today’s tip - the dry brine.
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
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)
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)
(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
Looking to improve our smoked (non) fried chicken recipe, I found an episode of Ugly Delicious (Netflix) dedicated to fried chicken (episode 5). Towards the end of this show, David Chang (the host) visits Chef Asha Gomez (author of the My Two Souths cookbook), and she makes her famous Kerala Fried Chicken for him. Given Chang's enthusiastic reaction … Continue reading Green Chutney (non) Fried Chicken on the Grill
Can fried chicken be cooked on the grill? Yes! (well, it's not technically fried anymore). This healthy makeover utilizes indirect heat to cook the chicken, crisping up the skin nicely. Since it's being done outdoors on a grill, smoke flavor (using wood chunks or chips) can be added - adding depth to the flavor profile. … Continue reading Smoked (non) Fried Chicken Recipe