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Belgian White IPA Baby Back Ribs

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This Labor Day weekend my wife and I did not opt for traveling as we have most years. No last trip to the beach before summer ends, no trip to the mountains, no bed and breakfast nor an out of town BBQ event of interest. Instead, we had a luxurious weekend of late mornings with freshly pressed coffee, an evening walk in uptown Charlotte to hear some live music and shared a meal of fire roasted baby backs with longtime friends accompanied by a few interesting Belgian style ales and IPAs.

Saturday morning, after making a few stops and walking through the oversized refrigerated selection of meat in one of my favorite hunting grounds, The Chef Store, I picked up a pack of baby back ribs to roast for lunch with friends Sunday.

A few rib recipes [click to continue…]

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Picking a Farmer

Produce boxes from Bush-N-Vine

Produce boxes from Bush-N-Vine

I always enjoy a trip to my local farmer’s market in Matthews, bringing to mind thoughts of helping my grandparents gather greens in a family garden. After reading through local farm web pages on Local Harvest.org, I picked an interesting farm, Bush-N-Vine , which offers a subscription for a weekly basket of produce delivered to an outdoor store in South Park area of Charlotte called Jesse Brown’s.

I look forward to making my first pick up in March.

Next, I am shopping for a local farm which offers a grass feed meat, Windy Hill Farms looks promising.

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Smoked Beef Brisket

I had lunch with a friend at Ri’ Ra’s Irish Pub in uptown Charlotte today. We had planned to go to one of my favorite farm to table restaurants Harvest Moon but they were closed for renovations so we walked across the street to Ri’ Ra’s. After looking over the menu for a few minutes the classic Irish Pub food like Bangers and Mash or a Ruben sounded good but a smoked beef brisket caught my eye.

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Their version of smoked brisket was ok but nothing like a brisket I smoked over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Over the holiday I slow roasted a Texas Style Beef Brisket with [click to continue…]

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