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CurdBurger1This weekend, my pal Chef Haberer was able to make some sous vide cheese curd stuffed burgers, and for the first time around, they were fantastic.

He used 100% ground beef short rib, then blended in cheese curds into the mix.  He lightly seasoned them, then sous vide for about 2 hours at 134°F.  After the pouch, he seared them in a cast iron pan on an induction burner reaching about 520°F with a shallow pool of avocado oil.

The photo makes the insides LOOK very rare, but due to this process, it was actually a perfect medium/medium rare all the way throughout.  That is the beauty of sous vide.CurdBurger3

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As you may know, I am part of the Axe-Men BBQ competition BBQ team that participates in KCBS events in the Midwest. Here is a little checklist of things you may need if you don’t have a monster trailer with multiple sponsors who will throw free stuff at you. I have removed some of our top secret items, but this should give you a good start if you are looking to get into some KCBS events…

Meat       Camp Equipment    
? ? 10×10 Canopy 1
? ? 10×10 Canopy with 3x Walls 1
? ? Folding Chairs 4
? ? Tent to sleep in 1
Rubs/Sauce/Presentation Pop up Tables 4
? ? Cinder Blocks 4
? ? Tarps 2
? ? Fire Pit 1
? ? Wood for fire pit 5 bundles
? ? Wood starters 2
? ? Buckets for water/hold down tents 8
? ? Small water hose w/ nossel 1
? ? ? ?
? ? Bungie Cords 24
? ? Fire Extiguisher 1
? ? Ash bucket and shovel 1
Ketchup 1 jar Duct Tape 1
Mustard 1 jar Electrical Tape 1
Apple Juice 1/2 Gallon Tool Box, Full 1
Salt 1 jar Portable work light 1
Fresh Curly Parsley 6 Bunches Flashlights 2
Additional Food/Drink Extension Cords 3
Ice Lots of it Generator (If we have one) 1
Salt and Pepper 1 jar each Cart or dolly 1
Water/gatoraid/beer/monster A bunch Rachet Straps for trailer 6
Snacks/Dinner/Breakfast A bunch Small broom and dust pan 1
Smokers/Grills/Fuel Toilet Paper 1
? ? Batteries for flashlights 3 sets
? ? Battieries for Thermometers 3 sets
? ? Large clock or timer set at competition 1
Propane Burner 1 Larger binder clips or table clips 4
Propane Tank, Full 1 Paper Towel Dispenser 1
? ? Bulk rope 30ft
? ? ? ?
? ? Bug Spray 1
? ? Sun Tan Lotion 1
? ? Ponchos 6
Stick Lighters 4 Sanitation/Disposables
Tools/Utensils/Pans/Storage Paper Towels, Roll 2
Cambro Camcarriers 2 Shop Towels 1
Coolers 4 Parchment Paper 1 box
Kinfe Roll 1 Full Bus Tubs 3
Cutting Boards 2 Sponge/Scrub Brush 2
Cutting Board skid 2 Dish Soap 1
Electric Knives 2 Sanatiser Spray 1
Injectors 2 Lysol Wipes, Tub 2
Grill Scraper 1 Sanatiser Bucket 1
Tongs 2 Aprins (Maybe) 2
Seasoning Shakers 3 Hand Sanitiser 1
Sauce Brush 2 Bleach, Small 1
Large Spatchula 2 Garbage Bags 1 roll
Grill Glove 2 pair To-Go containers 2 dozen
Plastic Tray Inserts 6 Ziplock Bags XL 12
? ? Ziplock Bags L 24
? ? Solo Cups 12
Large Water Pot w/ lid 1 Aluminum Foil, Roll 1
Thermometer Probe 3 Plastic Wrap, Roll 1
Thermopen 1 Disposable Gloves, box 2
Thermocouple 1 First Aid Kit 1
Large cups/bowls for sauce/brine 4 Disposable Plates 24
Toothpicks 1 box Disposable Silverwear 24 sets
Half sheet pans 3 Personal    
Full aluminum pans 12 Pillows
Half aluminum pans 12 Blankets
Full sheet pan 1 Toiletries
Other ? ?
Directions
Sign In Documents
KCBS Info
Sponsor Info
Pens/Note Pads

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Posted: March 16, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Axe-Men BBQ team out of West Dundee, Illinois is looking for supporters and sponsors for this years BBQ season. We are a new team that competed in our first KCBS event in October of 2014, and still ended up with a 9th place call for ribs, and 10th place call for chicken, even with minimal equipment.  Our team is planning to compete in at least 6 events next season, and our goal is to participate in high profile events like the American Royal Barbeque Competition in Kansas City, as well as the Jack Daniel’s Championship in Lynchburg. Many of the regional events we participate in will be in the Midwest. We are fully invested in competing on the KCBS circuit and making Axe-Men BBQ a grand-champion team.  We also would eventually like to sell our sauces, rubs, and marinades to the general public.

As you might be aware, these BBQ competitions take a lot of time, effort, and money to complete. We are interested in everything from grills, smokers, trailers, campers, and meat…down to cleaning supplies, tables, chairs, coolers, wood, charcoal, beverages, knives, utensils, promotion materials, entry fees, and cash donations. In return, we want to go above and beyond to help promote any sponsors who help us along the way. We would add your company/personal name and/or logo to banners, clothing, or any other allowable items.  We can hand out sell sheets, contact info, or samples of anything you wish to visitors of the events. We would add you to our email list so you can keep track of our competitions, as well as visit us at any time to sample some of our award winning BBQ. Also, we would be more than happy to have a representative from your company on site to discuss your products with the public or other teams. If you have any other requests on what you would like from us in return for sponsorship, we are more than happy to discuss. The team also has a large network on social media including personal pages, blogs, and professional contacts.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional information. Below are a few links to see how exciting some of the events and opportunities we will be participating in.
Thank you very much for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Steve Quirk
Mike Haracz
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My team, Axe-Men BBQ, just competed in our first KCBS BBQ competition at the Lamb’s Farm Barn Burner event this past weekend. At first we were a little skeptical about how well we would do, since we were competing against former champions and were one of three first-time groups. There was 44 teams competing in this event, and many were doing full BBQ competition tours. All the other teams had huge trailers, larger smokers, and banners with multiple sponsors.  We didn’t have any of that…

It was chilly, windy, and rainy.  We didn’t have walls on our pop-up tent, we didn’t have a fire pit, and we didn’t know you could trim and prep the meats ahead of time (which would have saved us a lot of work during the event). Most of our competitors who would walk by knew we were first-timers just by looking at us, however, I would bet we were having the most fun out of any team. Everyone was nice, but a lot of friendly poking at the noobs was had.

Unlike some of the competitors, we made all of our injections, rubs, and sauces from scratch. We did not have very much area to cook numerous portions of meat, so we had to make sure the limited amount of product we were preparing turned out the way we wanted it to.  We only used a smaller Pit Boss pellet smoker and a 22-1/2 inch Weber grill. This also meant it needed to be constantly monitored, so there was a definite lack of sleep.

We are proud to have received a 9th place call on our ribs and 10th place call on our chicken, along with being 26th place overall. We could not be happier and are looking forward to doing 6 to 10 competitions next season.  We will also being upping our game as far as equipment, sources for meats, and getting a sweet banner with sponsors (if we can!)

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Spicy Peruvian Lima Bean Succotash  - www.nerdsteak.com

Spicy Peruvian Lima Bean Succotash – http://www.nerdsteak.com

Here is a tasty recipe using Peruvian Lima Beans. They are quite a large bean that ends up having a very creamy consistency when cooks, so be gentle when mixing.  I soaked them overnight, then boiled them for about 1-1/2 hours for this recipe.  Watch them close when boiling because they can go from cooked to a mushy mess in a few minutes.

Spicy Peruvian Lima Bean Succotash

5 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced
2 tablespoons Aleppo chile flake
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups cooked Peruvian Lima Beans
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/4 cup picked cilantro leaves
1/4 cup roughlly chopped arugula

Fry bacon on medium heat in a large skillet until crispy, then remove to drain on a paper towel, leaving excess rendered fat in the pan.
Add onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes.
Add garlic, chile flake, salt and pepper and sauté just until aromatic, about 1 minute.
Add cooked Peruvian Lima Beans, tomatoes and corn to pan, and cook just until tomatoes are tender, about 4 minutes.
Finish by adding sherry vinegar, then turn off heat, fold in cilantro and arugula and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes about 6 servings