National Barbecue weekend starts this Saturday, and the weather is expected to be in the 70’s and partially sunny. So, as this nicer weather encourages us to head to the grill for the National BBQ weekend, a local chief has some tips to get some mouthwatering deliciousness started for this National BBQ Celebration this Weekend.
To help us in this special all-American celebration weekend, we reached out to local BBQ hotspot Small Fries, which is already becoming renown for their local BBQ dinners. We were lucky to speak to owner, Howard Kaplan, who provided the following tips for your home grilling and aspecial menu for this special weekend if you want takeout.
Tips from local BBQ Chief Howard Kaplan:
BBQ Tastes Span Multiple Areas: Whether you prefer charcoal, wood, or gas, barbecuing is fundamentally a slow cooking method over indirect heat. While the type of protein and seasonings vary, each person specializes in their own tastes, flavors, and desired sauces. From sweet to spicy, techniques range from region to region and state to state. Even the way a place smokes their barbecue can be considered unique!
Tip’s from Hopatcong BBQ Professional for this Weekend:
Howard Kaplan the owner of the newest hotspot in Hopatcong provides his tips on how to reach the most extraordinary taste possible this weekend:
Start with the realization: This takes all Weekend!
Never Rush the Cooking: Start planning today for your weekend BBQ if you have not already, Buy the meat and the Brine at the same time and get ready for the next phase.
Additionally, World 2019 champion BBQ team states, “We agree, there’s never a bad barbeque, and it never hurts to have great attention to detail and never rush the process. It is perfecting the little things that make the BBQ great, like buying the right meat.”
Brine the Meat: Trim the meat at this point if you wish, and more importantly let the meat brine over several hours based upon the meat you are cooking.
Brining foods in a saltwater mixture before you cook them adds flavor, tenderness, and reduces cooking times. Check online for which type of meat your cooking.
Slow Cook: Plan on coking for up to 8 Hours: At Small Fries, we cook most of our BBQ products for at least 8-hours before they are available to the public. The key is low-and-slow.
Mix all Rubs/Spices: This is your secret recipe if you have one, which includes ideal spices that you feel comfortable with and gives you the taste desired, like sweet, sour or something different. You most likely already have these ingredients in your home.
World 2019 champion BBQ team supports this by saying, “BBQ rub is the perfect rub to make it with key ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Don’t grill without it!”
While we await more tips from the Master Chief…
Small Fries Specials for National BBQ Weekend:
Celebrate with a delicious BBQ meal from Small Fries BBQ where we take our BBQ very seriously with a slow cooking process in our special homemade spices & sauces - a combination that enhances all the flavors!
All of the following Family Meals Include:
Special Lake Hopatcong BBQ Celebration Meals: Served with Choice of Three Sides, and our special pickle based upon a 200-year old recipe.
|Whole Rack of Ribs:||$23.00|
|Whole Chicken & Pulled Pork OR Pulled Chicken:||$28.00|
|Whole Chicken & Rack of Ribs Combo:||$34.50|
|Whole Chicken & Smoked Brisket:||$46.00|
|Whole Chicken, Rack of Ribs, and Pulled Pork or Chicken:||$46.50|
|BBQ Special - Rack of Ribs, Smoked Brisket, and Pulled Pork or Chicken:||$64.50|
Ordering and Location Information:
22 Lakeside Blvd, Hopatcong, NJ 07843
11:00AM - 8:00 PM
Final Tips from Howard:
You never know what combination of spices a barbecue master has in his or her repertoire - everyone has their own specialty and we’ve spent years (decades) perfecting our trade.
Pork is the original barbecue meat, but here at Small Fries BBQ & Grill, we also bring in beef, Brisket, chicken, and other proteins into our BBQ regime. And a real BBQ meal is more than just the meat! The sides are just as important when it comes to good barbecue. An ideal coleslaw will pair well with a shredded pulled BBQ pork and make the perfect sandwich. The macaroni and cheese, potatoes, and BBQ baked beans – these are all staples of barbecue flavors.
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