Maple Block BBQ in Culver City

Maple Block Old School BBQ Brisket Sandwich
Maple Block Old School BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Our First impressions of Maple Block Meat Company.

I’ve wanted to try this BBQ joint out for some time and yesterday the stars were aligned. I happened to be in the vicinity of the Maple Block Meat Company right before closing time.

I’ve wanted to try this BBQ joint out for some time and yesterday the stars were aligned. I happened to be in the vicinity of the Maple Block Meat Company right before closing time.

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BBQ Turkey on a Weber Kettle Grill

BBQ turkey on a Weber Kettle Grill
It’s that time of year again. That time to figure out how you are going to cook your bird. Are you going to roast, deep fat fry, sous vide , or simply make a BBQ turkey?
I’d usually suggest smoking your turkey, which gives your BBQ turkey a delicious smokey flavor.
I’ve smoked many turkeys on my Weber Smokey Mountain Roaster, but last year I decided to smoke it on my Weber Kettle. I was very pleased with the results. The Weber Kettle Grill achieves higher temperatures easier than my smoker, thus the skin crisped up quite nicely. You won’t even sacrifice any authentic smoked flavor in your BBQ turkey by using the kettle grill. One more fantastic reason for barbecuing your turkey is that it frees up your oven for other important things like pies, casseroles, dressing, and yams.
The second step for a delicious BBQ turkey is the brine. I have brined and bought pre-brined turkeys for a while now with mixed results. The smoked turkey meat is always juicy when you brine your bird, but the skin doesn’t always come out crisp. I read an article last year by Russ Parson on dry brining turkeys and was inspired to try it on my smoked bird. I have to mention that the turkey came out delicious, especially the skin. This is now my default way of making BBQ turkey.

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Father’s Day BBQ Gift Guide

Father's Day BBQ Gift Guide
Father’s Day BBQ Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe that we are in June already and with that comes the dreaded obligations of finding the perfect father’s day gift. If you don’t feel like getting your dad, a new tie or flannel shirt take a look at this Father’s Day BBQ gift guide to make the BBQ Junkie in your life a little happier. These gift ideas are in no particular order, and many of them qualify for Amazon Prime if you need your shipping expedited.

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Back in the Saddle Again

Photo taken during BBQ practice
Photo taken during BBQ practice

It’s been about three years since our last BBQ competition, but this weekend Four Q rides again at the Dana Point State BBQ Competition. We are only two now, Professor Salt and myself BBQ Junkie. Of the original four who started our BBQ team in 2005 Neil “Big Mista” has gone on too much success as a BBQ entrepreneur and Sylvie now competes on her own as Lady of Q. Big Mista occasionally enters competitions, but you are more likely to find him at a local farmer’s market and Lady of Q will be at the competition this weekend.

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Kid’s Summer Drink “Drank”

cool off your kids with a little sumer drank

We were all sitting poolside enjoying a Sunday afternoon when my daughter asked me for a “drank,” something tropical. She seemed comfortable, so how could I say no? Keeping the kids happy can be a chore at times, but if you do it right they really do appreciate the extra effort. I went inside with the intention of making some version of watermelon lemonade that I could disguise as a tropical drink, but what I came back with is a great way to kick up any backyard BBQ or pool party.

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The Ultimate BBQ Showdown East vs West II

Once again Wildomar will host The Ultimate BBQ Showdown East vs. West II this Saturday March 19th. Four Q, me included, will be there as well as 55 other teams. It’s the first of many KCBS BBQ competitions in SoCal this year. I’ll take plenty of photos and let you know how we do. If you are in the neighborhood or at the competition stop by the Four Q BBQ team booth and say hello… or you can just follow my tweets.

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Just listed as a top BBQ blog

I’m not sure what Associated Degree Online knows about BBQ, but I am very appreciative for getting listed as one of there top 45 BBQ bloggers. Aside from this blog, there are plenty of other BBQ resources listed.

Saddle up for some delicious recipes straight from the grill masters. Exquisitely divine is truly the only way to describe these bloggers’ dishes. Grab some napkins and dig on in!

Check out the list and spark up your smoker:

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Que’n for Kids BBQ Competition this Saturday

If you have ever wondered what real BBQ tastes like and want to support a great cause while tasting some, come by the Orange County Fairgrounds this Saturday. This will be the fourth annual Kristie’s Foundation BBQ competition. If you do come down, stop by the Four Q BBQ team booth and say hello. Or, you can just follow my Twitter feed.

Info: http://www.quenforkids.com/