Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Championship Barbecue Equipment by Adidas?

Barbecue shoes?
You bet!

Thanks to a collaboration between San Francisco's Upper Playground design group and Adidas you can be sporting these spiffy red and white gingham barbecue inspired shoes complete with a kettle grill on the back and some shiny silver utensils on the side. These elements will considerably improve the overall barbecue experience. I understand these shoes are equally effective in the support of both the cookery and eating aspects of the barbecue sport.

Interestingly the inspiration for these shoes is one of my favorite barbecue restaurants; Memphis Minnie's. You can search through the blog archive for a full review on Memphis Minnie's Bar-B-Que Joint.

If you'd like to own a pair of these shoes you might need to look around because only 4000 pairs were ever made. If you find a pair you will want to make sure you don't drip any BBQ sauce on them because they are about $200. Of course there's always plenty of barbecue to go around and it costs significantly less.

We've included a video of the Walrus from Upper Playground at Memphis Minnie's in San Francisco talking about their inspiration for these shoes and other projects.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Recipe: Honey Mustard Rubbed Roast Pork

Mustard is not just for sandwiches or hot dogs. Here is an example of another way you can use it! For this recipe we utilize your Crockpot to save on time and cleanup:


2 pork tenderloins
salt and pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
4 tablespoons Pebble Creek Roasted Garlic & Red Chile Mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, crumbled
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Wash and trim the pork and pat dry; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place pork in the slow cooker. Combine garlic, mustard, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, and thyme; pour over the pork. Turn pork to coat thoroughly.

Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.

Remove pork to a plate, cover with foil, and keep warm. Pour the juices into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, or until reduced by about one-third. Combine the cornstarch and cold water; whisk into the reduced juices and cook for 1 minute longer. Serve pork sliced with the thickened juices.

Suggestion: Serve with some baby spring greens tossed in a light vinaigrette.

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