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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ghosts of Princes in Towers: See Spot Eat

We recently had a major celebrity sighting at Wildwood BBQ. To me, one of the biggest stars we could hope to draw. Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ who is the pitmaster/chef behind the food at Justin Timberlake's Southern Hospitality, came in and spent a few hours the other night. It was great to see Ray and he, as always, was gracious and friendly. He is a great ambassador for bbq, a straight shooter, and someone I like to call a friend.

I had dinner at Peter Luger about two weeks ago and it was one of the best meals I have ever had there. I've been going to P.L. for 30 years or so and this really was a meal that transported me through time, matching the highlights of so many meals. The Porterhouse had all of the mineral beef flavor tones and was buttery moist and tender. The Ribeye was equally glorious.

Despite the exultant meal we had at Peter Luger recently, I still felt like cooking some steaks at home the next time I was burning some wood and cooking some 'que. I saw some nice looking shell steaks that were about a pound each, so I cooked them for me and The Wife. These had what was left of my brisket rub for the day on them. It was salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika and some other spices.

We had the steaks with the grilled corn, cherry tomatoes marinated in aged balsamic vinegar, and oven fries tossed with parmesan cheese and fresh oregano.


Blogger Terry (aka) Big Daddy said...

Man, that looks awesome...


9:54 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Thanks, Terry! Hope everything is going well for you and the summer is treating you right. It's been so hot and humid up here. Sounds like I'll be cooking in the rain this weekend--that seems to be where I do my best cooking.....Cheers!

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

Great blog and food looks terrific!


2:15 PM  

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