Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the Texas chain more famous for their gigantic yellow 32-ounce soda cup than perhaps their barbecue, has tried to get a foothold in OC before. Gustavo reviewed them back in '08 when they opened in Irvine. That location failed and has been replaced by Koko's Cafe.
If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>
American barbecue tends to be big food (the they-killed-a-cow-just-for-me kind of big food) and, when I think big food, what comes to mind is me, sitting in a restaurant, shoulders slumped, posture completely destroyed, feeling badly about having actually eaten everything. This isn't true of the ... More >>
If I hear someone pronounce EVOO i-vuu one more time, I'm going to shoot myself...You. Yeah, I know you. Your knife skills are up there with the best line chefs in Orange County. Your knife block costs more than a month of my rent. Every time you watch Top Chef, Chopped, or Iron Chef, you come up ... More >>
The last time we talked BBQ for the New Year's Eve contest at Knott's Splash Mountain, I promised you an inside view of the judges' tent of a sanctioned barbecue contest. This week: a video and a discussion of how competition barbecue is scored, plus information on where you can become a certifie ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comCompetition-grade spare ribs from Tropical Heat BBQ TeamWould you guess that Orange County hosts more sanctioned barbecue contests than L.A. County? It's true. We're not talking about unsanctioned "rib burns," either, but legitimate contests with certified judges like you'd find ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The famous rotisserie-chicken purveyor opens its first restaurant . . . in Irvine?!
Edwin GoeiPulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold described the chicken at the previously mobile-only Gourmet Grill Masters this way:"The chicken at Grill Masters stands a cluck or two above the rest: extravagantly seasoned fowl cooked on rotating spits, perfumed with smoke, slow-roasted ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comBeef brisket from Los Alamitos team Inhale BBQLast Friday and Saturday, September 23 - 24, fifty BBQ teams from across the Western states took over the lush lawns of Sea Terrace Park for the inaugural Dana Point BBQ Championship. Top teams featured on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters show su ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.Summer officially starts next week, which means BBQ season is officially in full swing (altho ... More >>
Flickr user tsechuen26So many great posts, so little time to read--so get the highlights after the jump!
Flickr user abbyladybugDay of the dead... hot dogsYou've been to that family picnic: the one where Uncle Hank mans the grill and cremates innocent frankfurters. You know the kind: blistered, third-degree burns on the outside, and still-frozen on the inside? Stop the zombie meatsicles! This week m ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.com Now that days run longer and the weather warmer, it's time to start cooking outdoors on a regular basis again. Sure, you can be all jackrabbit quick about it and set the propane grill to "inferno" and be ready to cook in less than 15 seconds. But where's the skill in that? Or t ... More >>
OC's latest yakiniku lets you take the teppan into your own hands
Kimberly ValenzuelaToday, as is the custom of this On The Line series, our subject, Chef Greg Howe, shares a recipe. If you missed the first and second part of his Q&A, click here and here. Otherwise read on for recipe to replicate a Ritz-Carlton dish in your very own kitchen.
©Professor SaltSplitsville!This Labor Day weekend, you're probably planning on doing something involving an open flame and some meat (or at least s'mores). Where do you get good firewood in this county, where we cut down all our fruit orchards decades ago to build subdivisions? At The Woodshed i ... More >>
Will Reid Scout Camp
OC BBQ FestivalQuick, what are you doing this weekend?Does it involve meat?No? Well, it should. Orange County's BBQ Festival is coming up this Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
From pig jowls to beef stomach to plain old steak, it all tastes amazing at this Korean eatery
phy @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Korean restaurants have Seoul... get it?Welcome to the new year of Ethnic Eating 101! Sorry for the unannounced hiatus; I was hung over--tequila is a delicious but cruel potion.While the wonders of Vietnamese cooking could fill up half a year's posts, the Vietnames ... More >>
Ernest Miller is a cook at the Disneyland Resort who also blogs at Culinary Safaris and is enrolled alongside my chica in the Master Food Preserver that has me going to San Bernardino more times than any non-909er should ever have to. He has an interesting request for SAFII readers: anyone has loqua ... More >>
For years, Barbeques Galore seemed to do brisk business in a little Costa Mesa strip center it shared with a liquor store, Big 5 Sporting Goods and Wherehouse Records. Then, in no particular order, Wherehouse went online only, a larger, adjacent shopping center at Harbor Boulevard and Wilson Street ... More >>
Allen Baylis, you and your fellow nudie burgers just won the right to continue sunbathing in the buff at Trail 6 on San Onofre State Beach. What are you going to do next? "We'll probably have a barbecue at the beach this weekend." What, you thought they were going to Disneyland? Baylis, a Huntin ... More >>
A five-month feud between roommates some 150 years in the making
'You’re all crazy'
Mitt Romney may like him some outdoor barbecue and bouncy houses, but it seems that Rudy Giuliani prefers breakfast as his OC fund-raising venue. However, those eggs and bacon will cost you -- got $2,300 or more? Want to blow it all on a photo op with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Frontrunner? Then get your ... More >>
Here was how my train of thought went: Parking at a hotel will probably be around $12. But it's only 9 miles away. And I would like to indulge in free alcohol. How much could a cab possibly be? I know that long-time OC residents are laughing already. Cab was $25. And once you've taken it one way, ... More >>
Mothering Your Meat at Ku Wol San
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Single Cell debunks black holes
Just Like Arkansas: Rick's Secret Spot
O, Brilliant, Fatty Wonder! Bacon-wrapped hot dogs at the Santa Ana Farmers Market
Dine with local Cack-a-lacks at Kill Devils
A guide to great food
Not Getting Laid With the Orphans
Is the Korean liquor soju the next St. Johns Wort?
Jay Bees offers real barbecue and Jenny Jones on the picture box
The interactivity of BDs Mongolian Barbeque
And other tales from the political season