I don’t eat meat so, naturally, I am usually all about an innovative, veggie-filled creation designed to make summer BBQs a little less miserable for the vegetarians and vegans of the world. That said, the invention of the carrot hot dog is one I simply can’t get on board with.
I first spotted a carrot hot dog — literally just a marinated whole carrot that is cooked and then stuffed into a a bun and called a “hot dog” — a few weeks ago on Instagram. I thought to myself, “Ew. Dumb. Why?” and went on with my day, figuring everyone else in the world agreed. After all, what could possibly be good about a cooked carrot enveloped in bread and topped with mustard and ketchup? Nothing. The answer is nothing. Just because one food is kind of shaped like another does not mean we should try to disguise it as such, right?
I figured this sighting of a carrot hot dog on the internet would be a one-time occurrence. But, no: In the past few weeks, I’ve seen them everywhere — infiltrating my Pinterest feed, nestled into vegetarian BBQ recipe roundups, being Instagrammed by my favorite food blogger (Noooooooo). So I feel like I have to say what I never thought I would ever have to say: Dear Internet, please stop trying to make carrot hot dogs happen. Read more »
If you love barbecue but feel you’ve got to leave the area to get the super legit stuff — you know, the meat that gets cooked outside for days by a true medal-winning pro who slogs over some serious equipment and would sooner kill his mama than divulge his rub recipe – here’s some good news.
First, you’re wrong. There’s some good ‘cue in this town if you know where to look.
Second, if you’re still not buying it, this weekend all you have to do is drive down the expressway to AC to find what you’re looking for.
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Bacon and spring pea guacamole at Lolita.
Hey, remember that thing where everyone on the internets went bonkers when the New York Times gently suggested that people might like to add green peas to their guacamole? Yeah, well look at the picture above. It appears the crew at Lolita were listening and not even denouncements from Jeb Bush and Barack Obama could sway them from their path.
And that course is just a start because Lolita is doing a full-on three-course Mexican BBQ dinner on Sunday and Monday, July 19 and 20. It covers just about every last bit of summer food you can think of.
Guacamole with green peas included.
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• Happy unofficial start of summer! If you’re planning a Memorial Day barbecue but haven’t quite nailed down the menu, look no further: Check out these 40 five-star grill recipes that won’t throw your diet off kilter. [Cooking Light]
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BBQ has become such a THING, hasn’t it? Not that there’s anything wrong with it. I mean, who doesn’t love meat slathered in spicy sweet sauce? Other than vegetarians, that is, who are in the news today with this juicy little scrap on Philly.com.
So enthralled have Americans become with ‘Q that the people who bring you the DO AC campaign are throwing their first BBQ hoe-down this weekend as part of the third annual Boardwalk Rodeo because, to my slight chagrin, the
redneck country lifestyle is also accumulating quite a following.
So tomorrow and Sunday, from noon to 7pm, 80 pitmasters from around the country will compete for prizes worth $50,000 – the largest cash prize for an East Coast BBQ competition. It’ll be held in a parking lot at Pacific and Delaware Avenues near Showboat, and it costs $5 to get in, unless you’re under 12 or have a ticket from the rodeo.
As for said rodeo, that happens at Boardwalk Hall Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1pm. That oughta be a hoot. It’s the biggest rodeo competition on the East Coast and it includes events like bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and bull riding. Cowgirls are competing in this, too, so if you’re looking to rustle yourself up a little cutie, you know where to find ‘em this weekend.