McDonalds McRib burer at home

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This is something that has been on my to-do list for ages. I cook pork ribs (baby backs, spare ribs etc) quite frequently, and I always think of the McDonalds faux-rib burger the McRib. I had previously tried a couple of variations - one of which, not at all remaining true to the original, being taking the ribs just past being cooked so the bones slide out real easily, cutting out a 4 bone section or so and slapping that in a bun. That was super tasty, but just the same way ribs are tasty, it didn’t really add anything to the dish and definitely wasn’t reminiscent of the original.

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Ultimate fake-away doner kebab at home

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Rotisserie cooking is great for so many things, and this fake doner kebab is a great example. I grew up eating dodgy doner kebabs after a night out, they were always (at least in my memories) so deliciously greasy.

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BBQ smoked pork cheeks

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This isn’t so much a recipe, as I’m not really going to go over the details of smoking meat, how to setup indirect cooking and the general 101 BBQ stuff - instead I’m going to go for a whistle stop tour of the cook, as pork cheeks are not the most common cook and might seem daunting if you have never tried them before.

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Reverse sear fried chicken A.K.A Sous-vide Fried Chicken (SVFC)

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1. Sous vide and the Reverse Sear

Sous vide, cooking in a water bath with tight temperature controls (to within a degree of target temperature), is often used as the first step in a reverse sear approach. Whilst sous vide shines at precise and even internal cooking, it is impossible to get a nice finish on a piece of meat or vegetable using sous-vide, as it cooks at temperatures way below those needed for searing a steak, for example.

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Homemade chocolate ice-cream thats Better than Ben & Jerry's

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In terms of commercially available ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s has to be towards the top of the picking for me. There are some classier ice creams, like Hagen Daz, but in terms of pure decadence (and the the most non-ice cream ingredients added possible) you can’t really compete with Ben & Jerry’s.

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Sous vide ice cream

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Early on in the UK Covid lockdown, I had to work from home a lot, which meant two things: 1) I suddenly gained over two hours that would have normally been on commuting every week day 2) I was restricted to the house and garden (caveat, a lot of this time and probably more was actually used on childcare, as the kids were at home so I think I ended up with a deficit of time after all, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t use these circumstances as an excuse to get more cooking gadgets).

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4th Best Chilli in the UK

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This time last year, I was competing in one of the regional competitions for the UK Chilli Cook-off Assocation. An annual competition where competitors meet for 4 hours to try and create the best chilli (chilli-con-carne, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be meat based!), a panel of four judges score the chillis to decide the winner. The winners then go through to the UK finals. The competitions, both regionals and finals are normally hosted by an existing food festival - so usually in a field under a marquee, with no power source and just hoping for good weather.

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How-to BBQ: Ultimate Weber Smokey Mountain guide

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This article is an overall, how-to guide for the Weber Smokey Mountain (often referred to as a WSM). We will look at the science of how they work, as well as basic controls, cooking techniques and then finish with a look at potential modifications (mods).

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How-to BBQ: Southern Comfort BBQ sauce recipe

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This is just a quick Southern Comfort (or any Bourbon you like really - SC is quite sweet and works well, but there’s plenty of sweetness in BBQ sauce anyway so it could easily be swapped straight out for Jack Daniels or anything you fancy - just please don’t use an expensive single malt in there!)

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How-to BBQ: Quick and easy BBQ sauce recipe

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BBQ sauce can be a great condiment. It’s a bit of a shame that its a little overused now, and often used to cover up for poor BBQ in chain pubs (I’m talking about all those times I’ve eaten reheated pulled pork mush, drowned in generic sweet BBQ sauce to hide the lack of quality in the pork). In moderation, and by that I mean, so its not all you can taste - I love it on barbecued chicken, pork ribs and even pulled pork, just as long as is modestly applied. Most supermarkets here in the UK will have several shelves stocked with different brands of BBQ sauces, but all mostly of a similar style (ketchup based) but with varying degrees of quality, and don’t get me started on the BBQ sauce pizza sauce that Dominos use.

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