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Dressed to Grill

Dressed to Grill

Mary Spicer
Director
Gary Vorstenbosch
Manager and Chef
Presbyterian Hospital
Plano, Texas

Trinity University Smokehouse Barbecue station concept.


"Recognizing the many positive nutritional components, as well as the trend toward pomegranates, Gary developed a pomegranate barbecue sauce to drizzle over a grilled tender of beef," says Spicer

"Balancing the barbecue sauce with the pomegranate juice was sort of tricky. I didn't want the barbecue to overpower the other flavors, nor did I want the tartness and sweetness of the pomegranate to defeat the barbecue taste. When blended and balanced, the subtle tartness of the pomegranate takes away the bitterness of the meat while the barbecue sauce enhances the dish in a savory way," says Vorstenbosch.

"The sauce can be used in a number of ways on just about any protein. The great thing about barbecue its ability to be both subtle yet flavorful.

"First you reduce the pomegranate juice so that it's the consistency of maple syrup, then you add lemon juice, honey, chipotle and cilantro. The end result is not only delicious, but very colorful."

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Miguel Ardid
Executive Chef
Trinity University
San Antonio, Texas

"Texas boasts one of the most famous American regional barbecue-styles. When we introduced barbecue as a theme meal, the response was incredible. So incredible, that we developed and implemented the station concept The Smokehouse Barbecue.

"We pay close attention to the core proteins we offer so that variety and regularity share equal parts. Since we opened the station, we've smoked everything from brisket to quail to salmon. Salmon has been the favorite thus far. As a vegetarian option, we smoke portobello mushrooms, baked potatoes and even tofu. We alternate between a steak night and a prime rib and shrimp combination night that have been really popular with students.

"The idea is to keep it simple. We smoke with hickory and a homemade rub (see recipe below) at 240° for 15 hours. The slow cooking allows the proteins to develop the intense flavor profiles without much fuss on our part. We purchased a Cookshack smoker that makes it easy for the staff to use with little guesswork.

Carole Napolitano
Director, Child Nutrition
Milpitas Unified School District
Milpitas, CA

"Like many others in the school segment, we will often put together hot dog barbecue in the elementary schools. It is a pretty common occurrence for our little guys, and a way to get parents to come to school for lunch with their children."

Recipes:
Thai Steak Strips with Mango Fried Rice
Kalbi Barbeque Sauce
Pomegranate Barbeque Sauce
The (not-so-secret) Smokehouse Rub

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