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Baah Ben

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Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 1:29 PM (permalink)
Baah Ben At The Lakeland Pigfest
 
My hosts, Rib Dog & Dr. BBQ.
 

 
Rib Dog maintaining watch over the Green Egg.
 

 
Rib Dog preparing whole pork loins & ribs
 

 
Baah Ben meats executive BBQ team - Dr. BBQ, Fast Eddie, and Rib Dog
 

 
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    leethebard

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    Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 1:45 PM (permalink)
    Looks like a happy group...how was the food???
     
    #2
      MiamiDon

      Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 2:11 PM (permalink)
      How about that.  I've got one of Dr. BBQ's (AKA Ray Lamp) BBQ cookbooks right by my elbow.

      Did you give them any cooking advice?
       
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        RibDog

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        Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 2:18 PM (permalink)
        Unfortunately, Lee, we did not have any ready yet for him to try.  He had to head on down to Sarasota before everything was done.  But from the empty pans later that evening, it seemed all of our guests were happy with it.

        Ben, it was great getting to meet and talk with you!  And the pictures came out great too.

        John
         
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          Baah Ben

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          Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 3:13 PM (permalink)
          Food?  What food?  Actually, my timing was not good.  The whole pork loins and the ribs were being cooked for some important people later that evening...These  two guys move fast!  They just had a rub in a big dish pan and they did the ribs, the pork loins and chicken thighs (not shown - went in the Green Egg) one, two three..No trimming of any silverskin, fat, etc.  One, two, three and they go in the smokers. 

          RibDog explained that they use a pellet in the upright smoker that is automatically fed through a hopper into the smoker.  This particular smoker was made in Oklahoma City and Fast Eddie is involved in a co-partnership with the smoker manufacturer.  He's also very well known on this circuit. 

          Maybe a better explanation is forth coming from Ribdog...Of particular importance he told me is the heat source..Only certain heat sources are allowed in competition.

          Winning prizes included $$$$$....Several catagories. 

          Dr. BBQ told me he does not like sauce.  A friend asked if he would cook off some things for a dinner they were hosting that night and the guys agreed to do it for them.  That's what the meat was for in the smokers. 

          In Dr's trailer, he had an upright refrigerator.  I don't recall whether there was a freezer but what I found interesting was the manufacturer.  Though it looked like a household unit, it was not!  It was made by a walk-in box manufacturer from South Florida.  So, perhaps this BBQ business has gotten so big that some of these equipment companies are now making things for the trailers? 

          The fest was in the parking lot or the park area right next to the Detroit Tiger's summer home in Lakeland.  When I got here the place was packed with RV's and booths.  Everything was gone on Sunday..Never even looked like anyone was there..Let alone a huge festival.

          Dr BBQ is very well know in these parts....
           
          #5
            harley130

            Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 4:27 PM (permalink)
            Hey I know ole Dr. BBQ and Fast Eddie, both are championship BBQ cooks.  I've competed and lost & won a few times against them when I had my cooking team.  Fast Eddie always places in the money.  Two great guys.

             
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              joerogo

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              Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 5:15 PM (permalink)
              Ben, looks like a good time.
               
              Excellent pics.  This is your first time posting pics, right?
               
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                FriedClamFanatic

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                Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 5:41 PM (permalink)
                Nice stuff.........I like that pellet cooker idea
                 
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                  Baah Ben

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                  Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 7:26 PM (permalink)
                  Ahh Joe...JohnA and I went to lunch today at a BBQ place in the Harley complex...After, he came over to my house and "helped" me to post these pictures that I took 2-3 weeks ago.  I did help.

                  Thanks John!

                  I am going to attempt to do a set of pictures on Beefy King in Orlando.  We shall see.
                   
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                    CCinNJ

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                    Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 11:13 PM (permalink)
                    Very cool! I love back of the house...behind the scenes...reports!! There is alot of interesting action, before the food hits the plate!! Sorry you missed the plate of food! It still looks like fun!
                     
                    I also love the Big Green Egg!!!
                     
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                      ellen4641

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                      Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Thu, 02/12/09 11:30 PM (permalink)
                      nice pics; too bad you were too early for the food, though...
                      (and just had to be happy with the aroma and the visuals of it!)

                      Hey Ribdog, how did you like Baah Ben's homemade BBQ sauce?
                      I can't wait till he brings me a bottle when he comes to Jersey..!

                       
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                        Baah Ben

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                        Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Fri, 02/13/09 8:41 PM (permalink)
                        Thanks Elllen - Yeah RibDog..What did you think?  You never said anything.  I can take it.  Let's get your analysis.

                        I sent one to Jeff..He said his family liked it..I loved his..

                        I was hoping to get into a business situation with Jeff;  to produce my sauce, but his is too good.  He doesn't need mine!
                         
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                          RibDog

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                          Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Sat, 02/14/09 10:45 PM (permalink)
                          BB,

                          Sorry I did not get back to you before now.  I finally tasted your sauce today.  While I have to say that, for me at least, the best test for a sauce is on the meat.  Trying a sauce by itself is a crapshoot. 

                          I tried yours and have two comments.  While I believe you have a good basis for a sauce, the sauce tasted overly tomatoey to me.  It did not seem to be balanced with the the other ingredients in it.  Also, I will say that I do not like gritty sauces.  My preference is to grind the spices more smoothly so the entire set of ingredients has a smoother mouthfeel to them.  But this is a personal preference only.  I know of many sauces that have done exceptionally well while having spices the same size as in your sauce.

                          When I have some que to put some on, I will give you another assessment.

                          I hope this makes sense.

                          John
                           
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                            mar52

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                            Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Sat, 02/14/09 11:31 PM (permalink)
                            Those guys know what they're doing.
                             
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                              Baah Ben

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                              Re:Baah Ben Meat Up In Lakeland Sun, 02/15/09 3:02 PM (permalink)
                              RibDog - That's fine...Catsup and tomato paste are prominent ingredents...It also has pieces of the ingredients in it like you said..It is not a smooth sauce.

                              I'm glad you got to try it.  I hope you can try Jeff's sauce, too.
                               
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