Wednesday, April 19, 2017

San Francisco Smoked Whiskey Salt Makes my Steak Spot On

San Francisco Company Whiskey Smoked Salt

I had considered getting some salt and smoking it and then grinding it down, but the San Francisco Salt Co. got in touch, and I discovered the wheel had already been invented. SFSC has smoked salt, and it is not the fake "smoke in a bottle" stuff which I do not like at all. This is naturally smoked salt, and it tastes great.

San Francisco Whiskey Smoked Salt is especially good on steak, particularly high-end, grass-fed cuts like rib steak. I don't want to drown the taste out on a good steak, but it helps to have good quality simple seasonings for the best results.

Below is a rib steak with San Francisco salt and some freshly ground pepper. The only other addition are the two little pieces of butter that are melting on top of the almost done steak. Grass fed beef is leaner, so a very small amount of real butter adds to the taste too.

 Grass Fed Beef with San Francisco Salt, Pepper, and Butter

Some people think salt is salt. That is not the case. As with most things, you get what you pay for. You also can get natural salt San Francisco salt which is healthier as well as being tastier.

This is the first time I've tried smoked salt, and SFSC did send me a bottle to check out. I'm more a pepper girl than salt (just how I roll), but I really loved this salt. I've also heard the pink Himalayan salt from San Fran Salt is fabulous. I'll have to try that out some time. The black truffle also sounds interesting.

I give thumbs up to the San Francisco Smoked Whiskey Salt. It has a delicate flavor and does not overpower my meat which is important with the cost of cuts these days. The whiskey salt just takes the steak up a few notches and will give you a bit of smoke taste even if you don't use charcoal as I typically do.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Barbecue "Fails" from the Experts Including the Barbecue Master

Oops! Fire Gets Out of Hand Due to Full Drip Pan

We all have those huge BBQ fails now and then or even little errors that make the grill-out less than stellar.

Someone forgot to empty the grease holder in the back of the grill before a simple hot dog and hamburger grill out (above), and it took some quick moving to save the day. I jerked the grill door open and cut the gas which worked like a charm. And, I cleaned out the drip box for the owners (who may not have even been aware that it was hidden in the back of the grill).

If you grill much at all, I'm guessing that you have your own barbecue blooper in mind. Or, maybe you are just starting out and want to avoid the most common mistakes.

My friend, Robert Mazarella, put together an excellent guide to the bad and ugly of barbecue by checking in with the experts (including me). Check out his barbecue guide which includes many of the top names in barbecue grilling sharing their tips and hints for outdoor grilling success every time (or most of the time). I know you'll enjoy his barbecue site and his guide for the best barbeques.