Roasted Veggies (Part Quatre)

I thought this would be the wrap-up post for our BBQ class, but there is actually one more.   (Stay tuned.)

To round out this delicious meal of corn souffle, pulled pork, and smoked chicken, “Flap Jack” prepared roasted veggies.

Roasted Veggies ala “Flap Jack”

You can use any veggies available but he prepared peppers, squash, onions, and mushrooms.   This is a simple technique and doesn’t need a printed recipe.    “Chunk up” veggies and place them in a ziploc bag (all but the mushrooms at this point).   Dump on a good quality Italian dressing (oil-vinegar based) and let marinate a while.   Before grilling, add mushrooms and toss.   Use a grill pan and grill until just soft and a bit al dente.   Serve.

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3 Guys also sells their sauces and spices but they weren’t strong arming the crowd to buy them.    They served their blueberry and raspberry-based sauces on the sides.   These sauces spoke for themselves.   Delicious.    I especially like that they developed their sauces without a lot of sugar and corn syrup.   The fruit provides the sweetness.

Here is a run-down of the sauces we tried:

Smokin’ Blues, a vinegar based blueberry sauce with fresh whole berries to provide a luscious, spicy body. It’s great on pork, poultry, or used as a salad dressing.  Caution, it is highly addictive when used with our award-winning Smokin’ Spice seasoning.

  • American Royal Best Sauce on the Planet (Kansas City, MO)
    • Hot Vinegar Division – 4th (2003), 5th (1999 & 2004), 7th (2001 & 2002), 8th (1998), 9th (2000)
    • Vinegar Division – 2nd (2010)

Smokin’ Razz Original, a tomato based raspberry sauce is tangy with a sensual, mild spiced zest.  It’s great with beef and poultry or as a dipping sauce; mix with steak juices for the ultimate steak sauce.

  • American Royal Best Sauce on the Planet (Kansas City, MO)
    • Mild Fruit Division – 2nd (2002) 3rd (2001), 6th (1999),
  • Great American Barbecue Challenge (Bonner Springs, KS)
    • Mild Fruit Division – 1st (2009), 4th (2010)

These sauces can be purchased online or at a number of retailers in the Tulsa area.   Click here for specific sites.

I liked the blueberry sauce best on the pork and the Razz sauce better on the chicken.     We bought some of the Smokin’ Razz to bring home.  I am going to try to make a blueberry BBQ sauce myself.

The “Guys” also talked about the best knives and what they use on the competitive circuit.

The Hubs is kind of a culinary knife fanatic.   He always wants the best in the kitchen and we have bought some pretty expensive knives.     What’s our current favorite?    The $14.95 Dexter knife that we bought at The Stock Pot after this class.   “Big Guy” also raved about the knife sharpener that they use.


Our night’s purchases. is anyone getting the fact that the knife is a “Dexter”?

We bought both.     (With the class registration, participants get 10% off any purchase that night.)


Stay tuned for a smokin’ coleslaw recipe.


Abigail, your virtual flower for the day is a surprise.   Can you figure out what this flower will grow up to be?

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What’s your guess?

Please send good thoughts and maybe even some virtual flowers to Abigail today.



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