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    Tuesday
    Oct262010

    NBA Opening Night Live Blog

    Hadn't played with CoveritLive in a while - but it is a cool live blogging tool:

    Let's see how it works.

    Sunday
    Aug092009

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    Sunday
    Jul262009

    A Barbecue Rant

    I saw this video and knew I had to post it again here.

    JB rants (sort of) about barbecue, smoking, and (horror) boiling meat before barbecuing.

    Nine or so minutes long, but worth every minute.

    Good stuff.

    Thursday
    Jul022009

    HR and Barbecue

    I am pretty much spending all my 'spare' time on two areas: HR (really HR Technology) and Barbecue. So for me it is great anytime I can combine those two interests. So a couple or quick notes on that front.

    First, Heather McCulligh from Halogen Software has a great post about how HR can spice up the annual employee barbecue (and thanks very much for the shout-out Heather).

    Second, Trish McFarlane from the HR Ringleader blog, Ben Eubanks from Upstart HR, Mike Owcarz, and myself and some others  have had a few conversations about creating an HR Blogger 'Un'conference.  A sort of casual, fun, 1 or 2 day event for the HR Blogger community to meet, network, and share their specific expertise to the larger group.

    What does that have to do with Barbecue? Well, we are thinking of having the Unconference in Cleveland, Ohio which is in driving range of Western New York which means I can easily haul along this:

    Yep, that is my baby and if we can pull of the Unconference in Cleveland I think I will try to come in a day early to fire up the Chargriller and do some brisket, ribs, and whatever else the HR Bloggers fancy.

    If you are interested in the HR Blogger Unconference, shoot Trish a note or a DM, she is the mastermind behind these evil schemes or check out the HR Blog Confernece wiki site.

     

    Monday
    Apr132009

    A Basic Barbecue Sauce

    When I have time, I make my own barbecue sauce. I find it works best for me to make the sauce the night before I plan on cooking the barbecue, since 'smoking' day is usually activity filled enough.

    This is the basic recipe that I follow, it was based on the Dinosaur BBQ recipe, with some changes mixed in for how I think it works best.

    Ingredients

    Vegetable Oil - about 4 or 5 tablespoons

    1 medium onion minced

    1 large or 2 medium green peppers minced

    jalapeno peppers - 2 minced, this is a preference thing, you can use 1 or 3, or skip them altogether

    4 or 5 cloves of garlic minced up small, again a preference thing, you should use some but could cut it back a bit

    2 cups ketchup

    1 can 28 or 29 oz tomato sauce

    1 cup water

    1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

    3/4 apple cider vinegar

    juice of two lemons

    tabasco, again depending on your preference for heat, i use maybe 3 or 4 tablespoons

    1/4 cup spicy brown mustard

    1 cup dark brown sugar

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    2 tablespoons black pepper

    Salt (Sea or Kosher are best)

    Ground black pepper

    Process

    In a large saucepan or a Dutch Oven on medium-high heat, cook up the onions, green peppers, and jalapenos in the oil.  Cook until soft. Season with some salt and pepper.  Add the garlic and cook just a bit more before starting with the wet ingredients.

    Next start dumping in all the remaining ingedients, one at a time, and mix everything up good.  Bring the sauce to a boil, then turn the heat down so you get a nice simmer going.  Taste at this point to check for seasoning, spice levels, etc.  Simmer for at least thirty minutes, but even up to an hour is ok. 

    Remove from heat and you are all set to go.  This sauce is a nice, middle of the road basic BBQ sauce, not too spicy, not too sweet.  I like it best on beef, but it works with pork or chicken too.

    It keeps really well in the fridge for at least a week I would say.

    Enjoy!