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Video Recipe: Embarcadero Barbecue with SFQ Sauce

Chef John Mitzewich is the Michael Chiarello of Internet chefs who stars in the two-time Tasty Award winning web series Food Wishes.  In January I met up with Chef John at an event in Los Angeles and during that time he told me that his wife, Michele, had invented a new barbecue sauce called SFQ Sauce.  Michele had realized that for all of San Francisco’s grand heritage in food that there was no definitive style of BBQ to represent the City By The Bay.  Well she fixed that.

SFQ Sauce is a truly amazing sauce.  It has that whole Northern California influence with the inclusion of dark chocolate and coffee.  It would be easy for someone to take a base BBQ sauce recipe and just add some chocolate and coffee to sound all froo froo and fancy but in this case these non-traditional ingredients are spot on.

When you first sample SFQ you won’t taste the chocolate or the coffee what you will taste is something that is far more complex than your standard BBQ sauce.  SFQ has nuances and layers of flavor that are simply unheard of.  There is something familiar about SFQ, it is at it’s base a Kansas City style that is sweet and smokey.  I sampled the sauce with chicken and it was quite good.  The sauce would lend itself really well to beef like brisket or smoked beef ribs.

But I decided to get the full Frisco experience I needed to BBQ something that screams Golden Gate – salmon.  So watch as I prepare Embarcadero BBQ Salmon with Lobster Scented Brown Rice and Pepper Jack Broccoli.  Recipes follow the video.

Recipe: Embarcadero BBQ Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin on
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and granulated garlic to taste
  • SFQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat. Rub the skin side of each fillet with olive oil then season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic.
  2. Making sure your grill grates are clean, hot and oiled up, place the fillets skin side down and cook for roughly 7 minutes. If the fish sticks it is usually a sign it is not ready to be flipped.
  3. Once the skin is brown and crispy it should release from the grill easily. Turn the fillets over, paint with SFQ sauce on the skin side only and cook roughly two minutes more.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Recipe: Lobster Scented Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick cooking brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lobster stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring water and stock to a boil.
  2. Add the bay leaf and rice then season with salt.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for roughly five minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Recipe: Pepper Jack Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 TBL Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 slices Pepper Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the water to a medium-high pan.
  2. When it begins to boil add the broccoli and cook, stirring frequently until the water has boiled off.
  3. Add the olive oil and season to taste sauteing until the broccoli is heated through but still firm.
  4. Top each serving with a slice of cheese then serve.

Super Chefs’ Super Bowl Recipes

Well, it’s almost here.  The most American of holidays – the Super Bowl.  That’s right I said holiday.  It’s a hell of lot more sacred than braving a blizzard to see whether or not some glorified rat saw his shadow plus it is the second most food-centric day of the year behind Thanksgiving Day.  These days the competition isn’t just on the field as friends gather to out do one another with delicious party recipes.  Well, what better way to impress that obnoxious brother-in-law than by strutting in with a few 5 star caliber dishes from this culinary all-star team.

Rick Bayless' Giant Milanesa Torta with crispy chicken tendersRick Bayless’ restraurants Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Frontera Fresco and XOCO have made him one of Chicago’s most respected chefs.  His cooking show Mexico: One Plate at a Time was the 2011 Tasty Award winner for best single subject cooking show.  The winner of the first Top Chef: Masters winner suggests you take that six foot sub concept to another level with his Giant Milanesa Torta with Crispy Chicken Tenders.  A torta is the popular sandwich that dominates the Mexico City street vendor scene.  Click HERE to get the recipe.

Michael Symon's Duck Confit Sliders, Banh-Mi StyleIron Chef Michael Symon is no stranger to competition.  He had to defeat noted chefs like Aarón Sanchez, Chris Cosentino and John Besh to win the first Next Iron Chef contest and has since competed in over 20 ICA battles winning more than 80% of the time, the best of any Iron Chef.  So leave it to Iron Mike to shake things up a bit with this exotic take on the bite-sized burger with his Duck Confit Sliders, Banh-Mi Style.  These tasty little sandwiches provide just enough sweet and an ample dose of heat.  Click HERE to get the recipe.  Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Symon HERE.

Nathan Lyon's Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup with Fresh GingerIt never fails.  Even though it is understood that Super Bowl Sunday is a no-veggie-zone someone always fails to get the memo.  And for some reason they are never satisfied with nibbling the carrot and celery sticks you serve with the hot wings.  Thankfully Chef Nathan Lyon is here to save the day.  Chef Nathan is a champion of the healthy, farm-to-fork movement on his shows  Lyon in the Kitchen and Growing a Greener World.  Take for instance Nathan’s Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup with Fresh Ginger, it’s perfect for intrusive herbivores.  Click HERE to get the recipe.

queso fundido with roasted poblano vinaigrette from Food NetworkEvery Super Bowl party needs some kind of dip and Food Network’s resident Southwestern guru, Bobby Flay comes through with just the ticket.  Flay’s Queso Fundido with Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette takes cheese dip to a whole new plateau.  The Iron Chef even provides some how-to on making your own tortilla chips which is surprisingly easy to do.  Flay has become one of America’s favorite chefs thanks to his plethora of TV appearances and empire of restaurants.  You can always count on his recipes to pack all the punch you need to get your grub on.  Click HERE to get the recipe.  Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Flay HERE.

Stuart Reb Donald's Honey-Chipotle and Bangkok wingsI guess I would be remiss if I didn’t include some sort of hot wing recipe.  I am fond of baking my wings so as to keep them healthy.  Hot wing sauce is the only time you will ever see me use margarine instead of butter and that’s because margarine makes for a smoother sauce.  Butter-based sauces can break when heated so since I am not using real butter I will use one of the heart healthy liquid margarines on the market or even a healthy fat like canola or coconut oil.  That’s what I did with these smokey-sweet Honey-Chipotle wings and these sizzling Bangkok wings.  Click HERE to get the recipe.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
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2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
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