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Slamdunkpro

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  1. Slamdunkpro

    Leg of lamb help needed

    Thanks all, This is for an outdoor event so I can't really sous vid it. I will have my trailer cooker (smoker) there so I can use that as an oven. The client is providing the lamb and i won't get it until the morning so an overnight brine isn't possible. I may look at some kind of infused injection. Right now the plan is to cook them in the smoker then do a quick high heat sear on the grill. Any sauce (not mint) suggestions?
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    Leg of lamb help needed

    I have to do grilled leg of lamb for an event coming up and it's something I don't do very often so i turn to you wise folks. I find leg of lamb to be on the lean side so I was considering larding it. Would you use garlic infused lard or perhaps duck fat? Anyone have any killer recipes?
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    Restaurant/Bar Annoyances

    I'm with you on this one. It's the sanctimonious attitude that bugs me, not the words/incantations. Lately, I respond, "And may the force be with you." "This is not the tip you're looking for"
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    The Stage Deli has closed

    Not related to The Stage Deli from NYC - They had two satellites - one in The Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the one in the Ceasar's Forum shops. The AC one is long dead and the Vegas one closed down some time in late 2009 / early 2010.
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    The Stage Deli has closed

    The Stage in Caesar's closed in 2010. Carnegie's in The Mirage crushed them.
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    High end chef's coat?

    I got mine from Culinary Classics. They screwed up the first one but bent over backwards to make sure the other 3 were exactly as I wanted them.
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    Removing fine particulates

    Update: I ordered a 50 micron and 100 micron filter bag from McMaster Carr. The 100 was back ordered so I tried the 50 over the weekend. It took everything out leaving me with an almost colorless liquid which was great but it took a long tome and a lot of pressure to work all the solution through the bag. The 100 is up next and if that works a 100 super bag may be in my future. Now the down side. The specific gravity of the filtered solution overwhelmed the spray nozzle of the pump up sprayer. It worked, but just barely. I don't want to go to a HVLP chocolate sprayer but I will if I have to. Anyone have any luck spraying low viscosity high specific gravity (lots of sugar in solution) glazes through a hand sprayer? If so which ones?
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    Removing fine particulates

    I was concerned that the super bag might be too fine as I don't want a clear liquid, but I'll try a 400 & 250 poly filter bag from McMaster Carr. Thanks!
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    Removing fine particulates

    I have a project where we are trying to spray a sauce through a glaze sprayer to convey a certain look. The sauce has particulate in it (fine spices, fine ground pepper etc) which is clogging the nozzle. The sauce flows through the pick up and check valves fine. What's the best method to remove these particulates? Chinois ? Chinois & cheese cloth? I don't really want to go to a superbag. Any thoughts?
  10. Surprised no one has mentioned Interstate BBQ & Neely's.
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    Top Chef: Texas

    Tom is a chubby chaser, eh? You might be on to something here. Remember how he threw every break possible at Tiffany in season 1?
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    Top Chef: Texas

    i agree. will have to check judge's comments about how they attempted (or IF they attempted) to balance this out. having an extra day would be an enormous advantage, it seems to me. Not only having the extra day to rest and plan but to be able to go eat at and observe the other team's effort and process would be a huge advantage.
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    Top Chef: Texas

    He hasn't. Well, I don't know. Wikipedia seems to think he has. Although elsewhere I did notice a reference to "...was on a team that..." Another reason one shouldn't put too much stock in Wikipedia.... He was at Memphis in May with David Cox's team in 1991 (Dave won the Grand Championship that year with ribs). Nathanm won an award in one of the side dish categories for pasta - that doesn't exactly make him a BBQ champion.
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    Top Chef: Texas

    He hasn't.
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