Tracker Pixel for Entry

​North Dakota BBQ

by Judd Eskildsen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | All About Food | May 3rd, 2017

There is no true BBQ capitol of the United States. Depending on who you ask, you may be answered with a highly opinionated response of MEMPHIS! ST. LOUIS! CAROLINA! Or an even more opinionated response of TEXAS!!!

In professional circles, St. Louis is thought to be the best region because it’s considered to be a melting pot of the older traditional styles.

Memphis and the Carolina regions are adamant that pork is the only meat to be used, while Texas claims beef is the only meat to cook.

Memphis and Texas share the thick, sweet and rich tomato-based sauce, Texas having more spice than the rest.

The Carolina region on the other hand uses a thin, mustard based sauce.

St. Louis entered the scene much later than the other regions and uses a wide range of meats and a mild, sweet tomato-based sauce with a kick of vinegar. They took the best parts of each region of BBQ and made an amazing style in my own opinion.

The Midwest is starting to gain national and worldwide attention from the culinary world, and there’s no reason why our style of BBQ shouldn’t be included in the conversation. Much like St. Louis, The Midwest has been sitting back, waiting and learning from the rest of the states that are doing their own thing.

In my early years, I was always around a grill, and having a large extended family that gathers regularly makes it easy to have respect for the pitmasters in the South. Everybody would bring their side dishes, and it wasn’t rare to see my uncle Doug posted up near his homemade, wood-fired cooker with something delicious inside.

As I grew up and learned how to control the grill better, my brother-in-law Josh and I decided it was time to buy ourselves smokers. It started with ribs, and went on to pork butts, chickens, and turkey breasts. We don’t get to cook together as much as we used to, but surprisingly, we’ve both moved on to beef brisket around the same time.

Up here (Fargo/Moorhead), it seems like the majority of us crave smoky meats cooked over a fire, and I’m seeing more and more people getting into BBQ as a hobby. Many people have their own processes, their own rubs and sauces, and it really is a melting pot, much like St. Louis became.

It took me a long time to put my sauce on my menu, and even longer for me to be comfortable with selling my ribs to the public, but with summer creeping up on us, it’s getting to be time for me to switch up the menu a bit, and I’m really starting to feel the need to fire up a smoker for some North Dakota BBQ.

[Editor’s note: Judd Eskildsen is Executive Chef at Proof Artisan Distillers]

Recently in:

FARGO – To hundreds of Fargo’s inmates, a C-Note-sized bail might as well be a million dollars. Unaffordable.On any given day the city’s law enforcement brings those who break the law to jail. It’s their job. Some offenders…

One of the most annoying things on the web is advertising that interrupts what you are doing. I’m talking about the pop-up ads, the videos that start playing as soon as your browser opens the page. You get the idea.Well, it seems…

Thursday, February 22, 7pmFront Street Taproom, 614 Main Ave, Fargo The jazz musician and independent songwriter, making music for 20 years and performing for 10. Interesting, arranges in a dynamic and unorthodox fashion. On tour,…

Editorial

Go ask ALICE

by Sabrina Hornung

I was 14 in 1999 when Columbine happened. I remember feeling the shock, horror, and overall sickness that comes with a national tragedy of that caliber.According to a February 15, 2018 article in The Washington Post by John Woodrow…

When will we learn to share wealth?Last week I wrote about how many predictions made by Aldous Huxley in his 1932 book "Brave New World" were beginning to come true in 2018.When I read the toll to travel on Interstate 66 in…

Although the temperatures were sub zero last Sunday, the crowd and competitors were certainly on fire at the Holiday Inn in Fargo for the 5th Annual Bartenders Battle.This event has become a highlight of the year for the service…

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D. Melissamartincounselor@live.com Emotional eating refers to a range of behaviors in which individuals eat for reasons other than physiological hunger; and eating is an attempt to self-soothe emotions.…

Music

​New Direction Fest 7

by Jack Stenerson

The New Direction had no shows booked in January 2012 so one of our co-founders, Charley Wang, decided to put together the First New Direction Fest out of complete necessity. He reached out to 18 local bands to play our little…

Hungarian filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi, whose 1989 debut "My Twentieth Century" won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, achieved another career highlight recently with an Oscar nomination for her most recent feature. "On Body…

In my tenure at the High Plains Reader, I have devoted a lot of column inches to promoting the local music scene of the Red River Valley. However, I would be doing an injustice if I didn’t also bring your attention to another…

By Nathan Roybardsdream@gmail.comYou are absolutely right. The title is not “To be or not to be” from the famous Shakespeare soliloquy in "Hamlet." I won’t be talking about Shakespeare particularly. I will expound the…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

“What are some of your favorite bottles of whiskey?” is a question I get asked quite frequently and is often harder to answer than one might think. One of the great rewards of my profession is getting to sample some of the…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.edu Radical: Derived from the Latin radix, which literally means the root or base. In political terms it means penetrating beyond conventional explanations and getting at the root cause of a problem.In…