White BBQ sauce is popping up on menus from Portland, Ore., to New York City, where Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer is dousing wings with it at Blue Smoke, to fine-dining restaurants like Publican in Chicago, where Paul Kahan has served char-grilled carrots with white BBQ sauce. So what is it, and what makes it so special? Actually, the sauce has existed since the early 1920s, when “Big Bob” Gibson opened his eponymous restaurant in Decatur, Ala. Over 90 years later, a lot of people in Alabama believe BBQ sauce is white, because that’s what they grew up with. Outside of Alabama, people who have ever heard of such a thing have been few and far between. But with 93 (and counting) Shake Shacks around the world, Danny Meyer is as good a barometer as any for what you can expect to see on your plate in the coming years.
We caught up with the man who helms the pit at “Big Bob” Gibson Bar-B-Q these days, Chris Lilly, to find out why he thinks white BBQ sauce is the best.
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Summer is just around the corner, and so are a slew of new Cooking Channel shows. As the weather heats up, Haylie Duff is hitting the road in Haylie’s America, celebrities are mastering their favorite dishes on Star Plates and Shannon Ambrosio is battling pitmasters in Big Bad BBQ Brawl.
Check out our full summer TV lineup below. It includes more playing with fire on Man Fire Food, sweet treats on Sugar Showdown Season 2 and more.
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What happens when a Yankee chef battles the best barbecue pitmasters in the South? Brooklynite Shannon Ambrosio is here to find out on his new show Big Bad BBQ Brawl.
This week, he traveled to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to challenge the chefs from local favorite ‘cue restaurant Murky Waters to a Southern-style BBQ sandwich showdown, using local flavor inspiration to try to win over a panel of judges. Who came out on top? Watch the full episode below to see who took the BBQ crown.
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It’s time to get a taste of paradise. On Katie Lee’s new show, Beach Bites with Katie Lee, she is crossing sand and surf in search of the best beachside food with a view. In the pilot episode, Katie takes us island-hopping from St. Thomas to Mackinac Island, Mich., to sample treats like Caribbean Stewed Kitchen and Ahi Tuna Nachos. It’s not just about soaking up the sun or sinking into the sand, though — Katie is working for her food.
Watch her kayak to shore for a unique burger and harvest her own oysters for Oyster Escabeche in the full episode below, and check out even more of her seaside adventures in her scrapbook. Beach Bites airs on Thursdays at 10pm ET, starting June 2..
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Forget about Fuller House — this year’s most-nostalgic house is Tiffani Thiessen’s. On the May 11 finale of Dinner at Tiffani’s, Zack and Kelly reunite for a double-date dinner party that puts The Max’s food to shame, and we have some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the big bash.
While wearing matching denim shirts, Tiffani and Mark-Paul Gosselaar cooked a romantic lobster dinner together — for their real-life spouses, Brady Smith and Catriona Gosselaar, respectively — and goofed off in Tiff’s celebrity photo booth.
Transport yourself back to Bayside High with the pictures below, and tune in to Dinner at Tiffani’s on Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm ET. (It will rerun Sunday, May 15 at 10pm ET if you miss it.)
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Asparagus season is in full swing, but before you go grabbing bunches of it at the farmers market, take a look at some of our favorite recipes for inspiration. Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables, because you can eat it shaved raw in salads, chopped and cooked in brunch or pasta dishes or even roasted on its own (sometimes with a little bacon). If you don’t wrap it in a blanket of pork, it’s low in calories — about 4 calories per spear — and it’s a source of fiber and potassium. Asparagus also contains glutathione, a powerful anticarcinogen and antioxidant.
So make use of your local green market’s plentiful asparagus stock with these 25 fantastic uses of asparagus.
- This basic Roasted Asparagus with Orange Glaze recipe from Tiffani Thiessen is a good place to start your asparagus adventures.
- Spaghetti With Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Giada De Laurentiis is luscious and rich but takes only a few minutes to prepare.
- White asparagus is grown under soil to prevent photosynthesis from turning the stalks green. Just remember to peel the stalks before you cook them. Try it in Emeril Lagasse’s Fried Soft Shell Crab, White Asparagus and Wild Sorrel With a Grilled Ramp Dressing.
- Creamy Farfalle With Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts from Giada is a creamy crowd-pleaser.
- Wrap asparagus in almost anything. Rachael Ray wraps it in bacon, Kelsey Nixon tucks prosciutto around hers, Giada goes for smoked salmon (pictured at top), Tia Mowry uses Asian-marinated grilled beef and Ellie Krieger tries smoked turkey.
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#5: Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
The burger: Schnipper Old Fashioned, a flat-top classic 5-ounce griddled patty topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle, house sauce, double cheese (American) and griddled onion
The bucks: $6.99
The coordinates: New York City
It’s not hard for many to simply call Schnipper’s a Shake Shack clone. Whatever you call it, you will be paying $7 for a near-perfect cheeseburger. There are a number of elements that make Schnipper’s such a damn successful burger, but none are more important than a uniformly well-browned exterior that comes from a masterful charring at the griddle. At Schnipper’s, the holy-burger-cold-topping-trinity of lettuce, tomato and pickle is alive and well, and the quality is up to the same standards as the beef. Many a Bang for Your Burger Buck has delivered standard-to-subpar lettuce, or a mealy tomato that was made passable thanks to a heavy dousing of burger sauce a la Thousand Island. No need to dunk the greens in pink stuff at Schnipper’s. Also, the more I revisit the pics, the more I am confounded by the magical act that was Schnipper’s melting the cheese underneath the burger. The sauce was applied with restraint, a technique to ensure that the all the flavors of the burger come out. These toppings are familiar territory, of course, but they were measured and layered with precision and were of quality. Many burgers have gotten away with less at this price point, so tip your cap. And come hungry, because that price includes a short wait. This is where Schnipper’s outdoes Shake Shack: It’s a more convenient experience. I’ll take a shorter line to a non-cloned burger any day.
Just as long as that clone isn’t trying to blow up the world or something.
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
570 Lexington Ave. (at 51st St.)
New York, NY 10022
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Have you ever wanted to have a dinner party with Tiffani Thiessen or cook with Rev Run and his family? Now you can. With our updated iPhone and Android app, you can get recipe inspiration wherever you are, streaming your favorite food shows at the store, during your commute or even waiting in line at the DMV. You can choose to stream the channel live or pick an episode from a list of shows including Dinner at Tiffani’s, Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Unique Sweets, Junk Food Flip and more.
Get the Watch Cooking Channel app for free on the iTunes Store and Google Play now, and get comforting dinner ideas here.
Get ready to see grown men cry on Dinner at Tiffani’s. In the Season 2 premiere, Tiffani Thiessen prepared a manly meal for her husband, Brady Smith, and their friends Matthew Lillard and Nashville star Eric Close. She kicked things off with a juicy blue cheese-bacon Ultimate Lux Burger and beer-battered fries, she also served something a little healthier with a hearty wedge salad with homemade ranch dressing.
Watch the full episode below to see the guys weep tears of joy over all of that, plus her salted caramel snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches, and see more of this season’s photo booth fun here. Dinner at Tiffani’s airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET.
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If your New Year’s resolution is to be fancier, Rev Run and his family are here to help. In the Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers Season 3 premiere, Rev’s wife, Justine Simmons, wants to host a traditional English high tea, but Rev is not so sure that tiny sandwiches will satisfy his friend Perry.
Watch the full episode below to see them compromise with a combination of tea sandwiches — Justine’s dill-smoked salmon and Rev’s meatball sliders — lemon-strawberry scones and, of course, mixed berry tea.
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