Smoke Dreams BBQ

Smoke Dreams BBQ KCBS member competition BBQ Team in Ashburn, Virginia, led by a Kansas City native http://smokedreamsbbq.blogspot.com/

The members of Smoke Dreams BBQ are professionals who hold high-tech jobs throughout the Washington, D.C., area. We keep very busy schedules, but on evenings and weekends we like to put fire under meat.

Mission: Based in Ashburn, Virginia, Smoke Dreams is a competitive BBQ team that produces tender beef, succulent pork, flavorful chicken, and more featuring 100% homemade rubs and sauces.

08/26/2018
Turkey thighs!!
07/29/2018

Turkey thighs!!

07/27/2018
Diply Tech

This is pretty awesome.

River powered spit roast! How cool is that? Pure engineering

07/01/2018
Eater

Ambitious and delicious.

Can you make a porchetta out of beef?

Ground brisket burger topped with burnt ends and spicy pickle slaw. Simply ridiculous. Perhaps one of the best BBQ sandw...
06/25/2018

Ground brisket burger topped with burnt ends and spicy pickle slaw. Simply ridiculous. Perhaps one of the best BBQ sandwiches I’ve ever had. Succulent meat. Slaw complemented rather than overpowered. Side of beans also delicious. This is the kind of barbeque that makes me proud to be a Kansas City native.

This, dear friends, is a 15-lb. whole packer brisket cooked via the hot and fast method in under 6 hours. It was tender ...
06/03/2018

This, dear friends, is a 15-lb. whole packer brisket cooked via the hot and fast method in under 6 hours. It was tender and juicy and prepared in less then half the time and with way less hassle than low and slow.

I smoked this on a Weber WSM 22" over Royal Oak lump charcoal using the Minion method and chunks of hickory in a temperature range of 300°F to 325°F. The brisket was cooked fat side down, and I removed the water pan from the smoker.

I pulled the brisket when the internal temp hit 160°F, wrapped it in butcher paper, and put it back on the smoker. I pulled it a second time when the internal temps in various locations were 195°F to 200°F, and then I let the brisket rest for about 30 minutes in the butcher paper. When I unwrapped everything, there was a ton of juice and the bark was still nice. The meat sliced easily and had great texture and moisture.

I may never do another low and slow brisket ever again!

01/02/2018

Three racks of baby backs on a 20°F day.

12/15/2017
LADbible

The little guy needs to move closer to the fire or else he'll never get tender enough to eat.

This little piggy went to... chill in front of the fire 🐷🔥

11/18/2017
Chris 'Foodgasm' Roberts

Respect.

**EPIC BURGERS** ❤️🍔🔥

With a little love and some Sexy Rub it's easy to make the World's tastiest burgers! Tag a burger lover and share away!!

IDDI'N FFOCIN GALAD CONT!!! GO HARD OR GO HOME!!!

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10/01/2017

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09/10/2017

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Celebrating Labor Day 2017 with three racks of baby backs and four chicken halves. Used a new hanging rack for my 22" WS...
09/05/2017

Celebrating Labor Day 2017 with three racks of baby backs and four chicken halves. Used a new hanging rack for my 22" WSM. Went with Royal Oak lump charcoal rather than Kingsford briquettes. Chunks of cherry provided some nice smoke flavor.

When life gives you lemons.....MAKE BACON! Ok, it's a stretch. Thanks to Kirk Vespestad for the inspiration.
09/04/2017

When life gives you lemons.....MAKE BACON! Ok, it's a stretch. Thanks to Kirk Vespestad for the inspiration.

Tonight, when I'm batching it:Mango curry pork chops with mango and smoked hatch chili salsa. Grilled sweet potatoes and...
08/19/2017

Tonight, when I'm batching it:
Mango curry pork chops with mango and smoked hatch chili salsa. Grilled sweet potatoes and local IPA. After-dinner entertainment by Me.

Cajun-seasoned smoked pork loin roast along with maple-brined pork chops smoked indirect and then finished over direct. ...
08/06/2017

Cajun-seasoned smoked pork loin roast along with maple-brined pork chops smoked indirect and then finished over direct. Extreme succulence. Taters and veggies in foil packets. Radiant energy courtesy of Kingsford blue bag and apple wood. I'm glad I got the 26.75" Weber for my birthday because the extra real estate really came in handy tonight.

So for Fathers Day I tried out a new recipe; the aptly named Swine-apple. There are several stylish versions of this por...
06/19/2017

So for Fathers Day I tried out a new recipe; the aptly named Swine-apple. There are several stylish versions of this porcine concoction, but I went with pork tenderloin and thick cut Smithfield bacon.

It's created by halving and coring a pineapple, reassembling it with toothpicks, stuffing it full of pork and then wrapping the pineapple in bacon.

I cooked it for roughly three hours at 250 on my Weber Performer with a light smoke of Alder and Cherry wood.

I have to say, it was delicious. Smoky, sweet, bacony deliciousness. 8/10. I only hold back because I think that cubed pork shoulder (rather than the ultra-lean tenderloin I used) would seal the deal. I coated the cubed pork with a healthy dose of my pork rub and a bit of BBQ sauce. Recommend skipping the sauce.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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04/16/2017

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I got a brand new Weber 26.75" kettle for my birthday — yes, the big one!! I prepared braided pork loin for its inaugu...
04/02/2017

I got a brand new Weber 26.75" kettle for my birthday — yes, the big one!! I prepared braided pork loin for its inaugural run. How does one braid a pork loin, you ask? Check out this photo set for the secret. Of course, the bigger question is, "why bother braiding a piece of meat?" It's because this technique creates more surface area for seasoning, browning, saucing, and smoke ring. #succulent #porkrules

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03/06/2017

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A 12-hour warm smoke with hickory and apple after a 7-day dry cure on a 12-lb. pork belly.
03/06/2017

A 12-hour warm smoke with hickory and apple after a 7-day dry cure on a 12-lb. pork belly.

Santa was good to me. Got the new "Smoke" temperature management system by ThermoWorks. Can't wait to try it out.
12/25/2016

Santa was good to me. Got the new "Smoke" temperature management system by ThermoWorks. Can't wait to try it out.

A question that I frequently get from folks is, "How do I smoke a brisket?" My response is always a snide one, something...
12/11/2016
Thermal Tips: Smoked Brisket |

A question that I frequently get from folks is, "How do I smoke a brisket?" My response is always a snide one, something like, "Do you have an hour for me to explain it all to you?" Cooking a brisket is equal parts science and art. Google searches will turn up a bajillion ways to do it, and one can get confused by the different (and often contradictory) methods and techniques. There is no single right way. That said, here's a write-up that is probably the most concise that you will find, plus it aligns with my own way of doing things. Those seeking brisket knowledge can ignore everything else because about 90% of what they need to know is right here.

Anytime is a good time for tender, juicy, smoky brisket. We have the thermal tips you need to get it right. Grab a full-packer from your butcher and get

A recap of yesterday's meatfest: Char Siu ribs, chicken lollipops, cheeseburger-stuffed jalapeños, brisket, pulled pork...
09/05/2016

A recap of yesterday's meatfest: Char Siu ribs, chicken lollipops, cheeseburger-stuffed jalapeños, brisket, pulled pork. Lots of work but also tons of fun — and tasty!!

My famous BBQ rub is going international. These jars – each containing about a cup of rub – will be offered by my so...
07/27/2016

My famous BBQ rub is going international. These jars – each containing about a cup of rub – will be offered by my son as gifts when he arrives next week in Japan.

Hmmm... something new for my BBQ tool bag.
07/23/2016

Hmmm... something new for my BBQ tool bag.

It's been way too long since we had some turkey legs all up in here.
07/04/2016

It's been way too long since we had some turkey legs all up in here.

02/20/2016

Lots of rubes getting suckered to buy a Traeger at Costco on a Friday night. The Traeger man will most certainly make a killing off the unknowing suburbanites tomorrow and Sunday. #hatersgonnahate

True.
12/10/2015

True.

And then the vegans could shape their tofu to look like pig wings.

Here are some photos of my first attempt at homemade porkstrami. The result was very good, although I've got a few tweak...
11/08/2015

Here are some photos of my first attempt at homemade porkstrami. The result was very good, although I've got a few tweaks in mind for next time. Check out the captions for additional details.

For a mere $9K you can purchase a big-ass Myron Mixon smoker with twin chrome stacks, camo exterior, and a gun replica d...
10/19/2015

For a mere $9K you can purchase a big-ass Myron Mixon smoker with twin chrome stacks, camo exterior, and a gun replica door handle. Uh, interesting, but no thank you.

Attention Safeway graphics department: you should have had the fine folks at Weber proof your weekly circular before you...
08/02/2015

Attention Safeway graphics department: you should have had the fine folks at Weber proof your weekly circular before you pimped their win-a-grill contest.

With brisket prices soaring – if I'm lucky I can find them for $3.50//lb., but these days they are usually $6/lb. and ...
05/03/2015

With brisket prices soaring – if I'm lucky I can find them for $3.50//lb., but these days they are usually $6/lb. and higher – I thought I had stuck gold when I found some St. Patty's Day leftover point cut corned beef for only $1.99/lb. What a great opportunity to make pastrami. My only mistake is that I should have made more.

Boneless leg of lamb, butterflied and grilled/roasted Moroccan style. Super tasty. Happy Easter, everybody!
04/05/2015

Boneless leg of lamb, butterflied and grilled/roasted Moroccan style. Super tasty. Happy Easter, everybody!

There are a lot of new grills on the market, but few deliver true innovation. The GoBQ is an exception that's worth chec...
04/05/2015
Grill anywhere: Soft silicone sides let this BBQ fold down to fit in a backpack

There are a lot of new grills on the market, but few deliver true innovation. The GoBQ is an exception that's worth checking out if you are in the market for a portable grill.

This portable BBQ folds in to your backpack. It's high-tech heat resistant fabric seals in heat while cooling down externally to the touch.

Big Skewer Experiment #1: Chicken
03/16/2015

Big Skewer Experiment #1: Chicken

I can respect the person who took the action depicted in this photo to stand up for their right to cook outdoors. Of cou...
03/11/2015

I can respect the person who took the action depicted in this photo to stand up for their right to cook outdoors. Of course, the guy's chain is probably worth more than his el cheapo Walmart grill, but having any grill is better than no grill at all.

Last year my good friend, Mark Staab, picked up an old Weber gas grill that was in pretty bad shape. Turns out what he g...
02/07/2015

Last year my good friend, Mark Staab, picked up an old Weber gas grill that was in pretty bad shape. Turns out what he got is one of the earliest models of the high-performance Summit line. And if that weren't enough, it is the bigass 6-burner model, and it's got natural gas hook-ups and a frame designed for built-in installations. The bottom line is that when this grill was brand new some 15 years ago, it was the most expensive grill that Weber made – and Mark got it for basically nothing. Anyway, I saw it last April when it was still in pieces scattered about his garage, and since then Mark's remarkable rehab job has turned it in to the grill that you see here. Way to go, Mark! Happy grilling!!

I've cooked in all kinds of crappy weather, but even when I BBQ in the snow I always put on a hat and coat... and pants....
01/29/2015

I've cooked in all kinds of crappy weather, but even when I BBQ in the snow I always put on a hat and coat... and pants. Nonetheless, this guy is my new role model.

I'm glad to see that Kamado Joe owners are the MOST DEDICATED grillers in the world! This is insane! I guess Ben Seigal plans to ward off the New England Blizzard with the Big Joe!

Three whole chickens! (Not shown: two dozen stuffed jalapeños.)
01/18/2015

Three whole chickens! (Not shown: two dozen stuffed jalapeños.)

Brisket thefts in Texas. Not good. And from everything I keep reading about the high cost of beef, it's going to be a fe...
01/12/2015
Brisket is getting so expensive people are stealing it from H-E-B stores - 2015-Jan-05

Brisket thefts in Texas. Not good. And from everything I keep reading about the high cost of beef, it's going to be a few more years until prices come back down.

During a meating (get it?) of the minds in December, barbecue experts from across the country converged on the Texas A&M campus to discuss the rising cost of beef. Between ...

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