Clarkson Potter sent us a copy of Playing With Fire AND is providing a prize pack for one lucky reader!
Just in time for the start of BBQ season, Michael Symon (co-host of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur) has released his fifth cookbook, Playing With Fire, which covers all things meat!
Playing With Fire focuses on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with 72 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland. In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America.
These finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City, as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue that he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown. Symon offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, cooking various cuts of meat, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, and pairing proteins with rubs, sauces & sides.
If you’re looking for a new guide to classic American barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.
Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
He’s always posting amazing creations on his social media accounts, so you should definitely make sure that you’re following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But be forewarned, his feed will make you hungry.
I’ve long been a fan of Michael Symon and his cooking, so when Clarkson Potter sent us an advanced copy of Playing With Fire, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And let me tell you, the recipes had our mouths watering! Sadly, it’s still freezing outside here in the Northeast (heck, it just snowed last week), so we can’t fire up the grill just yet. But once it warm up, we’ll definitely be trying out some of these dishes for ourselves.
In celebration of the release of Playing With Fire (in stores April 3rd), we’ve partnered with Clarkson Potter for an exciting giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive the following:
- A copy of Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire
- A Cuisinart Deluxe 20-piece grill set
- A barbecue pit mitt glove
To enter, simply leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite barbecue dish is. We’ll pick a winner at random on April 20th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.
Buffalo Wild Wings Brings Back Jammin’ Jalapeño Sauce For A Limited Time
When Buffalo Wild Wings removed Jammin’ Jalapeño sauce from their menu 3 years ago, fans went to extreme lengths to convince them to bring back their favorite wing sauce.
From a Change.org petition (which got nearly 1,500 signatures) to constant postings on social media to Buffalo Wild Wings reminding them that fans across the country desired the sweet heat that mixed jalapeño sauce with hints of tequila and lime, these people were not going to give up without a fight!
Heck, one superfan (@TheBlueWombat50) even tweeted at the brand more than 200 times since 2017 in a desperate plea for Buffalo Wild Wings to bring back Jammin’ Jalapeño.
Turns out, all of that hard work paid off, with Buffalo Wild Wings announcing last week that the glorious sauce would be returning to its restaurants.. but only for a limited time. So if you want to get your Jammin’ Jalapeño fix, you’d better head to BWW before February 17th.
“Since we took it away three years ago, invariably whatever we post on social will have some sort of commentary from fans about bringing back Jammin’ Jalapeño. There’s more passion around our wing sauces than anything else, and we want to show that we listen to our fans,” said Micah Hart, Director of Social Media, Buffalo Wild Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings also shared this humorous video on Twitter, poking fun at the passionate fans who were unhappy about the removal of Jammin’ Jalapeño:
🚫W̶e̶🚫 YOU brought it back! pic.twitter.com/f8xV1bbK7H
— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) November 21, 2018
Sadly, Jammin’ Jalapeño won’t be around forever. But luckily, it will be sold in bottles as well, so you can stock up for when it goes away again. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m suddenly in the mood for some wings. 🍗
Pizza Hut Launches New $5 Lineup Menu, Stacked With Pizza And More!
Get excited people, because Pizza Hut just launched their $5 Lineup menu, which features a variety of craveable menu choices (pizzas, wings, pastas, and more) for… you guessed it, just five dollars each, when ordering two or more.
You can choose from a medium one-topping pizza, eight boneless wings, stuffed garlic knots, pasta, a double order of oven-warm breadsticks, a giant Hershey’s chocolate chip cookie, a four-pack of 20oz. beverages, and Pizza Hut’s all-new Cinnabon mini rolls.
“The $5 Lineup gives our customers what they really want, Pizza Hut pizzas for just $5,” said Marianne Radley, Chief Brand Officer, Pizza Hut, U.S. “The ability to get the best tasting pizza made right when you order it for $5 is unrivaled and there’s an incredible variety of food in this Lineup, from wings to indulgent desserts.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve suddenly got a craving for some pizza.. and a giant chocolate chip cookie, those new Cinnabon mini rolls, and maybe some breadsticks for good measure. All that food for $20, now that’s a solid deal if you ask me.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go and place an order for some Pizza Hut.. 😋
Starbucks Gets Into The Halloween Spirit With Witch’s Brew Frappuccino
Starbucks is stirring up a new Halloween concoction this year with their spooktacular Witch’s Brew Frappuccino, a mystical purple brew that’s coming soon to an Instagram feed near you, because you know every basic girl will be posting photos of this for all to see.
The charming concoction starts off with orange crème Frappuccino, a purple blend of “toad’s breath” and a swirl of green “bat warts” (made with chia seeds). A topping of vanilla whipped cream and dusting of green “lizard scale” powder finishes the beverage. Strangely enough, the Witch’s Brew Frappuccino doesn’t have any coffee or espresso in it.
“Starbucks loves to celebrate Halloween, and our Frappuccino brings something different to the season each year,” said Jennica Robinson of the Starbucks beverage development team. “We started with Frappula, which was inspired by an old-school horror movie. Last year’s Zombie Frappuccino was like The Walking Dead, a little ghastly. Witch’s Brew is very fun, vibrant, bubbly, the life of the party.”
Participating Starbucks stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico will offer the Witch’s Brew Frappuccino for a limited time while supplies last.
So what do you say, are you going to try the Witch’s Brew for yourself? If so, don’t wait too long, because they’ll be gone before you know it!