Monday, February 10, 2014
We all eat with our eyes. As a 'Master BBQ Judge' that first impression is all important. Sharp, precise, straight cuts of meat are neat and pleasing to the eyes. If we see jagged or torn cuts of meat it raises the question; does this cook care enough to be the best. As a judge it is our job to judge only the meat. The way it is cut does not effect the taste. We do judge for appearance and subconsciously uneven, jagged cuts could sway our taste score.. As a cook it is fairly easy to make that perfect cut. The most important tool is to have a very sharp knife. In competition, a lot of competitors use an electric knife. Ms. Goofy has been scoring my meat entries at the dinner table a little low in appearance. It was time to step up my game and acquire an electric knife.
We have access to some of the best barbeque knowledge in the nation. We asked several competitors what knife was best for that perfect cut. We chose the 'Berkley Turbo Glide Filet Knife'. This is cordless, rechargeable, and has an ergonomic grip. The dual blade is 7 1/2 inches long with a razor sharp serrated blades. It comes in a very nice case for transportation. You may ask why a filet blade and not a slicing blade. We are going on our competitor friends recommendation. He says with a slight slicing motion the cuts will be 'Grand Champion' perfect. It is time to cook.
We cooked a beer can chicken on the Weber. It was very tender. Our new knife worked like a charm. I sliced through and carved this bird with ease. I had to learn to let the knife do the work. It was an easy learning curve. We needed to put this blade through a competition meat to really test its mettle. A brisket was smoked for eight hours. It smelled and looked delicious. We separated the point from the flat. The point was sliced into cubes for burnt ends. The knife made this task a breeze. It was actually kind of fun using power tools to carve. The next task was to slice the flat. Once again we got that perfect cut from our new tool. I do need to work on slicing even pieces but the knife did its job. The verdict is power tools rule and my dinner appearance scores will rise.