Archive for June, 2011

4th of July Plans = Barbecue

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 29, 2011 by eddieishaq

BBQ Ribs

What does everyone have planned to the 4th? I am going to see the Nat’s play on our nation’s birthday but planning on grilling after the game. The star of my bbq is probably going to be my favorite thing to smoke which are ribs and rib tips. Just love that juicy, smoky, bbq flavor from the cherry wood I use to smoke them.
I prefer baby back ribs, and I like to prep them with a dry rub. You can buy really great ones at the grocery store, but I have my own secret blend of spices for my dry rub. The key to great ribs is ‘low and slow’. Indirect heat and long cook time, about 2 and a half to three hours. The bbq sauce comes last. I brush it on in the last 20 minutes of cooking to get that nice caramelized effect. Again, I make my own bbq sauce from scratch, but really, Sweet Baby Ray’s is a great one to buy at the store.
That reminds me I have ribs in the smoker as we speak, so adios for now!

Nice to Meet You

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 15, 2011 by eddieishaq

That's me, Eddie

Now that I have been here for a few months and really have the swing of things in the kitchen I thought it might be a good time to start up my blog. I don’t want this to be some formal how-to with recipes and the way a kitchen works, but more just about who I am and what I am about. I think that is the best way to really get a feel for my food and inspirations. So first off, my name is Eddie and I am the Executive Chef here at Wildfire Tysons Galleria. My favorite foods are hamburgers and anything made with bacon. When I am not in the kitchen I like to relax and watch SportsCenter or the Food Channel. Contrary to what you might expect, you will not find me cooking at home; I like to think that it is because I leave everything on the table at work.

Well, I guess that is enough about me for now. Time to get hopping on the new specials including my favorite, Crème Brulee. There is nothing like cracking open the sugary top of the vanilla bean center – one word, yummy. Keep checking back for updates on the restaurant and things on my mind. Stay hungry my friends.