Combine the pitmaster’s skills, the beauty of smoke, culinary tradition and what do you get? The perfect barbecue! Take a trip around the US with our new guide and discover the different BBQ styles throughout these major BBQ regions. Continue reading A Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in the US
4 Reasons to Provide Lunch Catering to Your Staff
Offering your employees lunch catering every week is one of the best ways to motivate them and boost their productivity. Recent studies have shown that employees value this “free gift” and will consider working for a company that provides it. Eventually, the cost of the lunches will be recovered in multiple folds. The increase in employee motivation helps them produce more positive results, thereby improving the company’s bottom line. Here are a few of the reasons why your company should consider offering your employees a catered lunch on a regular basis. Continue reading How Lunch Catering Boosts Office Morale and Productivity
Best BBQ Cooking Techniques
When it comes to barbecue, “low and slow” is the best term used to describe the cooking process. Low and slow is important because meat such as brisket and pork butts are fairly large and should be cooked at low temperatures, for long periods of time. This is key since it ensures that the outside portion is not overcooked while waiting for the internal portion to reach its ideal temperature. Smoking large pieces of meat using lower temperatures results in longer cooking times, but produces juicy, delicious cuts of meat. Continue reading Cooking and Smoking Texas Smokehouse BBQ
Give the Gift of Pizza and BBQ this Holiday
This is the time of the year when everyone is rushing to find the perfect gift. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to get those on your list that are hard to buy for, consider opting for a gift card to Windy City Pizza and BBQ. If they like pizza or BBQ, you’re gifting them the best pizza in San Mateo, and the best Texas BBQ west of the Lone Star State. Our farm-fresh ingredients, Italian sausage, Farmer’s Market tomatoes, Grande cheese and artisanal flour make our mouthwatering pizzas authentically delicious. Continue reading 5 Reasons Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Card Makes the Perfect Gift
Beer and BBQ Never Tasted So Good
If you’re a lover of ribs, brisket, Texas ‘Q – or any meat that’s cooked using only the hot smoke from post-oak logs – you understand the importance of complementing your meal with the perfect drink. This is a complex process with lots of room for trial and error. Since we serve the best BBQ in San Mateo, we want to make it easy for you to enjoy barbecue to the fullest, every time you eat it. Skip the food pairing blunders and remember the following when you’re ready to order a drink with your rack of ribs.
3 Best Recommendations for Pairing Beverages with Barbecue:
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Beer and BBQ’ — especially when discussing cookouts with friends or neighbors. With beer, think about the style of barbeque and the way it was seasoned and cooked. Mustard-based sauces for barbecue pair well with American IPA, while Texas slow-cooked beef brisket and pork ribs work great with a local brew or beers with malty and hoppy tones. If you’re indulging in some Kansas City style barbecue, try it with Belgian Dubbel or a beer with undertones of fruity sweetness.
Beth von Benz, wine consultant at mvbconsulting.com, explains food and wine tasting and pairing the best. “When pairing wines with barbecue, a good way to start is to match a dominant component in the sauce or style, keeping in mind what type of meat is used, and find a similar element in a particular wine.” For pairing Texas barbecue, keep the smoky beef flavor in mind and consider a plummy Italian red with high acidity. Sangiovese or Shiraz could compliment this style of bbq very well.
It can’t get much simpler than this. You can get soda at pretty much any restaurant you visit. Too simple? If you want to be more creative, try only drinking sodas that are specific to the region where the bbq was created. For example, if your grubbing on some Texan ‘Q, wash it down with a soda from Dublin Bottling Works, which is based out of that Lone Star state. You might discover a unique combination of flavors when you look at pairing from a geographical point of view.
[See Also: A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America]
Try These Pairings Today at Windy City Pizza and BBQ
Whether it’s beer and barbecue, or you prefer wine or something without alcohol, visit us today to try these pairings. We encourage you to give them a try and see how enjoyable your next BBQ experience can be. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for some tasty Texas smokehouse barbecue, visit Windy City Pizza and BBQ — the best of all San Mateo barbecue restaurants — or order BBQ delivery for a quick and easy meal. Give us a call today at (650) 578-1942 or order online!
The Four Main Styles of Barbecue
Barbecue restaurants have long been an American favorite, but the best styles and cooking methods for BBQ are still up for debate and decided only by one’s personal preference. At Windy City Pizza and BBQ, we love Texas ‘Q and undergo a rigorous process to ensure that every bite is near perfection. Of course Texas BBQ is our favorite, but just in case you’re curious about the differences between other barbecue styles out there, we’ve compiled a quick summary of the main four barbecue styles. Continue reading A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America
Windy City Pizza and BBQ Knows Good Texas Smokehouse BBQ
There’s nothing like some lip-smacking, “knuckle suckin’ good” Texas ‘Q to hit the spot! Perfectly tenderized ribs, succulent pieces of fresh, savory chicken; seasoned pork shoulder, flavorful pork ribs – they’re all crowd pleasers and worth a road trip across town. But have you ever been to a restaurant where the picture looked better than the food tasted? Have you ever psyched yourself up for a flavorful mouthful of BBQ goodness, only to experience the sad reality of a flavorless, dry entree? There’s nothing so disappointing as a mediocre meal, especially when time and money are involved.
That’s why we take food seriously at our San Mateo barbecue restaurant. We want patrons leaving with bellies full, spirits high and smiles from ear-to-ear — and it’s our food that makes it happen.
It starts with smoke. If there is no smoke there is no BBQ! People tend to confuse smoking with grilling, but in order to BBQ the way it’s supposed to be done, you need to smoke meat low and slow for 180 – 250 degrees and let it cook from from 2 – 18 hours, depending on the item. Basically, we do BBQ the genuine way; no shortcuts, no missing steps, and we prepare the food the way it’s meant to be done.
To deliver top-notch quality, we created a customized, Texas-built BBQ pit that can smoke up to 1,000 pounds of deliciousness. 100% post oak flavor is found in every bite and the only heat source to cook the meat is the indirect use of smoldering smoke. Our technical yet artistic approach to preparing meat produces the same amazing result each time! There’s an explosion of flavor in every bite, and you’ll probably want to order some BBQ delivery or carryout so the food party follows you home.
Bring Home San Mateo’s Best Smokehouse Barbecue
Have we peaked your interest? Are you ready for some delectable BBQ that’ll compliment your taste buds and satisfy your hunger? Check out the best BBQ in San Mateo and place an order with Windy City Pizza & BBQ today at (650) 578-1942 or order online here!
San Mateo is Getting Ready for the Big Game this Sunday! Are You?
Football parties are incomplete without salty snacks, savory wings, pizza, barbecue, enticing desserts, and of course–a room full of cheering fans! You may want to bypass the headache of planning an event altogether, and run to the nearest barbeque restaurant to gaze at the big screen. But if you’re feeling ambitious and decide to plan a party for the “Big Game,” why not go all out? And that doesn’t mean dropping hundreds of dollars to purchase fancy party supplies or 5 star catering; just by making a few conscious choices, your football party can be a memorable experience for both you and your guests no matter how well your team performs. Continue reading How to Host the Winning Game Day Party for the “Big Game”
Learn to Out-Grill Your Neighbors with These Tips from a San Mateo BBQ Restaurant
You don’t always have to visit BBQ restaurants to enjoy tender and succulent BBQ. With the right tools, technique, passion and practice, you can master the art of grilling and barbecuing right in your own home (or backyard). Simply follow this list of best practices, and be on your way to becoming the local “BBQ grill master.” Continue reading How to Become the Neighborhood’s BBQ Grill Master
Office Holiday Celebrations are a Breeze with Catered Office Lunches
Happy employees make productive employees. When employees are shown respect and appreciation they are more likely to put the extra effort in to be an asset for your business. Managers might be tempted to believe that a consistent paycheck is recognition enough for employees; but everyone needs an occasional reminder that their work is recognized. Putting in extra effort to appreciate workers might be the fuel that drives them to go the extra mile for your business. History supports this finding. The Division of Human Resources at Florida International University conducted research that reveals the benefits of employee appreciation. Happy employees will: Continue reading Lunch Catering and Other Ways to Give Thanks to Your Employees