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→
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→
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.
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!
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”→
San Mateo BBQ Restaurant’s Pointers for Great Grilling
To create great tasting barbecue – the kind that everyone remembers and raves about for weeks afterwards – you really need to get familiar with your grill’s quirks. Every grill performs slightly differently, depending on temperature and even ambient conditions and humidity. The grill’s ability (or lack thereof) to keep heat over a long period of time also can strongly influence its temperament, which in turn can impact its ability to cook up awesome meats and veggies. Continue reading Tips for Consistently Great Tasting Barbecue→
Which Wood Should You Use for Smoking the Best BBQ?
If you go out of your way for the best barbecue restaurant (meaning Windy City, of course), then chances are you like to barbecue at home as well. The aspiring barbecue master, particularly one wishing to brave the world of cooking over wood, shouldn’t be limited by one kind of timber. Experimenting with different types of woods will help you discover which meats and seasonings you prefer. Additionally, the learning process will make you a real expert. As background in that process, here are two wood basics: Continue reading BBQ Pit Master Tips: Top Wood Choices for Smoking Meat→