Month: September 2008

A Recipe? Who does he think he is Emeril Trumpet?

Since Hurricane Ike was like “Big Wheel keep on turning, Proud Mary keep on burning” the old HQ down in Houston was closed so I figured that I should follow suit and burn some of my sick/pto time so I called in saying I had Anal Glaucoma. Chilled out and ended up going to the grocery store for the ingredients for our Surf and Turf Rock Lobster sandwiches for the B52’s that night. Sorry but I am not a big fan of measurement as I was taught to do the taste and make sure it has the look the recipe is;
(for the lobster portion)
2 lobster tails removed from shell and cut into small pieces
1/2 pound butter
1/2 of a diced onion
juice from 10 lemons
heavy whipping cream
chopped pencil green onions
Melt butter and saute onions till soft and add lobster. When lobster is pink add lemon juice and heavy whipping cream and reduce in half. Add green onions when you remove from heat.
(for the Turf portion)
2-3 good sized Fillets or any cut of meat you prefer marinate in olive oil for at least 3 hours
Salt and Pepper
Worchester sauce
your favorite steak seasoning (Montreal whatever you like)
Cover fillets in a good portion of worchester Sauce and apply seasoning
Sear steaks on both sides in a HOT saute pan over med high heat
Place steaks in a 400 degree oven for 12 – 17 minutes depending on temperature (you may want to use a meat thermometer so you don’t under/over cook your meat. (he he – He said meat)
Let steaks rest at least 10 minutes before cutting as so juices can rest
Slice into half inch strips to serve
Marinate (for 3 hours) sliced red onion and sliced tomatoes in red wine vinegar in a non-reactive bowl
1/2 cup of mayo and 3 tablespoons of horseradish sauce stirred together (you can add more horsey if you like it hot)
The rest is up to you if you like lettuce, cheese or pickles
Get a good french bread (hard crust) for your sandwiches and put equal parts of lobster and meat on sandwiches and enjoy!
Oh and I ended up swinging by and seeing Mr Vince as I got some more cigars today!

You have got to love a 60 year old Italian man who owns not only a good pizza pie joint but also a pretty good tobacco shop with a great stocked walk in humidor.


For those who do not know what the 3rd week in May means to the smokers of the meat!

When I am not savoring a fine cigar, trying to find reasons not to work, or watching my beloved Cubs lose 8 of their last 10 games I mess around on the Ambergris Caye Message board and with the help of some locals have started a little contest during the Thanksgiving break. The contest is a BBQ sauce contest and I think we will have a lot of fun with it and also raise some money for the local island charities. It started with myself and another knucklehead from Kansas City bantering back and forth about BBQ and BBQ sauce. Between Memphis and Kansas City there is a huge debate and I make it a point not to go over 5000 words on a post so more on that later.
Now I know that there are some who have not had the privilege to enjoy proper Memphis BBQ but we hold an event every May that transforms the banks of the Mississippi river into “The Worlds Largest Cocktail Party” otherwise known as the BBQ festival and cooking contest.
Sadly I am not a BBQ aficionado like my buddies, I just can’t bear to burn a week of vacation to work my arse off pay a lot of money for the party and when I return to work on Monday I am exhausted (It is different with going to Belize) so I have never joined in the fun. This year, I was asked to take some pictures of the festival for a buddy of mine who lives in Vegas, since I am working on getting people to do the BBQ sauce contest, I figured I would display those pictures and see the work and showmanship that these teams do and spend.
This ain’t your run of the mill circle around the Weber grill, some of these BBQ rigs cost in upwards of a half a million! KC et all, feel free to come down to the banks of the Mississippi next year, it is a hoot!

Wouldn’t be Memphis in Mud without a little rain (or a Tornado)

Look at that logo up there on the booth, you may see that again in November!!!

Right there is a triple Decker with porta-potties on each level – Big Money!

This looks like a San Pedro Special if you ask me! (I went over and asked them where they got the idea from and bless their hearts, they were just drunk rednecks!)

Now we are talking big money, I would say that sucker is over 4 grand!

This is my friends tent/team and they have a smoker large enough for 4 cases of ribs, a smaller smoker that I can curl up in (left of guy in hat) and in the fore picture are two grills. If you work for Kingsford charcoal you love these guys!

Close up of the “Smaller” Smoker (Give me a break!)

Brother Brooks loading larger smoker’s fire box

Did you ever wonder what 4 cases of ribs looked like when they are all laying on one rack of the grill? Oh and the top rack is tenderloin.

With team spending in excess of some smaller countries, I bet they would welcome a sponsor!

This baby is for sale and for just over 20K can be yours to take home!

Yes in front of the gold plated spinner wheels is a flat screen HD TV doesn’t everyone need one of those?

I got to see them wheel this sucker in on an 18 wheeler flatbed, it was huge!

My boys over at Hog Wild’s smoker just resting for Friday night, they came in the top third of the class so they were happy.

Wait we are on the banks of the Mississippi not lake Slidell! Well I can tell you after eating smoked food for 4 days you will welcome anything different! The highlight of the week was some NYC/Philly boys brought 2 cases of Philly meat with the rolls and served them up, there was almost a riot.

So this concludes your BBQ 101 class, and if you can make a trip to SP in November we will see you there!


Elvis is Dead and I get writers block already?

Well someone needs to put a cattle prod up ole CBT’s arse as it isn’t even a week since I started this blog and I can’t come up with anything to say, and that is odd considering I am known as a blabber mouth!
So let’s dig back into the ole picture file and see what we can find.

This just makes me chuckle when I see this sign! Pretty much says it all doesn’t it?

Ok, I promise to do better and stop yelling at me!


Elvis is Dead and I get writers block already?

Well someone needs to put a cattle prod up ole CBT’s arse as it isn’t even a week since I started this blog and I can’t come up with anything to say, and that is odd considering I am known as a blabber mouth!
So let’s dig back into the ole picture file and see what we can find.

This just makes me chuckle when I see this sign! Pretty much says it all doesn’t it?

Ok, I promise to do better and stop yelling at me!


What did I do last weekend – Can I get an amen?

Ok, this is a futile attempt to see if I can upload pics and if I can navigate this thing. I must commend those who add photos to their blogs, a picture is worth a thousand words and we all know that I ate paint chips as a child so I may be doing a lot of that! Did I mention that I wode the short bus to skool.

Ms Barbara Blue and Garth Asumssen on Harmonica

Barbara getting after it!

Drum Corp from Illinois (check out the little guys with the cymbals)

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the man who I used to sneak into the Rum Boogie Cafe on Historic Beale Street to listen to. He may look like he should be in a retirement home but he still has the voice, the touch, the BLUES, Ladies and Gentlemen put your hands together for the one the only Mr. Don McMinn (ok, I know but I had to give proper credit!)

One could argue for days who the queen of Beale is being it Ms Ruby Wilson or this lady Ms Joyce Cobb. Great set by the way Joyce!

Ah, the final act of the night, Mr Jason D. Williams! For those who do not know how Jason D was discovered, Memphis had their yearly snow storm which shuts the city down. The piano bar in the Peabody hotel’s headlining act could not make it downtown that night so Jason asked the manager if it was ok if he played a little. Jason D’s act is a take off of the original Jerry Lee Lewis of Feraday Louisiana and the people in the audience loved Mr. Jason D. Williams. He then played Dux in the Peabody for a long time until he decided to take his show on the road. He says that he loves to travel but downtown Memphis will always be home!

Here he decides that the piano bench is just too much in the way so he kicks it out of the way!

Jason what in the Hell are you doing, you can’t play the piano upside down?

A Balance test while playing Chantilly Lace – Come Jason it is impossible to do that!

Well I stand corrected, you can play Chantilly Lace (with a pretty face…) with a water bottle on your head!

Hey, who is that guy! Yo King!

Rut Row, I think that “The Killer” is channeling through Jason D right about now, ladies and Gentlemen please rise from your seats and get those lighters out, it is going to be some “Great Balls of Fire”

Goodness Gracious!

Me and Jason D Williams (I do have a picture of me and the original Killer, I will have to find it and post it if I can!)

Now Judy P would smack me if I did not give her some pub for the Center for Southern Folklore, please feel free to visit if you are ever in Memphis.

Also please feel free to visit Barbara’s site as well.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Carbunkle Trumpet has left the Building!


No longer a Blog Virgin

After being a reader of many good blogs and having the good fortune to meet some of these authors I think that it is time for CT to get in and throw my hat into the blogging world. Sadly I have not hit the Power ball Lottery (yet), have the ability to excel in sports nor hammer a 10 inch spike with my schmeckle (name that movie if you can) so if you like what you read, please drop me a comment.
I promise not to break the 5 cardinal rules while in a public place that is discuss; Politics, Current Events, Gun Control, Abortion or Religion because if I did then I would have to run for office and I have already tried drugs, drink on occasion and don’t like kissing babies. Once I get this thing going, I will let my fellow Blogger’s (look at me, not even a blogger for an hour and I have peers!) know what I have done and they can look at what I have written, photographed and snicker behind their monitors as they are way cooler than this short, slightly overweight middle aged white kid from the South! OK, enough about me and my first post, stay tuned and let’s see if we can have some fun.