Open Fire Meet Up @ Texas

A couple of weeks ago we were in Hondo, Texas, for the Open Fire Meetup 2023 – and it's nothing short of spectacular! Open Fire Master AL FRUGONI brought together 30 of the top open fire Pitmasters from around the country. We had Goats (aka Cabritos), Whole Alligators, a pen full of Pigs, more Chickens than you've ever seen in one place, and Beef – everything from Steaks to Picanha to a Whole Steer cooked on an asado cross.

But it was not just about the incredible feast. We were there for a great cause and raise money for the local First Responders – because what's better than enjoying mouth-watering food while supporting those who keep us safe?

Now, let's talk about the main event, where we teamed up with the legendary Mel Chmiler Jr. also known as the @darksideofthegrill, where we served not one, not two, but three classic Hogs prepared over open fire. From traditional salted to a classic barbecue rub and a custom-made rojo moo sauce. Trust me; you don't want to miss the hog chop with charred pineapple Pico Deo - it's a flavor explosion!

But the excitement didn't stop there. We caught up with Pitmaster Javi of @BigJavs_BBQ , who's not only cooking up a storm but also spilled the beans on his patented crossy abilities. Spoiler alert: They're made of steel, and he's got them in the patent-pending process. It's a must-watch segment! We also, joined forces with Jeremy Yoder of @MadScientistBBQ the Brisket mastermind. His method, a touch of seasoned salt for that extra umami, and a fat cap up brisket for that juicy, mouthwatering perfection.

Now, let's not forget the incredible diversity in the open fire cooking scene. From Danny Dobrzenski @cookingintheyard Cabrito tacos to @Nombre_Chut_UpChef - Carlos' alligator masterpiece, and @GrillGirlRobyn - Grill Girl Robin's Argentinian-flavored frog style chicken, we've got it all covered.

This weekend was nothing short of a barbecue bonanza! Unfortunately, we couldn't catch up with the man behind the magic, AL FRUGONI, but a massive shoutout to him for organizing this unforgettable event.


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