The background pic is my chuckwagon, a rolling kitchen....
Probably the greatest compliment I consistently get regarding my cooking is the result of the most simple thing I do, and that's use my simple sauce on meat, particularly beef, that I BBQ or smoke.
I purloined this simple sauce from a chef in a place where I loved the steaks.
How simple? 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 cube butter (1/2 cup), two beef bullion cubes. Baste just before removing from grill when BBQing, using a HOT fire.
You'll see as you peruse this site that I've travelled a fair amount and eaten in some of the worlds best restaurants. That said, I've had astounding dishes in farm kitchens and dives, saloons and street carts...so I'm not hung up with the trimmings, only the quality, flavor, and for you and me, the ease of preparation.
95% of the pictures on these pages, I've taken. The much superior work is by others, like a couple by Terry Heffernan, my friend and neighbor on Rock Creek, and I envy his ability. See my coversbyljmartin.com page for more. Also see my videos, click the button below.
Had a great flank steak and fries, and talked them into bringing me a little oxtail gravy on the side! Well worth the visit if ever near.
Montana is huckleberry heaven...if you don't have to shoo off the grizzlies to pick them. This was a GREAT huckleberry ice-cream pie.
Kat and I visited Parma in central Italy and ate in a super restaurant across from a castle and mote. No one spoke English, but great food is the language of the world.
I found this old John Deere, turn of the century, wagon and thought it had decent bones. I skinned it and made myself a contemporary chuck/BBQ wagon.
I wanted to stay as true as possible to the old designs, yet accommodate modern BBQs and a gas range. It also has a gas deep fryer.
I can cook for eighty or so and have done so with this rig. Doing all the labor myself, the canvas top cost as much as the rest of the rebuild.
Everyone with a beer or glass of wine in hand, kibitzing the cook, who cooks with wine (in hand)
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