2nd Annual Backyard Photo Contest at Punk’s!

It’s that time of year again.  Time to break out the grill, invite your friends and family over for dinner, and spend some time in your backyard.  Here at Punk’s, there is no ritual that makes us happier than the backyard cookout. That is, after all, what we are all about – good food, friends, family, backyard grilling, and great memories along the way.

And to make sure that everyone out there is having a great time in their own backyard, we’re asking to see your best backyard cookout photos for our 2nd annual Backyard Photo Contest.  So fire up the grill, take some pictures and send them our way! We’ll be posting some of the photos here on the blog and the winning photographs will be displayed in the restaurant.  To add a little extra incentive, any picture submitted that has someone wearing  Punk’s Backyard Grill gear will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Punk’s gift card.  That Punk’s gear can be anything from a t-shirt to a sticker to a koozie. We are accepting photos now through September 7th, so break out that camera and go capture some backyard memories.

Take a look here for all of the details of the contest and check out the “Backyard Photo Contest” page on the blog to see some of the early submissions.

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Finishing Up — Week 12

I’ll blame the delay in posts on holiday events, because there was no shortage of progress on the site over the past couple weeks.  BGC is finishing up — laying the final floor tiles, applying the last pieces of exterior slate, installing restroom fixtures, and painting the patio railing.

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Meanwhile, the Gill Group has been delivering and installing pieces of kitchen equipment.  Here’s a picture of the “Cold Prep” area in the kitchen.  The window on the left looks out into the back corridor, so guests can peek inside the kitchen.

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The focal point of the restaurant is the 60″ grill that faces the dining area.  The grill itself will be part of a larger installation of hooding and custom fabricated stainless steel pieces.  The picture below shows the giant stainless steel hood sitting on the floor waiting to be hung above the grill.

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KGI, the “finishing” contractors arrive on Friday to install the final decorative elements.  They have spent the past few months building our cabinetry, exterior signage, awnings, menu boards, and ceiling decor in their Ohio factory.  So they’ll load up an eighteen-wheeler and haul everything over to Annapolis to begin installation.  Since everything is already built, the transformation over the next three days should be remarkable.

Grill + Smoker + Oven = Kamado

I tend to be of the opinion that we foodies own far too many cooking gadgets and appliances, so I’m glad to find one product that takes the place of two (or more!)

Recently I had the pleasure of making an annual pilgrimage of sorts to Camden, South Carolina where I was introduced to a fantastic multi-function cooking contraption by my friends, the Scheuers, known as the Big Green Egg.

On the back deck of the Scheuer home sit two Big Green Egg grills (one large and one small) side by side in a home-built wooden stand. I had read about the Big Green Egg previously, but this was the first time that I had the fortune to test its reputation. The official Big Green Egg website explains the grill’s uniqueness:

“It is a smoker, a grill and an oven and you can cook literally any food on it year around, from appetizers to entrees to desserts.”

And I found this to be true. The Scheuers welcomed me with dry-rubbed, 18-hour-smoked pulled pork and sent me home with perfectly crisp, thick-cut bacon – both cooked on the Egg. Pressing the true foodie patriarch of the family, Dr. Scheuer admitted that he owned two Eggs of differing sizes so that no meal was too small to warrant the firing-up of an Egg.

The idea of the Big Green Egg originated from the Japanese clay cooker called a “kamado” – a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fired earthen vessel used as a stove or oven. This style of ceramic cooker is offers excellent versatility for the outdoor cook as it functions as a grill and a smoker – and if two isn’t quite enough, the grate can function as a stove top for cast-iron skillet cooking.

Kamado grills typically use charcoal, and while that is true for the Egg, the Kamado brand of ceramic cookers offers a gas option. While I can’t attest to the quality of the Kamado, I do admit intrigue at its genie-in-a-bottle design.