I recently had the opportunity to meet barbecue master Steven Raichlen, while enjoying a three-course meal prepared by Chef Justin Beckett, at Southern Rail. Beckett put together a fabulous smoked meal inspired by the bold flavors found in Raichlen's latest book Project Smoke.
Dinner started with a non-traditional smoked dish: Smoked Tomato Gazpacho. Chef Beckett took the freshest seasonal bounty and smoked it adding a unique depth of flavor to the cold refreshing soup.
The gazpacho was followed by the most amazing piece of meat: a bacon wrapped rib-eye stuffed with various types of sausage & chorizo. Talk about delicious, this piece of meat was both tender and full of flavor. As a side dish, Chef Beckett served smoked root vegetable hash and collard greens.
Yes, even desserts can be made in the smoker! Smoked apples, topped with a house-made gingersnap crumb and bacon pieces were definitely a treat for the taste buds and the perfect way to end the meal.
If you are in the Phoenix area or traveling through be sure to check out Southern Rail on Mondays & Tuesdays when you can get a platter of Chef Beckett's delicious BBQ & two bourbons for a mere $20. Also, be on the look-out for other unique events like this at Southern Rail, as you never know what Justin Beckett might have up his sleeve.
300 W Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
This experience was provided complimentary, all opinions are my own.