CultureMap’s Backyard Burger Grill-Off a Success

The Winners: Best Classic burger was J. Black’s Kobe-style burger, Most Creative was Straits’ Thai Pork Burger, best side dish was Tasting Room’s Crawfish Maque Choux and People’s Choice winner was a tie between Brio and The Grove.

Discovery Green was the battleground and the weapons were Webers and Char Broil grills. The ammunition was meat, meat and more meat.  Goat, beef, lamb and pork were pressed, shaped, added to, squeezed and grilled. Fragrant smoke from the great battle beckoned across Discovery Green as far as several blocks away. Executive chefs… chefs de cuisine… and sous chefs accustomed to creating meals over Sub Zero and Viking stove tops were lighting charcoal in backyard grills and fanning the flames with folded newspapers.

Sliders with big taste and big attitudes

It was like strolling through the parking lot at Reliant Stadium before a Texans game (Oh yes, the Texans Grill was also grilling and serving up burgers).  The burgers were sliders, but they were miniatures of the real thing with the real taste of the monsters that the chefs might usually serve at home or in their restaurants.

Sarah Rufca, Greg Morago, Amber Ambrose and Katharine Shilcutt

On a picnic table nearby, being personally served by the chefs, were the judges. Greg Morago, food editor of the Houston ChronicleKatharine Shilcutt, restaurant critic for the Houston Press… food writer Amber Ambrose and Sarah Rufca of CultureMap heaped praise and picked apart each burger submitted and eventually marked their sheets.  The strolling diners also dropped glass beads into voting receptacles in each booth to decide the People’s Choice award. 

Final tallies voted that the Best Classic burger was J. Black‘s Kobe-style burger, Most Creative was Straits‘ Thai Pork Burger, best side dish was Tasting Room‘s Crawfish Maque Choux and People’s Choice winner was a tie between Brio and The Grove.

Classic Burger Champion, J. Black‘s Kobe-style burger
Here’s where Straits was getting its pork

Most creative was Straits Thai Pork Burger
 
Tasting Room’s Crawfish Maque Choux won Best Side Dish

Brio’s burger tied for People’s Choice Award
 
The Grove’s tying entry for People’s Choice Award.

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