With Chef Hoss’ Persian Grilling Tips, You Can Zare To Be Different!

Hoss Zare with the friendly rep from Alternative Services

By John Cloutman

After a cooler and windier-than-usual spring in the Bay area of California, summer seemed to have finally arrived on Saturday July 7, 2012, just in time for the second annual Bay Area Barbeque Championship cook-off at Oakland ColiseumThe Oakland A’s partnered with Alternative Family Services to raise awareness and funding for the support of thousands of northern California foster kids, and frankly no one could have picked a more perfect day for this event. This Pro/Am BBQ cook-off featured some of the best barbeque teams in the country competing for cash awards as well as, if not even more important, bragging rights. Needless to say, much pride was at “steak” and oh yes – ribs, chicken, brisket, and pork.

Among the celebrity judges this fine, hot summer Saturday were the A’s Johnny Gomes, as well as our good friend and contributor Hoss Zare of Zare at Flytrap Restaurant, who also put on a wonderful demonstration of ethnic Persian grilling techniques. Chef Hoss is a gentle giant of a man, as imposing in stature as he is delicate, methodical and casual in the kitchen. His technique at the grill is what I could only describe as benevolent dominance.  With support from his friend and accomplice “Gorilla Rich” Bacchi of Pacifica’s Gorilla Barbeque, and fellow Barbeque genius Ray Doc BBQLampe in attendance – who also put on a clinic of his own that day, Chef Hoss braved the unrelenting sunshine and showed us all his techniques for creating the perfect juicy, sweet and tender grilled steak.  He demonstrated tips for choosing the right cut of meat, how to sear and glaze it to seal in the juices and coat it with just the right smoky-sweet flavors. Along the way he gave us tips on presentation, and showed us how to make a superb kind of Persian “salsa” made simply and quickly with basic fresh ingredients we can all get at any farmer’s market.

Here’s the official list of winners:

Bay Area BBQ Championship

Grand Champion: BUTCHER’S DAUGTER BBQ
Reserve Champion: BIG B’S DOWN & DIRTY BBQ

Overall:
1. BUTCHER’S DAUGTER BBQ – 673.7142
2. BIG B’S DOWN & DIRTY BBQ – 673.1428
3. HUMINIES HOGALICIOUS BBQ – 661.7144
4. HOUND DOG BARBEQUE – 661.1428
5. TEAM ENOSERV – 658.8570
6. ROLLING BONES BBQ – 657.1424
7. SMOKEY LUV BBQ – 645.1432
8. RIC’S RIGHTEOUS RIBS – 645.1428
9. SMOKIN’ YANKEES BAR-B-Q – 643.9996
10. WOODHOUSE BARBEQUE – 641.1426
11. SLAP YO’ DADDY BBQ – 641.1424
12. SMITTY’S SMOKE PATROL – 640.5714
13. CECIL’S SMOK’N BAR-B-QUE – 637.7140
14. SMOKE SLAYERS BBQ – 634.2852
15. TOO ASHAMED TO NAME – 633.1424
16. CASUAL SMOKERS – 632.5714
17. CHAIN SMOKERS – 632.5712
18. BAD S BBQ – 631.9998
19. ROCK’S BARBEQUE – 628.0000
20. DAD’S DOIN WHAT THEY LOV – 625.1430
21. ROYAL SMOKIN’ HOT – 622.2852
22. ROB Z’S REAL PIT BQR-B-Q – 617.1430
23. BANG A DRUM – 610.8574
24. THE PORKS OF HAZARD – 608.0004
25. BAD 2 THE BONE BBQ – 601.1428
26. BAD BOYZ OF BBQ – 599.9996
27. EAST BAY RESTAURANT SUPP – 598.8568
28. WEST COAST BBQ – 593.7148
29. WINE WITH SWINE BBQ – 582.2858
30. SIR PORKALOT BBQ TEAM – 569.1426
31. TAIL GATERS – 565.7142
32. PHAT MATT’S BBQ – 547.9996
33. UNCLE WILLIE’S ORIGINAL – 532.5714
34. BIG JIM’S BBQ – 492.5722
35. BIG DICK’S BBQ – 466.2858
36. THE SMOKY FIRE PIT – 233.1426
37. DADDY’S HOUSE OF RIBS – 0.0000

Chicken:
1. BUTCHER’S DAUGTER BBQ – 177.1428
2. SMITTY’S SMOKE PATROL – 173.7142
3. CECIL’S SMOK’N BAR-B-QUE – 172.0000
4. CASUAL SMOKERS – 171.4288
5. BIG B’S DOWN & DIRTY BBQ – 171.4286
6. ROLLING BONES BBQ – 170.2854
7. ROB Z’S REAL PIT BQR-B-Q – 169.1430
8. TEAM ENOSERV – 168.5714
9. BAD S BBQ – 168.5714
10. SMOKE SLAYERS BBQ – 167.9998
11. BIG DICK’S BBQ – 165.7144
12. SLAP YO’ DADDY BBQ – 165.7142
13. RIC’S RIGHTEOUS RIBS – 164.0000
14. SMOKIN’ YANKEES BAR-B-Q – 164.0000
15. HUMINIES HOGALICIOUS BBQ – 163.4286
16. WINE WITH SWINE BBQ – 162.8572
17. CHAIN SMOKERS – 162.8572
18. TOO ASHAMED TO NAME – 162.8570
19. WOODHOUSE BARBEQUE – 162.2856
20. BAD BOYZ OF BBQ – 161.7142
21. ROYAL SMOKIN’ HOT – 160.5714
22. BANG A DRUM – 158.8572
23. DAD’S DOIN WHAT THEY LOV – 157.1428
24. ROCK’S BARBEQUE – 156.0000
25. SMOKEY LUV BBQ – 155.4288
26. PHAT MATT’S BBQ – 154.8570
27. BIG JIM’S BBQ – 154.2860
28. HOUND DOG BARBEQUE – 150.2856
29. TAIL GATERS – 147.4284
30. THE PORKS OF HAZARD – 145.7144
31. WEST COAST BBQ – 144.5714
32. BAD 2 THE BONE BBQ – 143.4284
33. EAST BAY RESTAURANT SUPP – 142.2856
34. SIR PORKALOT BBQ TEAM – 134.2856
35. UNCLE WILLIE’S ORIGINAL – 133.7142
36. DADDY’S HOUSE OF RIBS – 0.0000
37. THE SMOKY FIRE PIT – 0.0000

Ribs:
1. BIG B’S DOWN & DIRTY BBQ – 170.8572
2. CECIL’S SMOK’N BAR-B-QUE – 170.8570
3. HUMINIES HOGALICIOUS BBQ – 168.5716
4. TEAM ENOSERV – 167.9998
5. WOODHOUSE BARBEQUE – 165.1428
6. CASUAL SMOKERS – 164.5714
7. SMOKE SLAYERS BBQ – 163.4288
8. HOUND DOG BARBEQUE – 163.4288
9. BAD 2 THE BONE BBQ – 162.2860
10. BUTCHER’S DAUGTER BBQ – 162.2858
11. ROCK’S BARBEQUE – 160.5716
12. ROB Z’S REAL PIT BQR-B-Q – 160.5714
13. THE PORKS OF HAZARD – 160.0004
14. ROLLING BONES BBQ – 160.0002
15. SMOKEY LUV BBQ – 158.8574
16. TAIL GATERS – 158.2858
17. SMITTY’S SMOKE PATROL – 158.2858
18. BAD S BBQ – 157.1430
19. DAD’S DOIN WHAT THEY LOV – 156.5716
20. WEST COAST BBQ – 155.4288
21. EAST BAY RESTAURANT SUPP – 155.4286
22. ROYAL SMOKIN’ HOT – 154.8570
23. CHAIN SMOKERS – 153.7140
24. TOO ASHAMED TO NAME – 153.1428
25. SMOKIN’ YANKEES BAR-B-Q – 153.1428
26. RIC’S RIGHTEOUS RIBS – 152.5714
27. SLAP YO’ DADDY BBQ – 151.4286
28. WINE WITH SWINE BBQ – 150.2858
29. SIR PORKALOT BBQ TEAM – 149.1428
30. BANG A DRUM – 148.5716
31. PHAT MATT’S BBQ – 145.1426
32. BIG DICK’S BBQ – 144.5714
33. BAD BOYZ OF BBQ – 141.7142
34. UNCLE WILLIE’S ORIGINAL – 138.2860
35. BIG JIM’S BBQ – 20.0000
36. THE SMOKY FIRE PIT – 0.0000
37. DADDY’S HOUSE OF RIBS – 0.0000

Pork:
1. SMOKEY LUV BBQ – 172.5714
2. HOUND DOG BARBEQUE – 171.9998
3. HUMINIES HOGALICIOUS BBQ – 168.0000
4. BAD 2 THE BONE BBQ – 167.9998
5. SLAP YO’ DADDY BBQ – 166.8570
6. BIG B’S DOWN & DIRTY BBQ – 165.1428
7. BUTCHER’S DAUGTER BBQ – 162.8572
8. TEAM ENOSERV – 162.8572
9. ROLLING BONES BBQ – 162.2854
10. BAD S BBQ – 161.1428
11. BANG A DRUM – 161.1428
12. CHAIN SMOKERS – 161.1428
13. SMOKIN’ YANKEES BAR-B-Q – 159.9998
14. RIC’S RIGHTEOUS RIBS – 158.8570
15. TOO ASHAMED TO NAME – 157.7142
16. DAD’S DOIN WHAT THEY LOV – 156.5714
17. EAST BAY RESTAURANT SUPP – 155.9998
18. BIG JIM’S BBQ – 155.4290
19. THE PORKS OF HAZARD – 155.4286
20. SMOKE SLAYERS BBQ – 154.2854
21. WOODHOUSE BARBEQUE – 153.1426
22. ROYAL SMOKIN’ HOT – 152.5712
23. ROB Z’S REAL PIT BQR-B-Q – 149.7144
24. CASUAL SMOKERS – 149.1426
25. BAD BOYZ OF BBQ – 147.9998
26. ROCK’S BARBEQUE – 146.8568
27. SMITTY’S SMOKE PATROL – 146.2856
28. CECIL’S SMOK’N BAR-B-QUE – 145.1428
29. WEST COAST BBQ – 144.5714
30. SIR PORKALOT BBQ TEAM – 136.5714
31. UNCLE WILLIE’S ORIGINAL – 135.4282
32. THE SMOKY FIRE PIT – 134.8572
33. TAIL GATERS – 131.9998
34. WINE WITH SWINE BBQ – 123.4286
35. PHAT MATT’S BBQ – 118.2856
36. BIG DICK’S BBQ – 20.0000
37. DADDY’S HOUSE OF RIBS – 0.0000

Brisket:
1. HOUND DOG BARBEQUE – 175.4286
2. BUTCHER’S DAUGTER BBQ – 171.4284
3. RIC’S RIGHTEOUS RIBS – 169.7144
4. SMOKIN’ YANKEES BAR-B-Q – 166.8570
5. BIG B’S DOWN & DIRTY BBQ – 165.7142
6. ROCK’S BARBEQUE – 164.5716
7. ROLLING BONES BBQ – 164.5714
8. BIG JIM’S BBQ – 162.8572
9. SMITTY’S SMOKE PATROL – 162.2858
10. HUMINIES HOGALICIOUS BBQ – 161.7142
11. WOODHOUSE BARBEQUE – 160.5716
12. TEAM ENOSERV – 159.4286
13. TOO ASHAMED TO NAME – 159.4284
14. SMOKEY LUV BBQ – 158.2856
15. SLAP YO’ DADDY BBQ – 157.1426
16. DAD’S DOIN WHAT THEY LOV – 154.8572
17. CHAIN SMOKERS – 154.8572
18. ROYAL SMOKIN’ HOT – 154.2856
19. CECIL’S SMOK’N BAR-B-QUE – 149.7142
20. WEST COAST BBQ – 149.1432
21. SIR PORKALOT BBQ TEAM – 149.1428
22. BAD BOYZ OF BBQ – 148.5714
23. SMOKE SLAYERS BBQ – 148.5712
24. CASUAL SMOKERS – 147.4286
25. THE PORKS OF HAZARD – 146.8570
26. WINE WITH SWINE BBQ – 145.7142
27. EAST BAY RESTAURANT SUPP – 145.1428
28. BAD S BBQ – 145.1426
29. BANG A DRUM – 142.2858
30. ROB Z’S REAL PIT BQR-B-Q – 137.7142
31. BIG DICK’S BBQ – 136.0000
32. PHAT MATT’S BBQ – 129.7144
33. TAIL GATERS – 128.0002
34. BAD 2 THE BONE BBQ – 127.4286
35. UNCLE WILLIE’S ORIGINAL – 125.1430
36. THE SMOKY FIRE PIT – 98.2854
37. DADDY’S HOUSE OF RIBS – 0.0000