Grilling meat over an open flame is one of life’s purest pleasures. It’s instinctive and exciting, an undertaking human beings have enjoyed for literally millions of years.
But, let’s be honest, it takes a lot of time and patience. Which is never easy when you’re grilling for seven people at the cottage and no one’s helping you prepare the meat and everyone’s idea of medium is different and all you want to do it sit down and have a beer. Not exactly the do-or-die motivation of your ancestors.
But The Carbon Bar is here to save you. And they’ll even let you take a little bit of the credit.
The Toronto hotspot’s Executive Chef, Hidde Zomer, has been perfecting the art of barbecue for years. Born in Amsterdam and trained in French cuisine, he had a lot to learn before winding up at The Carbon Bar three years ago. After rolling through the BBQ capitals of the USA (South Carolina, Kentucky, New Orleans) he finally settled on bringing his customers the best Texas-style barbecue north of the border.
The Carbon Bar’s most popular dish (if you can call it that) is the Pit Master Platter, a king-sized serving of pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, pickles, and fries that they humbly suggest you share among friends.
With the platter being so popular (around 60-70% of their daily clientele order it), Chef Hidde and The Carbon Bar decided to devise a way for you to enjoy their best bites in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by the people who love you and who will totally believe you made the food yourself.
It’s called the TCB BBQ Package and it includes three pounds of beef brisket, two racks of St. Louis cut ribs, six pieces of fried chicken, pickles, slaw, and BBQ beans with pit fired pork.
But this isn’t just any run-of-the-mill take-out package — this is top-notch BBQ, served hot and fresh exactly as it would at The Carbon Bar.
“If you come to our restaurant and love the BBQ here, you’re going to love this option,” says Chef Hidde. “It brings the Pit Master Platter into your own kitchen. Everything is smoked, cooked and chilled here, packaged up, and given to our customers with very specific instructions to heat it up at home. You’re getting Carbon Bar quality at home and we’ve already done most of the work.”
So, the next time you’re hosting a group of hungry individuals, don’t even think of testing your own hand at smoking a brisket. Order up the TCB BBQ Package, heat it up just right, and then brace yourself as the compliments start flowing in.