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BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby TAFKAP » Wed May 29, 2019 10:59 pm

This year, for the Memphis in May BBQ Fest "Anything But: Exotic" competition, I submitted a dessert entry. Now, the "Anything But....." competition is generally perceived to be a not-pork entry. So there's lots of wild game & lamb. So a number of years ago, my best finish was 14th out of 73 for the best lamb chops I've ever made. Proud entry. The winner that year made bacon-wrapped jalapeños. Yep. Poppers. Nothing exotic about that, right? Well the "not pork" part of their entry was a mango cream cheese...it just so happened to be wrapped in bacon.

Sooooo, this year, I decided to pull out all the stops and try to win this thing. Italian cannoli......a light pastry dough, fried into a hollow tube, filled with a citrusy & sweetened ricotta.

Except this year, my cannoli tube wasn't going to be fried pastry. It was going to be home-cured, chocolate covered bacon. Yep. bacon cannoli tubes. I struggled for weeks to make tubes out of grocery bacon. It didn't work. Either it lost its shape and wouldn't hold a tube, or it would overcook and stick to the form, shattering at any attempt to free it. But in a last ditch effort, I cured my bacon. This flavor profile was black pepper, bay leaf, and some bourbon. Smoked with maple and apple wood. Bacon was on point. Miraculously, it formed a perfect tube! BBQ Fest was on......

Slice the bacon, form a bunch of tubes, and make the filling mix. Drain the ricotta for a couple nights in the fridge....whip in about a 1/2C powdered sugar, and fold in some lemon zest.

Get to BBQ Fest, crisp the pre-made bacon tubes, and melt the dark chocolate in the smoker. Roll the bacon tubes in the melted & smoked chocolate, and toss in roasted pistachios. Freeze for a couple hours, fill with the mixture, and freeze some more....it was hot, after all.

Unfortunately, it was a moral victory. This was the best tasting, most incredible, and most creative thing I've ever made......the judges didn't agree. But it was beautifully plated with edible flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries.

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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby RUGER » Thu May 30, 2019 4:41 am

I bet those were GOOD !
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby cbhunter » Thu May 30, 2019 7:30 am

Nice!


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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby DaveB » Thu May 30, 2019 7:52 am

Sounds and looks fantastic to me.

Maybe the judges don't know what a cannoli is?
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby TAFKAP » Thu May 30, 2019 8:54 am

My best guess is that maybe it got hot and melted them out a little bit. Who knows? Flavor was incredible
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby Wrangler95 » Thu May 30, 2019 10:00 am

Great looking!!
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby chunkandwind » Thu May 30, 2019 10:58 am

Very creative and looks amazing. Nice man.
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby Big Pop » Thu May 30, 2019 12:53 pm

Very original and beautiful presentation.
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby Pennywise67 » Fri May 31, 2019 7:07 am

Looks great! I bet it was fantastic.

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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby Atchman2 » Fri May 31, 2019 1:48 pm

Love it!!!

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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby Buzzard Breath » Fri May 31, 2019 8:18 pm

You should have won on presentation alone.

This reminds me of Poser's squirrel cook-off thread where they made an elaborate squirrel dish, but something like fried squirrel won it.

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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:38 pm

Looks good
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby waterman » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:38 am

ill give you the win. nice job
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Re: BBQ Fest Entry: Chocolate Bacon Cannoli

Postby BigAl » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:48 pm

That looks really good. Last year I enter MIM in Chicken/poultry. Finished 4 out of over 100 teams (score was actually tied with the top 3 but I was relegated to 4th with some kind of tiebreaker). That's crazy good for someone entering the category for the first time and competing against all the professional teams. Fast forward, I entered the same entry at Arlington, and finished dead last out of only 13 teams. Have no idea why. This year I didn't put anything together as I was really busy but was thinking about going the exotic route next year. No way I could do a dessert that looks that good.
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