Brooklyn Brewery’s national Smoke Experiment tour rolled into Columbus on Sunday for an afternoon of grilling and barbecuing. Local competitors faced off with their finest recipes to be judged, and husband and wife team Joey Funtjar and Jenny Jarvis took home the grand prize with their applewood smoked Ohio pork braised in Brooklyn brown ale, served atop a fried tortilla crisp and drizzled with charred pineapple habanero sauce and a peach salsa.
“I didn’t use any recipes for the dish but one fun element was that the carnitas enjoyed a little Chipotle Apple Pie Spice from North Market Spices,” said Funtjar. “I actually picked that up during the North Market Wine Festival event on Friday.”
Funtjar cites his upbringing as the reason that he’s passionate about cooking.
“When I was little I was no stranger to sitting on the kitchen counter watching my mom do some fantastic cooking,” he said. “Also, in my early twenties I had a roommate who was a chef and taught me a lot of essential cooking and knife skills.”
The winners received several prizes, including a trip to Brooklyn in December to compete in the national cook-off championship. Funtjar says that they currently don’t have a recipe developed for the national competition, but still have several months to plan for it.
“It will be a work in progress,” he said. “We’ll be testing various dishes on very willing friends and family in the meantime.”
More information about The Smoke Experiment can be found online at thefoodexperiments.com.
Photo by Ryan Murphy.