Texan flavours ‘engineered’ to add extra spice for Baakens Valley visitors
SUCCESS at the recent Goodnight Market has Gary Coring eager to share his Bubba’s Texas BBQ with patrons of the monthly Valley Market this morning. He will introduce the taste of Texas to the SPAR Eastern Cape-sponsored market with his slow-cooked and gently smoked beef briskets, which he’ll proudly serve wearing the hats of founder, owner and chef.
Coring, who lived in the United States for the last 18 years and worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry, returned to his roots and decided to share his passion for the popular cut of meat with his fellow citizens.
“South Africans love their meat and everyone has seen it on TV,” he said. “All my friends asked about it so I decided, instead of just making it for them, I’d bring it to other people too.”
He turned his passion into a profession more than a decade ago, and has been perfecting his craft ever since.
He explained the locally sourced beef was cooked for 14 to 16 hours using a traditional Texan style of smoking.
“The spices are locally sourced from PE and are blended together into a rub. I coat that onto the brisket and leave it for about four hours,” he said.
“It’s then cooked at low temperatures in my custom-made smoker.”
After a warm reception at the recent TOPS at SPAR Goodnight Market, Coring said he was eager to introduce the flavourful dish to an even wider audience.
“People will be able to sample our sliced or chopped brisket on a roll. There will also be some traditional Texan sides, which include coleslaw and baked beans.”
Although the business is only one month old, it’s been well received, with many people “coming back for thirds”, Coring said.
The good reviews extended to more than just marketgoers and Coring said he had received high praise from a number of wellknown names in the Port Eliza- beth restaurant industry.
In addition to brisket, the Bubba’s Texas BBQ name also adorns his bottles of BBQ sauce.
“I offer an original and slightly spicier flavour. I also plan to bring out a Texas heat option in about two weeks, which will make you sweat,” he said.
Plans for the future do not stop there and the married father of two said he hoped to expand the American taste into South African households countrywide.
“I can see it being big for spe- cific occasions,” Coring said.
“Instead of having a braai for 20 to 30 people, I would be smoking off site and bring it to finish up the cooking at their house as a catering possibility.”
Visitors to today’s market can also work up an appetite at the Valley Run, a 5km event through Settlers Valley that starts at 8am from the Tramways Building.
The registration fee of R20 includes entry to the market and a free coffee.
MARVELLOUS MEAT: After a warm reception at the TOPS at SPAR Goodnight Market, Gary Coring is eager to introduce Bubba’s Texas BBQ at the Valley Market on Saturday