by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was awesome”, said Rockford master plumber Blaine Kellermeier after the second of two summer grilling seminars, complete with sit-down dinners, which were hosted by Pete Kruer of Rockford’s ACE Hardware. “I consider myself a fairly accomplished backyard griller,” continued Kellermeier, “but I’ve managed to learn something new while attending each of these classes.” Last week’s second “ BBQ boot camp”, held in the beautiful ACE gardens adjacent to the hardware store, focused on pork butts and briskets. As with the first class, real BBQ experts were on hand to bring everyone in attendance to the next level. Presiding over the class were radio show hosts “Barbecue” Bob Nurmikko and Randy “Jop” Joppie, aka “The Grillin ’Guys”. Also instructing was Rob Russell of Kansas City’s Ace of Hearts Barbecue Specialties. Russell has a reputation of being the top expert on BBQ grilling in the nation. Highlighted during the evening, was pork butt and brisket preparation – especially trimming techniques to remove excess fat. Although one may, there is no reason to leave all of the fat on a brisket. Smoke and rubs will not penetrate it and it will take more time to fuel and cook the brisket with all of the fat intact. In the end, you are not going to eat the fat – you are going to cut it away and discard it. Classmates learned, especially when it comes to smoking, the necessity of placing meats that are as cold as possible on the grill. Meat will only take up smoke between 40 degrees F. and 140 degrees F. If you start with meat at room temperature, you will not end up with a desired perfect smoke ring. Much time was spent stressing the importance of using premium natural hardwood lump charcoal and maintaining proper temperatures during the entire process – before, during, and after. Tenderizing techniques and methods, which included marinades and a hand-tenderizing tool called a ‘Jaccard’ were discussed and demonstrated. Injection methods and ingredients were also touched on. As with any large roast, we were reminded it is important to let a brisket rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing so the juices inside have a chance to redistribute. We could go on […]
A “labor lf love’’ takes place in the Village of Cannonsburg September 3 with the second annual Honey Creek Duathlon charity event. If you can ride a bike, walk or run, you can participate in the Labor Day event, which benefits North Kent Community Services and The Kids’ Food Basket. A duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and concluding with another running portion similar in format to triathlons. Nearly 100 people participated in last year’s event. Participants cover slightly more than 18 miles on foot and on bike through one of Kent County’s most beautiful areas, including Townsend Park. The Labor Day event offers more than a good workout. Post race festivities include live music, entertainment for kids and adults, along with award-winning food and drink. “Even if you can’t ride a bike or run, come down to cheer participants and enjoy myriad family-friendly events,” urged event organizer Don Kurylowicz. Feedback from 2011 participants helped organizers enhance and improve this year’s event. Some of the add-ons include more live music, an expanded food and beer tent, duck races, an ice cream eating contest and competition at an old-fashioned horseshoe pit. “It’s not so much about winning the race, but completing the race,’’ laughed Michael Jonkman of Rockford, who participated in the 2011 event. “The duathlon was great, but I really liked the food and family-friendly events, especially pitching horseshoes. Who needs to walk the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day; Cannonsburg has it all.” For those not tuckered out by the race, there will be a classic two-person crosscut saw competition. Cannonsburg Museum will also be open for visitors. “We’ve added more activities for the kids and expanded the entertainment to include folk and blues music along with country and rock,” Kurylowicz said. The American Red Cross will be on hand for blood donations. “This is a community event and the focus is to give back to our community,” Kurylowicz said. “Whether you’re donating blood or just showing up for a good time, all money raised will be put back into the community.” Primary beneficiaries are North Kent Community Services and The Kids’ Food Basket, an organization seeking to eradicate childhood hunger in greater Grand Rapids. […]
On Saturday, July 28, Don Kurylowicz, owner of Cannonsburg’s Honey Creek Inn, Cannonsburg Bottle and the Grist Mill, invited candidates for Cannon Township office to meet residents and customers outside the Grist Mill. It was also a chance to show off his new smoker, which will offer year-round smoked ribs and chicken, and an entire fresh smoked menu at the Grist Mill. The event was attended by incumbent Supervisor Steve Grimm, Clerk Bonnie Blackledge, Trustee and Treasurer candidate Dick Davies, trustees Deb Diepenhorst and Diane Jones, and trustee candidate Mike Warmbier, as well as many residents and customers. “I think things like this are important, because we get to hear from residents outside the township offices, and that’s always good,” Grimm said. “This is a great board, and I am glad to help give the public access to them in an informal setting. This board has been very supportive of the community,” Kurylowicz added. The event was well attended, noted long-time resident Nick Van Belkum, who said, “Our township board has worked so hard to listen to residents. I just think events like this should happen more often. I’m glad so many people came out to talk to them.”
Cannonsburg to host ‘Blessing of the Wheels’ Only days to go to the funnest little fledgling horse event you’ve ever been to. The public is invited to the first ever Blessing of the Wheels at the Village of Cannonsburg Sunday, May 20. “King of the Village” Don Kurylowicz knew of a local woman, Kim Hart, who was holding an event that would end in an antique carriage ride to Honey Creek Inn for a meal. “I told her let’s make it a antique carriage parade,” enthused Kurylowicz. Hart is inviting friends and acquaintances who also have horse-drawn carriages to participate in the parade, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to run from the intersection of Cannonsburg and Giles roads to the Honey Creek Inn where the wheels—anyone present from the carriages to tricycles and bicycles—will have the wheels blessed by a local priest. Kurylowicz was excited about the event, which is one of several to take place in the area on that day. In addition to the carriage parade, there is a run at the Cannonsburg State Game Area from noon to 5 p.m. The Michigan Mountain Bike Association is also holding an event close by, beginning at Townsend Park just around the corner. With so many tourists in the area, Kurylowicz is opening Honey Creek Inn at noon and offering picnic lunch sales at a reasonable price, and also beginning sales of traditional BBQ a week early for Memorial Day celebrations. “We will have crossing guards and police traffic control,” he stated. “We are expecting local, regional and state dignitaries.” Kurylowicz invites parade attendees to dress up, dress down or put on a costume. Those with carriages are encouraged to offer a ride to those who have none. Kurylowicz would love to see all kinds of wheels in the parade in addition to however many antique carriages show up. “Drive your manure spreader if you want to,” he said. All wheels present will be blessed. Other horse-related events will take place during the day. “How long has it been since there was a carriage parade in West Michigan?” Don wondered. “Probably a hundred years.” For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
Rotarian Pete Kruer gives new Rotarian Don Kurylowicz a warm welcome. Rockford Rotary is a service organization that meets weekly at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street, Tuesdays at noon. Business people who are interested in finding out more about the club are always welcome to visit.