Gary Coring shares his Bubba’s Texas BBQ at the Valley Market on Saturday after showcasing at the Goodnight Market. Coring lived in the United States for 18 years before returning to his roots in South Africa. He decided to share his passion for the popular cut of meat with his fellow South Africans.
He will introduce the taste of Texas with his slow-cooked and gently smoked beef briskets. Coring says: “South Africans love their meat and everyone has seen it on TV. All my friends asked about it so I decided, instead of just making it for them, to bring it to other people too.”
The locally sourced beef was coated in a thick layer of natural spices and 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. It’s then cooked at low temperatures in my custom-made smoker,” Coring says. He adds that the market is a great way to introduce his Texas BBQ.
At the market
“The majority of people are there to eat and try new food so it’s a good way to introduce my food to those who wouldn’t necessarily be looking for Texas BBQ. People will be able to sample our sliced or chopped brisket on a roll. There’s also going to be some traditional Texan sides, which include coleslaw and baked beans,” Coring adds
Despite being only a month old, the business has been well received and Coring warned that those who snooze might lose.
“I’ve even had people coming back for thirds,” he says.
In addition to brisket, the Bubba’s Texas BBQ name also adorns his bottles of BBQ sauce. Coring notes: “I offer original and slightly spicier flavours. I also plan to bring out a Texas heat option, which will make you sweat.”
Plans for the future do not stop there and the father of two explained that he hopes to expand the American taste into South African households countrywide.
“I can see it being big for specific occasions. Instead of having a braai for 20 to 30 people, I would be smoking off site and bring it to finish up the cook at their house as a catering possibility,” he concludes
Visitors can work up an appetite at the Valley Run, a five-kilometre event through Settlers Valley that starts at 8:00 from the Tramways Building. A registration fee of R20 will give runners entry to the market and a free coffee.