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Celebrate National Lemonade Day On August 20th With These Blackberry Lemonade Glazed Short Ribs

It’s no secret Mess Hall Canteen doesn’t play when it comes to creating exciting new additions to their already robust menu. Even though Mess Hall is a food truck, it operates like a five-star steakhouse — producing some of the most exclusive barbecue dishes on the West Coast.

Considering Mess Hall’s tendency to go all-in with every new recipe they debut, it was only obvious a partnership with Hubert’s Lemonade for National Lemonade Day on August 20 would create an intense barbecue dish.  

For only TWO DAYS you can find Hubert’s Blackberry Lemonade Glazed Spare Ribs at Mess Hall Canteen. You’d be wise to move fast, because they’ll only be around until supplies last. On August 20, Mess Hall will be at Green Check Brewing in TKTK, and on August 22, you’ll be able to find Mess Hall at Street Food Tuesday in Orange County.

This delectable dish is made with Hubert’s Blackberry Lemonade Glaze, which Mess Hall created by infusing Hubert’s Blackberry Lemonade with fresh blackberries, hoisin, soy and lemongrass. The spare ribs are then sous vide for 24-hours in a vacuum-sealed bag with soy and Hubert’s blackberry lemonade.

Next, the ribs are smoked for two hours and basted with Hubert’s blackberry Lemonade Glaze every 20 minutes.

The dish is finally topped with pickled blackberries, and garnished with pickled blackberries, shaved lemon, black & white sesame seeds, and a chiffonade of Thai Basil.

This is truly a blackberry-infused barbecue bonanza you need to try now! Be sure to get these ribs while they’re hot!

Photos by Peter Pham

Created in partnership with Hubert’s


Dark Chocolate Blackberry-Almond Pie

I have a hidden, very ardent love for pies. They are probably one of the most beautiful desserts I have ever seen; so delicate and divine. No family get-together, holiday, dinner party, special occasion is seen without a pie.

A piece of pie has been known to heal a hurt, change a mood, and cure a ‘tummy-ache’. Not only do they sit pretty on a cake stand, but also in your belly.
I made a pie. But, this isn’t your ordinary pie. This pie is different. It is dense, incredibly rich and absolutely magical. With a cinnamon-graham cracker crust, dark chocolate filling, topped off with sliced almond and blackberries; A single bite and you’ve been changed. A single bite may be all that you can handle.
Best served chilled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a cup of joe, this ‘upscale, better than a candy bar’ pie is the perfect Summer time dessert after a long day spent in the sun. I’ve fallen in love all over again. This, completely changes the game for all pies.
Dark Chocolate Blackberry-Almond Pie
Graham cracker crust (store bought-I cheated)
2 bags of mini semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup half and half
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup sliced blackberries
1 cup sliced almonds
Bake pie crust until lightly browned, by brushing it with an egg white and baking at 350F for 5-8 minutes. Once finished, set aside.
Make chocolate ganache by using a double broiler. Place your 2 bags of dark chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of half and half in a glass bowl, set over a sauce pan of simmering water. Mix chocolate and half & half until melted. Pour chocolate into baked graham cracker crust.
Slice your blackberries in half, and chop your almonds; Sprinkle the blackberries over the top of the pie letting them lightly sink into the pie. Then, sprinkle your almonds across the top of that to finish it off. You can either 1) refrigerate overnight, or freeze for 2 1/2 hours (then move to the refrigerator to keep cool).

Craving: Fresh Berry Pie


I love all berries. I love all pies. Therefore you can imagine that if you took a pie and covered it in cool, fresh summer berries, I’m more than likely going to love it. Well you’re wrong, I absolutely hate fresh berry pie. It’s the worst thing that I have ever seen, and it would definitely be terrible to cut a huge slice and cover it in some frozen cool whip. That would be terrible, it would make me sick. You berry lovers make me sick!