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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

Fast Food

A Look at the New Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dogs & Summer Sippers from Wienerschnitzel


Last week, we were invited to try out the new Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog and Summer Sipper lemonades from Wienerschnitzel. And, aside from the pack of rioting six year olds “entertaining” everyone nearby, our weenie-gorging adventure was surprisingly painless and sometimes, even der-licious.

Check out some of the highlights for yourself below:


Summer Sippers — Blackberry and Mango: Refreshing and well-balanced alternatives to regular lemonade. The tart Blackberry was slightly better than the Mango, which sometimes felt too sweet. Also available in Strawberry.



Jalapeno Corn Dog: Perfectly crisp cornbread batter wrapped around a jalapeno and cheese-stuffed dog. The kick of the jalapeno was instantly apparent, but it wasn’t until around the middle that the cheese finally oozed out.



Junkyard Dog: A regular chili-cheese dog buried under grilled onions, french fries and mustard. Not bad, but would have been vastly improved by a sturdier dog or thinner bun. All that filling still managed to disappear behind markedly nondescript breading.



Bacon-Wrapped Street Dog: Applewood smoked bacon, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and grilled onions. The bacon, though minimal, provided a much-welcome crunch and saltiness which certainly didn’t detract from the overall hot dog. We just wish there was more of it.



Angus Pastrami Dog on a Pretzel Bun: My personal favorite. The solid texture of the pretzel bun contrasted perfectly with the sourness of the pickles and pastrami meat, while the Angus dog provided a hearty snap right in the middle of it all.



Chicago Dog: I won’t pretend I know anything about how a true Chicago Dog should taste, but something was definitely lacking here. Maybe it was that our bun didn’t have any poppy seeds, but I didn’t see anything that made me feel like I was doing like they do in the Windy City – just pickles, mustard, tomatoes and peppers. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted fine. I just wasn’t sure why it deserved the name “Chicago.”


Anddd a bonus picture of the always delicious (if overly salty) Chili-Cheese Fries, just because.