Ribfest Champion Pitmaster, Mark Link, Picks PHTT

Recently we sat with Founder, Owner and FWE customer Mark Link of Uncle Bub’s after his big win at Ribfest Chicago where he took home 1st place in the competition.

Uncle Bub's Restaurant in Westmont, IL
Uncle Bub’s Restaurant in Westmont, IL
Smoked BBQ Ribs and Brisket Meal
Smoked BBQ Ribs and Brisket Meal

 

With over 20 years experience serving up authentic Pit-Smoked Barbeque, in Westmont Illinois, Mark has built up his brand and a solid reputation in as a fierce competitor among competition BBQ pitmasters.  Uncle Bub’s restaurant and catering continues to expand on this labor of love with plans to open more locations and secure a warehouse to insure quality and consistency in their select cuts of premium beef, pork, ribs, chicken and more.

This weekend Uncle Bub’s will compete, once again, in the 4th of July Naperville Ribfest (one of the largest in North America).  Uncle Bub’s looks forward to beating the volume of previous years with around 150,000 to 200,000 people in attendance, and take home another first place trophy in a streak that began this year with a big win in Sioux Falls SD, earlier this year.

Lunch at Uncle Bub's
Lunch at Uncle Bub’s

The volume of product served at some festivals is staggering.  At the last award winning competition, Uncle Bub’s went through 151 cases of ribs (aprox 2100 slabs), 800 pounds of pulled pork and 900 pounds of brisket.  But even for Uncle Bub’s, this year’s Naperville Ribfest may prove to be one of the biggest ever, pushing Mark and his crew to the limits.

Uncle Bub’s delivers on bringing that award winning flavor and taste to every dish served at the restaurant with dependable equipment such as; the Southern Pride Smokers, FWE’s Clymate IQ cabinets with precision humidity temperature technology (PHTT), and FWE’s P-120 heated holding banquet cabinets.  Fundamental equipment that is necessary to maintaining his success.

Mark started with another brand and switched to an FWE solution several years ago.  When asked what the determining factor was in making this important switch he stated, “We’re pretty rough on our equipment here and we’re in and out all the time….  When I saw the unit, how it was built and designed, I thought, you know what?  This thing can handle it.”

Mark Link with the ClymateIQ (PHTT)
Mark Link with the ClymateIQ (PHTT)

The moisture and control has been very good for us, and the controls are simple and easy to operate.”  Mark continues on stating, “It maintains temp.  Recovery time was much quicker and it was very consistent.  I like the fact that is shows you exactly how much humidity you have in your box.   And that’s very important to keep your product fresh.   That really sold me.

 

 

Uncle Bub’s process includes premium cuts of meat that arrives trimmed, then tumbled, and finally slow smoked until morning.  After which it is pulled out and kept in a  pre-heated holding cabinet (PHTT-12) at 30-35% humidity until it is ready for serving during the rush times at lunch and dinner, hours later.

Mark Link with a pair of PHTT heated holding cabinets
Mark Link with a pair of PHTT heated holding cabinets

Consistency of temperature and humidity throughout the ClymateIQ insures that the quality of taste and tenderness, expected of a champion level dish, is maintained for several hours after the oven.   “I’m very concerned for safety and sanitation, especially since we do so much volume here.”  Regarding the tenderness and keeping moisture locked in the meat, Mark goes on to say the PHTT “… it keeps the moisture in the brisket, big time.

We invite you to stop by and visit Uncle Bub’s at the Naperville Ribfest this weekend and see what award winning BBQ is really all about.  Don’t like crowds?  Well then swing on by the restaurant at 132 S Cass Ave, Westmont, IL and tell them FWE sent you.

Uncle Bub's Restaurant in Westmont, IL
Uncle Bub’s Restaurant in Westmont, IL

Uncle Bub's Pick Up
Uncle Bub’s Pick Up

Order Desk and Trophy Wall
Order Counter and Trophy Wall

Uncle Bub's Caravan of Vehicles
Uncle Bub’s Caravan of Vehicles

Ready to Deliver
Ready to Deliver

 

We've Got What it Takes for Schools – Stop by FWE Booth #317 at ANC

As seen in the School Nutrition Association’s ANC Conference Guide – FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively.

Stop by the FWE Booth #317 at ANC this year to enter to win a full size Clymate IQ Heated & Humidified Holding Cabinet as well as view Live Cooking Demo’s featuring OSP from the “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” webinar series.

FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.  

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

We've Got What it Takes – Clymate IQ® Holding Cabinets and Retherm Ovens for Schools

As seen on the SNA website’s CN Marketplace, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.   

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

 

We've Got What it Takes – Clymate IQ® Holding Cabinets and Retherm Ovens for Schools

As seen on the CSI Food Pro website, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.   

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

 

FWE at the Texas School Show at Bill Dickie Ent Booth #538

As seen in the annual Texas Association for School Nutrition’s (TASN) conference guide, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. Stop by Bill Dickie Ent’s booth at this years Texas School Show Booth #538 to learn about FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens that help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.  

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

 

FWE Sponsors "Healthy Recipes Made Easy" Webinars Series

FWE is teaming up with the not-for-profit Organic School Project (OSP) to support “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” Webinars that are targeting K-8 School Foodservice Directors, Managers, and Registered Dietitians.  The objective is to combat childhood obesity and the health complications that accompany it through an integrated program that includes healthy breakfast, lunch, and side item recipes for schools. 

Beginning in May, a series of (4) 30 minute Webinars were launched to explain the “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” curriculum and to inspire more scratch cooking in K-8 schools.  Recipes using the freshest, healthiest ingredients were provided.  One of the key objectives of these Webinars is to establish a comfort level with Foodservice Directors and Registered Dietitians in introducing these recipes and concepts into their school foodservice programs.  To that end, the Webinars cover easy, healthy recipes that address breakfast, center-of-the-plate lunch, and sides.  

As a sponsor of this healthy eating lifestyle curriculum, FWE‘s ovens and holding systems are featured in all 4 Webinars presented.  The Webinars touch upon the reduction of food and labor costs involved when using FWE foodservice equipment.

The “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” Webinars feature Greg Christian, Chef & Executive Director of OSP.  He is assisted by Jerry Herbik, a former Chartwells Foodservice Manager with over 30 years of school foodservice experience.  In conjunction with ANC, Mr. Christian will also provide live cooking demonstrations at FWE‘s Booth # 317 in June.  Be sure to stop by and learn more about “Healthy Recipes Made Easy”.

We've Got What it Takes – Clymate IQ® Holding Cabinets and Retherm Ovens for Schools

As seen on the SNA website’s CN Marketplace, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.   

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

 

We've Got What it Takes – Clymate IQ® Holding Cabinets and Retherm Ovens for Schools

As seen on the CSI Food Pro website, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.   

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

 

We've Got What it Takes – Clymate IQ® Holding Cabinets and Retherm Ovens for Schools

As seen on the SNA website’s CN Marketplace, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.   

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

 

We've Got What it Takes – Clymate IQ® Holding Cabinets and Retherm Ovens for Schools

As seen on the CSI Food Pro website, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.   

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.