Proving that we here at Food & Wine are a multi-talented group, our own Special Projects Director Gail Simmons is adding pit master to her resumé. This Sunday through Friday, July 3, Simmons will be the guest pit master at Brooklyn’s Hill Country Barbecue. Not only will she be helping out the Hill Country crew with their signature dishes, she’ll also be cooking up her own original recipes like Asian-style spare ribs, brisket fried rice and peach maple-bourbon skillet bread pudding. She even developed a charred grapefruit margarita for the occasion (get the recipe below). If you need more of an excuse to head down to Hill Country, know that 50% of the proceeds from Simmons’s specials will be donated to City Harvest, an organization that helps fight hunger in New York City.
Of course, not everyone can make the trip to Brooklyn. But that doesn’t mean you can’t donate to the cause online and make one of Simmons’s smoky margaritas at home.
Charred Grapefruit Margarita
Makes 2 drinks