The heat was on September 14 as Marlow’s Tavern challenged almost 100 grillmasters to the "Get Up in Our Grill" contest. Held at the Dunwoody location, guests chowed down at the grill fest on samples of the fired-up recipes. After the food was feasted on, one man proved he had what it took to get up in Marlow's grill, winning the Big Green Egg grand prize, provided by Atlanta-based partner Big Green Egg. Alphonse Nuzzo of Buford, Ga. claimed first place with his "classic" Philly-style cheesesteak bracciole. We see you drooling. Just in time for cooler weather, heat up the grill and try it for yourself. His recipe, below, pairs perfectly with game days or weekend festivities with family.
Claiming the number two spot, Sheri Brown of Alpharetta, Ga. enjoyed a $50 Marlow’s Tavern gift card for her Atlanta-perfect Coca-Cola ribs. Tracy Matthews of Dunwoody, Ga. caught taste buds with her grilled smoked shrimp with roasted corn relish, earning her a limited-edition “Red, White and Brew” T-shirt, the third-place prize. Other top entries and their dishes include Marie Tinch of Orlando, Fla. for her F’ing Amazing ribs; Mary Johnson of Smyrna, Ga. with Korean “Firecracker” grilled pork chops; Denise Roberts of Smyrna, Ga. for St. Lucian bacon-wrapped BBQ turkey legs with curry ketchup; and Kerry Klock of Rincon, Ga. with grilled stuffed flank steak. Congrats to all, grilling well done!
Alphonse Nuzzo’s Philly Cheesesteak Bracciole
- 1 pound beef top sirloin, cut into thin strips (4" wide x 8" long)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
- 2 cups of sliced baby portobello mushrooms
- 1/4 cup of butter
- Cooking twine
- Sauté onion, peppers and mushrooms with 1/4 cup of butter.
- In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and basil. Generously rub both sides of the beef.
- Lay the strip out and spread the sautéed mixture all over the top of the meat.
- Generously spread the shredded Swiss cheese on top.
- Tightly roll meat from top to bottom. Secure the roll-up meat with four pieces of cooking twine, evenly spaced.
- Alphonse suggests letting the meat marinate for a few hours, but it can be grilled immediately.
- Grill for about eight minutes a side, depending on the thickness or until desired doneness.
- Remove them from the grill and slice in between the cooking twine. This will leave you with nicely cut, individual pieces. Remove twine and enjoy!