"WHAT DO ALL GREAT COOKS HAVE IN COMMON? THEY UNDERSTAND THE FOUNDATION BEHIND THEIR DISH, AND ELEVATE EACH COMPONENT TO MAKE IT THEIR OWN." - JACK BAER
So what is your strategy?
Let’s take barbeque as an example. The foundation is the protein that you are working with. To make a great brisket, the questions you might ask yourself include:
How am I going to prepare the brisket?
Will I inject it with marinade? How are you trimming it?
What type of fuel am I going to use - hickory or mesquite wood?
Also important, is to understand your equipment. Since your cooking device is your “engine,” decide if your masterpiece requires the use of an electric smoker or the Green Egg?
With regard to the taste you are going for, you would need to consider whether or not to use a dry rub or wet rub.
Respecting the foundation and understanding how each component plays a role in your creation is crucial in your culinary development. Being a great home cook or chef is about patience and understanding the building blocks to develop a great dish.