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Subaru Rally Team
Chef Nick Alburger:
Home Cookin’ On the Road

Team Cooking

Satisfying the Hard to Please:

One of his “toughest customers” once went back for fourths.


Conquering Comfort Food:

Many team members are from Vermont and take their homemade mac ’n cheese seriously. He’s mastered the authentic recipe – Cabot cheddar and all.


Unofficial Sous Chef:

Lara Mirra, wife of SPRT driver Dave Mirra.


Team Traditions:

Made-from-scratch commemorative cakes for team members’ birthdays or a big win. Whenever the team is in the Ozarks, Alburger gets team favorites from the Missouri Hick barbecue restaurant in Cuba, Missouri.


On-the-Road Records Held:

  • Breaks down a kitchen in 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked for 54. By himself.
  • Bobbing for apples. (That’s a whole nother story.)

Trade Secrets:

Preps 20 percent of his meals at home. Always has two to three backup meals planned.


Serving up for 2013 Season:

Venison roast with carrots, potatoes, and onions. Turkey on the grill. Scalloped potatoes. Meatloaf (moms everywhere, look out).


End Goal, Every Meal:

For each team member to feel as if he’s cooking just for him.


Totally Fulfilled:

Alburger didn’t simply want to cook – he wanted to take on coordination and logistics, travel extensively, and be – literally – a vital part of a team.


Most Challenging Trip:

Tall Pines Rally, Ontario: It was so cold, the motor home’s water lines froze. Washing up took place at a nearby nursing home, which luckily had a professional-grade kitchen.





Nick Alburger’s Signature Salmon Recipe

Mix chopped onions with seasoned mayonnaise.

Slather about 1/8-inch thick atop (skinless side) fresh salmon fillets.

Wrap in tinfoil.

Light a grill filled with a mix of charcoal briquettes and wet hickory chips. When at medium heat, place tinfoil-wrapped fillets skin side down on the grill for 7-10 minutes.

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of illness.




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