Saturday, January 22, 2011

Podcasts, Pineapple Jalapeno Chutney, and a Giveaway

Right now I am smoking a pork butt on my Big Green Egg. It has just entered his stall point at 175f ....

So I'm guessing I have another 2 hours before it's time to pull from the cooker and rest it. That's enough time to knock out this quick post.

Hot Sauce Weekly Podcast

The Hot Sauce Daily blog is having it's second annual Week of Wings. On Tuesday, I participated in their Hot Sauce Weekly podcast in a Hot Wing Roundtable with some of my favorite food bloggers.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN IN. You'll pick up some good wing tips from the panel. Ha ha....I said "wing tips".

Fire Day Friday

I also posted my Vegetable Burritos this week at Our Krazy Kitchen where I co-host Fire Day Friday with Jenn from Jenn's Food Journey.

Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Jalapeno Chutney

Speaking of Hot Sauce Daily, that is where I first found out about Tropical Island Gourmet Company and my now favorite Fire Ant Juice. I bought another shipment this week (3 bottles of Fire Ant Juice and 1 of his Chipotle Garlic Sauce) and Chef Wayne tossed in an extra jar of Hobo Howey's Pineapple Jalapeno Chutney.

This chutney is an interesting thing. It hits you up front with a nice sweet flavor and just as you think it is mild, a heat kicks in on the back side. I thought it would get along nicely with a grilled pork tenderloin.

My Big Green Egg was busy kicking butt on the pork butt, so I fired Alexis' Egg up to 350f with indirect heat. I was using straight lump coal - no wood chunks.

Since tenderloins typically come in two packs, I took a calculated risk. I marinated one in some of the pineapple jalapeno chutney and rubbed one with Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk rub. I thought the chutney might burn given the natural sugars from the pineapple and apricots. Then I grilled them both for 21 minutes, turning every 6-7 minutes.

The chutney marinated one did char a little from the burned sugars but that's on me. It is a chutney, not a marinade. It didn't taste bad at all, it just looked very dark.

Next time I'll just glaze it on in the last 5 minutes of cooking of an already rubbed tenderloin. Regardless, it ROCKED when served across the sliced pork tenderloin (the way it is intended to be used....I'm not good at following directions).

Why yes, that IS a black bean and rice volcano. I came up with it tonight as a spin on my double timbale technique and thought it looked cool. I'll be using this again.

Brett had a friend over and between the 5 of us, both tenderloins disappeared with second and third helpings. No leftovers.

January Giveaway
Since Chef Wayne Howey has been so gracious in adding free samples in with my orders, I am going to pay it forward with my January Giveaway. I am going to give one lucky winner a jar of Hobo Howey's Pineapple Jalapeno Chutney and a bottle of Fire Ant Juice from my personal stock. To enter, go to the Tropical Island Gourmet site and leave a comment below stating which product would be your favorite.

I'll draw the winner from qualifying entries on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7 PM est.

[Standard Disclaimer] I pay full price & shipping for the products I buy from Tropical Island Gourmet and have no affiliation with them other than enjoying Chef Wayne's products. I receive no compensation for this post although they do throw in a freebie sample here and there when I place an order of several jars.


  1. We like this kind of chutney or jelly on a wheat cracker with cream cheese.

  2. Pick a favorite? Are you kidding?? Well, if I had to, I would say the Fire Ant Juice sounds pretty darn intriguing.

  3. Your volcano is a very clever presentation and the plated shot looks killer. I was surprised by the number of products they offer, but based on the many positive comments you've made about Fire Ant Juice, I'd have to go with it. Now I'm going back to listen to the wing tips.

  4. I went back and listened to the podcast – great info – thanks for posting it. It was also great to get the links to the sites and products. Great post and you make a good radio personality.

  5. I looovvee the sound of a sweet glaze with a smokey heat-infused after taste. Oddly enough. That's the same thing I look for in a man. Hmm.

  6. I would love to try the pineapple habanaro one! Sounds great! Love the black bean rice volcano, too fun!

  7. First....of course, I have to pick the Fire Ant Juice :) the presentation of the rice! I think that plating is worth 5 points in Iron Chef, right? :)
    Third..thanks for the plug!

  8. As much as the chutney sounds great, I am very eager to try the Fire Ant Juice. I went to buy some once and my wife told me to wait and buy something from a local store instead of online. I really still want to get some though. Maybe this is where you come in and save the day Chris.

  9. I'd love to try their Fire Ant Juice.

    Great podcast, btw. Where can I find your recipe for the Salt and Vinegar Wings that they mentioned?

  10. Best of luck with your pork butt. (It's amazing how many times a week I say that to people)

  11. My husband and I are crazy about Buffalo Wings, so I think the Mad Dog 357 Extreme Wing Sauce would be the first thing we would try. But I want to put one of everything in my cart, it all sounds so yummy! :)

  12. I will take the easy way out and say I would like the Fire Ant Juice because I have heard you mention it several times and I trust your judgement. I probably like to try the jalapeno fire ant juice because I am partial to jalapeno sauces.

  13. It was great to finally get to talk to you ~ the podcast was a blast!

  14. I feel like I've seen that logo before in a store. The pineapple chutney sounds amazing!! I love the whole sweet/savory flavor combo. You definitely need to go to the Brasserie!! You won't regret it!!

  15. Wow your posts are just jam-packed with fun! Your volcano is very cool (hot?). Isn't it satisfying to cook a feast like this and have it obviously appreciated with clean plates? If I was picking a sauce, I'd go with Fire Ant because of your rave reviews.

  16. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I listened to your podcast - you are a regular celebrity! Will you autograph my Fire Ant Juice if I win? :) Headed over to their site now.

  17. Those veggie burritos are making my mouth water. I blame it on the queso sauce! Love the rice and black bean volcanoes. Will need to try that presentation.

  18. Anything with Pineapple is usually a favorite, so I would like to try Hobo Howie's.

  19. The veggie burritos look so good. I am also loving the pork with rice and beans - yum!!!

  20. Fire Ant Juice rocks! All of Chef Wayne Howey's sauces are great. Nice post!


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