Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pub Food On The Grill

Pub food isn't fancy.

Pub food isn't healthy.

But there is something about pub food that draws me to it like a moth to a cheese-dripping, bacon crunching flame.

The good news is that I don't eat dessert. Chocolate cake, pecan pie, and cheesecake don't interest me. Tiramisu?  Meh.  My indulgences lean towards an occasional stack of deep fried onion rings or a few bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed jalapenos.

Here are two quickies I've done in the past week.

Chicken Wings

I've done chicken wings many times on here. Hot wings, bbq wings, sriracha wings, teriyaki wings, and well....a lot of wings. But they always start off basically the same. Fire roasted 30-20-10 at 375f. That means cooked indirect on a 375f grill for 30 minutes, flipped, 20 minutes, sauced and cooked for 10 more minutes.

This time I did something different. I started of using a bold marinade for an hour instead of a dry rub. The wing soak I created was

¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ tsp dried minced garlic
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tsp parlsey, chopped
2 tsp oregano, chopped
2 tsp roasted red pepper, chopped
½ cup oil

I fire roasted them as usual. You can see the first layer of flavor clinging onto the wings.

These were tossed in teriyaki sauce, Trevor's favorite, and served with Bush's Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin' Beans. 

These wings definitely brought more in the flavor department. The one downside is that the texture suffered from the marinade. They weren't as crispy as usual and I pride myself in that perfect crunchy bite. So let's classify this as a work in progress.

Next time:
I'll air dry them in the fridge for an hour after pulling them from the marinade. Maybe put the sauce on earlier to roast the skin crisper (30-15-15?). Or both!

Twice Baked Fajita Potatoes (kind of like potato skins)

Not a real recipe here. I just had some leftover steak fajitas and needed a snack on Sunday. I roasted a potato for about 1 hour 15 minutes on Alexis' Big Green Egg. I split it in half and scooped out the insides. It was almost too hot to handle and steam escaped as I dug into them. I mixed the insides with some cheese, chopped steak fajita, the leftover peppers and onions, cilantro, and fajita finishing sauce.

Those bad boys went back on the Big Green Egg for about another 10 minutes, just long enough to melt it all together into ooey-gooey goodness.

Hit them with a bit more of cilantro and finishing sauce (just sour cream and fajita marinade mixed) and it was a rocking  snack. 

So do you have a favorite pub food “guilty favorite”? Stuff mushrooms maybe? Chili cheese fries?


  1. It's 6:39 am and I would have no trouble eating a bunch of bar food right this second!

  2. I'm with you when it comes to desserts. And jalapeno poppers? I've been working on a recipe for making them in the oven (don't have a grill). Pub food? I could eat it every day.

  3. Love the flavor combo on those wings! Man alive I bet they were so very good.

  4. I haven't been to a pub in years so I can't remember but I'm sure I love it all!!

    Everything looks great including you who I am guessing is disciplined enough to make a few trips to the gym to burn off some of those yummy calories you consume ... unlike some of us ::rollseyes::

  5. Usually wings are my guilty favorite. Yours may be a work in progress here, but they look great!

    Good fresh potato chips are also a pub favorite if they have them. I don't drink beer but if the place does Black and Tans I'll drink that as long as I have salty potato chips to go with.

  6. That reminds me... i have 5 pounds of uncooked wings in my freezer just waiting for inspiration!

    See you in 2 days!!!

  7. I don't have a sweet tooth either, more of a meat tooth. Ya know?

    xo, Biggles

  8. Congratulations, very good. marta.

  9. I dearly wish I didn't have a sweet tooth. You don't know how lucky you are, lol! Your pub food looks so darn good, as always. I normally don't like chicken wings but yours I could eat. I need them crispy. Yours look perfect. And that potato!!!!

  10. I am not a big dessert eater either. You make me want to take the food that I usually do in the oven (chicken wings and twice baked potatoes to name a couple) and move them to the grill. I am always inspired by reading your awesome blog!

  11. What time is Happy Hour? Incredible looking meal!

  12. The wings look good to me just as they are and I love the tater dish - great use of leftovers.

  13. The wings look awesome! I'm a bachelor for the next few days, so it's nothing but pub/man food here - wings, beer, pizza, beer, tater tots, beer, Chinese takeout, beer, pulled pork, beer, salami sandwiches... Mmmmmmmm :).

  14. I'm with you Chris, would rather have these goodies than desserts any time! Hope you have a wonderful Father's Day :-)

  15. bring on the pub food. this is the kind of thing i'd want to eat with a big group of friends on warm summer night.

  16. Pub food? YUM! Give me savory food (over sweet food) anytime! I like chocolate every once in a while, but I would much rather have a plate full of savory food-even for breakfast!

    Kim in MD

  17. Ahhhhh, just pop open a beer, and we're there! A great basket of fish and chips is a good find. A little ketchup, tartar sauce and vinegar on the side (yes all 3!), and it's a party.

  18. Hot wings are my barfood indulgence . . . love em from ear to ear. I liked your description of the ooey gooey baked potatoes. They look like a full meal deal for me. Yum!

  19. Those wings look delicious. When I was in college there was a place that used to fry the wings, toss them in sauce and then grill them to perfection. However, yours look 100x better.


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