Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pulled Pork Tostada with Slaw and Chipotle Cream

I feel bad sometimes posting smoking recipes because I know most of you don't have a smoker or inclination to smoke something for 8 hours or more.  But this recipe actually was written for a slow cooker, so feel free to break out your crock pot.  

But for me and my house, we will use the smoker.  

For National Pork Month - Porktober - I wanted to make something different.  I found this Mexi-BBQ fusion recipe at Pork Be Inspired.  I am only going to note what I did differently so here is the link to the actual recipes for the pulled pork and the tostadas:

Slow Cooker Chili Rubbed Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork Tostadas with Slaw and Chipotle Cream

The pork roast has a mildly spicy chili rub that goes well with the cilantro lime slaw.  The chipotle creme put it over the top, these were great.  They get a little messy eating with your hands so have a fork on hand.  It comes in useful as a little shovel.   The same mix would be just as good in hard corn tortillas for crispy tacos, which might be a better option if using these for a party or game day food.  Either way, this recipe is a keeper.

Here's what I did different from the written recipe.
  • Smoked it instead of using a slow cooker.  The Big Green Egg IS my slow cooker.  I used 3 chunks of cherry wood and coal.
  • Pork Sirloin Roast - the recipe calls for pork shoulder but says a sirloin roast can be used.  I just HAD to try that.  It came out similar to pulled pork but I definitely prefer pork shoulder because it has a more luscious texture.
  • Pork Rub - I added a teaspoon of turbinado sugar (Sugar In The Raw) to 1) help with browning and 2) to balance the spiciness.  I also used McCormick Mexican Chili Powder instead of regular and their Hot Shot instead of cayenne. 
  • Chipotle cream - I used a Knorr chipotle cube and 1 tsp of lime juice in a cup of sour cream instead of as directed.  Simple and delicious, this would rock on a baked potato.  It really pulled everything together with this dish.
  • Cotija cheese - I had to include cotija cheese as a garnish, this dish was just screaming for it.  It wouldn't shut up.  Just kept yelling, "I NEED COTIJA CHEESE, FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, I NEED COTIJA CHEESE" so I gave in. 
The pork sirloin seasoned and ready to go onto the smoker.

It cooked similar to a pork butt.  7 hours 45 minutes for a 3.5 lb roast.  Cooked it at 250f and it did do a stall at an internal temp of 170f. 

The slaw was simple, just 6 ingredients - cabbage, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, oil and salt.

You could also use leftover BBQ pulled pork for this but the chili rubbed pork goes better, I think.
Need some inspiration for Porktober?  Hop over to Pork Be Inspired for this and other great recipes.  Here are some other pulled pork recipes from there:

Smokin' Hot Sister
So you may remember that my sister, Rhonda, bought a Big Green Egg and came to my house for a crash course on Egging.  She bought a table for her Egg that makes me green with envy!

Update:  Several folks have asked about her table.  She bought it at Turner Ace Hardware in Jacksonville, FL and it is made by Challenger Cabinets.  They have several models available in all kinds of finishes. Be prepared for sticker shock.....they aren't cheap!

Once back in Florida, she made pizzas for her first cook on her Egg.  Saturday night she smoked a pork butt for 14 hours and I have to say it looks like she nailed it.

She says it's because she is smarter than me and that she is a fast learner....and also mentioned that I was adopted*.  Pffft!  Older sisters WOULD say that.  I just think it's because I'm a great teacher :)

Disclaimer:  *I may have embellished that statement.  Or totally made it up.  What is she going to do, tell Mom and Dad?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Porktober!

I have been remiss in my duties.  It seems that I have forgotten to mention that October is National Pork Month or as I like to call it, "Porktober"! 

To commemorate Porktober, here are some ribs that Trevor and I made a while back.  We used Melissa Cookston's recipe for barbecuing loin back ribs (aka "baby back" but there are technical differences).

Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs

Who is Melissa Cookston?  Seriously?  

Gee....she only won Memphis in May World Championships twice in the past three years and is the co-owner of the highly acclaimed Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, MS.  Some people say she is one of the best female pitmasters out there.  They are wrong.  She is one of the best pitmasters out there.  

You might have caught Melissa recently  on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives when they visited Memphis Barbecue Company for their world championship barbecue (Surf'n'Turf Jackpot episode.)  I DVR'd it because
  1. I'm a BBQ geek 
  2. and so I can do an at home version of her awesome sounding, drool inducing cheese fritters.  If you saw the episode, you know what I mean.
The recipe for the ribs can be found here - World Champion Melissa Cookston's Competition Style Baby Back Ribs.

Here are some pics of our fun cooking the ribs.

removing membrane from baby back pork ribs
Trevor pulling off the membranes.

Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs
Trevor slathering on the mustard.

Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs
Ready to go into the fridge over night.

Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs
Two hours into the cook on the Big Green Egg, smoked with cherry and hickory.

Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs
Trevor demonstrating the "bend test", my favorite part of the day. 

Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs
Ribs.  I like ribs.  Did I mention that?  Ribs, ribs, ribs.
Baby back pork ribs, smoked ribs, championship ribs, BGE ribs, grill dome ribs
Fancy plating...errrr...I mean, PAPER plating. 

I followed the recipe as written which has some steps that I normally don't do.
  • Her recipe has you put the mustard slather on AFTER the dry rub.  Most I see have you do it BEFORE and I usually don't bother with the mustard slather at all.
  • Cookston's recipe has you let the ribs sit with the rub on them overnight.  I don't usually.
  • She cooks the ribs at two different temps in stages.
Despite all the departures from my normal techniques, these ribs tasted great.  I found that I really liked the base rub recipe and I've used it several times since then.   I think this just re-iterates that there is not just one way to make good BBQ.  

So it's not too late to enjoy Porktober!  To get your creative juices flowing, check out Pork Be Inspired` for some delicious recipes featuring all things pork.
Happy Porktober!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stubb's BBQ: Review and Giveaway

When C. B. Stubblefield established his legendary Stubbs Bar-B-Q in Texas I was just a babe.  I don't mean that I was "a babe" as in "new to the BBQ world".  I mean that I wearing diapers.  

His BBQ and blues joint's reputation grew.  In the early days, he was bottling his BBQ sauce in whiskey bottles corked with jalapenos.   Eventually, Dave Letterman got a hold of Stubbs BBQ sauce from a guest on his show and subsequently had Stubblefield as a guest himself.  You can imagine how demand took off from there.

I recently was given a chance to sample Stubb's BBQ products and I didn't know what to expect.  When I think of Texas barbecue, I think beef, old-school, and no nonsense.   I didn't expect much in the way of options so I was surprised when standing in the BBQ section at Kroger, there were sauces, marinades, and basting sauces.  I decided on getting the original BBQ sauce that started it all, Stubb's chicken marinade, and his baste.

To test them out, I smoked some chicken thighs for pulled chicken and a rack of beef back ribs.

Beef ribs on kamado grill, big green egg beef ribs

Stubb's Chicken Marinade
Straight out of the bottle, the marinade has a sweet and zesty kick with a citrus fragrance.  You could see it was full of herbs and spices.  I had big expectations for this.  I used it on 3 1/2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs as directed (as a marinade and baste).  No other seasonings were used.

See all of the herbs and spices?

I high temp smoked them at 325f with some mesquite chunks tossed in with the coal.  When the thighs hit an internal temperature of 180f, I removed them and shredded the meat with two forks.  I tossed that with Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q sauce and used that to make simple chicken sandwiches with some Ranchero Grillin' Beans.  

Pulled chicken sandwich and beans

Tasting the chicken before adding the BBQ sauce, it was good but I was a little disappointed that the powerful flavors of the marinade didn't seem to carry through to the chicken. It was present, just muted a bit.  Next time I would go for a marinade of 4-6 hours since I did the minimum recommended marinade time.  I think this would also be good on grilled chicken.  Once I added the BBQ sauce, it was good and had the tang I was missing.

Stubb's Moppin' Sauce Bar-B-Q Baste
We really liked this one. Straight out of the bottle, POW the pungency of this just assaults your mouth.  You can see it is vibrant and loaded with pepper, spices, and herbs.  It is very tangy.  There is something I can't quite place, maybe celery seed, that brought it all together for me. 

I only seasoned the beef ribs with salt and pepper and smoked them at the same time as the chicken.  I basted them three times during the 2 hours.  Since they were higher up in the grill on the raised rack, they were probably cooking closed to 350f. 

Beef ribs, Stubbs bbq sauce, Vision grill, Grill Dome beef ribs

The color was almost gaudy because it is so red and it went on thicker than I expected.  After the first mop, I was afraid it might even burn.  No worries, it cooked on flawlessly with the deep rich brown you expect from beef.  

Beef ribs smoked on Big Green Egg

Without the Stubbs Bar-B-Q sauce added yet, these were freaking fantastic.  Delightfully tangy and spicy, they made my mouth water.  Alexis said they were some of the best we have done lately.  I will absolutely be using this Bar-B-Q Baste again for beef ribs, brisket, or clod.  It says you can use it for chicken or pork too but it is so strong, I'd be tempted to thin it down a little with some beer.  

Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
This leans more towards the old school sauces - tomato, vinegar, black pepper and little else.  It is meant to compliment the meat, not hide it.   Straight out of the bottle, it's kind of "meh".  It doesn't load you up with sugars or hammer you with a signature note like chipotle, roasted garlic, or honey.  It wasn't bad but we weren't crazy about it either.  I wasn't expecting much.

Stubbs bbq sauce beef ribs

Here is a direct quote from my notes yesterday:  "Put some of the sauce on and it was crazy good, making me salivate.  Combined very well with the baste flavors".  I was very surprised how it really enhanced the ribs that I already thought were great.  It was one of those 1+1=more than 2 things.  
Now the fun part.  Stubb's BBQ gave me some Sutbb's BBQ love to share.  They gave me a set of 3 coupons for free products to give to one lucky reader. 

Just leave a comment below telling which three Stubb's BBQ products [click for link] you might try if you win. 

The giveaway runs through Friday 11:59pm 10/26.

Winner Announcement:  
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spinach Alfredo Pizza

We have another Big Green Egg in the family.

Nah, I didn't buy a third one, my sister bought herself a large BGE.  This week she came up to her nearby cabin with my parents, her son, and his girlfriend for an Autumn vacation in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains.  Most of the time was filled with family visits, misty waterfalls, and traveling the curvy mountain roads lined with gold and red trees.  But she made sure she included a day to come by our house for a quick lesson on how to use a Big Green Egg.

One of the things we showed her was how to use the BGE as a ceramic oven to make wood fired pizzas.  This is one of the pizza recipes we made that day.  It's nothing unique but there's a reason so many people make spinach alfredo pizza - it's so good.

Spinach Alfredo Pizza

  • 1 ball pizza dough*
  • 1/2 cup garlicky alfredo sauce (see recipe below)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach* (tightly packed)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • garnish:  red pepper flakes
  1. Melt butter in a pot over medium high heat.  Add spinach, season with a pinch or two of salt and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally,  until it is all thoroughly wilted down.  Drain and press in a colander to get all the moisture out.  You don't want a soggy pizza.
  2. Preheat the Big Green Egg (or your brick oven or regular oven) to 550f.  The set up for the Egg is with the plate setter in, legs down.
  3. Sprinkle some corn flour on a surface and spread out the dough.  Dock the dough by stabbing it all over with a fork.  Place on a pre-heated pizza stone and put it in the Egg for 2-3 minutes*.
  4. Carefully remove the dough and stone from the Egg.  Lightly coat with the alfredo sauce.  Top with the spinach and cheese.  Put back in the Egg until the crust is golden and the cheese is cooked through, about 8-9 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove, allow the pizza to cool on a rack for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Pizza Dough - We used Publix's 5 grain pizza dough as recommended by my Egghead neighbor, John M.   Very good when you don't feel like making your own.
  • Spinach - sounds like a lot but trust me, it will cook down to nothing.
  • Cheese - this amount is a SWAG, I just sprinkle it on until it's lightly covered.  
Garlicky Alfredo Pizza Sauce  makes enough for 2 pizzas

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in a small pot and simmer garlic until fragrant and just starting to turn golden (1-2 minutes).
  2. Add the flour and stir into a light roux (about another minute).
  3. Slowly add about 1/4th of the half and half, whisking furiously until well blended.  Whisk in the remaining half and half, bring to a simmer.  Simmer (NOT BOIL) 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
  4. Stir in the cheese in small batches until blended in.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.  I probably used 3-4 pinches of salt and 3 twists from a pepper grinder, so not a whole lot. 
Pre-cooking the dough gives a little crisper crust that we like.

Ready to go in the BGE.

Coals as hot as the sun make short work of the pizza.

Sprinkle with some red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit.

We also made a pepperoni pizza.

Here's a shot from the fire tower on top of Wayah Bald during our visit with my family last weekend.

We also found a red pizza sauce that we're happy with and it will probably be our "go to" sauce.  It's aptly named Ultimate Pizza Sauce and we made it as written. 

So my sister has had her crash course on the Big Green Egg and it sounds like her first cook on her Egg is going to be a pork butt for smoked pulled pork.  I know she'll nail it.  Plus, she has my number like that Butterball Turkey Hotline if she needs it.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Crazy Good Italian

Chicken Wings with Pepperoni Sauce.

Yeah, I know, right?  When I first heard that, I kind of pictured a chicken wing with pepperoni stapled to it or something. 

But it's not the result of some mad scientist.  Chicken wings with pepperoni sauce are the creation of Mike Isabella and can be found in his book, Crazy Good Italian, which just became available this week.  And there were no staples, super glue, or magnets involved, just a great recipe.

Well, yeah, I converted my version of these wings to the grill because that's what I do.   But first a bit about the book.

Mike Isabella is the Chef of Graffiato in Washington DC and you probably remember him for his bold appearance on Top Chef:  Las Vegas (Season 6).  Crazy Good Italian is Mike's idea of blending old world Italian, his New Jersey roots, and modern Mediterranean cuisine and I think he totally nails it.

If you don't think that Italian cuisine and grilling go together then you have been eating too much Americanized "Italian" food.   The first thing that comes to mind for me is the Tuscan grill, cast iron grates used to cook food over the hot coals of an indoor or outdoor fireplace.  While this is not a "grilling" book, Mike definitely covers some live fire cooking in his selections, including recipes for things like:
  • Smoked olives (great idea for upcoming holiday parties)
  • Mozzarella panini with portobellow and artichoke pesto (grills are great for making panini)
  • Ricotta with charred asparagus and harissa vinaigrette (fire makes veggies better)
  • Clam bake with braised kale and pancetta crumbs (originally created for the grill)
  • Grilled whole bass with warm tomato vinaigrette
  • Pig in a box with sour orange relish (a whole hog recipe)
Many of the other recipes could easily be converted to the grill but I have so many more non-grilling recipes from this book that I want to try!  I could go on about Crazy Good Italian you won't read that, I know how it is.  So I'll just bulletize what I like about it.
  • Not just recipes but also techniques (like how to make your own cheeses, gnocchi, etc)
  • Photography - not just the finished dishes but also demonstrating some of the techniques like making agnolotti or cooking a whole hog in a la caja china (12 pics of that alone)
  • Helpful tips in the margins
  • Family based recipes with a modern spin
So back to those wings - those "crazy good" wings.  Here is a link for the recipe, I'll just tell you what I did differently for doing them on the grill.  It's not a lot because it worked just fine.

I set up my Big Green Egg for indirect heat at 375f degrees.  Grilled the marinated wings for 30 minutes, flipped them and cooked another 20 minutes.  Then I tossed them in about half of the pepperoni sauce.  "Toss" is not just a saying.

Funniest face ever, right?  Think I ever miss one?

Ummm....yeah, "WING DOWN!"  Make that an order of 23 wings.  PS:  Don't read my lips.

I put them back onto the grill and let them (minus 1) cook another 10 minutes to crisp up the sauce.

I served them with the rest of the pepperoni sauce for dipping and they just disappeared.  

Oh yeah, one last thing.  Instead of using pre-sliced pepperoni, I like to slice my own from links for this recipe.  That way you don't lose those essential oils that make that pepperoni sauce so flavorful.

I think Crazy Good Italian is a great book for learning how to cook Italian cuisine the way your nona would have taught you...if she was Italian.    If your nona wasn't Italian then please disregard that last statement.  

I'm looking forward to trying many of these recipes, especially the agnolotti. 

[Standard Review] I received a review copy of Crazy Good Italian from the publisher.  But I posted those goofy face pics that make me look like a dork so I consider it a fair trade ;) 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Product Review: Dizzy Pig Fajita-ish Rub

I received a sample of one of Dizzy Pig's new rubs, Fajita-ish.  Being named Fajita-ish, I immediately knew how I wanted to use it - in bread pudding!  Yeah, I'm kidding.  Duh, I used it on fajitas!

I first learned of Dizzy Pig Barbecue Company about 4 or 5 years ago when I bought my first Big Green Egg.  It seemed like EVERYONE on the BGE forum was talking about these rubs by Dizzy Pig and the funny names (Tsunami Spin, Swamp Venom, Cowlick, etc) caught my eye.  The company was started 9 years ago by a couple of Eggheads like me commenting back and forth on the Egg forum (full story here).  Dizzy Pig products are all-natural, gluten-free, and contain no MSG.

Alexis and I already buy and use several Dizzy Pig products (Jamaican Firewalk, Tsunami Spin, Raging River, and Cowlick), so we were excited to try the new Fajita-ish rub.  

For a side by side comparison, we tried it on a skirt steak against another skirt steak seasoned with Baida brand fajita rub.  Both steaks were rubbed with a little lime juice and then liberally seasoned.  The veggies were tossed in some oil, lime juice and fajita rub.  I preheated the Egg to 500f and grilled the steaks 4 minutes a side.

The veggies finished at about 6 minutes so I removed them to a bowl.  The veggie wok insert is one of the features I love about my Craycort cast iron grill grate system

Quick tip about cutting skirt steak - the grain runs across the short side instead of lengthwise like a flank steak.  So to cut it, cut the steak into 3-4 inch pieces like pictured, turn each piece and then slice thin across the grain.

Alexis and I made homemade tortillas for this using this great tutorial from Mely's Mexico in my Kitchen that gave us everything we needed to know to be successful on our first try.

Smash that tortilla!

We served the fajitas with a quick Mexican rice and Bush Beans Cocina Latina beans with some cotija cheese.

It would be easy to say I liked the Dizzy Pig Fajita-ish steak better just because I'm a "homer" for a fellow Egghead.  So I had Brett, Alexis and Trevor all try a piece of both before serving and all three favored the Dizzy Pig Fajita-ish skirt steak over the other.  Not only was the flavor bolder but the taste profile had more complexity to it.   By that I mean it wasn't just 2 or 3 predominant flavors, it hit on a broad array of flavors.

[Standard Disclaimer] I received a free sample but no other compensation from Dizzy Pig.  Okay, the sticker too, I got the sticker, you happy FTC?   Craycort is an equipment sponsor of my blog.  I have a business relationship with Bush Beans but this is NOT a sponsored post.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Better Burger Tip: Mushroom Swiss

It is tailgating season so grills will soon be loaded with burgers and brats in back yards and parking lots now through the bowl season.  Oh who am I kidding?  Burgers and brats are always in season.  Of course, one of the classics is the simple but delicious "mushroom and Swiss".

Here is a quick tip for amplifying the flavor your mushroom and Swiss burger and impressing your beer swilling buddies sophisticated friends who enjoy a sporting endeavor.

The tip is simple - Marsala wine.  It brings out the best in the mushrooms and adds a little sweetness to the party that just works.

Saute your sliced mushrooms (I prefer baby bellas) in a little butter for 8 minutes.  Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Just as the butter dries up, add a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of marsala wine to the hot pan.  Simmer until the wine is reduced to just a few tablespoons, which should only take 2-3 minutes.   Top your burgers with this after you have flipped the patties.

Then add the cheese.  I like the cheese cooked onto the mushrooms because it keeps them warm.  Cold mushrooms can be unpleasant for those that aren't big fans of 'shrooms.  But cooked like this they meld into one with the cheese and burger.  

Side note:  I am a big fan of Sargento's new "ultra thin" slices for cheeseburgers.  I used the ultra thin Swiss with these burgers and liked how it melts to cover the burger.

Finally, if you are going to make a mushroom and Swiss burger, skip the condiments and garnishes.  This is one of those burgers that just doesn't seem right with lettuce, tomato, etc.  The only exception for my preferences MIGHT be bacon. 

Sitting here looking at this, it occurs to me that a "chicken Marsala sandwich" would also be awesome on the grill.  Note to self....

[Standard Disclosure]  I received no compensation for this post. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hot Wing Soup

This is my practice for an online cooking class I took at Rouxbe for making thick, starch based soups. They had many recipes to use for practice, such as split pea & ham, vichyssoise, and Italian white bean soup.  But I thought I would learn more by using what I had just learned to create my own starch based soup.

Starch based soups are just what the name implies:  Instead of using a roux as a thickener, the soup gets its body from the natural starches in starchy vegetables, legumes, and grains.  The lesson mentioned you can use bread, which reminded me of one of my favorite soups, Mexican Garlic Soup.

While I was taking this lesson, I was in the middle of smoking a rack of beef ribs and I had tossed a few extra chicken wings on the Big Green Egg.

I thought about the wings and BAM!  It hit me.  I was going to make a hot wing soup!  I used the techniques taught to plan out my soup.

Fat -  Had to be butter, since that goes into hot wing sauce, right?
Mirepoix - Celery & carrot.  Celery because it is a standard accompaniment and carrot to help get the orange color I wanted.
Starch - I thought about using potatoes but went with buttery croutons instead.
Liquid - Chicken broth, beer and hot sauce - a no brainer

Hot Wing Soup

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 5 cups Italian bread cubes, no crust*
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery 
  • salt (see instructions)
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 12 oz dark beer*
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce*
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • garnish:  meat from chicken wings, more blue cheese, chopped celery leaves*
  1. Preheat a heavy bottom stock pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add 3 Tbsp butter.  Once bubbling hot, add the bread cubes and quickly toss to coat evenly.  Season with a pinch or two of salt.  Cook until golden brown on all sides - about 5-7 minutes.  Remove.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add 4 tbsp butter to the now empty pot.  Saute the celery and carrot until tender - about 8 minutes.  Season with a pinch or two of salt while sauteing.  
  4. Add the chicken broth, beer, paprika, blue cheese, and the croutons that you made earlier.  Bring to a simmer and cook until the bread begins to break apart - about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Use an immersion blender to blend to a smooth consistency.
  6. Bring back to a simmer and stir in the last tablespoon of cold butter.  I know that technique at the end of sauces adds a little luster so I thought it couldn't hurt with soup.  Taste for seasoning.  I added about 1/2 teaspoon more of salt at this point but let your taste buds be the judge.
  7. Garnish with chicken wing meat, more blue cheese crumbles, and finely chopped celery leaves.
  • Bread - I know, this sounds like a lot.  It will cook down.
  • Beer - I used Sweetwater Brewing Georgia Brown but any good dark beer will do.  You could also skip beer altogether and use more chicken broth but beer and wings go together, right?
  • Hot sauce - The family thought it was a little spicy at this level so if you want mild, just use one Tbsp.  Franks Hot Sauce would be the traditional hot sauce to use but I used Fire Ant Juice.
  • Celery leaves - Weird?  I like chopping them finely for a garnish.  Use parsley instead if you like.
  • Makes 4 servings

These were meant to be a snack but they served a greater purpose!  Smoked with Draper's AP Rub.

Chopping celery brings the "how to cut with a chef's knife" lesson memories back.  I sliced an entire bunch of celery one stalk at a time for that lesson. 

Great tasting "homework"!

This is definitely going into rotation at our house this winter.  Perfect for those cold, damp nights whether you're watching a football game or just curled up reading a book.  Its warmth and spiciness will heat you up from inside.

As of today I am 50% way through the current curriculum.  Of course, they add new classes so that's a moving target:)

[Standard Disclaimer]  I don't receive compensation from Rouxbe Online Cooking School.  I am signed up for their affiliate program but that was just so I would have access to share some of their videos here.  I don't even use the html links that would generate a sale for my account if you were to sign up.  The link I gave at the top is no different than if you googled it yourself.