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Recipe: BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Cilantro Slaw

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IMG_2456Sometimes you just need a messy sandwich for dinner, and I love those kind of nights.  I love fancy foods and interesting techniques, but I proudly admit that I also love a great sandwich (or burger!) and a beer. I’m sure my arteries won’t be thanking me, but a life without a messy sandwich is no life at all.

This sandwich is super easy to make and more fun to eat, so try it ASAP. I adapted this recipe from the Pioneer Woman, but with a few steps shortened to make it easier on time and my wallet.  Trust me, the flavors are incredible regardless of how they get into the meat.

Ingredients:

Bulkie rolls [$3]

1 rotisserie chicken [$7]

1 head garlic [.50 cents]

1 medium onion [$1]

1 large bottle of  bbq sauce, any kind [$2]

cilantro [$1.50]

1 medium head red cabbage [$2]

milk, mayo, and white vinegar, which I had on hand and is in many a pantry.

 

Directions:

Take the meat off the bones of the chicken and shred with your hands into a large pot with a splash of veg oil, some sliced onion, some whole cloves of garlic and the bottle of BBQ sauce.  I like to run about half a bottle of hot water in the bottle and shake it up and add it to the chicken.  Cook over low heat for about an hour or until the chicken is at one with the sauce, creamy and shredded and sweet.

The garlic cloves become buttery, make sure your sandwich gets at least one.

The garlic cloves become buttery, make sure your sandwich gets at least one.

While the chicken is cooking, make the slaw: mix equal parts milk and mayo with a splash of vinegar, salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.  Mix with shredded red cabbage and rough chopped cilantro until the mixture is just the best slaw ever.  When the chicken is done, add to the bun with the slaw and a side of fries, is desired.

A beer is necessary.

A beer is necessary.

I’ve made this sandwich a few times, and it’s a hit every single time.  You can’t go wrong with this one.

-L

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Cheap Eats: Smoken Joe’s

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I apologize in advance for these photos.  They’re not perfect in the least, but it was dark and I didn’t want to use flash and kill the rocking vibe of this place, so I just did what I could and hoped for the best.

That being said, I had the most awesome experience the other day with The Russian.  We went out to dinner at Smoken’ Joe’s, a neighborhood BBQ joint with live music every night.  For some reason I didn’t think it would be busy.  Then I heard the music and smelled the smoke about a block down the street and knew I was wrong.  It was their 3rd anniversary party, and I felt like I was crashing, but, man, it was so much fun.

There was awesome music, and the people there were obviously regulars that had been with the place since the opening.

This band could play

This band could play

We enjoyed some awesome food as well.  Starting with the fried oysters, only $9, with a tartar–esque dipping sauce.  You could taste the oyster and the breading was light (It did fall off a bit, but that was okay).

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I then had a half rack of ribs, which was $15.  Probably shouldn’t had had that much, as I needed to be rolled home later. I couldn’t help myself, the meat was so tender and satisfying, before I knew it I had polished off a bunch of ribs. You can choose which of their many homemade BBQ sauce you would like to accompany your meal, and I had the honey BBQ.  It was a good choice. The cole slaw and sweet potato fries on the side were also killer.

blurry photo but you get the idea

blurry photo but you get the idea

The Russian had the brisket with the sweet BBQ sauce, $16.  You would think the sauces we chose were similar (cause of their names) but they both had such a richness and complexity in flavor you could tell them apart easily.  The Russian’s brisket was so tender it almost fell to pieces when you touched it.

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We stayed for a while after dinner, enjoying the music and the atmosphere.  I would come back just for that.  Luckily, the food is excellent as well.

-L

Recipe: Southern Ribs

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This week, I didn’t do a post on Game of Thrones.  Sorry.  I’ve been laying in my bed, depressed.  It was a tough episode. More intense than most episodes.

Don’t believe me? People have been freaking out over this episode, because the final scene was incredibly gory and heart–wrenching.  I’m not going to ruin it for you, but if you want to see a YouTube compilation of people also freaking out to the episode, you can here.

My expression for the past few days has been similar

My expression for the past few days has been similar to theirs

I’m planning on roasting some lamb for the season finale though, so life is good.

I’m posting an awesome rub recipe a friend passed along to me. Just a warning, they need to planned out and made the night before, but it’s worth it.  I have had his ribs, and they are wonderful.

So meaty

So meaty

Ingredients:

rack of ribs [$10 or so per rack]

Brown sugar [$2]

Cajun powder, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder [about $4 each, although most people have all or a combination of these powders already chilling in their pantries]

Apple cider vinegar [$2]

Directions:

So start with the rub: Mix a Halfish cup brown sugar, 1/8ish cup salt, tablespoonish each Cajun, mustard, garlic, onion powders in a bowl and knead into the meat.

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The happy gang

Then brush the vinegar into the meat and let rest in the fridge for a few hours.  Then repeat the process.  The meat should look wet and thick with flavor.

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Let the meat marinate overnight. The next morning, smoke the ribs on a grill for about five hours or until super tender.

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Perfect for summertime grilling season.

-L

Photo of Rob Stark and wife (cc): USA Today