Burger Hunt – Episode 2 – Bitterroot Brewing

Imagine this…well-seasoned beef, savory bacon, garlic sage aioli, and fried cheese curds in burger form. This dream exists at Bitterroot Brewing in Hamilton, Montana with Curds and Bacon Burger. Bitterroot Valley Rocky Mountain Natural Beef Burger, Sawtooth Ale-Battered White Cheddar Cheese Curds, Daily’s Bacon, and Garlic Sage Aioli on a Spent Grain Bun.

Burger Hunt Episode 1 – Old Post Blackened Bacon Blue Burger

What defines the best burger? Is it perfect char or perhaps uniqueness of ingredients? I’m hunting of the best burger I can find. The first hunting ground is the Old Post in downtown Missoula, and I ate the Blackened Bacon Blue Burger (that’s a lot of Bs).

Best Slice Episode 1 – Highlander Taproom Pizza

What is the best slice of pizza in Missoula, Montana? I don’t know…yet, but we are going to find. Our first step in our search for a pizza of mythic attributes is the Highlander Taproom and their fantastic pie order by the slice. We try the South Fork, a chorizo and black bean pizza, and…

Korean-style Baby Back Ribs and Korean Fried Cauliflower

I wanted to crank up the Big Green Egg and make some ribs, but I wanted something different. Not enough time for smoking, so the idea of Korean BBQ sparked into my mind. Now, I had only a rack of pork baby back ribs, and Korean BBQ is normally beef, but when have I ever…

Last Rites Pastrami

I got my hands on a couple of briskets, a growler of Draught Works Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter, and the weather is warm and clear. What to do, what to do? Let’s make a kick-ass pastrami with a little flavor kick. Adding the Last rites to the brine imparts a subtle chocolate/roast flavor to…

Beer Braised Spicy Chicken Thighs and Legs with Potatoes

Using the cast iron Dutch oven in the Big Green Egg, we created a quick and easy braised chicken recipe with a bit of Sriracha kick. Beer Braised Spicy Chicken Thighs and Legs with Potatoes Ingredients 4 chicken thighs, skinned 4 chicken legs, lollipopped ½ cup amber ale ½ cup Sriracha 2 cups carrot, sliced…

Smoked Halibut Cheeks poached in Huckleberry-Shallot Butter

A friend shares his halibut, a GOOD friend shares their halibut cheeks. And we have huckleberries this year, so let’s create another kind of surf and turf – smoked halibut cheeks poached in a huckleberry and shallot butter. Sounds pretty decadent, huh? Smoked Halibut Cheeks poached in Huckleberry-Shallot Butter Ingredients 1 lbs. fresh halibut cheeks 1 cup fresh…

Spicy Smoked Pork Chops on the Big Green Egg

What is real man-food in the summer heat? Spicy Smoked Pork Chops is the answer. I memory goes back to Playa del Coco, Costa Rica where I had enjoyed a smoked pork chop that used coffee wood as the smoking agent. I inquired around town and found out that a German ex-pat was responsible for…

Chile Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops

We’re back with Chile Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops out of the Big Green Egg. This is a perfect quick hot summer evening dish, especially when served with the Big Sky IPA and Grilled Twice-baked Potatoes. Chile Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops Ingredients 3 boneless sirloin pork chops, about 6-oz each, 1⁄2 inch thick 1 TBSP Greek seasoning…

Spicy Sausage Dip

Needed to whip up a quick dip for quite possibly the greatest Super Bowl of all time. I had hot Italian sausage and some cheese. Are you getting the idea already? That’s a spicy sausage dip…full fat, full flavor! Spicy Sausage Dip Ingredients 1 lbs. hot Italian Sausage 1 cup amber ale 1 package cream…

Stout-braised Short Ribs

Winter. Shit, it is still winter. But at least it is the perfect time for some slow cooking, especially long braising of tougher cuts of meat. I had piles of short ribs in the freezer and a whole afternoon, so I whipped up a batch of stout-braised short ribs. I used the Scannon Stout from Lolo…

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup…sounds too good to be true, huh? This soup combines everything great about a cheeseburger and delivers it in liquid. Remember that you cannot stir enough, keep things smooth and creamy. No one likes a curdy cheese soup. The Quilter’s Irish Death Stout from Iron Horse Brewing was the perfect beer…