Cold Smoke Eggnog Caramel Sauce

Nothing says Christmas more than eggnog and beer, so why what make a sweet, decadent caramel sauce using both? Cold Smoke Eggnog Caramel Sauce 12 half pints Ingredients 1 cup Butter 1 cup Cold Smoke Scotch Ale 5 cups eggnog 4 Cup Whipping Cream 5 Cup Dark Brown Sugar Instructions Melt butter in a 2.5 quart…

Smoked Brisket Sandwich with Sriracha Coleslaw

With the pounds of smoked brisket from the past weekend’s smoking session, it was time for some smoked sandwiches with a kicked up Sriracha coleslaw. It is so easy to whip up a coleslaw, I am amazed that anyone would purchase a package of limp, soggy cabbage from the supermarket. A key to a great smoked…

Black Brick Smoked Brisket with Fire Season Chili Ale BBQ Sauce

Smoked brisket, the king of BBQ meat in my humble opinion, after it has spent hours bathed in delicious mesquite smoke. Smoked in the Big Green Egg at 225°F for 12 or so hours, the meat developed a sweet, black crust and significant smoke ring while remaining absolutely tender and moist. This was the best smoked…

Coconut-Braised Short Ribs

Short ribs and another braised recipe…but slow cooking turns these tough cuts of beef into succulent perfection. This time around I used a braising liquid with coconut milk, tons of sambal oelek (garlic chili sauce) and red curry paste. Alongside the soft, fatty ribs is a quick chili peanut sauce and rice. A note about braising and…

Buffalo Honey Meatballs

Just in time for the weekend’s games, I whipped up a batch the Honey Buffalo Meatballs in the Crock Pot (that’s a slow cooker to the trademark-minded). I used a mixture of ground beef and bratwurst, and replace the standard bread crumbs with ground Cheez-it crackers.

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…

Porter Curry Beef Stew

Cooler weather has arrived with the progression of autumn. Time for stews and comfort food. I was wanting something spicy and rich. The solution is a beef stew with Plum Street Porter from Bozeman Brewing, coconut milk, and heaps of spices to warm the belly. The bonus, it is a one-pot meal saving on the dishwashing. Porter Curry…

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…