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Texas Chili Recipe

Recipe By October 27, 2020 Tags: , , No Comments
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It’s 47 degrees outside, football is in full swing and it’s high time I figured out a real deal Texas chili recipe. Spoiler alert: I used tomatoes. Yeah, I did. And I used ground beef, albeit coarse ground aka chili grind from a butcher shop called Longhorn Meats. No beans though, and that deep hue of red was from making my own chili powder. I even have two versions for you and my inspiration came from an award winning recipe from the Terlingua International Chili Championship.

I told you it was real deal.

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Sandy’s Hamburgers ~ Austin TX

Austin, Burgers, Cheap Eats By October 13, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments
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The Vitals:
the spot: Sandy’s Hamburgers 603 Barton Springs road Austin TX 78704
the eats: cheap burgers
the bucks: cheeseburgers for $5, a double will run $6.40
the full nelson: a nostalgic burger experience fueled by freezer to table fare

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Sandy’s Hamburgers puts their frozen custard out there front and center. Sure it’s on the signage but if you do a little digging you might find more skeptical critics throw their weight to getting the custard vs the savory fare. I would do the same but I doubt I’ll ever go back here again.

But I still think you should. At least once. And here’s why.

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Red Rocket Dogs ~ Austin TX

Austin, Barbecue, Sandwiches By October 8, 2020 No Comments

Watch out for the Weiner Wagon!!

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The Vitals:
the spot: Red Rocket Weiner Wagon a pop up in Austin TX
the eats: Serious Hot Dogs
the bucks: $10.50 for the classic, $13.50 with brisket chili
the full nelson: Craft BBQ queens elevate a hot dog from stadium food after thought to premium tailgate food

Red Rocket Dogs just might be the breakthrough the hot dog world needs. Changing the game on what a premium hot dog experience means, much like the chef driven burger of the early 2000s, this is a hot dog I would gladly drop over $10 for. And finally, I can agree with that controversial debate on Twitter that a hot dog is a sandwich.

Because this one totally is.

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Terry Black’s Barbecue ~ Austin TX

Austin, Barbecue By September 20, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Terry Black’s Barbecue tested in Austin TX + location in Dallas TX
the eats: Beef rib, brisket, spare ribs, sausage, turkey and whatever sides you feel
the bucks: plan on $15 person
the full nelson: easy access, top tier Austin BBQ with an Old school Texas vibe

Terry Black’s Barbecue most definitely makes the 10 best list of Austin BBQ round ups. In casual conversation, Terry Black’s may get drowned out by names like Franklin BBQ or La Barbecue, which can add cookbooks, TV shows and a cult like following to their names. But that’s not to say Terry Black’s doesn’t deserve a cookbook or a feature on a show like Best Thing I Ever Ate.

You ask me, they got the best darn classic Texas sausage link in town.

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Braised Pork Chile Verde recipe

Recipe, Tacos/ Mexican By September 13, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments
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Pork Chile Verde

It’s a hearty, comforting Mexican icon. Superb in tacos, burritos, over rice or even just in a damn bowl, Pork Chile Verde is a staple on both sides of the border. Thanks to one of Food & Wine’s Best of the Best cookbooks from years back, I stumbled upon a Rick Bayless version where chunks of pork shoulder are braised slowly in an oven along with tomatillos, cilantro and pickled jalapeños. Despite countless versions of Pork Chile Verde out there, I have yet to steer from this one. And my cookbook has the stains to prove it.

Here is how you make it.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1.5″ cubes
  • 1 pound tomatillos(husks removed)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 pickled jalapeños, stems removed and seeds removed if you want less heat(def. leave at least half in!)
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, rinsed and divided
  • 2 cans of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of salt + more to taste
  • sugar to taste

Essential Equipment

  • Dutch Oven/ Enameled Cast Iron oven
  • Blender or Immersion Blender

Prep/cooking time

  • 15 minutes of prep, cooking time 3.5 hours(3 hours inactive)
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DeSano Pizza ~ Austin TX

Austin, Italian/Pizza By September 10, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments
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The Vitals:
the spot: DeSano Pizza tested in Austin TX + locations in Nashville, Los Angeles and Charelston SC
the eats: Neapolitan Pizza
the bucks: small pies for $12, large pies for $21, plan on $15 person
the full nelson: Real Deal Neapolitan pizza that can satisfy the non pizza elites

There are two kinds of pizzas in this world. One is the kind you crave at 2am, ideally by the slice at a place like Joe’s Pizza in NYC. The other kind of pizza is the one you might have had to make reservations for, perhaps a week or six in advance. DeSano Pizza tastes like the latter though far more accessible and kinda satisfies that 2am vibe as well.

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