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Quickie002 – Honey Bourbon (over 21)

Homemade Honey Bourbon

Monday’s Menu!
I got tired of paying 1/3 more at the store for a weaker sweeter honey bourbon… so I figured out a way to make it home. This tastes better, is cheaper, and is made from real bourbon and honey (unlike some others you buy pre-made!

I used bottom shelf when doing this, though Even Williams actually has a decent taste. This takes about 5 minutes, you get more, it is stronger, and it tastes better than what you buy in the store as well! Give it a try yourself!

I have actually had people try this, now they will not buy it pre-made in the store and make twice the amount at home for the half the price! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
44 oz of Evan Williams Bourbon
8oz honey (any brand)
8oz of water (not from tap unless you have a well… no water that tastes or smells like a public pool!)
1oz Brown Sugar Karo

Equipment:
Food Scale
Funnel
Empty Bourbon Bottle

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!

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EP11014 – Gord’s International Hot Wings!

Gord’s International Hot Wings!

Monday’s Menu!
My friend Gord, from the Great White North, has been my wing buddy for over a decade. If you do not have a wing buddy, I feel sorry for you! We exchange recipes and make improvements on each others recipes, as well as getting together and making mountains of wings.

Gord has taken a very simple recipe of mine, and turned it into something wonderful! I now use his recipe instead of mine for these Dat’l wings! These turn out to be medium hot (compared to his Napalm wing recipe!…lol), but can easily be made as hot as you like them.

This is a sweet/hot wing recipe and makes a GREAT compliment to have WITH the wings I have shown you how to make in an earlier show. In fact, we always make them together, usually along with 2 other kinds and gorge for several days! If you have an afternoon, I cannot recommend this enough, way WAY worth the time and effort! In fact, we make a double batch usually so that I can jar and store a bunch of this for later use! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Habaneros
1 Sweet White Onion (Large)
1 Vidalia Onion (Large)
1 1/2 Cup Port (Something you would drink)
3/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
14 ounces Dat’l Do It Sauce
several drops Habanero Extract
1 drop 357 Mad Dog Sauce
2 ounces Jalapeno Tabasco
Fried wings

Equipment:
Cutting board
Measuring cups (2 cup Pyrex)
Blender
Sharp knife
Large sauce pan
Laser Thermometer
Aluminum foil
Sheet pan (s)
Brush for painting wings
Bowl for dipping wings
Wisk
Silicon Scrapper

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!

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EP11012 – Homemade Beef and Bean Chili

Homemade Beef and Bean Chili

Monday’s Menu!
This is my Beef & Bean Chili recipe that has taken me years to get where I want it. When I make this for me I make it a lot hotter than this… which is easily done by just doubling or tripling the hot sauces/extracts I add, as well as doubling the jalapenos. This recipe makes a lot and that is what makes this a good side for gatherings! A little fresh red onion and Mexican cheese, and you have a great side to ribs or pulled pork!

Make no mistake, this recipe will take you some time! This is an all day prep & cook. You can really tell it is food of love when you taste it. So many layers, and a great fresh tastes melded together. Fresh peppers mixed with hot extracts and fresh vegetables, layered with savory, hot, & hotter! That fresh red onion crunch and the soft tenderness of the beef… this is so good!

Storage can be in gallon zip locks flattened with the air removed. they stack in the freezer if done right, and this comes out fine after being frozen!

Do this once my way, then make it your own! Take the time and do it the long way, and see for yourself the difference between throwing a meal together, and the tastes, flavors, and layers that is food of love!

Ingredients:
4-5 lbs of lean beef cut into 1/2 – 1 inch cubes
3lbs of light red kidney beans (approx – can be a bit more or less depending on can volume)
3lbs dark red kidney beans (approx – can be a bit more or less depending on can volume)
1 28oz can tomato sauce
1 28oz can tomato puree
1 18oz can tomato paste (I recommend Contadina if you can find it)
Bacon fat
2 large onions
2 large bell peppers
8 fresh jalapenos – 2 whole, 2 cut and added to slurry, 4 diced
1 Whole clove of garlic minced
2 Cups of Merlot (or your favorite red wine)
16-20 oz beer (homebrew preferred)
2 big Bay leaves
2-3 jalapenos in Adobo sauce (La Costena is what I use)
3 Tbls of organic Chili powder
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3-6 drops Mad Dog Revenge Habanero chili extract
4-5 drops Arizona Gunslinger Habanero pepper sauce
3-4 drops Mad Dog 357
2 Tbls Paprika
1 heaping tsp Cayenne pepper
Black pepper (approx 2 Tbl)
White Pepper (approx 2-3 Tbls)
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 Tbl Bourbon (get the good stuff)
Kosher salt & pepper for seasoning veggies
1 fresh red onion (dice as needed)
Mexican cheese

Equipment:
Stock pot with lid
Food processor
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Slotted spoon
Strainer/Colander
Can opener
Measuring cups & spoons
Wisk
Big bowl

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!

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EP11011 – Homemade Italian Pasta Red Sauce!

Homemade Red Pasta Sauce

Monday’s Menu!
This is an Italian pasta red sauce that has been in my family for generations. This is my version of it. Some recipes handed down through families are good for each person to make their own, or are recipes that just need to stay the exact way they handed handed down. This one is one of those that you make for a while as written, then turn into your own recipe with the things your family like. This is my twist on my family’s Italian pasta red sauce… and it’s DAMN GOOD!…lol I have worked on this recipe for over 20 years, and will probably do so for another 40! I have incorporated meatballs from my wife’s family into the sauce too!

This is actually a double show in that I show you two different ways to make the sauce. Once is full of meats and vegetable chunks that you freeze the left overs and use throughout the month. The other is a smoother sauce that you can jar/can and leave on the shelf to be enjoyed any time in the future. My son loves pasta, so we jar his sauce in smaller mason jars so that he can have spaghetti whenever he desires. Our sauce, however, should not be canned due to the meats and veggie chunks. Although in certain instances you can jar veggies and or meats… this is not an instance that lends itself to it.

This has fresh mushrooms, hot Italian sausage, meatballs from my wife’s Italian family, chunks of burger, onions, peppers, wine, all kinds of spices… mmmmmmm!

The very best thing about this recipe it is allows you to add whatever you want or like, then over time, it becomes YOURS!!!! Let’s face it… these kinds of recipes are the very best, as any recipe that can be changed easily to become your own version over time… is what cooking is all about!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 28 ounce cans of Contadina Tomato Sauce
2 28 ounce cans of Contadina Tomato Puree
1 18 ounce can of Contadina Tomato Paste
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (MUST be Italian bread crumbs)
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano shake cheese
12+ links of Hot Italian Sausage cut into thirds
1 lb hamburger browned and crumbled & drained
1 lb+ meatballs (or as many as you want)
2 green peppers diced
1 LARGE or 2 medium onions diced
1 whole bulb of garlic peeled & minced very fine
1 carrot washed, halved & unpeeled
2 TBLs of sugar (This is a no-no to most Italians, but I feel it is needed for this recipe)
1 cup of Merlot (or your favorite red wine…try Merlot first)
1/2 cup water swished through empty cans of sauce & puree
I large package of thick sliced mushrooms (or cut your own fresh mushrooms, the thicker the better)
2 Bay leaves
Italian seasoning
Oregano
Basil

Equipment:
Large stock pot (or any large pot) with lid
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Aluminum foil
Cookie/baking sheets
Wisk
Measuring cups & spoons
Can opener
Cork screw
Large spoon for stirring
(Alternative recipe will need:)
Food processor
Small to medium mason jars
Funnel

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!
AND watch EP1106 on canning!

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EP11005 – Homemade Barbecue Sauce!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce!

“Monday’s Menu!”
This is my homemade BBQ sauce recipe. This takes some time to do right, but the end result is something you will love. This is 100 times better than any store bought sauce… AND if you follow this exactly, as far as amounts, you can jar/can it and it will last months on your shelf.

The best part of this is that you can take my recipe, and tweak it to taste exactly the way you want it to. Just make this, then take 10oz out (when finished) and add things to it to see if you like it! If you get a winning mix, just add that to the recipe!

Here is what you need for this recipe!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce:

Ingredients:
1 Block of Bacon Fat (from whole package of bacon)
3 Bell Peppers
3 Onions
3 Jalapeno Peppers
1 Clove garlic (minced well)
3 Cans Tomato Sauce (28oz)
6 cups Ketchup
2 cups water
1 small bottle of Merlot
2 1/2 cups Worcestershire Sauce
2/ 1/2 cups Brown Sugar (Light or Dark)
1 1/2 cups Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup Lemon/Lime Juice (I use both)
1 cup Unsulfured Molasses
3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot
3/4 cup Spicy Brown Mustard
2 Tablespoons Black Pepper (Coarsely Ground preferred)
2 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Top Shelf Bourbon (Before & after cooking)
3 Tablespoons Wright’s Hickory Liquid Smoke

Equipment:
Stock Pot
Wisk
Food Processor
Sharp Knife
Cutting Board
Measuring Cups and Spoons

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!


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