Spicy Bologna Sandwich Recipe


sliced bread

Hello! Thought I would throw in this little yummy thing I invented yesterday.

Every once in a while we decide to buy bologna for a cheap, different at home lunch option. The thing with bologna, at least to me, is it sounds like a great idea, but after I eat one bologna sandwich I’m good for a few months. So I am trying to find some ways to spruce it up.

How to Make Bologna Better

So, yesterday, for my second bologna sandwich this week, I thought I would fry the bologna…nothing genius there, but it does give it a different flavor and texture. And then I thought..hmm…how can improve on this?  So, I came up with this spicy bologna sandwich recipe! I plopped the bologna in the pan. On the top side I put several shakes of the Trader Joe’s Habanero Hot Sauce– which has a subtle, but nice flavor, and its pretty spicy. I smeared that around on that side of the bologna. Then I flipped it over to let that cook in. On the other side I decided to pour just a little jalapeno juice from the jar in my fridge on it.

I know, seemed a bit crazy to me too, but I just went with it. Anyhow, I let it get good and browned on both sides and put a piece of american cheese on it to melt a bit for the last minute. Then I took it off and put it on some white bread with mayo and a couple dabs of yellow mustard.

Surprisingly, it was very yummy! The spice came through nicely and helped put a little glaze of sorts on the bologna as it was frying. Also, melting the cheese a little gave it a different dimension.

Anyways, thought  I would share, so you can give it a try if you’d like. Or experiment a little with what ever hot sauces you have. Let me know how it goes and what you used, or how you tweeked this idea!

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs- The Way My Grandma Taught Me


 

secret-recipe

Hello again! I’m here today to share my secret special recipe for easy baked chicken thighs! I have actually been fighting with myself whether to share certain recipes or not, because some of them are like my special thing. My rabbit in the hat you could say.

It is really fun to cook for people and have them tell you how marvelous everything is. I realize that sharing my recipes here won’t stop that from happening, but it does feel like I’m explaining the mystery behind the magic. In any case, I have decided to share my awesome and easy recipe for baked chicken thighs.

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The Best Charcoal Grills- Blaze 32″ Charcoal Grill Blz-4-char


As you may have noticed, I have been writing posts about what spicy meals I have been eating lately. It’s been going well, but I have found that I can only eat so many meals in a week (that’s probably a good thing). That being said however, I still feel like sharing some information with you all to continue your hot sauce adventures even when I’m not sharing any specific spicy recipes.

Hot Coals

So, since its summer time, and I love to grill (year round really), I thought I’d do a little research and let you all know about some of the best charcoal grills out there this season! I am actually ready for a new one myself and needed to do some shopping around and thought I should just share what I have learned to save you all some time.

Right now we actually have two grills at home. One for backyard BBQ fun, and one for when we are hanging out in the game room (also known as the garage). But we have had both of them quite a while, and we BBQ a lot (like 3 or 4 times a week usually- rain or shine), so the bottoms of them are kind of burning out.

I am looking for a free standing charcoal grill with adjustable rack height (once you’ve had this, you can’t go back) and a removable tray (for easy clean up). Also, it must have side tables, that can preferably fold down (makes it easier to move around when needed). Other than that I open to whatever, so here goes…

I thought I would look at some high end, fancy BBQ’s all the way down to a more classic style. These reviews will be trickling out as I can get them done. So, it will actually be sort of a series of reviews.

For my first BBQ grill review we will be looking at the…

Blaze 32″ Charcoal Grill Blz-4-char
Blaze really makes some high end durable grills! This one also has a lifetime warranty. I thought I would list it here just because it is one of the most expensive charcoal grills I have ever seen…so might as well try to figure out why.

While researching this grill I did come upon several other reviews. Everything I read seemed pretty positive. It seems to be the consensus that this grill is well built and durable, and apparently priced quite well to comparable grills.

Features

This grill does meet my adjustable rack and removable ash pan criteria, that’s awesome!

It also splits the cooking rack into 4 pieces, so you can add wood or charcoal in whatever quadrant you need to. This seems like it could be handy. I think I would like it for scooting the charcoal over when I need more area that isn’t directly above coals.

It has a vent in the back

It has a temperature gauge on the hood. I have never actually had a grill with this feature. I don’t think I would use it the way you are supposed to, but it would be really fun to have. We love thermometers! I actually think we have one in every room. That’s hilarious…anyways, it would be great to have one on our grill. (I really want one of those lasers that read the heat of any surface you point it at! Super awesome!)

Also, it is double lined for extra durability. They say this also helps it not get discolored over the years.

The cart allows for storage and adds the shelves on the sides for counter space.

Another feature that may attract people to this grill is the Add-Ons

I have found that you can get an infrared grilling add on. It is nice that they offer this as an attachment. Being able to play around with the infrared burner would be fun. The advantages are that it cooks at a very high temperature. Some say this is helps with getting a quick sear, but it seems this depends on who you talk to. It would be exciting to try it out and form your own opinion though! And with this attachment you can use it when you want and aren’t locked into it as you would be if you just bought and infrared grill.

They also have a rotisserie attachment you can buy. This would also be a really fun thing to play around with. A few years back I had a roommate that had this little rotisserie toaster oven thing. I loved it! I cooked everything in there.

Check it out

Below I posted links to the Charcoal grill with cart and the two attachments I mentioned. Even though I prefer charcoal I thought I would also show that they offer a built in model that has the option of being natural gas or propane. And this version includes an infrared burner and grill lights.


It does sound like this grill is pretty great. If I was in a totally different financial bracket than I am actually in, I would definitely consider purchasing this BBQ…but back to reality. I am going to have to find something a little less pricey and probably a lot more basic. But I did kind of talk myself into wanting to try the infrared and rotisserie gadgets…maybe I can find something a bit less expensive that still has these features.

The search continues…

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Grilled Tri Tip Recipe- Spicing it up


 

Grilled Tri Tip Recipe

Tri tip is one of my favorites. Since it hit my radar several years back, tri tip has made it to the plate in my household at least once or twice a month for quite a while now.  It tastes great and you can get really good deals on it.  I picked one up this weekend for $3.99 a pound! So, I thought today I would share my grilled tri tip recipe. It has evolved a little over the years and is totally delicious.

Now that I started this website I am actually gonna make an effort, going forth to try variations of my usual way of preparation. I am really excited about experimenting with spice levels and flavors and sharing the results with you all! But for now let me share how I grilled up my tri tip last night…

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Spicy Hot Dog Chili


Red pepper flakes

Thought I would share a little way I make my store bought canned chili into spicy hot dog chili! Sometimes we are on a bit of a budget and trying to think up a cheap meal. Sometimes we just want to do something easy for dinner. And sometimes chili dogs just sound darn good! So here is an easy way to improve canned chili.

Whatever your reasons are, why not take a $1.25 can of chili and your favorite hot dog (or gourmet wiener) and spruce it up into something spicy and exciting?!

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Spicy Country Ribs


Good morning everyone! As promised I grilled up some spicy country ribs last night. They came out great!

What Are Country Ribs?

In case some of you out there don’t know what country style ribs are, they are super meaty, inexpensive cuts of pork. They generally are almost all meat with a couple small bones per strip (usually a big honking strip). I don’t know what I was thinking last night, but I should have taken a picture for you all…won’t make that mistake again!

According to the pork-be-inspired website “Country-style ribs are cut from the sirloin or rib end of the pork loin”, which, from what I can tell, appears to be from somewhere near the top center of the back. (Here is the Wikipedia link in case you would like to learn more about this cut of meat.)
Country Style Ribs

Here is a picture I found that looks pretty similar to what I was cooking last night. This one, however, does not appear to be as well seasoned as mine was. But at least you can get the general idea of what a country rib looks like.

Next time I cook them, I will change out this picture with a picture of my own meat.

Season the Meat

I seasoned the meat with salt and pepper and a little garlic powder. Make sure to use a garlic powder where the garlic hasn’t been pulverized to the consistency of baby powder. At some bulk or health food stores you may want to buy garlic granules instead of powder, otherwise it is too difficult to shake evenly over the surface of your meat.

The picture below shows McCormick brand Garlic Powder. This brand has the perfect sized garlic powder. I like to get the big 12 oz container at Costco. It’s a great deal. But once you have the container, you can also just go to a store that sells bulk spices, scoop some in a little bag, and then refill your container. I do this all the time. It’s usually cheaper and it is better for the environment.

Garlic Powder That's Not too Fine

I always season my meat by the way. I know there are tons of people out there that think if they are putting BBQ Sauce on something it doesn’t need any seasoning. I couldn’t disagree more.

Every year we go to this local cook off. They have themes each day. Like Friday night is brisket, Saturday is tri-tip or chili or both, and Sunday is some other thing. There is usually 10-20 stands with competitors.

Guests can buy punch-cards and sample every booth and then pick their favorite. God knows why we keep going back to this event every year, because the food is terrible. It’s really sad that these people invest all this time and money into such horrible fare.

It should really just be a BBQ Sauce contest, because it doesn’t matter what type of meat it is, they are all way overcooked and don’t even have a speck of salt or flavor, which they then attempt to drown out with whatever BBQ sauce they have. Man it sucks. I can probably count on one hand the number of samples we have actually swallowed and didn’t spit out.

Can’t wait to go again this year! So, anyways, the point of all that is- I believe in seasoning.

Back to the ribs…

BBQ Pork

Grilling and Saucing

So, I seasoned them and put them on the grill out back (I use lump charcoal. I will go into that on another post, another day I am sure).  After getting a nice sear on each side of each of the four hunks of meat I decided on the saucing.

If you’ve read my introduction in my BBQ Sauce menu tab you would know that I haven’t been a big fan of BBQ sauce in the past, but I have recently been trying to open new horizons. Not too long ago I stumbled upon a brand of BBQ sauce called Kinder’s. You may or may not have heard of it, but I highly recommend it.

I decided to use their roasted garlic sauce as a base on 3 of the ribs. I basted one side while still on the grill, and let it soak in a bit, then flipped and did the other side and set them to the edges of the grill to caramelize.

My other half is a bit of a wimp on the spicy stuff sadly, so I sometimes have to make two versions of our meal…Kinder’s also makes a XXX Extra Hot BBQ sauce that I love, so I loaded it up on top of one of the roasted garlic sauced ribs and let cook.

Upon removal we now had two roasted garlic BBQ sauced ribs, one roasted garlic with the XXX, and one I left plain to try other hot sauces on later.

The roasted garlic sauce is delicious and a wonderful base for the XXX. It is not super garlicky and not overly sweet, just really great. Definitely one of the best BBQ sauces I have ever tasted. The XXX is awesome! Has a really good kick to it and kind of a mild smokey flavor. The two together are super flavorful and spicy! Awesome!

Hot Sauce Recommendations

Finally, with the unsauced (but seasoned) rib I did taste testing with. I tried it with six of the hot sauces I have in my fridge right now (see My List of Hot Sauces post on the Home Page).  I went with Hellacious Hot Sauce, Tajin, Trader Joe’s Habanero, Sante Fe, La Anita X-hot grilled, and Dancing Bear Moderate Hot Pepper sauce.

Out of all of these I really liked the Tajin and La Anita best with this flavor profile.

Tajin and La Anita

The Tajin has a little lime flavor to it and it complemented the simply seasoned pork very well. I’ll admit I ate several bites with the Tajin hot sauce on it. Its not very spicy at all, but does have a great chili flavor.

Growing up in the Los Angeles area I got hooked on Limon packets when I was a kid.  They are basically a serving of salt with lime flavor on it- delicious and addictive, and I’m sure terrible for you. But if you ever had these, Tajin tastes almost exactly like their cousin Pica Limon- which is Limon with chili added. Also yummy and addictive.

The La Anita X-Hot Grilled Pepper Sauce is a little gem I happened to come upon a couple months back. We were out getting lost in the middle of nowhere and came upon a little market and decided to go in for a bottle of water.

Being the hot sauce freak that I am, I checked to see what they had. And to my surprise they had this La Anita Hot Sauce that I hadn’t ever tried.  So I bought it.  It is nice and spicy and has a very unique flavor.  I’ve tried it on few things now and have really loved it on almost everything that doesn’t have a ton of flavor to begin with. It does have a distinct flavor that does not mesh well with some other flavors, but on the country style ribs last night it was awesome!

Well, I guess that pretty much sums up my taste adventure from last night. Next time I will take pictures! Feel free to comment on anything, or add suggestions or questions. Also, I found a link to the Tajin and La Anita sauces. I couldn’t find the La Anita X-hot by itself, but I’m actually very excited to see this 4 pack with three other flavors I have never tried.  I can’t wait to try them out! Just click here to see any of the hot sauces mentioned in this article on my hot sauce shop page!

 

 

 

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List of Hot Sauces


Bottle of Hot SauceThis is a list of hot sauces i currently have in my kitchen. Not all of them are the best hot sauce you can buy. I have everything from $12 per bottle (or more) to six bottle variety packs for $5 from Wal-mart or Costco. I am constantly buying new ones and trying my existing ones with different dishes. That is why I built this website. I would love to share what I find that goes wonderful together, and also what doesn’t. I am posting this list so that you all can ask me to try any particular sauce with any particular food you wish. My hope is to help you to get just the right sauce for your favorite dish.

 

 

As of today I have:

July 17, 2017

  1. Tabasco- Original
  2. Tabasco- Green
  3. Cholula- Original
  4. Tapatio
  5. Melinda’s- Original Habanero
  6. Ass Kickin’ Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce (made by Southwest Specialty Food)
  7. Ass Kickin’ Cajun Hot Sauce (made by Southwest Specialty Food)
  8. Ass Kickin’ Chile Lime Hot Sauce (made by Southwest Specialty Food)
  9. Dat’l Do-it (Variety Pack)- Scorching Habanero
  10. Dat’l Do-it (Variety Pack)- Classic Cayenne
  11. Dat’l Do-it (Variety Pack)- Spicy Jalapeno
  12. Bay Island Inc (Variety Pack)- Chipotle Hot Sauce
  13. Brother Bru-Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce- Very Hot
  14. Sante Fe Chili Hot Sauce (made by The All Spice Co)
  15. Dave’s- Temporary Insanity
  16. Marie Sharp’s- Fiery Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce
  17. La Anita- X Hot Grilled Pepper Sauce
  18. El Yucateco- Hot Sauce Chile Habanero (Red)
  19. El Yucateco- Hot Sauce Chile Habanero (Green)
  20. Nando’s Peri-Peri Sauce- Hot
  21. Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Pepper Hot Sauce
  22. Trader Joe’s Habanero Hot Sauce
  23. Tajin- Clasico Regular Snack Sauce
  24. Salvation Sauce- Cajun Cayenne
  25. Hellacious Hot Sauce (made by High River Sauces)
  26. Dancing Bear Farm Hot Pepper Sauce (local)- Moderate Heat
  27. Miss Delta Ol’ Recipe Hot Sauce

My Hot Sauce Mission


Anaheim Peppers

The sauce that I seek will be delicious but not overpowering. Spicy but not tongue scaldingly hot. For the most part, not too smokey or sweet.  Looking for those perfectly balanced additions to compliment delicious food.  As I try new sauces and revisit old ones I will let you know how they pair up with each food. Please feel free to share your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions. I hope for us all to benefit from this menu of hot sauces– including myself.