Fancy Wieners

February 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

20130214-214607.jpgIt’s Valentine’s Day and I bought these wieners as a special treat for Beautiful Fiancee and me. She is trying to live a sugar-free life (other than my sweetness, of course), and often can’t find hot dogs or other sausages that do not contain some sort of sugar. Go check it out – your favorite sausage very likely has sugar. No joke.

These hot dogs were kind of expensive. For six wieners I paid $6.99. That goes beyond my normal $1 per hot dog rule, but splurging is what Valentine’s Day is all about. Apparently it is also all about three-meat wieners. Beef and pork with a lamb casing – that qualifies as a hat trick in my book.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Beautiful Fiancee. You are the love of my life!

Brasa: All You Can Meat

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

My friend Don refers to this type of place as “all you can meat.” That is pretty accurate. I had never been to this type of place, so my brother suggested Brasa in Raleigh when I saw him a couple weeks ago. It was like an orgy of meat. Guys with long skewers of meat kept coming by and giving us whatever we wanted. For $20 each we got the full breakfast buffet and the meat service. We had a bit from the buffet almost as a courtesy because we were really there to eat delicious skewered meat.

First was the pork sausage and bacon-wrapped chicken. I was not a big fan of either, but they were meat so I ate them. In general, if you have to wrap something with bacon, probably you did not season it well enough. That was the case here. The chicken was not bad, but was not too good either. The bacon wrapping made it a little better but was a bit of a cheap trick.

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Next was the steak, which was slathered with butter and garlic. This was nice and juicy, and delicious as the day was long. After the meal, I kept belching up garlic the rest of the day. It didn’t bother me at all, but I am sure Beautiful Girlfriend was not a huge fan of it.

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And then I ate more:

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Finally we got bacon-wrapped medallions of filet mignon. I had never had such a thing before, but found it very tasty and thought the bacon was a nice accompaniment to the rich taste of the filet. The bacon was subtle but definitely noticeable and the filet was about as tender as I could imagine it being.

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All in all, I highly recommend this place, and hope I can take BG to a Brazilian type steakhouse soon so she can also enjoy the excess.

Nacho Flavored Slim Jim

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I stopped at 7-11 after going to the wine store on my lunch break. You see, I am driving to Pennsylvania on Friday to see my father for Christmas and Pop likes his wine. He gets misty sometimes as he sips from one of the fine glasses that came in his wife’s trousseau, recalling the days of his youth as a soldier in France, how the wine flowed and that pretty brunette girl twirled in dance seemingly forever. Ah, youth. So sweet, so fleeting, just like the wine whose glass is now empty.

I wanted a snack after the wine store and found just what I wanted: a nacho flavored Slim Jim. There was just a hint of cheese flavor riding on top of the solid Slim Jim backing. It was barely noticeable but good, all the same. Would I recommend it? Only if the regular Slim Jims are all gone and that is the snack you want.

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Macaroni with Hot Dog Chunks

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

While looking online for recipes to use all my excess leftover hot dogs, I came upon one for macaroni and cheese with cut up franks. Sounded good, I figured. Seems like it should be a standard in American fare, but I had never heard of doing this before, although the classic grilled bologna and cheese sandwich is essentially the same thing.

You should try this. Slice up as many hot dogs as you want into small pieces. I used two hot dogs because that’s just how I roll. Heat them in the microwave, and add them to your cooked macaroni and cheese. Mix the hell out of it and enjoy. In truth, the combination was nothing spectacular, but it was good, solid, hearty food and great for a cold and wet day.

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Nathan’s Hot Dogs

November 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

I recently had to prepare lunch for one of the Masonic Lodges I attend and decided that we were going to have hot dogs and chili. I actually billed them as chili dogs, but it turned out the chili was better suited for a bowl instead of a bun. All the same, it was chili you could put on a dog.

Nathan’s hot dogs are pretty darned good. They are skinless beef franks that leave a good sheen of grease on top of the water they get boiled in. It’s a little nasty to think about, but boy are these good dogs! The only downside is that I expected somewhere around 30-40 people, which is around the usual attendance, but only 16 people showed up, so I am stuck with a whole mess of extra dogs. Expect recipes in the future and feel free to submit your own.

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Monday Funday: Earthworms in Slim Jims?

October 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

I guess this doubles as the Halloween edition because people are searching for something truly frightful. I guess there is a rumor that Slim Jims contain worms. It reminds me of when I was a kid in the 1970s and everyone thought McDonald’s burgers were made from worms, kangaroo meat, and various other non-traditional meats.

It’s all false. In truth, a certain amount of insect parts is allowed by law in any sort of food product, but it is a very small amount, and a byproduct of almost any manufacturing process. I think the earthworms in Slim Jims can safely be ruled out and dismissed as a myth, but the beef rectums? There’s no telling there. You might be eating beef rectums. It just says beef on the label and the manufacturer did not return calls from Wired when they did a story on what’s in a Slim Jim and asked what cut of meat is in the delicious snack.

So who knows – maybe the beef rectum is what gives it that spicy kick.

End of Summer Barbecue with Tom and Tiff

September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

My friends Tom and Tiffany are among the best people in the world, and not just because they invite me to their kick-ass cookouts and get-togethers. They are just plain great people. Generous, kind, warm-hearted people. They had just such a cookout last weekend to bid adieu to the warmth and frivolity of summer and to welcome the cooler temperatures autumn is sure to bring. The gathering was a meatsplosion or meatocalyopse, and there was a pretty good reliance on sausages, although a few burgers floated around as well.

Sausage gathering, prior to being cooked.
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Some Hoffman Red Hots, I think. They were pink and delicious. These may have been the sausages with cheese in them. It was pure molten goodness.
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This was a Hoffman White Snappie, which tasted a lot like a real bratwurst, which is traditionally made with pork and veal. I don’t know if this had veal, but it sure was good, so chances are it had veal.
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Yet more sausages meeting their fiery fate. These are some Italian sausages on the left and on the right are the Hungarian sausages Tom loves. Apparently the paprika in them gives a bit of a kick. I wanted to try one but I had already eaten more than I should and Tom was really enjoying them and I didn’t want to disturb that.
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And finally, here is our host: Tom the Barbecue King, brandishing tongs and a spatula that also has a bottle opener in it. Where there’s meat and fire, Tom is like a god.
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