Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce

Jack Daniels Whiskey: A gentleman's drink to say the least. Its fine taste makes the perfect complement to any BBQ sauce. This in turn makes a perfect cover for food that is on the cheap end. Your guests will never be able to tell that your bratwurst and steak selection came from the bargain bin. Best of all, this sauce is cheap, simple, scalable, and it will leave you with plenty of Single Barrel for yourself.

This is a simple 5-3-1 BBQ sauce, and like all French sauces, is the starting point to a thousand more.

This is how easy it is:

Whisk together 5 parts ketchup/catsup, 3 parts brown sugar, and 1 part Jack Daniels.

That's really it. Of course, this is only the beginning. You could add in bacon salt, Sriracha sauce, ranch, or a wide variety of other ingredients to get the exact flavor that you want.

If it is a little to thin for your liking, whisk in small parts of flour until it gets to your preferred consistency.
Likewise, if it is too thick, add more Jack.

Also, if you don't like your sauce to have an alcohol content this high, you can heat it in a sauce pot, or add it before your food starts cooking, to take care of that.

Happy Saucing,

Monday, April 23, 2012

Butter Ramen

Ramen: The Holy Grail of college dining; Cheap, simple, delicious, satisfying. As soon as you set foot on any academic institution's campus, it's fragrance will find you. It was said that man cannot live on sliced bread alone, and, unfortunately, man cannot live on the same Ramen dish alone. Variety becomes necessity. This is but another weapon to add to your Instant Noodle Utility Belt. May it serve you well.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 3 oz. brick of instant Ramen Noodles
  • Water
  • Mug (8-9 oz)
  • Microwave

Break your noodle brick in two and stuff it into a coffee mug.
Now fill it almost all of the way up with water.
Nuke it for 3-4 minutes, or however long your years of ramen training tell you to.
Don't grab for the mug right away. This is how rookies get burns.
As soon as its safe, dump the extra water while making sure that noodle loss is minimized.
Add as much butter as you like. I stick to 1/8 to 1/4 of a stick, but I've seen a 1:1 ramen:butter ratio in the field too.
Ravenously consume.

There you go, the easiest Ramen remix that you will ever encounter. Understandably, a few people, mostly those who are not distressed and/or drunk, will want some more variety on top of this. A few additional ideas are below:

Buffalo Ramen
Add a few dashes of Frank's, Tobasco, or Sriracha when you mix the butter in.

The Laziest of Additions
Go crazy and add the seasoning packet that came with your brick o' noodles.

The Importance of Calcium
Mix a handful of your favorite shredded cheese in, especially if its pepperjack.

Super Meal
To get your day started in the shortest possible amount of time, mix with your morning coffee or Red Bull. Warning, this is absolutely disgusting.

(Credit is due to my friend Darek, and the reduced drinking age in the United Kingdom)