Another fantastic week down in the Gulch. Food was fantastic and went off with only 1 minor issue. Beer was cold. Falcons win!! Can’t ask for much more than that. I’m going to assume that anyone reading this article witnessed in some way the thrashing Peyton Manning took in the first quarter of Monday night’s game. If you missed it, search the interwebz and enjoy. The Falcons secondary was almost as good as the meal prepared, so lets dig into that.
Let me start off by saying how much I love night games. We arrived on site around 11am, just enough time to enjoy a couple meals and a full day with friends. The weather wasn’t quite in our favor. Luckily our good friend and great tailgater Banjo Leonard arrived promptly at 9am to reserve us a nice covered tailgating area. Props to that guy!! I was accompanied by my good friend and colleague Bizzle or Brendan, or just B if you’re into the whole brevity thing. He’s not only a fantastic bartender but the man can cook! He shared with me the secrets to a Denver “Slopper” and now you too can have this knowledge.
A “slopper” is basically a burger patty, topped w/ chili verde. We obviously went above and beyond. B traded out the typical garden found on most burgers for a pickled beet, carrot and jalapeno mix. The patty was a 50/50 pork & beef mix, and the chili verde was slow cooked w/ a Boston butt. He also added some queso fresco to finish. Let’s start, shall we?
Pork Chili Verde
- 2 lb Boston butt
- 2 lb tomatillos
- 2 ripe Avocado
- 1 lb Jalapeno
- 1 lb Cubanelle pepper (substitute Anaheim)
- 1 lb Poblano pepper
- 1/2 lb serrano
- 3 Sweet Onion
- 1 large Shallot
- 1 bunch Cilantro
- 3 Limes
- 2 Boxes of Chicken Broth
- Seasonings: Cumin, Adobo powder, S&P
- Gallon of water
- 3 bottles of beer- we used 1 bottle of Imperial Red & 2 bottles of lager
Whew… I know it looks like a long list, but trust me, it pays off. We used a stock pot over medium heat on a propane burner. Remember all those videos around Xmas time of people burning down their house trying to fry a turkey? Basically the same set up, minus the screaming kids. PREP WORK: We decided to fire roast all of the peppers ahead of time and this worked well. If you plan to do this on site, no problem. Go ahead and fire that grill up to high heat. Once you are done with the peppers, season & brown the Boston butt. While the butt is searing, chop all peppers and onions. Get all that? OK, great, let’s move on.
Grab the stock pot and pour 4 cups of water & 1 box of chicken broth. Dump ALL your peppers & onions in, as well as the Boston Butt. Bring everything to a boil. Once you’re all bubbly, reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally. After an hour go ahead and add the final 2 beers, and the final box of chicken broth. Since you have it handy anyway, add some of your seasonings to the mix. Now you want to slowly add the remaining water. Now you are just waiting for the pork to fall off the bone. This is a great time to go mingle with your neighbors, drink copious amounts of beer, or just stare at the covered pot. It’s your time, do with it as you want. The entire process should take anywhere from 2-3 hours, I prefer slow and low so let’s just plan for 3.
- Bag of sliced Carrots
- Bag of sliced Radish
- 6 jalapenos
This one is simple. I suggest doing this the night before. Boil all ingredients in white vinegar & sugar for 5-7 minutes. DONE. Simple. Fast. Delicious.
- 1 lb ground Pork
- 1 lb ground Beef
- 1 Egg
- 2 Serrano peppers
Finely mince the serrano peppers. Mix ALL ingredients together and make into patties. Your grill should be down in temp now and you should be ready to cook the burgers to desired temp.
We chose to serve with fresh made chips (we cheated and fried them up at the restaurant) with fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, and a black bean & corn salsa.
So that’s it crazy kids. A remarkable 27-21 victory for the good guys. A fantastic tailgate with the help of B. Hope you enjoyed this little write up. Make sure you follow me on twitter; @TailgatingChef. See you all in a couple weeks when we face the Carolina Panthers! Cheers.