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Bacon Jam

I mean I guess we do not have to stop the bacon train today.  After all it is Bacon Thursday.  This recipe may take a bit of patience but end result should be well worth it.  This is another recipe that I have yet to try but has also been in the my Nummy archives.  Bacon Thursday is an appropriate day to post it.  -ts

1 lb good-quality bacon
1 small onion, finely chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coffee, cola or beer
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

  1. Roughly chop the bacon and cook it in a heavy pot; transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon, draining off most of the drippings. Saute the onion and garlic cloves in the rest for 5 minutes, until soft and starting to turn golden.
  2. Return the bacon to the pan, add the brown sugar, coffee and maple syrup and cook over medium heat for half an hour, or until deep golden and thickened to the consistency of jam.
  3. If you like, cool and pulse in the food processor for a finer texture. Serve warm or cold. Keeps in a sealed container in the fridge for a week or two, if it lasts that long.
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Dot’s Steak & Onions with Soy-Coffee Sauce

This is yet another sauce I used to sip like coffee which, incidentally, the sauce includes. Dot was always good at dinner-making, but this was one of my all-time faves.

The soy-coffee-worcestershire combo is as tasty as it is surprising. Serve this up with Barrett’s Best Mashed Potatoes – the goat cheese version sounds like a good match to me – and you’ve got a perfectly updated version of an American classic.

3-5 pound sirloin (you can also use flank or filet)
tenderizer
1 cup strong coffee
3/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1 tbsp vinegar
1 large onion, chopped

  1. Mix all ingredients except sirloin and tenderizer.
  2. Apply tenderizer to the steak and pour mixture over steak.
  3. Marinate, turning every few hours at room temperature up to 4 hours (or marinate in fridge up to 24 hours).
  4. Grill steak until medium-rare. (You can also bake, pan-sear, or broil the steaks if you prefer.)
  5. While steak rests bring marinade and onions to a boil.
  6. Slice steak and top with onion sauce. Reserve some for drinking if you are a non-recovering salt addict like myself.

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“Braised” Brisket Tacos with Spiced Coffee Sauce

We made these tacos last week for Barrett’s birthday, and they were  devoured so quickly that Mr. Robert-Pickles-Schmidt couldn’t even scrape together a taco when he arrived an hour late. Despite the concerns of Chavandra – the butcher at our friendly neighborhood Kroger – who asked me “gurrrl, are you sho’ brizkit tacos is somethin’ you wanna make?”, it definitely is.

The coffee rub gives it a deep, spicy richness. Top it with the Ridiculously Perfect Pickled Red Onions, Spicy Southwestern Slaw, and crumbled queso fresca and you’ve got a meal that will make yo’ mama proud. And Chavandra too.

Coffee Rub
1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup black pepper
1/2 ground coffee

Brisket
1 5-pound brisket
water

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix together coffee rub ingredients and coat brisket liberally. (This can be done as far as 24 hours in advance.)
  3. Put brisket in a roasting pan or deep baking tray and add 1.5 inches of water.
  4. Cover and bake for 5.5 hours or until brisket falls apart easily.
  5. Place brisket on cutting board and let stand for 10-15 minutes before chopping and serving.
  6. Pour pan sauce into a serving dish and spoon over tacos. (Sauce will thicken and become concentrated and delicious while the brisket cooks.)
  7. Enjoy the compliments. These make upscale taco shop fare look like child’s play.

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Coffee Steak Rub

It took a few tries to get the coffee flavor to come through, but now The Chef has it just right. The last time we made these I finished a steak twice the size of my head… a feat I believe only Harmon matched me in, so clearly I’m bursting with pride.

1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup black pepper
1/2 ground coffee

 

Mix ingredients thoroughly, dredge steak in the mixture, and grill up real nice. It’s that simple.
The Chef notes this is also really good in brisket.

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Coffee BBQ Sauce

The chef-in-our-midst correctly pointed out that we were missing a sauce category, so he’s remedied that. If his other sauces are any indication, I’ll be drinking this like it’s a beverage in no time.

1 yellow onion minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of coriander
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sherry vinegar
1 cup strong coffee
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 heaping teaspoon Chipotle powder

  1. Sweat the onion in the olive oil with a good pinch of salt until soft.
  2. Add coriander, brown sugar, vinegar, and coffee and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add ketchup, tomato juice, and Chipotle powder.
  4. Simmer for 2 hours. Strain, discard the solids, and let cool.

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