Chilebrown at home

Sunday, September 16, 2018


The bbq season is winding down. Hot Q's & Cold Brews is our second to last contest for the year and our final KCBS sanctioned event. Feather Falls Casino rolled out the reed carpet for this event. We could not of had a better time visiting with our bbq friends and judging some of the finest competition bbq in the nation. It also was an added bonus that I walked away from the casino with more money than I came in with. 

This event gave the public plenty of opportunities to sample championship bbq. The beer drinkers in the crowd were treated to micro-beers brewed on the premise in the casinos very own microbrewery. While enjoying beer and bbq a band had everyone tapping their feet. 

Forty three teams competed today. The weather could not of been nicer. The thermometer hovered in the low 80's. The grounds had that special bbq aroma to entice everyone nearby. I had finished judging and still got hungry by the wonderful bbq smells. I do have to mention the booth selling cheesecake. I will also admit that I purchased a whole cake with lemon and lemon curd. I am weak.

I tell you we had so much fun. A day full of judging, brews and music. The added bonus of adult gambling games in he casino made this day perfect. The day wound down and around 5;30 the award ceremonies commenced. Several of our friends took the coveted 'Walk" (Taking the Walk, is when you go to the stage to get your trophies and prizes).

In conclusion, here is an image of my personal friend Chris P Bacon. Congratulations to all the teams that competed. A special shout out to the team "Burnin and Lootin" for winning the Grand Championship. I am also giving myself a little pat on the back for winning at the tables. So long for now.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


With a title of 5 Meat Feast how could this Mad Meat Genius resist? Sometimes you just do not feel like cooking. The television ads work because every time Little Caesar's runs their promotion a little dribble of drool forms at my gullible meat loving lips. The price is only nine dollars. How can they sell a pizza pie so low? We slash I give into temptation and brave the 5 Meat Feast.

We called the order in, picked it up and returned all with in 15 minutes. The pizza was hot. It looked just like the T.V. ads. I have to admit it tasted pretty good. Maybe I do not want to know how they can sell these pies for nine dollars. 

Monday, September 3, 2018


Those of you that live in the Redding California area are familiar with the very popular 'R & R Quality Meats & Seafood market. They sell meats and seafood in large volumes and reasonable prices. Whenever we are in the area we stop by. We also know they sell pre-formed hamburger patties that sometimes are flavored, stuffed or contain Wagyu beef. They usually are premium burgers and we love them. R & R has packaged some pre-formed Wagyu patties. This is a 3 pound package of 12 1/4 pd frozen patties for 9 dollars. This is more than reasonable in price so we decide to give them a try. 

 We open the resealable package and remove a frozen brick of patties. Each patty is seperated by wax paper. With a little prying the patties will separate, remove what you want and then reseal the bag for later use. The bag suggests you thaw the patty and cook on a hot griddle. That is what we do after we seasoned with salt & pepper. A lot of moisture emits from these patties. They cook fairly quickly because of their 1/4 pd size. We add cheese to our burgers. The million dollar question; how do they taste?

The burger looked great on the plate. The first bite was taken. It was okay leaning towards the disappointing side. There is a texture issue. These patties have been processed and frozen. I would compare the texture to a fast food burger. The flavor had a slight gaminess that I did not find particularly pleasant. This is not I expect in a so called Wagyu burger. It had more of a grass-fed flavor. We finished our burgers and decided we did not even want to keep the rest of the package. There is a reason these burgers are so cheap and it reinforces the old saying; 'You get what you pay for".

Saturday, September 1, 2018


Enrique Monroy of Monroy's Hot Sauce  has created a fun coffee table book about our beloved hot sauce. "The Art of Hot Sauce" is hot off the presses and ready for all hot sauce fueled enthusiasts. This was one mans quest with the cooperation of multiple spicy hot sauce companies create this book. There are plenty of tantalizing images to make one sweat with hot sauce fever. The reading is light and perfect for thumbing through while relaxing. We are friends with Enrique and had to pick up a copy. This would make the perfect gift for any of your hot sauce loving friends. 

The Art of Hot Sauce
by Enrique Monroy
ISBN 978-1-54394-462-4