|BBQ pulled pork shreds|
The main ingredients and spices I used are pretty standard for chili including: onions, red/green pepper, mushrooms, black/kidney beans and chili powder. But it's obviously the specialty items that really made this shine. The stars of the show included honey and the rest of the morning's coffee:
|This leftover coffee is not just going down the drain|
Her recipe called for bourbon. I didn't have any of that, but I figured this scotch was no slouch.
|The richest and smokiest scotch around|
I fried up the veggies, put it all together and let it simmer and reduce for a couple of hours.
|The spicy masterpiece simmering away|
So my final ingredient list was something like this:
- 2 lbs bbq pulled pork
- 1 lb boneless pork loin
- salt and pepper
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp cumin seeds
- 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 1 cup black coffee
- 3/4 cup smoky scotch
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
With the wife gone to the great white north of Labrador for the next month, I had to enjoy the first bowl by myself.
|The first magic bowl|
So much flavour. The scotch and the bbq pork each contribute a special smokiness, while the coffee and honey add a lot of richness and depth. I think that instead of eating it for lunch every day this week like I usually do with big meals like this, I'm going to save it in the freezer and bring it out for a special occasion...