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CELEBRATING SUMMER, SUNSHINE & BBQS!
Chud's Grill Meister Pork Steak
With grilling season upon us, I plan to spend most of my mealtime outside tending the fire & having a few cocktails,
but one thing I don’t like is cooking the same thing all the time. Having a variety of options in your grilling arsenal is what separates the good grill masters from the great!
If you are in need of some less common grilled proteins consider the humble pork steak! Popularized by old school hill country bbq joints the pork steak is not as common as it once was, which is a shame because when done properly it's easily one of my favorite bbq bites. Plus the unique flavors of Jägermeister work very well with bbq and grilling, in this recipe the bitter floral characteristics pair very well with the fatty smokey meat as well as adding some herbal notes to the mop sauce.
Paired with an ice-cold shot of Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee and ice-cold Beer!
Scroll Down for the Recipe and Cocktail Pairing By Nate Laird!
Bradley “Chud” Robinson of Chud’s BBQ
Grill Meister Pork Steak
Nate Laird's Cocktail Pairing
When I first met Chud I met him through one of my favorite bartenders Miles. Then I’d randomly catch him working the pits over at one of my favorite BBQ spots Leroy & Lewis. From there it was various run-ins from brand events to bars, and even a few catered Jägermeister Educations (That Jägermeister glazed pork belly tho!). Needless to say, when I knew grilling season was coming up I knew we had to get Chud to contribute some of his grilling expertise to Behind the Shot. Needless to say, he blew this one out of the park. The Grillmeister Pork Steak has such a good char, juicy, and an absolutely show-stopping crust from the coffee rub. With all this in mind, I wanted a nice sipper that you could enjoy while doing the grilling as well as something that would pair well while you ate. Now as much as I enjoy a good citrusy refreshing cocktail to counteract the fattiness of the pork I also love a good Old Fashioned to pair with it and match the velvety mouthfeel of the bbq itself. I also wanted it to have a touch of smoke when it hit me. Scotch Old-fashioned.
For this, I went with the approachable and highly mixable Scotch. Not just because it was the right flavor I was looking for but also because it was a nod to Miles who introduced us and was a former Ambassador. Miles was also Chud's Right-hand man and fabricator for the Smoker and offset grill business.
So we split base the Scotch with Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee bringing that robust arabica flavor with the rich flavor of the cacao which just makes the flavors of the crust pop and adds depth with the charred coffee flavor and the sweetness of the caramelized meat. I added a touch of brown sugar simple syrup for balance, and some Bittercube Corazon Bitters to set the whole thing off with a touch of heat and some dry pepper. Stir it all up and pour over some good ice and you’ve got yourself a little slice of Chud's BBQ cocktail pairing heaven.
1 part Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee
1 part Monkey Shoulder Scotch
¼ part brown sugar simple syrup
2 Dash Bitter Cube Corazon Bitters
Oak Smoked Old Fashioned Glass (optional)
Garnish: Orange Twist
Method: Combine all ingredients into mixing glass. Fill with ice. Stir until proper dilution is achieved (20-30seconds). Strain over ice into a rock's glass. Garnish & Serve
Tips & Tricks:
Wish this cocktail was a little smokier? Wanna add some razzle-dazzle. Grab an oak Chunk or chip and let it roast in the fires of the grill for a second or two. Then turn your glass upside down over it to snuff the flame and smoke your glass!
Not wanting to bust out the mixing glass?
Especially when entertaining or keeping it casual you can stir this cocktail directly in the rocks glass with ice. Make top-offs easier too. Another one, please!