Guest blogger April Peveteuax is the author of the new book Gluten is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes & Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free out now. She also writes her own blog at http://glutenismybitch.wordpress.com on living gluten free.
You know how to throw down a dog, a burger, maybe even something advanced like a T-bone. It’s time to step it up, however, because everyone and her sister knows how to char your basic mixed meats. Me? I go for Stubb’s marinades and rubs when I want to blow some minds. Which means this Memorial Day Weekend, I’m packed and ready.
If you’ve never slathered on Stubb’s Chipotle Butter Injectable Marinade you’re going to wish you had by the time I finish this how-to (and yes, I slather rather than inject). Because it’s kind of like bacon. In that, you put it on stuff and everyone is going to be all, “Ohemgee, you guys. What IS this?” IS this?”
As someone who has gone full Chipotle Butter with pulled pork, as well as carne asada before, I decided a really easy way to have all of you nice people enjoy this gem of a Stubb’s product was to throw it on everything, and throw that everything on the grill. Yeah, it was awesome.
Chipotle Butter BBQ Pork Loin
This is simple, but amazing. Mostly because pork loin grills up so nicely, but people never think of it and instead grab the sad sister—the hot dog. If you grab a bottle of Stubb’s Chipotle Butter, you can simply rub that into your 2 lb pork loin and let it sit overnight in the fridge. The next afternoon just hit up your grill for at least 20 minutes on medium, then cook the butter’ed pork loin for about 8 minutes on each side. You can test the doneness but cutting into the middle about midway. It should be a bit pink on the inside for optimum deliciousness. Slice, and serve up these spicy medallions.
Slam Dunk Chipotle Butter BBQ Chicken
Your next move should be BBQ chicken. It’s true that you can use any chicken marinade in the Stubb’s arsenal to do this, but perhaps you have not fully understood how amazing their Chipotle Butter actually is. Regardless, here’s how you grill some delicious chicken, be it slathered in Chipotle Butter, BBQ sauce, or any other Stubb’s scrumptious sauce.
1. Take 1-2 lbs of chicken pieces (I like drumsticks and wings) and place them in a gallon Ziploc bag or two. Add water until chicken pieces are covered, then add 1 tablespoon sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 8 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and place in refrigerator overnight or for 4 hours depending on how soon you want that chicken inside you
2. Remove chicken from brine, and pat dry. Place on baking sheet or tray, then brush Stubb’s Chipotle Butter liberally on chicken pieces, flipping for total coverage. Grill on medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce for dipping.
One should not finish out Memorial Day Weekend without a burger. A burger with a spicy and savory sauce? Yes, please. This “recipe” is incredibly simple, as you just take a big old bowl and place 2 lbs ground beef inside. Pour half a bottle of Stubb’s chipotle butter and mix until completely covered. Make into patties 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick and grill until desired wellness. Definitely add sharp cheddar at the last cooking minute, as well as any other accouterments and serve with a bun —gluten-free or full-on white bread.
These are three easy, and incredibly delicious ways to utilize your intense and lip-smacking good flavors from Stubb’s. I strongly suggest you do so ASAP. After all, you want to squeeze every minute out of grilling season.