Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rotisserie Chicken with Black Pepper Vinegar Sauce

Black Pepper Vinegar Sauce:
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons clover honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
One 4 pound whole chicken, excess fat trimmed, rinsed and patted dry
2 tablespoons canola oil

For the sauce: Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon pepper in a medium bowl. Combine the canola and olive oil, then slowly add to the mustard mixture and whisk until emulsified. Let sit at room temperature while you prepare the chicken. The sauce can be made 2 days in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

For the chicken: Set up the rotisserie according to the manufacturer's directions. Combine the sugar, paprika, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Brush the chicken with the oil and rub with the spice mixture.

Thread the chicken onto the rotisserie and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the breast registers 165 degrees F, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Remove from the rotisserie, brush liberally with some of the sauce, loosely tent with foil and let rest 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with the sauce on the side.


Texas-Style Potato Salad with Mustard and Pickled Red Onions

1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
Kosher salt
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 1/2 pounds new red potatoes
6 hard-cooked eggs, coarsely chopped
1 roasted red pepper, finely diced
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro

Bring the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan and cook until the sugar and salt dissolves, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the onions and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours. Drain the onions through a strainer into a bowl and reserve the pickling liquid.

Put the potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water by 2 inches and add 2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until a knife inserted into the center of the potatoes meets with no resistance. Drain the potatoes well, let cool slightly (but not all the way) and slice into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Transfer the warm potatoes to a large bowl. Add the eggs, pickled onions and red peppers. Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustards, a few tablespoons of the pickling liquid and season with salt and pepper. Add the dressing and parsley to the warm potatoes and gently mix to combine; season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve chilled.

Honey-Rum Pinto Beans with Burnt Ends

2 tablespoons canola oil
8 ounces double-smoked slab bacon, cut into small dice
1 medium carrot, grated on the large holes of a box grater
1 medium Spanish onion, cut into small dice
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Two 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained, rinsed well and drained again
2 cups Bobby Flay's Mesa Barbecue Sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce
1 to 2 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium canned broth, plus more if needed
1/4 cup clover honey
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
A few cups burnt ends from Smoked, Spice Rubbed, Texas-Style Brisket
Handful torn fresh parsley leaves

Put the canola oil and bacon in a medium cast-iron or enamel coated cast-iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook until crisp. Add the carrots and onions to the pan and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, about 1 minute. Add the beans, barbecue sauce, 1 cup stock, honey and brown sugar and mix gently to combine; season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer, about 20 minutes. Check to see if the mixture is dry, and if it is, add a little more stock. Continue simmering until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in the burnt ends. Garnish the top with the parsley and let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Smoked, Spice Rubbed, Texas-Style Brisket:
3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon allspice, ground
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, ground
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon mustard seeds, ground
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
One 8 to 10 pound brisket, untrimmed
3 cups oak or pecan wood chips, or 6 big chunks, soaked in cold water for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours
2 cups apple juice (in a spray bottle)

Mix together all the spices in a bowl. Liberally rub the entire brisket with the spices, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Remove the brisket from the refrigerator 1 hour before beginning the smoking process to take the chill off, and remove the plastic wrap.

Get your smoker running at 225 degrees F with hardwood charcoal and a few handfuls of soaked wood chips. This temperature should be maintained throughout the entire smoke. (If you are using a grill: Set up the grill for indirect heat, banking the coals on one side of the grill and scattering the wood chips on top. Maintain the temperature at 225 degrees throughout the smoking process, adding chips as necessary until you wrap the brisket in foil.)

Place the brisket fat-side up on your smoker grate and close it up for the long smoke.

Open your barbecue smoker every hour or 2 and spray the brisket liberally with apple juice to help keep the meat from drying out. Also keep apple juice in the water pan if you are using a water smoker.

When the internal temperature reaches 165 to 170 degrees, after about 4 hours, wrap the brisket in aluminum foil and continue to cook for another 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. This little trick is a big help in getting the meat tender, especially for beginners. Figure that a brisket smoked at around 200 degrees will take about 1 1/2 hours per pound. The brisket is done when the internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F. Remove and let rest 20 minutes before slicing. Remove the foil from the brisket over a large pan or disposable pan and reserve the liquid. Cut off the brisket points and reserve for Honey-Rum Baked Pinto Beans with Burnt Ends.