Pulled Beer-BQ Chicken Sliders with Four Pepper Relish/Lagunitas Doppel Weizen/Borracho “Atacama”
No, sorry, we’re not giving away our often requested pulled chicken recipe, but we assure you that these are pretty close. Beer brined chicken thighs smoked over cherry wood, then tossed with a spicy beer BBQ sauce and served slider style with melted cheddar jack and a spoonful of a tangy/sweet 4 pepper relish as the toppings. We were serving up Lagunitas bombers of their Doppel Weizen to pair with the mini sandwiches and for the tunes, the latest from D.C. area rockers Borracho on “Atacama” was on the speakers.
Pulled Beer-BQ Chicken Sliders with Four Pepper Relish – We’re going to start a day ahead of time with these guys on brining the boneless skinless chicken thighs. In a large mason jar combine a bottle of beer, 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon each of garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Shake well to combine.
Pour about 3/4 of the brine over the chicken thighs, cover and refrigerate.
With the remaining 1/4 in the jar, we’re going to make our finishing sauce by adding another cup of BBQ sauce with a 1/4 cup of Sriracha. Shake well and refrigerate. Fast forward to the next day and we’re ready to tackle these chickens. We’re going to light 3/4 of a chimney with lump charcoal and once that’s hot and ashed over, pour those on one side of the grill with a scattering of cherry wood chips on top. Place the brined chicken over the cool side and cover the grill making sure the vents are over the chicken.
Let the chickens smoke as we knock out the 4 pepper relish. In a large bowl combine a large white onion chopped along with a chopped red, yellow and green pepper. Add in 6-7 chopped pickled Jalapeño rings, season with black pepper and toss.
In a medium sauté pan melt a tablespoon of butter over medium heat then add the chopped veg. Sautée just for 4-5 minutes until just barely soft then remove from heat and in a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey. Mix well and toss in the fridge.
Now it’s time to check the chicken, after about an hour they should be a nice mahogany color then we baste them with our beer-BQ sauce and cover the grill for another 15 minutes.
After the 15 minutes we can transfer the chicken from the grill to a foil pan and pour the remaining sauce on top. Cover with foil and return to the cool side of the grill. After another hour, the chicken will be fall apart tender. Gently pull the chicken apart coating and mixing with the sauce as you pull.
To put this all together we split open buttery slider buns and top with a heap of the spicy chicken, a handful of the cheese blend goes on next, followed by the relish.
Make a lot of these as they are going to go quick!
Lagunitas Doppel Wizen – A bomber of this German-style beer from the beer company that is synonymous with American hoppy beers? This should be interesting. This bock beer pours a very cloudy auburn with a faint head. The aroma is super hoppy for a Doppel, smelling super delicious. The flavor is super fruity; both citrus and tropical with some funky yeast going on making the beer more of a Belgium style IPA than a Weizen in our book, but who cares, it’s ridiculously delicious and it brought with it just enough hop bite and drinkability to it to extinguish the flames produced by the spicy sliders.
Borracho “Atacama” – This band holds a special place in the heart of Stoner Rock BBQ as they were one of the first bands to find us, dig us, reach out to us and consequently one of the first “new” bands we featured when we first started years ago. One of the coolest things about doing what we do is to watch these bands grow (as these guys have) and to now be able to feature their 3rd full length and they haven’t missed a beat. Borracho’s gritty style of stoner/biker metal is as heavy and groove-centric as it always was, especially on the opener, “Gold From Sand”. It’s a fuzzy masterpiece that combines elements of early Mastodon with Mount Carmel. “Overload” slows things down a touch while still staying true to the groove which makes things wind up in sludge territory which at almost 11 minutes, makes sense. It’s a heavy, jammy tune that continues to build speed and heaviness throughout. “Lost in Time” kicks off with twin guitar riffs that echo Thin Lizzy before it settles into the riff dominated rocker that it eventually becomes. The instrumental “Descent” is a super slow, brooding tune that’s as atmospheric as it is dark with some killer guitar work slicing through the low and slow sludge like a hot knife through butter. At 8 1/2 minutes, “Drifted Away From the Sun” is another epic tune that is a little more spacey on its delivery bringing in elements of Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan” on this almost 9 minute trip that plods heavily along. “Flower” is a beautifully arranged semi-acoustic instrumental that volleys back and forth with a fuzzy groove throughout the song. “Last Song” is the um, last song. A twangy, swagger-y number that’s also as trippy and spaced out as early Monster Magnet and completes a great record.