Grilled and Beer Braised Pork Tacos/Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana/Greenbeard “Stoned at the Throne”

 In IPA, Pork, Recipes

Frozen pork chops, what to do with this fall/winter staple when the weather turns warm?  Well obviously we’re going to grill them but we don’t stop there, we’re also going to braise them in beer and enchilada sauce until we can just pull the bone out and the meat falls apart.  The shredded pork goes on blistered corn tortillas with refried black beans, guac and hot sauce.   We paired up these tasty tacos with another one of our favorite local breweries, Solemn Oath and their incredible Snaggletooth Bandana.  On the music side of things it’s been awhile since we’ve fuzzed out to just straight up doom, so we do so tonight with Austin TX’s Greenbeard and their latest “Stoned at the Throne”.

Grilled and Beer Braised Pork Tacos – We start the pork off right in this recipe by rubbing down bone in pork chops with our La Curandera Mexican Rub.  Alternatively you could use a combination of cumin, garlic, black pepper and salt.  Season both sides with the rub and toss in the fridge until ready to use.

Next we get our charcoal grill going to a fairly high heat and place the chops down directly over the flame. We’re going to let these get some deep, dark grill marks before removing them from the grill.

These chops are not done yet, now we pour a can of enchilada sauce over the top along with a can of PBR.

Cover the pan tightly with foil and braise at 300 degrees for 2-3 hours until the bone comes out easily and the meat shreds just by looking at it.

To build, we toss a couple of corn tortillas over a flame to char a bit then fill it with the shredded chicken, a spoonful each of guac and refried black beans then a drizzle of hot sauce.  Super easy, but super delicious carnitas-like meal you can make any time.

Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana – Not only does their beer rock, but the Solemn Oath brewery is also one of our favorite breweries to visit, guaranteed to be cranking up loud music and delivering always killer beer.  This evening we paired up our tacos with their insanely delicious Snaggletooth Bandana, one of their flagship IPAs.  The beer pours yellow/and orange effervescent with a foamy head.  Sweet smelling with ripe apricot and tropical fruits, it is definitely an inviting beer even before the first sip is had.  The flavor is super hoppy and bitter but with a subtle citrus sweetness making it one of our favorite local beers. That hoppiness was also the perfect antidote to the spicy tacos.

Greenbeard “Stoned at the Throne” – You just got to love a doom band from Texas. No matter how slow and doomy the music may be, there just has to be an element of good ol’ Texas boogie incorporated, and in Austin’s Greenbeard’s case that comes in the form of the groove that swaggers along behind a huge wall of fuzzy riffage throughout the entire album.  “Stoned at the Throne” is this trio’s sophomore album and it kicks major ass starting off with the opening track “Sativa Wizard”, taking a page out of the Electric Wizard book of song titling.  The song itself also has little EW influence with the fuzzed out vocals and monstrous riffs but with a groove that resembles fellow statesmen Duel.  “Don’t Get Too Desperate” kicks off with a riff that is the doom version of Pink Floyd’s “Money”.  It’s a throwback psychedelic piece that is trippy as it is cool and could be easily be included on a Brown Acid compilation without even questioning it.  On “The Voyager” things get super slow and sludgy with a pace that moves along like a walking elephant that has been hit by a tranquilizer dart.  The vocals are perfectly layered and airy and they hover over the swampiness like hot steam.  “Crooked Is As Crooked Does” takes a page out of the Swedish school of stoner rock mixing fuzzy desert rock with a healthy shot of doom while “Swimming In The Grass” is another throwback tune to the early days of 70s doom metal.  “Eris” is the album’s best track, a groove monster with incredible vocals and riffs.  The album ends with quite possibly once of the most fitting song titles ever made in “Sludgito”, eight minutes of droning guitar work played at a funeral procession’s pace to go along with a huge low end.  For those days you just want to doom on and fuzz out, you can’t do much better that this album.

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