Week 3 here come the Raiders and thoughts

Week three.  It’s football weather in New England and I’m psyched.  Before I get to the game today I wanted to put some other thoughts out there.  Who had Buffalo as the top AFC East team at this point in the year?  Ok, I see you Harold.  Anyone else?  I thought so.

Same goes for last weeks game.  We had a team unifying win and all I could hear in the post game thoughts was how Brady did not play like a video game or Arena football QB.  Matt Cassell became unhinged after leading a rout in week 1 and our team sucks?  I’ll take us sucking all year if it means we play winning, opportunistic football.  While the haters were pilling on our Pats, did anyone else notice that the Legion of Boom when bust in San Diego?  No? Any given weekend people.  THAT is the NFL.

I like this weekends game.  With the limited off season that is the new norm I have no problem with the Raiders coming in with all their own issues and both teams figuring out their strengths and identities.  I’m OK saying that our Pats still have stuff to work out.  It’s week 3 for crying out loud.  THINK OF THE CHILDREN!  Ok, not that serious but let’s see how today plays out.  I think it’ll be a good game on many levels.

So what’s today’s food?  Well, it’s an open faced pulled chicken sandwich with a homemade BBQ sauce.

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Home made BBQ sauce – inspired by a no ketchup recipe on yummly.com

  • Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/4 red onion (medium, diced)
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 8  tomatoes diced
    • 2 tbsps brown sugar (packed)
    • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp molasses
    • 2 tsps worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
    • 2 jalapenos diced, unseeded

Add all ingredients to a crock pot.  That’s the before picture above.  Slow cook for 8 hours.  Put cooked ingredients in a blender and puree. If you have one of those hand held blenders then good for you.  Puree away in the crock pot.  Once fully integrated you have a BBQ sauce.  The lack of tomato concentrate means you’ll have a browner colored sauce but I’m quite happy with the flavor and consistency.

The Chicken

1 whole chicken.  Fryer, roaster or whatever.  A whole chicken is what I used.

Take the chicken and put upside down in a crock pot.  Cover and cook on slow for 8 hours.  I like to cook the chicken upside down as all the drippings keep the chicken breasts moist with no tricks needed.  Once done the chicken will literally fall off the bone and shred really easily.

The Sub.

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The picture above is my open faced sandwich straight out of the oven.  I bought a loaf of bread, split it, put a heavy helping of pulled chicken on it,  slathered it with sauce and then added freshly shredded cheddar cheese.  A few minutes in the oven on broil and I have a toasted pulled chicken sandwich. MMmmmmmm.

I’ll be watching today’s game with my sub, a freshly bottled White Birch Brewing / Schilling Beer Co Sticke Ale (debuts 9-26) AND rooting for a complete team game by our Pats.  Hope you enjoy today’s game with family, friends, good food and of course great beer.

Cheers,

Bill

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