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Some Soup for you!

soup-nazi

Seasonings not just for the Grill/BBQ…

IMG_3881With Winter fast approaching and the crock pot dusted off, it’s time for soups and chili! We have been making chili here, but wanted to show you our Beef Barley/Lentil Soup. This is one that will warm your heart and your stomach!

We get a lot of friends/customers who ask if they should use the Above the Coals Seasonings on other foods?

The answer is…YES.

We love our seasoning on everything from popcorn (this has been tried) to mixed into handmade burgers (Video located in the Video Tab here on the website), to an added “extra” in soups and chili’s.

What seasoning goes with what soup/chili?

We all have preferences, and mine are wide. I love a bit of the 2 Alarm in my chili because of the array of flavors and the fact that I get some of the green pepper taste on my pallet. Pictured here is our Carolina Heat Wave added to the Beef Barly/Lentil Soup, which kicked up the flavor and added some heat to this dish. The table grind black pepper used in the Carolina really gave this soup a nice peppery bite, but was also complimented by the other ingredients in the seasoning.

It was a great taste to start with, and with the added seasoning it really made it tasty.

I have tried the Signature Classic in this soup (in the last batch) and the flavors were different, but added that BBQ taste to the meat and potatoes that I wanted without the heat. It’s all personal preference and that is the nice part of having a little bit of Above the Coals Seasonings handy.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 Med. onion chopped

2 Cups cubed red potatoes

1 Cup dry lentils (rinsed)

1/2 Cup medium pearl barley

8 Cups water

2 Tsp. Beef Bouillon Granules

1 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning

1 28 oz. can/crushed tomato

Cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, then drain. Transfer to slow cooker then layer with potatoes, lentils and barley. Combine water, bouillon, salt, and lemon pepper and pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours and then add tomatoes at the 6 hour mark and stir. Cook 2 additional hours and ENJOY!! Add some Above the Coals seasoning to taste and let us know what you think!

As an added note:

The habanero seasoning that has been talked about a lot lately will be available VERY soon. Please check our Facebook Page for release dates and how you can get your hands on some!

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Comfort Food – Chili

Chili
Winter’s coming…

With the Winter on the horizon here in the Tri-State (New England) area and temperatures dropping, some comfort food is just what the Dr. ordered.  This past weekend we took the liberty as we always do when making chili to “eye” the seasonings that go into the pot and after getting the taste just right some flare was added to the final product.

Above the Coals BBQ Seasonings has spread the word and some samples of our new habanero based seasoning to select customers for review, and I have to concur that it really does liven up the flavor of many foods. As you can see in the picture to the left, some of the habanero seasoning (name TBD) was sprinkled on top (for the picture) and then mixed in.

It was……..stunning. Delicious. Like placing a few (…….) it was the delay in heat that got me. I could taste the flavors of a seasoned pot of chili, but received the delayed response from the heat that allowed me to enjoy the chili without overpowering it. Just delicious (But we are biased I suppose)

The second day is always better

I have heard for the longest time that many comfort foods are better the day after being made. I can only think of one that is better the day after. It’s chili. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza and cold chicken wings the day after and even some chicken breast, but the flavor in those foods are the same.

When it comes to chili, the flavors have some time to marry and make the mixture much more robust. Today’s helping of yesterdays bounty was just that. Robust! Also, knowing that the flavors were going to be popping much more than yesterday, I went with the Above the Coals Signature Classic Seasoning for this helping. The pictures below do it no justice as to how great it really was.

Here are some helpful hints for reheating chili in the microwave:

  • Start with .45 seconds to a minute on the timer and remember to cover what you are heating!
  • Take out and stir well
  • Add an additional 1 minute in the microwave
  • Stir again
  • If you like cheese on your chili, add a layer and heat for 20-25 seconds and let it rest a few minutes before you burn your tongue.
  • Add Above the Coals BBQ Seasonings (Classic, 2 Alarm, Carolina, or the new habanero coming out soon) and ENJOY!

I also enjoy some sour cream with my chili, and who could forget some corn bread. (Make sure to add sour cream AFTER you heat it up, or you’ll be left with a liquid mess of sour cream on top your chili.

Below you can see today’s take, because the 2nd day is always better (for chili anyways!) Just awesome!

I’ll be getting my personal chili recipe together and producing a video for you in the coming months. It’s to die for…trust me!

Chili Day 2

Don’t forget, you can pick up some of our seasonings at our Square Marketplace, and look for our Monday Deal! They are always insane deals!

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