Roasted Jalapeño and Pimiento Cheese Burger - To start we need to make the burgers, which are just 1/2 pound patties of 80/20 grassfed beef that we form and season with salt, pepper and garlic.
To the grill we go with these patties and also a few jalapeño peppers. On a hot grill toss on the burgers and the peppers.
Grill the patties until a nice crust forms on both sides then move to the cool side of the grill.
Continue to turn the peppers over the high heat until blistered and softened.
Remove the burgers and peppers from the grill and keep warm.
To build these, we place a patty on the bottom half of a warmed pretzel bun. To the top half add a large helping of pimiento cheese and a few slices of raw onion.
Finally some chopped jalapeños tops the burger.
That is all she wrote on these. Honestly, these burgers needed nothing else. They had the perfect amount of cheese and spice.
Carson's Brewery RIPA - This was yet another beer that sucked us in by the kick ass label that adorned the bottle. This RIPA from Indiana's Carson's Brewery pours a cloudy reddish brown with a bubbly cream head. The aroma is sweet with cane sugar and good amounts of booze and hops. The flavor is boozy right away with a huge wallop of hops following shortly after. It's a bigger beer, with a medium mouthfeel. We love our IPAs with our big burgers and this combo did not disappoint!
Whitey Morgan and the 78's "Sonic Ranch" - Ok, so stoner rock this album may not be, but Whitey Morgan and the 78's used to be signed to Small Stone Records, possibly the best stoner rock label out there, so a lot of people who followed the label were exposed to Morgan's music, us included. The band and label have since parted ways, but Whitey Morgan and the 78's continue to put out music including this brand-spanking new release "Sonic Ranch". So, it's probably time for a little full disclosure. Country music to us is a lot like Kiss, Rush and REO Speedwagon. "What?" you say? Pretty much anything before 1981, you can keep as far as we're concerned. Of course there are exceptions, but when it comes to country this whole pop country fad has us so turned off that even the sound of any new twang coming out these days we're super skeptical about. Having a history with Whitey Morgan though, we know his pedigree and his outlaw country drawl that evokes classic Haggard. Ok, back to "Sonic Ranch", we had it on repeat for several hours and it just kept getting better and better. The album starts off with the good time bar anthem "Me and the Whiskey" that is a little Hank Williams Junior and a little David Allan Coe. "Low Down on the Backstreet" is a good old fashioned honky tonk tune that needs to be either played out of an old tavern jukebox or played live behind some chicken wire stage. The dark and dusty "Waitin' 'Round to Die" has a rockabilly tinge to it that is super cool. Looking for a boot-stomping good time? You'll find one in "Goin Down Rocking". The album's best track comes on the soulful and emotional "Good Timin' Man", it's what Kid Rock tries to evoke on every country rock ballad that comes off sounding a bit rehearsed. "Ain't Gonna Take It Anymore" is a scorned lover ditty that is better than most. The album closes with "That's How I Got to Memphis" which is another highlight, it is so ridiculously catchy and features some incredible guitar work. "Sonic Ranch" is an instant country classic and probably our favorite in the Whitey Morgan catalog.