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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs If you’ve ever made BBQ ribs before, you know it can be a long process if you want fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, meat.  Thanks to Instant Pot, you can shave 4-5 hours off this process now!  Using the pressure cooking component of the Instant Pot, you can pressure cook your ribs for 30 minutes and get the same effect you would have if you had slow cooked your ribs in the oven for 4 hours.  I seasoned my ribs with a dry rub, and refrigerated
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Thanksgiving Feast Essentials!

14 November, 2013, 0 comments, on

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Thanksgiving is a time to hang out with family, watch football, and of course eat a ton of amazing food. Each holiday throughout the year has its various dishes that families enjoy and request time and time again, however it seems to vary from family to family. Thanksgiving is NOT one of these holidays. From talking with others we have found that Thanksgiving seems to have the most established menu of ANY of the holidays. 

Although the Turkey is key to most Thanksgiving meals the side dishes are just as important and really make the meal what it is! Here is our list for those must have dishes on Thanksgiving Day.

Turkey. Roasted or the recently popular Fried Turkey are the way to go.

Stuffing. Bread stuffing, with onions & celery and some sausage r bacon.

Mashed Potatoes. Of course with gravy!

Green Bean Casserole. 

Canned whole cranberry jelly. There is no swapping this one out.

Crescent rolls. You know - the ones that come in the airtight can that pops when you open them – the best kind ever!

Pie. Pie. And More Pie. Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan … the possibilities are endless but pie is a must for any true Thanksgiving Dinner.

Once your meal is complete you can enjoy the rest of the evening fire side, watching football, in your largest pair of sweat pants because the greatest part of a big meal like Thanksgiving is being able to enjoy the food coma after. 

-SJ Duvall

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Thanksgiving Cocktails!

14 November, 2013, 0 comments, on

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Thanksgiving is not only great for the food, family, and football, but it is also the perfect chance to try out a new cocktail!

This year - Try some of our picks for your Thanksgiving Gathering!

Pumpkin Pie Martini Recipe
(recipe from MixThatDrink.com) 

2 ounces vanilla vodka
2 ounces white creme de cacao
1/4 cup heavy cream
1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin puree (pie mix)
1 dash of ground nutmeg (for garnish)
Powdered graham cracker (for the rim)

Rim two martini glasses with crushed graham cracker. Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, creme de cacao, cream and pumpkin puree. Shake well until it’s chilled. Strain into the martini glasses. Sprinkle the ground nutmeg on top for garnish.

 

Spiked Apple Cider Recipe
(from foodnetwork.com)

1/4 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks
1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix together the cider, rum, and schnapps in a large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss them with the lemon juice. Thread the diced apples onto skewers. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with an apple skewer and serve.

- SJ Duvall

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A Private Tour Of New Braunfels Smokehouse

18 September, 2013, 0 comments, on

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New Braunfels, Texas is home to not only home to one of the nation’s best and largest waterparks, the Schlitterbahn, but it is also home to the New Braunfels Smokehouse! The Drink.Eat.Relax. Team had the once in a lifetime opportunity to get a totally behind the scenes tour of the smokehouse and its entire operation. We can’t even begin to tell you how amazed the whole crew was with the operation they run at the smokehouse. 

When we first arrived we were greeted by friendly staff and sat in the waiting room. The smell of meat hits you as soon as you walk in the doors. We were asked to put on lab coats, hair nets, baseball hats, and booties to cover our shoes before entering the facilities.


The team getting ready for the tour - what a good lookin bunch in lab coats!


Packaging room where final products are labeled and shipped out.

We were then led through the various rooms including the packaging and labeling room, the room where the cooked meats are finished off with glazes, sliced, and sealed, the hot room where the smokers cook the meat, and the meat waiting rooms where unfinished and/or finished meat wait to be cooked or packaged. Each room is separated and has its own team of workers in each. Workers are designated with different colored uniforms to show which area they work in. Over 100 people work in the factory.


Factory Works hanging strips of bacon to racks to be sent into the smokers.

Refridgerated Room for meats waiting to be smoked.

Not only was the process of packaging and finishing the meats very efficient but this entire factory has to be the cleanest place anyone on the Drink.Eat.Relax Team has ever seen. While walking through the different rooms you are constantly walking through soap and clean water to be sure your shoes don’t track anything from one room to the next. When we got out we all had sparkling clean shoes!


Finished hams waiting to be glazed and sprial slice. Each Ham is sliced individually and done carefully by a worker specific to this station.


Hams being prepped for the Honey Glazing process.


Each Honey Glazed Ham is done by a single person and a torch. Amazing how each ham you get it unique!

Cooked meat is put into containers and taken to the meat packaging room where workers seal and label individual packages.


Bacon hanging on racks in the smokers - now step back and crank that smoker up!

The Smokehouse will smoke sausages, jerky, turkeys, chicken, pheasants, beef brisket, hams, bacon, pastrami, ribs, pork chops and tenderloin.  All meats are stored on rolling racks and then rolled into the massive room sized smokers.  The best part about the smokehouse is – it used to be a brewery: the New Braunfels Brewery.  From brewery to community ice house to smokehouse. The 70+ years of history can be tasted in every delicious bite.

Smoked Sausages waiting to be packaged and shipped.


Factory works load uncooked sausages onto poles and then onto racks to be rolled into the smokers.

If you are ever in Texas be sure to get by the New Braunfels Smokehouse Store located right near the Smokehouse so that you can try out their amazing meats!   Can’t make it to Texas?  They’ll bring it to you at ……http://www.nbsmokehouse.com/

- The Drink.Eat.Relax. Team

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Horse Racing, Wine, & History at Belle Meade Plantation

14 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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Belle Meade Plantation is known as the premiere thoroughbred racing and breeding farm of the South. Owned by the Harding and Jackson families this plantation was home to some of the world’s most famous thoroughbred racing horses.

 

We took a tour of this beautiful home, smokehouse, and winery while visiting the grounds at the plantation. The Winery at Belle Meade Plantation was created to honor all of the home made wine that was served to presidents and other famous people that visited the home while under the Harding and Jackson Families ownership.

 

We were able to enjoy a tasting of 5 of their wines all with thoroughbred or horse racing related names. The winery was started in 2009 and is a beautiful addition to this historic home. We also toured the onsite smokehouse that was used during the times the home was actively lived in. They walked us through the process of how animals, especially pigs, were cooked here. The process is quite similar to those practices we use today.

- Sara

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