Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pork Balls and Firehouse Chili Beans



Pork Balls and Firehouse Chili Beans. What else would you expect a bunch of hungry firefighters to eat? Well we cooked, we ate, we moaned. But it was good!!!

The pork balls are actually marinated pork butt cubes, cut to about one inch, marinated in Worcestershire and soy sauces and a little Cholula Hot Sauce added to round it all out. On top of this I rubbed it down with Bob-BQN's Brisket Dust Rub.

I then lightly greased up a cooking pan, added the pork and placed this in the oven at 300 F. After about 2.5 hours it is ready to serve.Here are a couple photos of the Pork Balls....

Freshly baked pork balls right out of the oven.

Up close.

The Firehouse Chili is typical firehouse. Quick to make with a lot of flavor.

Here is the recipe....

Firehouse Chili Beans

Ingredients
  • One can Hormel Chili with Beans, 15 oz can
  • One can Kidney Beans, 15 oz can 
  • One Can Stewed Tomatoes, 15 oz can 
  • One Can Chopped Green Chiles, 4-5 oz can 
  • 2 Tbsp of Bob-BQN’s Brisket Dust (rub) 
  • 1 Tsp of Puerto Rican Pig Powder
  • Kosher Salt to Taste 
  • One Package of Bacon, fried 
Directions 
  • Add the can of Chopped Green Chiles and sauté them in their own liquid. 
  • Add the can of Chili beans. 
  • Add the can of Kidney beans with the water. 
  • Add the can of Stew Tomatoes with the water. 
  • Add the fried bacon. 
  • Heat all this at medium heat stirring constantly. 
  • Once it starts to boil, lower heat to simmer. 
  • Add the Brisket Dust, Puerto Rican Pig Powder and stir. 
  • Taste test then add the Kosher Salt to taste. 
  • Continue to cook and stir until the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce. 
Serve hot.

And here are the pictures....

All the ingredients are simmering.

Steaming hot!!!

The sauce has thickened just right and it is ready to serve.

These dishes are easy to prepare, very tasty and pack tons of flavor. This definitely fits the bill with firefighters. 

To round out our meal we served corned in butter sauce, white rice and finadene.

What else could any hungry firefighter ask for in a meal?

Try it....you might like it.

Until next time....

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Froots Restaurant, Guam....A Great, Health-Conscious Place to Eat!!!!


We love fast food. Who doesn't!! One of my wife's favorite fast food restaurants here on Guam is Froots.

Froots is a nation-wide fast food restaurant franchise. The local franchise on Guam is owned by Christine Baleto. There are two locations on Guam. The first one opened in the Agana Shopping Center. This did so well, another restaurant was opened at the Guam Premium Outlets also known as GPO. Froots offers an array of made-to-order smoothies, wraps, paninis, salads and soups. This restaurant sports a health food theme. And they do it well.


Froots at Guam Premium Outlets, Tamuning

The last time we went to Froots, my wife ordered the California Turkey Wrap wrapped in a spinach tortilla. This wrap is packed with turkey breast, bacon, Monterrey jack cheese, tomato, onion, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, spring mix, and ranch dressing. My wife loves this wrap.

I ordered the Tropical Toucan smoothie. This smoothie is "off the hook". It contains mango, peaches, strawberry-kiwi juice and orange sherbert, all my favorite flavors. These smoothies are thick, cold (brain freeze) and just plain delicious.

Here are a couple of pictures of my wife's California Turkey Spinach Tortilla wrap...

Here is the presentation

This is one fantastic tasting wrap!!!

Froots has quite a large variety of health-conscious menu items. Here is their menu....



One of our local television news stations, KUAM, aired a video report on the Guam Froots which was reported by Joan Aguon Charfauros. Here is that video...

video

So if you are looking for a delicious, health-conscious bite to eat, go to your local Froots Restaurant. You will definitely be glad you did and so will your stomach.

Until next time....

Pork Adobo at the firestation!!!!


Well, just to make a long story short, I had to work at the firestation yesterday. The chef for the day make a great tasting Pork Adobo. This is a type of Asian stew.

Here is what he did....

Ingredients
One 3 lb. pork butt
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 chicken bullion cubes
1.5 cups of water
3 potatoes. cubed
5 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tbsp vegetable oil
freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Directions
Cut up the pork butt into 1.5 inch cubes and mince the garlic. 

Browned this in an 8 qt. pot after after adding the oil. 

Add the soy and vinegar. Bring it all to a boil while constantly stirring, about 5 minutes. 

Add the chicken bullion cubes, black pepper and one cubed potato. The potato will thicken the soup.

Allow to cook, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will reduce the liquid. 

After the 15 minutes, pour in the water and add the rest of the potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes, covered. 

Stir occasionally. 

It will be finished when the pork meat is tender enough for you.

Eat with white rice. 

I telling you, you've got to try this!!! I think you will love it. You might want to make a double batch because, like any stew, it is better the next day.

Enjoy.

Until next time....