Colorado Springs BBQ Questions

Speculative inquiry:

After the initial move to Colorado Springs back in 2006 a local barbeque (BBQ) tasting program was initialized. Based in part on location it seemed easier to try restaurants from the east side to the west side of town. Recently, the project has slowed down and needs to be rapidly reinvigorated with epicurean adventures!

What local BBQ restaurants are highly recommended?

More or less today will involve developing a game plan.

At some point today might involve a trip to the local Best Buy and the acquisition of some type of BBQ.

Could this all be related to watching Adam Richman take on Kansas City barbeque?

Does anyplace in Colorado Springs sell burnt ends?

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revisited

Test kitchen recipe update v7.03

The current test kitchen version of the salsa includes:

5 scotch bonnet habanero peppers,
20 serrano peppers,
25 jalapeno peppers,
20 sweet peppers,
6 bell peppers,
3 poblano peppers, and
3 Anaheim peppers.

Other than the wide variety of peppers,

1 whole onions,
4 garlic cloves,
1 tablespoons salt,
1 cup of finely chopped cilantro,
1 cups of distilled vinegar, and
79 ounces of peeled whole tomatoes.

This recipe yielded about 5 quarts of glorious salsa.

Basic Salsa Preparation Instructions

  1. Make sure you have all of the ingredients and about three hours of free time to complete the cooking process. This batch included the use of a food processor.

  2. In multiple food processor batches combine the diced pepper mixture with a chopped up onion and the garlic in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Use the food processor to process the peeled whole tomatoes and store them in a separate mixing bowl. In the tomato-mixing bowl, pour one cup of distilled vinegar, two tablespoons of salt, and about half a cup of finely chopped cilantro.

  4. Bring all the ingredients for the salsa to a boil for about an hour or simmer the salsa for two hours.

  5. Of course, the salsa has to be canned, refrigerated, and stored for about a day before it is ready for consumption. Some people do not boil the salsa and just can the salsa cold, but I have found that it never has exactly the right taste without proper boiling or simmering.

Notable Previous Test Kitchen Versions

The May 31, 2009 batch of test kitchen salsa included 4 scotch bonnet habanero peppers, 15 serrano peppers, 25 jalapeno peppers, 20 sweet peppers, 4 red bell peppers, 2 poblano peppers, and 2 Anaheim peppers. Other than the wide variety of peppers, the salsa included a whole onion, 3 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons salt, one half cup of finely chopped cilantro, a cup of distilled vinegar, and about 50 ounces of peeled whole tomatoes. This recipe yielded about five quarts of glorious salsa.

The April 24, 2006 batch of salsa included the following peppers: 4 scotch bonnet habanero peppers, 12 serrano peppers, 25 jalapeno peppers, 2 green bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 1 orange bell pepper, 5 dried chili peppers, 2 poblano Pepper, 2 hot yellow peppers, and 2 Anaheim Pepper. Other than the wide variety of peppers, the salsa included a whole onion, a whole garlic clove, 2 tablespoons salt, half a cup of cilantro, a cup of distilled vinegar, and about 16 ounces of boiled peeled tomatoes.

The April 15, 2006 version of the salsa recipe also known as the “Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Extreme,” included the following peppers: 12 Scotch Bonnet Habanero peppers, 12 Serrano Peppers, 24 Jalapeno Peppers, 2 Green Bell Pepper, 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, 1 Red Bell Pepper, 1 Orange Bell Pepper, 5 Dried Chili Peppers, 1 Poblano Pepper, and 1 Anaheim Pepper. Other than peppers, the salsa included one whole onion, one whole Garlic Clove, 2 Tablespoons Salt, half a cup of Cilantro, a cup of distilled vinegar, and about 12 to 24 ounces of boiled peeled tomato.

The August 10, 2005 salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre version included the following peppers: 2 whole Habanero, 12 whole Serrano Peppers, 12 whole Jalapeno Peppers, 1 Green Bell Pepper, 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, 1 Red Bell Pepper, 1 Orange Bell Pepper, 5 Dried Chili Peppers, and 1 Anaheim Pepper. Other than peppers, the salsa included one whole Onion, one whole Garlic Clove, 2 Tablespoons Salt, half a Cup of Cilantro, a Cup of Vinegar, and about 24 Ounces of Boiled Peeled Tomato.

Vegetarianism Experiment

After the conclusion of the vegetarianism experiment, I thought it would be a good idea to centralize all of my commentary related to the project.

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre
Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre
  1. (Vegetarianism experiment day 1/40) Breakfast was difficult today; I had to avoid the fast food rush after an early dentist appointment. #
  2. (Vegetarianism experiment day 2/40) The big test today will be the drive home from work. #
  3. (Vegetarianism experiment day 2/40) Dinner tonight included a roasted potato taco and a spicy bean burrito. Tomorrow should be exciting! #
  4. (Vegetarianism experiment day 3/40) Tonight my work week will conclude without a celebratory taco. The weekend will be difficult. #
  5. (Vegetarianism experiment day 3/40) Special thanks should be extended to the Chipotle Mexican Grill for providing a vegetarian burrito. #
  6. (Vegetarianism experiment day 4/40) Today started with an early morning trip to the donut store for a dozen mixed. #
  7. (Vegetarianism experiment day 4/40) @andyphelan45 Yes the donut run included bear claws, cinnamon twists, and chocolate glazed donuts. #
  8. (Vegetarianism experiment day 5/40) Will the snowstorm this week inspire a vegetarian chili rendition? Anybody got a recipe? #
  9. (Vegetarianism experiment day 6/40) This may be a tough week. I think working extra long hours will not support a healthy vegetarian diet. #
  10. (Vegetarianism experiment day 7/40) Nobody really sells vegetarian fast food on the way home from the late shift. #
  11. (Vegetarianism experiment day 8/40) I really wanted a celebratory cheeseburger, taco, or steak for the IRB news, but alas… #
  12. (Vegetarianism experiment day 9/40) Friday night at the end of the week always seems to be the prefect time for a burger… #
  13. (Vegetarianism experiment day 10/40) Apparently, Burger King sells a veggie burger; so that Friday night burger and fries happened… #
  14. (Vegetarianism experiment day 11/40) Revisiting the Burger King veggie burger seems like a good idea… #
  15. (Vegetarianism experiment day 11/40) The Chipotle Mexican Grill makes a fantastic vegetarian burrito; however, they close far too early… #
  16. (Vegetarianism experiment day 12/40) Last night around midnight the Burger King veggie burger did not come with fresh fries… #
  17. (Vegetarianism experiment day 13/40) Last night involved a bean and rice burrito; it seems vegetarianism requires making a commitment. #
  18. (Vegetarianism experiment day 14/40) After two weeks of vegetarianism research both breakfast and lunch seem easier to handle than dinner. #
  19. (Vegetarianism experiment day 15/40) The first two weeks of the vegetarianism experiment are complete. Does that call for a tofu taco? #
  20. (Vegetarianism experiment day 16/40) A few beers and a complete bar food menu @The_FoxandHound just might test my vegetarian diet… #
  21. (Vegetarianism experiment day 17/40) The key to the vegetarian diet seems to be early morning protein supplements (and coffee). #
  22. (Vegetarianism experiment day 18/40) I need to break my routines. Eating the same series of foods every week seems monotonous… #
  23. (Vegetarianism experiment day 19/40) Avoiding meat is the easy part; however, going completely vegetarian requires understanding food. #
  24. (Vegetarianism experiment day 20/40) For some reason locating an order of nachos seems to be at the forefront of food considerations today. #
  25. (Vegetarianism experiment day 21/40) Friday night normally involves tacos; tonight might include a quesadilla, tostada, or bean burrito. #
  26. (Vegetarianism experiment day 24/40) The drive to break my vegetarian diet barely exists anymore; I may have turned the corner. #
  27. (Vegetarianism experiment day 25/40) Should vegetarians take additional vitamin supplements? #
  28. (Vegetarianism experiment day 28/40) Most snacks devoted to the current March Madness are not vegetarian… #
  29. (Vegetarianism experiment day 29/40) Today and throughout the week a major point of interest will be avoiding energy drinks. #
  30. (Vegetarianism experiment day 31/40) Vegetarian sandwiches always seem like a great idea; however, rarely do they ever provide satisfaction. #
  31. (Vegetarianism experiment day 34/40) Today will involve vegetarian burritos from Chipotle and DVR episodes of Pawn Stars. #
  32. (Vegetarianism experiment day 35/40) The homestretch seems almost illusory. What are the best vegetarian multi-vitamins or supplements? #
  33. (Vegetarianism experiment day 38/40) Only two days left in the project. Unfortunately, last night my celebratory nachos lacked jalapeños. #
  34. (Vegetarianism experiment day 40/40) Some experiments turn out to be more difficult and complex than expected… #