Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BULL'S-EYE Smokin' Chipotle BBQ Sauce

I almost never advocate for the commercial giant brand, and that would most definitely be due to the fact that they usually suck.

Kraft Foods however seems to have done us right. Aside from some high fructose corn syrup the ingredients are pretty clean, although I don't see chipotle peppers in the ingredients:

Ingredients: Tomato Puree, HFCS, Molasses, Vinegar, Salt, Modified Food Starch (less than 2%), Natural Smoke Flavor, Mustard Flour, Dried Onions, Spice, Dried Garlic.

The aroma of this sauce is smoky and sweet and you can clearly detect the molasses onion and garlic.

The sauce is quite flavorful with plenty of smoke to cut some of the sweetness, however the heat level is definitely that of a grocery store brand. If you are a total Chipotle-head you will need to fortify with more peppers to meet your needs.

Overall this is pretty good eating sauce and at the average price of $2.99 for 18oz. it is certainly budget friendly. If your looking for a decent grocery store brand that has the kick of smoky chipotle peppers(spice), BULL'S-EYE Smokin' Chipotle BBQ Sauce is worth a try.

Kraft's Bullseye website gives us the following recipe to showcase thier BBQ sauce:

Sizzlin' Chipotle Cheddar Burger

Prep: 10 min.
Total: 25 min.
Makes: 4 servings, one cheeseburger each.

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
1 clove garlic, minced
4 hamburger buns, split
1/2 cup BULL'S-EYE Smokin' Chipotle Barbecue Sauce divided
4 KRAFT DELI DELUXE Sharp Cheddar Cheese Slices
4 lettuce leaves
1 medium tomato, cut into 4 slices

PREHEAT greased grill to medium-high heat. Mix meat, onions and garlic; shape into four patties.

GRILL patties 8 min. Turn patties; brush with 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce. Grill 4 min. or until patties are cooked through (160°F). Brush cut sides of buns with remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce; place, cut-sides down, on grill. Grill 1 to 2 min. or until buns are lightly toasted.
Top each patty with 1 cheese slice; grill an additional 1 min. or until cheese begins to melt.

COVER bottom halves of buns with lettuce and tomatoes; top with cheeseburgers and tops of buns.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jack In The Box Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich

A choice of grilled chicken or spicy crispy, deep-fried chicken fillet on artisanal-style ciabatta bread with Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and smoky chipotle sauce.

That is the official description that Jack in the Box Inc. has assigned to this sandwich. The Smoky Chipotle's official description is; a tasty crispy chicken sandwich on chewy ciabatta bread with cheese, bacon and a deliciously smoky chipotle sauce! There we said it!

The Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta sandwich, winner of the 2007 MenuMasters Award for Best Menu/Line Extension, was developed to give consumers more choices within the chain’s popular ciabatta line, which was introduced in 2005, said Margaret Barretto, director of new product development for Jack in the Box.

After considering many possible flavor combinations, Barretto and her team ultimately decided on the chipotle chicken combination as it helped to “differentiate” the product line while still fitting into the ciabatta category that consumers already loved. It also added a flavor profile unlike those of the other sandwiches, she says.

“One of the thoughts behind the Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta was that consumers like bold flavors and more authentic flavors,” Barretto says. “As far as ethnic flavors go, I think chipotle is a nice authentic flavor that can add some smoky and spicy notes. It’s a well-rounded flavor, and it’s definitely becoming more familiar."

Thank you Jack In The Box for thinking of us Chipotle-heads!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pat & Oscar's Introduce Chipotle Pastrami Melt.

PRESS RELEASE: SAN DIEGO - Pat & Oscar's Restaurants (www.patandoscars.com) is expanding its line of hot premium sandwiches. The company's new Chipotle Pastrami Melt is a warm and savory combination with hot pastrami, melted provolone cheese, shredded lettuce, roma tomatoes, chipotle mayonnaise and pickle spears.

Pat & Oscar's Chipotle Pastrami Melt sandwichPat & Oscar's launched its first hot premium sandwich last year - a meatball sub - and the product was extremely well received. "Our guests loved the choices between hot and traditional cold sandwiches, so we actively sought out flavors to develop a new hot premium sandwich," said Greg Schroeppel, executive chef at Pat & Oscar's. "Beyond just keeping up with trends, our culinary team is always looking for unique combinations to give guests a new and flavorful experience each time they come back to Pat & Oscar's," he added.

The new Chipotle Pastrami Melt is available as a combo meal (Choice of side -- Petite Greek or Caesar Salad, Potato Wedges, or Cup of Soup) and a 20 oz drink for $9.99 and individually for $7.99. "We have always been the leader in family dining value, and the introduction of our new hot sandwich line allows us to broaden our individual combo meals for under $10." commented George Hunter, Chief Operating Officer at Pat & Oscar's.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Smoky Chipotle Joins Mainstream Groceries on the Shelf.

Grocery company Raley's Corporation who owns grocery centers branded under Raley's, BelAir, and Nob Hill Foods puts out a complimentary magazine called extra. If you browse through the pages of Extra you will find tips, tricks, recipes, specials, and just about anything you can think of that relates to food.

Flipping through the pages of the January/February/March 2009 issue I came across the hotTen section; Ten favorite ways to spice up a dish. Being a lover of fiery foods this section caught my attention. Most of the items are your standard grocey fare; ortega sliced jalapeno, ro-tel, and the usual blah-blah. But two items caught my eye!

The Art of Chipotle Gourmet Paste with Adobo. Pfleider Pfoods, Inc
describes their chipotle paste as follows:
Avoid the painstaking cans, draining & preparation. Focus on cooking with our gourmet chipotle paste. This concentrated pure paste is the equivalent of several cans of whole chipotle peppers. Add to drinks, spreads, dips, sauces & any food item where extra smoke and heat is desired.

Sargento Bistro Blends Chipotle Cheddar with Chipotle Peppers. Sargento's website describes this smokey chipotle cheese as follows:
Chipotle peppers are slow-smoked jalapeƱo peppers with a bold, unique taste that is the perfect complement to our Cheddar Cheese. Add a unique twist to salads, wraps, omelets and, of course, your favorite Mexican dishes.

Both companies offer recipes on their sites to help get your creative juices flowing. It's great to have quality chipotle products at hands reach at your local grocery store.

If you have any great chipotle food finds to report send us a comment and we'll check it out and report it for the rest of the Smoky Chipotle-heads!