Monday, June 7, 2010

Barbecued Cauliflower and Onion in a Pita coated with the Jackets and Static Jacks

Like its hot sauce brethren, bar-b-que sauce is unique in the condiment family because you can find hundreds of different varieties and recipes for it. Take this into consideration, when making barbecued cauliflower and onion in a pita one could decide to top it with Dancing Pigs, Sucklebusters, Insane Chicken, Crazy Uncle Jester's Brush Fire BBQ or Fork N Halo (just to name a few). With each sauce variety you will come up with a slightly different finished product and that is part of the beauty of this recipe of the week.

Barbecued Cauliflower and Onion in a Pita
(printable version)

-1 Tbs. olive oil
-1 onion, sliced
-1/4 a head of purple cabbage, sliced thinly
-1/4 cup bar-b-que
-2 Tbs. water
-1/2 a head of cauliflower, sliced
-6 baby carrots, grated
-1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
-4 oz cheddar cheese
-8 pitas sliced in half
-pickles

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for three minutes (until onion starts to become translucent). Add the cabbage, bar-b-que sauce and water to the onion. Cook for six minutes (cabbage should begin to soften).

2. Add the cauliflower and grated carrots to the onion mixture. Stir-fry until cauliflower has softened, about twelve minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the sliced tomato.

3. Stuff vegetables into pitas. Top with cheddar cheese and half of a pickle.

Note: For an additional taste my mother-in-law likes to top this sandwich with a small amount of Italian dressing.

There are a lot of Jack's associated with bar-b-que. Perhaps the most famous is Jack's Bar-b-que in Nashville which has fed the likes of EMI, Sony Tree, Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt and Amy Grant. I'd like to throw two more jacks into the bar-b-que equation. First, New Jersey's the Static Jacks who, at least in their demo for "Defend Rosie," remind me of the Misfits and my favorite Jersey band the Bouncing Souls. Below you can check out a trailer for their "Defend Rosie" video and download the song courtesy of Tympanogram. Keep an eye out for these guys as they will doing a few shows in July with We Were Promised Jetpacks.

THE STATIC JACKS "DEFEND ROSIE" TRAILER from Michael Murray on Vimeo.


The Static Jacks-Defend Rosie (demo)

From Spain we have The Jackets whose song "Drunk" has been earworming me for the last few days.