Port Charlotte Peated Whisky BBQ Ribs

The peatiness from the whisky adds a real depth of smokey flavour to your BBQ sauce. You could try this recipe with any peated whisky but I think Port Charlotte works particularly well because it’s got a much less medicinal flavour than other Islay whiskies.

Ingredients

  • Pork ribs
  • A beef stock cube
  • 50ml Port Charlotte heavily peated single malt
  • A teaspoon of chipotle chilli flakes
  • A big squirt of tomato ketchup
  • A wee squirt of honey
  • 250ml apple cider vinegar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • A teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • A sprinkle of garlic powder

Ribs

Drizzle olive oil over the ribs then rub in smoked paprika. Add the ribs to a roasting tray along with a large splash of water – it should be enough to just cover the bottom of the tray – and a beef stock cube. Cover with foil and roast in the oven for three hours at gas mark 3 (140°C). Remove and brush on a liberal amout of BBQ sauce. Return to the oven without foil for 30 mins.

BBQ Sauce

Heat the chipotle chilli flakes in a pan then add the peated whisky. Allow to simmer for a minute to burn off the alcohol. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until the sauce reduces and becomes sticky which should be around about 20-30 mins. Once the ribs have cooked, stir in a couple of tablespoons of the juices from the bottom of the roasting tin into the sauce.

To Serve

Pour more of the sauce over the ribs to serve. I recommend some paprika and garlic chips and coleslaw on the side

Quinoa and Aubergine Salad

This is an ideal work lunch as you can make a big batch and eat it over a few days.

Ingredients

  • 100g quinoa
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 3 Aubergines
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Sumac
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • Handful of parsley
  • Handful of mint
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • Half a block of feta cheese
  • Handful of black olives

Method:

Quinoa

Boil the quinoa with approx equal parts water and a vegetable stock cube for about 20mins and the quinoa absorbs all the water. Fluff then leave to cool.

Aubergine

Cut the aubergine into batons and place into a baking tray. Sprinkle liberally with sumac and salt and drizzle in olive oil. Mix then place in the oven for 20-30 mins at 220°c. Allow to cool before adding to the salad.

Assembly

Finely chop the mint, parsley, tomatoes, feta and half the olives. Add to a bowl along with all the other ingredients and mix. Serve on it’s own with a drizzle of tahini or with some crusty bread and yoghurt. Some pomegranate could work really nicely with this too.

Enjoy!

Ride Brew Co – Apricot and Orange Sour

FINALLY trying my first Ride Brew Co beer (a fairly new on the scene brewery based in Glasgow) picked up from my first visit to Wee Beer Shop – a lot of firsts. I love that the labels are hand coloured and the blurb at the back is amazing. The beer itself rings true to its description with apricots being the star of the show. There are definite orange notes in there, and maybe some lemony citrus too. As sour beers go, its on the low end of the sourness scale, but that makes it super drinkable. It is definitely a thirst quencher, and as they say on the bottle, “really nice to drink outside in the sun”. Scarily so as I’ve gulped down nearly half while typing this presuming it must be a low 3% but it’s actually 4.7! Very impressed with my first Ride beer and can’t wait to try more.

My Favourite Pubs in Glasgow

NB – this list is in no particular order…

1. The Three Judges

I love an ‘old man pub’, and the 3J is everything you’d hope for from this category. Dark, cosy interior, cheap drinks, no music and a solid real ale selection. They’re owned by Stonegate so have access to a large ale selection (I think there may be 8 or 9 cask ale lines from memory…?). They’ve recently got two Brewdog lines in if you fancy something cold and fizzy; Punk and Elvis Juice, and usually a decent malt of the month. If you want a quiet pint or two on a Friday night, you can’t beat the 3J!

2. Inn Deep

Owned by the Williams Bros, this pub couldn’t be in a better location. Below Valhalla’s Goat (which they also own), right by the river and just a stone’s throw from Kelvingrove Park. Heaven. On a sunny day, this is the place to go for a beer as the atmosphere is amazing. They have a pretty impressive line up both on draft and in bottle/can so every time you go there’s a nice new wee surprise to try.

3. The Pot Still

This is any whisky lover’s dream pub. Whiskies as far as the eye can see in a great setting with super friendly, knowledgeable staff. They’ve got a few cask lines with rotating Scottish Breweries and a nice bottle selection too. You’re pretty lucky if you get a seat as I don’t think I’ve ever been and it’s not packed, but I think that’s testament to what an excellent pub it is!

4. Drygate

Sitting drinking a beer whilst watching how it’s made is always cool, right? Well that’s exactly what you can do in Drygate. The huge windows show the brewery in all its glory. They also have a great outdoors area upstairs and a big events space which plays host to some pretty cool shows/markets and even beer festivals. As well as the staple Drygate beers, they also have beers from their experimental kit which they encourage staff to get creative with, and a good selection from quality brewers with some pretty rare kegs available.

5. Grunting Growler

A very small ‘pub’, Grunting Growler is the passion of Jehad Hetu, a lovely guy who’s been determined for years to set up his own growler joint. The space on Old Dumbarton Road is really cool with some great bottle fridges, and a few keg lines. It used to be takeaway only but in the past year, there is now a wee table to sit in and drink too, and I’ve seen on Facebook that there appears to be a screen set up ahead of the World Cup…

My boyfriend and I have been trying to shortlist the best places to go to watch matches but this has got to be no.1!

NB this photo is ancient and there’s been a bit of a change of decor since!

6. The Park Bar

Not going to lie…the beer in here isn’t great, but everything it lacks for in beer, it makes up for in atmosphere. If they got a few good lines in, this would hands down be my favourite Glasgow pub.

7. 6° North

This is the place to go if you like Belgian beers. I have to admit that I’m not the biggest Belgian fan but they always have an unusual keg line up with breweries I’ve never tried before so it’s really good for experimenting. It’s got a lovely spacious and light atmosphere too so it’s ideal for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

8. The State Bar

This is the closest good pub to my office so I occasionally pop in ‘just for one’ after work. They have probably the best cask line up I’ve seen so far in Glasgow, often with beers from Fallen, Loch Lomond as well as breweries from further afield. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with seating areas all around so there’s often a wee seat tucked up at the back to sneak into.

9. The Counting House

Wetherspoons gets a bad name but I’m 100% sticking up for The Counting House. They have a huge beer selection and put a lot of effort into working with local breweries which is evident in both their keg and cask line up. Also, their app is class. Saying all that though, I’d probably avoid it on a Friday/Saturday night…

10. Crossing the Rubicon

The sweet potato and carrot korma from here was one of the best curries I’ve ever eaten. They’ve recently sadly done away with their curry menu and replaced it with pizza and I’m heartbroken. I’m sure the pizza is amazing if their previous menu was anything to go by (I’ve not been to try it yet), but you just can’t beat curry and beer!! I love the decor in here, loads of really cool illustrations, and they always have a good beer line up. They’ve also got a nice beer garden area on Great Western Road which is excellent for people watching.

 

 

 

Let me know if there are any gems I missed – always looking for new places to try!

Fallen Brewing – Big Raspberry Dog Chew

Fallen Brewing

Big Raspberry Dog Chew

10%

I’m gonna throw it out there that Chew Chew by Fallen was one of my favourite Scottish beers…until now. The mouthfeel on this is viscous yet there’s a slight carbonation which lifts the heaviness. It’s dark, rich, sweet and delicious, like a dark chocolate and raspberry ganache. I may have mentioned I love imperial stouts, and this is no exception. I feel very proud to be Scottish when we’re producing beers like this!

Wylam/Flying Couch/Simply Hops – What the Water Wanted

Wylam/Flying Couch/Simply Hops

What the Water Wanted

6%

This is a beautiful balance of citrus and tropical fruits with bitterness and a resiny pine note just at the end. Oats and wheat are used in addition to barley and lactose has been added too to give a lovely, viscous, almost creamy texture. This is a perfect grown up orange juice. Helps that it’s so hazy that it could pass just on looks too.

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit and Cardamom Rice Recipe

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is a wheat beer/grapefruit mix. At 2.5% it’s definitely a sessionable drink, and could not be more perfect on a super hot, sunny day. I must admit I’ve been a bit sceptical about this as I thought it would just taste like a grapefruit version of a Smirnoff ice but it’s actually lovely. It doesn’t taste much of beer, but as a juice, I’d happily drink this instead of my usual orange any day.

🕳 Schofferhoffer grapefruit beer
🕳 Water
🕳 Basmati rice
🕳 Cardamom pods
🕳 Coconut oil

The Schofferhofer and cardamom really lift the rice and add a lovely citrussy, fragrant element. Perfect for serving with lighter curries.

Rinse the rice then add a teaspoon of coconut oil – I always add a tiny amount of oil to rice as I find it helps to prevent the rice from clumping. Crush your cardamom pods and add them in. Then add equal amounts of Schofferhofer and boiling water. Cook as you normally would and serve.