So, King Daddy and I were at Taco Bell one day a few years ago and he decided to try the new Spicy Chicken Soft Taco. King Daddy loves spicy food and he considers it a good meal when sweat pops out on his forehead. But this was different. I watched him confidently take a big bite. His eyes bugged out. Not wanting to admit defeat, he took another one. Tears started streaming down his face. “I can’t eat this,” he said, painfully. As it turns out, Taco Bell discontinued the Spicy Chicken Soft Taco. I don’t know why.
Sriracha is another thing entirely. It has a nice gentle heat that lingers on the back of the tongue. It’s made from chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt and it’s half as hot as a jalapeno pepper. So not blow-your-head-off hot. It’s country of origin is Thailand, where I believe King Daddy and I will move after retirement just so we can get a good Bánh mì sandwich.
I generally do not like (fill in the name brand) cookbooks. They are always written to sell whatever the brand might be. But I have to say The Sriracha Cookbook that KD gave me for Christmas has turned out to be a pretty nifty find.
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 small jalapeno
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, diced
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- Juice of 3 limes
- Juice of 2 oranges
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ⅓ cup Sriracha
- ¼ cup of tequila
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 pounds flank steak
- Finely chop or pulse the dry ingredients in a food processor. Add the fruit and other liquids. Mix until combined.
- Place the meat in a large bowl or plastic bag and pour the marinade over the meat. For best results cover and refrigerate the meat for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Allow the meat to warm up to room temperature before grilling (about 30 minutes). Remove the meat from the marinade and pat dry.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high. Grill the meat for approximately 4-5 minutes per side or an internal temperature of 130 for a nice medium rare.
- Cover with foil and let rest for several minutes. Once the meat has rested, cut in thin slices against the grain or chop in small pieces.