A Classic


The mind works in mysterious ways.  Often times, I find it difficult to remember my own kid’s names or what day my wedding anniversary falls on or better yet, how old I am (which I am now part of the 40+ demographic).  But put in Smokey and The Bandit or Raising Arizona, damned if I can’t recite it line for line.

There are countless scenes that warrant proper discussion; but given that I am a half-assed food blogger, the one scene that is most relevant to my circumstances would be the scene when Sherriff Buford T. Justice runs into Bandit Darville at a local roadside diner…..“Let me have a Diablo Sandwich, a Dr. Pepper and make it fast…”

This quote got me thinking, is there really a Diablo Sandwich and if so, how does one make it?  As far as I can gather, there is no published recipe for a “Diablo Sandwich”, but based on watching the scene countless times and doing a little internet surfing, a Diablo Sandwich is pretty much your classic Sloppy Joe.  So here is my “twisted” version of the Diablo Sandwich…..

Diablo Sandwich

1.5 lb ground beef

2 T olive oil

14.5oz can diced tomatoes, drained and puree

1 white onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped

1 T chili powder

1 t ground cumin

1 chipotle en adobo, chopped

6 oz. beer, preferably Mexican Lager

¼ c Back Roads Beer B Que Sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

4 Kaiser rolls

In a heavy cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 T of olive oil, ground beef and brown meat for 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove beef from skillet, set aside and discard the grease from cooked beef.  Return skillet to burner, add remaining olive oil and saute onion, carrot, poblano, chipotle, salt, pepper for 4 to 5 minutes.  Once vegetables are softened, add garlic and sauté for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.  Add chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, beer and Beer B Que Sauce and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.  Serve on Kaiser roll, topped with onions, pickles and/or jalapenos, accompanied by an ice cold Dr. Pepper (Dublin style).

Twisted Epilogue:    BTW, FU Toby B……your sorry ass is about to turn 40 too.

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